Rare Steakhouse

4.6
1113 reviews
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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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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I grew up on an Angus cattle farm so take my steak very seriously. My husband I shared the dry aged rib eye cap last night and I think it was the best steak I've ever eaten. We are big on sharing to try more things and save calories so I appreciated the kitchen splitting items without us asking and without charging. Nice! Excellent service.

JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great steakhouse in the Madison area- one of our 'special occasion' places, for sure!

RR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place to enjoy diner in Madison, our server Alex was amazing

OT
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was our daughter’s 17th birthday so we celebrated with a great meal. The service was terrific and the food was outstanding. Truly one of the best steaks I have ever had.

WB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

A little to dark in the section I was located but was very romantic. I have been to RARE a number of times but it seems the quality of the food has drop a little. Still very good but not the difference maker as it once was when deciding to go to Wonder Bar or The Tornado Room.

I will return but will set my expectations.

Great Evening had by everyone in my group.

N
Milwaukee
23 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

staff was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu, food was amazing and our entire party had a wonderful night.

K
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

This is our second time here and decided to bring friends with to experience their first time there. The first, we were blown away with the food! Loved the au gratin potatoes! This time, those were not on the menu and the rather expensive steaks were just sub-par. :(

JC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was average. The service was exceptional. It was over priced for the quality of food.

A
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was the best we have had in the last couple years the steak was cooked just right and my wife had sea food which was very good

OT
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. We sat outside (shaded) and enjoyed the elate evening on the capitol square. They were out of the ingredients to make the cocktail on their menu I chose, but they were able to make an alternative. Cheese board and shrimp cocktail appetizers were great. Our steaks we cooked perfectly and were large (we couldn’t finish them). We got the loaded potato purée and broccoli as sides to share and they were both great. We were stuffed and weren’t able to try their desserts. Service was very quick and the manager stopped by near the end of the meal to make sure we enjoyed ourselves. Highly recommend Rare for a special occasion.

M
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

For the price, I’d rather go somewhere else. Our server was great, however, there were a few glitches. Some waitstaff didn’t know proper etiquette/table numbers, and part of the meal was forgotten about until we told our server. My drink also took about 20 minutes to get out to me since they didn’t have the proper ingredients to make what I had ordered. A lot of back and forth which was kind of annoying. Once it was all there, my mains (filet, hash brown and broccoli) were great. However, for the outrageous price of $13, my Caesar salad was essentially a noodles and co half size copy cat - go there instead and save $6. I may come back for a restaurant week menu but not for full price.

DD
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food. "rare plus" was between "medium rare" and "medium" for us.

d
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Love the atmosphere, but the hashbrowns were burnt, and the carrots were slightly under cooked. Steaks were great.

BP
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious. Excellent service. Waiter very knowledgeable about what I could eat since I’m unable to have gluten. Always appreciate that!

NB
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

We dined outside which was really nice. Perfect weather and great spot across the street from the capital building. Our server was very polite and well intentioned, but somewhat clueless and had clearly received little in the way of training on the menu and none at all on the wine list.

Rest of our table enjoyed their meal, but my bone-in ribeye was terrible. Ordered medium-rare; the edges were well-done and middle medium at best. It was also a very small cut and definitely not worth the $75 price tag. I also had the Caesar salad which was just ok. Lacked any anchovy taste - I assume the dressing came from a bottle or mix.

Overall I’d recommend going elsewhere as there are plenty of options in the area.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A good meal but very pricey for the food provided.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our food and service was outstanding, I have Been here on numerous occasions and I have NEVER been disappointed!!!!!

BR
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a lovely evening. We started at the bar, had a fun and funky cocktail. Delicious, although very sweet. We dined outside as the weather was fine. Our waitress was a delight, I'm sorry, I don't remember her name. She happily answered our questions about the menu, specials etc. and took our picture for us. The food was superb.

F
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic food and Service. Cannot wait to go back again!! One of the BEST Steakhouses in Madison!!

