Rare brings the big-city steakhouse to Madison

Rare brings the big-city steakhouse to Madison
Photo by Martha Busse

By Dan Curd

Owners Jack and Julie Sosnowski have bet that Madison is ready for a big-city steakhouse. Everything here is indeed on a grand scale. The dimly lit dining rooms with rich wood and glittering chandeliers are opulent. Its wine cellar claims to be the largest and finest in town. Chicago’s prestigious meat purveyor, Allen Brothers, provides colossal steaks, dry-aged in-house. Other menu items include trendy trappings like tuna carpaccio, pork belly and duck fat fries. Caesar salad and flaming bananas Foster prepared at the table by white-jacketed waiters, however, evoke another era. Indulgent and audacious, Rare Steakhouse is a winner.

Rare Steakhouse
14 W. Mifflin St., 608-204-9000

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