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Rare Grill House

4.5
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240 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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Steakhouse
Welcome to Rare Local Restaurant. Through great company, delicious drink, refined food and a vibrant atmosphere we provide a rare experience downtown Peterborough. Our ingredients are local, simple and fresh with a variety of choices. Combine that with our warm service and inviting space and you have the perfect place for a romantic dinner for two or a fun night out with a group of friends.

During Covid-19 we are offering a pop-up patio in our back parking lot (totally dependent on weather) OR food pickup from our back door. Our menu is updated on all of our social media platforms. If you can't reach us by phone during this time please email us for more details or follow us on IG under rarelocalrestaurant. We are so excited for you to join us.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 240 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
service
4.4
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4.2
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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WendieS
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first visit to the patio. A strange new perspective but a lovely evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good eats at Rare!

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Jack
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The outdoor patio created for COVID-era was beautiful! Great for a date night.

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FromYYZ
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An awesome dinner on the terrace to break the COVID isolation. Best salad ever with roasted Brussels sprouts and beets. Fantastic, locally raised bavette steak. This chef has his act together.

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Kagw
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good improvisation by the restaurant to create a "COVID-free patio" for the clientele. The food was good and the very large patio umbrella protected us from a brief shower.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience food was very well prepared drinks were good. Staff was excellent as well

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

it was an amazing experience! amazing food, amazing people! loved it!!!

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vipMSpahn
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great job! Who knew a back parking lot could turn into such a great atmosphere. Covid protocols very much in play, well done, but the food, service and overall experience didn’t suffer at all. Thank you!

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Hypomanic
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Firstly, love the new decor! Warmly greeted when we first arrived and seated immediately. I asked about what wine would go best with my meal and the server had the sommelier come over to our table to give a couple of suggestions which was great. The grilled calamari was outstanding. The dry aged rib eye was excellent and perfectly cooked. The wine recommended paired beautifully with my choice of steak. My wife had the bavette and was very happy with her choice. Overall loved our experience!

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Paul
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First time since the renovation that we have been back and the food was just as good as always. Some subtle differences as the chef that was always there is now the owner with his wife. Overall the food was excellent, the renovation looks great. If I was being picky, I understand having more people in the restaurant however for a nice birthday for my wife, we were sat right in the middle of the banquette of new seating so your right beside couples on either side so not as intimate of a setting.

The noise level was a little high for my liking but not enough to deter us from enjoying our awesome meal again. Overall 4/5 and definitely will return as always!

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AdamB
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic makeover from the new owners. Food is incredible and staff know what they're talking about. Great experience.

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MelA
Cancun
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is evident that each dish is prepared with both love and artistry. Hat's off to the Chef!

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KatieK
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most amazing food in Peterborough in a cool new atmosphere.

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KerryZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our meal at Rare was one of the best steak dinners we've had. The brussel sprout and beet salad was incredibly tasty and the bone marrow appetizer did not disappoint. The wine was some of the best red we've ever had. We loved the option of taking the remainder home with us. We reserved early and it was nice and quiet for the first 45 minutes, then a few bigger parties came in and the noise level was a bit high, but not the fault of the restaurant. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food wasn’t fantastic, just ok. Turnips were undercooked and bitter. Ribeye was quite thin and not a great cut. Soups were good and salad was good.

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anonymous
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This is the first time we have eaten there since it was remodelled. We had the calamari which was undercooked. There was a duck appetizer special which was ok. The wines by the glass were unimpressive. Our mains took an hour to arrive after our appetizers. The trout was very good. My strip loin was so so. The poutine was tasty but I preferred the shoestring fries.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Service was poor and food was cold. It was excessively noisy as well.

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JohnL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome job by the entire team; amazing food, amazing and friendly service! Thanks Angela

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JoshuaW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Literally the best restaurant in Peterborough! I love their new look and the quality of ingredients they use really shine through in the end product. Couldnt recommend this place enough if your looking for a great dining experience at a fair price point.

Josh and Yoli

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KimS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Food is fantastic and I wouldn’t mind paying the price for the food if the ambiance matched the meal. The tables are so tight together you can here the table next to you chew their food. It’s a small restaurant but if they are going to pack people in like sardines they need to lower the menus cost as its not all about the food.

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MaggieS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about our first experience at the new Rare! Dining there feels like you're part of a community of people who love local food. It's hip and happening, and they just so happen to also make amazing food. Can't wait to go back!

