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About Rare Chop House

Come and enjoy the region's most exquisite culinary experience, from our open kitchen, to our Wine Room with 1000+ wines from all over the world, to the unique culinary cuisine prepared by the one and only Chef James Rushing. Exceptional Food and even better service await your palate here at RARE Chophouse, just off the square in Mt. Vernon! Visit us online at www.rarechophouse.com.

224 South Tenth Street
Mount Vernon, IL 62864
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Contemporary American, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm-9:00pm

Cross Street:
Main Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(618) 244-7273

Website:
http://www.rarechophouse.com/

Parking Details:
RARE Features a small parking lot on the South side of the building with handicap accessibility, 2 other parking facilities across Jordan Street, and across Broadway, as well as a City Parking Lot caddy-corner to RARE.

Executive Chef:
James Rushing

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Rare Chop House Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (18)
Creative Cuisine (14)
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Worth the Drive (14)
Good for a Date (14)
Notable Wine List (12)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Romantic (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Business Meals (8)
Casual (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Live Music (5)
Cozy (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Fun (4)
Great Beer (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Seasonal (3)
Authentic (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

We were given a gift certificate by our children to celebrate our anniverary. The atmosphere was nice, quiet but not where you felt like you couldn't talk. Service was excellent and server very knowledgeable about specials and such...

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Brought my group for two birthday celebrations. The entire dining experience was fantastic. The meals were perfectly prepared and the wait staff was very polite and catered to our every need.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Fun, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Excellent service. Not too intrusive, just what was needed. Food was excellent. Always enjoy our lunch here.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great service and food. Would be a perfect rating but chair arm had broken loose and was just stuck back together.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

Worth the hour long drive. Will definitely be going back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

This is a good place to eat in the Mount Vernon area. Stopped in for dinner and conversation with fiancee. The atmosphere is nice open and modern, with a great wine list. The steaks we ordered were good, but in the case of my fiancee under cooked to her liking. The flavor was good and the risotto excellent.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

We have previously enjoyed dining at Rare, however, on Thursday Nov 9, 2017 we did not! We had to send back cocktails, and tuna entree. I ordered it Rare and it came out well done. After getting another tuna order, it tasted fishie which I was not aware a fish from the ocean could taste fishie. Probably will take awhile to get me back to Rare. Very disappointed!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Prime Rib on Friday night can't be beat. They have brought back the shaved brussel sprouts as a side and they are great! All the staff is friendly and informed. We have our favorites but we have never been disappointed.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Always love dining at Rare. Wonderful food, wine and atmosphere. The best dining experience Southern Illinois has to offer.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Fun, Casual, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Staff is friendly and informative. Delmonico special was excellent. Brussel sprouts are back on the menu as a side and I loved them! Draft beer selections are interesting and changed from time to time. Great local restaurant if you are looking for something away from the chain options.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Casual, Business Meals, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

An excellent restaurant in a small town. The atmosphere is classy, the service is helpful and efficient and the food is delicious. We had steak and tuna and both meals were outstanding.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

We had a reservation and were on time and seated right away. Table was perfectly fine and we ordered promptly. Food came fairly quickly and was good, but not worth the price. We were ready to call the date a success and were generally pleased, when the waiter dumped a Raspberry pudding moose something all over my husband. We’re talking shoes, pants, all over his black shirt as well as the floor. Apologized once and we could over-hear him joking about it back in the kitchen. Came back out, to inform me the desert I had actually ordered, they “couldn’t do”. I passed on anything else and requested the ticket. Never offered to comp anything. For a restaurant of that scale, it would have been the only appropriate gesture. Even Fazolis would have offered something if just to show they appreciate your business. I truly don’t know who these people think they are. We will NOT be returning. There are other places of equal stature, that have actual customer service equal of what you’d expect from a high end eatery. Unfortunately, I work in an industry where I am constantly asked for recommendations for restaurants in the area. Rare Chop House will not be on that list.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Great food in the middle of nowhere! It's worth driving to eat here. A few miles off the road. Excellent. Amazing value! More than that a gem that many might miss. How lucky

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 3, 2017

The best review is that we are return customers. We've celebrated anniversaries there, gone with family, and just dined there because it was a pleasant outing. I will try a place once, and even if dissatisfied, give them another chance, but Rare has provided a consistent and good experience in both atmosphere and culinary excellence in each of our visits. Kudos!

