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THE RARE BIT

4.6
226 Reviews
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
The Rare Bit Gastropub has a bit of everything for everyone. Executive Chef Evan Kalogiannis serves up a diverse menu with a variety of comfort foods. From lighter fair including vegan and gluten free options, to more complex dishes, you are sure to find something that you love. Located in Dobbs Ferry, NY, hometown of owner/operator Scott Broccoli, this restaurant is a great addition to the Westchester food scene. Not only is the food a stand out, but the bar boasts a variety of specialty cocktails you won't want to miss. Enjoy a bit of food, a bit of booze and a bit of fun!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 226 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipthomast
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

the food at rearebit is tasty and inventive, but on our visit the service was spotty, after recognizing this the wait staff and manager were very helpful. during the corona virus its tough on restaurants so a little patience is required. we will go back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Restaurant Week and had very good service and food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing!! We love eating here. Service is always great. Bartender is amazing and the food, can’t find better anywhere.

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NualaT
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Staff courteous- great quality food and a beautiful atmosphere

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Sabrina
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience. The food was phenomenal and the service was A++. THANK YOU!

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MissDelighted
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

EXCELLENT!!! Found it because of Restaurant Week, will continue going back because it's just good people & great food!! Their menu options for Restaurant Week were excellent & extensive, and they were even amenable to some change if desired/needed. The selections were scrumptious - especially the popcorn cauliflower, chili maple brussel sprouts, shrimp & grits & collards, & filet mignon. It was an overall excellent value, new favorite place for sure - will definitely keep going back!

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vipAliciaC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food. A little pricy. Went on a Sunday afternoon and it was extremely loud at the bar. Music mainly. Would have liked something a little more chilled. Nice staff.

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Steph
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is really great and accommodating! The staff did a special dessert for our guest of honor. In the times of covid, everything feels very safe and well thought through. The food is exceptional with really great options for all types of diets which is great. Also, the drink menu is fantastic! I also really love TRB because it is a restaurant that makes you feel like the meal is an occasion, yet casual so as not to feel stuffy or make members of a larger group uncomfortable with how to dress.

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Robbie
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. Food is always amazing. Ambiance is so chill. I’ll definitely be returning.

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ElliotK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Excellent food and good selection for vegans. Ambience was fine given outdoor seating due to our concerns over the pandemic. However, the person bussing our table was not careful with hisj mask, even after we brought it to the waiter's attention.

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TiffanyJ
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! I can't pick which was better, the service or the food. Both were outstanding!!

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SteveC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Rare Bit never fails to deliver. Great food, great atmosphere.

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DelG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last minute reservation for brunch and came across this location. One of the best choices! Greeted with friendly smiles ( through a mask) with option of indoor/outdoor dining ( following new guidelines of mask and social distancing). We chose to sit outdoors due to lovely weather. We realized it was a family owned business and it was confirmed when owner came to check up on us. From host to staff, it was one of the most wonderful dining experiences. The food was AMAZING!!! Drinks excellent - DEFINITELY recommended this location. It is worth the drive up to Dobbs Ferry and enjoy scenery, environment, food and drinks! If you want to watch some sports- nice screens displaying sport’s for sports lover and those who want to enjoy each others company, perfect setting.
Food- EXCELLENT! We chose the following and recommend them all!
Popcorn cauliflower (general tso)
Edimame
Chicken and waffles
Hangar steak
Pork & grits
Brussel sprouts (chili maple)

Please support this lovely Gastropub! Once you meet Scott the owner along with a staff you call family Hunter, Jasmine and Jake and the entire staff- you will see why this hidden gem resonates and makes sure your return over and over again!

EK
ElliotK
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great vegan options will bring us back again. Our carnivore friend enjoyed his meal as well. Service was friendly and attentive without hovering.

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vipKathleenW
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic staff led by Liz and sat outside on one of the street tables that they will have until November. Very good GF fish and chips and the service was the best we have had in a long tine!!!

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AmandaW
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Really impressed by the level of service. Staff was absolutely amazing, kind, quick, and professional. The food was delicious. I especially liked the spicy duck fried rice. We got the scotch egg and hummus appetizer. Both very tasty and large portions. We also got the fish and chips and chicken tikka masalla, the chicken was spicier than we were expecting but it mellowed nicely as you ate it and was very flavorful. The fish had a slightly salty aftertaste but was balanced nicely with the homemade tarter sauce. Overall this is definitely someplace you should try if you like good and creative food. Due to having to eat on the small sidewalk due to the pandemic definitely detracted a bit from the dining experience but was no means any reflection of the restaurant, they made such an effort to still provide a nice dining experience and get major points for that.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome spot for great food, drinks and impeccable service! Thanks to hunter and Matthew!

