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“Delicious burger”
Review of Rare - CLOSED

Rare
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $39
Cuisines: Steakhouse, British, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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.
1 review
“Delicious burger”
Reviewed February 28, 2014

Wednesday night tea out and what a treat. The service was very attentive and we weren't rushed to our table which is always a fab start. Our table was next to Sue so we got well acquainted with the local wildlife!! We had the quails scotch eggs to start which were delicious and a fab vege option and something a bit different. followed by a burger main, I went with the house recommend of cooked rare, which was amazing, best burger I have ever had in a restaurant, superb.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Faye H
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eatdrinkrare, Guest Relations Manager at Rare, responded to this review, March 3, 2014
Hello Faye H.
"best burger I have ever had in a restaurant" - Wow... that's what we like to hear.
Allowing our customers the choice of how they want their burger cooked is one of our UNCOMMONLY EXCELLENT policies... so we're glad you took our serving staff's recommendation and went for rare... it makes for an altogether different burger experience doesn’t it.
Thanks so much for choosing RARE to dine - and for taking the time to review your experience.
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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122 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“A Treat for our Student Daughter”
Reviewed February 27, 2014

My wife & I decided to visit our daughter studying at Leeds Uni and she requested a Burger restaurant. We searched Trip Advisor and came up with Rare which was very highly rated. We were not at all disappointed. From the moment we were seated, the service and quality of food were second to none. A nice touch with mini sausages in brown sauce whilst we pondered the (admittedly limited menu. This was followed by amazing ribs and we all opted for the Burger. It was a pleasant surprise to be asked how we wanted it cooking and even better when each arrived perfectly cooked as requested. This was accompanied by a super side dish of braised red cabbage and onion rings (which were slightly disappointing). Our daughter even thought she had room for sticky toffee pudding, which finally defeated her! We were all delighted with the whole experience! Well done to those in charge.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Graham F
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eatdrinkrare, Guest Relations Manager at Rare, responded to this review, March 3, 2014
Hello Graham F.
Sounds like your daughter got a right RARE treat. What a lucky lady.
Thanks so much for such high praise - we're so pleased to hear you enjoyed your food and the service you received was up to the standard we demand.
Having your burger cooked the way you want is one of our UNCOMMONLY EXCELLENT policies... and can certainly make the difference for those with a clear preference as to how their meat is cooked.
Thanks so much for taking the time to review RARE. We hope to see you back when you are next in Leeds.
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Leeds
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Fantastic new Leeds venue”
Reviewed February 27, 2014 via mobile

Just had lunch on this occasion, but if this is a precursor to the main event then I will be returning very soon for dinner. Quick service, excellent quality food. The Treacle Cured Beef sandwich was exceptional and the 'triple cooked' chips were to die for. Would highly recommend this new venue, and Look forward to sampling the fantastic looking cocktail menu for some post work drinks, and then a meal in the fabulously cool dining room downstairs. Just what the Leeds restaurant and bar scene needed.

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Thank nickp21101974
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eatdrinkrare, Guest Relations Manager at Rare, responded to this review, March 3, 2014
Hello nickp21101974.
We've recently made quite a few changes to the groundfloor bar.... so Lunch 'upstairs' in the bar is becoming an increasingly enjoyable experience. We're going to be making quite a few more changes up there also.... which will make it an even more interesting place for a bite to eat... So... keep your eyes peeled when you pass through to head downstarirs for your post work Cocktails and eveing meal :)
Thanks for taking the time to review RARE.
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great evening”
Reviewed February 26, 2014

Had a lovely meal last night with my partner. We opted for starters of chickpea scotch eggs and salt and vinegar chicken wings followed by the 1kg steak with sides of chips, onion rings and complemented by peppercorn sauce.

The food was great! The scotch eggs crispy on the outside yet had a soft interior the quail egg was perfectly cooked and were perfectly seasoned, the chicken wings were tiny mouthfuls of lovliness with a flavour combination to die for.

The steak was huge and along with the sides ample for two people. The peppercorn sauce was one of the best I have tasted anywhere.

The atmosphere was great. Although it was a wednesday it was nicely full ( although i think this was partly due to the Lamb and Rum night they were having- £30 a head for four courses and cocktails seems a bargain to me!)

After the meal the owner came over to see how the meal was and seemed genuinely interested in how the place was percieved, and it really is a credit to him and the team.

The only improvements we felt could be made to enhance the restraunt ( and i wish i had put this on the comment card but my partner and I discussed it on the way home) is the inclusion of a seasonal special to the menu as well as the option for some homemade breads with oils to nibble on.

All in all a great experience and i would suggest anyone gives it a try!

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Gabby_J305
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eatdrinkrare, Guest Relations Manager at Rare, responded to this review, March 3, 2014
Hey Gabby_J305.
So glad to hear you had such a lovely time on a Wednesday evening. It sounds like the food and service was all top notch for you.
Having already been given 5*s by you - It's brilliant to also have some feedback on how we can improve. You're not the first person to suggest bread and oils - so we'll certainly raise this with the Restaurant Manager... and you'll be happy to hear we are looking at introducing more 'specials'.... which we'll highlight from our Facebook/Twitter profiles - so make sure you follow us on there.
Thanks so much for taking the time to review RARE.
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Leeds
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Amazing!!”
Reviewed February 26, 2014 via mobile

Love this place! Booked a table for lunch and the locally sourced food/service was amazing! I had the Pork Belly Sandwich which was to die for! Would highly recommend this restaurant to all meat eaters! Even the house wine was good! Say hi to Ben if you pop in, he's a credit to the place! Can't wait to return!!!

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1 Thank sarhu
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eatdrinkrare, Guest Relations Manager at Rare, responded to this review, March 3, 2014
Hello Sarhu.
The Pork Belly is indeed to die for! Another of our Bar Menu dishes which get rave reviews is the Beef Brisket sandwich. Melts in the mouth!
Thanks so much for taking the time to review RARE.... so pleased to hear you enjoy it so much.
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