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RARE Italian

4.4
4.4
953 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Italian

At RARE Italian, we celebrate beautiful cuisine as it is enjoyed in Italy in an environment that is cultured yet welcoming and which engenders feelings of love, generosity, and discovery between our staff and guests.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian, Italian, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Friday-Saturday 5:00pm - 12:00am Happy Hour: Daily 3:00-6:00

  • Phone number

    (970) 294-4544

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Steven Anderson

  • Neighborhood

    Fort Collins

  • Cross street

    Mountain Ave

  • Parking details

    There is free 2-hour parking throughout Old Town area.

  • Public transit

    Mountain Ave Max Station is one block away.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Antipasti

Served with Crostini; 1 choice for $4.50, 4 choices for $14, 8 choices for $24

  • House-Made Cheeses

    Mozzarella, Burrata, Lemon Ricotta

    • Italian Cheeses

      Taleggio, Gorgonzola Piccante, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Pecorino Peperoncino, Piave Vecchio

      • Salumi

        Prosciutto di Parma, Finochietta, Mortadella, Coppa, Speck

        • Vegetables

          Castelvetrano Olives, Pickled Vegetables, Peperonata, Spiced Nuts

          Appetizers

          • Calamari Fritti$12.00

            Cornmeal Breaded Calamari, Lemon, Arabbiatta

            • Watermelon Salad$10.00

              Compressed Watermelon, Radish, Arugula, White Balsamic Vinaigrette, Ricotta Salata

              • Rare Caesar$11.00

                Romaine Heart, Garlic Crouton, Pecorino Romano, Anchovies

                • Mixed Salad$8.00

                  Mixed Greens, Carrot, Tomato, Pepperoncini

                  • Arancini$11.00

                    Sweet Corn Risotto, Fontina, Roasted Pepper Aioli, Arugula, Smoked Paprika

                    • Figs alla Plancha$12.00

                      Mission Figs, Speck, Crispy Polenta, Gorgonzola Fonduta, Pinoli

                      • Margherita Pizzetta$13.00

                        San Marzano Tomatoes, Basil, House-made Mozzarella. Available Gluten Free

                        • Salami Pizzetta$15.00

                          San Marzano Tomatoes, Mozzarella, Finochietta. Available Gluten Free

                          • Quattro Formaggi Pizzetta$15.00

                            Mozzarella, Pecorino Romano, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Gorgonzola. Available Gluten Free

                            • Speck Pizzetta$15.00

                              Thinly Sliced Speck, Pickled Anaheim Peppers, Fresh Mozzarella, San Marzano Tomato Sauce. Available Gluten Free

                              Pasta and Risotto

                              Available Gluten Free

                              • Risotto

                                Summer Squash, House-cured Pancetta, Aged Carnaroli Rice, White Wine, Chive, Parmigiano-Reggiano. Please allow 30 minutes

                                • Primi$14.00
                                • Full$27.00
                              • Bucatini All 'Amatriciana

                                Hollow Semolina Pasta, Guanciale, Caramelized Onion, San Marzano Tomato, Garlic, Chili Flake, Pecorino Romano

                                • Primi$11.00
                                • Full$21.00
                              • Tortelloni

                                Fresh Egg Pasta with Spinach & Ricotta Filling, Corn Ragu, Parmigiano Broth, Basil, Parmigiano, Poached Egg

                                • Primi$14.00
                                • Full$26.00
                              • Tagliatelle Marinara

                                Hand-cut pasta, San Marzano Tomatoes, Parmigiano-Reggiano

                                • Primi$8.00
                                • Full$15.00
                              • Tajarin al Ragù

                                Finely Cut Noodles with Pork Sausage & House-aged Beef Ragu, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Rosemary

                                • Primi$14.00
                                • Full$26.00
                              • Rare Lasagna

                                Pasta Layered with House-made Sausage, San Marzano Tomatoes

                                • Primi$14.00
                                • Full$25.00

                              Entrees

                              • Senza Carne$24.00

                                Asparagus, Lentil Ragu, Braised Kale, Seared Polenta, Grilled Tomato, Salsa Rossa. Available with Pasta

                                • Chicken "Al Mattone"$27.00

                                  Chicken Breast with Lentil Ragù, Salsa Verde, Sautéed Spinach

                                  • Polpette Bevevino$24.00

                                    Oven-baked Meatballs of Beef and Pork with Crispy Polenta Cake, Arrabbiata or Marinara Sauce, Fried Basil, Parmigiano-Reggiano. Available with Pasta

