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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

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food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (17)
Good for Groups (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
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Sunday Lunch (10)
Good for a Date (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Fun (9)
Great for Brunch (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Authentic (5)
Cozy (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Business Meals (3)
Late-night Find (3)
People Watching (3)
Romantic (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great Beer (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

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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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

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 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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 (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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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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...

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2017

A reasonable price for steak and fries. The salad was a little tired this time but otherwise what I expected. The kids love the desserts.

Tags: Casual
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 7, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.....

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

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 !

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 24, 2017

One of my favorite places in the city! Great for a casual get together or a date. A little loud, so I would recommend sitting outside if possible.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Fantastic place for a birthday!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food is great! Unfortunately during our visit (which started at 2pm) the staff seemed like they were ready to go. Once our entrees were delivered, bartender ignored us and the managers were the ones refilling drinks, bringing dessert, and the check.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

great food and great service!! had an awesome time!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food was great- excellent service I'm handicapped and wait staff were extremely helpful and solicitous

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We went for brunch on a Saturday and the service was quite slow. We had to ask multiple times to have our bottomless mimosas filled up. The food was very good and a good value, but the noise level was horrible- we could barely hear each other at a normal sized table. Overall, I would not recommend this place if you want a more laid back brunch and good service. That being said, the steak frites was great, and the mimosas too!

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vip
 (London)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Different vibe for a steakhouse. Service was good but food quality was really bad and wine list is average at best. Not likely to return to this venue.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Tina was one of the most attentive servers we've ever had for a brunch experience. We did the bottomless brunch for $24.95 and even when I changed my mind about my entree (after receiving it), I was able to get a different item without hassle. I would recommend going for the bottomless option (get the Steak & Eggs) and asking for Tina as your server.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Steak frites styled on a restaurant in Paris called the Entrecote. The food at Medium Rare is limited to a fixed menu of steak (culotte cut which is very thin), fries and a starter salad for $20. There is a portabella mushroom option for non-meat eaters, but we did not try it. The meat was tasty. The sauce was missing something especially when compared to the Entrecote in Paris. The french fries were good and the salad was fine. Everyone can get seconds on steak and fries, and we were able to take ours home. Desserts are $9 and the portions are generous. We tried carrot cake, good but not great, and key lime pie (Pie Sisters) which was tart but too much graham crust for me. Overall it was a good meal at a very reasonable price, and service was freindly and suitably attentive. My only real complaint would be the noise level. I was with my parents, and we could barely hear each other even though they re-seated us near the front windows.

Tags: Casual, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great restaurant, but LOUD. If you want to talk, ask to sit outside.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food was great but the service was terrible. We rarely saw our waitress. She never came by to refill drinks or check on us. Waited forever to get our check. We felt ignored the entire time we were there.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food was fantastic. Not really a fan of steak but would definitely eat again

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

This was my first time at medium rare (went for brunch), and I was not altogether impressed. It looked nice outside with umbrellas, but we opted to sit inside since it was very hot. We were near a group of about 40 very rowdy guys, and the place echos, so we had to yell to hear each other and our server. The bottomless drinks were ok - they were definitely very low on actual alcohol, and our server even mentioned that the group next to us drank most of what they had, so you knew they were trying to stretch it. However, we had to constantly go out of our way to wave down a server to get them refilled, and they were often empty for long periods of time. The food was not as great as I expected from other reviews. Two of us got the eggs Benedict - it looked unappetizing when it came out because of the cubed steak and sauce, and didn't taste much better. There was bread in there somewhere but it got soaked and mushy because of all the stuff on it. The fries, yogurt parfait, and starter bread, however, were very good! Definitely started strong, then went downhill. Overall, I probably won't choose to go back for brunch.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Favorite place to eat in DC!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We had the Sunday brunch with all you can eat steak frites and bottomless bloody marys, screwdrivers, and mimosas. The steak was cooked perfectly to order for both of us, mine medium rare, hers medium well. the gravy was very tasty. We ate outside and watch the people stroll by. The service was very good and attentive. Will do again.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Definitely a great value for brunch! The only thing that would make it better is if there were a few more brunch options, maybe an omelette. The service was great, and the food was delicious. A great deal for a bottomless, and I liked that they had more than just mimosas

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great place for dinner and brunch. Keep in mind that the only serve steak for dinner so if you're looking for other options, this place is not for you. Good value for brunch if you get a few drinks. Otherwise, get the dinner option.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

We loved this place. Our first time to D.C. We stumbled on this place. We loved it so much we returned the next night. The food is simple and delicious!

Tags: Scenic View, People Watching, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Casual, Cozy, Happy Hour, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Our second visit to Medium Rare and certainly won’t be the last. It’s a really nice environment and the food is absolutely incredible.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 12, 2017

Great food as always, and exceptional service!! Limited menu works perfectly!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Medium Rare in Cleveland Park has decent streak and very good frites. But it continues an annoying policy of not seating you until all the guests in your party have arrived. I get it when it's Friday or Saturday and time at the table is money. But on a Tuesday when business is slow? We would have gladly ordered drinks bit instead had to stand around for 5 minutes on a rainy night. This happened to us last year. Pretty sure we won't be back.

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·Dined on September 4, 2017

With only 1 meal on the menu we expected that it would look and be somewhat like the photo on their website. The beef tasted like it had been soaked in MSG to make it tender and it was overcooked. The french fries did not look anything like the photo on the website. No one ever asked if everything was ok and never checked on us and then they came with a second helping which was actually hotter and better than the first serving but we were not expecting it so I had already eaten the overdone first serving.
The salad was fresh and the salad dressing was excellent. The sauce that was served with the beef was also very good. It was a pleasant neighborhood location and we enjoyed the outdoor seating but our table was on top of the subway grate so we felt a wind and noise every time the train went underneath us. All in all we were disappointed in the experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Great value for prix fix and food was served well.
Music was so loud we had to yell over it and often just stopped talking. Asked manager to turn it down or provide quiet table but there's no such seating at this place. Sorry, but blaring Bieber and Timberlake over dinner just doesn't do it for me.
I would not return but my 20 something son and friend loved it especially for a $20 steak dinner.

Tags: Great Beer
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Really great no fuss restaurant. Very limited choices (actually no choices except for dessert) - but fantastic if you want delicious steak and French fries with great salad and bread. Great value for money.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 27, 2017

terrible service and food was lousy. Waitress jacqueline was terrible and didnt seem to understand what service means. I regret leaving a tip

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Medium Rare is my "go to" place when I need a dinner out. Service is excellent, I asked to sit outside. I am always happy with Medium Rare. I would recommend to anyone looking for a change in restaurant type.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Casual, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 15, 2017

The meal was fantastic in every way - taste excellent, nice pairings of courses, portions were just right, and cost was reasonable for the meal served. Servers were friendly and accommodating. Highly recommend trying Medium Rare!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Consistent and easy, the prix fixe steak and fries is a lovely and reasonable night out.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Kid-friendly, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Good was great! Our server was a little slow & forgot drinks, but overall very attentive.

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