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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/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

Private Dining

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

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.0

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4.0

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (22)
Casual (21)
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Fun (17)
Comfort Food (16)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Special Occasion (13)
Hot Spot (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Worth the Drive (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Authentic (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Cozy (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Business Meals (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Romantic (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Great Beer (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Basic but good. Did nothing special for birthday though they did for two other patina. Interrupted during meal about seating and res - halfway thru meal. Odd.

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·Dined 2 days ago

The food was fantastic, but the service felt rushed; we had barely finished our plates before the next course arrived. We were also surprised when we received a bottle of water (which we had to pay for) instead of glasses of water at the beginning of the meal.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Food and drink were great, but felt rushed out the door at brunch.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

The food was great. They need to have a little bit better system in place for reservations on nights they know they’re going to be busy, like Valentine’s Day. However, that won’t stop me from going back.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

The staff was awesome as usual. The host Max I believe was very attentive and helpful. The waiter was attentive also and made sure we were taken care of and made sure the drinks were constantly full. Awesome service.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The waiter, Preston, barely spoke to us. I only know his name because it was on the bill. The brunch drinks were weak. The food was just ok. I was disappointed and won’t go again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Had a nice meal recently. The format is a bit unique in that steak frites with salad is THE option. The salad was fresh and tasty. The steak is flavorful flank cut and has a brown pepper sauce. Refills were offered but the first round was plenty for. Fun concept for a group.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This is a great brunch place and the bottomless breakfast cocktails deal it unbeatable. It did take a little while to get seated, but our server was great and we spent nearly two hours at the restaurant sipping mimosas.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Horrible experience. Extremely loud. Very understaffed. I ordered a dish that had what the menu called “the perfect poached egg” which was essentially a raw egg cracked on my plate. I have never before asked for a new dish to be brought out to me, but I couldn’t eat a raw egg. When I asked for an egg that was actually cooked, my waiter said it was no problem but then a manager came over to my table and very rudely asked if I knew what a poached egg was and proceeded to bring me a plate with a boiled egg on it. Will not be returning and don’t recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 9, 2018

What a fun place and great for when you don’t even want to think about what order. Very nice service!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Enjoyed simple but yummy steak- fries, salad. Bread was very good and finished with apple pie / ice cream.

Double bubble fun way to end the meal- would do again just make sure all your group aware of one dish meal.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Great meal. The prix fixe menu is super easy - no need to take time away from visiting with your companions to agonize over menu choices. The salad, steak-frites and secret sauce were all delicious. Fresh off the grill second servings are a bonus. An affordable beer and wine menu is also available. This visit was early on a weeknight, so the place was especially quiet at that hour. At other times, it's quite a lively setting. We'll definitely be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Casual
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Fav place for dinner worst place for brunch

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Had to wait 20 mins for a reservation, the restaurant was dirty, broken glass on the floor, crammed full of people. You get what you pay for if you come here.

Once we were seated, our waitress took great care of us. But everything leading up to that was very frustrating. Save yourself the trouble, spend an extra $5 and get a brunch worth remembering (or not remembering).

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Excellent food and great value good service and easy place to park

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Good food for the price. Very loud inside because it was sit down tables and a bar. Great location. Ok service.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed the food, really great value for the money. Best bread since
we were in Paris. The only negative was one individual hostess? waitress? not sure
her exact role. She made us feel as if we were an inconvenience. Asked to change
a dollar, she stated we don't have change here. Just very condescending and negative. The
rest of the staff was great, but to be honest we will try another location just not to have
to have contact with her.

Tags: Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The service was absolutely terrible. We called in to tell the host we’d be a few minutes late to our reservation. No one answered, and the host was rude when I noted I had called in advance and no one picked up. Our server Carmen was lethargic at times, rarely making eye contact with any of us to avoid refills or general help. The food was incredible and at a great value, but we were served only a few rounds of drinks compared to the bottomless aspect of the brunch advertised on the menu. Ultimately I would not go back there despite the great food due to the appallingly pitiful service. It was as if the people running the place were very much over their heads. That, in addition to the fact that the patrons seemed to visibly (and audibly) annoy the staff, who commented to one another how busy the establishment was, created quite a laughable dining experience, especially for a restaurant so highly regarded.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

A good brunch, simple menu with great options. If you are looking for a classic, DC bottomless brunch, this isn't your place. If you're looking to have a few drinks and enjoy a good meal, I would highly recommend this spot.

I definitely prefer it as a dinner place.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Went here for dinner on a Thursday night. The restaurant was not busy at this time. The food was delicious and the servers were great. Get the chocolate cake!

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I loved this place! Being that it was my second time around it was so much more enjoyable with my date ❤️.

Tags: Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Here's the conundrum. How can such a delicious restaurant have such off-putting, rude, dismissive management? The two women who appear to be management are both sour-faced, rude, and obnoxious. They are rude when you arrive, rude when they come to your table, and make it appear you're annoying them by coming to their restaurant.

Now, the good. The food is amazing. Steak is cooked to perfection, fries are delicious and the bread out of this word. Their dessert menu is nothing but comfort.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great place, good food!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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 on January 13, 2018

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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 12, 2018

First time at this location, though have visited the Connecticut Avenue location a number of times. As always food was wonderful -- if you only do one thing you better do it well, and they do!! Be warned however, parking at this location is impossible.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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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 (Washington DC)·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 6, 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 2, 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 December 31, 2017

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 December 31, 2017

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 30, 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 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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