Medium Rare - Cleveland Park

4.7
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$30 and under
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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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Sun 9:00PM - 10:30PM
Mon - Sat 5:00PM - 5:45PM 9:00PM - 10:30PM

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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.4
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4.6
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Austin
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to eat in Cleveland Park if you want terrific food and a fantastic time with friends or family. Also good first date atmo? The food, ambience, exceptionally fun staff... this place delivers a great experience on all levels.

MS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made 6:30 reservations via Open Table and arrived on time. It was a Friday night and the place was packed. We were offered one table right behind the hostess station which we declined politely as it was in the “flight path” and we preferred another feeling. We then were taken to the second room to a fantastic, private feeling table at the window. It was great and set the tone! We ordered a bottle of French Pinot Noir and the meal is always the same menu and consistently excellent! We had the chocolate cake with ice cream to share to close out our meal.Our waiter couldn’t have been friendlier, attentive when needed, like magic! Bravo Medium Rare!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Music was great. Food was delicious. Service was excellent.

RM
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I always enjoy this restaurant. the service ws iffy but everything else was great.

A
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

not good for celebrating any thing

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was nice and the food was delicious

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A classic, that’s on the mark every time.

JF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for New Year's Eve, festive atmosphere, excellent steak, frites, salad, and bread. Free seconds on steak and frites. Great value.

TD
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They make one thing and they do it well. Great service. Great food, great vibe!

OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was just perfect. Can’t wait for the next time I’m in town. Love this place so much!!

JH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I MISSED MY FRIEND!!!!

K
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Pretty darn good steak for the price. Great location very cozy atmosphere. Great place to go with friends.

C
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was very good. We like the simpleness of the menu and the great equality of food.

OT
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant was recommended by a friend...we knew about the limited menu, very niche. It completely surpassed our expectations.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Always a solid choice when in the mood for Steak Frits!

W
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For steak lovers I thoroughly recommend this restaurant. We went on Christmas eve and found the service attentive, and they even did our steak really rare as we asked. There is a fixed menu, basically sliced steak with a delicious sauce and fries. They came round with second servings without us asking, so we were well satisfied. Then we shared a desert which was wonderful, I think it was called something like chocolate fudge sundae.

MA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience1

I still come to Medium Rare because the kids love it and the sauce on the steak is singularly good. But the noise is a problem. The lovely waiter explained that the music was loud so that people at close together tables feel they can talk without being overheard. This is a false premise. People talk much louder so that they can be heard over the music--which makes it more likely they will be heard by a neighboring table. It's self-defeating. In fact, several tables heard me talking to the waiter and said they totally agreed. I bet many people feel the same but don't want to spoil their evening by complaining.

AD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Too loud! Otherwise excellent

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and value were perfect, but the place gets packed quickly.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The menu at dinner is set. A green salad, delicious artisan bread, grilled thin-sliced steak with a rich, flavorful gravy and fries plus a choice of several desserts. Every item is good. The price, as I recall, about $24., makes the place very busy with friends out for dinner in groups of four to eight. One fun thing...mid-way through the main, a server will deliver steak, gravy and fries seconds to your table...no need to ask...it’s automatically offered!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service! We enjoyed our family dinner quite a bit.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holiday dinner with friends

SB
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very good concept. Delicious bread. Salad a bit wilted and blah. Steak good but was chewy. Fries crisp.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

The food and service was great once we got seated however even though we had a reservation we had to wait 20 min to get seated. The hostess was very apologetic so I put fault with whoever allowed the restaurant to be so clearly overbooked. There was essentially no standing room because so many people were waiting for tables. Food and waiter were stellar though

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We had a reservation for 6:45 on Saturday and never got a table! We got there around 6:15 and told the hostess that we would be at the bar while we waited for our table. There was only one seat at the bar, which was fine for a drink but obviously not to eat. We checked in with the hostess at 6:45 and 7 and she told us that our table would be ready shortly but then turns out she had marked us as eating at the bar so they never had a table for us! We enjoyed the food (once another seat opened up at the bar) and service at the bar was actually quite good.

RB
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our waiter was great, the food was great, but there wasn't really an area to wait to be seated. It was a bit of a mosh pit.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So easy with the prefixed menu. Food was delicious, our server was awesome. Drinks were also perfectly crafted and dessert was excellent (key lime pie).

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve always enjoyed going to this Medium Rare location, but this particular visit seemed far better than the rest. The food was especially good and all my friends thought the drinks were perfect. The staff was amazingly friendly and made sure we had everything we needed to enjoy ourselves. The bottle of champagne with a sparkler for my birthday was definitely a nice touch that makes me want to start going more often. Thank you Medium Rare for an amazing birthday brunch!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience1

Great food, great service, great value. There was an unpleasant s

JR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant and the management and service are always top rated!!

SL
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The steak was on the harder side this time, and there were a lot of big groups with kids, which increased the noise level. It’s nothing the restaurant could do about it, I just wish the tables were not so close together that you can hear every word other people are saying.

LP
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I will recommend and encourage you to ask for a table close to the window, its a noisy place, and it can be hard to talk. The tables are to close.

DW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite places and I hadn’t been in quite a while. I had been talking it up to my boyfriend and his daughter, so I was a little nervous that it wouldn’t be as good as I remembered, but it was excellent and we all really enjoyed it. We splurged on dessert as well...the key lime pie was so good!

K
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My first visit to Medium Rare and I can see why it's so popular. Very good food (the bread, salad, steak and fries are all perfect. Desserts are good and VERY generous), super friendly staff, and just a nice vibe overall.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Married couple needing a date night. Really wanted a steak and heard this place was good and simple. So we went and we were not disappointed. From the moment we walked in and we were the first people to arrive, everyone was great to us we were of course seated immediately because we were the first ones there but the night just flowed well. They have a full bar so we were able to drink whatever we wanted and then the menu was simple because they serve only 3 items: salad, fries and steak. Best combination ever. We had our steak cooked medium, and it came out perfect. I am not a big fan of sauces, but I couldn’t get enough of the sauce over the steak. The french fries were delicious! Afterwords they had a number of different desserts to choose from. I got the key lime pie which was OK (too light, almost like a soufflé) and my husband got the apple pie with ice cream which was great. We will go back! I can’t imagine that I haven’t been here before and we’ve lived near the Cleveland Park area for the last five years. Will definitely be a regular at this spot.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday had a very fun time. Food was delicious !!

P
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Medium rare is the best value for the money brunch available in the DC area. We went to the
Cleveland Park location last Sunday for brunch. The vanilla yogurt with granola is a great choice as
appetizer. My only complaint: We had to wait a bit too long to get a table, although we had an online booking.

LD
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Servers gave great service here but knows how to run up your bill in a nonchalant manner. Nothing that they offer on the side has a price attached to it until you get the bill. They made it seem like it's all including in the Prix meal excluding the drinks. It's completely night and day compared to the Arlington location. Even the water wasn't free. Very misleading!

JM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Awesome food and desserts.

ND
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Okay food. Not worth the repeat trip.

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