                                    • Brasato$27.00

                                      Braised Beef, Chive Potatoes, Sautéed Spinach, Gremolata

                                      • Bone-In Pork Chop$27.00

                                        Stonefruit Mostarda, Grilled Polenta, Broccolini

                                        • Trout$30.00

                                          Colorado Trout Filet, Lemon-thyme Farrotto, Fagiolini, Salsa Bianco

                                          • Rare Burger*$13.00

                                            6 oz. Dry-aged House-ground Burger, Potato Bun, House-made Mayo, Arugula, Tomato, Red Onion. Served with Fries or Salad

                                            House-Aged Steaks

                                            Served with Chived Potato Purée and Sautéed Spinach. Sauces: Aged Balsamic Vinegar, Salsa Verde, Chianti-veal Demi Glace, Truffle Butter

                                            • 8 Oz. Beef Tenderloin*$42.00

                                              • 10 Oz. Dry-Aged New York Strip*$40.00

                                                • 14 Oz. Dry-Aged Rib Eye*$42.00

                                                  • 24 Oz. Bone-In Dry-Aged New York Strip*$66.00

                                                    • 32 Oz. Dry-Aged Bistecca alla Fiorentina*$87.00

                                                      Side Dishes

                                                      $8. For the table

                                                      • Lentil Ragù

                                                        • Funghi Trifolati (9)

                                                          • Grilled Polenta

                                                            • Chive Potatoes

                                                              • Chili-Glazed Brussels Sprouts

                                                                • Truffle Fries

                                                                  Dessert

                                                                  For the table. Please order at the beginning of your meal to allow time for proper preparation

                                                                  • Blueberry Crostata

                                                                    Flaky Pastry with Fresh Blueberries, Ginger, Crème Anglaise and Mascarpone Gelato

                                                                    • Serves 2-4$18.00

                                                                  What 953 people are saying

                                                                  Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                  4.4
                                                                  4.4 based on all time ratings
                                                                  • 4.4Food
                                                                  • 4.4Service
                                                                  • 4.4Ambience
                                                                  • 4Value

                                                                  NoiseModerate

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                                                                  1. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    Denver

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    3.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on February 15, 2020

                                                                    overall3food5service3ambience4

                                                                    Food and atmosphere were awesome. However, our food took forever to come from the time of ordering so we were starving and our server was socially awkward.

                                                                  2. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    Denver

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on February 15, 2020

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Amazing dining experience

                                                                  3. LR

                                                                    LorelR

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    3.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on January 25, 2020

                                                                    overall3food2service3ambience4

                                                                    The only thing that my party liked was the charcuterie board but the entrees were underwhelming and overpriced. It wasn’t bad but nothing special and expensive for the quality

                                                                  4. S

                                                                    Sandstorm

                                                                    Denver

                                                                    33 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    33 reviews

                                                                    Dined on January 25, 2020

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                    RARE Italian just keeps getting better. One can come for happy hour and leave full. The appetizer meat and cheese board was amazing. The pickled vegetable are a great accompaniment. Our server, John, was attentive without being overbearing. He was very knowledgeable about the selections and the wine list. We look forward to our next visit.

                                                                  5. PC

                                                                    PeterC

                                                                    Denver

                                                                    21 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    21 reviews

                                                                    Dined on January 24, 2020

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Great happy hour values and delicious

                                                                  6. L

                                                                    Larry

                                                                    Denver

                                                                    50 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    50 reviews

                                                                    Dined on January 20, 2020

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    We have been to RARE 4 times in the last 3 months. RARE is a nice place, very good service, moderate prices, and the food is quality and good. The Brussels Sprouts are outstanding. We live in Loveland but are in Fort Collins frequently for musicals and shows. RARE has become our favorite place.

                                                                  7. SH

                                                                    ShaneH

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    2.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on January 19, 2020

                                                                    overall2food2service3ambience4

                                                                    Wasn’t too impressed with the food. Nice ambiance, but I didn’t love anything we had to eat.

                                                                  8. ST

                                                                    SteveTarr

                                                                    Denver

                                                                    8 reviews

                                                                    4.0

                                                                    8 reviews

                                                                    Dined on January 12, 2020

                                                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                    This is a pre-pandemic review... The ambiance is very warm. The food was well prepared and the presentation was above average. The waitstaff were pleasant and cordial. The price for the experience and food was reasonable. The only negative was the ambient sound, it’s a loud resturant that requires a bit of shouting across the table to hear and be heard. Sometimes that noise adds to the experience as a “happening place”, other times it is a detriment to the experience. You decide...

                                                                  9. RD

                                                                    RobD

                                                                    Denver

                                                                    8 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    8 reviews

                                                                    Dined on January 6, 2020

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Finally ordered the Bistecca Alla Fiorentina and split it 3 ways. Probably would have been better to split 2 ways, as the bone was pretty large, but we each got a decent portion and the steak was perfectly cooked, tender and delicious. Rare is one of our top two go-to restaurants in northern Colorado. Consistently good.

