Rare Steakhouse

4.6
1319 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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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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1319 people are saying
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MadisonFoody41
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rare Steakhouse is an excellent place for a fancy night out. It will cost you, but the service and food are worth it. Our waitress was on top of everything and even made unconventional recommendations. What I mean by unconventional recommendations, is her asking how I liked my steak tenderness and what flavors I'm looking for. Once I gave my preferences, then she recommended options instead of just telling me the most expensive thing on the menu. Highly encourage Madison diners to go here.

Don't forget the Banana Foster dessert either!

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PerryT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in all respects

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Definitely made our 15th wedding anniversary feel very special.

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vipGingerB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

New Years eve

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Tjamund
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve dinner with good friends. Genevieve was a fantastic server! As always, amazing dinner experience.

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Holley
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic dinner! Amazing food. Very much worth the price! Very friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding, from the food to the service and atmosphere. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great steak / dining experience in Madison.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic steak and Wagyu is to die for. Service is attentive but not intrusive. A must try experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and waiter!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had some out-of-town gas come to Madison from Milwaukee Wisconsin and we had the perfect table overlooking the capital food was fabulous service was fabulous so wonderful with going back for New Year’s Eve! They’re doing a fabulous job trying to be successful during the Covid… I highly recommend anyone dine at Rare

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RonP
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pricey, but quality matches price. Superb meal all the way around, great staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome as was our server however the music was too loud and we were celebrating a birthday and no staff even mentioned this so I was sadly disappointed!

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Tinasia
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband enjoyed his birthday! We loved every aspect of the restaurant!

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CarliT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent! One of the best lobster bisques we’ve ever had, incredible steak, and the bananas foster was to die for. The cocktails were also great. The service was outstanding and they made our anniversary dinner special!

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Foodlovegood
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall1food4service5ambience5

We have eaten at Rare more than 50 times pre Covid, it’s a true favorite. We even used to know some of the staff by name. I was very excited to take my two children there for thanksgiving because I know the have been very good at social distancing. We were seated in a booth and there were about 20 people total in a restaurant made for well over a hundred. Then, with seven open booths and many tables, they sat a loud foursome 5 feet from us. All we could hear the whole time was their stories and my daughter was freaking out about them being so close. I too tried to play it off but was concerned. The service was excellent the food was good, but this ruined the night and their tip. Oh the way out past all the open booths and tables my daughter asked me again why those people had to be so close to us and all I could do was just shake my head.

Rare Steakhouse
Responded on November 27, 2020

Thank you for your reply. We consistently exceed the standards for Social distancing, face mask use and sanitizing. We measure table spacing daily. We can only seat 25% of our capacity, hence the many open tables. I apologize for having you seated near a table that was too loud for your comfort. I appreciate you taking the time to let us know how your experience was and I apologize that it did not meet your expectations.

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JesseH
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, treated very well! Try the bananas foster

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Owen
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal of my life. I had such a great dinner, and the staff was wonderful.

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JohnM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, cool atmosphere, pricey

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LARRYB
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, they handled social distance very well, staff was great, Food was Awesome!

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Greg
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another great meal at Rare. I would definitely recommend.

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MachelleS
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the absolute best waitress that we’ve ever had anywhere!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious. Outstanding view/location. The lobster bisque is such a treat.

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Joyce
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Despite all necessary precautions due to Covid 19, we had great food and fabulous service. I would highly recommend it. For us it was fantastic to finally get out and have a fabulous dinner.

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vipandyy
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food, nice atmosphere
Service very good
Pricey

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noname
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall it's a great experience ... The bread is so crispy, perfect when mixed with honey butter. The scallop is the best! The only regret is that there's no special offer for celebrating the anniversary.

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AndreaC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The rib cap was amazing and so were the whipped potatoes. Everything we had was good.

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RonP
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

2nd time we've eaten there, first was terrific this visit was good. Co-Vid probably onky reason not as good menu limited from last visit. We'll still be back.

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vipnatoishaV
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love EVERYTHING about our experience here. This was our 2nd trip and we come all the way from Chicago to eat here when we can. Our server, Genevieve, is the best you could ask for. We will definitely be back, thank you for taking great care of us!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very knowledgeable waiter. Awesome dry aged steaks

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vipKelli
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, SUPERB experience. We have NEVER had anything less. Moving from Chicago a year and a half ago, we quickly became RARE lovers, as this sits right up there with the quality, ambiance and service level of a renowned Chicago steakhouse. From the moment we are greeted by the hostess, to when we step out the door to depart, the experience is fantastic.

We dined on this visit for my significant other's Birthday (we LOVE coming to RARE for all of the special occasions in our lives and has come to be a tradition!). We aren't quite comfortable dining indoors yet, with Covid, however, we requested a more-secluded table and they offered us 3 different locations within the restaurant - all offering privacy and plenty of distance from other guests/potentially high traffic areas.

Our waitress was upbeat, lively, welcoming, polite, courteous, timely and professional.

For food, we shared the Oysters Rockefeller (divine and so flavorful!), a "Wisco" Wedge -- split for us and so fresh, the 6 oz. Filet, the Bone-Ribeye, the Whipped Potatoes, Caramelized Onions and a side of Bernaise. All - just mouthwatering, melting in your mouth with every bite! The filet always cuts like BUTTER and the ribeye with a perfect amount of marbling. The potatoes are creamy and hold incredible taste while the caramelized onions were the perfect finishing touch. Love the garlic cloves that they garnish the steak with, as well - nice little addition and a great compliment to the protein.

RARE is without a doubt our go-to spot for steak and this restaurant checks off every box, every single time.

HIGHLY recommend. The perfect special occasion spot and a fabulous experience for anyone looking to host a client to dinner.

Thank you for yet, another wonderful experience RARE. You've done it again!

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vipElisabethL
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, they took lots of safety precautions to account for the pandemic.

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DebE
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waiter was talkative but in a helpful way. Initially we were seated at a two person table in a dark part of an empty room but we asked to move and that was fine. Although the creamed spinach was recommended as a side, it was way too much creamed and I would not recommend it.

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vipEMac
Milwaukee
34 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate outside and got a drag show or entertainment!! Was a bit windy but the food was excellent as always as was the service.

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WestonM
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

History of Rare has been great - it now appears they will not survive much longer - we probably will never be back and over the years, twice a year with a large group.

Wes Miller

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NancyM
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Expensive but yummy, especially for steak and wine lovers. Great wine list. Great steak list. Decadent other options like various oysters. It's a gourmand delight.

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RoseK
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
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 on September 12, 2020
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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Rare Steakhouse is rated 4.6 stars by 1319 OpenTable diners.

Rare Steakhouse does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.raresteaks.com/store/product/mad-gift-cards-starting-at-50-1/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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