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.
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: 6182447273x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Rare Chop House Ratings and Reviews
We used to love to go to Rare for the wo ...
We used to love to go to Rare for the wonderful bread that they served with oil and grated Parmesan cheese. They got rid of that and now only offer bread as an appetizer for purchase, but it's not the good bread they used to have.
We arrived about 15 minutes early for ou ...
We arrived about 15 minutes early for our reservation and were seated and greeted by the server right away. It took about 15 minutes before she came back and took an order for a group of 5 that came in after us. We then ordered and it took a good 20 minutes for the appetizer to get to the table. Then about a half hour for our salads. When the steaks finally arrived 2 hours had passed. The manager came to our table right after the steaks arrived and asked how they were. This was his first visit to our table. I told him I haven't cut into it yet but it has taken 2 hours for us to get them. He shrugged his shoulders and walked away without saying anything. The steaks were burnt and the baked potato over cooked. Since we were hungry from waiting for 2 hours we went ahead and tried to eat them anyway. When we paid the check the server apologized for the wait and asked us to give them another try. I doubt that we will. We were using a $50 gift certificate given to us as a wedding gift from friends. We still ended up paying $40 or so for the remainder of the bill. We couldn't wait to get out of there.
Taking a friend for first time She was ...
Taking a friend for first time She was very impressed. The three of us had a enjoyable evening. Staff was great,kitchen was slow BUT they let us know and made up for the delay. Food was outstanding. Things can happen and this was not their norm. We will go back.
We were celebrating our anniversary and ...
We were celebrating our anniversary and had heard many great things about Rare and decided to give it a try. We were certainly not disappointed! Our server was outstanding and was very accommodating with a special request. The steak and pork chop lived up to the perfection we had been led to expect. The dessert was excellent! We will definitely recommend it and will return.
We absolutely loved our dinner and the a ...
We absolutely loved our dinner and the ambiance. We were here on business and were so impressed with this restaurant. It was also nice to know that National Railway was owner of this fine restaurant. We were there to visit with them. Thanks for the excellent wine selection as well. We will be back when we visit the area
Excellent dining experience, will return no doubt.
Our first visit the the restaurant, we had top twenty dining cards, but it was a good value for the quality of food and experience if we had paid full. My entire family has birthdays within a couple of weeks together, so we chose this place for something different (travelling from Carbondale). Our server was not up to speed on the nuances of the menu as she was returning from leave, but she was very attentive and the suggestions she had (or obtained after conferral with the chef) were spot on. The portions and food quality exceeded expectations (and we were all expecting something good, heh). As we perused the other tables during our meal, we noticed delicious looking options we hope to try on return visits. Evidently, bruschetta is the go to app, everyone but us had it for the table and it looked great. My father got the Caprese salad and soup as an appetizer, but shared the salad, it was a delicious and cost-effective option to add something to share if you don't want a full appetizer as the entrees were all copious. The strip steak itself I had was as good as the one I had at Mary's a couple weeks prior (although the one at Mary's was topped Oscar style, I suspect given the seafood and asparagus options from other dishes that the chef could have similarly prepared the steak here if I had asked ). I can't think of anything to complain about. It seems it's a good place for happy hour too, if it were closer to home.
Not our best experience at Rare
Our visit to Rare was unexpectedly lackluster. The steak was good, but the appetizer (stuffed mushrooms) was overcooked and chewy. In fairness, the staff did take it off our bill. The speed of the service was extremely slow. Our food was put in wrong, so they had to rush my wife's filet and it ended up under cooked.
We've been to Rare before and found it to be exquisite. Perhaps this was just an off night. We will go again, but hopefully will receive a better experience.
The restaurant interior is very nice. Th ...
The restaurant interior is very nice. The service was very good.
I wish the menu had a few more options. The food is high priced for the area so I expected the food to be better than it was. Probably won't come back except for happy hour.
