Rae Restaurant **CLOSED**

★★★☆☆
  • 2929 Arch St #B

    Philadelphia, PA 19104

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  • 215-922-3839

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Everything about Rae from its location, to its bar, to its decor screams cool. It has wonderful atmosphere, delicious food and great service. I was recently there for a cocktail party and the service and food were outstanding.

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Everything about Rae from its location, to its bar, to its decor screams cool. It has wonderful atmosphere, delicious food and great service. I was recently there for a cocktail party and the service and food were outstanding.

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I was impressed with the space & the food & I look forward to going back during a non-University City Restaurant Week time to experience more of the menu. One disappointment was that the wine I requested was not available but other than that I thought everything was excellent. Our waiter seemed a bit hesitant or unsure of himself but otherwise he was on top of things; he was helpful in describing the entrees to us so we could make our choices. It's a beautiful space, very comfortable and I hope that next time I go we can sit deeper inside the restaurant past the bar so I can see what that area is like.

2
★★★★★

I was impressed with the space & the food & I look forward to going back during a non-University City Restaurant Week time to experience more of the menu. One disappointment was that the wine I requested was not available but other than that I thought everything was excellent. Our waiter seemed a bit hesitant or unsure of himself but otherwise he was on top of things; he was helpful in describing the entrees to us so we could make our choices. It's a beautiful space, very comfortable and I hope that next time I go we can sit deeper inside the restaurant past the bar so I can see what that area is like.

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Rae will be starting Brunch again on September 28th and it will feature an expanded brunch buffet for $48 a person which includes free valet parking. Some of the buffet offerings will be a carving station with rotating items such as smoked ribeye, house made ham, grilled salmon, a crepe and pastry station, smoked salmon and raw bar, American sushi, omelettes , the Rae Benedict, home made pastrami hash and eggs, bloody mary hash and their famous french toast. Yum!

2
★★★★★

Rae will be starting Brunch again on September 28th and it will feature an expanded brunch buffet for $48 a person which includes free valet parking. Some of the buffet offerings will be a carving station with rotating items such as smoked ribeye, house made ham, grilled salmon, a crepe and pastry station, smoked salmon and raw bar, American sushi, omelettes , the Rae Benedict, home made pastrami hash and eggs, bloody mary hash and their famous french toast. Yum!

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Dear Dan,

It is difficult to express in words how meaningful our dinner was Monday night at Rae. To say it was the most incredible culinary experience of my life and of Cathy?s barely scratches the surface.

From the moment you greeted us at the table until we got into a taxi nearly three hours later, we were treated like royalty. Ryan and Christine were consummate professionals who were as outstanding as the food and wine. And the food and wine: out-of-the-box creativity in concept, visually pleasing and one pleasant caress of the palate after another.

You are a world-class chef running a world-class restaurant. I?m so happy that my wife and I were able to enjoy a truly remarkable evening at Rae.

I wish you nothing but great success in your culinary endeavors.

Warm regards,

David Bicofsky

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★★★★★

Dear Dan,

It is difficult to express in words how meaningful our dinner was Monday night at Rae. To say it was the most incredible culinary experience of my life and of Cathy?s barely scratches the surface.

From the moment you greeted us at the table until we got into a taxi nearly three hours later, we were treated like royalty. Ryan and Christine were consummate professionals who were as outstanding as the food and wine. And the food and wine: out-of-the-box creativity in concept, visually pleasing and one pleasant caress of the palate after another.

You are a world-class chef running a world-class restaurant. I?m so happy that my wife and I were able to enjoy a truly remarkable evening at Rae.

I wish you nothing but great success in your culinary endeavors.

Warm regards,

David Bicofsky

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It is difficult to express in words how meaningful our dinner was Monday night at Rae. To say it was the most incredible culinary experience of my life and of Cathy?s barely scratches the surface.

From the moment you greeted us at the table until we got into a taxi nearly three hours later, we were treated like royalty. Ryan and Christine were consummate professionals who were as outstanding as the food and wine. And the food and wine: out-of-the-box creativity in concept, visually pleasing and one pleasant caress of the palate after another.

You are a world-class chef running a world-class restaurant. I?m so happy that my wife and I were able to enjoy a truly remarkable evening at Rae.

I wish you nothing but great success in your culinary endeavors.

2
★★★★★

It is difficult to express in words how meaningful our dinner was Monday night at Rae. To say it was the most incredible culinary experience of my life and of Cathy?s barely scratches the surface.

