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Medium Rare - Cleveland Park
Medium Rare - Cleveland Park

Medium Rare - Cleveland Park Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.MediumRareRestaurant.com
  • Email: mail@MediumRareRestaurant.com
  • Phone: (202) 237-1432
  • 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. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "One of my Top 5 restaraunts I TOTALLY enjoy in DC! Great Food.....Great Service! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "I've come to brunch here countless times and I'm never disappointed. Probably the best brunch deal in town, especially because they don't skimp on refilling the bottomless drinks! Thanks for yet another awesome meal!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I love Medium Rare, I've been here for dinner several times and it's amazing, so I'd been wanting to try it for brunch. Five of us went and the food was delicious. I got steak and eggs, as did some others, and there were also some eggs benedicts around the table, all of which were enjoyed. However, our waiter disappeared for most of the meal and never refilled our drinks (the brunch deal includes bottomless mimosas, bloody marys, coffee, OJ), or even came back to ask me if I wanted a brunch drink (I had started out with OJ and coffee but I wanted a mimosa too). It also took us a good 10 minutes to flag him down to get our check. This won't keep me from coming back here, but I hope that the service we received was a fluke."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Friend and I had brunch on lovely Sunday outdoors. Eggs/Steak/Portabello mushroom entree was like hash. Poached egg was more water than egg. Even their signature dish steak/frites was less than appetizing, smothered in their "secret sauce" rather than their usual lovely presentation. Thank goodness for the bottomless mimosas otherwise the meal would have be a 1 star. What happened, M-R?"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "This place is it. I encourage you to bring friends who may not eat their STEAK REFILL. That's right. They rebeef you, along with another serving of superior fries. Their mixed greens are hearty and as farm-to-table as you can ask. I love steak, and I get really cranky with a poor cut or shabby cook. MEDIUM RARE (which is how I recommend you get it) has it all covered. And its only like $20. I want to go all the time."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The noise level is so high that children wouldn't be heard if they started screaming so they don't bother to try ."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I enjoyed the food at this one-menu-item restaurant, and the service was quite good. However the noise level was VERY HIGH and, when we were seated, I asked the hostess if the music could be lowered. I couldn't believe they had loud music in a restaurant where just the number of people in it made hearing and talking to my companion difficult. I would not go back again; I think a restaurant that makes it difficult for me to enjoy time with my friends really doesn't want my business."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Fun place that my brother, my son and I went for steak and salad on my son's recommendation. We had a nicer meal, The waiters were very helpful, I walk on 2 canes. Nice meal."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "This was my second time at Medium Rare, and it was great. Our waiter was extremely friendly, brought us extra bread, constantly refilled our waters/mimosas, etc. Service was speedy enough. The only thing I would critique was that the mimosas were way too light--SO much orange juice, SO little champagne. I get that they are bottomless and they have to make them a bit less strong, but that was too much."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "This is a one dish place - steak and frittes, with a short, but adequate, wine list. The price is 19.75 for bread, a green salad, and 2 servings of steak and french fries. Our steak was not cooked as rare as we ordered it, but it was tasty. The salad was light and just right for the heavy meal that came after it. Plenty of food and fun! I'd recommend it as a quite reasonable, different steak night out. Remember to visit the bathrooms for your lesson in French!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Pretty simple menu...you will not be disappointed!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The wine pricing is high ($34 for a simple red, which is the cheapest). The steak and fries are good. This is a crowded noisy place. Plenty to eat."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "I just moved back to DC after two years away. I was so excited to go back to Medium Rare but it was not a good experience. The food portions were smaller and didn't taste as good. The service was so so and overall I'm not sure I can go back. Such a bummer."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Great place to take kids, especially if you like steak and fries-cause that's all you get-plus hot bread and side salads. Love it."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "This place is awesome! I have been hear a number of times and the food is always consistent and always so good! The meat comes out exactly the right temperature (Medium Rare for me!) and it is always delicious. I am now craving another steak! The service is fast and friendly and we enjoyed having Sergii as our server. He was able to recommend beers and have a friendly conversation with us. Also, we got to meet Andrew the manager and he is friendly and knowledgeable and just seemed genuinely happy for us to be there. At the end of our meal our table of four was brought a complimentary sundae dessert that was insanely delicious. I am already looking forward to my next trip and hoping the weather is nice enough to sit outside!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We had been wanting to try Medium Rare for a while now and were not disappointed. The bread and salad were delicious and light enough to make sure we were still hungry. The steak was perfectly cooked, and the french fries were some of the best! Also, our waiter was very friendly, speedy, but not trying to rush us out of the restaurant. We had an overall very positive experience, and I want to go back very soon! This restaurant is great for young people, who are trying to eat well on a small budget!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "The overall value of their brunch is great, however, portion sizes are too small and I left feeling hungry. Also, the music was absurdly loud, to the point where I had to yell at my friends sitting across the table from me just to communicate with them. We asked our waitress if the music could be turned down and she said she would ask the manager to do so. Afterwards, it was turned down slightly, but continued to be loud and a nuisance. Overall, great food, but increase the portion sizes and turn down the music, it really put a damper on our experience."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "My family loves this spot when they visit. Great food great value."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "This place is so yummy if you are a steak lover and with the fixed price menu you don't have to worry about a lot of choices. The steak is so delicious and just when you are almost done with your plate, the servers come by and serve you seconds of steak and fries. And the sauce is perfection! This is one of my staples in DC."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "I wasn't aware of the concept and had a steak craving. I was a bit concerned when I saw the "one option" aspect. No need to be. Incredibly tender and flavorful mean, and lots of it. Very friendly staff. The wine list is small, but very well priced. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "We went for brunch. Like reviews mentioned before, the service is so-so. Food wise we had 3 of the brunch items including the steak, the French Toast was the best of the options. Take a group and be social if you go, our party was only 4 and we couldn't hear each other across the table because of the surrounding noise."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Medium Rare offers a fixed menu (bread, salad, steak and frites) at a set price. Beverages (besides water) and dessert are an additional cost. The mixed greens salad is topped with tomatoes and a tasty vinaigrette. Diners are offered two portions of the steak and frites. Wine by the glass or bottle as well as beer on tap is available. Several dessert options are available. I opted for the apple pie. It was served warm with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream. Wait staff is friendly and helpful. Medium Rare is less than half a block from the Cleveland Heights metro station. Off street parking near the restaurant can be hard to find. This is not the not venue to visit if you don't eat beef."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Excellent food, excellent service and great price."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "And are not so good at choosing from a big menu, this is the place for you! Love the set menu and you only have to choose the temperature of the meat! The bread is crusty and delicious! Our waiter was really nice The only thing was the music was too loud!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "This restaurant is fantastically simple. I love the concept and the service. Even the serving style was elegant. Can't say enough about this place."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Brunch was a very good deal if you don't mind the limited menu. Good bread, good steak frites. Wouldn't substitute coffee for tea however. Poached eggs very undercooked, not sure if it's the way they like it or just happened to be that way that day. Overall a very pleasant restaurant with a nice ambience."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "A great place for a fun evening. Steak and frites - how can you go wrong? Great staff - helpful but not over bearing."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Only thing they ask is how you want your steak and everything else comes with the meal. Really great deal for delicious food!"
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "Medium Rare's menu is mostly tailored for carnivores. As an aspiring vegetarian, I was thankful that the restaurant allowed me to substitute the steak option for additional poached eggs. It made the whole experience so much better! I can't say much about the steak, but my friend said he really enjoyed it. The bottomless mimosas were on point. I think I am going to try the bloody mary option next time I'm there. I would definitely recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "I just dined here for the second time and the experience was just as good as the first. I love the simplicity of the menu. The steak is delicious and this time I ordered a dessert (the sundae - it was amazing, but definitely big enough to split between 2-3 people). My only complaint is how quickly they move from one course to the next."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "This is my son's (age 8) favorite restaurant-so we have ended up going there a lot!! We always have quick service and the steak frites are wonderful (as are the "second" portions). It is one of the few places that he actually eats the salad. The bread is magnificent!!"
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "While we waited a while for a table--even with our open table reservation--we had a lovely time! The staff was pleasant, our server was great, and the food was, as always, totally delicious. We definitely recommend brunch at Medium Rare, and only wish the did it on Saturdays too! Thanks for a lovely time"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "They only have one entrée, but if you are in the mood for steak frites, you will not find a better deal in town for the quality of the meal. They are finally taking reservations, which we are excited about, since previously, the wait could have been a deterrent."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "The restaurant only serves a fixed menu. The food is fine. But it's a one-trick pony and after going once, just to see if the steak was any good - I don't have to go back."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "I've been to Medium Rare many many times for dinner and had it recommended on two occasions for brunch, so when we were looking for a place in the neighborhood to meet friends it seemed like the time to try it out. Maybe its because my expectations were so high from the dinners that I've had there, but I was totally underwhelmed by the food. It was just bad; lukewarm, over-salted, under-seasoned. This sounds harsh, but I had the "famous" eggs benedict and it looked like canned dog food and tasted just a step above that. Moreover, the brunch portions are disappointingly small for a restaurant that is so generous at dinner time. Skip Medium Rare for brunch and come back for dinner another time."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "If you like steak and fries - this place is a must go!"
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "God I love MR. I wish there was one closer to my house. It's consistent and affordable. And for someone with anxiety, the lack of decisions you need to make is wonderful."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "Decided on trying this place for New Year's Day based on a recommendation from a friend. We were all pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food, very tasty, perfectly cooked steak. So nice to just know what you're getting and the seconds that are brought round are a great idea, I was particularly impressed by the fact they kept one of our groups steak very rare even for the second helping. The frites are delicious as is the bread and the salad is a nice side. Service is great, like a well oiled machine. They keep an eye on you & we were never left waiting for the next course. Only negative, which seems a common issue, was the noise level. We could hardly hear the server, but it did get turned down to a more sociable level. A must try!"
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Low stress because of the delicious prix fix menu and great food. They even give you seconds! Server was great (and fast). Will be back."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "Yum!! Not complicated- the only choices you'll have to make are beverage and dessert. Dinner consists exclusively of bread, salad, steak, & fries. Wouldn't necessarily think it's all that until you taste it......they have perfected those four articles of eating. Steak cooked to your liking and slathered in a special sauce that tastes just as great on the fries. Desserts are sizable, eye candle, and tongue candy.....chances are you'll be full long before a dessert is offered. Have eaten here several times and consistently 1) the music too loud and 2) the restaurant is busy."
    Dined on 12/26/2013