Medium Rare - Arlington

4.7
606 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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience, service and food.

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vipWasteOfTimeAndMoney
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience1

It could have been due to Mother's Day and lack of employees due to the pandemic, but it took way too long to be seated for our reservation where we were on time. We sat outside since so many families with loud children were indoors. This made us believe it is not a steakhouse. Two employees at the front desk couldn't figure out the computer system and at one point gave up/ignored us to handle UberEats orders coming in. When we asked if we were being seated we were told, "Oh yes, right this way." No apology for ignoring us/the computer system. We sat down and it took a solid three minutes before the waiter swung by. The table, water glasses and our two menus were all dirty. We immediately placed our order based upon the front desk/server response time. We were served two salads (#2 on the menu) that were meant for another table that was seated right before us where they had received the artisanal bread (#1 on the menu). We asked about the artisanal bread and could tell the waitress delivered the salads to the wrong table. The artisanal bread came out immediately and shortly thereafter our entrees (#3 on the menu). The table had no room. Despite this, our dirty water glasses were not filled until we signaled the wait staff. Fortunately, we ordered a bottle of wine. We just scarfed down the food so our entrée didn't go cold and they came around to offer us more food pro bono, which might have been nice if the service before wasn't rushed. We ordered desserts that were huge. Not sure if they are normally huge or if they felt bad over the service. We live nearby and it will be a long time before/if we go back.

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AshleighH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Always a great brunch option! The French toast is insanely good, and a huge portion too!

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vipMikeB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Brunch at Medium Rare is worth it. Great poached eggs and sausage and excellent Bloody Marys.

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vipJenniferS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow great place for a vegan option!

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vip23dal
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It's a fun place with good food and very good desserts.

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Davin
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Medium rare is the best value for a meal in the whole city!

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vipEVAH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Good value. Service was somewhat slow for our table. Not the same sauce of famous similar restaurant chain in Europe. Decent sauce. Had trouble digesting though...

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vipReadThisReview
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great deal, great food, great service. Love this restaurant for the simple, but delicious menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Terrible service. Came around for second round of “steaks” less than 5 minutes after receiving first portion. Politely declined as our plates were full and they never brought out the second portion after that, just brought the check without us even asking. Felt very rushed and bothered by the fact that they actually had customers ...

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ACook
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Son birthday

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AletheiaV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second home is Geneva, Switzerland. I have greatly missed being able to get my steak, frites, salad, and wine meals. But with Medium Rare, I feel much better about the COVID situation because I can get my salad, steak, frites, and wine within easy walking distance from my home. Flavorful, easy menu, friendly staff, and an excellent selection of beers and wine. And the outdoor seating is actually working quite well.

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kennyd
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummmmy. I love the VA location. The staff and food was amazing.

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vipDavid
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and more volume than anticipated. Service was excellent. Location very convenient. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and even better food! Best steak and service I’ve had in a very long time. We will be back!

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vipSally
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a super time! The salad was soo fresh and nice. The steak and fries were terrific! We ate every bite and will return. We were there on a Thursday night and inside there were only a couple of tables taken. More people were outside, but it was rainy and chilly.

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LoveVeganFood
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was great, service ok. Service could be more professional, graceful.

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Dennis
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Simple and easy- making it perfect for good conversation over an excellent dinner.

LG
LaurenG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience for my birthday. It was amazing, the food, the service, all of it~

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious and you get a good deal on the meal itself but the dessert was very expensive and they charged us $17.99 for a side of fries for our 2 year old. Other than that we enjoyed our meal. The steak and fries with sauce was fantastic. The restaurant is very loud but that’s just the vibe there. There’s really no food for kids. It’s a brunch place for adults there is no kids menu. Overall I will return I loved my meal just a little pricey for some things.

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vipJohn
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

When you call to ask questions, you aren’t reaching the restaurant!

