Medium Rare - Cleveland Park

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Steak
Medium Rare offers a unique, prix fixe dinning experience of artisan bread; a mixed green salad; prime, dry-aged steak; and hand-cut fries (Vegetarian option always available) in a relaxed, fun, environment. Please allow us 15 minutes to seat you after your full party has arrived and after checkin at our host stand. As we do only one thing, we do our best to make the food and experience exceptional and also a good value. We also serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday's with a great prix fixe including French Toast, Steak and Eggs, Eggs Benedict and bottomless Bloody Marys, mimosas and screwdrivers. WALK INS and CALL AHEAD seating are always welcomed.
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JamieP
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is phenomenal! The food, staff, atmosphere — all amazing. Can’t wait to come back!

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vipGreat
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A very nice experience with good food and service. I congratulated the manager.

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HasanT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent, portion size is generous for the price. Only issue we had was waiting time to be seated, even though we had a reservation and arrived on time, we still waited about 20mins to be seated. Once seated, service was good and organized.

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vipDCfoodie
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

We had a reservation for 7:30 but were not seated until 8. They were very overbooked!,

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vipTerryP
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As always! Good food, good service!
What else could one ask for?!

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vipDarwinsPeeps
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to come when you want an excellent steak dinner with quality and flavor you can count on and you don't want to make any decisions other than what you want to drink or if you'll have a dessert. There's only one meal on the menu and you are going to want it all! Recommend going with the medium rare temp at Medium Rare. Food melts in your mouth with that delicious sauce that you want to dip everything in... Bonus tip: if you eat your first round of steak and fries, you get a second serving (if you want one). Don't say no to the bread -- it is to die for and you'll want to scrape up any remaining salad dressing with any crusts you have left. If you want a sturdy red wine, recommend the Malbec. Bon Appetit!

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MNL3
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time and everyone involved enjoyed it!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Dinner with daughter and husband
Food was exactly as expected
Very good fries were just out of oil
Servers were especially friendly and professional

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RachelJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious, tender steak and frites. Meal comes with salad and bread. Generous portions, took half home. Service was timely and friendly.

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vipDCApilot
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Reservation was at 7:15 pm for a party of 4. Ended up getting seated at 7:50 pm. Food and waiter service was great. A bit of a long wait to be seated.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

We had to wait 45 minutes from the time of our reservation to being seated. They were running wayyyy behind and everyone was waiting that had reservations

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DianeP
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always find exceptional service here. Staff are friendly and address special needs if required. Great value too.

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ElizabethM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Energetic vibe and friendly service. Was there for my birthday and had a great time. Thanks!

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DavidL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service!

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CathyR
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This was the first visit for my husband and me. I wish I could remember the name of our server because he was lovely. We thoroughly enjoyed our seat by the window, the fries, the secret sauce and our wine. The steak was okay. Our one big recommendation is do not heat apple pie to the point that the crust becomes mush.

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EllenS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First time there. Steak was delicious. But I thought portions would be bigger. When they said 2 servings of steak, I didn't realize the 2 portions would basically equal one regular portion. But it was very yummy food.

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GreedyFoodie
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Great spot, but not many options for brunch. You order from 4 entrees and that's it. Unlimited mimosas though!

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Brianna
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The service was fast, and our waiter did an excellent job accommodating us. The food was okay, not great not horrible—I’d give it a solid 3/5 but I expected more from a restaurant with such a limited menu. Glad I went and tried it, but probably won’t be returning.

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DCFoodLoverNYNJ
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Everything was fine until the manager kept walking by/looking at our table as soon we we put our spoons in our dessert. We weren’t overstaying the two hour mark and we ordered more food that we were in the middle of eating. It just made the end of the experience uncomfortable.
Our waiter was wonderful and had nothing to do with the manager rushing us.
I would probably go back but maybe to a different location with another manager... I would still recommend Clearlake park Medium rare to friends as maybe they would have A different experience.