From the moment you greeted us at the table until we got into a taxi nearly three hours later, we were treated like royalty. Ryan and Christine were consummate professionals who were as outstanding as the food and wine. And the food and wine: out-of-the-box creativity in concept, visually pleasing and one pleasant caress of the palate after another.

You are a world-class chef running a world-class restaurant. I?m so happy that my wife and I were able to enjoy a truly remarkable evening at Rae.

I wish you nothing but great success in your culinary endeavors.

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It seems that the way food looks and how people can be seen is more important than how the food taste. Why have a fancy restaurant in the lobby of a building? Look at me! There's a $17 Rae Burger that is beautiful, but impossible to eat. Very pretty, but not practical. That said, it was also the toughest burger I've eaten in Philadelphia. It looked perfect when it appeared - medium rare - red inside - piled high. But try to chew it... seemed that it didn't want it's appearance to be messed up.

Overly attentive pseudo-descriptions from well trained, attractive servers. It's like I was at the Philadelphia Musesum of Art - and some intellectual joke was descirbing the eleganze and significance of a blank canvas. Nothing undereath - but you can sure attribute meaning.

Flavor wins when I visit a restaurant. If you want to feast your eyes - this isn't a bad place. If you want to satisfy your taste buds... there are better restaurants in town.

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★☆☆☆☆

It seems that the way food looks and how people can be seen is more important than how the food taste. Why have a fancy restaurant in the lobby of a building? Look at me! There's a $17 Rae Burger that is beautiful, but impossible to eat. Very pretty, but not practical. That said, it was also the toughest burger I've eaten in Philadelphia. It looked perfect when it appeared - medium rare - red inside - piled high. But try to chew it... seemed that it didn't want it's appearance to be messed up.

Overly attentive pseudo-descriptions from well trained, attractive servers. It's like I was at the Philadelphia Musesum of Art - and some intellectual joke was descirbing the eleganze and significance of a blank canvas. Nothing undereath - but you can sure attribute meaning.

Flavor wins when I visit a restaurant. If you want to feast your eyes - this isn't a bad place. If you want to satisfy your taste buds... there are better restaurants in town.

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We had reservations for an early Saturday night. We had heard a lot about Rae, but had not had time to sample the menu. Rae does seem to be in an odd location - away from center city, and since half of it is in the atrium, the ambiance is not exactly cosy. The menu offers a minimalist set of descriptions, which fortunately our server was able to explain in greater detail. We decided to go the seafood route, ordering the Tuna Carpaccio pizza to start with. You can find similar appetizers at other restaurants, but this one stood out for its fresh ingredients and added toppings including strips of cucumber. We paired it with the cucumber sake cocktail This combination really worked!
For the main courses we ordered the Hamachi and Squid as well as the Salmon/Dill/Asparagus. Both were prepared and presented in a way that let each ingredient stand on its own, but at the same time provide a delicious overall taste. We paired the food with a nice Pinot Noir from New Zealand.
With wine left in the bottle, we were not quite ready for dessert. We asked if a cheese course was available. Strictly speaking there is no cheese course. The manager said that she would see what could be done. Ten minutes later a cheese platter showed up with three cheeses each accompanied with micro-sliced fruits. The cheeses themselves included a truffle infused cheese, a gouda, and a stilton. At that point we ordered a Hazelnut souffle for dessert. It didn't show up... Instead we received a sampling of sorbets. It turns out that the souffle had fallen. This was not a bad thing, as each of the three sorbet's - Passion Fruit, Raspberry, and orange were tasty. They are made on the premises. The souffle showed up a little bit later. It was equally delicious.
In summary, five courses, each well prepared with an inventive combination of ingredients and flavors.
Clearly the kitchen cares. The staff were very attentive. We will be back to sample other menu items.

