Rare Restaurant

4.7
341 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. Currently we are operating on our pop-up Rare back lot patio (set up and torn down every day!) Tables of 6 or more must be booked in person by calling 705-742-3737.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 341 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.9
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
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EEbenbauer
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was impeccable and the service was outstanding! Rare continues to be our favourite restaurant in Peterborough.

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Maryt
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience2

Anniversary dinner. Appetizers were delicious. I had Bone marrow and my husband had Caesar salad. Entrees were mediocre and definitely not worth the value. Beer and wine selection was sub par for this restaurant’s standards. Didn’t have dessert.

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CanCouple
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best fine dining restaurant in Peterborough, always amazing food and atmosphere, support local

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wedding anniversary dinner. From the moment we arrived the service and attention was impeccable. Our meal was truly out of this world delicious. We loved every moment and morsel. Highly recommend!!

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Simal
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing staff and food. Everyone was lovely and it was a beautiful spot!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience for brunch. All of the items on the menu looked great. We ended up with breakfast donut French toast and a special (breakfast smash burger) that were both excellent.

Everything was notably fresh and was cooked perfectly.

There was a nice atmosphere and not too loud. The wait staff was friendly and made sure to keep our coffees topped up!

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DeannaD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Definitely worth the visit! Food was great, service was personable and due to Covid the spacing was very good. Wel’ll be back.

MJ
vipMJPaloma
Naples
20 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous as always!

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TWMW
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food. Great menu with farm to table dishes. Cool atmosphere with table spaced out nicely to avoid a crowded feeling

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Ptbofoodie
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall2Food3Service5Ambience5

Out for anniversary dinner. The food was good but not for what we paid for. Quality of the meat… not so good. 8oz Steak (fatty) and Fries 50$… per plate. 26$ for 2 starter salads.. very pricey meal
2 drinks, appetizer, meal and salads 170$.. the keg price but not the keg taste

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LauraK
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely dinner and service! Our server made wonderful recommendations. Perfect evening for mom and dad's first night out!

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DarrylK
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2Food3Service5Ambience2

I regret trying this place out. I am fascinated how others could rate this place so highly. Maybe because the locals have a limited selection in town?

I was visiting family in Peterborough and decided to take my wife out to celebrate our anniversary.

I will summarize the pros and cons of this place, but in short; I would never recommend this place. If you looking for a premium dinning experience, then I suggest you go elsewhere (I.e. The Keg - it's nicer all around). This place just charges premium prices; without the premium experience.

Pros:
- Lots of parking at the super market across the street.
- waitress was very friendly and efficient.
- Risotto, thick cut fries/wedges, Brussels sprout salad and pepper corn sauce was tasty.
- Whomever did their market pictures is brilliant. Made the place look much more than it is!

Cons:
- Small, sparsely decorated dinning area, with basic seating. Other than a couple of nicely done features, it felt like I was in a friends basement.
- Music was so loud; I could barley hear the waitress or my wife.
- The menu is a piece of paper and was wet in places; like a cafeteria. Why not go online, like everyone else?
- The wine selection is limited and is missing a good number of typical options. No Merlot, Gammay, Cabernet, Syrah, Malbec, etc). Clearly the person ordering the wine is only catering to their own taste.
- The $14 "special" glass of Sangria I ordered was basically a fruit drink with a hint of wine. It tasted mostly of orange juice.
- the Steak was tasty and well cooked, but a poor cut, so there was a lot of waste. Certainly not worth $54.
- The dessert menu only has 2 options: doughnut or an ice cream.
- zero recognition of our celebration; even thou I made a point of highlighting!

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ChrisB
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was excellent! Server was attentive and friendly and the menu was interesting and delicious. Atmosphere on the patio was very pleasant!

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Niceladylikesgoodfood
Toronto
28 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Another lovely dinner at Rare, the team here tries really hard to keep the menu fresh and the clientele engaged and coming back... And it works. At this meal, pickerel and flank steak mains, bone marrow and tomato cru starters, all very good with one exception... The fries with the steak were way too salty and the kitchen rectified with an order of chantarelle risotto which was exquisite and on the house... Thank you for your attentive service, we hope to see you again soon.

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CarlyReid
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the service to the food, the ambiance and overall experience at Rare is always incredible!! Whether you're going for brunch or dinner or grabbing takeout to bring home, you won't regret supporting this awesome local spot!!

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AmieC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing. Not a single thing I would have changed about our meal.

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Tobins
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place in Peterborough. Fantastic food, great ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing first time at Rare! Definitely will be back! Food was amazing, full of flavour and service was top notch! Hats off to everyone!

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MaggieV
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing definitely will be coming back. Amazing food , amazing service

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LiaG
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friends and I had a wonderful experience dining at Rare last night. Delicious food, excellent service, wonderful atmosphere. I will definitely recommend Rare to any friends wanting a nice night out!

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disappointed
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Although the atmosphere was pleasant and the wait staff exceptional, the food was mediocre. I had salmon, which was okay, my partner had smoked brisket that was quite dry. Dessert and specialty coffees were fantastic! Ambiance was lovely.

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IanR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a fantastic experience at Rare. The food is creative and beautifully presented. The service is friendly and professional and the atmosphere is comfortable and inviting. Highly recommend booking a table.

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Kristen
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fantastic experience at Rare! It was my husband’s birthday, we are both vegan and the staff and owners went above and beyond to make sure we had an incredible dinner too. I love that they use so many local ingredients and really put a lot of care into the food they make. Our server, Amber, was extremely helpful and created a welcoming environment right away. Bar staff Jess made me a fancy non-alcoholic cocktail with mint & blackberries, perfectly refreshing for the August heat. She also noticed that we had a bit of a wobbly table as soon as we were seated and fixed it - we wouldn’t have minded, but the attention to detail and customer service shows that the staff really care about you having the best experience. Thank you for a wonderful meal (the chanterelle risotto just melted in our mouths!) and exceptional service, we will be back!

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LesleyG
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and lovely atmosphere on patio- perfect Sunday brunch spot.

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PBPB
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

Good spot. Would visit again. Decent selection of beer and wine. Vibe could be elevated, but maybe it was just then night i dined.

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RicJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always a great experience. From Sunday brunch to weeknight dinners we always look forward to eating at Rare.

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HeidiT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

We sat on the pop up patio in the rain but we stayed dry and comfortable. The food was so good...our table ordered the escargot, steak frites , wagu beef tips and the peach donut. High light was the risotto served with the wagu beef. service was excellent!!! We will definitely go back when we are in the area again.

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AHKA
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, our meal was so delicious and creative!!

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KerryZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Everything on the menu was so incredible. We started with appetizers - the bone marrow is out of this world, and the Hard Winter Bread and butter was so hard not to eat every last bite. The dinners were beautiful to look at, and tasted great! The wine list is also top-notch. We loved everything about our night!

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NatalieL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Unbelievable food and guest experience. Like nothing we've ever experienced before. The food was outstanding! Who knew kale could taste so good? Service was warm, friendly, greeted right away and provided assistance picking a great bottle of red wine to accompany an amazing dinner.

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eddie
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

We enjoyed our evening out at Rare, celebrating a special birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fantastic burger!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing , never expected such quality and selection of food outside of major city. Quality would rival best restaurants in Canada and abroad. Highly Recommend to anyone foodie

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vipJDAr
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food! Great service! Thanks Tylor and the staff at Rare!

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LynnA
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

For a special occasion or just to treat yourself, you can not go wrong by choosing to spend it at Rare Grillhouse. A wonderful meal and super friendly staff. Great job to you all! Thanks

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Jenniferd
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Four of us enjoyed a fantastic meal at Rare. From the unique cocktails, great meals and scrumptious desserts we enjoyed everything. I was intrigued by farm to table dining and they did not disappoint.

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Mandie
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious, staff were warm and friendly! I was very impressed with their patio set up! I cannot wait to come back again!

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Mell
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great quality food, can tell everything is made in house

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TammyB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always have the best meal and the best service at Rare!!

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 341 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.