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About Medium Rare - Cleveland Park

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 few wine, spirits, and draft beer choices, but each were selected specifically to accompany your meal. We offer an off-the-menu vegetarian option. Yes, we do serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday with a great prix fixe including French Toast, Steak and Eggs, Eggs Benedict and bottomless bloody Marys, mimosas and screwdrivers.Please contact us to inquire.

3500 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Steak, American, French

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30 pm; Dinner: Saturday 2:30 pm - 11PM; Sunday 2:30pm - 10pm; Monday - Thursday 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday 5:00pm - 11:00

Cross Street:
Ordway Street NW

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 237-1432

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

Parking Details:
Small parking lot directly across the street

Public Transit:
On the corner adjacent to the Metro red line, Cleveland Park entrance

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Medium Rare - Cleveland Park Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (17)
Fun (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
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Good for a Date (11)
Good for Groups (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Cozy (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Authentic (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Romantic (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Creative Cuisine (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Business Meals (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Visited the restaurant on Sunday evening, kinda got an NY feel for the restaurant. Tight spaces and busy atmosphere. My party of 2 was seated and greeted by our waitress, she then took our orders and that was the last time she visited our table. We sat there drinking our water with no food. 15-20min pass, and still nothing.

Another couple sits down next to us, she takes their order, and they salads come within 5min of them being seated. Another waiter walking by hears me say to my girlfriend "I guess we don't get salads", and he then attends to us and says he'll get our waitress. She never comes to our table but every table around us gets serviced.

We get our salads from another waiter then 3min into the salads, the entrees comes out. The manager walks by and sees the cluttered table and asked if he can take the entrees back because he feels we are being rushed. I explained that we aren't being rushed, the salads are just late.

We ate and then asked for the check. The manager says to me "I don't feel like you received adequate service so I'm removing a meal, and please don't hold this against us." I do appreciate his willingness to accommodate us. As busy as he was as the manager, the fact that he knew we had poor service says a lot. Why the waitress wasn't alerted to attend to us is confusing, and/or why she chose to ignore only my table is also confusing.

Again, I appreciate the manager being accommodating, but I won't be returning or recommending this restaurant.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Valentines Day dinner with fiancé, he loves steak and pommes frites and that is their specialty. Prix fixe dinner and a glass of wine was very reasonably priced, until the value got even better when the severs brought second and third helpings!! We looked at each other like, Is this for real? Super convenient to metro. We will definitely be coming back!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Music was blaring and ruined the ambience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent service! Immediately had our drink orders taken and appetizer and bread brought out immediately. Food was very filling. We did the $25 deal with unlimited mimosas, a starter, and entree. Would have enjoyed more steak, but can't complain with the $25 deal. Would have been too good to be true. Such great serve. Waiter was super, super, friendly! Steak cooked to perfection. Drinks always filled. Enjoyed the special sauce.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 8, 2018

This is an easy place to go! As long as you like a bistro style steak, you’re all set to stop worrying about whether you ordered the right thing or not - and just concentrate on a good conversation with your dining companion(s). Bliss!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Unlimited drinks and great service. Awesome sunday brunch deal.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

This was an absolutely lovely experience. The food was plenty, and delicious, and I had some of the best steak and apple pie I have ever had!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Romantic, Fun, Great Beer, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

This place is great! It's unique approach to its menu allows for quick service and gourmet food at surprisingly reasonable prices. It felt like I was doing restaurant week and getting a steal! It's a place that values the customer at every turn, with everything from two servings at the same price to a massive complimentary birthday ice cream thing. Highly recommend.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Perfect spot for brunch if you want to get bougie on a budget. Our mimosa carafe was literally always full!

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Casual, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 17, 2018

The server was attentive and very helpful. Entries were very good, wine was what we were looking for. Desert was excellent (carrot cake and key lime pie). Overall good experience.

Tags: Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Very, very disappointing. It's hard to imagine how a place can go wrong serving exactly one thing: salad, bread, steak, fries. Yet all but the salad were bad--and the service, while eager to please, was poor, too.
The bread was so crusty I feared for my teeth, the fries were so crispy I could have been eating twigs, and the steak was oversalted and meh.
I asked for the sauce (they have one kind) on the side, but my meal arrived with the steak and frites drenched in sauce. The server felt bad and brought me another plate with sauce on the side (they serve seconds of steak and frites on request, so this wasn't as big a deal as it sounds). I tried the sauce, and was glad I'd gotten it on the side--it added nothing, and was also too salty.
Great concept for a restaurant--but a poor execution!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The Conn. Avenue location of Medium Rare did not disappoint our group of four hungry meat-eaters. The price fixed menu of steak, fries, and salad, was just what this budget-minded group needed for a casual Sunday night Birthday and we were totally satisfied. Highly recommended.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Food was good. Good steak. You wanted the seconds. Could be slightly more tender but still flavorful. Fries were nice and crisp and hot. Nice. Perfect sized portions with the built-in seconds. Good model.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 8, 2018

