Medium Rare - Cleveland Park

4.6
958 reviews
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$30 and under
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Steak
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 958 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I had higher expectations about the food. The bread was the best part of the meal, it's really good. The second serving of meat was over cooked and since it's a very lean cut it felt dry and with too much condiment. The price is fair.

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C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always enjoyed this location. Tried Bethesda twice and disappointed both times.

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JB
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were very friendly and attentive. The brunch choices were superb and the nice birthday sparklers were an added treat.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

The food is edible. They only make one thing. So they do it well enough... Our overall sense of the place was... meh.

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SF
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It's strictly a meat and potatos kind of place. The portions were generous and the food tasty. Great value and attentive service. Since it's all pre-fixe, food comes out quickly once you tell them how you want your steak prepared. The dessert are large (yummy) and intended to be shared.

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AB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

Loud and crowded. Waitstaff was less than patient/friendly. Food is OK but overpriced.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All I can say is amazing! Get the French toast!!!!!

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N
Berlin
21 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Focus, focus, focus....just bread, salad and steak/frites on the menu, but all done superbly and for a price that is hard to beat in Washington DC. Wines that accompany the simple menu, also very good and good value. Definitely a place to return to!

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RO
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great concept restaurant. You need to like steak.

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CB
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The place was closed, no sign, nothing just closed

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was great as always. We usually go to the one in Bethesda but we came to this one since we were in the area. The service was awful. We were blatantly ignored while tables around us were priorities possibly because we didn’t get a bottle of wine but just drinks. We had to remind our waiter about the second portion and about our dessert. I love their food but the CP location has trash service.

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s
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our time there. Before we have had mixed service, but once we told the manager about it, he was more than ecstatic to give us service that was over the top. A good business is one that will change your experience based on your feedback as they see you more as an asset to them rather than a liability or debt. I highly recommend this place, not just for the secret sauce, but for taking the initiative to be better for customers.

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j
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend was in town so myself, my friend, and my partner went to Medium Rare for dinner on a Saturday night. We made reservations the day before fairly easily. They have both indoor and outdoor seating. Our waitress was very knowledablge about the wines and guided us to an excellent choice. Dinner at Medium Rare is pre fixe - you get a bread, salad, steak cooked how you'd like, and fries. The bread and salad were fine, nothing too special. The steak and fries were both quite delicious and come with a secret french sauce! I normally don't like sauce but dang this was tasty. But here's the kicker: you get SECONDS included in the price. I think it's something like $24 before tax/tip for a steak and fries dinner that includes seconds of both the steak and fries. What an amazing deal! I will definitely be coming back. My partner and I will probably dine here about once a month. This has to be one of the best deals in the DMV area.

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WL
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was tasty, service was quick, and the mimosas delicious.

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C
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always good. We tend to “double salad” versus the fries but occasionally just get fries too. We also tend to get the sauce on the side. Our waiter was excellent. We tried the Bethesda one twice but much prefer the Cleveland park one

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DW
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was not the first time there. The food, Service and ambiance is consistently excellent. The staff is friendly, and the entire concept is great! Only recommendation: we now have a little one (under 2) and maybe a (small) kids choice menu would be cool cause the tiny ones don’t usually eat steak yet!

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j
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What’s not to love? Love the steak frites concept- easy delicious and fun and great atmosphere! ( plus generally lunch the next day! ) my 10 yo had her birthday here tonight- her choice! Super nice staff gave her a cool sparkly candle/ mini firework! Lol. Perfect family dinner place for us.. ( we prefer this location over the Bethesda location- more interesting street scene to look at - not as loud music as Bethesda so Easier to hear .. but honestly - love them both!

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RY
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love going to Medium Rare in Cleveland Park - it's by far the best location. Always great food and good service. It was a little off when we went last Friday night - they were busier than usual and it took a long time to get our salads, but we knew that was unusual for them. Always looking forward to going back, will remain loyal!

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KA
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

love the place, I've been going there for years and the food is always on point. My only issue lately is that the service is a bit slower than what I got used to. There was more than one waiter working in our section so I think our drink orders and section serving of our meal took a while to reach us.

That being said I still love the place and always recommend it to friends

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BD
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Unfortunately Medium Rare has lost a step. We used to frequent this location several years ago and it was great. The service was not great, food only ok. Not what it used to be.

