Rare Steakhouse

4.7
1368 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
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1368 people are saying
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vipNewtonfoodie5
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Service was beyond slow - took 30 min to get a drink

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AngelaG
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delight to dine at Rare's. Celebrating Graduation. Food was spot on delicious and prepared top notch.

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MonicaC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rare never fails. The steaks are out of this world as is the salmon. The service is always excellent and we love the warm and inviting atmosphere at Rare!!!

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nancyb
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not been there for a while but it was as special as we remembered. Our server was outstanding! The very best place to celebrate a birthday or any other special event Or just to dine anytime really. Food was marvelous as well.

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DrewR
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and good experience but not worth the price.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous waitress!!

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DDoering
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Ask for Genevieve as your server, she was AWESOME, I wouldnt want anyone else. My son ordered the Delmonico AWESOME cut of meat. I think any steak you would order you would not be disappointed BUT I would never order a steak to share again. Most of our group ordered the large Ribeye. Amount of actual meat served was disappointing for the amount of money it cost. All the sides were served family style and that was a nice suprise.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, atmosphere was very nice.

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LauraO
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Rare is a special treat. The food was delicious and Jahar’s service was impeccable as usual

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SeanM
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal as always !

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suzannel
New England
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only issue would be that our margaritas were full
Price on happy hour, I would have thought that a margarita would be considered a tequila drink.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! Atmosphere was perfect. Service was exceptional. Highly recommend.

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SCF1965
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience5

2 out of 3 doesn't work for me! After spending over $900 on 3 meals, your quality is VERY inconsistent and I would not try again. The steaks we had on 4/10/21 were at best Choice Grade and hurried through the meal (not even completed salad and steaks were brought out as well as sides-warm, NOT hot). Very disappointed!

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Juliana
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Enjoy it more each time we come back!

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Kelli
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an outstanding overall, complete and well-rounded experience. From the drinks and food to the ambiance, the noise level, customer service. Everything is always top notch. Steaks always melt like butter in our mouths. Never had 1 under or overcooked steak -- always exact. One of our absolute favorite restaurants in Madison. Hands down. Coming from Chicago, we are familiar with top of the line steakhouses and Rare is right up there, alongside them. Recently found out about their Happy Hour and can't wait to come check that out too -- every seat is a great seat in the house -- bar, dining room -- a true stand out here in Madison. Some recommendations we'd highly suggest are: Oysters Rockefeller, Wedge Salad (when on the menu), Lobster Bisque, Filet, Bone-in Ribeye, Béarnaise, Whipped Potatoes, Caramelized Onions and Bananas Foster for a table side show. And you can't skip the Popovers complete with homemade seasonal butter. Can't wait for our next visit!

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vipNickiD
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service. Love the ambience.

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MalorieM
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing! Will definitely go back! The food was amazing and enjoyed a Waygu experience.

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TriedItOnce
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We went to Rare for its Happy Hour. While we were glad to try it out, the food was just alright, and we'd choose to try out other places in the future. The burger patty ratio to bun was off, though the taste was fine. The fries were too salty. My bf ordered the lobster roll since he hadn't had one before, and said he wouldn't like to have it again.

That said, we did enjoy the draft beer Edmund Fitzgerald and the overall ambience at the restaurant. We could not fault the wait staff for their fine service.

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JeannineD
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from knowledgeable staff and wonderful food. Would highly recommend the Creme Brulee for dessert.

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QueenB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

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AndrewG
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

The ambiance is incredibly cool and that kept the score high. They have an extensive wine menu but I tried the smoked old-fashioned. There was not a smokey vibe to the taste of the drink, which was disappointing, but overall the drink was good. The service was great! The food, however, was ok. My wife had the 6oz cut and I had the 10oz. Both were ordered medium. These were very unevenly cooked. The outside was well done and chewy and the inside was quite rare. We added the lobster oscar, and that was pleasant. However, the main attraction of this restaurant, the steak, would make it so I wouldn't go back.

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MatthewF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cynthia our Captain was a delight. We will be back. Best meal I've had in years.

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LUV2EAT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The crab cakes and salmon appetizer were beyond amazing. The Lobster Bisque was to die for along with some wonderful rib caps (cooked perfectly), with scallops. Bananas Foster tableside finished off the night perfectly. What makes the experience even better is the Wait Captain Genevive, who made the entire evening perfect. If you are going to Rare-Madison, I would ask for her as she makes your dining experience perfect. Thank you, Rare, the Chef's, and Wait Captain Genevive, for allowing us to eat COVID safe during these challenging times.

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ILikeToEat
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my wife to Rare Steakhouse for our first date since the pandemic started.

The food was exceptional. We had shrimp cocktail and oysters on the half shell for appetizers, my wife had duck confit, and I had a 22oz ribeye. We had creme brulee for dessert. Everything was perfectly cooked.

Our server was outstanding. She was kind, welcoming, anticipated our needs and just took excellent care of us. My wife eats gluten free and once we mentioned that to her, she made the modifications for all of our dishes without us having to ask. My wife and I also don't drink, but nevertheless, she always kept our glasses of San Pellegrino full!

The atmosphere was top-knotch. I wouldn't call Rare Steakhouse a great value; however, I did feel $64.00 was well worth it for the delicious, tender, perfectly cooked steak I had.

Since this was our first date since the pandemic started, I really wanted it to be something special. Rare Steakhouse definitely delivered.

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FletcherL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a wonderful experience at Rare. A great atmosphere and really great food went a long way towards the experience. Our service, however is what will make Rare memorable. Knowledgeable, professional, friendly and kind, our server made our stop to Rare better than we could have anticipated!

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LeahP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was simply the best I have ever had. The prices were higher than I an used to paying, but it was worth every penny. The service was phenomenal and the steak was perfect! We have decided to make this our anniversary dinner tradition!!

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AndreaG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The service was great. The food was even better, I also like the location of the place. It is right by the state capitol. At night the lights are beautiful

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AlanG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The crab cake was outstanding, our waitress was almost too knowledgable.

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LisaM
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time here celebrating our anniversary. The service, food, ambience, and location was top notch.

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Bruce
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great steaks! Sides are pricey but when going to a restaurant such as this, you shouldn’t expect the prices to be low. Management, bartender, and support wait staff were attentive and provided excellent service. Only issue with our waiter was that he forgot to bring us our glass of wine and when we reminded him, he had forgotten which wine we ordered. Obviously a mistake on his part, but when dining at a restaurant such as this, I expect a high level of customer attentiveness and service.

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vipHeather
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, wonderful food. Everything tasted fresh and exactly what we were hoping for. It was a lovely evening and we felt extremely safe with COVID precautions taken.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, classic midwestern steakhouse. Appetizers and sides are huge! Drinks are strong, atmosphere is younger than expected and that’s perfect.

Rick

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NikoT
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Appreciate the great hospitality i really enjoyed our time, nice clean and good food left us all full really nice first experience.

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RickR
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service, drinks and food were great. I appreciated the covid precautions!

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vipAnonymous
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic! I will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing waitress! Even better service overall. Food worth high price.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best steakhouse I have ever been too, the food was absolutely delicious. We were a table of four and everything that everyone ordered was spectacular. Our server was wonderful, he was helpful, patient and very knowledgeable about the menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very romantic place for Valentine’s Day

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and great steaks!

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none
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I was disappointed that we had to wait for 30 minutes for our table when I had made a reservation for 7:30 almost a month ago. Also a booth was not available. but in the end we had a very nice table in the library with good service, excellent food and a wonderful ambience. For a 91st birthday celebration it was a success. thanks.

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

Rare Steakhouse is rated 4.7 stars by 1368 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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