RARE Italian

4.5
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$31 to $50
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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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Denver
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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.

M
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

L
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

JM
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and outstanding service. What else can I say?

GR
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in town hands down - The food is delicious - service is outstanding!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service, atmosphere and food was excellent. Our party of 4 only had one issue with a salmon entree that arrived cool. The staff immediately made a new one which arrived at the correct temperature in a very timely manner. The manager and chef came out to the table to ensure that the new entree was perfect and also bought that person's desert.
A very good dining experience. We will visit again.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Rude host staff, long wait for mediocre food.

FC
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love the small plate option for the pasta selections, and very nice happy hour menu.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, AWESOME food. This time I tried the ravioli and was really impressed.

MR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ribeye was amazing. Will definitely be back!!!!!A++++

MC
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great evening at Rare. Brussel sprouts appetizer was amazing as was the caesar salad and four cheese pizza. We mainly ate off the happy hour menu. And our server was very good! So nice to be in Old Town with the holiday lights that you could see everywhere from inside the restaurant.

J
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

I thought the steak was excellent. It was our first time there and I think we had someone brand new helping us who seemed really nervous. But the fact that I can hear my family talk is priceless to me. This is a great place to bring friends and family and still have a conversation. Thank you Rare, for providing this type of dining experience!

b
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived into Fort Collins a bit later than planned. We didn’t have dinner plans specifically, so checking Yelp and OpenTable led us here. I’m glad it did! John, our waiter, was outstanding and really made the evening extra special. He knew the menu well and offered several suggestions after asking us a few questions. He also was extremely knowledgeable about the wines.

Since we arrived late, the atmosphere quieted down at the end. Even though it was near closing time, he never made us feel rushed or that we had to leave.

Highly recommended.

r
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful evening. John, our server, was amazing. Steaks are just delectable and wonderful wine list.

PC
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service

ST
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and quality of the food makes this a 5 star rating. We were greeted quickly and seated at the appointed reservation time. Then doted on for the four hours we were there. Food was made from a scratch kitchen. The wine list was extensive and not too precocious. We’ll be back.

j
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a terrific find! Wine was half price on Sunday. I had ravioli, mother had linguine and clams and my husband had meatballs. All were delicious. Also had arugula salad and Caesar salads which were perfect. No complaints except a noisy nearby large party.

AF
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Great wine recommended.

MH
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I love this place. Just had to remind our waiter about my sons Pepsi and we never received our truffle fries but it ended up that we would never have finished them because we were so full. And I made sure we weren’t charged for them and we weren’t.

W
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent!

HL
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I ate at Rare for our anniversary and loved every moment of it! The atmosphere, the food, everything was incredible!

m
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was great, the food was well made and had great taste. Can’t wait to go back.

TC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We Waite 1 hour and 20 minutes for our entree. Our order was not anything out of the ordinary.

R
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to RARE Italian. We had heard many good things about it and were looking forward dining there. We were not disappointed! We had reservations and were quickly seated. Our server asked if this was our first time at RARE Italian and when we answered yes she gave us a history of the restaurant and how they prepare their meals. They asked if we wold like bread, and we did. It was delicious and the olive oil that came with it was perfect. We went with the specials for the evening. I had the Cioppino with Halibut, Calamari and Clams and my wife had the Braised Beef with Pappardelle (made in house). Both dishes were outstanding. My wife had the half portion which was just the right amount of food for her. For dessert I had the Honey & Pine Nut Tart – topped with Vanilla Gelato. My wife had room for the lemon ricotta bites. They were a perfect end to our meal. Price was about $80.00 with tip. Well worth the price. We will return again and perhaps try one of their in house aged steaks!

JB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Steaks and great atmosphere.

GS
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food. Pricey. But get what you pay for. Would recommend.

TW
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been here a few times now and every time has been excellent. I just brought my parents and fiance here for my birthday dinner this weekend and they raved that this was the best restaurant experience they have had in years. The steaks were to die for, perfectly prepared and so flavorful, and the homemade pasta was excellent. The price, while not cheap, was totally reasonable for drinks, appetizers, meals, and desert. Excellent service as well.

JG
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great evening, we have made Rare the go to place for our anniversary's. This is the second year in a row we have gone there on anniversary and had the same bottle of wine. Love this place.

LC
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great food and service. Half price wine on Sunday night’s is wonderful!!

J
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing and delicious menu. The appetizers and happy hour menu was great. The wine list was very impressive. The service was outstanding and very helpful. It was extremely nice to dine with my family in a quiet atmosphere which is tastefully decorated. I will come back!
Who wouldn't come back when all the bottles of wine were 50% off the evening we were there. Great evening!

LS
Las Vegas
18 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. Allie had great attention to detail!

JS
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great the steak was cooked perfect tender and the pasta was awesome
Just a little bit noisy if they could eliminate the noise it would be perfect. I plan on going again and I would recommend it highly to friends

RR
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and good service we will go back soon. Great for special folks occasions or a nite out .

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food with great authentic flavors. Decently priced; great for date night or special occasion. The service was excellent and we will definitely be returning.

JH
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Food was not hot. Had to ask that it be reheated.

Steak was wonderful, but arrived very late in the meal. Salad was bland.

Our server was pleasant, but seemed assigned to too many tables. Had to track someone down to get overlooked items.

Unfair to judge on one experience, but I doubt I’ll give a second try.

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable on all levels! What can I say? We were super disappointed recently by other restaurants that we were scared to go out again for a birthday, but RARE YOU TAKE THE CAKE!!

From service- Michelle you are amazing and we so appreciate your recommendations and style. You made my fiancé’s birthday and our engagement celebration...
to food quality- the caesar salads are dressed to perfection, The Risotto is a beautiful harmony of pieces of meat, rice, and this creamy sauce that melts the entire dish in your mouth, and the aged steak is “To Live For.” The Tenderloin will literally melt in your mouth it’s so good, and well prepared.
to drinks and dessert- the wine was divine and their cocktails are hand crafted, and the dessert mousse bars with hazelnut bits and decorated plate “Happy Birthday Brandyn” just perfection.

Thank you RARE for making this a “rare” and beautiful evening!

HE
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed some drinks and apps from the happy hour menu, which was a great surprise on a Saturday night! All of our salads, steaks, and pastas were delicious and cooked perfectly. Our server was engaging and knowledgable, particularly about wines, and we ended up trying some new after dinner wine that we loved!

DM
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great celebration with friends and service and food were great.

MH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place to take clients in Fort Collins. The aged steaks are a 10!
The wine list is good and staff is great and very knowledgeable. It's on the expensive side but well worth it. I'll be coming back again and again.

DF
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was great and happy hour incredible value.

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