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About Rare Steakhouse

Dining and Libations on Capitol Square. Madison's Downtown Steakhouse Featuring Allen Brother's Steaks and Great Wines.

14 W. Mifflin Street
Madison, WI 53703
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Seafood, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:

Dinner Monday - Thursday 5pm - 10pm
Dinner Friday and Saturday 5pm - 11pm
Dinner Sunday 5pm-9pm
Bar opens at 4:30

Cross Street:
Near State Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(608) 204-9000

Website:
http://www.rareonthesquare.com/

Executive Chef:
Travis Vaughn

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine

Rare Steakhouse Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (52)
Good for a Date (47)
Notable Wine List (46)
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Good for Anniversaries (46)
Romantic (36)
Handcrafted Cocktails (27)
Quiet Conversation (27)
Business Meals (26)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Worth the Drive (19)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Cozy (14)
Authentic (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Hot Spot (11)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Scenic View (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Fun (5)
Healthy (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Casual (2)
Great Beer (2)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 3 days ago

This was a first visit to Rare Steakhouse, and we will definitely be returning. Once a year, my wife and I go out for a very nice dinner, and I surprised her by choosing a location we had not yet tried. Our server Tom, was attentive, knowledgeable, and courteous. The food was outstanding, and priced comparably with other local steakhouses. The interior was absolutely beautiful... my wife commented a number of times as we ate how wonderful the ambiance and interior were. The one minor downside (and quite minor) was a group of guests sitting near us who were, in our opinion, a bit too loud and rowdy for the restaurant. We otherwise were very impressed.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined 3 days ago

AMAZING service and food. Very expensive but worth it for special occasions.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Cozy, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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·Dined 3 days ago

Elegant ambiance, dry aged and Wayge steaks that simply are not available most places. Outstanding complex flavors to the lobster dishes. Fine wine. It was a fabulous experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 6 days ago

My husband and I had a “total dining experience” during our first visit to Rare Steakhouse. The service was exceptional despite a very busy Valentine’s Day dinner rush. The food and wine were great. We enjoyed it all immensely. Thank you for a memorable dinner!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 6 days ago

Absolutely amazing food and service. We have been here a few times and never disappointed. Worth the 2 hour drive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Service was awful. Food was great. It was a Valentine’s Day dinner, and after our order was taken, we were essentially ignored the rest of the dinner.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent food and service! Steaks are the best in the city!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Second visit to RARE and it was as good as ever. Wonderful wait staff and great dishes. One of our favorites in Madison.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

An amazing Valentine dinner with my sweetheart. Our server, Genevieve, was the best I’ve ever had.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

This was a Valentine treat for my wife. We’d been to Rare many times and it has always been quite good. But one shouldn’t go there on special occasions. The staff was clearly overmatched by the volume of guests. It took more than 25 minutes after ordering to get a simple wedge salad. Then, it arrived without my wife’s appetizer, which took another ten minutes for the kitchen to scare up. Forty-five minutes after salad and appetizers, steaks arrived. The food was so salty we couldn’t eat it. They comped one meal in acknowledgement of the issues. Another 35 minutes after clearing the uneaten steak, a small piece of cake appeared. It was fine. My wife and I enjoyed visiting, and the Jordan wine was excellent. But we were amazed that we got to Rare at 6:30 and left at 9:45. Really bad experience.

Go there for birthdays or anniversaries. But stay away on broader holidays.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 6 days ago

Amazing! Very pricey but worth every cent.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 6 days ago

I had the best steak (i had 8oz filet) I’ve ever had in my entire life. My husbands had Lobster and it was huge and delicious. The baked potato was enough for two people for sure. We didn’t like the Broccoli so I wouldn’t recommend that. Service was exceptional. It was probably one of the prettiest atmosphere is for restaurant that I’ve ever been. Super romantic. Highly recommended.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Easily one of the best steakhouses in the Midwest. Extra touches like the popovers and Bananas Foster really put it over the top. Great staff as well

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Other than the soup being luke warm and the popovers being very burnt, the steak, salad and potatoes were very good. We will try another steak house next time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

One of the greatest steahouses in the nation. Personal, top notch service. Excellent bar and wine list. Perfectly aged and prepared steaks. Must go wheren in Madison!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I was disappointed with the food. The bread was burnt at the bottom. We asked for another batch hoping that the new batch wouldn’t be burnt, it was burnt as well. I’m shocked they served the burnt bread, esp. at a fancy restaurant. The chopped salad had too much sea salt on it. I never had a salad that was so salty. Let’s not talk about the steak, not sure what they had on top but it was way too salty. We had to scrape it off the steak. I left disappointed since it was my bday dinner. Plus, I was so thirsty with all the salt on my food. Not sure if it was just a bad night since we’ve eaten here before and the food was way better. Maybe the main chef was sick??