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stewartm
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant. A proper gastro pub

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LindseyA
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My husband and I went with another couple. We were sat in a booth which was VERY tight on space. Two of us had the fish and chips (gluten free/gluten free fryer) which was awesome. We had the pimento cheese dip appetizer and crawfish bisque special which were both very good. My husband had the crawfish mac and cheese and said it was good but lacking flavor. All in all I would go back! The gluten free options were pretty good!

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kenl
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The worst Welsh Rarebit I ever ate-bread overcooked, cheese was not hot and the rarebit concoction had an unpleasant taste. My wife had prime ribs which she said was very good but the yorkshire pudding was way overcooked and stuffed with carrots????

We had several drinks at the bar and after we sat at a table we waited 15 minutes before someone brought us a menu.

Had to park literally a half mile away-no nearby parking.

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AislingD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We went here when it first opened, we love it, and we went back this weekend, I was shocked, the food was really not good. I couldn't even finish mine. I would not recommend anymore.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Loved the margaritas. The waiter was attentive, informative, and pleasant. The hostess was very nice. The ambiance was great for a causal evening out. Nice experience when the chef came out to greet us - he is awesome!!!

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vipDeMilo
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very good. Enjoyed the tasty Ostrich Steak. Yummy!!! Our server, Luis was very knowledgeable and attentive.

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KenK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have no complaints

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vipbethc
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday brunch

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vipSteveC
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal. The ingredients and preparation were excellent. The owner and staff were very personable. The ambience allowed for pleasant conversation without straining to hear our table mates.

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KristenB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was my first time trying The Rare Bit. I enjoyed the decor inside kind of a turn of the century gothic vibe. The bar is awesome, would definitely come back to have a drink there. The menu has many different options and types of cuisine. I had the shrimp tacos and the Brussel sprout side. Both were delicious. The shrimp tacos were so fresh! Great service as well!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful We ♥️ it there!!

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Robbie
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is so unique. I love the ambiance. The staff is super friendly. Rocking drinks!

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vipSlim
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great spot for good comfort food and drinks. Service was attentive and courteous. Love the southern influence w/ the cuisine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great brunch. Lots of choices and everything was delicious Order the scotch eggs

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best!! From the drinks to the food. We always enjoy our time. Friendly staff and amazing bartenders.

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vipAndrewB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu is inventive and the food delicious. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. The staff is welcoming and efficient. It’s a great place.

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Lisac4
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We loved the food. Service was good- a little noisy as the night went on

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vipGyuKaku
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was delicious. The only problem is that I ordered the bottomless drinks, but when are tab was closed I was refused another drink even though we had only been there 2 hours (the limit is 3). However, when I pointed out that I had not asked for the tab to be closed I did get the drink.

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rostrand
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all loved the menu, food, service, ambiance and will be back. I have been to Rate Bit several times and it is consistent, a relaxed and inviting restaurant. Highly recommend any main dish or appetizer. It has a great bar as well.

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Meseros
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This was our first time here. Very noisy, we could not talk. Food was Ok. Nothing super special.

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Huskies2
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was really good and the service superb. Will definitely go back.

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vipmlvsigma
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience4

I'm a big fan of The Parlor and Eugene's Diner so I was excited to try The Rare Bit. The decor is great and definitely evokes an English restaurant and pub. The drinks and food were subpar and very disappointing. I had a spicy dirty martini that was way too spicy and my wife had a drink called Over the Greens that would be best described as a mess in the glass and almost impossible to drink because of the ice, limes and cucumbers. The food wasn't much better. We had the Rarebit which was good and the Brussel Sprout Salad which was extremely tart and not good. Our entrees were boring and too basic. The Farro Grain Bowl was in a bowl but deconstructed in a way that made it really hard to combine and eat like a bowl should be. The Falafel was five falafel balls and some chopped cabbage. Both dishes were completely uninspiring and not worthy of being served in a higher end restaurant. Perhaps the concept of an English restaurant was taken a little too seriously. Lastly, no Beyond Burger on the menu although its on the OpenTable website. We won't be going back.

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vipNYGroupinTO
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They had a very good Sonoma Cab on the menu as a Magnum that was fun to share. All of our meals were excellent with the short rib being a stand out. As an appetizer the tempura crusted rutabaga was unique and very tasty. Worth a return trip.

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You can order delivery directly from THE RARE BIT using the Order Online button. THE RARE BIT also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (914) 693-8000.

THE RARE BIT is rated 4.6 stars by 226 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.