Medium Rare - Cleveland Park

4.6
1005 reviews
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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.
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good brunch, consistent.

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JM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner.

Food was awesome.

Fair price.

Other patrons were entirely too loud.

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GM
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

This is our go to brunch place, so I felt very let down by the service this weekend for my mother-in-law's birthday. I've had many wonderful meals here, but the service was unacceptable this time around. I'm not sure what was going on and I'm usually patient especially when the kitchen is busy during the brunch rush, but our waiter made a number of bizarre mistakes with our food service that were clearly due to carelessness and poor communication. At the end, we mentioned that it was my mother-in-law's birthday. He then implied that they would include a free dessert, which I thought was very kind. When we sang happy birthday, he said "Happy Birthday, Grandma" - assuming that she was our grandmother, which is incorrect. While this may sound petty, but I really think it hurt her feelings and she got very embarrassed that he thought she was much older than she is (and then pointed it out). In the end we were also charged for the dessert, which was disappointing.

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TW
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must anytime I am in DC. The gravy is delicious!

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m
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The steak was flaccid and low quality. The fries were uninspired. The salad was good, as was the bread. Ice cream sundaes vapid. Waiter screwed up all three drinks (plain water instead of club soda, no olives in the martini), kept trying to get us to imbibe more. 80s Rock soundtrack was grating. Overall felt like a factory food hall, won’t go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We always love this place, but the servers are getting lax. They toss the prefix menu at you, don't follow-up to see of you need anything, and don't make eye contact.

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JK
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The prix fixe menu and high quality of food and service make Medium Rare a seamless and enjoyable evening out. We were there for an early New Year's Eve dinner, and the meal was both special and easy-going. Lots of couples, families with children and neighborhood friends -- all in a good mood and eating up every bite!

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k
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places to eat! The food is always great along with the service and atmosphere!

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M
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great beef, salad, bread and Moscow mules! Beef was cooked rare / medium-rare and tasted better than most all other restaurants we have visited and better than home for once! We are very picky and have high expectations and this place met all of our requirements. We loved this place which included excellent service. Can’t wait to go back. Merci beaucoup!

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s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Medium Rare fails precipitously to live up to its name. As a steak lover, I can tell you that Medium Rare doesn't know steak. They perhaps should change their name to "well done" because it certainly wasn't medium rare! (maybe a bad hamburger?) This place is more suitable for College Students who maybe prefer quantity over quality. The prix fixe menu is basically fires with hamburger meat. There is no way you can call that steak! A family night at Outback or MCD's would be better time and money spent.

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s
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite dc restaurants. They do a great job with birthdays.

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good steak, exceptional service, will be back soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience, wonderful food, I couldn’t have had a better night

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

delicious food. Weak drinks. Very loud. 98% of the people were between 22 and 29.

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M
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The manager, Paul, was extremely friendly and accommodating. Thanks to him. The food was very good, although the menu is limited (5 options or brunch, all of which involve steak or sausage, although Paul agreed to substitute a portobello mushroom option for a vegetarian friend). Steaks were done exactly as ordered. Frites were good. Eggs were particularly delicious. Drinks were good and bottomless but VERY light on the alcohol. Loud but not too loud and crowded but not packed in. We are already planning to return.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Friends birthday celebration

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C
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We like this restaurant for the good food and a good price.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Manager was exceptional. Waiter, hostess, and food ( dry meat) were anything but

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OT
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great steak, great price, awesome service

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SB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Virtually no menu choices. Delicious sliced steak with a very good sauce. Fries were great. Salad a little wilted. Probably sitting around with dressing on it. Very reasonable.

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MV
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Hostess was very good, fast and able to accommodate a special request table. After 14 minutes at the table we had to flag down a waiter as we received no attention. Service was mediocre at best. This place has really gone downhill rapidly. Food was ok, but second service was overcooked and server was very rough.

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TB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Always excellent, Medium Rare was a hit with my friends this weekend. Following the mantra of "keep is simple," Medium Rare excels at steak frites--you even get a second serving! I've been at least a dozen times, and will keep returning for years to come.

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DC
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I booked reluctantly, being vegetarian, but had meat-eating friends in town and wanted to entertain them. I wasn't aware that Saturday brunch ONLY offered the prix-fixe menu or I would have chosen elsewhere. The waitress was not terribly accommodating although she did allow me to drink coffee while my guests dined. She offered me no options to order something a la carte and while the menu states there are veg options, she only threw out hesitantly "we have mushrooms" when my friends, not me, said I was not a meat eater. My friend's "bottomless" drinks were not refilled and I wasn't offered the option of buying a drink. I had to stop the waitress to get a second coffee. It's extremely noisy. My guests said their steak frites were ok but not better than that. Overall, quite a disappointment.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Satisfying meal and pleasant atmosphere. Good service albeit everyone gets the same meal. Upcharge on the bottled wine was high.

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OT
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and a great deal on the three course meal. Great night out with friends

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R
Baltimore
44 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They only serve one thing....steak frites....and they do it the best of any place we have found! If you don't like steak frites, DO NOT GO! If you do, it is an absolute MUST! The sauce is crazy good as is everything else, the warm bread, the salad, the steak and the fries! Best in the USA.....by a mile!

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A
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ray our server was terrific, helpful and friendly, but not too much so. He helped to make the evening special for us. Thanks.

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N
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, great service (everyone really friendly!), great meat, fries, wine and dessert.
And the music was not too loud this time! (a 6pm booking :)

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FH
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Always a fun dinner...good food, nice wine, accommodating service.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday - waiter remembered our group. Incredibly nice and attentive.

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JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The staff here was amazing, especially the manager Paulos. He took excellent care of my table and even when the table nearby was a bit rowdy he did what he could to make up for it.

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C
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A good neighborhood gem, with friendly staff. Efficient service.

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TD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. The Cleveland Park location is the best location of them all. The French toast is amazing!!!

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TB
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service, limited menu. Food was good, but I didn't realize there was only 1 option.
Service was fast, friendly and simply outstanding!

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SC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Medium Rare is like Five Guys for steak instead of burgers. Limited menu with everything just right with tremendous value.

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P
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Music not necessary but it was turned down when requested

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HW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food here is delicious! The special sauce is aptly named.

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s
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Medium Rare is one of my favorite restaurants. Everyone I’ve brought there has enjoyed it also. It is terrific for all ages.... child friendly.

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OT
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our Waiter! Everyone was nice to us from the minute we walked in and it continued throughout our service. Would recommend to friends

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food...bottomless mimosas were continually filled! Never had to ask for anything...will return!

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