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Rare Steakhouse, Madison, WI

Rare Steakhouse

4.5
4.5
1591 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 3 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 1,591 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Madison

    Best Ambiance

  • Madison

    Notable Wine List

  • Madison

    Romantic

  • Madison

    Special Occasion

  • Madison

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. PG

    PeggyG

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    At the suggestion of our excellent server, Genevieve, we ordered several different cuts of steak and shared them family style from a large platter that the chef prepared. All of the meat was excellent as were the different sauces, sides and desserts we ordered. The sommelier, Owen, gave us some excellent recommendations on the wine and provided some tastings to help us make the selection. Overall, we had a lovely and memorable meal. Look forward to returning again.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    We went to Rare for the first time to celebrate our Anniversary. I really wanted to love this steakhouse, as I have heard rave reviews about it and wanted to try. My steak was over cooked (ordered medium and came out medium well) and my husband’s steak came out WAY undercooked (ordered medium rare and came out rare) to the point that the butter on top didn’t even melt on top of the steak and the inside was cold. He returned his steak and they were apologetic and cooked him another one. The manager offered to buy my husband a drink, but he already had a few and we needed to drive home. We weren’t expecting anything for free, but it would have been nice to have another offer. For what you pay for steaks at Rare, they should be cooked to your request. Lighting was way too dim for our liking too, we couldn’t read our menu and several people in the restaurant had their cell phone lights on to see the menu. On a positive note, the sides, dessert (bananas foster), and drinks were excellent. Service was excellent too! Probably won’t go back or recommend based on our experience.
  3. c

    christiem

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Nice restaurant with good food though quite salty. Too dark!! Defeats the purpose of the ambience goal it seems the restaurant is going for. Many patrons had their cell phone lights on to even see the menu and our table had no light whatsoever. Looked up at the ceiling to see the light out. We literally were in the dark. I think a restaurant that expensive should do a daily check for all those types of things.
  4. a

    amg136

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Over cooked all 6 of our steaks then actually tried to mansplain that the lighting outside may have confused us into thinking they were more cooked than they were.
  5. TP

    TimP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The only critique we had was that the asparagus was a little "woody" and the lobster mac & cheese was a bit bland.
  6. K

    Kath

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautifully prepared steaks. Blackened Salmon was superb. Perfectly cooked veggies. Spectacular presentation of the Smoked Old Fashioned. Perfect steak house atmosphere. Background music was a bit odd in that it was “radio music” and a bit too loud only because I noticed it. This is our second visit and we’ll return.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Belated Father’s Day dinner for my great friend Christopher
  8. JD

    JenDan68

    Milwaukee

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The steaks and crab legs are delicious. The strawberry butter served with the rolls was so fresh and not sweet. It was perfect. The fully loaded hash browns should not be missed. The chocolate cake is big enough to share and is a chocolate lovers dream. The only disappointing part of the evening was the lukewarm coffee. Also for some reason they waft around incense which is super sickening for people with a strong sense of smell. It’s gross. But the food makes it worth it.
  9. k

    kd93

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food and location by the capital. We sat outside on a nice evening
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was outstanding. Having Madison students and grads working is great as they are spot on with service. Food was ok, a LOT OF BUTTER everywhere. Loaded potato was sparse on bacon and wedge salad served with weird French dressing was a miss. Overall high marks for delivering service when service is sadly missing in todays world. Love the wine list. Bananas foster could have stayed on the flame another hot minute as we could really taste the alcohol. We will be back.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Father’s Day dinner, horrible service, bad food
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Service was excellent. Food was good but very overpriced for the quality
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have always had the very best food and service eating her. It never disappoints. Our waiter Jamal was extremely good and we have had him both times we have eaten here. Wonderful dining experience. Thank you.
  14. CL

    ChuckL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dry aged bone in filet mignon was cooked perfectly. Highly recommend
  15. SE

    ShawnE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So good......so very, very good. I'm not sure I will be able to eat steak from anywhere else after trying their dry aged steak.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time with great food!
  17. KX

    KXIO

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Sadly unsatisfying. You can get a good steak anywhere at a much better price. Felt food was lacking in portion and sides for what you are paying. For example $100 steak came with no sides and salmon had a few green beans and 2 finger potatoes.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rare never disappoints. Wife and I had a wonderful 24th wedding anniversary there last night. Couldn’t think of a better place to spend it.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific service and a very good meal.
  20. LM

    LanM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Food was underwhelming, steak was overcooked and the seafood wasn't cleaned properly. They focus too much on presentation and not enough on the actual food. Definitely not worth the cost.
  21. TR

    TheresaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent experience & wonderful dinner.
  22. SF

    StephenF

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed both the food and service. Jahar is the best!!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was over the top perfect. Our waitress was so kind, and very knowledgeable of the menu! front counter ladies were also outstanding! Everyone was so polite! Service at the bar was a bit slow and not very busy! Seemed like the older bartender wanted to be in charge and left Nate more behind the scenes. It was still amazing!
  24. JP

    JeffP

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Steak was amazing, service was not what you would expect. I was overall disappointed with food and service.
  25. RM

    RicardoM

    San Antonio

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great! I really liked it!
  26. C

    Crystal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and experience, would definitely recommend.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A supreme experience. Expensive, but worth it.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Graduation
  29. RM

    RicardoM

    San Antonio

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The most flavorful steak I have ever had. My taste buds were blown out of the water.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Not only was the food the most decadent and fresh meal that I have had in multiple years but the service is what stood out to me. The waitress “Genevieve” has yet again provided me the most outstanding service I have ever had in my entire life. Not only do I take these reviews seriously but I rarely ever leave one. This waitress completely changes my dining experience to the point that I travel cross country and can’t wait to come have a meal at this restaurant. Thank you.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Delicious - but the creamed spinach was more like cream no spinach, and I could’ve gotten 1000s more fries at McDonalds for $9 additional price. Server was extremely accommodating and took the two items off the bill, though.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    Everything was just so little, I asked for shrimp scampi pasta it was cocktail shrimp not even fried didn’t like it that much kind of disappointment for dinning in one of the most popular restaurants in the middle of the city
  34. J

    Jesse

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Awesome, service and food all around. The only critique I have is that the enhancements for the steaks were not worth the upcharge. Specifically the bacon wasn't anything special but cost $7 for 2 little strips on the side, and the blue cheese crumbles were just scooped into a dish, I felt like they could've put them on the steak and finished it in the oven to melt it on top. And the only other thing was that I overheard from the table next to us a while after we ordered that there was a 12 oz bone in fillet that wasn't on the menu and our server didn't let us know about. Not a big deal but I think if I had known that was an option I would've gotten it.
  35. N

    Nick

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I cannot say enough about our experience at Rare. The ambiance and décor was beautiful, the staff was amazing, and the food was out of this world. Yes, you will pay more at Rare than many other steak houses, but when you consider the quality of the experience as well as the food, it was more than just worth it... I feel like it was an exceptional bargain for a special occasion and I'm looking forward to returning.
  36. TS

    TianaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here for my birthday. Our server was wonderful and very attentive! The food was absolutely delicious as were our drinks. Some of the items definitely felt a little too pricy, but it is a high end restaurant. Definitely would recommend!
  37. JR

    JROOO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Looking for a steak house in Madison WI, simply go to Rare!
  38. B

    Bambi

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    One of the city’s fine dining establishments that. never disappoints for quality of food, service and ambiance.
  39. K

    Korab

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, excellent, excellent! Thank you for a great experience!
  40. J

    Jessica

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience1
    We have been dining with Rare for our anniversary for the last five years and this most recent experience was our first poor experience. This is disappointing because we loved this restaurant ( we even had our wedding dinner here and our family still talks about how amazing it was). We are disappointed and honestly on the fence if we will return. First off, PSA, they are unable to make pop overs right now and they do not have a suitable stand in. This is a top tier establishment and the pop overs are special- there should be a special stand in. Or at least an option in addition to the basic warmed up rolls. A couple ideas we had are a signature family style salad or discounted appetizers. We ate at 6pm on a Saturday and it was packed. The music was obnoxiously loud. In the past we would hear light jazz/ piano music but this night we were inundated with Pop music like “Billie Jean” which prevented from staying for an after-dinnerconversation. Our steaks were not cooked to order. We both ordered medium rare and they both came to us rare. I sent mine back and it came back medium. I believe that if I am ordering a ~$100 steak at a steak restaurant it should be perfect. Every other time we have eaten here we can’t help but exclaim “wow!” after our first bite and this time it was just “meh.” The seasoning was lacking for the steaks. Our lobster bisque had the smallest portion of lobster you have ever seen- it was laughable. There was no care or time put into the plating. Just food thrown on a plate. We ordered potato sides loaded and they were cold- neither the cheese or sour cream ever melted. Service was great despite how busy the place was and our drinks were delicious. Aside from the complimentary champagne at the beginning of the meal it just wasn’t special and for an almost $400 tab it should be every single time. Prior to this nights experience we have always recommended Rare Steakhouse.

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 4.5 stars by 1591 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 3 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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