2
★★★★★

We had reservations for an early Saturday night. We had heard a lot about Rae, but had not had time to sample the menu. Rae does seem to be in an odd location - away from center city, and since half of it is in the atrium, the ambiance is not exactly cosy. The menu offers a minimalist set of descriptions, which fortunately our server was able to explain in greater detail. We decided to go the seafood route, ordering the Tuna Carpaccio pizza to start with. You can find similar appetizers at other restaurants, but this one stood out for its fresh ingredients and added toppings including strips of cucumber. We paired it with the cucumber sake cocktail This combination really worked!
For the main courses we ordered the Hamachi and Squid as well as the Salmon/Dill/Asparagus. Both were prepared and presented in a way that let each ingredient stand on its own, but at the same time provide a delicious overall taste. We paired the food with a nice Pinot Noir from New Zealand.
With wine left in the bottle, we were not quite ready for dessert. We asked if a cheese course was available. Strictly speaking there is no cheese course. The manager said that she would see what could be done. Ten minutes later a cheese platter showed up with three cheeses each accompanied with micro-sliced fruits. The cheeses themselves included a truffle infused cheese, a gouda, and a stilton. At that point we ordered a Hazelnut souffle for dessert. It didn't show up... Instead we received a sampling of sorbets. It turns out that the souffle had fallen. This was not a bad thing, as each of the three sorbet's - Passion Fruit, Raspberry, and orange were tasty. They are made on the premises. The souffle showed up a little bit later. It was equally delicious.
In summary, five courses, each well prepared with an inventive combination of ingredients and flavors.
Clearly the kitchen cares. The staff were very attentive. We will be back to sample other menu items.

Pros: Food - Free Parking - Service

Cons: Location - wacky lighting in the atrium

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I had read that Chef Stern of Rae had been nominated fhis year for the "Best Chef Mid-Atlantic" James Beard Award. I also read, on Rae's website, that Rae had been named one of the Best New Restaurants of 2007 by Esquire Magazine. With much anticipation I went. I would refrain from a detailed recount of my dining experience and limit my comments to that, perhaps, the most deserving award for Rae and Chef Stern is "Best Culinary Disappointment", but this site asks for specifics. Specifically I found the menu, and my salmon, uninspired, and my service to be confused. I further found the "half in the office building lobby" setting to be uncomfortable and "airport restaurant-esque". I do, however, extend kudos to the Chef and his financial backers for spending their time and money where, apparently, it counts most, e.g. with their publicists and advertising budget. The proof, however, is definitely not in the pudding.

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★☆☆☆☆

I had read that Chef Stern of Rae had been nominated fhis year for the "Best Chef Mid-Atlantic" James Beard Award. I also read, on Rae's website, that Rae had been named one of the Best New Restaurants of 2007 by Esquire Magazine. With much anticipation I went. I would refrain from a detailed recount of my dining experience and limit my comments to that, perhaps, the most deserving award for Rae and Chef Stern is "Best Culinary Disappointment", but this site asks for specifics. Specifically I found the menu, and my salmon, uninspired, and my service to be confused. I further found the "half in the office building lobby" setting to be uncomfortable and "airport restaurant-esque". I do, however, extend kudos to the Chef and his financial backers for spending their time and money where, apparently, it counts most, e.g. with their publicists and advertising budget. The proof, however, is definitely not in the pudding.

Pros: Proximity to the train station when you want to leave

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The service was so unorganized- I am not even sure who our waiter was. The wine took about 30 minutes to come. I had to ask if we could order our food. The bread was rock hard. The next bread was rock hard but warmed up. The appitizers were okay. I was really excited for the rabbit nachos- just okay. The steaks were WAY overpriced and were very fatty. Some were not cooked right. The dessert was even bad- which I find hard to believe. The manager probably came over to apoligize about 3 times.

Overall, I REALLY wish we went somewhere else.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The service was so unorganized- I am not even sure who our waiter was. The wine took about 30 minutes to come. I had to ask if we could order our food. The bread was rock hard. The next bread was rock hard but warmed up. The appitizers were okay. I was really excited for the rabbit nachos- just okay. The steaks were WAY overpriced and were very fatty. Some were not cooked right. The dessert was even bad- which I find hard to believe. The manager probably came over to apoligize about 3 times.

Overall, I REALLY wish we went somewhere else.

Pros: Parking

Cons: Everything else

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Our B & B host recommended this site for a nice dinner. After driving around the construction area three times, we finally found how to get to the entrance. We had a bit more difficulty in locating the actual restaurant, as it is located in the lobby area, under the escalator, of the office building. We were seated by one of the two 20-something hostess girls and greated by our waiter. I had been told it was American food with a twist, which we now refer to as "twisted" but "good food" never entered our thoughts after the meal was over. The "butter" tray was unusal, with three (make that two) types of butter....one just butter, the other butter with scallions and the third was a white bean spread. It has just been removed from the fridge and was too cold to spread! The bread was awful, it was difficult to chew and the texture was worse. On to the menu. I ordered the seared salmon and my husband ordered the steak. Of course, they offered us the "special" which was a 40 OZ. T-BONE. Why not bring me the whole cow? We were given the entire background on the cow, where it grazed, type of grass, etc. WTF? After 15-20 minutes, the waiter showed up with their specialty pizza (honey, did you order a pizza?") NO. they thought we had waited too long and brought it to us special. It was ok, strange but ok. Then the food arrived and it was tasteless. No seasoning on the salmon, we ordered steak med. rare, it was med. well. The dessert (variations of chocolate), was barely fair. The pretense was of the highest quality, the food was sucky if best and most went home with us for the cats. If this is the best Philly can do, get me a steak and cheese sandwich. I don't think this will make the Food and Wine magazine anytime soon. Oh, bill was $102.00 (no wine included).

