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
112 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (72)great for outdoor dining (53)great for brunch (31)good for groups (29)fit for foodies (27)kid-friendly (19)hot spot (17)special occasion (15)romantic (10)late-night find (5)notable wine list (4)great for lunch (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Had a really nice dinner,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/7/2011
    Had a really nice dinner, the food was good and the ambiance was really nice. The way this restaurant works is that they bring you a half portion to your dinner to start and the 2nd half presumably when your plate is empty or almost empty. In my case they brought it before we were ready and would not bring them back later. They offered to put them in a box for us! I was baffled by that, I thought the idea was to have food warm and fresh as you were ready for your 2nds. The meal was really nice, but don't advertise a 2nd portion later in the meal if that is really not the intent. I would still give them another chance as maybe they will change this policy. Also, have the dessert, it is really good.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good value good neighborhood option
    Daisy
    Dined on 12/4/2011
    I feel a little badly I'm giving `good' instead of `very good' - but Medium Rare is solidly `good'. There just isn't much to excel at? The steak frites strangely arrived sliced, but it was tasty & tender, the sauce was watery & the mustard we asked for looked like dijon but didn't have that bite you really want. The mimosas were decent, the bread that came was fresh & they brought olive oil on request to dip it in. It is a good brunch spot if you're in the mood for steak frites and fries, music is a bit noisy but okay, service efficient.
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  • Delicious meal! But only
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/21/2011
    Delicious meal! But only go if you like salad, steak and fries because that's pretty much all they serve.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Do you want to eliminate the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/21/2011
    Do you want to eliminate the confusion of a ten page menu? If so, go to Medium Rare where there is only one meal on the menu - steak and frites. For 19.95 you get salad, steak and a pile of fries, served as it is in Paris or Geneva. The salad was very fresh with a mustard infused dressing. The steak is sliced, drizzled with sauce and perfectly cooked. I asked for medium rare and that is exactly what I got. When your dinner comes you may think the steak portion is a little light, not to worry, a second portion of steak and frites will appear as you finish your first. Try the cheesecake or hot fudge sundae for dessert. The portions are large, so sharing is smart unless you want to add another 2000 calories to your intake.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Brunch Must!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/30/2011
    This brunch was an absolute success. From the deliciously warm and crispy bread to start through the first course- must have the yogurt parfait!- to the second course of steak eggs benedict with frites that was the perfect flavor combination, everything left me satisfied and fully until well into the night. The space is open and comfortable. The bottomless mimosa deal makes this place the perfect group brunch gathering spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Food, Great Atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/25/2011
    Medium Rare is one of those neighborhood gems that you visit every chance you get. The food is consistently fantastic, the service is attentive and friendly, and the atmosphere is perfect for a date night. Between the cool breeze outside and the candlelit tables inside, the perfectly cooked steak and the delicious sauce, Medium Rare is the place to be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This restaurant's new brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/18/2011
    This restaurant's new brunch is terrific. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Terrible Sunday brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/18/2011
    Three of us had brunch on 1st day that Medium Rare offered Sunday brunch -- for fixed price of $23 for people living in the neighborhood. Our waiter advised us that price would be $16 per person because none of us wanted unlimited alcoholic drinks included in the $23. But waiter still charged us $23 per person at the end & corrected it only after I pointed out his error. Also, the brunch food was the worst we've ever eaten in 42 years of marriage! Eggs were not edible (on two separate servings of Eggs Benedict & on serving of Steak & Eggs). Bread on which Eggs Benedict were served was awful & should have been English muffin. Music was loud & awful. Fudge sundae dessert for extra $8 was fabulous, though. I DO NOT RECOMMEND BRUNCH HERE!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Run away!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/18/2011
    Slow, inattentive service. Drinks spilled on us. Orders omitted, so some food showed up while some had to wait. Inaccurate biil charged us for more people than we had in our party. No mgmt in sight. More ordeal than meal. We wanted to love this place when it arrived in the neighborhood, but we'll be brunching elsewhere from now on.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything was great! Bread
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/16/2011
    Everything was great! Bread with warm butter and salad were surprisingly good. Steak was cooked a perfect medium rare and frites were golden and crispy. We were apprehensive about the secret sauce but it turned out to be the best! We even asked for some extra on the side. Good beer selection. And you get free seconds on steak and frites...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They had a fixed menu, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/30/2011
    They had a fixed menu, but everything was delicious. And the fact they gave us two helpings of steak was an added bonus. Oh, and if by chance you have room for desert, try the apple pie.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find
    andydcVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2011
    The people were very friendly and accommodating which made the experience a pleasure. You need to know what the menu is or be very surprised...I would recommend and go again
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As big fans of Relais de l'Entrecot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2011
    As big fans of Relais de l'Entrecote in Paris, we were anxious to try Medium Rare. We found the food very good generally--the steak is what it is. If you come in expecting a well aged ribeye or New York strip, or a tender filet, you'll be disappointed, but it's a good, flavorful and reasonably tender cut. The fries and bread were excellent. The sauce was merely okay--would probably ask for it on the side in the future. Skip dessert--the apple pie was blah. They need to tighten up their service a bit. Biggest disappointment was the atmosphere--the music selection, and its volume, seemed jarringly out of place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice restaurant and a
    Captanne
    Dined on 8/12/2011
    Very nice restaurant and a wonderful replacement for Le Steak.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great value!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/9/2011
    Great value! Salad was simple but delicious, the french fries were out of this world, and the steak was perfectly seasoned. The steak rivaled others I have tried that are twice or 3 times the price.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I recommend it with the caveat
    sseatsVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2011
    I recommend it with the caveat that the steak is mediocre. But good bread, fries, salad. A one time experience for me.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Faux Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte
    Ballston
    Dined on 7/7/2011
    My wife's favorite restaurant is Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte in Paris. While Medium Rare does not live up to that restaurant, it's the closest you can find in Washington. Specifically, the French fries at Medium Rare were excellent. The bread was dried-out (probably due, at least in part, to the way it was reheated before being served). The steak and salad were very good, but not spectacular. Nevertheless, we liked the atmosphere, and considered the food an excellent value.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All was fine except the music.
    dscpVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2011
    All was fine except the music. The selections were apparently intended for a late-teen early-twenties crowd. I found it entirely inappropriate for dining. It was loud and far from the french theme that the restaurants menu follows. I won't return unless that music ceases.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's no Le Steak
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2011
    Loved Le Steak and the wonderful steak/frites places in Paris, but Medium Rare is neither of these. It felt a bit like a fast food restaurant. The steak and frites were fine, but the sauce ruined the steak. Too much like a bottled steak sauce, not that herby, creamy sauce with a hint of mustard that is so good on steak. Service was okay.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Some Brunch Improvement Needed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/19/2011
    Our family enjoyed visiting this restaurant for the first time on Father's Day. We all ordered the brunch menu items; we especially liked the yogurt parfait starter and rustic bread basket. However I didn't like the poached egg in my benedict; it seemed under cooked and the sauce a little bland. The steak was wonderful. We expect to return and try it for dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was okay for the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/19/2011
    The food was okay for the price. The green salad is just butter lettuce and sliced cherry tomatoes, but the dressing was good. Went there for brunch and had the Steak Benedict. It was chopped up meat instead of slices, the poached egg was too soft and in once already broken on the rest of the dish. One person in our party had the steak and frites and said that was pretty good. Should have expected it for a pre-fixed $16. Bread was good.
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  • They have very limited food
    VJDCVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2011
    They have very limited food options - steak and frites.... But that food is delicious. Everything, including a yoghurt parfait and six-layer carrot cake was delicious. I'll go back for sure!
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  • The steak was delicious and
    Meredith
    Dined on 6/1/2011
    The steak was delicious and I enjoyed having it come in two "installments". I lived in Paris for a year in college and the pommes frites brought back happy memories. Overall I think it's a great concept and will certainly return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious! When my lady first
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/30/2011
    Delicious! When my lady first told me about this place and their "pre-fixe all the time" menu of only 3 items, I was a little suspicious. That was completely my fault. The food here is superb! The bread was flakey on the inside with a crisp exterior, the salad had a light vinaigrette with (my favorite topping) heirloom tomatoes and the STEAK! Thinly sliced into perfectly sized portions with a creamy sauce that I would be willing to buy in bulk and bring out with me wherever I go. Fries come with the main course and are cooked to a perfect crispiness, but you are missing out if you don't dip them in the steak sauce. Oh and the hot fudge sundae is HUGE: 2-4 people easy. Opened at 5, got there at 4:59 and it was packed by 5:15- now I know why!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • High hopes turns to disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/19/2011
    Ordinary food at an extraordinary price, a typical DC mainstay. Modest cuts of meat, cooked and seasoned well, drown in a lackluster brown sauce. Cheap menu price upfront, but the real money is made on extras. $8 for a fudge sundae that Friendly's would scoff at? The service here is poor. It took our gal a few minutes to address our table. Drinks ordered arrived 10 minutes later. Our main dish was served before we had finished our salads, our second course was served before we had finished the first, and the check was dropped off roughly 30 seconds after dessert arrived. Staff seems geared to get you out the door in a timely and orderly fashion. Cramped dining area and loud background music makes dinner convos a shouting match. Too bad.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food selections what I
    ReCeeVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2011
    The food selections what I did not expect. I hope they expand the menu. The servers were all attentive when they came to our table.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place is patterned on
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/2/2011
    This place is patterned on a chain of restaurants in Europe called Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte. The menu is very simple; salad and Steak frites or a vegetarian option. The steak was well cooked and was served with an excellent sauce. The fries were fantastic. Our service was a bit uneven (I was without a fork for some time), but since they had been open less than a week I'm prepared to give them the benefit of the doubt. There are multiple desert choices and wines by the bottle or glass.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Medium Rare is a fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/1/2011
    Medium Rare is a fantastic new restaurant serving solely steak, which is done to perfection! For $20/person, you get bread, salad, steak & frites (Belgian style fries - delicious!), a deal that you could not find anywhere else for this same quality. It was fairly crowded, so if you have more than 2 or 3 people, definitely make a reservation. We had 2 and a 9:30 reservation and when we showed up at 5 til, we were promptly seated. The service was very friendly, attentive, and prompt, which in a city of overly busy servers, was refreshing. Overall, Medium Rare was excellent and I will definitely be going back again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic