Medium Rare - Cleveland Park
Medium Rare - Cleveland Park

Medium Rare - Cleveland Park

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mediumrarerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2022371432
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30 pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Saturday 5:00 - 10:30, Sunday: 2:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, American, French
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ordway Street NW
  • Public Transit: On the corner adjacent to the Metro red line, Cleveland Park entrance
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Small parking lot directly across the street
A word from Medium Rare - Cleveland Park
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 French Toast, 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 few wine, spirits, and draft beer choices, but each were selected specifically to accompany your meal. We offer an off-the-menu vegetarian option. Please contact us to inquire.
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Medium Rare - Cleveland Park reviews from OpenTable diners
106 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (61)great for outdoor dining (56)good for groups (34)fit for foodies (26)great for brunch (25)special occasion (17)hot spot (16)kid-friendly (14)romantic (9)notable wine list (6)great for lunch (5)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Fun night out
    ValueKingVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Always a good time...can't beat the quality for the price! A must add to your dining rotation.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great bottomless brunch
    Foodie6VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    This place is great! Brunch is affordable and has perfect portions...the special sauce is incredible...the bottomless beverage part was also delicious! Excellent service as well. Awesome place, wish we lived locally and go weekly! My one regret - not ordering a side of special sauce to slather over my frites! Mmm!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Very good for once in a while meetings with friends. Enjoyed service and quality of food. Rare was well done! :)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • That Special Sauce!
    NUParent
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Love the food here. It's great sometimes not having a lot of choice, when you want to talk to your guests and you know the food is fantastic. Desserts are worth a splurge here, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Great food and service! I was disappointed there was no beer available the evening I went and the system crashed so I waited about 7 min for my glass of wine and it took awhile for our food. However, the food was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but service was weak.
    AnneVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We arrived for an 8:30 reservation on a Sunday night. There were few guests in the restaurant but the place looked like a big rush had just ended - multiple unbussed tables, etc. We were seated right away, but no one came to our table for over 5 minutes despite the fact that staff were everywhere. When our server finally appeared, he poured water then disappeared for another extended period. He finally came back and asked for our drink orders, and we told him we wanted to order. The food was good (although the second round of fries were fresher than the first), but the service left much to be desired. That was especially true in the context of a slow late Sunday night meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Went with my four girlfriends and we had a beautiful outdoor seating with fast service. The food was great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Music too loud
    HM71
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Good food, but the music is *far* too loud. I had to shout over it to talk to my dining companion. Not a great selection of music, either (pop/rock hits of the 80s -- why?).
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Medium Rare
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Great food at a great price. You can't go wrong with two servings of steak and fries as well as a great salad and crusty bread.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great!!
    DCNativeVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Love the fixed price menu. Great vegetarian alternative. Awesome fries.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find!
    AKaz
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    My friend suggested this place and I'm glad I listened. I brought my mother here and we had a blast. The steak was cooked perfectly, and the gravy on the steak was delicious!! I'm definitely coming back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as it uses to be
    LeslieKayVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My group has eaten at this location several times this year. Last Sunday's visit was off. The salad looked a little whiles and served without cheese. There was no lemonade and the staff seemed disorganized. They were definitely unfriendly. The meat dish was ok but the fries were as tasty as usual. Not sure if this was just one bad evening or if it was an indication that change is afoot at Medium Rare. We will give it another chance in a few weeks.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not Careful About Cooking Temps
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    4 at the table, each ordered our steak differently, but all four came the same. The second round completely ignored it. French fries were soft and soggy. Place was crowded, but since they only do one thing...it should be done right.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great brunch
    overcookedVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I'm a steak fiend, but prefer my meat cooked. Medium Rare did something many other steak places in DC have been unable to do....They provided me my steak frites medium well! Kudos to the kitchen staff for being able to handle high volume brunch and present me and my table mates with steak cooked to our request - some medium rare and mine not! The choice of brunch starter of fruit cup (good mix of melons), yogurt parfait or salad provided nice balance. And the all you can drink mimosa or screwdriver kept coming. Lovely, tasty and enjoyable for Sunday brunch conveniently close to the Metro.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • In decline
    Michael
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    When Medium Rare first opened it was bustling and the food came out sizzling and looking and tasting fantastic. The past two times I've been there the place has been dead, and the steak has that limp, grey look of meat left under a heat lamp. If you live around the corner, go for it … steak and fries are hard to screw up. But otherwise I can't recommend the trip.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as last time
    AndrewHarperVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Monday's experience was disappointing. The tables were too close together; the server was a robot and I did not enjoy that his backside was practically in my plate when he was waiting on the table next to me; the salad and especially the bread were very nice, but the steak and frites were cold when served. I was dining with someone who had not eaten at Medium Rare before. She was disappointed that the server did not ask her if she wanted the sauce on the side. She does not enjoy sauce on her steak.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch
    foodiedc
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I went here with my friend for brunch. It was really delicious, especially the scrambled eggs. The french toast was super fluffy. I highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good steak
    stoli
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I am not a fan of traditional steak houses since the beef is usually not as good as what one can get from one's own grill.This steak is really great tasting and the fries are fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good meal in outdoor setting
    thx4katrinasupport
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We returned to Medium Rare after a brief hiatus. We had a lovely evening and dined outside. The food and service were good, as usual. Our waiter was extremely friendly. It was a bit slow getting our check, and there was a small error which was promptly corrected. The Fitou, our favorite wine, had been removed from the list. We didn't care as much for the Cote du Rhone which was substituted for it. Overall, the experience met our expectations.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as always!
    CarolineVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The French toast for brunch is no joke. And I love that MR is dog-friendly on the patio!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unusually good steak
    TomandMaryVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Great steak - good buy and very pleasant tables. Lovely dinner and a truly enjoyable experience in every way.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great steak, skip sauce, too noisy!
    Rare
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Good bread, salty salad dressing (prefer vinaigrette), great rare steak when requested, skip that steak sauce, good service, way too noisy!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place + such a Concept!
    TerryPVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    After a long day a work it's nice to go in....and know EXACTLY what you are going to get. Great atmosphere, nice glass of wine, great food and a killer Hot Fudge Sundae!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Well done at medium rare
    NobHillery
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We just moved to the neighborhood and love this spot. You have to be in the mood for steak frites. It's all they serve but they do it well. Servers are great. Ask for Giovanni or Luis. Salad and streak beat out desserts but the hot fudge sundae is good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Brunch Around
    Casey
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Medium Rare is my go to brunch spot. Nobody can beat $23 for great food and bottomless drinks!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simple, But Satisfying
    CORKyVino
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The menu is simple. Salad, bread, steak and frites (or portabella mushroom for non-red meat eaters). Nice selection of wines by the glass. Friendly and attentive wait staff and prompt busboys. Outdoor dining is a good distance from busy Connecticut Avenue or opt for indoor dining near the windows.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We went here for brunch & were really excited because the price is right & we had had dinner here before & enjoyed it. For $23 you get unlimited drinks (mimosas & bloodys), bread, choice of fruit, yogurt or salad & an entree. The service was pretty bad, took our waiter way too long to get our drink orders & then another length of time to come back & take our orders. While other tables got blood mary's dressed with celery and limes, mine came with nothing. Food was plain, I got the Steak Benedict which was more of the consistency of dog food then steak, & had little taste. They were good with drink refills though, & larger parties were given carafes for the table. I'd probably go back, but with lower expectations and order something else.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This was my first visit to Medium Rare and I'll be back! What a great concept. Everything right down to the giant hot fudge sundae I had at the end was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NEVER DISAPPOINTED!
    TerryPVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The food is excellent.......the service has always been great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    letthemeatsteak
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Medium Rare was delicious and fun from the first bite of steak to the last drop of wine!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • brunch
    BillI
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    sorry guys I'm going to have to give bunch of thumbs downI ordered theEggs Benedictthe eggs were so runny ask to be worse than soft boiled eggsthe portions are smaller than they are at dinner and the same costSophia primary objective is having unlimited mimosas go there but otherwise I would not recommend
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AMAZING
    ZoeyVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    This was my first visit to Medium Rare and WOW. The server was very friendly attentive. The food was delicious -- all of it. The bread, salad, steak, fries, all delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time, and loved it
    Jacob
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    First time ever going to Medium Rare. Dinner was good. Steak was cooked correctly and the "secret sauce" was delicious. The fries seemed like they were out of a bag from the freezer aisle, but still nice and crispy. I was not expecting an employee to walk up to my table and re-fill my steak and fries! Was very surprised and delighted. Pretty neat looking restaurant inside and out too. Would recommend.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 73 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 367 reviews are from the Medium Rare - Cleveland Park reviews archive.
  • Decent in most respects
    dbeersfineart
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The menu is very limited to one cut of steak, so ordering is super easy, super fast and that is always nice in a large group. However, this is not the place to take a starving teenage boy to - even the second serving will not be adequate as each serving is pretty small. For 19.95 each, which includes two servings of steak, a good salad and two servings of fries (which are rated pretty good by most people), this is not a bad place to take a family to dinner or a group of friends for a quick and inexpensive meal, or as a way to handle a meal before going to the nearby Uptown for a movie. I would not take a first date here (unless I were in my late teens or early twenties) as it just is not nice enough.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    Peacock92
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    My boyfriend and I usually go there for dinner because they have a great salad dressing and an amazig steak sauce, but I decided to bring a group of friends to have a goodbye dinner. Service has always been wonderful with great team work in the past; however, I was unlucky when I went with my friends. our server was pushy, rude and unattentive.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a great bargain and good food
    stoli
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I've taken people from ages 5 to 70+ and everyone has enjoyed it both and brunch and dinner. The only problem is that there are no reservations accepted for Friday or Saturday nights so I just don't go there on those nights.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, service so-so
    rsquared
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Our server was having a terrible day and wasn't very attentive or kind to the point that several other servers ended up stopping by to help us. Otherwise the food met my expectations, tender and juicy meat, sauce done well (not too salty) and great fries!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Special Occasion Dining
    EatingWithChildren
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We came here on Father's Day! Everything was excellent. Service was impeccable. Food was beyond delicious. We chose to fine outside with our small children and we enjoyed ourselves. Our reservation was for 5, by 6, as we were leaving the restaurant was just starting to fill up. But even for outside dining the noise level and ambience were comfortable. I can't wait to eat here again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sloppy Presentation. Bad Service.
    CENCVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We went to Medium Rare for Sunday Brunch right as they opened (11am). We were shortly sat and the hostess seemed to manage the chaos of opening fairly smoothly. Our server, however, was a mess. He was either hungover or just in a bad mood, but he was intolerable the entire meal. Between slamming our glasses down on our table, spilling drinks, and sliding our plates onto the table in a manner that ensured our food sloshed around, he ensured that our experience was unpleasant. We were not sure if our pre-fix menu items were platted sloppily or just poorly handled by the wait staff (maybe both!). The food was alright for the price ($23/per) but I dont think that we will make this a spot we visit again in the near future.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quite a bargain!
    WineYahooVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We dropped in for a quick meal with an out-of-town friend. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the meal given the simplicity of the menu. A great value. And you get a second helping? Wowza.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate