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Medium Rare - Cleveland Park

4.6
4.6
1666 Reviews
$30 and under
Steak
Medium Rare offers a unique, prix fixe dinning experience of artisan bread; a mixed green salad; prime, dry-aged steak; and hand-cut fries (Vegetarian option always available) in a relaxed, fun, environment. Please allow us 15 minutes to seat you after your full party has arrived and after checkin at our host stand. As we do only one thing, we do our best to make the food and experience exceptional and also a good value. We also serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday's with a great prix fixe including French Toast, Steak and Eggs, Eggs Benedict and bottomless Bloody Marys, mimosas and screwdrivers. WALK INS and CALL AHEAD seating are always welcomed.

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 21 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Steak, American, French

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 2:30 pm–11:00 pm Sun 2:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 237-1432

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Cleveland Park

  • Cross street

    Ordway Street NW

  • 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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 1,666 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • District of Columbia

    Best Value

  • District of Columbia

    Steak

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first experience with Medium Rare. It was recommended to us by a friend and it was amazing! The food quality was great and our server did well explaining everything.
  2. TN

    TampaNative

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    The Sunday brunch draws a large crowd of students and younger adults who are understandably fond of the bottomless mimosas. The food was decent, but the noise level and overall ambience put a damper on the experience for us.
  3. WB

    WilliamB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Medium Rare is great for a casual steakhouse. Good place to take friends who are visiting the DC area. Only drawback was sitting outside—we sat right above a subway grate that blew hot air into our table every 15 minutes!
  4. J

    Jeremy

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the food and the service here. Fantastic as always.
  5. JB

    JerryB

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    Music too high for table conversation. There to eat and converse not to listen to someone else's choice of music. Not sure why but other tables served before us. Liked that those besides our waiter took over.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter, Diego, was fabulous! The food was delicious and service was above and beyond.
  7. JN

    JayN

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    A cute place, nice waitresses, nice ambiance, food wasn’t that great, had the French toast and sausage from the bottomless brunch. Sourdough bread as French toast was terrible! Bottomless mimosas were nice and greet music!
  8. RN

    RachelN

    Orlando

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    The restaurant became incredibly loud as brunch went on and the music as well. It basically became a boozy night club. Meanwhile the music in the restrooms was lovely French music. (11am reso) Definitely felt like two places. The servers are all very young and inexperienced and somewhat immature and I never saw a manager on the floor. The champagne glasses served smelled like they were wiped with a dirty bar towel before giving them to us and our first course plates were not cleared by the time entrees came. I’m not expecting 5 star white tablecloth dining here but I expected decent service and atmosphere. I’ll only go back for weeknight dinner from now on. Shame because it’s a great location.
  9. S

    Sarahny

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always love Medium Rare and the food is incredible. Only area for improvement is the choice of music played over. Sometimes a bit too loud and energetic for a dinner place.
  10. M

    Michelle

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great date night spot! Nice ambience and food was tasty! Great price point😄
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Medium Rare staff is always perfect
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Definitely reduced portions in the past year or so, but still a great value and dining experience! Always recommend to visitors.
  13. DG

    DejG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was super kind! Myself and my guest definitely felt welcomed and we plan on coming back to this location soon!
  14. JG

    JuanG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The meat was OK, but not great. Dessert & beer are overpriced. It was good, but I remembered it being better.
  15. RP

    RestaurantPapi

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top-notch service - the staff is amazing!
  16. KM

    KristinM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The food was delicious, especially the sauce. The service was prompt and attentive. The only negative was there was a bad, potent sewage smell on the street that impacted the diners eating outside.
  17. LB

    LewisB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I love medium rare! It is always so tasty and the service is great. It is my favorite place to celebrate someone's birthday, graduation, retirement, and more. Already looking forward to my next visit!
  18. AM

    AraceliM

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    The inside was way too loud so we sat outside. The steak was very thin and chewy. Not very good. The sauce was very chalky. However, the French fries were the best part of the meal. The bread was not edible, it was so hard and the salad was just ok. I definitely will not be returning and do not recommend. It was also impossible to track down our waiter as he was texting pretty much the whole time and not paying attention to his tables. The staff seemed really young so maybe that has something to do with it.
  19. R

    Rosab

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience2
    we were still working on the lettuce and they wanted the meat already on the table, I say well if you don't mind you can wait half an hour. 5 min from the lettuce, the meat was on the table, we were finished within an hour 😓
  20. D

