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Rare Steakhouse, Madison, WI

Rare Steakhouse

4.6
4.6
1868 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Seafood, Wine Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Happy Hour Tue–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (608) 204-9000
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Catering
    Join us in one of our two private dining rooms. Whether you would like to have an intimate dinner, business dinner, or host a fun cocktail and appetizer event, Rare will accommodate! Please contact Mary for any inquiry regarding your next event at mary@raremadison.com.
  • Private party facilities
    Created by Wisconsin natives for Wisconsin diners, Rare Steakhouse features USDA Prime steaks aged in-house, certified sommeliers to guide guests in choosing from a selection of more than 400 wines, and truly remarkable service.
  • Private party contact
    Sarah Kuehn: (608) 204-9000
  • Neighborhood
    Madison
  • Cross street
    Near State Street
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,868 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Wisconsin

    Steakhouse

  • Madison

    Best Ambiance

  • Madison

    Good for business meals

  • Madison

    Great for fine wines

  • Madison

    Romantic

  • Madison

    Good for special occasions

1,868 Reviews
  1. Jeggert

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Rare is one of our favorite restaurants, and due to the pandemic, we hadn't been there in at least 3 years. My husband is a leap year baby, so I decided it would be a great surprise to take him there for his birthday. We did not anticipate how busy and loud it would be on a Satuday night at 7pm; it was as if a football game had let out and they all went to Rare. In my opinion, Rare is a very classy restaurant and as such we always dress appropriately. (My husband in a suit, and myself in a dress and heel) Unfotunately, there were a lot of people dressed very shabbily. One patron had SLIPPERS on...I guess there is no dress code enforcement at Rare. Fortunately, Genevieve, our server, saved the evening for us. She was so attentive, highly educated on all of the menu items, and intuitive. She was always one step ahead of us on menu items, our drink orders, and she suggested so many wonderful menu items. We will definitely be back soon, and will ask for Genevieve. She is amazing, and we couldn't have asked for better service.

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  2. DanK

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gen was a fantastic waitress, made our evening and dinner very pleasant! Food and drinks were outstanding!

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  3. GaryH

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were wonderful. Always wish things were a little less expensive, but you are getting an overall dining experience as opposed to just going out to eat.

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  4. MunchiesGrande

    Orlando

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was outstanding, the service, top-notch, responsiveness and professionalism. The food was great highly recommend.!  Definitely try their aged cheddar!!

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  5. HEATHERP

    Detroit

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent from beginning to end. Food and service exceeded my expectations. Loved the variety of appetizers and entree. Bananas fosters for dessert just topped it all off.

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  6. Alex

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    3rd year celebrating our anniversary here. They go above and beyond everytime. Great experience, great food and great staff.

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  7. GraceG

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Rare was great! The food was delicious, the servers were all extremely nice, and the place was gorgeous. We had a view of the library, which really was cool.

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  8. MinaA

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service. Definitely will go again

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  9. Evelyn

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It wasn’t mind blowing but your paying for the experience more than the food and services

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  10. ThomasB

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant has a classy atmosphere but the food was not worth the price. Service was friendly and attentive

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Romantic atmosphere , and they seated us at a table by the window. Great view of the capital!

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  12. JanetB

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Customer service was on point. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable. Excellent fine dining! Highly recommend for a nice evening out.

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  13. GregM

    Milwaukee

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Food and service was excellent. Ambiance was not at all what I expected. We were seated in the “Library” and told it would be a quieter environment than the main dining room. It was nice but the piped in music was very loud and not at all a steakhouse vibe. At one point, the weather forecast and Spectrum News started blaring through the sound system. Very odd. In spite of that, I would recommend for a great steak and attentiveness of our servers.

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  14. MattK

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Rare is one of our favorite places in Madison and Milwaukee. Steaks are always done to perfection. Staff is amazing and ambiance can’t be beat!

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  15. JonathanC

    Milwaukee

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistent and reliable. Service always fantastic, menu comprehensive but not overwhelming, food is always quality and well prepared. Jahar and Cynthia are lovely

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  16. Gracie

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed our corner booth until a VERY noisy table near us was seated. We could hardly talk with one another. Food was fine; ambiance is always outstanding; value poor.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The chef definitely knows how to put it down on the grill but does not know how to take it off . Our steaks even though we ordered medium rare came out with a taste of pure charcoal .

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  18. DavidB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere. Excellent and attentive staff. Old school.

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  19. AshleyB

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to celebrate 🍾 a special occasion. Highly recommended.

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  20. Zzzzz

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We got the new American Wagyu wet-aged bone-in ribeye. 22 Oz. With the bone, $150 when we went. It was an incredible steak, probably the best I’ve had to date. Perfect cook and flavorful crust. Texture and fat marbling was amazing. Truly a 10/10 dish. It typically is served pre-sliced but I asked them to leave it whole since that is my preference, and they did. This is their most expensive whole steak and while I do think this steak and Rare’s menu items are over priced, you can’t find anything else like this in Madison. We also go the lobster Mac n cheese side. They must have changed their recipe since the last time we went. I didn’t care for it the first time I had it about a year ago - it was a little dry. This time it was fantastic! Super creamy cheese sauce and absolutely delicious flavor. Rare is inconsistent for me, I don’t think it’s always 5/5 stars. But this time, everything was perfect!

