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Medium Rare - Cleveland Park

4.5
882 reviews
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$30 and under
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Steak
Perfect For:
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  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Steak, American, French
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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
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Phone number
(202) 237-1432
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ordway Street NW
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Parking details
Small parking lot directly across the street
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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
What 882 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.6
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Everything but the service was wonderful. Server kept coming back to the table to get the completed check even though people were still eating.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Always have to bring my son here when we visit. Great food and seconds!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Excellent, great tasting food! Great playlist and friendly employees.

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

Medium rare is a solid brunch spot if you want something easy and affordable. Food is ok but not great. Their eggs are always way to runny and the steak is mediocre. You can tell they just want to turn and burn and don’t really care about quality. Service is never great and you usually have to wait a good 10 minutes after your reservation to sit down.

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1.0Dined 7 days ago

My friends and I went for brunch. My food was fine, steak and fries which is hard to mess up, but both of the friends I was with looked like they had been served dog food. Given that there are only four menu options, and that 3/4 were average or far below average only offered all at a fixed rate, it did not seem to be a good value at all. Additionally, they offered bottomless mimosas, but after only eating an hour, and having a prior reservation, we were asked to leave to make room for new guests in a very brusque manner. It would be one thing if we had been loud or there for over three hours, but to have been quietly catching up with friends for such a short time, and then asked to leave at noon says to me that they don't understand service.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

I had brunch outside on a beautiful day. (The people watching on Connecticut Ave is top notch.) Our server, Tina, was the best! She kept it casual and interjected so much fun on our time there. She really went out of her way to make sure our bottomless drinks were, in fact, bottomless. We never had to wait for a refill, which can often happen at bottomless brunches. Danny the manager also checked in on us and was very friendly. Overall a great, low key spot for friends to meet up! Highly recommend. I will be back soon!

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

This used to be one of our favorite restaurants...I was a little disappointed the last time we were there. Service was lousy and my second steak portion came out cold.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

A simple establishment that is certainly worth a discussion before you make a reservation. You can't be much more vegan-unfriendly - really your only choice is whether to have your meat medium rare or medium well. They have a couple of desserts, and a very limited range of wine, beer and simple cocktails. But, I have been here 5 or 6 times, so they do something right. Well, everything right. Enough meat correctly cooked that I had a nice sandwich with leftovers the next day for lunch, an excellent carrot cake for dessert, good service at all times. This isn't a place I'd expect to get a Michelin star, or a place I can take someone who doesn't eat red meat, but it is a place to regularly return to when you want a nice evening out with a good meal.

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3.0Dined on April 9, 2018

The food was delicious and I like the cozy atmosphere, but just a couple notes: One, perhaps some more spirits at the bar? Two, at some point the music was turned up to uncomfortably loud volume. Three, my date has a nut allergy but, despite the request, several were in her desert. The waitress was great about it and very apologetic, but it still seems like it could have been easily avoided. Beyond that, though, it was still a fun evening at a fun place with good food.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I live two blocks from Medium Rare and go there frequently. The service was really, really bad tonight, we didn’t get anything (drink refills, bread) unless we asked for it. And when we did ask for it, the waitress had an attitude. The delicious chocolate sundae that normally comes with vanilla ice cream came with cherry ice cream but no one told us about it. When I brought it to our waitress’ attention she said, yeah, it’s a special thing we’re doing for cherry blossoms and normally I tell people but didn’t tell you because we’re out of vanilla. ?!?! So I paid $8 for a sundae that is not on the menu and different from the one I’ve had 10 times because she was just too lazy to tell me and likely didn’t want to lower her potential tip? Experiences like this make people stop frequenting restaurants. I’ve already told two friends about it because it was so bad. This is how you put a bad taste in people’s mouth and make them stop thinking about going to your restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Fantastic, delicious as usual.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

We stopped for a Dinner after going to a Zoo. I didn't have any idea that the menu is Prefix and so simple. This was a pleasant surprise and we loved it. It is actually good food . This is not typical steak restaurant, but you get a lot of food and great experience.
Everything comes out fresh and you can see how they are cooking. cool... It's a very busy place and reasonably price for the food and drink. The service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Hard to go wrong here - just choose the way you like your steak cooked and that's it! I've been here several times and they always nail the medium rare I request. The sauce is addictive and they'll bring you a cute little pot of it if you ask.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I've lost count of how many times I've been to Medium Rare.My food was great (steak perfectly tender this time), service was lacking. The restaurant was not that busy when we arrived but it took a while for us to get service, especially refills on drinks. Beyond that, a great meal as always.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

I like to visit medium rare for a nice dinner out. Food is always good, no complaints about the service, cold brew and a reasonable cost. I will be back.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Excellent food—if you like beef and French Fries (and if you don't, why are you here?). But very noisy, even in the section away from the bar. Attentive but not overbearing service.

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2018

One of our neighborhood favorites. Decent food, friendly staff. Would certainly recommend.
However, it is very loud. Our last dinner was not the best because of the noise. Low ceilings and loud talkers, combined with the unfortunate choice of Rock music with rapid beats makes it quite challenging to keep a conversation or properly enjoy the meal. If nothing else, they can play gentler music in lower volume. The members my party were relieved to get out of the restaurant at the end of the meal and found it much easier to have a conversation on the sidewalk on Connecticut Avenue than inside.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We made a reservation but had to wait over 30 minutes to be seated. The hostesses were sweet and we received drinks at the bar while we waited.