0
★☆☆☆☆

Our B & B host recommended this site for a nice dinner. After driving around the construction area three times, we finally found how to get to the entrance. We had a bit more difficulty in locating the actual restaurant, as it is located in the lobby area, under the escalator, of the office building. We were seated by one of the two 20-something hostess girls and greated by our waiter. I had been told it was American food with a twist, which we now refer to as "twisted" but "good food" never entered our thoughts after the meal was over. The "butter" tray was unusal, with three (make that two) types of butter....one just butter, the other butter with scallions and the third was a white bean spread. It has just been removed from the fridge and was too cold to spread! The bread was awful, it was difficult to chew and the texture was worse. On to the menu. I ordered the seared salmon and my husband ordered the steak. Of course, they offered us the "special" which was a 40 OZ. T-BONE. Why not bring me the whole cow? We were given the entire background on the cow, where it grazed, type of grass, etc. WTF? After 15-20 minutes, the waiter showed up with their specialty pizza (honey, did you order a pizza?") NO. they thought we had waited too long and brought it to us special. It was ok, strange but ok. Then the food arrived and it was tasteless. No seasoning on the salmon, we ordered steak med. rare, it was med. well. The dessert (variations of chocolate), was barely fair. The pretense was of the highest quality, the food was sucky if best and most went home with us for the cats. If this is the best Philly can do, get me a steak and cheese sandwich. I don't think this will make the Food and Wine magazine anytime soon. Oh, bill was $102.00 (no wine included).

Pros: free valet parking

Cons: quality of food, price, location, ambience, etc. etc. etc. etc.

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A bunch of my friends had researvations for Easter brunch. I have been wanting to go to this place for a while and I have mixed reviews. First,we were seated and waited a good ten minutes before someone filled our glasses with water, at which, the guy pouring our water made a horrible comment under his breath. Luckily, we never saw him again. We had seen online that sunday brunch was $35 and there was nothing that said Easter Brunch would be $55 on their website. We were not given any sort of menu and I had to ask the staff if we could only get the buffet, which is what they were doing for brunch. It would have been nice if our waiter told us what was us. The food was ok, depending on what you got. I could not find any butter or jelly for the toast. The crepe guy was AMAZING and the shrimp were awesome, but the omlette chefs could give a s***t less. The worst part was when we got the bill. $ 320 for 5 people that got brunch and 4 orange juices? DAMN! I mean, I know we are poor grad. students but that is crazy.

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★★☆☆☆

A bunch of my friends had researvations for Easter brunch. I have been wanting to go to this place for a while and I have mixed reviews. First,we were seated and waited a good ten minutes before someone filled our glasses with water, at which, the guy pouring our water made a horrible comment under his breath. Luckily, we never saw him again. We had seen online that sunday brunch was $35 and there was nothing that said Easter Brunch would be $55 on their website. We were not given any sort of menu and I had to ask the staff if we could only get the buffet, which is what they were doing for brunch. It would have been nice if our waiter told us what was us. The food was ok, depending on what you got. I could not find any butter or jelly for the toast. The crepe guy was AMAZING and the shrimp were awesome, but the omlette chefs could give a s***t less. The worst part was when we got the bill. $ 320 for 5 people that got brunch and 4 orange juices? DAMN! I mean, I know we are poor grad. students but that is crazy.

