Rare Steakhouse

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Dining and libations on Capitol Square with an incredible view of the Capitol, Rare combines craft cocktails, in-house dry aged steaks and attentive service in an unabashedly old-school steak house setting. Madison's downtown steakhouse features specialty cuts dry aged in-house, like the Rib Cap and the Delmonico as well as offering more traditional cuts like our filet and our rib eye. Rare is also one of the only purveyors of A5 Wagyu in Madison.

Complimenting our steaks and entrees is a specialty cocktail list and an extensive wine list with everything from wines for a big celebration to a weekday dinner.

If you're just looking for a drink after work, Rare offers discounted cocktails, wines and snacks at happy hour.

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MicheleM
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our new favorite birthday place--every part of the experience was enjoyable and memorable! We definitely want to dine here again!

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MeganR
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

We've been here a few times and normally have amazing service. We went to Rare for my fiance's birthday and the service was mediocre at best. We pre-orders wine and the wine was placed at the furthest point on the table from where we were sitting. That wouldn't have been an issue if our waitress ever checked on us. She didn't and I let the restaurant know in advance that we were celebrating my fiance's birthday. The food was good, except my steak came rare, definitely not medium as I ordered. Thankfully my fiance's food was perfect. It amazes me that people bring small children to this restaurant and wear their exercise gear. Not having a dress code is a definite drawback.

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Andreaflwi
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought our 3 adult children for their birthdays, all within days of each other, and had a great night!

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viplrb64
Milwaukee
21 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had an excellent experience at Rare. The filet and the dry-aged bone-in porterhouse were cooked perfectly and delicious. Ryan was a fantastic waiter.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed catching up with our son over a fabulous meal!

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JasonB
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had great steaks and the bananas foster is awesome.

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DanK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Great staff that made you feel welcomed and comfortable. The food was fantastic!

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JeffreyH
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were there for the 2nd time celebrating our anniversary. The food and service is better than almost any place we have dined

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JackT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality dining experience. They take care of all needs and know how to provide a memorable experience.

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LeslieM
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Chairs at dining table were super uncomfortable. Not seating for eating thats for sure

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KathyR
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our 1st time dining at RARE. It was my husband's birthday, and the staff made our experience wonderful! They even printed his name on Dave's menu! Our waiter Marc Anthony was fantastic! He really made our evening fun and special!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Steak charred and tough. Too expensive for what I experienced.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always.. Tom and Owen are great. Will be coming back.

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DoubleDown
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Terrible steak. Prepared fine, but the cut of meat had absolutely no flavor and definitely was something other than advertized. We were told that the Capitol Cut was the heart of a ribeye, but it tasted more like the sole of my shoe.

Mashed potatoes and vegetables added nothing to the meal. We both agreed that the dessert was very good. Overall, extremely disappointing experience and do not recommend.

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EvanD
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steak was cooked to perfection and the loaded whipped potatoes were amazing. Servers are very knowledgeable about wines. My girlfriend and I dine at Rare once a year and are highly satisfied each time.

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vipjoek
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience2

Completely disappointed!! Steak was tough with no taste!!

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GlobaTraveler
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Recommend, yes, but be ready for a nice size bill. One room has a great Capital View. Bar is gorgeous and has decent happy hour specials.

Salmon and Filet were awesome. Kale Salad was big enough for a meal if it had some Chicken/Fish/Meat with it.

Dessert were sinful.

Wine list was sufficient and had affordable bottles on it.

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DanD
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Very expensive for portion size, one of our steaks ordered had to be sent back to be cooked a bit more then came back over done. Could not tell the difference between the 6 oz Filet and 10 Oz Capital cut sizes seemed same. Even the server couldn't tell.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Obnoxious large/loud group of women that brought noise level up in main dining room so much that the rest of main dining room had to start almost yelling to compensate.

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MartonioP
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely and quiet ambiance. Great wine and mixed drink selections. The dry-aged steak was tender and delicious. I would only wish they'd served the steak on hot/sizzling plates so the food can keep warm longer. other than that the service and food was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great expe

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RandauW
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The filets were excellent; the lobster bisque was smooth and rich. We were celebrating a birthday and the champagne and dessert were unexpected and a very nice touch. Perhaps the best of all were the Manhattans; pricy but well worth it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Restaurant week and had a great time !

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vipsko2585
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Victoria was a great server! Needed to send steak back, not cooked correct first time. But, good after that!

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CurleyGirl
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Service was a bit slow. The noise level is too high. The portion size with the salmon was tiny and the amount of lobster bisque that was served was miniscule. The soup was only luke warm.

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ChristineC
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience5

It was a weekday lunch and we were there from 11:30am - 1:50pm! The waitstaff apologized once for the delay in service, but avoided eye contact with us most of the meal. It would have been helpful if the wait staff was more attentive (making sure our drinks were never empty etc).

