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About Medium Rare - Capitol Hill

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.

515 Eighth St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Steak, American, Steakhouse

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

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 601-7136

Website:
http://www.mediumrarerestaurant.com/

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, 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

Medium Rare - Capitol Hill Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

3.9

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4.0

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (21)
Good for a Date (17)
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Fun (15)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Hot Spot (8)
Special Occasion (7)
Great for Brunch (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Authentic (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Late-night Find (3)
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Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
People Watching (2)
Romantic (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
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Disabled Access (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Very wonderful food and experience. One nitpicky thing: on the menu it looks like desserts are free, but actually are $9. So just making that more clear would be cool.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Patrons are always great. Bartender was just ok. I think the eggs were powdered?! Not good....
Overall I still love this spot

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Terrific food and service at a ridiculously reasonable price. Highly recommended!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Fun
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·Dined 5 days ago

Love coming to Medium Rare for a delicious steak dinner for a great price. Great service and good beer and wine pairings, too.

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Comfort Food, Fun, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Very loud. Also disappointing that beer option (CO2 line?) was not working.

Tags: Happy Hour
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Very slow service. Would have been expected if it were more crowded, but this was one

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Everything was excellent except the greeting from the hostess upon arrival. It wasn’t very inviting almost as if it were a bother that we were at the hostess stand.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Delicious!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The music is way too loud.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went to Medium Rare for New Year’s Eve. The service was great. I didn’t realize it is always a set menu of steak and fries...reminded me of my favorite restaurant in Paris...we will definitely go again!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (México)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I know it was New Year's Eve, and it was the most crowded I've see MR, but it was very loud. We could barely hear each other. But overall, as usual the dinner did not disappoint. We'll be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Eggs were so raw that even the biggest runny egg lover at our table couldn't stomach his, and it took too long to replace them since we couldn't get our waiter's attention. In fact the waiter completely ignored us even though the place was pretty empty for 80% of our meal. We paid for bottomless drinks but were only given 2 in 2 hours. We only got our second drink because I embarrassingly flagged down a guy who was busing tables. I'll give ambiance points for their cute holiday decorations, but that's it.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

If you just want no fuss steak and frites with some wine this is your spot.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Always great but the steak and sauce is always cold

Tags: Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Casual, Cozy, Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food and value. However, the steak is inconsistently cooked. Wife’s medium looked exactly like my medium rare. Also, on the 2nd serving, it all came out well done and tough.

One other complaint is the noise level. This could just be me, but I find it very difficult to speak over the music. Maybe I am just old and boring.

Overall, though, great value and fantastic gravy for the steak and fries.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Fixed price, Simple menu and it was good. Steak was decent and the sauce they put on it was fantastic... meal was bread, salad, steak and fries and seconds of steak and fries... we left full. We would eat there again...

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Loud 80's music kind of drowned out the conversation at times...waiters seemed rushed (even though the place wasn't even half full)...portions weren't as large as the last time we visited about a year ago, but a decent experience overall...

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Great service and wonderful food. I would recommend it to anyone.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

The place was great, I recommend you reserve a table. The best thing was that our waiter didn't tell plus we are going to get SECONDS. The second plate of meat and fries is a great idea. The steak was exactly as medium rare as I like it. The carrot cake was also very good. The music could be less loud.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Food was delicious and it's a fun concept, but the wait staff rushed us through our meal so fast it almost made me feel sick. We received bread immediately, then salad a minute later. After three bites of salad our entree arrived, and it was very clear that they were trying to rush us out so they could turn over the table. We weren't even halfway finished with our entree when they dumped our second portion on top of the first. This completely took away from the dining experience and the nice date night.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Been there a number of times. This trip had a Manhattan. Was told by bartender they are made with dry vermouth and no bitters. I switched to wine. Meat tough. Seconds very salty. Server was great. So was guy who brought food. The food just did not cut it this eve. We will return tho.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The food could’ve been warmer. The steak and eggs were lukewarm but the fries were hot.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The steak was thin, tough and chewy, without any flavor. And since that is all they offer, it makes no sense to eat there.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I've been here for dinner, and the food and service was good. Remembering this, I booked a table for four for brunch. It's a fixed menu, with your choice of starter, and entree. Everyone elected to get the steak & eggs. The steak was cooked well, however, everyone's poached egg was barely cooked. We did not eat it. When mentioned, we were told that that is how a poached egg looks. The server clearly never cooked eggs before.
We also got the bottomless mimosas. The first refill we did not have to ask for. The second refill we asked, but the server never came back. We practically had to tackle him down to get the refill.
Overall, I would recommend this place for dinner, but not for brunch.

Medium Rare - Capitol Hill is welcome to reach out to me for further details.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I hear about this place from a friend and trust me, it was all that he spoke of. The steak was amazing with their secret steak sauce (they gave us two servings) for The total price of two people it all came up to $44.70!!! Amazing

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Casual, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Only one dinner option but they cook it well! It was delicious and we really enjoyed our meal.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Love this restaurant! So good for the price. I just wish they would turn the music down. Makes it very hard to have a conversation.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I made a reservation in advance and still had to wait close to an hour to be seated when I arrived. Also, it was my friends birthday and they gave no complimentary dessert or cake, you had to purchase it yourself then they added a candle.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Food and atmosphere were great except the noise. The music was too loud for us to talk across the table with each other (party of four).

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Just a great place for a consistently good and affordable fixe prix dinner.

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 (México)·Dined on November 26, 2017

I always find the music a bit too loud and not to my taste. But my family always has a good time and good food at Medium Rare. We'll be back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Terrible. I can't believe we spent $60+ and our time here. Food was so bad.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great food at an affordable price. Bill can climb with drinks and dessert, but is reasonable. Go if you love steak and fries. Desserts were great. Had to flag down waiter several times for bread course, drink refills, but overall a good experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Food was excellent as usual. Service was a bit slow.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

We went to Medium Rare for brunch. We both ordered steak and egg, but with different eggs. He ordered scrambled and I ordered poached. The poached egg was a little bit too runny to the point that I couldn't quite enjoy the egg, it looked like a sauce to the steak. Steak's amazing as per usual. The service was great, we never saw the bottom of our drink until the very end before we left. Would definitely go again.

Tags: Casual, Paleo Friendly
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

I was with a party of five for brunch. The drinks were good for the most part, but the two people who had mimosas agreed they were mostly orange juice. The appetizers were fantastic but the entrees were extremely disappointing. The poached eggs were runny to the point that we were unable to eat them with a fork. The meat was extremely undercooked; I ordered medium and it was blue. We did all agree that the French toast was fantastic. The waiter made several mistakes with the orders and took an extremely long time to refill drinks, get the check, etc.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The music was ridiculously loud. I could barely hear the people sitting across the table. It was really unnecessarily loud.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 18, 2017

It was way too loud. Could not even visit with each other.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Music was too loud

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The hosts are confused and not great at communicating. The music is way too loud. The food is delicious and a great deal.

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