Medium Rare - Capitol Hill
Medium Rare - Capitol Hill

Medium Rare - Capitol Hill

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mediumrarerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2026017136x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 2:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, American, Steakhouse
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Medium Rare - Capitol Hill
Our newest location! Reservations are not required. Contact us for large parties or special events. Feel free to contact us regarding our seating policy. Yes, we do serve brunch/lunch on Sunday with a great prix fixe including "The Best French Toast in DC", Steak and Eggs, Eggs Benedict and bottomless bloody Marys, mimosas and screwdrivers. During the evenings, Medium Rare offers a unique, prix fixe dinning experience of artisan bread; a mixed green salad; prime, dry-aged steak; and hand-cut fries in a relaxed, fun, neighborhood environment. As we do only one thing, we do our best to make the food and experience exceptional and also a good value. There are only a carefully selected wines, spirits, and draft beer choices. We offer an off-menu vegetarian option.
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Medium Rare - Capitol Hill reviews from OpenTable diners
92 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (40)neighborhood gem (36)good for groups (33)fit for foodies (23)great for outdoor dining (20)hot spot (14)special occasion (11)romantic (10)great for lunch (6)kid-friendly (5)notable wine list (3)scenic view (2)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • The fixed price one item menu.
    rwvadocVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I really ejoyed our meal here before th NATS game. We were a group of 4 guys and the steak frites with salad far exceded my expectations-- and you get a second helping at no additional charge. The steak was tender and very tasty with a nice sauce. Everyone enjoyed the meal and it was reasonably priced. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • From the KISS school of restaurants
    LauraS
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    KISS -- keep it simple, stupid. Said admiringly, because Medium Rare serves bread, salad, steak, and frites and that's all (correction -- they do have a nice offering of desserts). But what they serve is excellent, with friendly service in a nice atmosphere. Simple and delicious -- works for me!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • waitress
    crystal
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Waitress was kind and friendly and attentive to our brunch mimosa needs. Her name was tiffany..I think. Props to her!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attentive service, subpar food
    Cusineking14
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We were excited to try this brunch as it seemed like a good value. Unfortunately it was too good to be true, as they say, because our steak frites came out cold (the manger attributed this to a new chef) and the mimosas were very watered down. The service was the only redeeming quality, as the servers were very polite and apologetic. Maybe the other location is better, but I won't be taking my chances.
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  • Bad Service
    Wt1234VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Just bad service from our waiter named Anthony. The food was good and reliable but the poor service is what made my first (and last) visit to the Barracks Row location memorable. Why settle for bad service when there are so many other fantastic brunch options in the DC area? Medium Rare (both locations) is no longer on my family's list of go-to brunch places.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A good beef dinner on The Hill
    7hom7homVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    It's a salad. It's steak, presliced w/ a light sauce, cooked to order. It's julienne frites, crispy and hot. It's brought to your table in two rounds. And it's all good. Sitting in the window is kinda like being outside at that great little bistro in Paris (and yes, I've done that). I skipped dessert because it's the only meh thing here. The best news.. it's consistently good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bday gone great
    DMLDVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My guest and I really enjoyed ourselves. Service and food were outstanding. The only downfall is the limited bar.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KatherineVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The music was too loud, but other than that, great dinner!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I keep coming back.