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Soup was outstanding, however it took forever to get bread, that was disappointing. Steaks were very good, but I've had better....but I'll still return. Outstanding service, always checking on us and the desserts were awesome.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent! Best steak in town, by a significant margin.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Everything about the service and food were top notch and exceeding expectations. Some of the best food we’ve ever had. If there was anything that was less than enjoyable was the noise level in the bar. Something was going on in he bar and the noise level made it difficult to hear and have a conversation at times. Didn’t ruin the dinner but didn’t help with the idea of a romantic dinner.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent service, excellent food, excellent atmosphere. We'll be back to this place again for sure.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Food was great. Difficult to park near by.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We have eaten at Rare before and for some reason I remember the food being better. The service has been stellar each time. The food was mediocre especially for the cost. Many other alternatives in the area with better food at a more moderate price.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 27, 2018

One word SUCCULENT . The best bananas foster I’ve ever ate!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Awesome as usual. The best restaurant in town. Great service & food. The bar also has great bartenders .

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Restaurant Week so selection was minimal but very good. Waiter was nice but not overly friendly. Seemed to just be going through the motions. Did not explain in detail the menu or how it worked, but heard him go through a complete explanation of the menu to the table next to us (without the couple asking). We’ve done Restaurant Week before so realize there are no substitutions but my wife asked for one and was told she couldn’t. Most waiters will ask whether there is a food allergy or intolerance (which my wife has) and accommodate. Didn’t even ask. Otherwise a very nice dinner.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 25, 2018

It was wonderful, we didn’t know it was restaurant week in Madison but the menu was great. Delicious food and drinks, service was fantastic and the atmosphere was perfect for our anniversary dinner. Definitely would go again.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Went for restaurant week. Menu offing was great. Red wine list is wonderful! Service and food was fabulous!!! Restaurant week price point was good. Everyday prices on the menu are way too expensive. Menu prices seem to be geared toward people on large expense accounts.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Great food and service!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Went to Rare during Restaurant Week. Service and food were excellent. Plan on going back.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Everything was excellent! Fabulous food and service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Our meal captain, Owen, was very personable yet professional. He had a clear understanding of the wine selections and offered us tastes of three pinto's which he was able to describe with accuracy. We had unknowingly made reservations during "Restaurant Week" which limited our selections, but couldn't have imagined better tasting selections.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 23, 2018

We had a wonderful date night experience during Resturant Week in Madison.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 23, 2018

We chose Rare because we enjoy trying new places and Restaurant Week is a good time to do that.

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Great value at restaurant week prices. At menu prices still excellent but pricy. Charging ala carte for a starch or vegetable (at significant cost) seems wallet overkill.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Went to Rare twice this week and both times everything was exceptional. Their steaks are of the highest quality, their seafood is fresh, and they have some of the best duck fat frites I've ever had. All of the staff are professional, well trained and friendly. They have a well-rounded wine list with good quality wines at various price ranges.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Jose was our server and he did an excellent job. It was our first time to the restaurant and it will absolutely not be our last. The steaks were wonderful as were the drinks. A perfect meal and evening that I would highly recommend.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Great service & linens. Library room is lovely. However, no popovers for day 1 of Rest Wk - - disappointment, & told to return for them later in the week! Food good, but not great. Potatoes & broccolini delish. Scallops came without a veggie. Key lime pie had no zip. If we go again, it will be to try lunch.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 19, 2018

So I felt as it other tables were getting far more attention than ours. The wait times for getting a desert menu when asked told we wanted one was almost 30 minutes. While when we asked for our check it came immediately felt as if they wants to clear our space for new customers.

Otherwise the food was exceptional and that night was not busy.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The entire experience of Rare was incredible. From the moment we walked in the door, it was all about service - excellent service at that. I was very glad to find that Rare is not an establishment which needs to add too many tales, too close together. They had a warm atmosphere, even on a cold winter night. Though some of the patrons at Rare were formally dressed, I was not. The staff did not make me feel out of place at all, due to my attire. I feel the staff made everyone feel welcome.

Going right to our table, we had a better chance to take in more of the details of Rare. We found the view of the capital to be very romantic.

Our serving team was warmly formal, providing insight into various food paring options, as well as explaining details about the meat courses (wet vs. dry aged). As the meal started arriving, each course seemed to build on the tastes of the previous. All in an amazing crescendo of our main course. It was refreshing that the serving team did not mention the term "doggie bag" in regards to portions of our meal we were to be taking with us.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Cozy
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 17, 2018

It was our first time at Rare! Excellent food, excellent service!

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