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“Great little find.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Rare

Rare
Lamberts Yard | 163 Lower Briggate, Leeds LS1 6LY, England
+44 113 246 7013
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Ranked #60 of 1,389 Restaurants in Leeds
Price range: $19 - $47
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Contemporary, British
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Good for: Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Championing premium local produce and offering a refined yet relaxed menu, Rare is a one-of-a-kind hideaway in Leeds. Enjoy succulent, whole roasted chickens served on a spike, freshly muddled cocktails, and meats brined, braised and slow-cooked in house for melt-in-the-mouth flavours. Chunky wood tables, free Wi-Fi and a range of eclectic specialist newspapers and magazines aid the laidback ambience at Rare restaurant, while local DJ legend Lucy Locket curates bespoke Rare playlists.
Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Great little find.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Had a night in Leeds a few weekends ago and was looking for a nice restaurant to eat at. After looking on good old Tripadvisor we went for Rare.
As we were planning to spend out night around the "gay" area of Leeds, the location was pretty much faultless.
I was a bit cautious as I walked in as it was extremely loud but luckily this was just the bar area and we were quickly escorted downstairs to the calmer restaurant area, only to meet a giant cow, a pretty cool feature in the middle of the room.
We were given a little pot of sausages and brown sauce which were delicious.
Food was delicious, I had the mini chicken whilst my partner had the pork belly. Only point to make is that we felt the starter menu could benefit from selling bread with oils/butter.
Price wasn't too bad for what you got. Definitely somewhere I'd consider returning to in the future.

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eatdrinkrare, Guest Relations Manager at Rare, responded to this review, February 24, 2014
Hello Lee_J1108.
Thanks so much for taking the time to review RARE… and thanks so much for the suggestion of Bread/Oils as an addition to the starter menu – we’ll raise this with the kitchen.
So glad you seemed to have an all round great RARE experience – we hope to see you back again some time soon.
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Harrogate
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5 restaurant reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Brilliant food and service was excellent! ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

The food was great, good quality and well presented! The service was excellent, felt really welcomed and looked after. The place had a great atmosphere especially in the restaurant downstairs.

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eatdrinkrare, Guest Relations Manager at Rare, responded to this review, February 24, 2014
Hello Emma2012Harrogate.
We’re very happy to hear you enjoyed the RARE experience of great quality food, service and atmosphere that we offer are RARE 
Thanks so much for taking the time to review RARE.
We hope to see you again some time soon.
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Quality quality stuff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

Me and my partner were looking to go to another restaurant the evening that we ended up at Rare, luckily for us the other place was full so we decided on a wander. Luckily i had seen rare on tripadvisor and people were raving about it. We walked into the bar area and i told my partner to trust me! Luckily they had a table for two (at the right end of the cow). We decided on the chicken wings to start, the sauce was fantastic and the portion was perfect for two.

I then had the delicious mixed game wellington for main and my partner had the glazed chicken. I was envious of her perfectly cooked chips but my cranberry mash made up for it in taste. Everything was cooked to perfection. For desert we had the sticky toffee pudding which was easily the best sticky toffee pudding id ever had.

This place was a great find on the internet and made up (and more) for the other restaurant. We'll be coming back again!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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eatdrinkrare, Guest Relations Manager at Rare, responded to this review, February 24, 2014
Hello Andrew H.
It sounds like the other restaurant’s loss, was RARE’s gain! So glad you enjoyed your RARE experience. It sounds like you got to experience quite a variety from our menu. Maybe Sue (or resident Longhorn Cow) put you off trying the beef… but if you are partial to a steak, we’d defiantly recommend trying next time you pop in!
Thanks so much for taking the time to review RARE.
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“Great food and service!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

My friend and I both went for the pulled pork sandwich, which was amazing but the chips were possibly the best chips I have ever had at a restaurant! Great to see such a lovely restaurant in Leeds and I like that the menu is simple. We will definitely be back!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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eatdrinkrare, Guest Relations Manager at Rare, responded to this review, February 24, 2014
Hello Hg1j.
Those chips really are amazing aren’t they… Hard to beat we think.
So glad to hear you had a lovely RARE experience. We look forward to having you back for another RARE visit.
Thanks for taking the time to provide a review.
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Cannot be faulted!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

We visited with friends for Sunday lunch, it really was worth the drive over from Manchester. The food was excellent and the service was fantastic. The staff were friendly and attentive, the non alcoholic cocktail made for our designated driver wasn't on the menu but the bar staff made it up especially for her!! All beef was cooked to perfection depending on each individuals preference and the dinner included all the trimmings - wicked Yorkshire pudding!! The desserts were delicious and the beer & wine were also 'spot on'. We will definitely all be returning very soon!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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eatdrinkrare, Guest Relations Manager at Rare, responded to this review, February 24, 2014
Hello Pippalata.
That’s the second great user name we’ve had this week!
We’re so happy to hear your trip across the Pennines was worth it and you had a great RARE experience. It’s so good to hear our staff are busy delivering UNCOMMON EXCELLENCE – we’d love to know what your driver’s bespoke Mocktail had in it!
Thank so much for taking the time to review RARE.
We hope to see you again soon.
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