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AY
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Delicious gluten free salad, steak, and fries, with an amazing secret sauce. All for a great price. Was a bit loud late on a Sunday evening, but still would return!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michelle was great. Good brunch, strong cocktails, rustic & lively atmosphere.

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W
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So enjoyed our brunch. Food was delicious and our server was the best! Great value and so fun! Can't wait to go back....

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was excellent, our waiter was super friendly and even spaced out our courses so we didn’t feel rushed!

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F
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was ok. It did not live up to the expectations on the websites I wisited

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DJ
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

No choice menus with good quality food. A bit noisy' excellent/attentive wait staff.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

This is the third, possibly fourth, brunch I’ve had at this location. I don’t think I’ll be back.
Everything that went wrong:
1) Our server couldn’t seem to understand that we had a vegetarian in the group. She ordered the egg frites and sausage without the sausage. This concept seemed very foreign to our waitress.
2) I ordered the steak and eggs but asked that my eggs be “scrambled hard” (meaning not runny like they usually are). Our server informed me that the food is “pre-made” and they can’t do that. Apparently not only is the food not fresh, but the kitchen isn’t capable of throwing the “pre-made” eggs in a frying pan for a few additional minutes.
3) The bread that comes with your meal never made it to our table.
4) We asked for ketchup, bread (that never arrived), and more mimosas once our server came to check on us. She seemed very confused and came back TWO times to verify what we asked for.
5) Another female server (not ours), was overheard telling one of the bussers that whenever she eats the food there she gets sick and gassy. Not exactly what you want to hear when you’re in the middle of your meal.

The value of the brunch is great, but everything else is garbage.

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JC
Charlotte
15 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Loved this concept and the restaurant! It was so good! Its probably not for everyone as they only have 1 thing on the menu, but for a carnivore like me...it was perfect. Getting my drink refilled was my only issue. I finally got up, went to the bar, and got it myself. Otherwise, everything else was absolutely perfect!

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e
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The only problem was we were seated in the second room and the vents for the air conditioning were blowing directly down on us. But better to be chilly than too hot.

The key lime pie serving was definitely large enough to share.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Soooo my quest to find my go to restaurant in the Cleveland Park area has ended. Medium Rare (and no you don't have to just get medium rare 😁) is amazing. The concept is entirely genius!!! From first walking in the door the experience started off well and lasted throughout the meal. The menu is pretty straight forward I started with my strawberry gimlet as recommended by my waiter Azmie (he is one of the best I have had in a LONG time) next came the hot bread which is beyond tasty with the butter, then the salad with a Dijon base dressing which was scrumptious, and next came the steak and fries with the secret sauce which is just beyond good!!! One thing that totally surprised me was YOU GET A SECOND PORTION OF STEAK!!! I was completely in awe and it came with more sauce!!! I literally couldn't have asked for more. To top it all off we had to get dessert, Azmie reccomended the Red Velvet cake which was very moist, flavorful, and gigantic! Overall I give Medium Rare 👍👍 2 thumbs up and will definitely be back.

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SG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

If you're a college kid looking to eat a steak for cheap, this is your place. If you're anyone else, stay away. The music was so loud that I had to yell to talk to the person across the table from me - it was like we were in a club. You also have no menu choices. Everyone is given the same thing - some bread, a basic salad, and a steak with fries. The steak was flavorless, over-cooked, and swimming in a mysterious thick brown sauce.

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m
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

My wife and I just got married and we decided to bring our families to dinner in the restaurant we had our first date.
We love Medium Rare, we have been there many times! This time the service was a little bit slow, but the food was awesome as always and they also treated us with a celebratory Hot Fudge Sundae!

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N
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and great food (although for some reason, I was less blown away by the meat and sauce this time).
My biggest complaint is that this place is just too noisy. They should tune the music down.

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BT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great deal - $22 for bread, salad, steak, and fries with a refill on the steak and fries!

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M
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious brunch, excellent value, and great attentiveness to our bottomless drinks!

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AG
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was outstanding! The staff was very attentive and friendly. Im looking forward to coming back soon.

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DC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was Amazing, loved the seasonal Strawberry cocktail. Will be back for brunch!!

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AM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service. Tasty food. Fun neighborhood. The secret sauce was not as tasty as I recall making me wonder if they changed it??

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A
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Incredible food, great service, but very loud during brunch.

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KN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

Loved the food, but the experience of dining was rushed and unsettling. It felt like we were on a timer, and we couldn’t enjoy our meal. The music was too loud- we could barely here each other.

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