                                                                  10. N

                                                                    Natalie

                                                                    Denver

                                                                    15 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    15 reviews

                                                                    Dined on January 5, 2020

                                                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                    We tried a new entree, lamb osso bucco from the Fall/Winter menu and it was a delicious, fork-tender dish, although not an overly generous portion. The dining room service was exceptional as Dan is always attentive, professional and friendly. Rare Italian is our number one go-to restaurant for consistent high-quality food, wine and ambiance.

                                                                  11. CT

                                                                    CeciT

                                                                    Denver

                                                                    11 reviews

                                                                    4.0

                                                                    11 reviews

                                                                    Dined on January 4, 2020

                                                                    overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                                    Nice place, good food not many gluten-free options.

                                                                  12. KB

                                                                    KatieB

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on January 4, 2020

                                                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                    So delicious. We loved all the food. I am Celiac and there were so many things for me to eat on the menu.

                                                                  13. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    Denver

                                                                    18 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    3.0

                                                                    18 reviews

                                                                    Dined on January 4, 2020

                                                                    overall3food2service5ambience3

                                                                    Good service. Food is just okay. Pasta has a house made texture but is not very good. Red sauce was good. Several dishes at the table were very bland, yet heavy. Dessert (the advance order fruit pastry) was overly sweet and inelegant. This is not high end Italian.

                                                                  14. DA

                                                                    DAvidT

                                                                    San Francisco

                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                    Dined on January 3, 2020

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Consistently great food and service. Always a stop for us when we come into Ft Collins.

                                                                  15. TO

                                                                    TimO

                                                                    Denver

                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                    Dined on January 1, 2020

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Another fantastic evening at Rare! Fabulous food and wine! A must visit.

                                                                  16. S

                                                                    Squidnose

                                                                    Denver

                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                    3.0

                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                    Dined on December 29, 2019

                                                                    overall3food2service3ambience4

                                                                    Not as good as our first time at Rare. Steaks were average. The glass of Montepulciano d’Abbruzzo I had seemed like the bottle had been open too long - tasted stale. Service was average, not engaging or very personable. No one asked if we were celebrating a special occasion. Disappointing experience. I might try it again somewhere down the road.

                                                                  17. MR

                                                                    MichaelR

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on December 29, 2019

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    My wife and I were first timers to Rare, it was a very cool experience. The service was excellent, the food tasty and the ambience was spot on. We'll be back.

                                                                  18. JM

                                                                    JenniferM

                                                                    New England

                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                    Dined on December 28, 2019

                                                                    overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                    The staff here is phenomenal. Everyone was very accommodating and friendly. The arincini is delicious and our waitress recommended a cocktail called Lumen that knocked my socks off.

                                                                  19. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    Denver

                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                    Dined on December 25, 2019

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    A great holiday restaurant. Consistently great cuisine and friendly helpful staff.

                                                                  20. s

                                                                    southerngirl

                                                                    Raleigh

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    3.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on December 25, 2019

                                                                    overall3food4service3ambience3

                                                                    Excellent food for adults; no children’s menu; service extremely slow (waited nearly an hour for entrees); somewhat rude hostess; charged for child’s food that we sent back; ambiance so-so

                                                                  21. CP

                                                                    CarrieP

                                                                    Denver

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on December 25, 2019

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Great food - great service - great Christmas Eve !

                                                                  22. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    Palm Springs

                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                    3.0

                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                    Dined on December 24, 2019

                                                                    overall3food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Exceptional food. Great service. Wine was underwhelming and massively overpriced - to the point of gouging.

                                                                  23. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    Dallas

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    4.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on December 24, 2019

                                                                    overall4food5service3ambience5

                                                                    The restaurant was very busy when we arrived. Server seemed rushed and annoyed when we wanted to order cocktails. Food was fantastic (as usual) but just wish we hadn’t felt like such a burden for the server.

                                                                  24. PA

                                                                    PAL10

                                                                    Denver

                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                    Dined on December 24, 2019

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Family holiday dinner. Delicious food and great service.

                                                                  25. MG

                                                                    MichelleG

                                                                    Seattle

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on December 22, 2019

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    We were there celebrating graduation and it was the perfect atmosphere for such a special evening! Great energy, wonderful food and service.

                                                                  26. DB

                                                                    DavidB

                                                                    Atlanta

                                                                    11 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    11 reviews

                                                                    Dined on December 22, 2019

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    The food and service was excellent! Further, when we arrived with more in our party than our reservation called for, the hostess was most accommodating in getting us all seated. I look forward to coming back soon

                                                                  27. AG

                                                                    AndyG

                                                                    Denver

                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                    4.0

                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                    Dined on December 19, 2019

                                                                    overall4food5service4ambience3

                                                                    Exceptional food, but very long wait. We were there to spend time with each other, so waiting was fine, except for our drinks, which also took a long time. It’s loud. Make reservations. Save room for desert...it’s worth it.

