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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.0

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (21)
Fun (13)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
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Good for Groups (12)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Good for a Date (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Great for Brunch (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Authentic (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Cozy (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Disabled Access (3)
People Watching (3)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Romantic (2)
Tasting Menu (1)
Business Meals (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Bar Seating (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

The server was attentive and very helpful. Entries were very good, wine was what we were looking for. Desert was excellent (carrot cake and key lime pie). Overall good experience.

Tags: Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Very, very disappointing. It's hard to imagine how a place can go wrong serving exactly one thing: salad, bread, steak, fries. Yet all but the salad were bad--and the service, while eager to please, was poor, too.
The bread was so crusty I feared for my teeth, the fries were so crispy I could have been eating twigs, and the steak was oversalted and meh.
I asked for the sauce (they have one kind) on the side, but my meal arrived with the steak and frites drenched in sauce. The server felt bad and brought me another plate with sauce on the side (they serve seconds of steak and frites on request, so this wasn't as big a deal as it sounds). I tried the sauce, and was glad I'd gotten it on the side--it added nothing, and was also too salty.
Great concept for a restaurant--but a poor execution!

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·Dined 7 days ago

The Conn. Avenue location of Medium Rare did not disappoint our group of four hungry meat-eaters. The price fixed menu of steak, fries, and salad, was just what this budget-minded group needed for a casual Sunday night Birthday and we were totally satisfied. Highly recommended.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

Food was good. Good steak. You wanted the seconds. Could be slightly more tender but still flavorful. Fries were nice and crisp and hot. Nice. Perfect sized portions with the built-in seconds. Good model.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 9, 2018

The food was pretty yummy and the carrot cake was fantastic. Only think that leaves you wanting more is having a couple extra options in terms of food. Cool experience though.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 8, 2018

My boyfriend and I went to Medium Rare to celebrate his birthday, and we had a great time. The service was, the staff was extremely friendly, and the food was amazing. Also, it was great value! We definitely plan to come back soon.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We had a great brunch on Sunday. Great steak as usual. Enjoyed the bottomless mimosas. Loved the salad and bread. It was very busy and noisy but we enjoyed it just the same. The only complaint is that the poached eggs were under cooked and the whites were runny. Didn't need the carrot cake but it was well worth it. Gum was a fun touch as you can see from the picture.

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We were searching for a bottomless brunch spot. Medium Rare has a price you can't beat. Their menu is very limited. My husband and I ordered the steak and eggs Benedict. It was covered in gravy. It was tasty, but way too rich for me. I would visit again, but I would definitely specify that I want my steak plain. It was a very heavy meal!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Great for Brunch, Casual
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves here. My best friend and I were celebrating our birthdays and can't wait to come back.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

My younger son told me it was a great place. He and his Georgetown Prep friends have been there on many occasions. My older son and his friends took me to medium rare for my birthday. I had a great time! Thanks

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 3, 2018

After a disastrous visit a couple weeks ago with family, pleasantly surprised to have the service we have been used to. Great service - enjoyable evening.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Everything was perfect. Favorite restaurant to visit when in town. Loved the hot cider bourbon!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Diners should know that menu is one size fits all....only choice is how you want your steak. But it's very tasty for the price. (Can't compare it to a traditional, expensive steak joint.)

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great food, great service, easy ordering, fantastic quality.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Casual, Fun, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Very nice place for a casual meal. Nothing special but then the price is right as well

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Always reliable, dependable and delicious bread, salad, streak and fries. This is go to place for our family!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Unfortunately the noise is overwhelming.
Speakers full blast which makes conversation almost impossible.
The tables are too close to each other,
but not to worry about privacy, since your neighbor can't here anything you say to whomever is sharing your table.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Medium rare is my choice to go out to eat. The food, experience, it's just terrific.

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Steak is NOT what it’s cracked up to be. Very poor slice of meat for steak considering it’s the only choice on menu.

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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 20, 2017

I visit every time that I am in town. I love this place.