    luv2dine
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Great service. Great food. Great crowd. Bottomless Brunch. Coming back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Double Date Scores
    Foodiee
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The meal was quite exquisite and I loved the second servings. However salad and the bread was not to my liking, but my date and my friends had a great time eating there.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Medium Rare Barracks Row
    greg
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Barracks Row is a hopping scene and Medium Rare fits right in. The restaurant is attractive, offers indoor as well as outdoor seating, and the food is an incredible bargain. Desserts also are excellent. Wait staff is terrific. We definitely will go again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We had a time and enjoyed it thoroughly. We sat outside because of the noise level--not bad but louder than many. Food was great. (Loved the sauce and asked for extra to slather on everything). Simple done very well. Service was exceptional. Highly recommend this restaurant. We plan to go back frequently.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ok, not great
    chismeVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Cute concept, but the meat could have been better. Delicious fries, very friendly service, but if you're going to make your reputation on steak frites, the steak should be better than something thinly sliced and chewy. Better to upgrade the cut of meat and cut out the seconds. Also, not charging five times the retail cost of the wine would be a nice gesture as well.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Adam
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Typically I will have a great time at medium rare but on this occasion I was completely ignored by my waiter the food took about twenty minutes to come out and overall service was just bad. I will say this is an anomaly, but I am going to stay away from the medium rare in Capitol Hill for a few months. Good thing medium rare in Cleveland Park has never disappointed!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Limits
    DMLDVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    All and all the experience was great. However the bar is very limited, we were disappointed with the section.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very unique
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    All they serve is their beef, so don't expect any variety in the menu. It was delicious, and the fries were yummy too. This is a restaurant to occasionally visit, just due to their limited menu. But if you're in the mood for beef in a light gravy au-jus, it's very good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique brunch
    finrthings
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I came with friends for the Sunday brunch. The bread and parfait were delicious. The steak was great, the fries were good, but the poached eggs were too gooey/mushy. At the beginning of our meal, the restaurant was so loud that we had trouble hearing our server, but it calmed down (or we may have gotten used to it).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So Good!
    ChrisMVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Medium Rare is such a great value and a great experience every time. The steak is cooked to perfection and the service is top notch. Would recommend for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • quality has gone downhill
    soxgalVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We had only eaten at medium rare once but were very excited about it because we live nearby and the first time was terrific. This time the salad which we remember as having an amazing vinagrette was barely dressed and the lettuce was wilted. The steak was perfectly cooked and the fries were great but our first serving was cold. Bread still as good as we remember it. Plenty of good things to say (the no corkage deal with Decanter is great!) but when you only make 3 things you should make them all really well. We will try it again, hope we caught them on an off night.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not worth going back
    DCO3VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Food was okay, service was terrible. We have been to the Cleveland Park location and loved it, but the service was extremely poor and ruined the entire experience. Empty drinks, long waits before ordering, no bread brought out initially, etc. We had to ask the waitress several times for the same thing before we finally received it. Very, very poor service.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome brunch spot
    BrunchR
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I already knew Medium Rare is a great dinner spot, but now I am extra excited about their brunch. Same delicious food as dinner (except a couple more options) and bottomless bloodies, mimosas, screwdrivers, coffee, and juice! You really can't go wrong here. They were not stingy with the boozy drinks and didn't try to kick us out as soon as we finished eating either.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meat Heaven
    HStreetYuppieVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We had an awesome experience at Medium Rare. For one price, you get house-made bread, a salad, and two helpings of steak and fries. I don't know what that secret sauce is, but it's amazing. We will be going back in the future.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a bad brunch
    ray45851VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The brunch menu is really short and strict, so not the place for substitutions. I'm always surprised when a place that serves eggs can't change the temperature because they are "cooked in a machine". The server was less than attentive, but the manager was really friendly when we had that "where's our server?" look on our faces. He was much more accommodating but the standard response to any menu changes was "no-- we can't do that because it's already made". The bottomless drinks are nice, except the mimosas tastes like 90% orange juice, which is not how a mimosa should be prepared. Especially when you're using very pulpy orange juice. There were several dish breakings during the meal by staff. Not a bad brunch, but not excited to return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • michael
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Food quality was good, service was good, but the brunch portions were very small - most of our group left hungry.