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  21. RNovotney

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We dined there this past Friday, and I'll never return. Here is why: •My martini was room temperature. I asked the waiter if they could at least put it in a cold glass. He returned with the drink, said there wasn’t much they could do. •The waiter rolled off a long list of dinner specials, but he spoke in a monotone, didn't enunciate. The dining room which was filled with lots of ambient noise, neither I nor my dining companion could understand him. We ended up ordering the New York strips because the specials left us confused. •The waiter never explained where to find things in the two menus. When ordering my dinner I asked if I could order just a glass of wine. He then explained to me where glasses of wine are listed (they are not in the wine menu). •My dining companion was served the wrong salad. Perhaps it would help if the waiters wrote down dinner orders. •My French Onion soup was bland and watery. For a $12 bowl of soup, I expected more. •My baked potato was served undercooked & poorly prepared. I’d ordered it with sour cream and butter, but when it was served it didn’t have any discernible butter. I asked the waiter for more butter and this seemed to challenge the staff. They eventually returned (after my steak was half eaten) with cubed chunks of frozen butter. Putting frozen butter on a potato that’s been sitting on the table for 10 minutes doesn’t work. Especially if it’s an $8 a la carte potato. •Our steaks were excellent, but that's the only thing on the menu that was up to expectations. •Twice a manager came by to ask how things were going. We were too polite to complain. I wanted to say “Perhaps you should’ve come by earlier to explain the specials. But I right now the kitchen evidently could use your help.” In summary, if I come to a fine dining establishment where my final tab for two diners is $300, I not only expect my steak to be excellent, I expect everything to be above average. For 1/3 less the cost I recommend Delany's.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing dinner. I would highly recommend. Amazing service and great food.

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  23. GiancarloG

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was amazing and service was great. The ambiance of the restaurant was nice however the lighting was little too dark for my taste.

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  24. KateC

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    I had such high expectations for this restaurant and it was shockingly under-whelming. For the price of my dinner, I was expecting a steak of a lifetime and it was average at best and not entirely cooked properly either. It is a fabulous location and a beautiful restaurant, but the food did not live up to my expectations whatsoever. The server was very nice and he did a good job - he was likely newer and a bit nervous, but all-in-all he did his best. I was there celebrating my niece's bday and I did not want to damper the mood so I did not say anything about my food - I did not want to make it about me.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience! Can’t wait to go back! Food and drinks were delicious! Beautiful atmosphere! Service was impeccable!

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  26. MicheleM

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Top of the line service- recommend highly as we’ve gone here first occasions for many years and have always been rewarded with great staff, food and atmosphere!

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  27. David

    New York City

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely evening. Our waitress was outstanding. Great food, wine, ambiance (to celebrate a birthday), a truly lovely evening. Thank you! David

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  28. JessicaR

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter Jafar was amazing as usual! Makes the night!

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  29. PAULAG

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was a great experience and the food was really good! My steak meal (special) would have been perfect if it was served hot! Was luke warm. That was the only disappointment. Will go back!

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  30. VMVMadison

    Milwaukee

    365 reviews

    5.0

    365 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Rare does dining well. Camden E, the server, was attentive, helpful and friendly. The food was attractively plated, perfectly prepared, and delicious. We recommend the Oysters Rockefeller, the Filet, the Caesar Salad, the Hash Browns, and the Bananas Foster as the perfect finish to a wonderful meal. For wine, we chose the Frank Family Cabernet Sauvignon. The service, the food, and the music make for a wonderful dining experience.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The BEST!!!! Everything perfect!! Amazing service!!

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  32. Russ

    Milwaukee

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent! Genevive provided great service and was very sensitive to food allergies.

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  33. KellyV

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved enjoying the happy hour at Rare this evening. Never disappoints! Excellent ambiance, delicious food, and reasonable deals when you take advantage of the happy hour in the bar area. I highly recommend!

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  34. Surfwazeecha

    Milwaukee

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great meal for Christmas Eve. The waitress was great. She was timely and got our order out at a nice pace. The food was superb.

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  35. LeslieH

    Milwaukee

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous dinner and wonderful service. A perfect place to have an intimate dinner with family.

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  36. NancyJ

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous knowledgeable server. Superior food and great wine selection.

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  37. Vincent

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great. Had the 6oz Kusunke Wagyu. Asparagus and Brussel sprouts were perfectly cooked and seasoned. Waitress was phenomenal. Wine paired perfectly. Ambiance was great and all the people who helped that night were pleasant.

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  38. CheersMKP

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is incredible…but let me also tell you about the service! Off the charts. They have the best staff around and really know how to create an exceptional experience!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent and the servicewas outstanding!

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  40. GreggT

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you want no compromises Rare is your place. Been coming here for years and not just for steaks. Lobster Bisque is always good.....Dec 23 they had an appetizer special that was excellent....also great Duck Confit and Crab Pasta. Service is perfect and many of the staff like Evan have been there for years.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Rare Steakhouse using the Order Online button.

Rare Steakhouse is rated 4.6 stars by 1868 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Rare Steakhouse

14 W. Mifflin Street, Madison, WI 53703

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Near State Street
  • Neighborhood
    Madison
  • Hours of operation
    Happy Hour Tue–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Seafood, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (608) 204-9000
  • Catering
    Join us in one of our two private dining rooms. Whether you would like to have an intimate dinner, business dinner, or host a fun cocktail and appetizer event, Rare will accommodate! Please contact Mary for any inquiry regarding your next event at mary@raremadison.com.
  • Private party facilities
    Created by Wisconsin natives for Wisconsin diners, Rare Steakhouse features USDA Prime steaks aged in-house, certified sommeliers to guide guests in choosing from a selection of more than 400 wines, and truly remarkable service.
  • Private party contact
    Sarah Kuehn: (608) 204-9000
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