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Argie
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I only meant to rate the overall experience, not the food as I didn’t get to eat there. We had reservations for 4 people at 8pm, we arrived at 7.53pm and they said we were early and that it would be about a 20 minute wait starting at 8pm. The number of people waiting ahead of us was large, we could tell the estimated 20 min was not true. I asked why didn’t they text us to alert they were running behind, the hostess didn’t care to give a proper answer or even apologize for the wait. I found it quite rude that arriving 7 minutes ahead of my reservation would be too early and that my wait time would only start running at 8pm. We decided to leave. At 8.35 pm I got a message saying the table was ready. I would have waited 40 minutes for a table I had booked in advance.

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Pete
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I've gone here 2 times in the past couple of months. Both times have been absolutely packed. So much so that a table for 5 people places the 5th person into the walking lane for wait staff and other guests.

The second round of steak was forgotten during this visit, and the server who helped us noticed it before we made mention of it and got right on it. The assistant who brought out the second round didn't have the steak done the way each guest asked, and we didn't make mention of it but just kept eating. The place was so loud we couldn't really hear each other.

Love the restaurant, and will absolutely come back for celebrations. It just seems that they're packing people in here to the walls or taking too many reservations beyond capacity.

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FFDD
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Quality food but very rushed service.

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Kerrington
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Steak as usual was good and the portobello mushroom option great for our vegetarian guests.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food and the waiter's service were outstanding, but the downside was the wait. Ee had reservations and still had to wait almost an hour to be seated.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience1

Even with a reservation it took 30 minutes to be seated on 2/15/20. Once seated, the loud blaring music was too much - I finally had to say something to management. Included that it was our wedding anniversary in the resi but was not acknowledged or celebrated by staff as birthdays and other celebrations were around us. We really love this place, but this time.....

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steak and a fun atmosphere!!

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JonL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, service, and experience. The place was crowded

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Had to wait an hour to be seated with a reservation

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vipVonn
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I always eat here 2 days in row every time we are in the area, about twice a year. We love it’s great Neighborhood feel and the food is the best!

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SabrinaT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

All though we had an 8:45pm reservation we weren’t seated until 9:42pm. Our server was great and accommodating

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Randall
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I have been to this Medium Rare at least a dozen times since it opened. The food is consistently delicious and the wait staff has always been attentive and courteous. These parts of the meal were no different this time around. Unfortunately, on this Valentine's Day occasion, my girlfriend and I had to wait more than 30 minutes to be seated despite arriving and checking in 5 minutes before our 7:45pm reservation. The restaurant had obviously over-booked for the evening but tried to blame the delay on their own customers for having finished their meals but not leaving the table. That started the evening off on a sour note. Other than the wait, everything was great and I'll probably go again because I do like the food, but only on nights when it is not expected to be busy.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I made a reservation for Valentine’s Day at 7:30pm. We arrived at the restaurant 5-10 minutes before our reservation and found the entire entrance area packed with others waiting to be seated. We crowded in with the rest of the people because it was chilly outside and we were seated around 8pm. Our food and server were both lovely, but it would have been nice to have gotten a complimentary glass of wine or dessert or even an apology for the extended wait time and lack of space to wait in (especially on a day like Valentine’s Day). Overall, we did enjoy the meal and I would most likely return, but not on a holiday.

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PedroM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The streak was so good and you get a refill! I will definitely be returning

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Valentines Day. We expected the restaurant to be super crowded which was fine. The food was great as always and the servers are really very nice. The main problem was they just brought out the dishes much too quickly. Before I finished my salad the first plate of steak arrived and before I was even halfway done with that the second plate arrived. I asked that it be brought back when I was closer to finishing my first plate which they did. If we had eaten according to their schedule we would have been in and out within 35 minutes or so. We will go back when it’s not a special occasion as we really enjoy the food and ambience on a “normal” day.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu is simple, the food is Delicious, and the staff is great. Without a doubt recommend.

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FafouDabou
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you want a tasty steak this is the place to go.

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MARGARETC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience1

The waiters at Medium are excellent. They can't control the noise level but they can control the music level.
But there is a theory among management that the music provides privacy to conversations at close together tables.
That's not the solution if the tables are too close together--I don't know that they are.
It simply means that everyone is yelling to be heard.
I'm not the only one with this opinion. It is widely discussed. Management should respond.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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DeeS
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was a nice experience. The food was tasty, but my steak was a bit gristly.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Great food but loud music makes it difficult to hear conversations. Front dining room is worse than second room.

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