                                                                  28. RP

                                                                    RandyP

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on December 15, 2019

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Wonderful ambience, friendly, attentive staff, and delicious food. This is my new favorite restaurant to celebrate special ocations.

                                                                  29. SV

                                                                    SkiVail

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    3.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on December 15, 2019

                                                                    overall3food3service5ambience3

                                                                    We have visited Rare twice and actually had the same waiter and he was awesome. Unfortunately, I requested a table near a window (a birthday dinner) and we were taken in the back near the bathrooms and staff area. There was absolutely no ambiance. There was a very loud table near us that did not understand the meaning of “soft” voices. This is not the restaurants fault but this woman was so loud we could not have a conversation. It was not only our table that was bothered. The food was just okay, my meal was under cooked and while everyone had their food, I had to wait another 15 minutes for mine to be recooked. This is a very pricey restaurant for such unfortunate mishaps. Again, the waiter was amazing and did everything he could do to accommodate us.

                                                                  30. W

                                                                    Woody

                                                                    Denver

                                                                    147 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    147 reviews

                                                                    Dined on December 15, 2019

                                                                    overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                    Great service. Great food. Consistent. Definitely will return.

                                                                  31. c

                                                                    charlesm

                                                                    Denver

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on December 15, 2019

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    We are never disappointed with food or service here. Anything anytime.

                                                                  32. H

                                                                    Houstonfoodie

                                                                    Houston

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on December 15, 2019

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Great food. Incredible flaky apple pie dessert.

                                                                  33. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    4.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on December 14, 2019

                                                                    overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                    We loved our server, Michael. The ambience of the room was nice. Food was good, dessert was great. We thought it was a nice place to celebrate our anniversary.

                                                                  34. S

                                                                    Spoiledbutnotrotten

                                                                    Denver

                                                                    15 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    15 reviews

                                                                    Dined on December 13, 2019

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    This visit we had two children and a new born with us and Rare was very accommodating to our group. There was no rush or fuss over the little ones. Our waitress was very patient and understanding. The food was excellent as expected.

                                                                  35. JJ

                                                                    JimJ

                                                                    Denver

                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                    Dined on December 10, 2019

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    As usual RARE never disappoints! The service and food are amazing! I highly recommend RARE for a date night, special outing or a large group.

                                                                  36. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                    Dined on December 10, 2019

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    We had an overnight getaway in Ft Collins. I heard about this restaurant from a friend. It was outstanding. Good wine, great lasagna! Can’t wait to try other dishes.

                                                                  37. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on December 7, 2019

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Staff was great. Food was delicious. Wine was amazing.

                                                                  38. S

                                                                    Spoiledbutnotrotten

                                                                    Denver

                                                                    15 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    15 reviews

                                                                    Dined on December 4, 2019

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    This is a great place to take guests when you want to treat them to a special culinary experience. This is the best Italian restaurant in northern colorado. Their meat and cheese plate is outstanding, their pastas are perfect texture and flavor. But, their steaks are what puts them a cut above the rest.

                                                                  39. M

                                                                    Momsnightout

                                                                    Denver

                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                    Dined on December 1, 2019

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    We go to Rare whenever we have friends visiting! Always great food and service.

                                                                  40. L

                                                                    Leelee

                                                                    Denver

                                                                    30 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    4.0

                                                                    30 reviews

                                                                    Dined on December 1, 2019

                                                                    overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                    Service a little slow, and inattentive, but food made up for it. Would benefit from having a friendlier hostess too.

                                                                  FAQs

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                                                                  RARE Italian is rated 4.4 stars by 953 OpenTable diners.

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                                                                  Additional information

                                                                  • Cross street

                                                                    Mountain Ave

                                                                  • Neighborhood

                                                                    Fort Collins

                                                                  • Hours of operation

                                                                    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Friday-Saturday 5:00pm - 12:00am Happy Hour: Daily 3:00-6:00

                                                                  • Cuisines

                                                                    Contemporary Italian, Italian, Mediterranean

                                                                  • Dining style

                                                                    Casual Dining

                                                                  • Dress code

                                                                    Casual Dress

                                                                  • Parking details

                                                                    There is free 2-hour parking throughout Old Town area.

                                                                  • Public transit

                                                                    Mountain Ave Max Station is one block away.

                                                                  • Payment options

                                                                    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                  • Executive chef

                                                                    Steven Anderson

                                                                  • Additional

                                                                    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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