Permanently Closed - Medium Rare - Capitol Hill

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Steak
This restaurant is permanently closed. Medium Rare offers a unique, prix fixe dinning experience of artisan bread; a mixed green salad; prime, dry-aged steak; and hand-cut fries (Vegetarian option always available) in a relaxed, fun, environment. Please allow us 15 minutes to seat you after your full party has arrived and after checkin at our host stand. As we do only one thing, we do our best to make the food and experience exceptional and also a good value. We also serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday's with a great prix fixe including French Toast, Steak and Eggs, Eggs Benedict and bottomless Bloody Marys, mimosas and screwdrivers. WALK INS and CALL AHEAD seating are always welcomed.
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Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a good time. Our server was amazing. I had never dined here before and I am so glad I tried it. We were in DC for an event at National's Ballpark. This location was perfect. We had to drive from the ballpark it was too far to walk. Parking on-street was available. I could see it getting a little loud if the restaurant were full but the night we went they were a little slow. I loved the menu. Don't go if you don't like steak...it is the only selection. Everything was cooked perfectly. After enjoying a wonderful steak I enjoyed a delicious slice of chocolate cake. My son had an ice cream sundae as big as his head. It was filled with all things an ice cream lover could ask for. I will be going back next time I am in DC. Steak lovers check it out you will love it.

CP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Simply need more staff and more staff that seek to do more than the absolute minimum. Our waitress - tall white woman was beyond inattentive. Waitress at a neighboring table was far more help as she often noticed we did not have bread, had empty drinks, or had not been spoken to for 20 minutes after finishing our 2nd round of food.

a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very quiet at 5:00, food is consistently yummy.

E
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Came as we had a gift card for this location - poor service. “Bottomless” drinks were refilled once, generally poor service. Poached eggs underdone. Steak was very tasty though.

LU
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Can always count on it being good. Love consistent!

JC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I’ve been there for dinner and I thought it would be the same experience with the amount of great food they serve you. Yeah that didn’t happen. But it’s great food. Very little but good.

JL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and a set menu so it makes it easy!

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

This location is not up to the standard of the Cleveland park location, which is a shame. Service has been poor and food has been average on our last few visits here.

S
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service1ambience3

The server did a very poor job refilling drinks. He rarely checked on the table. Instead he spent most of his time talking to the wait staff. He also forgot about getting us bread and asking about what appetizer we wanted (parfait, fruit, salad). Everything else was wonderful, but his service was extremely poor - even worse since he automatically received a 20% gratuity which he did not earn.

MY
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Medium Rare's brunch has gone down in value recently, if only because the portions are slightly smaller and the prices have increased. However, the food is still great and the service is exceptional. I'll always suggest friends go here.

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I was very pleased. The service was very friendly. The salad was fresh. The enter was really good. I was pleasantly surprised when they came around and offered a second helping. Definitely a great value. I will be going back again.

GB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We usually go to the Medium Rare in Cleveland Park, but were at Nats Park so decided to come here. It was pretty empty, maybe 4 or 5 tables. Only Appeared to have one waiter, who was pretty good. However very slow service, our steaks were not cooked properly at all, and after sending one back, it still didn’t come out as asked. The “seconds” were both extremely rare (one of us ordered medium, the other had medium rare). Very disappointed. We won’t be returning to this location. Someone needs to take a visit to Cleveland Park and take notes.

PO
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I the server opened a second bottle when we said no. We tried to explain to her that we did not want it, but she dropped it off and hurried to another table. One of our party was in the restroom and when they returned they started pouring it so we felt obligated to pay for it. That and when we were done and wanted to stay and talk, no water refills or any other interaction seeing that we were not ordering anything more until we flagged her down for the check. I have eaten here 3 times, this was a time that will make me not want to return. Plenty of other choices in the area.

FW
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Visiting the area.

H
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I went to Medium Rare for brunch and it was an amazing deal. Would definitely recommend for a group brunch or one on one. The food was delicious!

