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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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1284 people are saying
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RoseK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, food was delicious. Filet was tender and cooked perfectly with a fabulous crust. Crab cake accompaniment was delicious and nicely browned. My companions scallops were seared well and tender, cooked perfectly. The mediteranean salad was lightly dressed, fresh, and full of flavor. The honey-crema butter accompanying the popovers had little flavor and the popovers were not hot. But that is only a very tiny complaint. The table captain was timely and unobtrusive. Coffee was refreshed without asking. Food came with impeccable timing. The Covid-19 precautions were obvious. We were in a booth with noone in the booths to either side. The normal tables in the middle of the main dining area were not used and those in the other dining room were well spaced. This was our first time going out to dinner since early March because of Covid concerns. We felt perfectly safe at Rare and have no concern at all about potential exposure. We appreciate their efforts to provide safety while keeping their service and food experience as perfect as ever. Thank you.

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vipBarbaraC
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Service was VERY slow. Food as usual was outstanding. Won’t be back there for some time.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and ambiance, sad to see the entrance all boarded up, along with the businesses surrounding Rare.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was great, the service wasn’t over the top which you would expect for a restaurant like this.

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vipLaura
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal, fantastic server (Case) and overall a wonderful experience.

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gile
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The foood was amazing. The atmosphere was brilliant. The attention to my needs were impressive

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MikeS
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our visit was great.
We look forward to going back soon.

MJ
MarciaJ
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitstaff was great. Very attentive without being aggressive. Will eat here again.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had birthday dinner here. The meal was pricey but well worth it. If they have it as a feature, order the domestic Snake River Waygu NY strip, it was phenomenal, even better than the Japanese Waygu. Their smokey old fashioned was better than expected. Only thing that was issue was the wait staff was kind of slow.

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vipErikaMac
Milwaukee
33 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a pleasure. Owen and Genevieve were awesome. Everything was awesome, duck was ever so slightly overcooked but still good. Until next time.

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MichaelV
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

We thought our dinner was very good. A little pricey, but not out of line for the quality.

Our only disappointment was with our waitress. She was very good at first, but after she brought the entree she disappeared. We sat in the dining room looking over the capitol and outdoor seating. We could see our waitress "gabbing and yacking" with one customer in particular. For 15 minutes. Now, I know that 15 minutes isn't the end of the world, but when you're waiting on her coming back to ask you what you want for dessert and she spends her time chatting with a customer, then walking away for a second and then walking back to him to spend another 5 minutes chatting, it seems like an hour.

The maître d' sensed we were getting a little frustrated and came over to our table and asked if there was anything he could do. I told him 'no', that dinner was good and that we were going to order dessert (it was our anniversary) but our waitress had spent the last 15 minutes gabbing with someone outside. In fact, she was still out there.

He apologized, and brought us our bill. He took off the two drinks that I had, which was very nice but not necessary. I told him not to do that and to put those drinks back on our bill, but he insisted. So for that, my hat is off to him.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Excellent steak and wine selection.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We ordered steaks, lobster mac, mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts. Sadly, the only thing that arrived hot were the sprouts. Steaks were overcooked and cold. Mac was gelatinous. While our server was excellent, she was really busy and didn't check on us for about 20 minutes. By that time, no one was willing to wait to fix things. Sad. We have been there 4-5 times in the past year, but for a $300 price tag, I think we will try somewhere else.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant has been very thoughtful in distancing customers during COVID-19; we felt very safe. We had an outstanding meal. All of the staff were friendly and very attentive. We will dine there every time we are in Madison.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my son and his wife for a special birthday dinner. Everything was outstanding! We each chose the filet for the main entree all were cooked perfectly. I had the lobster bisque which was exquisite and such a lovely presentation. We shared a couple of sides including lobster mac which was delicious. Even the cocktails- Long Island iced tea - were perfect. This was our third visit in 2 years. I live in Cincy or I would visit more often. You can’t go wrong here. Impeccable service wonderful food and lovely ambience! Thanks to our waiter Ryan! He was extremely knowledgeable and very funny too.

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JenDan68
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful. The crab cakes were some of the best I have ever had. We also really enjoyed the beet salad. The popovers were a pleasant surprise. We went steak and seafood. The Filet Mignon was crusty and delicious while tender and perfectly cooked. The lobster tail and scallops were also cooked perfectly. Nothing is more disappointing than overcooked seafood. These was so tender and sweet and flavorful. The whole meal was great. We had no complaints. We will definitely be back. Delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Wife and I went here for our 15 years anniversary. The place is super nice and definitely a place you would go for a special occasion. The waitress couldn’t have been better. Very friendly. The food: we had the lobster and crab bisque. It was the best thing we had the whole night, it was delicious! We shared a steak and also got a couple ounces of the kusunoki. They both would have been really good had they been hot. For some reason the food all came out less than room temperature. I would have complained about it, but I wasn’t sure if they do that on purpose or not. Lol We did receive a free dessert of our choice for our anniversary which was nice. We had the chocolate cake and it was pretty good. Over all it was a very nice place, not quite worth the 200 dollars it cost. Would more than likely go back and just not order the the kusunoki, and also ask for the good to be good and hot when it arrives. I would recommend giving this place a try.