Always a great Evening
Food is always great. New menu in place so if you haven't been back in a while, it might be time to drop in. Meal can run $100 for two during dinner with drinks and appetizer but its a great place to go when a situation calls for something special.
Best Filet EVER
Clean, quiet, excellent service, best filet ever, friendly and helpful staff. 5 STAR
It may be priced a bit higher than others in the area but you get what you pay for....... And
RARE CHOP HOUSE is worth paying for.
We were ready to go back the next day.
Valentine's Day dinner
My girlfriend and I visited Rare for our Valentine's dinner. The ambience was great and was to food and drink. Our waiter wasn't quite as friendly as I expect at a place of this caliber. Our only other complaint was even though the restaurant wasn't very busy they claimed to be "making more bread" the entire time we were there but never had any finished. We were there for over an hour. Bread doesn't take that long. Other than that it was great and we will definitely be back.
Nice night at Rare
Had a really nice evening meal at Rare. Food was very good, and it was a little quieter than the last time. Not sure if it was a waiter or kitchen mix-up, but our salads didn't come until after our entrees were served. Waiter was very shocked when we asked for our salads, but took full responsibility whether it was his or not.
We had family in town and took our parents there for their birthday. The staff was wonderful and the food was delicious. The 2 steaks we had were a little tough but the the filet mignon was amazing! So were the pork medallions and the swordfish. I highly recommend RARE steak house. We will be returning!
We came here to celebrate Valentines Day. We had a wonderful dining experience at Rare. The food was excellent with a beautiful presentation. The service could not have been better. The atmosphere was nice with soft music playing. I wore dress slacks and a sweater, but my husband was just as comfortable in nice jeans and a sports shirt. I have already recommended this to friends. We would definitely go back.
Not their best night
I have been to the Chop House before and enjoyed the food and service.
Upon arrival, with Open Table reservations, we were asked to wait for seating. The crowd in the waiting area consisted only of my date and myself. We were queued for about 15 to 20 minutes then provided with a table.
We were promptly given menus but a more chaotic experience soon followed with a jumbled progression of events involving asking for our appetizer order, and I believe even our entrees, before a drink order was requested- save for ice water which was solicited instead automatically provided.
They were out of "all" specials and swordfish which was not an issue at all. We happily ordered from the menu and requested 2 appetizers including the fried pickles. We were told we ordered the last batch.
Soon after I was cascaded with "fried pickle sauce" as the waitress dropped an order next to my chair and hit my left side pretty good with the condiment. Another couple was also involved.
A circus ensued with all level of waitstaff offering apologies and towels. I was the focal point of the dining room for some time. We were informed that was the other tables order and we could no longer have pickles.
We ordered another appetizer. At full menu price .Food was simply excellent as always. We were told we would receive a complementary dessert for the incident.
I feel a little more was in order to properly compensate a returning customer for a night of poor service. If were we made to wait alone for our reserved table - I would say a complementary drink was in order.
I would feel the complementary dessert would justify the chaotic service adequately.
Being covered in pickle sauce however- in the center of the dining room- I feel a bit more than dessert, a course I often skip, should have been offered.
I am a manager of a successful transportation company who deals in customer service daily. When we are responsible for a shipping delay, our customers enjoy a discount.
The live musicians were a bit loud for m ...
The live musicians were a bit loud for my tastes. My wife's steak was very tasty as was the Basil Pesto Bruscetta appetizer. I found my Shrimp Diablo to a bit over spicy. The menu characterized as having a "kick of heat", but I felt that is was overwhelmingly hot to the point that the heat overshadowed any other flavor.
New Brunch Offering
The food was excellent being that it was only the 3rd time they have had the Brunch offering. However it became evident that they were still learning when they ran out of coffee. But it was worth the wait as after they got more the service and taste was excellent. You could tell that when they got busy they kept up with filling the serving dishes.
When things were slow they were not quick to replenish and rotate the items to make sure nothing burned or dried out. They need to work on there "Buffet" skills to keep everything looking appetizing to the eyes as the taste was awesome.
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