Pros: some waiters nice, nice place

Cons: too pricey, some staff is horrible

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The best part of the evening was when the valet parker told us it was free. W enter this bright, garish lobby and see two booths of diners sitting in the middle . Hey, how about dimming the lights! The host was entirly too casual to be at the door of an expensive place like this, and yes he did try to seat us first under the glaring light in the lobby. I can understand its attraction during the day for the office folks, but come on. He hesitated to find us another table making us think that they were all booked [actually at 8pm on a weeknight we were the last folks sat.] The only table left for us was in the "chefs room" behind the service bar. We were not entertained, though by the amateurish, sloppily dressed staff. They must be trained to keep their conversations down when at the service station and they must figure out a way to take the trash out without parading it through the dining room! The food. The butter presentation had that old refrigerator smell. We ordered the truffle pizza, it would have been good at $12, but at $18 it was just OK. First the tuna..... It was wrapped in a spring roll wrapper that was neither crisp or browned evenly. There was no hint of salt and pepper or any other seasoning except the oil from the frying had leeched out onto the plate. There was some freshly grated horseradish on top and it was garnished with horseradish ice cream. There was no veggie on the plate and it was served to me looking like something that a home cook would serve. As I cut into the fish I realized that this was the piece of tuna that sushi chefs carve out and chop for maki rolls and not something that should be served as first quality. I get the ala carte veggie thing, the waiter was neglectful in offering us other vegetables, of which we would have bought some. The fish stew was a piece of dry whitefish, 2 shrimp, and 3 clams. Mercifully, it was served on a bed of beans flavored with bacon. Forget about dessert, I'm not going there.

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★☆☆☆☆

The best part of the evening was when the valet parker told us it was free. W enter this bright, garish lobby and see two booths of diners sitting in the middle . Hey, how about dimming the lights! The host was entirly too casual to be at the door of an expensive place like this, and yes he did try to seat us first under the glaring light in the lobby. I can understand its attraction during the day for the office folks, but come on. He hesitated to find us another table making us think that they were all booked [actually at 8pm on a weeknight we were the last folks sat.] The only table left for us was in the "chefs room" behind the service bar. We were not entertained, though by the amateurish, sloppily dressed staff. They must be trained to keep their conversations down when at the service station and they must figure out a way to take the trash out without parading it through the dining room! The food. The butter presentation had that old refrigerator smell. We ordered the truffle pizza, it would have been good at $12, but at $18 it was just OK. First the tuna..... It was wrapped in a spring roll wrapper that was neither crisp or browned evenly. There was no hint of salt and pepper or any other seasoning except the oil from the frying had leeched out onto the plate. There was some freshly grated horseradish on top and it was garnished with horseradish ice cream. There was no veggie on the plate and it was served to me looking like something that a home cook would serve. As I cut into the fish I realized that this was the piece of tuna that sushi chefs carve out and chop for maki rolls and not something that should be served as first quality. I get the ala carte veggie thing, the waiter was neglectful in offering us other vegetables, of which we would have bought some. The fish stew was a piece of dry whitefish, 2 shrimp, and 3 clams. Mercifully, it was served on a bed of beans flavored with bacon. Forget about dessert, I'm not going there.

Pros: fREE VALET PARKING

Cons: too expensive, amateur service, sloppy servers uniforms

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I had a 9pm reservation on a sat night but was not seated until 10:15. One would think that is a good sign for a restaurant, but for Rae it is not. While sitting at the bar, I observed at least 3 tables that remained un-bussed for more than 35 min. Also, there were at least 7 tables unoccupied but apparently there were no servers for the tables. Lined up at the bar were at least 20 unhappy people that could not get seated. I saw a group of 4 leave after waiting 1.5 hour for a table (and they had reservations!). The staff was relatively unapologetic. Once we were seated, it still took a waiter 15min to make it to our table. By this point, the valentines dinner I had planned for my wife was ruined! We decided to leave since there was no way we could enjoy the food, regardless of the quality.
The bottom line: GET RESERVATIONS AT A MORE DEPENDABLE RESTAURANT, OR THIS MAY HAPPEN TO YOU!

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★☆☆☆☆

I had a 9pm reservation on a sat night but was not seated until 10:15. One would think that is a good sign for a restaurant, but for Rae it is not. While sitting at the bar, I observed at least 3 tables that remained un-bussed for more than 35 min. Also, there were at least 7 tables unoccupied but apparently there were no servers for the tables. Lined up at the bar were at least 20 unhappy people that could not get seated. I saw a group of 4 leave after waiting 1.5 hour for a table (and they had reservations!). The staff was relatively unapologetic. Once we were seated, it still took a waiter 15min to make it to our table. By this point, the valentines dinner I had planned for my wife was ruined! We decided to leave since there was no way we could enjoy the food, regardless of the quality.
The bottom line: GET RESERVATIONS AT A MORE DEPENDABLE RESTAURANT, OR THIS MAY HAPPEN TO YOU!

