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Rare Steakhouse, Madison, WI

Rare Steakhouse

4.7
4.7
1665 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 26 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Tj Borup

  • 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

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What 1,665 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Madison

    Best Service

  • Madison

    Best Ambiance

  • Madison

    Hot Spot

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  1. t

    tjn75

    Milwaukee

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is consistently my favorite restaurant in Madison. The steaks are so good! It's hard to imagine anyplace with a better setting then this "Rare" on the Square! Jahar took care of us tonight and was very knowledgeable and fun to have at our table. Great place!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great server, excellent food. We were all happy. 🥩😋
  3. S

    Shar

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Fun steak house with classic dishes and a few new to try. Waitress was exceptional.
  4. MG

    MikeG

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a wonderful way to celebrate thanksgiving. Excellent food and service.
  5. PW

    PaulW

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great steaks
  6. JD

    JasonD

    Milwaukee

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience at Rare Steakhouse. The food was wonderful, and the relaxed pace was perfect for our evening out.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience5
    Made a reservation but took them 40 mins to seat us. Then another 15 mins to even get some water.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was an overall excellent experience
  9. NJ

    NancyJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding as always. Great service with style and worth every penny.
  10. S

    Sydney0602

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible visit first time patron see many visits on the horizon
  11. BD

    BDTraveler

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    So noisy the server had to change where she stood so we could hear her. My steak (the Capitol Cut) was tougher than I believe it should have been. The flavor of the steak and that of my guest was very good. The ambiance was very nice. The servers were top rate. The noise level is, unfortunately, my overriding memory.
  12. AC

    AdamCC

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wife and I sat at the bar to enjoy some cocktails and dinner. We could not have been happier with our decision! Jaclyn and Ken behind the bar were AMAZING! Great service and great conversation. The food was also out of this world, we will definitely be back!
  13. MS

    MikeS

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Way overpriced I had a New York strip for $68 thin and underwhelming my wife had 6 ounce filet for $49 it was good but that much for a tiny steak?
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was an excellent experience dining at Rare. The service was the perfect pace for us and food was absolutely delicious.
  15. JK

    JohnK

    Columbus

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Lots of waiting on the server.
  16. L

    Lulu

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Overrated. Steak was dry and grainy, lobster bisque was too spicy, squash/zucchini side dish was blah, chocolate martini wasn’t very chocolate, restaurant was very dark and even with candle on the table the menu was difficult to read, prices are quite inflated. On a positive note, even though it was rather noisy and dark the overall ambiance was very nice and the service was outstanding.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience and steak was wonderful. Service was excellent.
  18. JB

    JodiB

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overpriced compared to other similar places
  19. SL

    SeonaL

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Food came out cold for the amount of money you pay meal wasn’t good go somewhere else
  20. L

    Losc

    Milwaukee

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great as always! Service, food, drinks, all great. We were celebrating our 44th anniversary. The staff took great care of us.💗
  21. C

    Cheryl

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious dinner and wonderful evening celebrating my son’s birthday. Luciana was an excellent server. Thank you!
  22. MK

    MaryK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and overall wonderful experience. We celebrated my Sons birthday and it was spectacular. Thank you.
  23. FH

    FredH

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lucianna, our server was excellent. The warm bread and honey butter was amazing as were our steaks and scallops. The wine was excellent and bananas foster topped it off as a perfect meal. Will definitely return.
  24. PL

    PiaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great! Always quality food and service. I would recommend to anyone wanting to celebrate.
  25. SH

    ScottH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall1food4service2ambience4
    We were sat a table in the Library and initially I was pleased with the location. But next to us were three little kids and their parents and grandparents did nothing to keep them from yelling, bouncing on their chairs, and running around. When two of the kids started playing hopscotch right next to us, I had enough and asked to be moved. We were seated in a quieter part of the restaurant. From there the service became very poor. We had to ask for water and for bread both of which was never offered to us. And we had to ask for the wine that we had ordered with our dinner. Our server Joe seemed very overwhelmed and rushed. The manager never came over to apologize or offer anything for our inconviences. I did not complain as I was entertaining two out-of- town business customers, embarassing as I had talked up Rare as a fine restaurant. Rare is Madison's most expensive restaurant and while I'm happy to pay the high prices- I would have expected so much more. I will be going to one of Madison's other fine steakhouses next time.
  26. JL

    JuliaL

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great meal - they never disappoint.
  27. BY

    BradYelp27

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and the service are incredible. Pricey yes but you should know that going in. Had a special bone in filet ($131) that was fantastic. All the food and sides came out hot like they should - fantastic steakhouse!
  28. MT

    MaryTL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Prices are very high and the service is very low. We waited 20 minutes for a tap beer, when our bottle of wine came immediately. And the mixed drinks were even slower. Drinks were a joke all night, so slow. Service was average at best and the noise level was loud and bathrooms dirty. You can find better value at other steak houses
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was outstanding!
  30. BH

    BryonH

    Minneapolis

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brought a group to celebrate 21st birthdays. Cynthia was spectacular. The food was over the top good but the service even beat that. The wine was great, they were super helpful in selecting and picking rare finds. We are made to feel as if we were the only guests on site. This is a must visit!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Overall great experience. Waitress was super informative and knowledgeable. Only complaints would be the green beans (too much garlic and too crunchy), and twice we had silverware and dishes spilled on us by passing staff.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Was a wonderful experience the food was very very good only down fall was the price and wish the plates came out hotter food got cold
  33. d

    dhcdoc

    Milwaukee

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    While they still a 3 pound porterhouse they also have cut back the size of some dishes which is smart. Sorry but paying a good buck for a steak and taking half home to make a stew was really wasteful. The quality of all apps, soups, salads ,mains, sides, and deserts were even better than last visit. Generous drinks and a decent wine list. Service was impeccable. Kudos to Joe!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Luciana was the best!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    It was delicious food & our server was very nice. They were extremely busy & it took way too long to get food & drinks. It was not our waitresses fault. Just under staffed.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and friendly. Will go back every time I visit Madison.
  38. GF

    GrantF

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The food was fine. I expected more given the over ambiance and service. I’d go elsewhere for a steak dinner next time.
  39. N

    None

    Columbus

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and atmosphere.
  40. P

    Pickyeater89

    Minneapolis

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

FAQs

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

Rare Steakhouse is rated 4.7 stars by 1665 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 26 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Order online
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

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Seafood, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Tj Borup

  • 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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