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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:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, 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

4.2

service

3.9

ambience

4.0

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (27)
Good for a Date (19)
Good for Groups (15)
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Good for Birthdays (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Fun (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Sunday Lunch (9)
People Watching (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Authentic (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Business Meals (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Worth the Drive (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Romantic (1)
Scenic View (1)
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Tasting Menu (1)
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

The steak was delicious! I didn't realize that after I had one steak and frites, it was followed by another serving of steak and frites. Totally worth it, I could totally see this becoming a regular dining spot for me.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Really cool concept to have TWO servings of steak come out timed 10 minutes apart. The steak was by no means a filet mignon from a high end restaurant, but was still better than a chain restaurant. For getting a salad, bread, steak and fries for $21/person, I'd say this place is packed with value and appropriately priced. Huge bonus: The service was outstanding!

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I recommended the place to some old friends for us to meet and I was embarrassed to have hosted them there. Despite reading reviews that warned of the waitstaff rushing patrons, we tried going to the restaurant anyway, but did experience the same issue. They were not outright rude, but they were pushy and so I had to push back a few times with a smile on my face and they finally left us alone to enjoy our drinks, meal and conversation. The noise level was very high, although we could still engage in conversation (albeit we had to shout at one another to be heard). All of the above was tolerable and we even made light of it, but I was disappointed in the quality of the food. The steaks were extremely thin cut and even with the obligatory "second round" of meat serving, it felt more like we were getting the scrap pieces of meat that were left from the first round. You get what you pay for is the old adage. If you like a well cooked steak that has value, stay home and cook it yourself, or spend the extra money to go to a real steakhouse where they won't rush you out the door. Will not be going back, sorry.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Very loud and terrible music selection (at one point Linkin Park was playing...). Service was slow and meat was not medium rare, as requested. Considering how long it took to come out, I didn't expect the steak to be undercooked. Won't be returning to this location.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 11, 2017

WONDERFUL food and very accommodating of little ones. Just WAY too noisy due to music volume.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Medium Rae is one of my favorite restaurants when I'm in Town. A must stop on my itinerary. I love the food. Great portions and an unbelievable meal for such a reasonable price.

Tags: People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Food is good value, but service is poor

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

This place was delicious! My fiancé and I came to Washington to celebrate our anniversary and we loved it! It was so good! The French toast is AMAZING & definitely worth trying also with bottomless mimosas

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Happy Hour
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Great food with generous portions! Love that they have one menu for all!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 7, 2017

I moved but came back tonhave dinner with a friend. Didn't appreciate being given the check at the final serving of food. Perhaps we wanted more wine but the server kind of pushed us out. It was my fiends birthday and it wasn't closing time.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 6, 2017

Probably the best value in DC. Food and service is outstanding. You owe yourself a visit.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Key West)·Dined on September 3, 2017

One order came out rare, even cold in the center twice. The request was for medium, warm all the way through. There was also a request for no pepper, order came with pepper. Orders corrected but frustrating. The restaurant was practically empty when we arrive but we were put at a table which was not tight on the stand so wobbled. That should have been the last table used. Service also poor. Made a reservation and noted it was for a birthday and told the waiter. Not even a scoop of ice cream offered. Disappointed because we used to love this place.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

There was a hair in my fruit and no compensation was given other than being offered another fruit cup, which I did not want because I was so grossed out. The server did not seem to care that there was a hair in my food and after I wrote feedback on my check:"HAIR IN FOOD - UNACCEPTABLE" he simply said "thanks for the feedback"... I was not impressed. Additionally, I got the steak and eggs as my entree and the eggs were so runny (I ordered them poached, not just the yolk was runny but also the egg white) I could hardly eat them with my steak. Also the mimosas hardly had any champagne.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We've been here before and have had good service but this last visit we came at 9pm on a Saturday and the service was horrible. We waited à considerable amount of time for the waiter to bring a second helping of steak and fries and only after I requested it. Then no sooner had I finished my last bite the waiter was taking my plate away. Same for my wife. It was clear they wanted to close and go home but we felt rushed. It would have been easier to go to a fast food restaurant. Totally disappointed with the service that Saturday evening. 😡

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2017

This is one of my favorite places in DC. Always a good time even for a quick meal

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Great food, great price. This place is a fun and cool environment with great service and food. The cost is very reasonable and the fries and steak are delicious. The deserts are incredibly good as well. Highly recommend.

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 (Omaha)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Great place to take your decisioned challenged friends. There is only one thing on the menu and you get served up seconds. They will accommodate your vegitarian friends with a portobello mushroom substitute. Unique dining - a winner for making an impression and for a fun night out. The wait staff is exceptional!

