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Rare Steakhouse

14 W Mifflin St, Madison, WI 53703
+1 608-204-9000
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good21%
  • Average10%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
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American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options
14 W Mifflin St, Madison, WI 53703
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The only positive thing I can identify was the steak. This is also expected from a steak house. Everything else was off target. The quality of side dishes, the attention of the serving staff, and ultimately the very high prices. White wine was forgotten, side...More

Thank Claus H
GenevieveV81, General Manager at Rare Steakhouse, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Claus, we truly appreciate your honesty. We always strive to give our guests the true "Rare" experience, so we hope that you'll give us another try soon so we can exceed your expectations.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are here on a Friday for a date night. The main course was very good. We ordered coffee and dessert afterwards. Our coffee arrived right away but we waited at least 25minutes for the dessert. I would have expected those two things to come...More

Thank AnneClare24
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Family dinner here late this summer. Wonderful service and steaks that were prepared to perfection. Other than parking (which is terrible around Cap Square) this is maybe the top Steakhouse in Madison. Try it!!!!!!!

Thank Peter L
GenevieveV81, General Manager at Rare Steakhouse, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the great review, Peter. Your kind words made our day. We hope that you join us again soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been to many, many, many high end steak houses, and they all kinda run together after a while. Maybe this is a first for Madison since there is no Manny’s, Ruth’s Chris, Peter Luger, etc. IDK. In this instance, the food, was good,...More

Thank Deborah K
GenevieveV81, General Manager at Rare Steakhouse, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Deborah, We are thrilled that you had a good night with us. We hope to see you again!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I travel to Madison every few weeks. I have been wanting to try Rare Steakhouse. I had heard they use Allen Brothers meat. I am from Chicago, Allen Bros rules there. Rare is right in front of the Capital building. They have outside dinning also,...More

Thank Neil G
Reviewed 9 September 2018

I am incredibly picky when it comes to an exceptional steak. Last fall we went to Rare with another couple and had an excellent meal. I had the bone in ribeye. It was the best steak that I have had in Madison. Last night we...More

Thank cbretthauer2079
GenevieveV81, Manager at Rare Steakhouse, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2018

We are beyond thrilled that you had a good night. Thank you so much for choosing Rare Steakhouse! We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 31 August 2018 via mobile

No surprises here: always reliable, elegant, classic. Most wines we tasted were very good. Appetizers as well. Food is high quality, well presented, tastes as expected. Service was flawless. Great place for business dinners. On my own, I prefer more imaginative cuisine.

Thank BeLaZe
Reviewed 25 August 2018

I got to the restaurant during happy hour and found I could have half price for certain cocktails and half price starters. This was good. I ate in the bar area which was very lively towards the end of happy hour! I had a small...More

Thank srocc
Reviewed 24 August 2018

Lots of changes in the past year, and not for the better. First a handful of menu changes. Ok, fine, I get that perhaps adjustments needed to be made for practical or financial reasons. No more tuna poke, no more pork belly, I adapted. Then...More

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Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

I had been asked by a few people over the summer holidays about what the best steakhouse was in Madison and despite having been to the main ones, I wasn’t certain how to respond. Thus, I decided to give it a whirl and found great...More

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Scott P
30 October 2017|
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Response from Jessica B | Reviewed this property |
Jeans and a collared shirt is fine. No dress code. But business casual if typical.
10 August 2016|
Response from Ken H | Reviewed this property |
Hard to say, because there are different cuts of meat and the like. Their aged bone-in ribeye is $62, but it is big enough that many couples could just share it. Side portions are very large as well and are extra. Of... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14 W Mifflin St, Madison, WI 53703
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-204-9000
Created by Wisconsin natives for Wisconsin diners, RARE features USDA Prime steaks aged in-house, certified sommeliers to guide guests in choosing from a selection of more than 750 wines and truly remarkable service.
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