Medium Rare - Capitol Hill

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Contact us for large parties or special events. 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 carefully selected wines, spirits, and draft beer choices. We offer an off-menu vegetarian option. Yes, we do serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday with a great prix fixe including "The Best French Toast in DC", Steak and Eggs, Eggs Benedict and bottomless bloody Marys, mimosas and screwdrivers.

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Sun 9:00PM - 10:30PM
Mon - Sat 5:00PM - 5:45PM 9:00PM - 10:30PM

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OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
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
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

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

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

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

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

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

LB
Washington DC
7 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
1 review
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
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
4 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
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Party of 11 with kids... great as always!

AT
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We haven’t stopped talking about this meal. They keep it simple but they do it SO right. First place I’ll be going the next time I’m in DC.

JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Great first round of food, second round of steak came over cooked and tough. When asked the server said, the chef told him some cuts are just that way. Offered to pick up dessert (said no out of annoyance), no offer for a replacement order of steak when the first wasn’t touched. Disappointing service.

LU
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great casual spot with friends!

R
Cleveland
48 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was very good. Service was great. We were outdoors, and the table and chairs left something to be desired. That was really the only drawback.

DJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Love the dinner. The brunch was mediocre and the drinks were weak. Service was good.

AJ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great but I still like Cleveland Parks one better

TS
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great steak and the sauce is fabulous!! We go here everytime we’re in DC.

SV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

It’s pretty good, but for brunch, go elsewhere. Nobody wants a mimosa that’s mostly OJ!

VC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great deal, great food, attentive and very nice service. My only complaint is that they definitely water down the mimosas

MH
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I made a large group reservation here to celebrate my birthday. The waitress was amazing and the kitchen staff were all very friendly. We will definitely be returning.

FJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant in Washington! The steak and the desserts are so incredible.

F
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

BF’s first time. Good food. Solid performance. Just a bit too loud for me.

s
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Only one item to choose from on menu. Ordered 2 drinks and got them when our main course arrived. The bread came out during the main course. Such horrible service.

EE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience2

One word, disappointing. Bread good. Salad was minuscule and no choice of dressing. A stretch to call these "hand-cut" fries, more like fingerlings. The "steak" and fries came out on a bread plate sized plate and had room to spare. The steak was the size of a McDonald's hamburger and cut into thin slices. The secret sauce was a blend of Holidise sauce, brown gravy and a splash of steak sauce. They did come around with seconds but the serving was smaller than the first. On a positive note, the good tasted good but even after seconds, my 12 year old was still hungry and asked the waiter for thirds. We all had a good laugh. This was the same, host, waiter, bus boy who, when I asked for a Bourbon and Ginger, asked me "what do you mean ginger". Disappointing and not worth the price.

l
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Our waitress barely checked on our section. We had to ask for bread. She only refilled our drinks twice which was a waste of getting the unlimited.