Rare Steakhouse

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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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JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

Service was truly very good. The place is really nice but the steaks are just not very good. In fact we were a little embarrassed by what we were served. That being said the salads were tasty.

TW
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Some changes made to menu not as good as it use to be. Steaks still great

P
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, staff, and of course food. From entering the restaurant to ordering to the food to leaving everything was great.

A
Milwaukee
18 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely fantastic. Had a reservation for 7pm and arrived at 6:50pm. We were asked if we wanted to be seated immediately but we chose to grab a drink from the bar first after a long drive from the dells. Bar service was great, and the drinks were also great. We were seated about 20 minutes after we arrived, (our choice). Our server was fantastic as well. Ordered a bottle of Caymus along with 2 bone-in dry aged filet's, lobster mac and cheese, lobster bisque and asparagus. Steaks were cooked to perfection and the rest was amazing as well. Could not have asked for a better dining experience and will definitely be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food and experience. Will definitely return.

M
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely place for a special occasion celebration.

J
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service in a New York steak house atmosphere.

KH
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All who were present had a wonderful time.

Thank you!

DL
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service but food was average. Steak was chewy (it was redone) and the salmon was ok. We also shared the seafood platter as an appetizer, which was excellent. Great wine selection which is 50% off on Sunday (great offer).

KC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfectly prepared steaks. Excellent waitstaff. The sides (mushrooms, hash browns, mashed potatoes, etc) excellent. 50 percent off wines on Sunday- from a great wine list!

RR
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was pretty good, not great. Server was a bit on the pompous side.

VK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best steak we have ever had! The sides were.delicous as well. Service was excellent.

UW
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great steaks and drinks but for the price I don’t like being charged $3 for a bernaise sauce. Also they charged $3 extra for a martini straight-up. Don’t nickel and dime when you charge $60 for a steak, just build it into the price.

JP
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hate to say it but we had a table without enough light. We both had trouble reading the tiny type. Isn't that just the thing I did not want to admit!!!!

Other than our eyesight the dinner was for our anniversary and absolutely wonderful.

WF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

First and foremost nobody came or our table for the first twenty minutes. Our waitress was out to lunch. Two pounds of King Crab and it was decent crab at best. Asked for horse radish, cocktail sauce and drawn butter....no problem. Crab was served and those items weren’t included. Patiently waited for ding-dong to check on us, gave up and waived in a bus boy. Three orders of Foi and again decent at best. Worst part about this experience was my dry aged rib eye. Nasty flavor, dry, over cooked....dog food. Best part of my experience, my guest loved their Filets and that kept me
Quit during dinner. Last but not least....the croutons on my Cesar were stale. Don’t ask me how much dinner cost and we didn’t order drinks, nobody drinks alcohol in my group that night.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Wait staff kept forgetting drinks and otherititems requested

MR
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Alex was awesome. He took a lot of time with us and was very knowledgeable.

WH
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible...the lobster bisque was delicious. The steaks were fantastic and the our waiter was extremely attentive. It was a special occasion for us and every detail there made our special evening even better!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The kitchen was having trouble getting the food right, but he did everything in their power to make it better in the end.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I grew up on an Angus cattle farm so take my steak very seriously. My husband I shared the dry aged rib eye cap last night and I think it was the best steak I've ever eaten. We are big on sharing to try more things and save calories so I appreciated the kitchen splitting items without us asking and without charging. Nice! Excellent service.

AS
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing service. Great food made accomodations especially for us. Specialty drinks and seasonal appetizers hit the spot. Best oysters I have ever had.

JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great steakhouse in the Madison area- one of our 'special occasion' places, for sure!

RR
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place to enjoy diner in Madison, our server Alex was amazing

OT
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was our daughter’s 17th birthday so we celebrated with a great meal. The service was terrific and the food was outstanding. Truly one of the best steaks I have ever had.

WB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

A little to dark in the section I was located but was very romantic. I have been to RARE a number of times but it seems the quality of the food has drop a little. Still very good but not the difference maker as it once was when deciding to go to Wonder Bar or The Tornado Room.

I will return but will set my expectations.

Great Evening had by everyone in my group.

N
Milwaukee
23 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

staff was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu, food was amazing and our entire party had a wonderful night.

K
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

This is our second time here and decided to bring friends with to experience their first time there. The first, we were blown away with the food! Loved the au gratin potatoes! This time, those were not on the menu and the rather expensive steaks were just sub-par. :(

JC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was average. The service was exceptional. It was over priced for the quality of food.

A
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was the best we have had in the last couple years the steak was cooked just right and my wife had sea food which was very good

OT
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. We sat outside (shaded) and enjoyed the elate evening on the capitol square. They were out of the ingredients to make the cocktail on their menu I chose, but they were able to make an alternative. Cheese board and shrimp cocktail appetizers were great. Our steaks we cooked perfectly and were large (we couldn’t finish them). We got the loaded potato purée and broccoli as sides to share and they were both great. We were stuffed and weren’t able to try their desserts. Service was very quick and the manager stopped by near the end of the meal to make sure we enjoyed ourselves. Highly recommend Rare for a special occasion.

M
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

For the price, I’d rather go somewhere else. Our server was great, however, there were a few glitches. Some waitstaff didn’t know proper etiquette/table numbers, and part of the meal was forgotten about until we told our server. My drink also took about 20 minutes to get out to me since they didn’t have the proper ingredients to make what I had ordered. A lot of back and forth which was kind of annoying. Once it was all there, my mains (filet, hash brown and broccoli) were great. However, for the outrageous price of $13, my Caesar salad was essentially a noodles and co half size copy cat - go there instead and save $6. I may come back for a restaurant week menu but not for full price.

DD
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food. "rare plus" was between "medium rare" and "medium" for us.

d
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Love the atmosphere, but the hashbrowns were burnt, and the carrots were slightly under cooked. Steaks were great.

BP
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious. Excellent service. Waiter very knowledgeable about what I could eat since I’m unable to have gluten. Always appreciate that!

NB
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

We dined outside which was really nice. Perfect weather and great spot across the street from the capital building. Our server was very polite and well intentioned, but somewhat clueless and had clearly received little in the way of training on the menu and none at all on the wine list.

Rest of our table enjoyed their meal, but my bone-in ribeye was terrible. Ordered medium-rare; the edges were well-done and middle medium at best. It was also a very small cut and definitely not worth the $75 price tag. I also had the Caesar salad which was just ok. Lacked any anchovy taste - I assume the dressing came from a bottle or mix.

Overall I’d recommend going elsewhere as there are plenty of options in the area.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A good meal but very pricey for the food provided.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our food and service was outstanding, I have Been here on numerous occasions and I have NEVER been disappointed!!!!!

BR
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a lovely evening. We started at the bar, had a fun and funky cocktail. Delicious, although very sweet. We dined outside as the weather was fine. Our waitress was a delight, I'm sorry, I don't remember her name. She happily answered our questions about the menu, specials etc. and took our picture for us. The food was superb.

F
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic food and Service. Cannot wait to go back again!! One of the BEST Steakhouses in Madison!!

B
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed the romantic ambiance at Rare Steakhouse. Our food & drinks were perfect! I would recommend this restaurant to my friends & family who want to experience a taste of the finer things in life.

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