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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.
Washington, DC 20008
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
Ordway Street NW
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Small parking lot directly across the street
On the corner adjacent to the Metro red line, Cleveland Park entrance
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
service was lacking a bit, gnats were everywhere, food was cold, we were not told about cocktails or any specials. super disappointed in the level of service we received and the quality of the food. the fries were amazing and prepared to order but the meat had clearly been sitting a while...
In a world of sameness, it is refreshing to find someone doing something different. Medium Rare is just one of those places. It is like going to your friends house for dinner and they are a good cook. Food was very good and done well. Yes, it is tight seating so it gets loud. Little heavy on the pepper and fries could use a little more refinement but for the price, it is a great meal. We will be back for sure.
If you like 2 helpings of good steak, fries, and a salad at a fantastic price, Medium Rare is your place. It only serves one thing: steak, so you order your drinks and your steak temperature and that's it. And because they only do one thing, you get a great price at about $25. It is a great place for groups! Give it a try!
Diners should know ahead of time that this restaurant offers only one set menu: mediocre thin cut flank steak, decent fries, and a totally insipid salad. Price is good, but if you want a real steak, with other options for those who prefer lamb or fish or something else, go to a real steak house (and pay more). Pop music on the restaurant's speakers was way too loud, making conversation difficult (why do restaurants feel like they need to pipe in music at all?). Free seconds was nice, and our server was efficient, but if you go here, know what to expect. It's not Morton's.....
A group of 3 had brunch on Sunday morning. The service was pretty fair, and they kept the bottomless drinks filled up decently. Two of the others first courses came out (salad and fruit bowl), but the yogurt parfait ordered by myself did not. I asked the server to just bring me a salad, after the others had finished their first course.
The steak was good (perhaps from the delicious sauce) and temperature was cool, we ordered it medium rare. One of the other servers notice one of my friends glass was cracked, which we hadn't noticed. She replaced it with a larger one.
We were visiting from Europe and wanted to eat a good steak so we made a reservation at the "Medium Rare" without knowing that they are offering only 1 preset menu. First we were a little astonished but that soon changed to complete satisfaction, as the 3 course menu turned out to be really excellent starting with delicious bread, very good salad and excellent thinly cut meat in a delicious sauce and great French fries. Also the apple pie we shared was great !
The stuff was really nice and friendly, too ! They even ran outside in the heavy rain for organizing a taxi for us !
We are sure to visit again some day !
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