Medium Rare - Cleveland Park

4.6
1503 Reviews
$30 and under
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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johnp
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

have eaten here many times before. the only issue this time was we ate outside. so you get traffic noise. everything else about the visit was as good as always

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vipDAWS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience2

The service was exceptionally poor. It was unlike any of the many times we have been there before.

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Madelen
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I went here for a Sunday Brunch. It was great service and food was okay. Not much options though on the brunch menu. The drinks and service were outstanding.

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JohanaM
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

I wish our waitress would have been more attentive, she barely checked on us. Also the first time I visited we got about 3 servings of steak and fries. This time we got 2 servings and it took forever for the second serving to come around. Other than that, the food was amazing!

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AndyB
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants I’ve been to in D.C. thus far. The food is very delicious, and the steaks were cooked perfectly. We were pleasantly surprised when they gave us another serving of steak and fries. It definitely helps to make a reservation as the restaurant was extremely busy.

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Mark
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Great concept and food was terrific. Very loud and difficult to talk to others at the table at times was the only negative.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

There were some hiccups with service and bill. The food and drinks were great as expected

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Belated birthday

JF
vipJakeFoodie
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My steak was cooked perfectly. The fries here are great -- thin and slightly crispy. The Bordeaux on their menu is an excellent wine . . . really good value.

KM
KM33
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One meal one price, and will visit again! Great service and enjoyed the spacious outdoor patio.

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vipShannonS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and service was great! Only complaint would be that the mimosas were a little too pulpy; but easy to overlook when everything else is great!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Been going to medium rare for years. I love the place. Thankfully the food is still just as good, but the service is getting worse and worse every time, which is sad. Being in the service industry it seems it’s a management problem, or lack there of.

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MadtownDairymaid
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was excellent, and outdoor seating very pleasant. Fruit was tasty though cut into chunks so big it was awkward to eat from the parfait glass. The eggs Benedict had something in them that tasted like bland ground mushy meat of unknown type. Not pleasant. The eggs themselves were good. French fries nice.

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vipCarolineK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, as always. Staff was incredibly friendly and accommodating! Even to my small dog seated with us on the patio. Love Medium Rare! Excellent service.

JH
JustHow
London
12 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The restaurant was very busy on a Saturday evening when the weather was perfect for outdoor dining. Despite a request for al fresco we were put in the back room. This is understandable for a group of 8 but there were several tables for 8 outdoors. The wait staff were very friendly but seemed overwhelmed. A simple order of multiple martinis for the table were delayed about 30 minutes. The birthday honoree was the last to get his cocktail at about 40 minutes after ordering. I must say the food (steak increased wait staff (especially if experienced and efficient) would make a big difference.

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vipDisneyDeb
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Had a nice meal price fixe menu of steak and fries. Food was very good for $25. I would definitely go back.

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JudeM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nico is a great waiter! The food is always good and the wine selection is nice and reasonably priced. Love going here.

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WilliamY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good experience! Very simple food prepared very well. Went on a Saturday night and definitely saw a lot of the strain of dealing with a crowded night. Employees did a great job handling it, but it was stressful to watch.

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Polkadot
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience1

A huge disappointment especially after reading all the reviews. It was like an upscale Ponderosa. Extremely loud and noisy and not pleasant! Very loud rock music blasting and I asked hostess to turn it down and she said the owner likes it that way. The kitchen and wait staff were extremely loud too, slamming dirty dishes, etc. The tiny portion was ok but I knew seconds would be served. I did have to ask for seconds.

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Yazid
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is tasty and the sauce is very good, but the quantity could be larger. The music is nice but a bit too loud for my personal taste, reducing a bit the volume would be ideal. That being said, I would still recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had to wait even though there was a reservation.

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vipDHWashDC
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was our first time back since the pandemic and it was even better than we remembered! A great birthday neighborhood celebration for my husband.

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vipSbeatty12
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a nice brunch - food size was somewhat small - but definitely enjoyable. We will be back. Nico was our server and he was super nice!

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mrb17
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and service was great! Music was just a bit too loud

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MarkTheKeep
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I got the chance to go to medium rare with my girlfriend for anniversary and it was fantastic. Our waiter Gabbi, was nothing less than excellent. His hospitality definitely set the tone for our great experience. As always the steak and fries were amazing. I try to medium for the first time and I was happy with the result. Highly recommend going back again.

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stuartM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The staff were superb all trying to be of assistance. The only thing which out-did the staff was the food.

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EricaD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My best friend had the best birthday brunch ever! Thank you to the staff for making it special

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team at Medium Rare was extremely accommodating and worked to make our evening very special. Shout out to Enrique our waiter.

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BWillis
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birthday dinner. Can always count on Medium Rare for great quality food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

For what you pay you get a lot. A great bottomless brunch! However, despite having a reservation it took 30 minutes + to get seated and we were definitely forgotten about. Probably could’ve used another host for the busy weekend shift

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vipAndrea
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food was very good. The restaurant was very busy and there wasn’t enough staff. The staff that was there was nice but they were not very good. I saw a couple walk out. A woman who was working as a hostess/bartender was wonderful. She really knew what she was doing but the rest of the staff were not very good.

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YUMs
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The server had her mask below her nose. That’s not a great thing these days.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great time eating with my family. Good service overall.

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Maddy
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The value for their brunch is incredible, the waiters were friendly and engaging

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Tally
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy ate experience when we visit Medium Rate. Food is always great and service is top notch.

MB
vipMarkB
Tucson
74 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Went here for brunch and tried the bottomless option with steak frites. Even though the steak was cooked past medium, the sauce and flavor were still there. Bread with homemade butter was really good. Service was good.

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RafaelS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Would have expected better quality since they are mainly focused in one plate (entrecote and french fries). It feels like they are rushing to serve you and rotate the table. Would have liked a more pleasant ambiance.
But in comparison to other meat/steak places in DC its affordable and fun

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StephenD
London
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The table service we very good. Our main issue is with the front of house and the restaurant policy. They don't let anyone sit down until a whole party has arrived despite our having a booking and arriving on time. Two of our guests were 5mins late. Anyway this means you have to stand around while there are empty tables everywhere. Pretty dumb since we would have bought a drink while we were waiting if it weren't for this policy and for the rude manner that the front of house dealt with our request (and the same from pretty much everyone else that arrived) to be seated since we had arrived. Seems to have the customer and the service idea the wrong way around. Will go somewhere else another time if the same person is there. Shame because the food is great!

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Susana
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, we love that Medium Rare has helped so many people during the pandemic. Thank you!

CP
vipCoachPaul202
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Medium Rare has become high quality fast food.

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Medium Rare - Cleveland Park is rated 4.6 stars by 1503 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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