We have been going to different medium rare locations for a long time. During COVID, like many people, we prefer to dine in covered tents. I called 3 different times to make sure that we could be seated in the tent that is advertised on the website, Yelp, etc, and that the tent is closed on the sides/heated. The latter would not be a typical criteria, but it was very windy. I was told three different times, by different employees that we could sit in the tent and it is covered (including sides) and heated. When we got there... no sides or heat... and the wind was blowing over 20 mph. It turns out my calls were being answered by a call center that didn’t know the setup at this location. So, despite not really being comfortable with it, we had to sit inside. The staff did seat other tables away from us, and were apologetic. This should have been a question that anyone in this organization should be able to answer, but it was not the hosts fault.

Once we sat down the server was very friendly, and the food was great. The music was way too loud. It seemed to go down when we asked, but then kept going up and down. Staff didn’t seem to know if they could control it.

Bottom line: the things that staff at this restaurant could control went really well. Anything controlled by “corporate” failed at every turn (bad info from call center and apparently not trusting staff to control music volume).

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vipDanny
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been to Medium Rare many times, but this trip was a special one! And our server, Nicole, made it all the more comforting, hospitable, and fun for us to celebrate our special occasion. We'll be sure to come back again and again for the most dependable well-cooked steak and well-timed service that we've found in the DMV.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Overall we love the food and service. The music was too loud, it’s hard to carry a conversation.

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jessicaw
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was great. I go to Medium Rare for a good steak and am never disappointed. The only thing that could be better - the bread is hard as a rock and the butter is also hard/nearly non spreadable.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The steak and fries were subpar for the price. It was served in strips with unimaginative fries. The apple pie I got for dessert was a reheated frozen pie (or so it seemed).

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DJBphiladelphia
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just very good. Basic and well done.

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RebeccaF
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch spot in Arlington! It was our first time here and the staff was amazing. We will be back again!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quickly becoming my favorite restaurant to take guests to!

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Jennifer
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group of four had a great Easter brunch at Medium Rare. The food was delicious and the service was great. We would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We went for Eastern brunch, the food was not well prepared, seems fine in a rush. The poached eggs were almost raw with the withe part completely running.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing and the food was so delicious. We felt well taken care of the entire evening. We will definitely return and recommend other to attend as well.

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Rich
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place... Great food and you always get a doggy bag!

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VSF20175
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, but skip the mushroom dish. The salad course was unexpectedly amazing! Carrot cake was flavorful and moist. If you’re wanting steak frites, that’s what they do, and they do it quite well.

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vipClaudia
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seeing friends long time

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Karengg
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great value and delicious steak! Great service we enjoyed it and will be back

LJ
vipLamJam
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will be back again. Glad we found this place. Fixed menu, so it's real easy. Sit down order your drinks, tell the person what temperature you like your meat, and sit back and enjoy. Best part of the whole experience like some others that have posted is the surprise 2nd wave of food. For overall value its A++. Plus the food was deelish and the dessert was awesome. They serve good wine and our wait staff was very friendly prompt and courteous. My wife and I got their before 6pm on a Tuesday night so depending on your party size, the day and time I am sure your mileage will vary. Regardless, the best part of the whole thing for us was the bill. A wonderful value that left us full and wanting to come back. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Overpriced for what you get. We could barely get ahold of our servers attention all night and had to get up and track him down to get attention - ended up going to the host to grab our bill. Portions are adequate at best and the servers didn't seem to know who ordered what temperature steak, even though it's written right in front of them on the table. After our second serving, the server who came around to see that we had our second serving was almost aggressive in taking away our plates. Overall a terrible experience.

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vipJenLovesFood
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Our waiter was amazing. Food was so good and service was amazing, we will definitely be back

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vipDRock
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak and fries with friends = perfection!

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vipArlingtonGal
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We always enjoy Medium Rare. The food and service is very good. Only complaint - music is always too loud.

FAQs

Medium Rare - Arlington does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Medium Rare - Arlington also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 243-2020.

Medium Rare - Arlington is rated 4.7 stars by 606 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.