Medium Rare - Arlington

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$30 and under
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Steak

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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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Sun 9:00PM - 10:30PM
Mon - Sat 5:00PM - 5:45PM 9:00PM - 10:30PM

What 336 People Are Saying
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M
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect including my Cosmo,the salad, fries, mushrooms and sauce with it, the bread and butter, and the steak and secret sauce. I wish the steak had been more tender but it was good enough that I will return often.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual, a great meal!

D
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

With one main dish as the menu, mediocre wine and limited bar options I will not return.

CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to go! Service is friendly, food is consistently good.

B
New England
39 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Medium Rare is a great place for steak and frites. It is basically their signature menu item and it is well worth the trip. Service was excellent as well as the food.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We did not expect so many children dining.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience1

Double charged my card and my partners.

J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We were hoping to find our new go to steak house following the closure of Ray's the Steak. Not to be. Medium Rare was good for what it is and quite affordable. Unfortunately, with only 1 steak and no vegetable options, it will not be getting me back as a regular.

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and good price. My husband and I always enjoy coming here.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food at Medium Rare never disappoints! We’ve been to this location twice and the service is always fantastic. Save a bit of room for the carrot cake!

R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Bad food. Oblivious service. Manger with nasty attitude.

KD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

There was nothing about this dining experience that I liked.

S
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, venue, wine, and value for the fixed menu made for a special evening. Do a first date there. Well worth it!

TH
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food was delicious and we enjoyed trying the brunch since we previously had been there for dinner. Delicious yogurt parfaits.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

cheap food for cheap price. has it’s place but don’t expect great food

W
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

GREAT value and good food. Loved this place! We had a great server. The food was good and a great value for the price. I loved the simplicity of the menu and the quality of what we got for the price. We will absolutely be back!

E
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A neat fixed menu concept that will have us coming back! We loved having seconds on the steak and frites.

S
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fixed menu and pricing was interesting and a good value. Food and service was excellent! I'll go there again.

PM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We really enjoyed the food, value and setting. The only negative was that it was way too loud and hard to hear people across the table.

a
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

All was good. Really enjoyed our dinner. Delicious.

R
Washington DC
102 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just a great stop along the way. First time in and we will definitely be back. Steak was good, portobello good...great server! Very nice!

l
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I’m sure what happened was an unfortunate accident but a fly crawled out of my salad while I was eating it. The salad was quickly replaced with another one but by then I had lost ny appetite for the dalad.
I thought the featured part of the meal, sliced steak was a little tough to chew. Seconds were served promptly and the waiter handled the requested special occasion very nicely. If they worked out the salad issues and the cut of meat I would have rated it a 4.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun and unique idea, good for a date, definitely know the deal before dining!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent and the secret sauce certainly added to the steak, without overwhelming it. The apple pie was delicious.

CK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I would like to see a better salad! Fresh and crisp is important!

LD
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I stopped by on a Sunday brunch... loved the layout and vibes when you first walk in. It wasn't busy due to football games being on so it was the perfect time to go. My server Danielle K. was beyond amazing. I was able to try both Medium Rare's Famous Benedict and Steak Frites but preferred the Steak Frites with eggs. The mimosas were a great touch because she definitely kept them coming and that's what I like. This won't be my last time coming back because the service here is on 10... all for around $30!

NF
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

SLOW DOWN! I appreciate good service as much as the next person but every time I go to MR I feel like I am
Rushed - I don’t get a chance to enjoy my cocktail before
My salad is thrown down in front of me and then here comes the steak min later. Maybe it’s because the menu is so limited or maybe it’s because I dine at 8:30pm and the server is ready to go home (close at 10) but I am tired of being hurried , so will probably be my last time there, because I have a lot of other choices in the area that will back off and let me enjoy a few min of down time and time to talk with my date.....

M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to Medium Rare several times and I'm never disappointed. I will continue to go for a tasty steak and fries meal whenever I'm craving it!

JM
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for my birthday with a group of 14. It was my third time visiting this location. Great food, service and atmosphere! They accommodated one of my guests' vegetarian diet/dietary restrictions as well. The bartender also made fantastic drinks.

a
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific foods. Terrific service. Terrific price.

DW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steak and grits were awesome and the surprise seconds really made it complete. Excellent bread and grilled mushroom and an absurdly delicious key lime pie top it off. We’ll be back!

HW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Medium Rare was awesome! We celebrated my husband's birthday there and had a great time. The staff were excellent and friendly and the food was DELICIOUS! They know what they are doing. Medium Rare will definitely be one of our regular places from now on. I can't believe I didn't try it sooner!

TC
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

All good except for Belgian Delirium Tremens draft beer @ $12.00 in a 10 oz. tulip glass that was half beer and half foam. Drink something else and buy DT at your local beverage store.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If all you want is good grilled steak and fries and a very reasonable price - this is the place!!

IS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

First time at Medium Rare: steak over cooked and served cold

ES
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Only have one set menu so if you don't like steak and french fries (not sure who wouldn't!), this isn't for you. Will definitely be returning.

LC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very good and portions were generous. Very relaxing atmosphere.

SL
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What I love about Medium Rare is you know exactly what you're getting. The simple menu keeps decisions easy and who can complain when the food is done right? Great place for us meat and potato people.

KB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great value. Good food. The salad, steak, fries and wine are excellent.