Pros: COOL LOCATION

Cons: POOR SERVICE

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I held a Dessert Night for 20 girls at Rae and everything about the night was perfect. When I arrived early, everything was already set up. The dessert bar was arranged beautifully, and the staff was there to answer any questions that I had. The food was delicious and worth the price.

Making the reservation and setting up the party was also a very smooth process - the events coordinator was always prompt with his responses and worked well with me to accommodate my budget.

I will definitely be back at Rae again!

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★★★★★

I held a Dessert Night for 20 girls at Rae and everything about the night was perfect. When I arrived early, everything was already set up. The dessert bar was arranged beautifully, and the staff was there to answer any questions that I had. The food was delicious and worth the price.

Making the reservation and setting up the party was also a very smooth process - the events coordinator was always prompt with his responses and worked well with me to accommodate my budget.

I will definitely be back at Rae again!

Pros: courteous staff, delicious food

Cons: a little on the pricier side

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I was surprised and delighted to find out that Rae can be as affordable as one would like - or as luxurious. They have a huge selection of casual foods, such as burgers ($10) and pizza ($10) and salads ($9) and paninis. Yet they also offer dishes like surf & turf and beef tenderloin. And all of it is wonderful! The truffle pizza was out of this world, as was the Rae burger. And the short ribs were the best I have ever tried! PLUS they offer free valet parking at dinnertime!! And there are a handful of private event spaces, which I will definitely consider for an upcoming dinner party. I would highly recommend Rae, and I look forward to coming back!

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★★★★★

I was surprised and delighted to find out that Rae can be as affordable as one would like - or as luxurious. They have a huge selection of casual foods, such as burgers ($10) and pizza ($10) and salads ($9) and paninis. Yet they also offer dishes like surf & turf and beef tenderloin. And all of it is wonderful! The truffle pizza was out of this world, as was the Rae burger. And the short ribs were the best I have ever tried! PLUS they offer free valet parking at dinnertime!! And there are a handful of private event spaces, which I will definitely consider for an upcoming dinner party. I would highly recommend Rae, and I look forward to coming back!

Pros: free valet parking; excellent food - anything from casual bar food to upscale dining

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If you are in the mood for a fairly good meal and willing to pay for a great one, then visit Rae. Most in our group thought their entrees were very good, mine, the garlic shrimp lacked significant flavor as did all three of the deserts we ordered. I would rate this place a 7 out of 10. Worth the occasional visit, but it wont make my list of regular places to dine. Our server was fantastic.

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★★★☆☆

If you are in the mood for a fairly good meal and willing to pay for a great one, then visit Rae. Most in our group thought their entrees were very good, mine, the garlic shrimp lacked significant flavor as did all three of the deserts we ordered. I would rate this place a 7 out of 10. Worth the occasional visit, but it wont make my list of regular places to dine. Our server was fantastic.

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Having visited the chef's other restaurant Gayle, my expectations for Rae were very high. At Gayle, I thought the food was highly innovative, daring and very impressive, whereas at Rae the focus is not so much on the food, but on this gorgeous, modern restaurant. Nevertheless the scene at Rae was very casual, comfortable and friendly.


On a Friday evening the place was packed with young executives from the Cira center and train commuters, who were enjoying drinks at the lively bar. The menu borrowed quite a bit from Gayle's but the food did not meet our expectations. My garlic shrimp was good but far from great, and my husband's lobster stuffed with steak ($70) looked delicious, but felt a bit heavy and greasy after the first few bites.
While the food left much to be desired, I found the friendly and knowledgeable staff quite pleasant and would definitely return to Rae. (Dinner for 2 was $198 w. 2 glasses of wine. Not cheap)

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★★★★☆

Having visited the chef's other restaurant Gayle, my expectations for Rae were very high. At Gayle, I thought the food was highly innovative, daring and very impressive, whereas at Rae the focus is not so much on the food, but on this gorgeous, modern restaurant. Nevertheless the scene at Rae was very casual, comfortable and friendly.


On a Friday evening the place was packed with young executives from the Cira center and train commuters, who were enjoying drinks at the lively bar. The menu borrowed quite a bit from Gayle's but the food did not meet our expectations. My garlic shrimp was good but far from great, and my husband's lobster stuffed with steak ($70) looked delicious, but felt a bit heavy and greasy after the first few bites.
While the food left much to be desired, I found the friendly and knowledgeable staff quite pleasant and would definitely return to Rae. (Dinner for 2 was $198 w. 2 glasses of wine. Not cheap)

Pros: Friendly staff, casual and relaxed atmosphere.

Cons: Pricey, the food needs much improvement

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I have just read your review and found it to be a bit ridiculous. Let me get this right, you would not eat at this restaurant because you do not like the employee uniforms? If you prefer cheaper prices and high heels, I would suggest going to Delilahs Den.
As for Rae, I thought the food was delicious and I found the staff courteous and attentive, maybe it has something to do with them wearing comfortable shoes.

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★★★★★

I have just read your review and found it to be a bit ridiculous. Let me get this right, you would not eat at this restaurant because you do not like the employee uniforms? If you prefer cheaper prices and high heels, I would suggest going to Delilahs Den.
As for Rae, I thought the food was delicious and I found the staff courteous and attentive, maybe it has something to do with them wearing comfortable shoes.

Pros: Huge portions

Cons: Parking

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As 'rabbit' appears to have taken my review very personally let me clarify. Part of the restaurant experience is it's ambiance. If this were not the case I'm sure owners such as Chef Stern would not hire top designers and architects to create their space. As part of the high price I am paying is for overhead which includes the facility and the staff, I do have certain expectations. I'm not exactly sure why expecting the staff to be appropriately attired means I would be more comfortable having my dinner at Delilah's but then we are all entitled to our opinions based on our experiences.***
I'm just not sure I really get it. We stopped by for drinks and possibly dinner and stopped at the Valet. We waited a while and when no one came out to get the car we pulled into the lot. Then, once inside the center we stood just outside Rae trying to figure out if it was in fact the restaurant or a waiting room or lobby. We headed to the bar past a woman who I thought was a commuter passing through. Suit, nice scarf and sneakers, you know the look. Based on the prices on the menu and the drinks, I'm assuming that they are going for a more upscale crowd, but the bartender and waitress/waiter dress said casual bistro. My companion loved the space and the open kitchen, but thought it lacked any personality. I thought it was nice but a bit sterile and something about it reminded me of the old silk city diners but big and open. Then the commuter lady in the sneakers passed by, smiled and asked how we were doing and did we want to see a menu. My jaw dropped to the floor. I'm sorry, but if you want me to spend that kind of money your staff is going to have to have to dress a little better. There is absolutely no excuse for running shoes. If you forgot your pumps, Macy's is right down the road. If standing all night hurts your feet try Aerosols on 17th Street. We left after drinks...how do they expect us to take them seriously if they do not take themselves seriously.

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★★★☆☆

As 'rabbit' appears to have taken my review very personally let me clarify. Part of the restaurant experience is it's ambiance. If this were not the case I'm sure owners such as Chef Stern would not hire top designers and architects to create their space. As part of the high price I am paying is for overhead which includes the facility and the staff, I do have certain expectations. I'm not exactly sure why expecting the staff to be appropriately attired means I would be more comfortable having my dinner at Delilah's but then we are all entitled to our opinions based on our experiences.***
I'm just not sure I really get it. We stopped by for drinks and possibly dinner and stopped at the Valet. We waited a while and when no one came out to get the car we pulled into the lot. Then, once inside the center we stood just outside Rae trying to figure out if it was in fact the restaurant or a waiting room or lobby. We headed to the bar past a woman who I thought was a commuter passing through. Suit, nice scarf and sneakers, you know the look. Based on the prices on the menu and the drinks, I'm assuming that they are going for a more upscale crowd, but the bartender and waitress/waiter dress said casual bistro. My companion loved the space and the open kitchen, but thought it lacked any personality. I thought it was nice but a bit sterile and something about it reminded me of the old silk city diners but big and open. Then the commuter lady in the sneakers passed by, smiled and asked how we were doing and did we want to see a menu. My jaw dropped to the floor. I'm sorry, but if you want me to spend that kind of money your staff is going to have to have to dress a little better. There is absolutely no excuse for running shoes. If you forgot your pumps, Macy's is right down the road. If standing all night hurts your feet try Aerosols on 17th Street. We left after drinks...how do they expect us to take them seriously if they do not take themselves seriously.

Pros: Train arrivals/departures on Screen at Bar

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Impeccable service, and creative, spectacular food! Menu has something for everyone - salads/pizza/sandwiches to lobster/shortribs/tenderloin. Decor is absolutely beautiful. I think it will become the new hot place in town. Loved it!