OT
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Last night in DC

FO
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 star service and food/wine in lounge. Had our toddler and the server was amazing. Thank you for an exceptional dining experience Sandra!

S
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Brunch menu was below average. Steak/Eggs Benedict was literally bread. Meat stew and some store of egg. It was a mess.

W
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Was great, loved what we ordered! The fries. can be crispier and the sauce on the steak was a bit unnecessary. Portion was not so big but overall great though!

NS
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Most everything was fine, as usual for this staple, except our server-in-training... Nothing too disturbing, just slightly less than the excellent service we've come to expect.

TC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Polite service and nice to get free bazooka gum. Food wasn’t too good.

ED
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Had a great meal. Service could have been more attentive.

s
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

They do one thing and they do it extremely well. It was delicious.

LB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Read the reviews about the restaurant after we booked with Open Table. Food was reviewed as good, service a little spotty. We reserved for a brunch to celebrate a birthday. Food and service couldn't have been better and the celebrant received an ice cream sundae complete with a sparkler. We will definitely go back again. Great place and super nice people.

ME
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great.

NB
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

They never checked us in to our reservation even though we gave our name. We had to ask other servers or the manager for items since our server was standing talking at the front. Food was great though!

C
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Medium rare is a consistent performer. We thought that offering a baked potato instead of fries would be a nice option, but otherwise, the menu is perfect!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience1

We made a reservation and got there early. When we walked in, the people of the restaurant acted completely shocked that we came in. We kept asking if they were closed and even though they weren’t, it still took 15+ minutes for a server to even come with our drinks. We had our 14 month old son and even though they had a stack of high chairs, they acted offended that we brought a baby into their completely empty restaurant. We were the only people there and it took us sooooo long to be served. The managers were extremely rude and both times I tried talking to them, they walked away. Even though things took forever, they got us our check and took it within two minutes. I’m completely disgusted by this service. We are visiting the city for a special event and heard some great things about this place and I can honestly say it was one of the very worst dining experiences we’ve ever had.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable meal. I would call this fast formal. Your mail is predetermined, and you even get seconds. The service is spectacular and the value is exceptional.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food was good. Service was horrible. It was as if our presence was an inconvenience to our waiter. He ended up leaving in the middle of our meal. Waitress that was left taking care of the entire dining room was sweet.

MP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Service was lacking, especially for a quiet Sunday. But the food/drinks were delicious

JO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Service and ambiance were lovely! Great music and drinks, the french toast was amazing. However, four orders of eggs came out undercooked and inedible.

AA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak was made perfect and everything tasted amazing! Our server was so nice in explaining how it worked since we had never been there before. Great ambiance and value for our meal. Highly recommend!

M
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I dont know what happened but when I was here a couple of years ago, the service was spectacular , and the refilling of the drinks was freeflowing and nonstop. But this time around, last weekend, my friend and I kept waiting and waiting to have our bottomless drinks refilled, to the point that at times we couldn't find our server and would have to stop the Hosts or other servers to be accommodated; it was like pulling teeth. Our server finally did come and address the situation saying that the Bartenders were not supplying them enough to be able to serve the customers. I dont know if I believe that or not, but to me it seemed like they were just being cheap with giving it out......

DB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a great experience and great food! The staff is always fun and it makes the experience better!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food. Very fantastic everytime I go

R
New England
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Waiter was clearly high on marijuana the entire time and was very bad / forgetful in general. This was my first time at the Capitol Hill location, but I am a frequent visitor of the Cleveland Park location. The CP location is miles better than this one. Of the dozens of times I have been to the CP location, I have never had an experience as poor as this one. To top it all off, the restaurant was largely empty, which made the waiter's performance even more remarkable! I highly recommend going to the CP location over this one if you have the option. Medium Rare is usually great, but this location is clearly lacking.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding. Never disappoints.

EG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved its menu concept.
It was indeed the best steak meal Ive had in quite a long time.
Enjoyed the surprise seconds.
Would certainly reccomend it!

E
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Brunch menu is a great deal. Food was good, price is average for DC brunch.