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About Rare Chop House
Come and enjoy the region's most exquisite culinary experience, from our open kitchen, to our Wine Room with 1000+ wines from all over the world, to the unique culinary cuisine prepared by the one and only Chef James Rushing. Exceptional Food and even better service await your palate here at RARE Chophouse, just off the square in Mt. Vernon! Visit us online at www.rarechophouse.com.
Mount Vernon, IL 62864
Steakhouse, Contemporary American, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm-9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
RARE Features a small parking lot on the South side of the building with handicap accessibility, 2 other parking facilities across Jordan Street, and across Broadway, as well as a City Parking Lot caddy-corner to RARE.
Private Party Facilities:
We feature several private dining opportunities for your meetings, parties, showers, celebrations, and everything in between.
We feature a Semi-Private dining area adjacent to the main dining floor behind frosted glass that can hold larger parties of 20-25. For your private needs we have the "LJB Room" complete with a Board Room table that seats 12 comfortably, a media center that plugs directly into our 60' Big Screen TV on the wall, a private entrance, and beautiful Art from all over the world. RARE requires only a minimum purchase of $500 to reserve the LJB Room. Call us directly for availability.
Private Party Contact:
Brandon Bullard: (618) 244-7273
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Rare Chop House Ratings and Reviews
We try to dine here few times a year but haven't been for a little while. Everything was great as usual, except for the menu. Our favorite dishes had been take off and there were very few options other than beef. I know, it's a chop house, but in our opinion they were much more before the menu change. Besides the above mentioned, it's still one of my favorites.
Have been going to Rare since it opened and loved every meal. However, our brunch was past poor (what there was of it). Poor menu selections. Our food was not hot. This occasion was not indicative of the quality Rare usually puts out. Very disappointing but we will go back because we know they are capable of much better. Brunch is not their thing apparently.
Not all that impressed. Made reservations a week prior and was seated next to the bathroom with several tables still available. The temp inside was so cold my teeth were chattering and I'm hot natured. Ordered the steak au pouivre which was extremely salty. Probably won't be back.
I came to Rare to celebrate a friend's birthday on Saturday evening. First impression was fairly nice. Good Decor, Quiet. Our server Josh came over to tell us about the specials that they had. When we were ready to order, he came over to take our orders. We ordered drinks and my friend who was celebrating her birthday, gave the server her ID. The new state rule is that to renew your license, they give you a paper form of ID and mail the ID within 3 weeks. She handed over the paper ID to the server. He looked surprised, looked at us, looked back at the ID and then went back to show the manager the ID. The manager came over to discuss with us and said he'd never seen anything like it. We went back and forth, telling him that this was the new state law. He refused and said he couldn't serve us. Told him he could call the police to verify the ID. AT this point attention had been drawn on to us from waiters and other customers. manager comes back with executive chef and it was only when the executive chef said this is what sos did now that the manager agreed to allow it. As they walked away this made us feel some type of way so i asked for the manager back and asked for a discount of some sort for the embarrassment and the attention that had been drawn on us. He didn't feel as if he did anything wrong, when i expressed my feeling of being uncomfortable at which point the manager said that he was also uncomfortable. He went as far as telling us that we could leave and that we didn't have to eat there. We expressed that we drove an hour to come to this restaurant. He didn't care. And expressed that. I should mention at this point that were black. After the confrontation. He had to call a black waiter to attempt to "speak our language". This was extremely rude. Coming from the manager, this was unacceptable. Worst experience I've ever had at a restaurant. While I'm sure that the service would have been fine if there was no ID debacle, the way this was handled was egregious
Excellent food, service, and ambiance. Highly recommend this as a special dining locale. The dinner for 2 for $50 was fantastic. Appetizer or salads, two entrees, and 2 desserts or a bottle of wine. We had the crab cakes, NY strip, hanger steak with cheesy jalapeño grits, and a dessert sampler. Wonderful meal.
My wife and I went for our first dining experience to RARE CHOP HOUSE on Friday, February 24, 2017. We had heard good things about the restaurant. We were seated promptly with a reservation. They were having a special Mardi Gras Celebration with a live band in the bar section. We knew several musicians in the band and were excited for an evening of good food and music!
I ordered the Prime Rib and my wife ordered a pasta dish. Neither dish was hot when it arrived at the table and the prime rib, although ordered MEDIUM RARE, was horribly overcooked and dried out. Both dishes were tasteless and bland. The crab cake appetizer was by far the best thing we ate. It had flavor and was cooked well.
We had to buy bread to accompany our meal. Odd. The breads were all dry and crumbly with exception of the plain dinner roll, which was... a plain dinner roll. The waitress seemed overworked with too many tables. My drink glass sat empty on two separate occasions during the meal. The bus staff were the ones who took away our uneaten plates of food, so the waitress never saw that neither of us took more than two bites of the meal. This afforded us no opportunity to give any feedback on the quality, presentation, or lack of flavor in the food. We were never approached by a manger to welcome us or assess our experience. He did speak to several other tables during our one hour stay.
Overall, our experience was VERY DISSAPOINTING.
Unfortunately my date wasn't able to go so u decided to go by myself and it was worth it. I had the 3 course meal with the wine pairing and it was Devine! The service was great and everyone was very pleasant. I would definitely go again either with or without someone with me.
Fantastic place! Love the old building and the atmosphere. Food was awesome and the staff was great! I was expecting to spend at least 120.00 that night but the dinner for 2 option is a great value! Spent way less even with the tip! Will definitely be coming back!
I continue to go back to Rare as they continue to improve the experience. We ate from the conventional menu, though the Experience menu was tempting - who wouldn't be tempted with an included bottle of wine? Abby was excellent - knew the menu, attentive without being a nuisance - great skill! Bradley chose our wine for us, and though I don't usually drink red wine, his description of taste and grape was spot on. Well done! Must say this - Abby listened attentively to any small critique we had and acted accordingly - there are places around the world I've eaten at, and her service was outstanding - she's a keeper. My advice - keep going back - it gets better and better. Worth the trip from anywhere.
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