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BryanR
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The recent renovations were great, way more bright and energetic in there which was a nice change from before. The staff and service was amazing. The food was only okay. We had ribeyes so the expectation for a fatty steak was there but it was still a worse cut than most ribeyes I've had. 1 of them was almost half inedible fat. At $44 a steak they weren't very satisfying. Also the sides were very mediocre - had the carrot and the turnip, they didn't taste as good as they sounded. Overall, I expected the price tag but thought the food would be more than worth it based off of past experiences, that was not the case this time.

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hamidb
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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KLKl
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal of my life and worth every cent! I understand why people drive 2-3 hours to dine at Rare. If you're looking for a place to go for a special occasion Rare should definitely be on your list!

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Dave
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 star in all categories. Best Grill house in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Excellent service and a night to remember!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Rare has been mine & my partner’s date night spot for a while now. In the past we have experienced the best service we’ve both ever received, and the food has always been amazing.

The last time was a huge letdown. I was taking my best friend out for dinner before she moved far away. I had been telling her about Rare for months. This was her first time here. We were both extremely disappointed with the service we received... we felt ignored - we were both dissatisfied with our appetizers - had them pushed to the side and it took more than ten minutes for our server to come by and ask how things were. My friend needed more dressing for her salad, and I didn’t like my soup, after trying a couple spoonfuls (it was super thick, like baby food.. couldn’t stomach the texture). It still took five minutes for the server to bring over more dressing for my friend (and she took my soup away without asking if I’d like anything else.. I was going to ask for a salad instead). The entrees were great. Dessert was fine. We just felt the whole time like the server didn’t care about us because we’re two young ladies (late twenties) and she’d rather give her “best” service to other people. When the cheque arrived, I noticed she still charged me for my soup. If I knew I was going to be charged for a $12 soup I didn’t like and hardly touched, I would have packed it up to bring home for my partner to eat. I told her all of this, and she said “I don’t make the rules, the chef told me to leave it how it is”. She could tell I wasn’t satisfied with this, so she said she would go talk to the chef again. She came out a couple mins later saying she could refund me, or give me more to take home. I said sure I will take some home then. She came out with half the amount of soup in a container, just saying “there ya go”. I apologized to my friend for this experience at Rare. My partner didn’t even like the soup, and he will eat anything. I have raved about Rare, and I even work at a steakhouse. :(

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AndrewA
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, will definitely return!

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CraigK
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great ambience and service. Food in general was 10 , beef 7-8 for price. Definitely recommend and return.

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MelissaB
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was great! Restaurant is quaint, perfect for a date night. Food took a little on the long side to arrive and it was a bit pricy, but it was very tasty and I would definitely go back again. We really enjoyed our night out at Rare.

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TerraF
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the service and food is absolute perfection.

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PeterD
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Our meals were great, although the Wagyu ribeye was rather pricey: the server might point out that a premium cut comes at a premium price. The service was excellent - very attentive and accommodating without being intrusive. Unfortunately, the noise level was intolerable: there was a very loud Christmas party taking place at a long table next to us, and we could hardly hear ourselves think, much less have a conversation. Still, the overall experience was not unpleasant, and it would be nice to have a meal at Rare when the establishment is quieter and less crowded.

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DianeC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, polite and knowledgeable staff. Interesting food offerings.

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AndreaS
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time customers and very impressed. Friendly service and great food. Highly recommend it!

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ChrisP
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is always amazing. The menu is interesting and varied, but I always end up eating the special of the day. The meals are locally sourced, creative and always good sized portions. I would love to have enough space for dessert one day as I am sure that would be delicious too.

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LeahB
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rare has the best food, ambience, and service in town! Love their menu!

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Pizzaknight
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Third visit and best meal yet.
Slow night, quiet, Service attentive but not obtrusive
Food fresh and nicely prepared. Steaks spoon-cut tender
Good wine but we feel a bit excessively marked up but at least we didn't have to worry about DWI :)

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ClaudeT
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome discovery! Great food Great wine list. Good job chef!

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DonnaS
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Rare Grill House is an outstanding restaurant.
Fine Dining at it's best
The staff is excellent

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JamieC
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Interesting and perfectly prepared food. Service was exactly the right mix of at hand and respectful distance. Overall, a wonderful dining experience.

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Rare Grill House is rated 4.5 stars by 240 OpenTable diners.

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