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Alesha
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We were extremely disappointed with our experience at Rare. We came for Restaurant Week lunch, so a very limited menu, but options we were excited to try. Our waiter was very aloof and seemed annoyed to be there, but we didn't think it was a big deal. I was there with 2 friends. Myself and 1 friend had come from work for lunch, the other is on maternity leave and brought her baby. We figured lunch would be about an hour, since it's three courses. For a location on the square, we expect most of their lunch clientele to be working (from the people we saw, that seemed to be accurate). Our first course came very quickly at about 12:10, or 10 minutes after being seated and 5 minutes after ordering. Great! Then, we waited 45 minutes for our entrees. It's almost 1, we're hungry and annoyed, but ok, great, food is here. All of our food is luke warm, bordering on cold, so clearly we waited all that time for our food to be sitting somewhere while our waiter did something else? We noticed that no one in our seating area had gotten entrees in this amount of time, so I'm not sure what he was doing. When the waiter finally brought our entrees at almost 1 pm, I expressed to him that we were there on our lunch break, so could we have our checks so that we could leave right after the final course. He seemed annoyed. At 1:15 he brought our checks (20 minutes after entrees were delivered), and at 1:20 our desserts came out. If we hadn't been very proactive with paying, it would've been well over an hour and a half for a lunch menu that only has 8 TOTAL items. We have a lot of empathy for servers, because we know things can happen, but the complete lack of apologies or care for timing from our server really left a bad taste in our mouths. We'll skip going next time.

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DavidM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the staff was very attentive! Food was great!

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vipPaigeM
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Overall Rare was okay. We went for restaurant week to give it a try and I was quite disappointed in how small the portions were for for the price. My salmon was literally the size of the oyster shell. It’s a good thing we had ordered two sides otherwise I would have left hungry. The Wisco salad was wonderful, the dessert was good, and steak was tasty. When it came down to the end of it for $150.00 dinner I would prefer a full size meal from tornado room or seafood from sardine.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice!

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live2eat
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner at Rare during restaurant week was excellent. Food was delicious, staff went over and above to make sure we were satisfied. Lobster bisque was very tasteful and steaks were done to exactly as ordered.

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bryanj
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Two of our steaks were initially under cooked, but this was rectified quickly. Because it was a special menu ( restaurant week) I missed my favorite dessert: chocolate cake!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
17 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A "rare" treat! Host/hostess were most flexible when we asked for a different table upon our arrival, but actually were most pleased with the better/original suggested table. Waiter Mitchell (and his staff) were wonderfully pleasant and accommodating....he/they knew just when to engage.

We drive nearly 100 miles to dine in Madison, and "Rare" is NEVER a disappointment. Loved our selections and cocktails, plus our choice of wine...enjoyed the remainder of the bottle in our hotel later that evening. We will definitely return for another memorable meal and first-class experience. The ONLY (constructive) criticism would be that the background music was a "bit" louder than it needed to be...but really enjoyed the musical choices, which made up for that.

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vipjeffey55
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steaks, service and experience. From the bartenders to the wait staff, we were treated in a very friendly and competent manner. Our table captain was delightful, and did a nice job of educating us on the various cuts of meat, how they were aged, and what to expect.

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vipMegS
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were their for our anniversary and everyone worked together to create a wonderful dining experience for us, including a glass of champagne with our creme brûlée. Filets were perfection. Popovers were exceptional. Terrific selection of wine by the glass or bottle. I chose a glass of Penfolds Cab/Shiraz blend, but I could have selected Caymus by the glass as well. We are looking forward to returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Service was top notch, as it always is here. Food was good, but for the price, it should have been excellent.

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Craig
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Compared to other local steakhouses we found this one rather boring. Perhaps they seek out an older clientele base? The steaks were very undercooked and the sides were lackluster to say the least. The Bread that arrives before the food was amazing. Their Lobster Mac & Cheese was beyond bland. Loaded Baked Potato was good and the Asparagus was decent enough however whatever they place on top of it was again bland. The 14oz Bone-In Filets were as stated very undercooked but we aren’t the type to send food back. Jahar I believe his name was, was an excellent server! Quite knowledgeable and eager to provide white glove service. The rest of the staff was very kind as well. Overall the food wasn’t near up to par with some of the other high end competitor locally.

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KenH
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Good attention to birthday.

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CarynO
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was wonderful. They knew it was a date night. The bartenders were amazing and very friendly, the greeters were wonderful and the waitress was great. The food was spectacular. Only suggestion I have is to tell everyone that many of the side dishes will accommodate 2 people. Great job Rare. I’ve never had a bad meal or service. Top notch

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BrandonF
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience5

Dry aged porterhouse was cooked perfectly and beautiful but lacked flavor. Bruschetta, crab cake and wedge salad were all tasty though. Checked it off the list but will not be going back for steak.

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