Rare is an interesting and difficult restaurant to rate. The service was as good as any I've had in a Greenville restaurant--really pleasant and professional. The bread that started the meal was excellent and so was the spicy oil that accompanied it. My daughter's appetizer--crab-stuffed mushrooms was scrumptious. BUT the place itself has minus ambiance (unless you really like pressed tin ceilings--there were a couple of dying plants) no art, no view,, nothing--unless you count the construction going on across the way. The location should be excellent, and may be so in the future, but right now you went your way around fenced off areas with no directional signs. My husband like his main course--shrimp and risotto a lot; mine, a petite fillet wrapped in bacon with blue cheese and a reduction of some sort was just too fru-fru--I probably should have ordered the fillet plain. But we were somewhat taken aback by the entirely ala carte menu; not even a sprig of parsley accompanied the meat, which ranged in price from $26 to 40 something. The sides--all $6--sounded pretty good. There are some restaurants, especially those that are obviously dress up and have a view or a pleasant interior (Devereaux comes to mind) that can get away with this pricing; Rare can't.
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