RARE Italian

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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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LC
Austin
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

J
Denver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. Allie had great attention to detail!

JS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MH
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was great and happy hour incredible value.

PS
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a must! I am a foody, and loved our meals. I had the lasagna, the smaller portion, my husband had the risotto, both fabulous. The waiter, Dan, was outstanding!!!! He was present just enough, and so on top of our service. He was knowledgable, and absolutly great. I definitly plan on returning.

m
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Soup of the day was outstanding, the calamari over cooked and chewy, arancini not great, chicken lentils dry lacked flavor, brassato was good, lasagna good, bucatini dry.

CB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The beef tenderloin was superb, especially with the veal demi glace - perfectly cooked and with good flavor. I love the Cellothyme cocktail. It's limoncello, prosecco, and thyme - really good. My mom had the Brasato. It's kind of like beef stew. It was excellent as well. My dad's New York Strip was okay, definitely not as good as the filet. The atmosphere is modern and hip. A good night all around.

T
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great dinner at RARE. Best antipasto in Colorado and outstanding steaks. Great service.

c
Austin
74 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

First time at RARE and thought we'd try it for dinner and arrived in time for happy hour. The antipasto plate was delish and almost enough to skip dinner! Husband had a pizza and I went for the lasagna which I felt was a bit small for the serving and price. Otherwise it was tasty and hot! Enjoyed the Italian Arnold Palmer drink....unique.

OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was great, we had steaks and fish and bunch of different appetizers, everything was amazing!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding service!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We flew in from Philadelphia and decided to treat ourselves to the tasting menu. It was AMAZING. They also had half off bottles of wine that day and graciously informed us of the deal after we already agreed to pay $50 more per person for the wine pairing. Kudos to them! They also allowed us to make a last minute reservation for the tasting menu which usually must be made at least 24hrs in advance. Highly recommend and definitely will go there every time we fly in to Colorado!

RA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

My wife and I both had the meatballs with polenta, it was outstanding. Our grandson is a sophomore at CSU. Rare is his favorite restaurant in Fort Collins. He ate a mixed salad, a new York strip and Blueberry Crostata for desert which he thoroughly enjoyed. The waitress was very friendly and helpful, although she mixed up our order and gave us someone else's bill. No bigee, just annoying.

JB
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

As with previous times before, my experience dining at RARE Italian was very good. However, on this particular occasion, one of the dishes I ordered was a disappointment. The TAGLIATELLE MARINARA, which I have ordered in the past, was quite bitter. The sauce tasted literally like tomato paste straight out of a can and had very little flavor to it other than harsh tomato. Never have I experienced this before with this dish and I have ordered it 5 times. The noodles were fine but the sauce leaved much be to be desired.

I hope this feedback is helpful.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. If we lived in ft Collins, we would be regulars.

S
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The shrimp appetizer was good. Meatball main seemed to be missing its seasoning and unsalted. Service ok but inattentive. Noise level made it difficult for my wife and I to converse.

JP
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Steaks were best in town! Pasta also great.

JN
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I didn’t like the tortellini.

H
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Staff was super accommodating and friendly.

W
Denver
130 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

As Rare has matured, the food and service have improved significantly. It's now a go-to place for us and we send our friends there.

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Service with John was absolutely awful.
Never checked on table.
Food was cold. And poorly made.
When he finally stopped by 25 minutes later and we told him.
He just said would you like your check or would you like dessert

OT
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall great! Tables are too close together for an intimate dining experience.

AM
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and Serv here are top notch! I always get the lasagna and fresh mozzarella and my husband gets the New York strip. This is basically the only place we eat at these days!

OT
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food quality was excellent, we prepared, good presentation. It took a while to get our food though.

L
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was absolutely fabulous! Everything we ate exceeded expectations.

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was mediocre for the price. I would’ve expected more from them. The ambiance was quite cute...just felt like it should’ve been much higher quality.

RA
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Way too noisy. Food was OK but overpriced.

J
Denver
44 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed everything about our meal however the service is what stood out as exceptional. Michelle was professional and friendly, knowledgeable about both the food and wines. Highly recommended.

TK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was very good, all meals great, calamari overcooked, service very lethargic and not real attentive. asked for bread, asked for parmigiana, asked for the things that should have come by a proactive server, we did the asking...

HT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Our waiter never refilled our drinks nor offered to. We were a younger couple there for a date night and all our waiter cared about was his older customers, who he assumed would tip better. They were out of what I originally ordered and the service was very poor for the price you pay.

BS
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Pasta sauce tasted like it was out of a can. Steak was expensive but not tender or juicy. Fried calamari had a strange breading in it.

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