Medium Rare - Arlington
Great ambience, service and food.
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.
Always a great brunch option! The French toast is insanely good, and a huge portion too!
Brunch at Medium Rare is worth it. Great poached eggs and sausage and excellent Bloody Marys.
Wow great place for a vegan option!
It's a fun place with good food and very good desserts.
Medium rare is the best value for a meal in the whole city!
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...
Great deal, great food, great service. Love this restaurant for the simple, but delicious menu.
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 ...
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.
Yummmmy. I love the VA location. The staff and food was amazing.
Good food and more volume than anticipated. Service was excellent. Location very convenient. Highly recommended.
Amazing service and even better food! Best steak and service I’ve had in a very long time. We will be back!
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.
Food was great, service ok. Service could be more professional, graceful.
Love this place. Simple and easy- making it perfect for good conversation over an excellent dinner.
Great experience for my birthday. It was amazing, the food, the service, all of it~
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.
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).
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.
Overall we love the food and service. The music was too loud, it’s hard to carry a conversation.
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.
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).
Just very good. Basic and well done.
Best brunch spot in Arlington! It was our first time here and the staff was amazing. We will be back again!
Quickly becoming my favorite restaurant to take guests to!
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.
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.
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.
Awesome place... Great food and you always get a doggy bag!
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.
Seeing friends long time
Great value and delicious steak! Great service we enjoyed it and will be back
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!
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.
Our waiter was amazing. Food was so good and service was amazing, we will definitely be back
Steak and fries with friends = perfection!
We always enjoy Medium Rare. The food and service is very good. Only complaint - music is always too loud.
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.