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Fun, Casual
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 30, 2017

I've been to this restaurant quite a few times over my tenure in DC and I can tell you that as far as consistency goes, Medium Rare is at a consistent batting average; it's always a hit.

From their simple, straightforward menu to their amazing staff and management -- shout out to Alexandra for the great Lord of the Rings conversation -- I can't sing enough praise about this establishment.

10/10 -- will come back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Here's a review on Sunday Brunch: $25 gets you a 3 course meal and all you can drink mimosas, screw drivers and bloody mary's. I liked the setting and atmosphere of the place, but that's about where the positives end. We didn't have an actual waiter (just had rotating bodies visit our table), the drinks were not strong at all (mostly orange juice), and the steak in my eggs benedict dish was really not good at all. I don't think I've ever not eaten an entire steak dish, but this steak tasted overcooked and had a weird grainy consistency that they tried to make up for by dousing in gravy.

I will say that I tried my friend's flat steak and it was way better, but just a little over-seasoned. Despite the lower brunch price, I'd suggest looking elsewhere for a bottomless option.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Good value and fun neighborhood. Brunch was excellent

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

I love Medium Rare, but this was not my best experience there. The service was incredibly slow, not once did we get checked on, we had to flag servers down to help us/refill our drinks. Additionally, our food was cold when they brought it out. Very disappointing experience.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Fixed price menu for an excellent price. Salad and steak frites are delicious, served in two offerings. Desserts and drinks are separate, and are great.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

The service was incredibly terrible. Second time we have had the same waitress - she is rude, annoyed, and rushing to get you out. I felt threatened to ask for anything simple. Will not be going here again.

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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Good food. Only one choice "how do you like your steak" not cheap but enjoyable

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 13, 2017

The price is great, and the food is delicious! The music is too loud to have a conversation without screaming across the table, for parties of 6 or more, forget it. They refuse to turn it down either. They say something about ambiance, but speaking loudly to be heard isn't a win. For a party of 2 or 4 it's manageable. Service was okay. I've been a few times and it's great alone or with a party of 2 since you're close to each other.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Always wonderful, with professional and friendly service

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Steak was awesome as usual but the service was disappointing this time.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Come hungry because you going to leave full.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2017

This dinner tonight was for my son's 29th birthday-- I even put that in the reservation. They never said anything to us about that-- why even ask on the reservation-... The waiter came very quick and served our bread and salad and then it was another 45 minutes before we were served dinner-- and this was only after my husband told them we never got our dinner. They thought we had eaten and gave dinner to both tables on either side of us. This was terrible and the waiter never even stopped to ask if everything was ok. And 2 of us asked for medium steak and we both got rare---... would not go back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Perfect place in Eastern Market that offers fantastic good and a great ancient ambience. After your meal you are left with a plethora of options within Eastern Market to explore and enjoy.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Amazing staff and food!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Ford was great ... and we'll priced for the portions

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 30, 2017

When you go to Medium Rare there are no decisions to make. You know what you're getting and it's awesome. They do a very good job and its a fun easy place to enjoy dinner with family and friends. I highly recommend.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Unfortunately, the eggs were too runny and the food a little too salty for me.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Great place for some good food at a reasonable price. Only down side - we went around 6pm and it was very noisy. The food also came out extremely fast (almost too fast), which I'm assuming was because food is pre-prepared since it is a set menu.

Still, good food and great prices.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual
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·Dined on July 28, 2017

We have been here before and had an amazing experience, but this time the food was cold and the service was not up to par. You would think that if you only cook one thing, it would be prefect. As stated, the steak and fries were cold (both servings), and the steak was too thick for the type cut it is and what we had had in past. Very disappointed this time around. That being said, we will probably be back hoping for the same experience we had there the previous 2 times we ate at Medium Rare. Regarding ambiance, the music was too loud and when we asked to have them turn it down, we were told it could not be done.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 21, 2017

My wife and I have eaten here several times, reminds us of a restaurant we visit often in Paris. The steak frite is delicious, good wines, and excellent service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 21, 2017

We decided to try the restaurant on recommendation of a friend, but found that it wasn't for us. It would be a good value for those who enjoy sliced beef with gravy as an entree since it is a set menu. The portions were generous and our plates were served quickly. Not terrible, but we prefer a bit more adventurous meals.

Tags: Paleo Friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Music was way too loud. The open layout of the restaurant can't support people talking and loud music. It was difficult to have a conversation with someone across the table.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 19, 2017

This place is really good if a little pricey. Staff is friendly and attentive. A good place to go if you want a cool spot with good food that won't break the bank on a decent cut of steak.

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