    Deebs

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    The steak was poor quality and was undercooked
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Father’s Day meal!
  22. MM

    MMSS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Went there for brunch. The music inside was very loud so we chose to sit outside. Ordered 3 dishes from the menu. The starters were served quickly but it took long time for the main dishes to arrive. Two of the dishes were cold when we finally got them. French toast and sausage: The sausage was good but was small and got only one, The french toast was gigantic and you get three pieces. Steak and fries: The steak was thin, small and dry. The fries looked sad. Almost cold when we got them Egg benedict This was the best dish of the three we tried despite being almost cold. Would be a great one if served warm. Our staff were polite and patient.
  23. SN

    StickyNicky

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wait for it…they bring a second helping. We didn’t see that coming. Great value.
  24. SP

    SandyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, lovely evening. Medium Rare never disappoints!
  25. SL

    SaraL

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently delicious food in a casual atmosphere.
  26. DS

    DominicS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simple and delicious. I wish more restaurants in the States adopted their model.
  27. PB

    PaulB

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely excellent dinner, the food was outstanding and the service could not have been better. Highly recommend stopping in for dinner and dessert.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We’ve been going for years, but hadn’t gone for a while. The food was the same quality and the servers were very nice and attentive. However, in this post pandemic world, the restaurant itself has clearly pivoted to take out and delivery. The upshot is that we watched dozens of bags being made to go while we waited and waited for our food. I’m not sure if it was off night, but it certainly leant to the impression that the people in the restaurant were at the back of the line in terms of food prep and that the online ordering was prioritized. You shouldn’t have to wait half an hour between salad and entree. Particularly in a place that does one thing (well) and used to get the food out fast.
  29. E

    Erica

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect way to spend one of my last nights in DC! Thank you for a wonderful evening!
  30. EP

    EdwardP

    Washington DC

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the brunch at MR - the food & staff are great and they serve the best Bloody Mary in town👍🏻❤️
  31. r

    rynrynryn

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It was a great bar energy place. The only downside was how loud everything was, even asked to have the music turned down a little and it was turned down for a few minutes and went right back up even louder after.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great service!
  33. KB

    KojoB

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Food was a disappointment, egg was probably from A mix. Overall value poor. Mimosas were weak.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    I went here for brunch with my sister. There was a table of college aged girls right next to us who were VERY loud. Not the restaurants fault, but the restaurant was playing loud clubbing music, and it was around 1 in the afternoon. Not the vibe we were going for. The service was very subpar. I’m not sure if this restaurant does something weird with the servers, but after our server took our order, we never saw him again. We both got mimosas, and they were easily 85% orange juice, hardly any alcohol. We both ordered the “world famous” eggs benedict; while the fries that came with it were fantastic, our eggs were undercooked (clear bits in the white part). Our server never came to check on us, so we never could express this to the staff. We tried to catch our servers eye for 20 minutes, but he kept avoiding us. Eventually, a different server checked us out (he was very nice and apologized for the wait). Other than him, the entire staff is very young, and gave the impression that they did not care about your experience. Overall, I would never eat here again. Don’t waste your time or money here.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always!!!
  36. RB

    RigobertoB

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience2
    The food was good as usual. The service had a lot to be desired. We had to ask twice for our salads which should not have been the case as the restaurant was not too busy. Over all I would rate the service as quite basic, certainly not engaging.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    The ambiance was very, very loud and rowdy. I would not recommend for family occasions.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent! No choices but that was not a problem. Just when you thought you were done, they bring you another serving of steak and fries.
  39. G

    G0909282

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food. We will be back soon.
  40. PG

    PGISADG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love a visit to Medium Rare when in the DMV. Perfect for groups and especially for dinner with our son and 6 housemates! Service is friendly and swift. If your into a value pre-fixe dinner, this is the spot!!! Be prepared to bring leftovers home!

FAQs

Medium Rare - Cleveland Park is rated 4.6 stars by 1666 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 21 times today
Google Map for Medium Rare - Cleveland Park

3500 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Ordway Street NW

  • Neighborhood

    Cleveland Park

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 2:30 pm–11:00 pm Sun 2:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steak, American, French

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Small parking lot directly across the street

  • Public transit

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

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

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

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