Medium Rare - Cleveland Park

4.7
1552 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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vipAshleyS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

It was 24 degrees outside, with windchill the weather channel said it felt like 14 degrees Fahrenheit and they sat us outside with their heaters only set to low. The food got cold so fast because of how cold it was outside. They conveniently had blankets that we could buy from them for $7… not sure why you need to pay for to be warm at brunch. I made the reservations a week in advance and there was no inclination on here about being sat outside. We were dressed to be seated inside. I’m pretty sure I got frost bite on my toes :(

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Medium Rare never disappoints. Great steak and fritas. Simple menu. Great staff. Two exceptions this time. The restaurant was overcrowded, granted it was 8pm Friday night. But since Covid I have crowded-space phobia. One major issue this time was we were being rushed. We were in the middle of eating of our salads when they brought out the food. And we were not even done with half of our steak when they placed the second serving of steak on top of it without even asking or acknowledging if were ready for the second serving.

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DoraK
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, excellent service. Recommend it 100%!!

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NRBS
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Would dine there again! Everyone there is super nice, and I am grateful for them!

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GilS
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We ate here multiple times. This one was very disappointing. We felt rushed by the staff. Music was on the loud side. The famous bread was burnt and dry and the steak was nothing more than OK.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The food was wonderful but for some reason each time that I’ve come to Medium Rare, the ambiance has been increasingly worse each time. The noise level was beyond the

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated birthday!

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ElizabethF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great prix fixe menu with unexpected seconds! Delicious steak frites, salad and bread.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service! We always love coming to medium rare!

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Yummmm
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food never disappoints and our serve Gabj is the best in the world!

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Lzinmd
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Christmas Eve dinner! My college-age son especially enjoyed the large portions. Thank you!

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vipNadiaC
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I stopped after a walk in Rock Creek Park.
The menu is simple and efficient: steak frites!
Well cooked, good fries. I did not like their secret sauce though.
I would have preferred a selection of sauces, like béarnaise or green pepper.
The Apple pie was good as well, and succulent vanilla ice cream!
Excellent friendly service!
I will bring visitors here. A good address for a friendly dinner!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcoming staff and always a great meal.

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vipRolisaH
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks with a good vibe throughout the brunch.

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MarysueV
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Although I've been a long-time customer, this was my 1st time back since COVID. While the food (steak and frites) was as wonderful as I remember, the restaurant seemed extremely crowded -- both inside and out (and noisy -- loud music and shrieking patrons). Maybe going for Sunday lunch accounted for that. Service also seemed unusually slow. Still this is a great place, offering exceptional value.

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JennC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

The food was excellent, although disappointing that they no longer do the second serving of steak and fries. However, the service was TERRIBLE. Given pandemic issues, I try to be generous about this, but Medium Rare's service was terrible pre-pandemic. Part of the deal is bottomless drinks. While the server gave the table next to us a carafe of orange juice, we did not receive one. I had to ask the server 3 times for a refill and spent much of the meal without a drink because of this. The server never refilled our water either.

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vipDanielK
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always fantastic food and service, and a great value.

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MartinaB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Whenever we are in DC we go to Medium Rare the food never disappoints.

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LaVaterM
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

food was decent. service was poor. will not return.

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JulianF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Medium Rare is a great restaurant provided you like Steak and Frites. that is because that is all they do as part of a prix fixe menu (granted there is a salad that comes with it and options for desserts).
The steak menu is very good value for money and you get a second helping as part of your order.
The wine list is limited however, the bottle of wine we had was very good, and at $40 a bottle the price was about what I would have expected.
My only issue was the lighting. The table we sat at was a little dark and the tables are quite close together (not sure why during pandemic times).

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lovesfood
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for brunch and it was good. An refreshing app (parfait) meal (steak/eggs/fries)- gravy was awesome too! with bottomless mimosas (had a skrewdriver too). For $30 was well worth it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It felt so good to be back. I hadn’t been since February of 2020, and it was better than I remembered. And our waitress was absolutely amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Manager and service were awesome.

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MGLovesToEatOut
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sunday Brunch at Medium Rare was great and I will definitely go again! We celebrated our friends’ birthdays ( 75 year old twins) . The occasion was special because the five of us hadn’t seen each other since before the pandemic. Thanks to Open Table, we were seated within 10 minutes after we arrived. The brunch selections were very good for everyone. The French toast, the eggs with steak frites, as well as the Benedict were perfectly prepared and served at the optimum temperature. Service was excellent from start to finish. Well done, Medium Rare!

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CourtneyM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable evening. Food was delicious. My family loves it.

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vipTaylorT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and the service was even better

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Brunch
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service. Extremely friendly servers who really paid attention to their customers. The food was solid. The mimosas and bloody Mary’s were also very good. The ambiance was pleasant. Overall the experience was very nice and left us with a smile on our faces.

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VelinaC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

we had a great time at brunch. highly recommend the steak and eggs.

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MWDC
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great meal, and great service. A neighborhood favorite. First time for brunch, which we enjoyed. Make a reservation.

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vipMikeR
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The cleveland park location has better service than Bethesda. The food was good and great atmosphere.

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Luvgoodfood
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving with family from out of town.

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Alexander
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good at what they do

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PamC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We are new to DC. Wanted to have a nice comfortable steak dinner… not stuffy and over priced to celebrate our adult daughter’s birthday. This fit the bill. It was a very tasty steak and fries, pleasant atmosphere… nice!
We were there early so don’t know how noise level would be at peak time. We recommend it for an easy tasty night out.

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BillD
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Maeve was simply a terrible server. Had only four tables but her friends were at one of them. Spent most of her time talking to them. Including selfies with them. Had to ask for bread. The order wasn’t put in resulting in a delay in entrees. Not attentive on drink refills. Ruined an otherwise terrible experience.

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emmad
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great experience. The volume was high outside but in the best way possible. Everyone was very energetic and it brought a great ambience to the brunch experience.

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SoCalGal
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Stellar restaurant - consistently perfect fare, excellent value, and perhaps the best community partner in town. Firsttimers will love it and regulars will wonder why to bother going anywhere else. I wish all venues had the commitment to quality of Medium Rare!

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Allie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food4service2ambience1

This is the noisiest restaurant I have ever been to in my life. Awful.

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Italiangirl
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious. Took some family from out of town and they loved it.

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DonnaG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family reunion and birthdays

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Lucy
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience1

The service here was terrible. I’ve been coming here for years now and it used to be top tier. I can see the service just getting poorer and poorer, the traffic for the restaurant getting lower. I can actually see the difference in who they are hiring. If it wasn’t for the chefs, this place wouldn’t be thought of as a recommendation for a place to eat. I walked in and was seated at 8pm. Wasn’t even greeted by the waiter, didn’t even get water until 8:45 and our bread and salad until 9. Even my close friend that works there was surprised we didn’t get our salads yet from the time I walked in and greeted him. This location used to be a go-to for every event I have. It’s sad, music is way too loud, I had to yell at the top of my lungs to get a fork. Every time I come in I have to ask for new glasses because they always come dirty and even when I asked for them to rinse it, the same ones are back, always dusty with a bit of stains. Food comes cold sometimes because waiters are too focused on one table. Ahh, plenty of more things to say but will not. This is not a review off of one visit. It’s coming from someone who’s been coming to your restaurant for years and almost every holiday and seeing the downfall. I would usually recommend to do your birthdays here, but please, not anymore. Your birthday will get ruined.

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Medium Rare - Cleveland Park is rated 4.7 stars by 1552 OpenTable diners.

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