WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549


                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT
                     PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE
                         SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

        Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 4, 2004

                      RARE Hospitality International, Inc.
               (Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

 Georgia                        0-19924                   58-1498312
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 (State or Other                (Commission               (IRS Employer
 Jurisdiction of                File Number)              Identification No.)

                  8215 Roswell Rd, Bldg. 600, Atlanta, GA 30350
         (Addresses of Principal Executive Offices, including Zip Code)

                                 (770) 399-9595
              (Registrant's Telephone Number, including Area Code)

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                        Section 2 - Financial Information

Item 2.02       Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

                            Section 7 - Regulation FD

Item 7.01       Regulation FD Disclosure.

                The following  information is furnished pursuant to Item 2.02,
"Results of Operations and Financial Condition" and Item 7.01, "Regulation FD

                On October 4, 2004, RARE Hospitality  International Inc. (the
"Company")  announced positive  same-store sales for each of its three growth
concepts for the third quarter ended  September 26, 2004.  For the quarter,
same-store  sales  increased 3.0% for LongHorn  Steakhouse,  2.3% for Bugaboo
Creek and 11.0% for The Capital  Grille,  compared with the third quarter of
2003. As a result of both our same-store  sales  performance  and the
challenging  operating  environment,  the Company  expects to report  earnings
per diluted share of $0.24 for the third quarter of 2004.  The full text of the
press release is set forth in Exhibit 99.1 hereto.

                The information in this report,  including the exhibit hereto,
is not deemed "filed" for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act
of 1934, as amended.

                  Section 9 - Financial Statements and Exhibits

Item 9.01     Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(c)  Exhibits.

     Exhibit Number        Description of Exhibit
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     99.1                  Press release issued October 4, 2004.



Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                     RARE Hospitality International, Inc.

                                     By:  /s/  W. DOUGLAS BENN
                                     Name:    W. Douglas Benn
                                     Title:   Executive Vice President, Finance
                                              and Chief Financial Officer

Date:  October 4, 2004