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vipKelliN
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Although there were some moments that were great (Kate), the service from our server (Mitch) was horrible. Had to go find him after sitting with no greeting for 18 mins. Took another 30 mins just to get bread to the table. The place was clearly not at full capacity in terms of seating, so we should not have experienced the abysmal service that we did. When paying these prices, one should expect exceptional food AND service.

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SM608
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mindblowingly delicious steaks. We had a 14 oz bone in filet mignon, a 6 oz filet mignon, and 2 oz of the A5 Wagyu, and every single one of them were stunning. The cocktails were to die for with lots of twists on popular original drinks. Great selection of Scotch and was surprised to find some nice Port on their dessert menu. We had a small issue with the seared scallops tasting off, but the manager came and fixed the problem right away and gave us another free starter dish. Everything about this dining experience was incredible. I'll definitely be back!

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vipnatoishaV
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first experience at Rare and it was totally mind blowing!!! From the ambiance, to our server who was AMAZING, to the food itself. Everything was great!!! THE best steak we have ever had in dining experiences! We will most definitely be back and will recommend to anyone looking for a great dining experience. Thank you!!!

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SWConway34
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was admittedly nervous returning to Rare as it was my first indoor dining experience since the pandemic started. However, they had tables marked off where patrons couldn’t be sat to ensure social distancing, with the closest table being about 15 feet away. All staff had masks. Food and service were incredible, as always. Shout out to our server Dani who was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food is good, but service was very slow. Which was surprising due to it not being very busy.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We went here for our 20th wedding anniversary to celebrate local since our Europe trip had been cancelled due to COVID. I should say that I have no problem spending the amount of money we did on our meal and drinks (more than $300) had the service, atmosphere and food been up to the expectations. We typically go to the Dells for our nice dinners but wanted to try Rare. It took more than 20 min just for our drinks, the meal was served in a somewhat timely manner but the server checked on us twice. The manager checked with every table besides us, not sure why. The steaks were flavorful but the sides (lobster Mac and cheese which was dry and creamed spinach that was still crunchy) Maybe I went in with high expectations than I should have. They knew it was out 20th and they did give us a free dessert but would prefer personalized service over a free dessert any day.

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DateNight
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed an amazing meal and dining experience for our 16 year wedding anniversary! We highly recommend Rare for date night and special occasions. We will definitely be back.

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SeanM
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal as always ! Always enjoy the great food and friendly service.

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StewyGriffin
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere were fantastic although would have like to have sat in main dining area not the side area .

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QuevonL
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Amazing

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ChristinaS
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great experience when we dine at Rare! They did an excellent job of ensuring we had a memorable anniversary!

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vipKeyhole2050
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Went for raw seafood platter. But unavailable due to pandemic. Had excellent RibCap steak & fresh oysters instead. Outdoor seating was nice but marred a bit by a car across the street that decided to park & blast its music.

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LGlovesGFrestaurants
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first experience with Rare and it exceeded our expectations. From our friendly and attentive server, Kate, to the delicious wine, amazing appetizers, mouth watering steak, lobster and scallops, to the best bananas fosters dessert we’ve ever shared, we couldn’t have asked for a better evening. Oh and the Popovers with honey butter were over the top! We will be back. Check this place out!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service for a 63rd wedding anniversary dinner

JL
vipJL39
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Tables spaced wide during COVID, and lots of safety precautions. Tough to see how the restaurant can cover overhead. But great meal.

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vipRichardT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service and food; great ambience. Glad they are open.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating son’s 30th birthday! Couldn’t ask for a better experience for a special day!

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ChristopherC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Food, drinks and service was excellent. Lighting can be improved (too dark in some area). Server can be more cheerful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never fail us.
Best service, interior, and quality of steak in madison.

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AdriannaR
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was phenomenal from start to finish. We had steak tartar (superb), crab cakes (lots of lump crab, good portion size) and the special watermelon tomato salad that was very refreshing to start. Each dish was delicious! For our entrees, my husband had the 14 oz bone in filet Oscar style and I had the 6 oz filet Oscar style. Both were perfectly cooked, perfectly seasoned and nicely presented. We also ordered the lobster mac and cheese and the tarragon pistachio carrots. We also ordered a few cocktails and the Rare's Manhattan and Bee's Knees were very good as was the Rareclaw, which my husband had. My least favorite thing was the one glass of wine I had with dinner. It was ok, but not worth the price and not memorable. Because it was our anniversary we also got the chocolate tarte to take home - super decadent but we took it to go to eat later as we were both very full. The service was very attentive, and due to the current situation the restaurant was very quiet (we frankly prefer that whenever we dine out so that was great for us as far as ambiance. Overall the dinner was great even if a little pricey (I think the accompaniments are priced too high, the appetizers are priced very well and the steaks are priced fair for the quality of food you get). This was our 2nd time dining in but 3rd time eating there overall (we had ordered takeout about a month and a half ago). We will dine at Rare again in the future.

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Angiep
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience5

All of the food was unbearably salty. Word to the wise- get the au jus that they serve with the steaks on the side. Overall, it was outlandishly expensive for food that ranged from ok to nearly inedible. Manager Owen was great though and made sure we left feeling like it was overall a good experience. I think I would return if others wanted to go, but would make sure to ask for no salt on the food.

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AlissaC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience5

The food was absolutely horrible. The only thing good was the steak. For paying $130 for 2 people, I’m HIGHLY disappointed and will never come here again.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time Kate was great. The steak was excellent. Nothing bad to say was awesome

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