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Medium Rare - Capitol Hill

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Steak
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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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Casual Dining
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Steak, American, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Saturday and Sunday Brunch 10:30 -2:30; Saturday Dinner 2:30 -11:00 pm , Sunday Dinner 2:30 pm - 10:00 pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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(202) 601-7136
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Casual Dress
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Typically great service, tonight was an off night. still one of my favorite spots!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great brunch - AMAZING french toast, great drinks, efficient service.

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

Party of 5 made reservations and 2 of our party were stuck in traffic. The restaurant would not seat us until everyone was there. As a result, we ended up almost seated IN the very NOISY KITCHEN. We spent our time catching up yelling at one another over the sound of banging dishes and kitchen noise. The waitress and service was very slow and it took a long time to get the check. We have experienced other locations in DC and this one by far was the worse. Very disappointing. Go to the other location, much better atmosphere and not nearly as noisy.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Relaxing and delicious dinner! Steak and everything else were so good! Service was wonderful.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Good value. I was not prepared for the two servings of the entree but it was a pleasant surprise. Good value

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Wonderful as always. Reliably delicious. Music a little loud, as usual.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Came to Medium Rare on a casual date. A little crowded for seating, but it was a friendly crowd, so no big deal. Set menu made things nice and easy. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a “nicer” but very casual meal.

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2.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Went out for a date night while on vacation because reviews were good for the steak at this place but when we got there they only had 4 types of liquor (none of which I would even drink) and it was a set menu. So although the food was good everything else including the wait staff was lacking. This place needs a full bar and better service to come close for me to ever visit this place again. Left disappointed.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Love this place! We will definitely go back next time we’re in Washington DC. Great concept!

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The food was okay, but the service was terrible. They first took forever to get to us for a drink order and the place wasn't that busy yet. Then they delivered our food to another table. It sat at that table and then they tried to serve it to us! Our starter course came after our meal. Drinks were very slow coming as well. Not at all what I expected based on the reviews. It was a very bad experience with mediocre food.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The waitress was friendly and helpful. Since it was our first time there she explained that they only serve 1 meal and we only had to decide how we wanted our steaks cooked. She also suggested we order a bottle of wine instead of glasses since they serve 2 plates of steak !! Best decision ever. Can’t wait to return

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great find - the steak was tender and delicious, fries were perfectly crisp, and the sauce was excellent (not quite a "Le Relais de L'Entrecote", but quite tasty).
We split the carrot cake for dessert - it was more than big enough to share, and deliciously moist .

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Excellent steak and that special sauce was amazing!! I will be visiting again soon.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

It was a nice place to go to for my birthday dinner :)

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

This is by far our favorite restaurant in the DC area. We have traveled from Richmond, VA just to have dinner at Medium Rare.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

A great value and fun experience.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Great bottomless brunch with bloodies, screw drivers and mimosas. I expected it would be difficult to get repeat drinks but not so with our charming and attentive Michael. Hope you get him too because he's the best. My husband loves his fluffy French toast and my steak frites were delicious. The salad that accompanied was very fresh and dressed with a flavorful dressing. Wish we had Bottomless Brunch back in Boston!

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

I felt like the MO of the restaurant was to get as many people in and out as possible. The waiters did exactly what they were supposed to do, but the pace the managers/owners tell their staff to keep made me feel like I was choking on my chocolate cake, because I needed to inhale it so quickly. At least two waiters came by to take the credit card before we had had a chance to pull out the credit cards, and we weren’t trying to slow them up. I felt totally rushed and it really made me not want to come back.

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1.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We love coming to the restaurant regularly because of the high quality we've come to expect in food, service, and experience. However, the past two times, we have been disappointed, with the last experience being the worst we've experienced in the 15+ times we've visited.

The easiest way to describe our experience was that everything was off:

- the bread was brittle and stale
- the salad was overly salted and wilted,
- the first steak-frites was overprepared
- the 2nd portion was extremely small and also overcooked.

This is not even including the service from what looked like an overworked staff, trying and failing to juggle all of the table service and timing of the meal. We waited 15+ minutes to get noticed, then 15 minutes after our salad plates were cleared for our first steak, another 20 minutes for the 2nd portion (after our plates were clear), and somehow more time after the end of the meal waiting to be acknowledged to pay.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Always a solid performance by the medium rare crew.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

This place is delicious. The simple menu makes it quick and easy - no thinking about what to order. Just go in, let them know how to cook the steak, and you're good to go. The steak is always cooked correctly and is flavorful and delicious. The fries are delicious and crunchy. The salad is always great too; I really like the salad dressing. I can't think of a place that has food this good for the price.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Everything was amazing! Great atmosphere and great food!

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2018

It was ok?

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Medium Rare gives you a consistently delicious dinner in a great atmosphere on a very fun street. The steak is always cooked and seasoned perfectly, the fries are crispy, and the sauce is unreal. I have gone there many, many times, but this past visit really set it apart from the rest. The service has always been great at MR, but the staff really went above and beyond to make sure that my party and I were well taken care of. Love this place!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Always a great place to eat. I had a party of 20 and the billing became very confusing at the end. The server told me four people didn’t pay and that I owed an extra $ amount. After asking around it came to be that four guests paid with cash which was not accounted for in the Talley.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We had a great experience. Just be sure to make a reservation!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Food was incredible. French toast excellent,secret sauce on steak was so good. French fries great. Bottomless drinks need a little more alcohol. Value was great.

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

It’s an average spot. I think the food quality is better in Cleveland Park than at this location, but it’s fine for a daily spot.

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

It's a fun experience but not one that I really need to have again. The salad was excellent, the steak was decent I only wish that my waiter bringing us bread that was more like a crouton. When I asked him about it, instead of him bringing us bread that wasn't hard like overcooked toast, he said that he's give me bread that wasn't hard on my next go round instead of replacing it.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Love love love the sauce for the steak. Wonderful place to go when you do not want to make a decision about what to pick on the menu.

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2.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Had a colleague rave about Medium Rare. Was downtown for a conference and decided to have dinner there. Prix Fixe menu is basic. Salad was decent, fries okay, but the steak was dry and underwhelming. The sauce was necessary to finish the first offering. When the waiter said the second serving was on its way, I canceled. I am a steak lover. No love here.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Simple and very good!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Outstanding food and service. Feels intimate. Price is a steal for what you get although the wine is on the more expensive side. I'd definitely come back!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We were served promptly and the food prepared perfect. Fries and salad were delicious. This location is superior to the others

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great food! They only do a few things, but they do them well. Went for the first time for brunch and service was not as good, but the food was still excellent. Highly recommend for a casual date night.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great service, really good prices.

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2.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Service was pretty haphazard, food quality was very inconsistent and the only saving grace is how cheap it is. If you want watered down bottomless mimosas and mediocre steak for $25 then this is your spot. Also, don't come here if you are a vegetarian.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

asked to sit in the back away from the front/windows,
hostess hesitated at first but then found a table in the back that was more private. Thank you

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Delicious food at a good price. Excellent Service!

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The all inclusive brunch here was pretty good. However, my girlfriend found the steak a bit too salty and my french toast was a bit disappointing. While $25 inclusive of alcoholic beverages is a good deal, we wished the entrees were a bit higher quality.

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