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Rare Restaurant, Peterborough, ON

Rare Restaurant

4.7
4.7
394 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
Farm-to-table
At Rare we are committed to locally sourced ingredients. We have spent years building amazing relationships with farmers and growers in Peterborough & The Kawarthas. We feel connected to our community through our love and passion for quality food. We are excited to share our exploration of innovative and traditional ingredients with you. We believe great conversation, exquisite drink and delicious local food are the three ingredients that make a Rare experience. Our kitchen has an ongoing love affair with vinyl. You can expect all kinds of fun background music during your time with us. Reservations of 6 or more must be made in person by calling 705-742-3737.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Farm-to-table, Market Cuisine, French

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (705) 742-3737

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Tyler Scott

  • Catering

    We offer private caterings with our executive chef Tyler Scott. At the time being we are only booking tasting menus or four course meals with the option for pairings. For more information please email info@rareexperience.ca

  • Neighbourhood

    Peterborough

  • Cross Street

    George and Brock

  • Parking Details

    There are two Green P parking lots close by. Parking is free after 6pm downtown Peterborough. The restaurant back lot is a private parking lot intended for surrounding building tenants.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

What 394 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. JF

    JackieF

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always. Best risotto ever! So sad to see it close... hopefully new owners will keep the essence of how they make the food, some recipes (risotto) and the changing menu to reflect the seasons. We love this place so much and are so sad to see it go...
  2. JG

    JohnG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Everything was tasty Sever was amazing Just a bit too much dressing on Caesar salad, just get it on the side next time!
  3. R

    Rosa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome, friendly and attentive staff who went above and beyond for our dinner. Plus they let us take home our bone marrow bone for our pup! Definitely recommend!
  4. AV

    AdamV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delicious food, excellent menu. Service was adequate but not perfect - could have been more friendly. A little too loud and busier with tables closer together than would have been desired. Would highly recommend to someone looking for a fancy meal.
  5. TL

    TedL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic evening! Atmosphere, service & amazing food! Thanks for a special night.
  6. C

    Carnivore

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As good as ever, just a shame it's being sold soon.
  7. HG

    HunterG

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was outstanding! The food was perfect, the service is spot on, the vibe is wonderful.
  8. K

    Karidee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    The music was too loud and overwhelming with the style of music. Upon entering the facility, it was difficult to spot the building for the sign was too small and hard to notice. There were kids screaming and caring on during our entire experience and other patrons loudly announcing why their child was acting the way the were which was very unnecessary. It took along time to get our food. The food itself was very good! And the staff was very kind and attentive. I was expecting the inside to be more higher end looking than it was.
  9. SA

    SamranaA

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and very friendly staff, as always!
  10. HM

    HeatherM

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent service and all of our meals were artfully plated and tasted delicious
  11. A

    Alexrod

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for my wife’s birthday and enjoyed a great dinner and lovely time. The food was amazing and the great service.
  12. JH

    JulianaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful food a service. A great back story and inspiring chef to go along with the intimate dining room. Their food changes with the seasons and there is always a special appetizer and main - if you enjoy eating local and supporting a local economy this is the place to go.
  13. KB

    KyleB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing restaurant. The service was impeccable and the food was literally perfect. My wife was a server for many years and has a lot of restaurant experience as a customer and as staff and we were both blown away with Rare's atmosphere and delicious food. Do not miss out on this place.
  14. DH

    DavidH

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service excellent...good value for the $$ small menu but what they do they do very well.
  15. MS

    MSpahn

    Toronto

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great meal! They had some delicious and creative features on- very tasty!
  16. HG

    HeatherG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very enjoyable, with a lot of locally sourced product. Chef and back of the house really shine, as everything was quite delicious! Front of the house strike a good balance of friendly and professional. I will go back, when in Peterborough
  17. BP

    BenP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal. Great service. Thanks. We’ll be back.
  18. CC