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Delicious steak and salad and fries! Generous portions! A bit too loud for me - crowded on a Tuesday evening.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 18, 2017

My guest, a frequent visitor, agreed with me that the steak slices seemed thinner and less flavorful. That was a disappointment. And the server came around with seconds after what seemed to us a long time, that is, a while after we finished the first.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2017

The steak and frites were delicious. We requested sauce on the side, but the waiter delivered steak with sauce on it. This was immediately returned to the kitchen and corrected.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Solid neighborhood restaurant. Food nothing special. Service was excellent.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2017

One thing on menu so you know why you are eating there. Not fancy but consistent.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Great vibe and excellent food. Perfect for those who like a simple menu. Steak salad and frittes. That’s it and it’s great.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Casual
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Overall a disappointing experience for the 4 of us: the noise level was way too high (the table was situated next to a speaker) making conversation, even very casual, difficult. In addition the called "culotte" cut of meat (sirloin) was not as expected tender, but tough and stringy, with unchewable edges. Fries were not crisp but rather flabby.

Service was attentive.

Medium Rare should do much better.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

I used to be a Medium Rare fanatic when I lived in DC. I moved away a couple of years ago, and every time I go back to visit I do my best to visit Medium Rare. I think it has been going downhill for the last year or so. The dinner is good still, but this time we went for brunch and my boyfriend got the eggs benedict. It literally tasted like dog food. In addition to his meal not being good, the floors felt as if they had been waxed like a bowling alley. I almost fell 3 times. Also, the women's bathroom was filthy. Next time I am in DC I don't think I will come here.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Service was terrible. Not what we have experienced over the years.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Made a 6 pm reservation for the family on a weekday. They know their process well and executed it perfectly. The real benefit is quick service (due to the limited menu). The steak and their bread was great; salad and fries were good. It filled up by 7 pm, which elevated the noise level but it was not unreasonable. If you want less noise, show up early.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Good food. Great service. Perfect for a group of 6.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 16, 2017

service was lacking a bit, gnats were everywhere, food was cold, we were not told about cocktails or any specials. super disappointed in the level of service we received and the quality of the food. the fries were amazing and prepared to order but the meat had clearly been sitting a while...

Tags: Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2017

A reasonable price for steak and fries. The salad was a little tired this time but otherwise what I expected. The kids love the desserts.

Tags: Casual
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 8, 2017

In a world of sameness, it is refreshing to find someone doing something different. Medium Rare is just one of those places. It is like going to your friends house for dinner and they are a good cook. Food was very good and done well. Yes, it is tight seating so it gets loud. Little heavy on the pepper and fries could use a little more refinement but for the price, it is a great meal. We will be back for sure.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 7, 2017

If you like 2 helpings of good steak, fries, and a salad at a fantastic price, Medium Rare is your place. It only serves one thing: steak, so you order your drinks and your steak temperature and that's it. And because they only do one thing, you get a great price at about $25. It is a great place for groups! Give it a try!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Diners should know ahead of time that this restaurant offers only one set menu: mediocre thin cut flank steak, decent fries, and a totally insipid salad. Price is good, but if you want a real steak, with other options for those who prefer lamb or fish or something else, go to a real steak house (and pay more). Pop music on the restaurant's speakers was way too loud, making conversation difficult (why do restaurants feel like they need to pipe in music at all?). Free seconds was nice, and our server was efficient, but if you go here, know what to expect. It's not Morton's.....

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 5, 2017

A group of 3 had brunch on Sunday morning. The service was pretty fair, and they kept the bottomless drinks filled up decently. Two of the others first courses came out (salad and fruit bowl), but the yogurt parfait ordered by myself did not. I asked the server to just bring me a salad, after the others had finished their first course.

The steak was good (perhaps from the delicious sauce) and temperature was cool, we ordered it medium rare. One of the other servers notice one of my friends glass was cracked, which we hadn't noticed. She replaced it with a larger one.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

We were visiting from Europe and wanted to eat a good steak so we made a reservation at the "Medium Rare" without knowing that they are offering only 1 preset menu. First we were a little astonished but that soon changed to complete satisfaction, as the 3 course menu turned out to be really excellent starting with delicious bread, very good salad and excellent thinly cut meat in a delicious sauce and great French fries. Also the apple pie we shared was great !
The stuff was really nice and friendly, too ! They even ran outside in the heavy rain for organizing a taxi for us !
We are sure to visit again some day !

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 24, 2017

One of my favorite places in the city! Great for a casual get together or a date. A little loud, so I would recommend sitting outside if possible.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Fantastic place for a birthday!

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