Boston’s culinary landscape is no stranger to decadent feasts, but Rare Steakhouse at Encore Boston Harbor is redefining the steakhouse experience. With a curated steak program that’s a prime cut above the rest, this exquisite eatery has fast become the pinnacle of dining in New England.
Walking into Rare, one is immediately greeted by a dry-aging cabinet—a sort of high-altitude chamber for beef, and a clear sign that your dining experience will be nothing short of extraordinary. But what sets Rare apart is its exclusive access to true Kobe beef, making it one of less than 10 restaurants nationwide to offer this supreme delicacy. A status symbol and a testament to Rare’s dedication to providing the most exquisite beef offerings, they’re also the only registered Kobe Beef Federation user in Massachusetts.
However, Rare is not just about beef. A thoughtfully curated 700-label wine list takes guests on an intoxicating journey around the world, focusing on coveted grapes from California and France. In addition to their wine, a selection of hard-to-find bourbons, scotch, and cognacs round out the menu and compliment your choice of their delectable steaks or fresh local seafood perfectly.
But the experience of Rare goes beyond the cuisine. The elegant dining room, named after the perfect temperature to enjoy steak, is bathed in gold-and-cream hues that challenge the conventional dark-toned steakhouse aesthetic. Guests can savor their meal while relishing breathtaking views overlooking the Harborwalk and Mystic River through expansive floor-to-ceiling windows.
However, the crown jewel of the Rare experience is the newly opened Medium Rare Lounge. Positioned adjacent to the main dining area, the lounge offers live music and an expansive list of finely crafted cocktails. It’s an intimate space designed for seamless transitions between pre-dinner drinks, enticing bites, and after-dinner nightcaps. Encore’s leadership has heralded this as a stylish addition to their culinary offering, providing guests with a more accessible and intimate food and drink experience.
Under the leadership of the new Executive Chef Megan Vaughan, both Rare Steakhouse and Medium Rare Lounge have been taken to new heights. A seasoned culinary artist, Chef Vaughan’s passion for creating memorable dining experiences has given Rare a Michelin-worthy quality. “I’m excited to join the Encore Boston Harbor team,” said Vaughan. “I’m thrilled to bring my passion for creating memorable dining experiences to Boston’s highest-rated Forbes steakhouse.”
Beyond Rare, Encore Boston Harbor boasts an impressive portfolio of dining experiences. From the vast array of dim sum and seafood specialties at Red 8 to North End favorites at Frank & Nick’s, there’s a taste for every palate. It’s an eclectic blend that allows for an unparalleled gastronomical journey.
In summary, Rare Steakhouse at Encore Boston Harbor isn’t just a meal, it’s a feast for the senses. Combining the finest cuts of beef with a curated list of wines and spirits, and a location that gives you the best view in town, it’s a culinary encounter that’s, quite fittingly, rare. This steakhouse is more than just a place to eat; it’s a place to experience, savor, and remember. Boston has seen its share of steakhouses, but none quite like Rare. For those seeking an unparalleled dining experience, Rare Steakhouse at Encore Boston Harbor should be at the top of your list.