    CherylC

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Fantastic service, great drinks food was fantastic, need to turn the lights down too bright but our table was not so bright as others. Thanks we will be back
  19. j

    johannag

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I took my husband to Rare for dinner. We have been here 3 times and really enjoyed it each time. We find there meals so interesting and extremely tasty. My only issue is it’s hard to find much that is a lower fat option. We will be back!
  20. N

    Newman

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Experienced server and gifted kitchen staff. Even the French Onion Soup was the best I have ever had. Steak was top drawer and the mushroom risotto was to die for! We can’t wait to try the rest of the menu!
  21. S

    Sasha

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful to be out dining at such a fabulous spot. Food was superb: tenderloin perfectly cooked; exquisite mushroom risotto. Service was excellent. Definitely recommend this restaurant without hesitation. We’ll certainly return at our earliest opportunity.
  22. j

    johannag

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We LOVE this restaurant!! The Food is great and portions sizes are quite large, in regard to the mains. Original dishes :)
  23. KL

    KimberleyL

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our anniversary and could not have asked for a better experience. The food and service were exceptional...we will be back!
  24. R

    Rich

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Servers were very nice and food was excellent.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very welcoming as we walked in the door. We were offered a table for 4 (waited for 3 mins) instead of for 2. Lovely waitress. Very good at answering our questions. Excellent food. Specifically went for the bone marrow appetizer, which was wonderful. Although a bit pricey, would recommend for a great steak.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very nice anniversary dinner. Great food. Great service.
  27. b

    brentl

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience1
    okay food for the price- weird decor and strange music-too loud
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Amazing food! It was a little bright in the restaurant for a Valentine’s day but that didn’t impede on our experience! Our server (Jessie, i think?) was very sweet, and the bartender (maybe a manager?) was very welcoming. Our first time here and definitely not our last <3
  29. E

    Ellen

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An outstanding culinary experience not found in the everyday.
  30. JP

    JennaP

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best atmosphere! Best food&drinks! Xo Had an amazing valentines dinner! Thanks again!
  31. JB

    JacquelineB

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Amazing service as always!! Thank you for a great night out!
  32. VM

    ValerieM

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable, atmosphere was Great, food was delicious!💕
  33. C

    Celebration

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience1
    The place was cold inside and spoke to waitress to turn heat up which they did, but still we were cold. Wear a warm sweater when you go. Not festive as far as decor goes. Food was good but expensive.
  34. J

    Jenie

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall2food1service3ambience1
    Ordered Waygu, and it was not. It was also cut up, who wants a steak pre cut? The drinks sucked as well.
  35. CC

    CanCouple

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rate never disappoints in quality and taste! Exceptional dishes made with care and always have a great experience dining here!
  36. DL

    DiaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time here and all of the food and drinks from app to mains to dessert were amazing. Attention to detail was apparent in the menu and on the plate. This one is a tad about our normal price range, but the food was worth the tab. We will be back again, and Rare has become our new special occasion spot for a great dinner out.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous as always!
  38. RP

    RachaelP

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience, as always, was wonderful. The dining room was cozy, the service was amazing, drinks were so tasty, and our food - appetizers, mains, and dessert, were delicious. Tyler and Kassy have curated such a beautiful dining experience. We also leave so happy, and looking forward to our next reservation.
  39. TG

    TaniaG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Food and service were very good. The wine list was a bit space but overall a very nice dining experience.
  40. SF

    ShawnF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    I sent an email to your info at Rare email address. See my email for my comments. I will answer the question below as a no but that is not guaranteed since I am not sure yes or no regarding recommending your restaurant since I believe in second chances. So see my email and email me back. Thanks

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Rare Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (705) 742-3737.

Rare Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 394 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross Street

    George and Brock

  • Neighbourhood

    Peterborough

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Farm-to-table, Market Cuisine, French

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    There are two Green P parking lots close by. Parking is free after 6pm downtown Peterborough. The restaurant back lot is a private parking lot intended for surrounding building tenants.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Tyler Scott

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    (705) 742-3737

  • Catering

    We offer private caterings with our executive chef Tyler Scott. At the time being we are only booking tasting menus or four course meals with the option for pairings. For more information please email info&#64;rareexperience.ca

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