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Medium Rare - Cleveland Park

4.6
901 reviews
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$30 and under
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Steak
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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.
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 901 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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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Medium rare was fabulous. Our friend is s chef and was incredibly impressed.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Always a favorite! Quick service, GREAT food, perfect place to grab dinner!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Great spot with a 1 item menu amd great drinks. Make it a must do on my annual business trip to D.C.

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3.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Food and service were great but the NOISE level was really extraordinary. Some work on buffering sound with wall covering would really help this place. I would love to come back but we couldn't hear each other without yelling and after a while it got uncomfortable. Cocktails were great and food excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

I have been coming to Medium Rare for years and will keep coming back. Solid service, amazing steak and frites. You know what you are getting when you come to the restaurant and they never disappoint.

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Dinner with family, good service, consistently good food.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I didn't like it. I like the simple menu idea but the food was average at best. The restaurant feels cramped.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I brought my family here for graduation dinner! Everyone loved it! No complaints! My favorite restaurant in dc!

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Sat outside ...outstanding service...they keep bringing food! Highly recommend it😁

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

The patio is dog-friendly which is a plus. The menus is fixed, but delicious.

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

The food is good, as are the unlimited mimosas for brunch. The problem is that the portion sizes have gotten smaller over the years. I still recommend this place for a nice brunch before a trip to the zoo.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Was recommended this place by a friend, so when we came here for a trip decided to give it a try. The flank steak was amazing as well as their sauce. Sat outside on a beautiful spring day and couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

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1.0Dined on April 25, 2018

So dissatisfied and disappointing!
The the meat was tasteless and dry even medium rare w pink on inside!
Very very chewy and w lots of fibers...
QALiTy if meet sucked !
French fries were very oily !
Salad was smallllll!
Bread was amazing !!... but I didn’t come to have the delish bread ...
so not coming back unless they get good quality meat !!
C mom.. it’s a steak place !!! Get the good steak to be proud of your establishments...
perhaps they are still riding the wave of pple taking about them .. perhaps it was good once ?
I was recommended about a year ago .. so tday is not the same place it was ??

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Fantastic!

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

No decisions except how you want your steak cooked! Great service! No pressure to get out. Tasty meal. Only challenge was the noise level was quite high.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Very simple menu. What they do they do really well. The second helping of steak frites just makes you feel like you haven’t been home for a while and mom and dad want to splurge on you a little bit!! Not a bread guy at all but this bread was fantastic. Will add this to my short list of DC restaurants that I must go to when I am in town.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

A very enjoyable evening. Excellent food and drink. Excellent service.

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2018

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 on April 19, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

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 on April 15, 2018

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 3, 2018

Great place for a good meal

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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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