Medium Rare - Arlington

4.5
270 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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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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BF
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.

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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.

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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.

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Charleston
51 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.

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Washington DC
34 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.

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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!

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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

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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?

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OT
Washington DC
58 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.

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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 :)

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

The service and food were on point.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
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)!

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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.

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BS
Washington DC
18 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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TO
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I have been a big fan of Medium Rare - the one at Woodley Park. Just having visited the Arlington location, I was disappointed. The portions were smaller and the service was below average. The food was good but far less than I have experienced at the Woodley Park location. Not sure why.

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d
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and staff were great. Went for brunch and staff made sure our experiences was top notch

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BV
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The first thing my wife spoke of was that the place was spacious. Plenty of room and not a bunch of tables pushed together. We were able to be seated earlier than our reservation, which surprised us. Great spot to dine at and the view was awesome. MR is unique in that our food order was written on the paper table covering. When the food came, my wife and I both first spoke of the food looking good. It appealed to our eyes before we even picked up the forks. After, the apple pie and ice cream; NICE. Great location , good vibe, and MR will be placed in our rotation.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great place. A larger menu selection would be nice. With a larger selection of spirits.

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HK
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Dinner here is excellent. Brunch items are just so so. Of our group, the best brunch item that was ordered was the steak frites. Medium Rare does steak frites so well, there is not a need to order anything else.

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NF
Washington DC
1 review
Reviewed on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food service ambience

Reservation for two was at 7:15, and wasn't sat until 7:50. On top of that, they were about to seat another couple that came will after us. Noisy, and overall the service was on the slow side. Server was attentive, but the time to get your second helping of steak and a few fries was way too long. It's strong in value, the fries were amazing, and the steak is good. Not great, but good.

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JH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Bar service is great! Especially when there was a party of 30+ people -- staff, you earned your money Saturday! Will visit again!

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W
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

So predictable with its limited menu but it’s very good. Modeled after a Paris restaurant that I went to (they don’t like admitting it) but it’s a recipe that works. Steak frites with salad, a French staple dinner with a great Bordelaise sauce, when u r in the mood it’s great.Carry on, I will be a regular!!!

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OT
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great find! Food was excellent and a very nice surprise that they bring out more. Will definitely go again on my next trip to Arlington in 3 weeks.

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WM
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second trip to Medium Rare while traveling on business. Great food and great service will keep this on my list of restaurants to visit whenever I'm in Arlington!

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PS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great value, highly recommended. One of the best around.

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JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this restaurant was amazing. The food was cooked perfectly and the wait staff was very kind and attentive.

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EJ
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love you guys , I’ve come a couple different times with some friends , will be coming back. Steak and fries can’t be beat.

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NA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

If you are only going to have one entree, then it needs to be perfect. The steak was fine--I'd serve it at home without embarrassment--but it was not enough to hang a whole restaurant on. The bar did not know how to make a French 75 but rather than say so, they swung and missed. The portobello mushroom side, however, was very good. I wouldn't refuse to eat there, but it is surrounded by much better options if you can get a table.

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JV
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I first discovered Medium Rare when they opened a branch in Virginia Square. Since then, I have eaten there half a dozen times, and it's been great every time. The service is great and most importantly, the steak is awesome!

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AD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

This was my first visit to Medium Rare and I while I could accept a fixed menu I didn't think the food was very good. The salad was bland and the steak and "secret sauce" didn't taste very good. Based on price and the fact that they only cook steak--should've been much better. Very disappointed...not going back.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

If your group likes steak and fries, it is a great place/value. Not strong on service

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JK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This was our second time at Medium Rare. The first time we didn't know that they serve the meal in two "portions" so we had them refill at the table and then ended up taking some of it home. This time we told them to box the second portion up at the beginning, which was a mistake. We didn't get the rest to take home until well after we had paid the check, and the portion seemed to be much less then what we would have gotten in the restaurant. I would consider going back, but wouldn't tell them to box the rest in advance.

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A
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We love to come here for a casual, inexpensive dinner. The food and service are always good. Keep in mind that the restaurant is a bit on the noisier side and for whatever reason the entire floor feels sticky, which I’ve gotten over.

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OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The service was terrible. We waited 30 min for the salad.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent but it was too loud to have a conversation or hear the server.

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KL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Not a fine dining steak. Quick casual steak restaurant. If you are looking for fine dining steak house, please go somewhere else. Also, it is very loud and hard to have a quiet conversation.

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JB
Washington DC
116 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Valentine's Day was so much fun here!!! Food is out of this world good and they bring you more of it!!!! I wish they'd explain that since it was our first time and didn't know. I highly recommend this if you enjoy steak!

BTW the table comes with a madlib!

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L
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional food quality for a reasonable price. Ambiance a little too modern for our tastes, but not off putting. Highly recommend.

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f
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time! Glad I went for my birthday! Had a group of 8. Seated in time. Food was great! Drinks were great!

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