I usually hate to rate restaurants during their DOV times, but I couldn't help it since so many others are giving their input below.
After reading all those reviews, I was very excited. However, it was very disapointing. No, it wasn't my high expectations that created the disapointment, but perhaps it was just an off-night for the restaurant.
Food: The amuse bouche (the fennel cake described below) and duck proscuitto were quite good. My tuna was overcooked - the ends especially were so dry. It blew my mind that a restaurant of that calibre would allow something like that to be served. The dessert was just below average. I was unimpressed - my cookie tasted burnt and the brownie was very dry. The white hot chocolate was, however, excellent.
Service: It took nearly fifteen minutes for us to get menus, after about a ten minute wait for our table (even though we had reservations). I let the menu thing go because I figured they were just busy. The courses came out SO SLOWLY. That's probably WHY they give you the complimentary dishes in between, because they can't dish out the main dishes quick enough. It took 2.5 hours for us to complete our meal, with long waits between each dish. My friend waited 15 minutes for the mocktail she ordered at the beginning of the night. The waiter looked very rushed and frazzled everytime he came to our table. The lady who took our coats forgot what our coats looked like - sorry, but at Feenie's, CRU, or C, they would never "forget" and ask you what your coat looks like. There needs to be a better system. The lady at the front also did not seem like she appreciated our business at all, and was a bit pretentious in my opinion. Our water glasses didn't get refilled until dessert when I requested for it - that's two hours into the meal with one glass of water!
Ambiance: The room itself is gorgeous. I might go back for a non-DOV meal someday just to give Rare another shot because the ambiance saved its life.