Medium Rare - Arlington

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296 reviews
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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 carefully selected wines, spirits, and draft beer choices. We offer an off-menu vegetarian option. Yes, we do serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday with a great prix fixe including "The Best French Toast in DC", Steak and Eggs, Eggs Benedict and bottomless bloody Marys, mimosas and screwdrivers.
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JA
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. We had a fun birthday dinner for my adult daughter. We sat outside. Our server was super friendly, attentive without being pushy and everyone enjoyed themselves. Food was delicious!

K
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere here! Very relaxed and inviting, yet minimal. Also, our server, Erica, was OUTSTANDING!

JP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We went for brunch, and I was quite surprised by how small the portions were. We also took advantage of the bottomless mimosa's, and they were very watered down.

LF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been there several times. Never disappointed. Love the food.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my fiancé’s birthday with friends and everything was fantastic. Wine, food, and service were top notch. Definitely recommend for a special occasion or an outstanding everyday meal.

A
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The meat was too thin for steak frites that it doesn’t even look like a medium rare color steak. The drinks were a rip off! $10 for a bottomless but it just tastes like orange juice with nothing. The fries were the only thing they did right. Our server kept on forgetting to refill our drinks eventhough she was the one who offered to refill them.

EG
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Other than the hostess not checking us in and then reporting us to OpenTable as a no-show, it was fine.

C
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The steaks and the potato fries are extremely salty. Not a place for those with high blood pressure or low sodium diets.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Poor service

F
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

It was our first time to medium rare, our order included one well done and two medium well, the salad was great , the stake in the first patch was delicious.
The 3 stars were for the Service because they did not bring the bread until we asked! We have waited more than 10 minutes for the second patch , and it was cold and all were well done none were medium well! Honestly, we were discussing where to go to eat after finishing !
For a Steak sure I would recommend it to a friend but I believe I won’t come back for the same experience .

GW
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great concept, great value, great evening out. I will come back many times.

JB
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very delicious food and very nice taste. I would recommend trying out.

EB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

So delicious and such a good deal.

EL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is so good and our server was excellent. The key lime pie was amazing!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great value for the amount of food. Great steak!

MS
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Quite a pleasant surprise. The service and the food were both amazing. We also had the biggest hot fudge sundae I have ever seen. For a fixed menu restaurant, we did not walk away hungry!

RE
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! For dinner then even come around and give you a second portion

P
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Thanks to Medium Rare staff for making our birthday celebration a delightful one. The food (Steak, Frites, and Salad plus mushroom side) was fantastic. Desserts (Adult Sunday (with a sparkler, of course!) and Carrot Cake (divine!) tasted every bit as good as they looked. Service was attentive throughout. Thanks for making our evening memorable and fun!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints! Always delicious and a great choice for a night out.

P
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good service. I love the limited menu, steak and fries, salad and great bread. You get to choose how you want your steak cooked, that's about it. Simple. Went with a bunch of retired Army officers and everyone loved it. I will be going back when in Arlington.

LB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nothing super fancy or super expensive. Very tasty though! Great place if you’re just feeling steak and fries and don’t feel like spending much

JC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

My first time at Medium Rare with my friends. We had a great time. The food was delish and the staff was wonderful. Will definitely go again!

SF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Brunch options very limited and mimosas are more juice than champagne.

LR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was very professional and gave great service to our friend with special needs thx!

VD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Solid experience. Service was very good. My first piece of steak (rare) wasn't made to my liking and they quickly made another.

p
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time. Staff helped celebrate an engagement with champagne and special desserts

BF
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Staff was courteous. They tried to seat us in noisy area which is not good for a person w hearing aids. The restaurant amplifies diners conversations so no table was good for us. We decided to sit at bar which was a great experience. The bartender took our order and was very attentive. There is one dinner served, basic steak, fries, salad and bread for $20.50. The cut of steak was salty so we assumed it was tenderized and it was served w a gravy and pre sliced. Seconds were offered. Meal was very tasty and a good value for diners who want a value steak dinner. With $12 glass of wine (overpriced) and $6 cup of coffee our meal came to $100 with tip. More than expected for $20 steak dinner.

JL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

What kind of steakhouse runs out of steaks? Medium Rare does. On Father's Day, we were told they were running low on steaks and could only give us one serving instead of the usual two servings. They reduced the price by $5, but that is ridiculous when you only have one menu item. This was just the beginning of poor service. Never filled water glasses and poured sediment into wine glasses and told us "that's how it's supposed to be." Food was fine but poor service and lack of food inventory was a huge turnoff.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

I do not recommend going for a holiday/special occasion. We went to celebrate Father’s Day and expected the usual service and value. They did not have enough food for the day so the portions were cut in half with only a $5 discount. Usually there are two full serving plates of steak. How is a plate full of steak just worth $5?? We were very disappointed and will not be going back for a special occasion. We had company from out of town and were hoping to show them a nice meal. It was a very big let down and horrible value for our highly anticipated Father’s Day dinner.

R
Charleston
53 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Second time to MR but first time to this location. Good food; not as good as I remembered from the DC location but nothing to prevent us from returning. Quick seating and attentive servers - an overall enjoyable experience.

A
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Came for Father's Day Brunch. Excellent Sevice. Brunch options were very nice. Flavorful.

GT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and service. The restaurant got busy and the service slowed down. I appreciate the idea of doing one meal really well!

CR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was ridiculously slow but they were all very friendly

V
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pre-fix menu is a great value itself as salad, steak and frites and rustic bread, they each taste so good. Whenever I crave for steak, I come to Medium Rare. The sauce for the steak is very tasty as well. Definitely recommend the restaurant for steak frites lovers!! Plus each time we receive friendly and wonderful service. What else could one ask for?

OT
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Drinks are limited and a little on the expensive side. Salad and bread were top-notch. Steak and frites were too salty for our taste, even without the heavy sauce. Dessert (carrot cake) was large enough for the table (4 of us) but average tasting.

JJ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were very early for our reservation, and they were able to seat us right away. Our server was great, made sure everything was right, and was well-balanced in her attentiveness (if this makes sense!). Everyone on staff that we interacted with was super. And they even brought us a birthday treat as a surprise. The food was delicious and my mom is now hooked on the secret sauce. We’ll definitely be back :)

MP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service and food were on point.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We sat outside which is much quieter than sitting inside. Service was a little slow and uneven but the food was fantastic (as always)!

MC
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great concept about limited menu. This was our second time dining here and will continue to return.
Restaurant has great food, great service and a great location near Virginia Square metro.

BS
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It's a great fix prixe menu, always great value for the price. It's always hot and tasty, plus you'll get extra portions!

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