now open.

at the aka washington square


Anthony Marini is excited
to join Philadelphia's thriving culinary scene.

rarest. opened in November 2016 and is located inside the aka (Washington Square). The menu is modern, seasonal american and also focuses on tartares, crudos, ceviches, and charcuterie.

don't forget to make your reservations for RESTAURANT WEEK 2017! we've created a delicious
3-course menu for only $35 which will be available january 23rd to 27th as well as january 30th to february 3rd.





834 Chestnut
(on the corner of
9th & Chestnut)
Philadelphia, PA 19107


m-th 5pm–10pm

f-sa 5pm–11pm

su closed.

*the bar is open late every night.

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the team.

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Chef Anthony Marini
(executive chef + owner)

A Philadelphia native, Anthony Marini graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. He started his formal career in his hometown working in the kitchens of Dilullo Centro and the Germantown Cricket Club.  Also, Marini has led kitchens as Executive Chef at Philadelphia Fish & Company in Philadelphia, Christopher's in Phoenix, Arizona and the Standard Hotel in West Hollywood, California.

In 2003, after relocating to Alabama, Anthony introduced Birmingham to his eclectic cuisine with AMBA, as Executive Chef and Partner. AMBA received strong local recognition receiving four stars in The Birmingham News. In 2005, Anthony opened (local) restaurant and cocktail bar. The restaurant quickly received four stars in the Birmingham News, then won "Best New Restaurant" by the Birmingham Weekly.

Marini was voted one of the "Top Three Chefs" and (local) was voted one of the "Top Three Restaurants" in subsequent years also by the Birmingham Weekly.  (local) garnered outstanding reviews from Birmingham Magazine, The Birmingham News, Portico Magazine and was featured in Bon Appetit, Cooking with Paula Deen and the New York Times.  

On January 20, 2015, Anthony competed in season 2 of CNBC's "Restaurant Startup". He pitched a restaurant called Rarest that he wanted to open in his hometown of Philadelphia. The show, billed as "The Comeback Cook" profiled Anthony, his 30 year friendship with his teammate and the custody battle that led him to abandon his business in Alabama. Beating out the #1 food truck in Atlanta, Anthony got to test out the concept and ultimately won an initial investment from restaurateur and host, Joe Bastianich. Soon after, Anthony partnered with Stephen and Tom Finley of Finley Catering to bring the restaurant to the aka Washington Square, at 834 Chestnut Street.