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  • Great experience on Father's Day
    lj28VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    My husband, 10 month old son, and I had brunch here on Father's Day and it was all just great! The staff were all very friendly and the food and service were excellent. This was our first time at this location (we have been to the Cleveland Park Medium Rare before) and we will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great idea for restaraunt
    Daniel
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    My family and I had a great time. There was only one thing we needed to answer: How do you want your steak cooked? It was so easy and well priced.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TOP 3 brunch spots ever
    CustomMadeSlade
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Adam the manager took great care of my party last Sunday. I made the reservation on a Thursday, and he was more than willing to accommodate us. We even had a hick-up in timing out arrival, but they were still more than happy to take care of us. We had the best server - Dominique - and flat out the best French toast I've had in dc. Only one other place in Arlington can compare. Everything else was the best. I've recommended the restaurant to everyone already and it's not been 2 days.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time having their brunch
    FirstTimeRestaurantWeek
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Everyone raves and raves about Medium Rare and it seems impossible to get a table. I made reservations the night before and we were thankfully seated a few minutes early. We all enjoyed ourselves but were not overly impressed with menu, the taste of the food, nor the amount of food. Don't get me wrong the food was good, and the bottomless drinks were strong, but there are many other places I will go back to before we have brunch here again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steak-Fun,Reasonable, Good Service
    MoJafar
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Steak - Fun, Reasonable, Good Service great dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Medium Rare - Capitol Hill Brunch
    fnkyfrshdrssed19
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Made a reservation for Sunday brunch at Medium Rare and had a great time! It was my second time going and I enjoyed myself both times. Mimosas could be a bit stronger...should have switched to Screwdrivers! But great time overall.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch? Manage your expectations
    kellabella
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    brunch - if you order the benedict, it comes well done and chopped in small cubes, as does the portobello... not my fave but the hollandaise made it flavorful enough to eat. all poached eggs undercooked. salads were good, yogurt with dried fruit was delicious, as were the fries. can never complain about bottomless mimosas. don't bother with reservations. they won't seat you until your entire party is there & i had requested outdoor seating yet we were seated indoors. it's worth a try if you're wandering in the area (and you're forearmed with information like this) and you like well-done steak, but i won't go out of my way to go back or recommend my friends to make a special brunch trip... too many other great options in town.
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  • If do one thing, do it well....
    ISOAmazingFoodVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    I dined at the Medium Rare in Cleveland Park a few years ago and I'd been looking forward to trying the new locale in Capitol Hill. Perhaps I've just eaten much better steak since then, as I was quite disappointed with quality of both steak and frites this time around. Our server was very friendly and nicely offered to let us taste various wines to help us choose a bottle, but unfortunately all four of the reds we tried were equally uninspiring so I opted for just a glass of the Bordeaux.This is not the spot to go for steak if you are seeking a memorable experience -- the food here was very mediocre so I will not be returning. There's no dearth of French and Belgian places in DC that serve the same cuisine and more.
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  • great place
    josh279
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    I had an outstanding time. Food great for the price. Will come back.
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 59 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 51 reviews are from the Medium Rare - Capitol Hill reviews archive.
  • Great experience
    MallyDCVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Asked to sit right in the window and was graciously accommodated. Great timing with dinner. Everything was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food even Better Service
    yensid77
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Had a great time at Medium Rare. The food was excellent and the service was even better. From the moment we walked in to the moment we walked out it was worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mothers Day
    Lovermont
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    A friendly waitress, the surprise of a complementary glass of champagne, delicious dinner and free Cherry Blosdom ice cream!! Wonderful dinner!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'll Go Back
    DLoves2DineVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Tasty - pretty decent service. Steak's amazingly tender. one drawback is the seating because it's pretty crowded. I feel like I'm not eating with my party, but with the couple at the next table. Overall though, they've found their niche...and it works.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best french toast in the world
    TomasVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    I don't know about anything else on the menu, but their brunch french toast is the best breakfast I have ever had. Note, if you show up at open (11am Sunday) the hostess will make you stand outside until she counts down every second 'till 11am on the dot. Otherwise, service is great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Weeknight Birthday Dinner
    DCDreamliner
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    I took my boyfriend here for a birthday dinner on a Wednesday. Seating was prompt and service very good--we had three different ones throughout the night, but all were competent and friendly. The total bill for two entrees and four glasses of wine was a very reasonable $90 especially for the quality and portion size of the meal. I would definitely go back when craving a steak and frites meal.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Honestly you cant find a better steak in my opinion. The bread, salad and fries with the special sauce are also a huge bonus! $20 for two servings of a delicious dinner is a hidden gem in the city.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet