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
110 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (72)great for outdoor dining (56)good for groups (30)great for brunch (29)fit for foodies (28)kid-friendly (19)special occasion (16)hot spot (16)romantic (11)notable wine list (5)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (2)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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!
    TerryP
    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
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    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NEVER DISAPPOINTED!
    TerryP
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious but it rained on my date
    tonetone
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The food was good. wine was good. service was decent. My only complaint would be that the air duct kept leaking on my date throughout dinner. Good time overall
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I should go there more often
    Marishka
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Every time I go here I have decent food withy reasonable prices you can't beat. Helpful and friendly staff. If you're in the mood for steak frites, overall a very good option.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect steak dinner!
    rhinosmuseVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Our visit was beyond delightful! The food passed expectations. The service was charming and efficient. We love the 'simple' approach to the whole restaurant, both food and drink menus. We could eat there every night! Suffice to say our first visit was memorable and it certainly will not be our last!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • amazing food at reasonable price
    nicknameVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We enjoyed a tasty brunch with drinks at an amazing price!! I am making plans to bring a few ladies groups for brunch. Food was well prepared and of good quality. Interesting menu selections. Brunch price also includes an assortment of beverages. We will return to try dinner menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CupcakeWonkVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Tried to come here twice without reservations (on weekday/weekend), but failed. Food was good, and restaurant has cute qwerks -- from double portions to french pick up line music in the bathroom.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for a French Toast Lover
    agw9514
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I set a reservation here for Mothers Day brunch, and left absolutely satisfied with the food and service. I highly recommend the French Toast -- one of the four people ordered it at my table, and we all ended up munching off her plate. Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 81 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 354 reviews are from the Medium Rare - Cleveland Park reviews archive.
  • Love this place!
    CaitV8685VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Simple menu where everything is perfectly done! Been there for dinner before so this was our first brunch. Excellent! And the bottomless Bloody Marys we're great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood dining and vibe
    adamsmorganresident
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Since Medium Rare opened a few years ago, I have eaten there with small groups of 4-5 friends, with larger groups of 15 for birthday celebrations, I've brought my sister's family there with her kids, and been there on 1-on-1 dates. Medium Rare rises to all of these occasions. A predictable menu (just the steak frites), but reliable and always delicious. I love the second portions, and the desserts are amazing. Great place to split a bottle of wine over some tasty steak frites. It can get a bit loud (energetic) but there is always a good music selection playing.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • EXCELLENT as ALWAYS!
    TerryP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    One of my Top 5 restaraunts I TOTALLY enjoy in DC! Great Food.....Great Service! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If you love steak...
    Prim
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious As Always!
    Moxiegal
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh for brunch
    FOODIEVIP
    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?
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  • Food was delicious, service was meh
    Alyssa
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kid friendly brunch
    stoli
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    The noise level is so high that children wouldn't be heard if they started screaming so they don't bother to try .
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Noisy Restaurant Spoils the Food
    RJ42VIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steak and Salad
    Billy
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.