Medium Rare - Arlington

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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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Sun 10:30AM - 11:00AM 2:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:00PM 9:00PM - 10:30PM
Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 6:30PM 9:00PM - 10:30PM
Fri 9:00PM - 10:30PM
Sat 10:30AM - 11:00AM 2:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:00PM 9:00PM - 10:30PM

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SB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We got there about 25 minutes earlier than our reservation, on Valentine’s Day, and were seated before a lot of people who had earlier reservations but came in late (so that was amazing). It took the waiter a while to get to us but was really sweet. She checked the ingredients for all the sauces and dressings for me (allergies plus dietary restrictions). It just took a long time to get our salads, then our first round, and our second round was even longer. The second round was smaller than the first which didn’t sit well with me, and was a little overcooked but it was still very very good. Pricey for only a culotte and thin fries but the quality was definitely there.

EE
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very busy Valentine's Day evening. Wait staff stretched; still a pleasant evening.

DO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience4

It was my first time visiting Medium Rare and I wasnt aware of the Preset menu. I understand that I was unable to substitute the side, but the steak was too salty.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time and good meal at Medium Rare. We discovered this restaurant several years ago when they had a location near Capitol Hill. Glad to see they opened a location in Arlington.

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Friendly and attentive staff! One of our favorite restaurants!

DL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Definitely a good place - honestly no complaints - no frills, everything is the same, no deviation steakhouse. Medium Rare does 1 thing and it does it well.

GH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Desserts were amazing and like the rest of the place, an awesome value. The cocktails were great but they only had one woman at the bar. She was awesome but slammed. Stay with beer, wine and neat pours.

VD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommended by a friend for food quality and value and it lived up to the hype. Our waiter was attentive and we were served promptly. Bread and salad were excellent starters. The steak and frites was outstanding. The special sauce was a mixed bag - half of us enjoyed, the other half didn’t bother using any, even for the frites. For our first visit, we had dessert. Kids had the giant sundaes and we enjoyed a moist and delicious carrot cake. We’ll definitely go back.

JM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m kinda sadden to give them 5 stars because it makes me worried that it won’t be as easy to get a reservation. Lol this place is awesome! Our waiter Chuck was on the ball, we had great service and enjoyed our time there.

FG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We were in town for my birthday and stopped by. We went to the Capital Hill location several times in the past, and it has now moved to Arlington. The food is consistently good. We were also pleased with our dessert choices.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was good value for money and the food is amazing

C
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An outstanding value for steak and pomme frites lovers. A great concept that I wish was mimicked by other restaurants.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Really bad service. Waited for almost 10 mimutes for server to take order. Drinks never came. Not planning in going back

SM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious; service was prompt. Noise level was a bit loud but nothing deafening. It was the perfect spot to celebrate my birthday!

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

very good for the money! nice salad, excellent, good shoestring fries (a little too salty); and nice helping of steak. please turn down the volume of the music (play mellow jazz or something quieter instead of loud rock music; it detracts from the delicious food). and for birthday celebrations, they bring your dessert with a lit sparkler on it it; very festive. look forward to coming back.

OT
West Virginia
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This has to be the best deal in the entire northern VA area. Amazing meal, plentiful portions, and friendly service.

S
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Understand that three is NO MENU at this restaurant. There is one meal. You get meat and fries. And a house salad. Dessert and drinks are extra. The prix fixe price of $35 was pricey for what we got. I didn’t hate the food but I won’t return.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time at Medium Rare! The food somehow gets better each time, and it was an easy food option with a party of 8.

P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Music too load. Service FANTASTIC by Chuck!!!

SH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is consistent and great for a casual, family dinner.

JD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

If you aren't too picky about your steak and want an "all you can eat" experience, then you might like Medium Rare. But, I found the steak and fries to be way too salty and the salad to be marginal (which is sad since it is the only vegetable). I also didn't care for how they provide you the additional steak and fries - they just kind of dump them on your plate from a platter.

Overall, not a great experience nor is it worth a return visit.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Awesome service. Will be back

MD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Service was great, it always is at any Medium Rate location I’ve been too. Before I dive into what I don’t like, I did like the screwdrivers and the yogurt parfait as well as the frites. The two items I was disappointed in were the poached eggs and the steak, both were over cooked. A poached egg should have had a running yolk and my medium steak was well done, both were still good and had a great flavor but I was disappointed in the fact that both items were overcooked; I could’ve overlooked one item. Other than that it was a good experience.

BB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Steak Benedict was a favorite at the table.

LB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

It was our first time there and we were very disappointed. Positives--1. We had a reservation, got there early and was seated immediately. 2. Salad and bread were served quickly and were good. After that, the night went downhill. Negatives--1. Took forever to get our meals. 2. Steak was a small portion and of a lower quality. 3. We noticed other tables were getting seconds so waited. And waited. And waited. Someone came to clear our table at which point we ask if more was going to be served. They apologized and a second, much smaller, serving came to ther table. 4. Decided against dessert after sitting for an hour and half with minimal sightings of our waitperson. (We did have another waitstaff from another table fill our drink glasses twice)
In summary, we'd go to a steak restaurant with better cuts of meats and multiple offerings for ther same price. A total waste of time and $$$ .

GW
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our visit to Medium Rare is always pleasant and fun. Such a simple concept that is expertly executed. We are never disappointed with the food quality. Although the cocktails are a bit on the mean side in terms of a pour.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

A simple menu that you just can’t go wrong with. Great steak!

r
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have been coming here for some time. As always, the food and service were outstanding!! I highly recommend this restaurant!

TG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always delicious food—a steal given the prix-fix. The special sauce is delicious, the fries are the right price and the salad is very tasty. Will go again to try the deserts

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a great time with a group of 10. Our guests had never been here before and greatly enjoyed the new restaurant. It was also easy to find on street parking at 530 near Medium Rare.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Can’t say enough good things about Medium Rare Arlington! This is our go to place to celebrate special
Occasions!

Food is consistently delicious! Service is amazing, attentive without being overbearing.

a
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great steak frites

D
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

This was one of the worst experiences I’ve had at a restaurant in my 7 years of living in DC. The restaurant makes one. dish. and they can’t get it right. Despite ordering medium and medium rare, all of our steaks came out beyond raw, like purple raw. The server actually even told us they were all cooked the same, which pretty much defeats the purpose of the entire concept of this restaurant. We sent them back and when they came out they were still rare at most. They brought my mom’s steak out with sauce on top when she requested it on the side, and on and on. The manager came over and said he would send us a gift card in the mail, but no one ever offered to take anything off the bill, and to date we’ve received nothing.

At the end, our waitress said she didn’t bring the check over because the manager was taking care of it, but then we got the check and NOTHING was taken off, so it took us forever to get our check for what reason I’m not sure. I’ve been to the Cleveland Park and Capitol Hill locations for years and always had a good experience. I had family visiting from out of town which made it all the more embarrassing how much I had been talking up this restaurant. Really disappointing and I don’t think it’s a one-time thing at this location. They really don’t understand what rare, medium rare, medium means, and it’s become more of an assembly line than anything.

AC
London
13 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing value for money. A set menu which comes with a house salad, high quality steak with fries, done well, and served twice. Yes you get one initial serving, only to have another round served again from a cast iron skillet. We also had the side order of mushrooms, which were superb as well. We even loved the rustic bread. All this for 23.95? What's not to love?

E
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Food was nothing special, steak was good, very small and thin. Service was slow.

CM
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First serving of steak was wonderfully medium rare, tender and tasty- better than the expensive steak house I visited the week before. Second serving (yes: a second serving of steak and yummy shoestring fries is standard) was well done and not nearly as good. One daughter declined seconds and got a to go box. Desserts are yummy. All around great value, nice but not stuffy. The evening that we visited the service was less efficient than usual. Glad they are taking reservations now- used to be a long wait.

h
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

DELICIOUS!!! Casual steak frites that are the best we've ever had.

DK
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Interesting menu. Will go back some day soon.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were a bit skeptical about the limited menu but everything was very good. I guess when you do one thing, you do it right ! Would definitely go back 😘

OT
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

This place has gone way downhill. A year ago it had great service and perfectly prepared food for a great price.
Last night, service was extremely slow (even though they have just one item on the menu). The steak was not the right temp, they never came back with the sauce, we aske specifically for a birthday candle on the dessert (right when we ordered the dessert!!) and they forgot. And to top it all off, they used to have several great dessert options. Last night, they only had ice cream left.

Sad to say I will never go back.