B
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed the romantic ambiance at Rare Steakhouse. Our food & drinks were perfect! I would recommend this restaurant to my friends & family who want to experience a taste of the finer things in life.

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere!

OT
Oklahoma City
10 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

We were excited to eat at Rare, however the food was less than desirable. The three of us each ordered a steak and they were not cooked as ordere

KA
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have been a few times before and it gets better each time.

BS
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent every time. The classiest place in downtown Madison - on a par with "big city" restaurants of the same genre.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress, Genevieve, was absolutely wonderful. Made us feel so special and very well taken care of. Overall, made our anniversary extra special...thank you!

PB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was cooked to perfection. If you are looking for a nice romantic place with great food, this is the place!

EB
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Stopped here for restaurant week lunch. Food and service were both very good and with restaurant week prices, a good deal too.

JC
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very small portions but the price was right. Screaming baby at the next table was unpleasant. Hostess needs training.

JV
Savannah
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Genevieve is a national treasure.

B
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I tried Rare for Madison's Restaurant Week. We both got the lobster bisque starter (because, well, lobster bisque) and it was a good start to the meal. A little too creamy for our preference, but still yummy. We tried the two steak options for entrees and they were absolutely delicious! A little over-zealous with the salt, but they tasted fantastic and cooked to medium-rare perfection. The sides we received with the steaks were kind of a mixed bag. Some were good, others were kinda bland and unappealing. However, the desserts returned to form and were also very good. Overall, we were pleased with our meal. Due to price, it's not a place we will go often, but it makes for a good special event steak dinner.

m
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My steak, the special filet, was great. Tender and cooked just right with a coating of pepper. Unfortunately the noise level was very high this time (we’ve been here before when it was quiet). This was Madison restaurant week so with the special deal the place was packed and the customers were reveling. Not a bad thing but I did have to move to hear my wife talk. Food very good, service as expected at Rare was also attentive. The go withs, potato’s, corn and vegetable were forgettable. I was looking forward to the regular go withs especially the loaded potato. They were out of our first choice for desert but second choice was good also. On the whole it was a good experience.

KF
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal experience. Food and service was outstanding!

JK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

To make a long story short, our meal was not good. We went for restaurant week (usually a busy time for all), so we expected to be “moved along”. But, this was really rushed. Our server insisted that we order as soon as possible because the kitchen was getting busy, and we would surely have time to enjoy our drinks. Needless to say, our first course came before our drinks. That part I could overlook, but what really made me unhappy was that after choosing to upgrade ($35 extra) to a bone-in ribeye, my steak was basically inedible. I am not terribly particular, and usually eat what is put on front of me, but this steak had so much connective tissue in it that it was impossible to chew. At any rate, I am VERY, disappointed with Rare, and could not recommend it to anyone at this time.

OT
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's one of those "go to" restaurants when you are celebrating a life event. Pricey? Absolutely. But worth every penny.

W
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed lunch during restaurant week. We both had the wedge salad and Sitka Salmon. I had the crème brulee and my husband had the chocolate tart. All items were excellent! We had just returned from Alaska and the Salmon was done to perfection at Rare, better than in Alaska. The salmon had a crispy topping and a delicious sauce. We recommend!!

CC
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Ryan, was perfectly attentive. It was a workday lunch and the pace of service was perfect. We really enjoyed the lunch at Rare!

LS
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Rare Steakhouse and try to get there at least once a year.

D
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My co-workers and I reserved a table at Rare for lunch during Restaurant Week. I had been to Rare before and my expectations were met. My friends loved it too.

I
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rare is a very special restaurant for special occasions and for me, a retaurant week favorite. Food is alwsys spot on and service is excellent. I had the "cannibal sandwich" which was the first time in over 25 years i have dared to eat uncooked beef, but my trust in the reputation of Rare paid off. It was excellent!

t
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

my wife and i had lunch at rare on wednesday during restaraunt week...our first visit. we were overwhelmed by: the excellent food; service; and reasonable price! we will definitely be back in the near future!

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