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Rare Steakhouse, Madison, WI

Rare Steakhouse

4.7
4.7
1879 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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
    Business Casual
  • 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

What 1,879 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Wisconsin

    Romantic

  • Madison

    Best Overall

  • Madison

    Best Food

  • Madison

    Best Service

  • Madison

    Best Ambiance

  • Madison

    Best Value

  • Madison

    Good for business meals

  • Madison

    Great for fine wines

  • Madison

    Romantic

  • Madison

    Good for special occasions

1,879 Reviews
  1. Jenny

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were surprised by the full house. We've walked by many times and it is only half full. So, a little noisier than expected or desired. Genevieve was excellent. Welcoming demeanor. Clear explanations of the food and specials, although our fellow diner didn't think she had the ribcap definition just right. However, that steak was delicious. She went out of her way to order a mocktail focused on what I liked. Bartender did a great job. Then she and the bartender made a mock mojito, also very good. I didn't try the one on the menu. Cherry syrup - no way. Ask the bartender to suggest one of his other mocktails on the menu. We didn't have time for dessert. We had allowed 2 hours and needed to leave at 7:30, before dessert. We speculated the kitchen was super busy.

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  2. suzanneh

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were all running late after a long date. Staff was so accommodating and friendly. Food was outstanding as always!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    The tar tar was amazing. The steak had more gristle and fat than I would expect from a$68 steak not as tender as I felt it should be either.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always have a wonderful time when we visit and Genevieve is one of the best!!

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  5. VMVMadison

    Milwaukee

    352 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    352 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We chose to dine at Rare Steakhouse to celebrate my birthday. The Staff are friendly and helpful. Jahar G, the Server, was attentive and knowledgeable and made my birthday celebration perfect. The decor is attractive, and the music is enjoyable. The food was delicious, and we recommend the Oysters Rockefeller, Hashbrowns, the Filet or Capital Cut, and Bananas Foster. Rare is the perfect place for celebrations or any time you want an enjoyable dining experience.

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  6. HalversonA

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jeremy was great! Food- amazing! Can’t wait to go back.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best dinner. Genevieve was incredible. Such a fun night.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was amazing! Very knowledgeable and attentive. The filet was cooked perfectly and the chocolate cake was delicious.

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  9. JeniferR

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time to Rare. Lovely location across from the State Capitol. Our waiter & bar tender were very knowledgeable about the menu and recommendations. They were very engaging & friendly. Would recommend Rare to anyone coming into town.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We returned to celebrate our impending birthdays together and were, once again, very happy with our decision. We had a 7pm reservation on a Saturday night that was promptly honored. We were offered a table or booth and opted for booth. Justin, our server, introduced himself with a contagious smile & great attitude. He took our drink order & gave us a moment to talk & consider our options. We chose the Maryland crab cake, Caesar & a mid rare 32 ounce in house dry-aged, bone in porterhouse steak. The crab cake arrived in minutes. It was on the small side and shared the plate with a delicious fennel salad. We shared the crab cake appetizer. The cake had a perfectly toasted lightly breaded exterior with a "floaty" lightly connected and perfectly seasoned interior with a remoulade dollop on the side. Absolute winner. The Caesar arrived as we finished off the crab cake and was not long on the table. Lightly creamy Caesar dressing with chopped iceberg leaves (no crotons). Poof! Gone!! We then were served the steak. Perfectly cooked with an excellent Maillard reaction crust, seasoned nicely but arrived room temperature which was only slightly disappointing. Justin asked what we thought & I expressed exactly what I've written here. Without hesitation he offered to fire up a new one, but we declined as the flavor was spot on. The manager came over to apologize, touched the platter (cool to the touch) & appreciated our feedback. Justin returned to communicate that desserts & dessert cocktails were on the house. We were impressed by the generous offer & accepted. We had the bananas Foster and cranberry creme brûlée with a cappuccino martini. Justin presented the creme brûlée & went about making the bananas foster table side. Fun show with very delicious results (I found the banana bread wanting though?) The brûlée was, apparently, too delectable to share. The martini was terrific as well. We ABSOLUTELY made the right decision in celebrating at Rare and will return!

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FAQs

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

Rare Steakhouse is rated 4.7 stars by 1879 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 27 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Seafood, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • 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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