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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

86% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (16)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
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Good for a Date (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Fun (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Great for Brunch (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Authentic (5)
Cozy (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Business Meals (3)
Hot Spot (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)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Great and simple dining. Would recommend to all my friends and family.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Casual, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Medium Rare is amazing. The food is delicious and cocktails/wine is superb. Even on such a busy day our reservation held true, and we did not have to wait past our time. The busy-ness of the holiday did not take away from all the staff's demeanor and attitude. The wait staff is so incredibly friendly and has world class customer service. Our server Daniel was attentive, witty and courteous.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Outstanding Value, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2017

At Medium Rare, there's one thing on the menu, and you better like it, because you'll get two servings. I don't think anyone can complain about getting two servings of steak frites for $22. 'Nuff said.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 13, 2017

This is a good "bang for you buck." The steaks were cooked exactly how everyone in my party requested. We were not aware that there would be a second round of steak frites included in the dinner. It was delicious and we also tried their dessert menu. Be warned their portions are huge and we should have taken the waiters advice and ordered just one.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on February 9, 2017

Great food and a fun atmosphere.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 5, 2017

Very good value for DC

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 5, 2017

Eating there is always great. Our go-to restaurant, when we're too lazy to think about where we should go – and that's quite frequent!

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Outstanding Value, Romantic, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2017

I've been here three times and I have loved it every time. This is a steak place, it is all they serve in terms of entrees. The waitstaff for the most part is amazing although some have friendlier personalities than others. The steak is always cooked to perfection and I love their secret sauce! It's a fairly simple meal but it is incredibly delicious. The price point is amazing at $20ish/person. And I love how they serve half your steak while they keep your other half warm until your ready to eat it. This is becoming our go-to date night. The only thing I don't like is that it has low ceilings which makes the place look small, and it is pretty loud with all the chatter from other diners.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Fun, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2017

Excellent food and service; convenient location; very limited neighborhood parking; excellent simple menus. Definitely noisy - the music is just too loud for conversation; excellent price.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Casual, Outstanding Value
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2017

The food, the service, is always consistent which is was what I really enjoy! It does get a little to eneregic either the noise level and the music but
I do like eating there!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2017

Medium Rare never disappoints. The service was outstanding and the food was perfectly prepared and delicious, as always!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 30, 2017

As long as you like bistro-style steak frites, salad and bread, you'll like Medium Rare. Very satisfying meal.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2017

If you like steak and frites, this is you're place to visit. GREAT staff and good wines too.

Tags: Seasonal, Afternoon Tea, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 17, 2017

Fabulous experience as always! Staff, food, wine selection - all perfect!

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2017

Went for brunch. It was very busy but the service was great. My friend and I shared Benedict and French toast. Both were excellent. I enjoyed the bloody marys as well.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2017

Excellent fries!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 11, 2017

love the steak and salad...great fries too...excellent servers too

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2017

Good service, attentive waiter. Food was good, definitely a good deal and a nice way to spend the evening with a friend catching up.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 4, 2017

Great restaurant! Worth going there. There is a set menu but the food is delicious!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 3, 2017

Great food!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2017

The steak was good quality and so good! Our server was very attentive as well. Love having brunch here, it really is the best!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2017

Good food, quick drink refills

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2016

This was my second time to medium rare and I have to say the first time was better. Though the food itself is fine, how it was done was not. Our steaks, though ordered medium rare, were very rare, and my boyfriend couldn't even eat his, even after sending it back to be cooked more. It was also paper thin, hardly any meat. Furthermore, we were handed our steaks before even getting our salads. It's a good place but careful when it's busy. Also the music was up wayyy too loud.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2016

Great food, great service, great price, great ambience. We all really enjoyed it

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Outstanding Value
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2016

One of the best restaurants I've been to in DC.
The steak is amazing!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2016

My mother's favorite place to visit while in town. We've decided the time to make reservations is at opening. Great service, great portions, fresh bread, and no lines.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2016

Love the steak and sauce here! Noisy and hectic, so keep that in mind.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2016

Summer our waitress was so friendly!! And the steak was out of this world!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2016

Medium Rare is a hit every time. The food is outstanding and the service always attentive. I wish this place was closer to home because I would be a regular.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2016

Always a very good meal that is served quickly!!!!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Casual, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2016

We had dined here before and this second time around was just as delightful as the first time. We have tried the same concept at a Newyork restaurant and was pleased to know that this local Medium a rare provided a better experience! The bread was crisp and fresh. The salad was simple, small portion but enjoyable. The steak was thinly sliced and perfectly cooked. Our server/manager Daniel was best in class! We will come back for sure!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2016

Hell of a deal... Definitely get reservations and don't eat too much before you go!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2016

Simple and delicious -- they do only three things, but do them extremely well!!

Tags: Outstanding Value, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 19, 2016

We had an amazing time at Medium Rare. The food was amazing, and the special sauce in particular was delicious-- if it were appropriate, we would have licked the plate. We have already made reservations to come back again!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 18, 2016

Always a reliable restaurant....very tasty but simple salad, great crusty bread and melt in your mouth steak!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 15, 2016

This was our second trip to Medium Rare, and I definitely liked it better than the first time. The steak is good/good enough; the "Special Sauce" tasty if not special; the fries and bread truly outstanding; the salad good. At $20 and change for the prix fixe, it is truly a value.

Main problem is noise. This was a Thursday, not a hot night for dining out, and the noise level was ear-boggling; we had to either shout or lean over the table (and half-shout) to be heard. Not much the restaurant can do about that except add sound-deadening stuff or space out the tables, and I'm sure management does not want to do the latter.

Helps to treat the place as a Happening and go with the flow.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Outstanding Value, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2016

I loveeee it

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 13, 2016

Simple menu, great food, great staff. Love this place.

Tags: Casual, Fun
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 13, 2016

Relaxing, one menu choice - beef strips (several refills on meat, french fried potatoes and bread). $20. Good value. Very basic ambiance.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 11, 2016

Great brunch. Decent price. Food came out fast

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