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★★★★★

Impeccable service, and creative, spectacular food! Menu has something for everyone - salads/pizza/sandwiches to lobster/shortribs/tenderloin. Decor is absolutely beautiful. I think it will become the new hot place in town. Loved it!

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Our experience at Rae was not a memorable one. First, you have no choice but to pay for valet parking and watch as they park your car five feet from you. The atmosphere at Rae does not mesh with its menu. I'm really not sure what they're trying to achieve. Half of the dining room sits in the lobby of the Cira Centre and resembles little more than a cafeteria. The other half looks like its trying too hard to be upscale... but doesn't quite succeed. Our appetizer of "deconstructed" french onion soup arrived, which admittedly was pretty good. I liked the idea that you could add exactly as much cheese and bread as you wanted, and the melted gruyere didn't fill you up before you could even make it to your entree. Unfortunately, one of the glasses of wine we ordered didn't arrive until well after we finished our first course. Our waitress admitted that the service that evening had been less than stellar because Rae had not been prepared for the traffic from U.C. Dining Days. To her credit, her service was great, but they need to figure out their wine cellar over there, and the kitchen needs to work on its execution. Our side of creamed spinach arrived long after our entrees. As for the entree, I was curious about the much-hyped veal stew, but couldn't bring myself to spend $52 on it. I opted instead for the beef tenderloin, short rib, and marrow ravioli. My plate arrived with ONE sad little marrow ravioli on it... although several pieces of marrow dotted the rest of my plate. Now I am a pretty adventurous eater, but having white fatty pieces of marrow just sitting on your plate is not very appetizing, no matter how good it tastes. My tenderloin was cooked as I ordered it, medium, but my boyfriend's, which was supposed to be medium as well, was a little underdone. The short rib was a little too salty, and I came across a bone shard in it. Rae could definitely use some polish. It wasn't so much that it was bad... just forgettable. Won't be returning.

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★★★☆☆

Our experience at Rae was not a memorable one. First, you have no choice but to pay for valet parking and watch as they park your car five feet from you. The atmosphere at Rae does not mesh with its menu. I'm really not sure what they're trying to achieve. Half of the dining room sits in the lobby of the Cira Centre and resembles little more than a cafeteria. The other half looks like its trying too hard to be upscale... but doesn't quite succeed. Our appetizer of "deconstructed" french onion soup arrived, which admittedly was pretty good. I liked the idea that you could add exactly as much cheese and bread as you wanted, and the melted gruyere didn't fill you up before you could even make it to your entree. Unfortunately, one of the glasses of wine we ordered didn't arrive until well after we finished our first course. Our waitress admitted that the service that evening had been less than stellar because Rae had not been prepared for the traffic from U.C. Dining Days. To her credit, her service was great, but they need to figure out their wine cellar over there, and the kitchen needs to work on its execution. Our side of creamed spinach arrived long after our entrees. As for the entree, I was curious about the much-hyped veal stew, but couldn't bring myself to spend $52 on it. I opted instead for the beef tenderloin, short rib, and marrow ravioli. My plate arrived with ONE sad little marrow ravioli on it... although several pieces of marrow dotted the rest of my plate. Now I am a pretty adventurous eater, but having white fatty pieces of marrow just sitting on your plate is not very appetizing, no matter how good it tastes. My tenderloin was cooked as I ordered it, medium, but my boyfriend's, which was supposed to be medium as well, was a little underdone. The short rib was a little too salty, and I came across a bone shard in it. Rae could definitely use some polish. It wasn't so much that it was bad... just forgettable. Won't be returning.

Pros: Extensive wine list

Cons: Ambience, Parking, Service

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Met friends at 30th St. Station and went over on a whim - We're so glad we did! We had a great waitress (Liddy) and the food and drink was exceptional. Enjoyed the "Champagne Rae" and the Veal Stew. Chef Stern came by our table and checked on us personally - what a treat! Great staff - very accommodating. We planned my birthday dinner there in March - Can't wait.

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★★★★★

Met friends at 30th St. Station and went over on a whim - We're so glad we did! We had a great waitress (Liddy) and the food and drink was exceptional. Enjoyed the "Champagne Rae" and the Veal Stew. Chef Stern came by our table and checked on us personally - what a treat! Great staff - very accommodating. We planned my birthday dinner there in March - Can't wait.

Pros: $10 valet

Cons: couldn't finish the huge portions

 

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