The food was pretty yummy and the carrot cake was fantastic. Only think that leaves you wanting more is having a couple extra options in terms of food. Cool experience though.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

My boyfriend and I went to Medium Rare to celebrate his birthday, and we had a great time. The service was, the staff was extremely friendly, and the food was amazing. Also, it was great value! We definitely plan to come back soon.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We had a great brunch on Sunday. Great steak as usual. Enjoyed the bottomless mimosas. Loved the salad and bread. It was very busy and noisy but we enjoyed it just the same. The only complaint is that the poached eggs were under cooked and the whites were runny. Didn't need the carrot cake but it was well worth it. Gum was a fun touch as you can see from the picture.

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We were searching for a bottomless brunch spot. Medium Rare has a price you can't beat. Their menu is very limited. My husband and I ordered the steak and eggs Benedict. It was covered in gravy. It was tasty, but way too rich for me. I would visit again, but I would definitely specify that I want my steak plain. It was a very heavy meal!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Great for Brunch, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves here. My best friend and I were celebrating our birthdays and can't wait to come back.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Brunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 3, 2018

My younger son told me it was a great place. He and his Georgetown Prep friends have been there on many occasions. My older son and his friends took me to medium rare for my birthday. I had a great time! Thanks

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 3, 2018

After a disastrous visit a couple weeks ago with family, pleasantly surprised to have the service we have been used to. Great service - enjoyable evening.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Everything was perfect. Favorite restaurant to visit when in town. Loved the hot cider bourbon!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Diners should know that menu is one size fits all....only choice is how you want your steak. But it's very tasty for the price. (Can't compare it to a traditional, expensive steak joint.)

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Great food, great service, easy ordering, fantastic quality.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Casual, Fun, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Very nice place for a casual meal. Nothing special but then the price is right as well

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Always reliable, dependable and delicious bread, salad, streak and fries. This is go to place for our family!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Unfortunately the noise is overwhelming.
Speakers full blast which makes conversation almost impossible.
The tables are too close to each other,
but not to worry about privacy, since your neighbor can't here anything you say to whomever is sharing your table.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Medium rare is my choice to go out to eat. The food, experience, it's just terrific.

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Steak is NOT what it’s cracked up to be. Very poor slice of meat for steak considering it’s the only choice on menu.

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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 20, 2017

I visit every time that I am in town. I love this place.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Delicious steak and salad and fries! Generous portions! A bit too loud for me - crowded on a Tuesday evening.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

My guest, a frequent visitor, agreed with me that the steak slices seemed thinner and less flavorful. That was a disappointment. And the server came around with seconds after what seemed to us a long time, that is, a while after we finished the first.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2017

The steak and frites were delicious. We requested sauce on the side, but the waiter delivered steak with sauce on it. This was immediately returned to the kitchen and corrected.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Solid neighborhood restaurant. Food nothing special. Service was excellent.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 13, 2017

One thing on menu so you know why you are eating there. Not fancy but consistent.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Great vibe and excellent food. Perfect for those who like a simple menu. Steak salad and frittes. That’s it and it’s great.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Overall a disappointing experience for the 4 of us: the noise level was way too high (the table was situated next to a speaker) making conversation, even very casual, difficult. In addition the called "culotte" cut of meat (sirloin) was not as expected tender, but tough and stringy, with unchewable edges. Fries were not crisp but rather flabby.

Service was attentive.

Medium Rare should do much better.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

I used to be a Medium Rare fanatic when I lived in DC. I moved away a couple of years ago, and every time I go back to visit I do my best to visit Medium Rare. I think it has been going downhill for the last year or so. The dinner is good still, but this time we went for brunch and my boyfriend got the eggs benedict. It literally tasted like dog food. In addition to his meal not being good, the floors felt as if they had been waxed like a bowling alley. I almost fell 3 times. Also, the women's bathroom was filthy. Next time I am in DC I don't think I will come here.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Service was terrible. Not what we have experienced over the years.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Made a 6 pm reservation for the family on a weekday. They know their process well and executed it perfectly. The real benefit is quick service (due to the limited menu). The steak and their bread was great; salad and fries were good. It filled up by 7 pm, which elevated the noise level but it was not unreasonable. If you want less noise, show up early.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Good food. Great service. Perfect for a group of 6.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Fun
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