Both my friend and I ordered the Eggs Benedict and unfortunately, both plates were either lukewarm or cold in temperature. We didn't send our plates back, we decided to let it go.

I had left a note that we are celebrating my friend's birthday, and our table was given a large ice cream sundae. My friend is lactose-intolerant. I wish someone had checked in with me first if that was okay.

Then we received our bill, which included the $11 ice cream Sundae that WE DID NOT REQUEST OR CONSENT TO RECEIVE.

We let all of this go because overall the food was good (even the vegetarian burger), the service was great, and our experience was positive. However, I think that Medium Rare should not charge the table if it's going to bring a birthday special of any sort, at least not without asking first.

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1.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Called to let the hostess know I would be a tad late to the reservation ...they said okay no problem....show up and they gave my table away and I had to wait 45 min to be seated. Service is the worst I’ve ever experienced. Food is beyond mediocre.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Had a wonderful birthday celebration brunch here. The staff is always so friendly and they don’t hold back the tasty mimosas and Bloody Mary’s. We even got a special birthday treat! Thank you so much Medium Rare!!

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3.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Not a place to go with an older person. The noise level is very high and the music very loud. The food wasn't that great either. While the price is right, you get what you pay for. The steak was chewy and tough, but fries were great. Service is a bit slap dash as well. Probably won't go again.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Good meal, appreciated the red pepper sauce for the steak and the ability of the restaurant to accommodate the Whole30 for me.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The food was fantastic! The service was a little over the top. We felt like we were being rushed out of there ever since we sat down. They even brought the steaks before we were finished with our salads. Then the waiter continued to hover until we signed our bill...it would have been nice if they had spaced it out a little bit to create more of a dining experience.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

It was awesome. The streak and fries are to die for at such a reasonable cost!

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

it's safe to make a reservation if you want to avoid the wait, busy place. We enjoy going back when we feel like having some meat. Very close to metro.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Don't expect the world's best steak. But for the price, it's a great way to get your steak'n'fries fix.

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3.0Dined on March 8, 2018

My friends and I like coming here and we are repeat customers, but the meat was served luke warm in the first round and cold in the second. Service felt rushed even though there more open seats.

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

A good neighborhood get-together spot, with efficient service and tasty steak.

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Third time at the restaurant so we knew how things worked. Food was great as always but I have to say that I have rarely had such indifferent service. The waitress seemed completely disinterested in being cordial, filled our water glasses with such gusto that she left more water in the table than in our glasses, and generally seemed to want us out of there as fast as possible. We were handed our check 50 minutes after first sitting down without being asked if we wanted anything else. I know my kids appreciated the speedy dinner but it really took away from what was a birthday dinner celebration for our son. Probably won’t be back again

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Alexis was FANTASTIC!

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Medium Rare offers an excellent fixed price menu of steak and fries with a great salad and tasty desserts. Not too fancy but very filling and well prepared.

Music was too hip and loud for our tastes.

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Food was to die for. Waited about 15 mins for table, but food was worth wait.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We had a great time. Great food, even better service. 10/10

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

My girlfriend and I have been here multiple times and are never disappointed! The fact that every time we go for brunch this place is packed is a testament to how good this restaurant is. Definitely would recommend getting a reservation as seats fill up very quickly.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

The prix fix menu makes dining easy and service quick. The steak was done to perection and the sauce was delicious. I was fine with the serving size but thought that my son might still be hungry but then the server brought us seconds.

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2.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Visited the restaurant on Sunday evening, kinda got an NY feel for the restaurant. Tight spaces and busy atmosphere. My party of 2 was seated and greeted by our waitress, she then took our orders and that was the last time she visited our table. We sat there drinking our water with no food. 15-20min pass, and still nothing.

Another couple sits down next to us, she takes their order, and they salads come within 5min of them being seated. Another waiter walking by hears me say to my girlfriend "I guess we don't get salads", and he then attends to us and says he'll get our waitress. She never comes to our table but every table around us gets serviced.

We get our salads from another waiter then 3min into the salads, the entrees comes out. The manager walks by and sees the cluttered table and asked if he can take the entrees back because he feels we are being rushed. I explained that we aren't being rushed, the salads are just late.

We ate and then asked for the check. The manager says to me "I don't feel like you received adequate service so I'm removing a meal, and please don't hold this against us." I do appreciate his willingness to accommodate us. As busy as he was as the manager, the fact that he knew we had poor service says a lot. Why the waitress wasn't alerted to attend to us is confusing, and/or why she chose to ignore only my table is also confusing.

Again, I appreciate the manager being accommodating, but I won't be returning or recommending this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

I loved this place. Will go.back EVERY time I am in DC

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Love this place, though I wish they were more forthcoming that it's a copy of a restaurant concept that originated in Paris.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines Day dinner with fiancé, he loves steak and pommes frites and that is their specialty. Prix fixe dinner and a glass of wine was very reasonably priced, until the value got even better when the severs brought second and third helpings!! We looked at each other like, Is this for real? Super convenient to metro. We will definitely be coming back!

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3.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Music was blaring and ruined the ambience.

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