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great food. Wonderful atmosphere. Great after dinner bar area to sit and have drinks while continuing the conversation.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Beautiful gem of a restaurant unexpected in a small town! Hubby's aged filet was absolutely perfect. My chicken Marsala with Italian sausage and bacon was delicious. Lovely desserts. I enjoyed the mousse filled cream puffs. A real treat!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Live Music
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Very delicious food - worth the price. Will definitely go back for more!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Again this restaurant has surpassed itself. For a small town place to be this is amazing.
Can't believe the food is as good as many big cities we have been too.
Please keep doing what you're doing.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 1, 2017

The food is absolutely worth going for. The chef really knows what he is doing.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

This time eating at rare was not as good as the first time we where there when they first opened . I had a steak and it was charbroiled burnt on the outside , the Baked potato tasted old like it was made the night before and reheated, I also had a Cesar salad and it did not have enough dressing on it . We had two wait 30 minutes for appitzer spinach dip and then there was not much in the bowl ? My husbands dish was tuna and it was good , the waiter took our salad plates and took his fork and he had to wait at least 5 minutes for a fork so his food was getting cold by the time he got one . Also the watress was slow and told us to wait when asked for something ? Which was for a fork, because another guy was to get it and didn't ?? We will not go back for awhile. That is sad, because the first time we ate there was great. Plus it is hard to get my husband out for dinner because he travels and eats out all the time and when I do get him to go out we want good food ! We love the look of the restaurant but would
Love to have good food to go with it ! Thanks

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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Amazing food, perfect atmosphere for romantic and special occasion dining. Well worth the drive to Mt. Vernon Illinois for something truly tasteful.

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on August 24, 2017

Our food was wonderful; we all had steaks that were cooked to perfection. Interesting salads/dressings, dipping sauce for sweet potato fries was really good!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Nice wine list, all at cellar temperatures. A limited lunch menu, nontheless very good.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Exceptional food and atmosphere. The service left something to be the desired. While the waitress was friendly and accommodating it took three tries to get a simple two ingredient drink order correct. Also, dessert was to be included in the dinner but was billed separately and had to be corrected. While there was no problem getting these things right, it was somewhat troubling they occurred at all. The meal, of prime pork and New York strip were done to perfection, the timing of the courses were slow. While I enjoy a leisurely meal, it should be dictated by the diner and not the kitchen staff. It appeared that the place was not overly busy for a Saturday night.
Overall, though there were some concerns. the experience was enjoyable and will be returning again to give it another shot.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Live Music
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 19, 2017

This was my 3rd. visit to this restaurant when I visited family . It is a very nice place and I am glad Mt. Vernon has this available to them. I would say this particular time I visited my tuna was not as fresh as I would have liked it. It had a bit of a fishy taste unfortunately. Tuna is a favorite of mine so I am used to ordering it. The presentation was good and our appetizers , bruschetta and artichoke dip were both good as well.
I am sure I will be back, hopefully I'll try again

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2017

One of the top restaurants in town. Staff is very friendly, attentive and helpful. Menu is tweaked to keep things fresh and weekend specials can be exciting. Definitely worth the trip if you are looking for something different (non-chain).

Tags: Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Disabled Access, Fun, Business Meals, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Special Occasion
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Met with brothers for a birthday meal. Very welcoming service and good service throughout the meal. Got a free desert to share for the birthday. Good choice of entrees and appetizers. The yellow fin tuna was excellent. Good place to gather but is a little on the expensive side but worth it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We have eaten here several times. It was busier than usual and service was poor. Had to keep asking for water etc. Bread is not served here which seems strange for this quality of restaurant. We'll be back as past experience was much better than this trip.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We try to dine here few times a year but haven't been for a little while. Everything was great as usual, except for the menu. Our favorite dishes had been take off and there were very few options other than beef. I know, it's a chop house, but in our opinion they were much more before the menu change. Besides the above mentioned, it's still one of my favorites.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Live Music, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Meal was great as always. Staff is really friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Always a great time.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Excellent Wine list, outstanding meal selection, pleasant atmosphere.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Excellent service. Very good food. Great atmosphere. Very pricey. Mixed drinks way over priced.

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Second time we we have ate at Rare for our anniversary. Both times were great. Great steaks and great service!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on June 17, 2017

A great night out for our 22nd anniversary. Private dining plus an excellent waitress-Mollee. Really enjoyed the food and ambiance.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 9, 2017

It was very good, just wanted some bread but I will be back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on May 27, 2017

We always enjoy Rare. I'm very glad this area has a place like this.

Tags: Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access
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 (Western KY)·Dined on May 20, 2017

My husband and I came to Rare to celebrate my one year anniversary from my last Chemo treatment. We got there early enough we were there by ourselves for a while, it was nice! The server was great and the food was excellent! Definitely going back again!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Have been going to Rare since it opened and loved every meal. However, our brunch was past poor (what there was of it). Poor menu selections. Our food was not hot. This occasion was not indicative of the quality Rare usually puts out. Very disappointing but we will go back because we know they are capable of much better. Brunch is not their thing apparently.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Graduation

Tags: Authentic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Just a great restaurant, would give it a 5 for food but my steak was closer to medium well than medium...still a really good steak. The quality of food here is the best around. Not cheap, but not over priced either.

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List
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