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Review of Rare Steakhouse Uptown

Rare Steakhouse Uptown
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Ranked #26 of 3,779 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $52
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Australian, Grill
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Central Business District
Description: Committed to serving premium quality produce in a welcoming environment, our beef is sourced from across the country from Gippsland to Rockhampton and is graded by Meat Standards of Australia for its cut and quality - Come experience premium beef, basted and grilled to perfection, at three steak restaurants in Melbourne's CBD.
Vancouver, Canada
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50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great find in Melbourne”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013 via mobile

Monday night. Not expecting to find a great variety of restaurants open. We checked TripAdvisor and found Rare on Little Collins St. The appetizer of mushrooms was good but the steak, a medium rare, Angus Eye Fillet, was delicious. Haven't had such a good steak in a long time. And then the Pavlova for dessert, exceptional. Don't know what I enjoyed more, the steak or the dessert. I definitely recommend this restaurant. Make a booking. Even on a Monday night it was busy.

Visited September 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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125 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Loved Rare”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013

We came here for one of our friends' birthday dinners. We had great experiences at steak restaurants in Australia and we wanted to have one last one before we left Australia. We are glad we picked Rare for that experience.

Our waitress was lovely and the steaks were AMAZING. One recommendation would be for the bar/bartender. We were brought an alcoholic tea when a non-alcoholic iced tea was requested. Also, I don't think the bartender knows how to make a Manhattan because what I received was not a Manhattan. The drink was fine, but not what we requested (the low "bar scene" score is due to this). We kept it and didn't mention it to our waitress since we had already asked for them to take back the tea and we didn't want to come off as the finicky American table. Altogether, excellent meal. Also, we told them before ordering our desserts that it was a member of our party's birthday and they came with a candle in one of our desserts, which was not expected/requested so that was a nice touch.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Just average steak”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013

Tucked in a small alley the Rare Steakhouse has a very nice ambiance and very good service, however I've found the steak only average. Meat quality is high, however everything was ruined by their signature super salty gravy they've put on the meat.
Remove the gravy and you get a straight excellent review.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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New Zealand
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47 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Ticks off the boxes for a steakhouse”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2013

We chose this restaurant as it was close to where we were staying near Parliament. The location on Little Collins Street is a little difficult to find and one would easily miss the steakhouse if one wasn't looking for it.

This was a last minute dining decision for us, and we were pleased to find that there were a number of last-minute openings for the first seating at 5:30 PM.

I ordered off of the "standard" menu which comes with a choice of entrées and main dishes, as well as a glass of wine, for a fixed price. The portions were easily adequate for anybody but the most hearty eaters. The grilled boerewors that were served as the entrée were tasty and not greasy. The 200 g porterhouse was well prepared, but not as tender as I was anticipating.

The person I was dining with had a chicken kebab entrée followed by the chicken breast filet, both of which were well prepared and well flavored. The kitchen was able to custom prepare a side of vegetables exactly to our liking.

The service was prompt and attentive, and the dining atmosphere was very pleasant.

We would definitely come back here again indulge in good steaks.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Australia
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“A classy steak restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2013 via mobile

We visited this restaurant based on the Tripadvisor review and close proximity to our hotel. Despite it being down a side alley the fitout and ambience as you come in is reassuring that you have made a good choice.

The service was great and while we didnt have a booking they quickly sorted out a table.

We didnt choose entrees as the main menu of steak was the reason for the visit. You would have to have a fair appetite to do both ! Steaks were superb and there is a great range of sauce and sides.

The wine list is good but not much range in price options at the lower end.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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