The food had a good flavor but it arrive cold and took over 90 minutes to get to the table. Side dishes arrived halfway through the meal and we were told to keep our salad forks because they were short on utensils. Price was exorbitant for a cold steak.
Have been to Rare twice - cannot say enough about the creative menu, excellent service and superb wine list. We’ve had Rachael as our server both times, she’s understated and yet there exactly when you need her. Love the vibe here. We’ll be back!
Great experience. Food and service was great. Great wine selection. Wine a little pricey.
Great food! Great drinks! Great service! We enjoyed the evening and will return regularly.
Rachel was a great server who made sure we were taken care of.
Had a wonderful evening meal after a long day house hunting in MV. We will definitely go back and bring friends/family when they are in town visiting.
We pick Rare as our go to fine dining date night place a few times a year since we don't get out that much. Great service and wonderful menu. Love that we have a non-chain alternative in our area. Appetizers of shrimp were excellent. Side of brussel sprouts amazing. Crabcakes wonderful. Service was excellent. loved the house wine options. Tonight I tried the prime rib Friday night special instead of filet. About a quarter of the prime rib melted in your mouth, but the rest of it was inedible, too tough to eat, because perhaps under cooked for the large portion. wish I would have gone with the file instead. rare miss for us at rare. We'll be back but I will not order prime rib next time.
For you to have the menu you choose was sooo disappointing. We have been to Rate about 8 times and brought a couple with us. They will not be back.b should of stayed with regular menu. So upset after driving an hour for something special. Could of went to McDonald's. That's rating you
We were very happy with our food and service this time around. Everything was great! It has been about six months since we been to Rare Chop House due to last experience was very disappointing. We were not sure how this time would go. Our daughter wanted to go for her 15th birthday dinner celebration. We were happy that it was good experience and everything was good.
Lovely evening topped off by great music in the Bar area after. Loved it!
Highly recommend RARE Chop House if you are in the Southern Illinois area. Great menu & atmosphere for lunch or dinner.
Excellent food, drink and service for an upscale meal out.
Great service. Tasty and well presented food/drink. Nice atmosphere. Well maintained.
Whenever we are in Mt. Vernon we make a point to go to Rare! Never disappoints. Always delicious truly a great restaurant!! Service was great! Good wine list!!
Rare is a restaurant with great food, ambience, & service. Becca was our waitress & absolutely delightful! She was attentive to drink refills & also had a warm smile & sense of humor.
Took FOREVER to get fed.
Excellent choice! Our party drove from Chicago, Atlanta and St Louis to dine together. The restaurant accommodations were fabulous. We asked for a quiet room and they delivered.
We’ll be back next year.
Absolutely fantastic steaks! Love the ambiance of this place, definitely great for eating with friends and for an anniversary. Will be back and highly recommend!
We often drive from Chicago to Memphis, staying the night in Mt. Vernon. RARE has become a habit! Great steaks, nice wine list, delicious sides and wonderful service. Truly a gem!
We love this restaurat. It can be pricey, but well worth it. Everything is made in house and perfect. Even the bar drinks are wonderful.
Enjoyed our evening out celebrating my husband's birthday. Food was amazing. Thanks to the waiter I was able to taste the grits even though I ordered the risotto.
Rachael was our server and is our server most of the time we go. She is outstanding! The food is good, environment is good, service is great!
Really enjoyed the total experience. Atmosphere was great, food was outstanding and our waitress Jada was very polite and helpful.
Love coming here. I am from out of town and still come here often. The staff is very friendly and helpful! Food is also very good! Thanks for a nice NYE!
Service is impeccable. Food is delicious. Our favorite go to restaurant!!!
An incredible fine in a small community. Upon returning from 5 days enjoying the fabulous restaurants of New York City, we were amazed at the great atmosphere, divine food and excellent service. The prices were very favorable and the portions were large enough to split. You will NOT regret your dining experience!!
Rare has been a favorite since it opened and, I don't live in Mt. Vernon
We were given a gift certificate by our children to celebrate our anniverary. The atmosphere was nice, quiet but not where you felt like you couldn't talk. Service was excellent and server very knowledgeable about specials and such...
Brought my group for two birthday celebrations. The entire dining experience was fantastic. The meals were perfectly prepared and the wait staff was very polite and catered to our every need.
Excellent service. Not too intrusive, just what was needed. Food was excellent. Always enjoy our lunch here.
Great service and food. Would be a perfect rating but chair arm had broken loose and was just stuck back together.
Worth the hour long drive. Will definitely be going back.
This is a good place to eat in the Mount Vernon area. Stopped in for dinner and conversation with fiancee. The atmosphere is nice open and modern, with a great wine list. The steaks we ordered were good, but in the case of my fiancee under cooked to her liking. The flavor was good and the risotto excellent.
We have previously enjoyed dining at Rare, however, on Thursday Nov 9, 2017 we did not! We had to send back cocktails, and tuna entree. I ordered it Rare and it came out well done. After getting another tuna order, it tasted fishie which I was not aware a fish from the ocean could taste fishie. Probably will take awhile to get me back to Rare. Very disappointed!
Prime Rib on Friday night can't be beat. They have brought back the shaved brussel sprouts as a side and they are great! All the staff is friendly and informed. We have our favorites but we have never been disappointed.
Always love dining at Rare. Wonderful food, wine and atmosphere. The best dining experience Southern Illinois has to offer.
Staff is friendly and informative. Delmonico special was excellent. Brussel sprouts are back on the menu as a side and I loved them! Draft beer selections are interesting and changed from time to time. Great local restaurant if you are looking for something away from the chain options.
An excellent restaurant in a small town. The atmosphere is classy, the service is helpful and efficient and the food is delicious. We had steak and tuna and both meals were outstanding.
We had a reservation and were on time and seated right away. Table was perfectly fine and we ordered promptly. Food came fairly quickly and was good, but not worth the price. We were ready to call the date a success and were generally pleased, when the waiter dumped a Raspberry pudding moose something all over my husband. We’re talking shoes, pants, all over his black shirt as well as the floor. Apologized once and we could over-hear him joking about it back in the kitchen. Came back out, to inform me the desert I had actually ordered, they “couldn’t do”. I passed on anything else and requested the ticket. Never offered to comp anything. For a restaurant of that scale, it would have been the only appropriate gesture. Even Fazolis would have offered something if just to show they appreciate your business. I truly don’t know who these people think they are. We will NOT be returning. There are other places of equal stature, that have actual customer service equal of what you’d expect from a high end eatery. Unfortunately, I work in an industry where I am constantly asked for recommendations for restaurants in the area. Rare Chop House will not be on that list.
Great food in the middle of nowhere! It's worth driving to eat here. A few miles off the road. Excellent. Amazing value! More than that a gem that many might miss. How lucky