Medium Rare - Arlington

4.5
696 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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Milissa
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I expected more from a pre fixed menu and that's all they offer. The "secret sauce" wasn't very good.

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BarbaraK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit, very nice experience. Food and service was excellent. Look forward to going back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Very underwhelmed by the service - we waited 10 minutes or so
for someone to visit our table. Then they seemed more concerned with clearing our dishes. Enjoyed the food except dessert - chocolate cake was very dry.

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vipseans
Kansas City
17 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMFG!!!! What can you say, Medium Rare is amazing, if you’d like to take a trip to Europe, come here!!! Medium Rare reminded me of being in a wonderful little European bristo with phenomenal cocktails, the pre fix menu is perfect and the steak cooked to perfection. The “frites” are absolutely perfect, the “secrete sauce” will take you back to Germany or France! You can not go wrong with Medium Rare!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Dined under the tent and it was wonderful

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lisag
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

This was our family's first time at the Arlington location. I do not think i would go back. None of the staff were masked and the service was very very slow. We have been to both Bethesda and D.C locations and definitely prefer them. food of course was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Medium Rare never fails! Highly recommend!

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vipRyddles
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Delicious brunch and great outdoor seating. Good value too. The only issue was that they don't come by to ask about brunch beverages nearly enough. I would have liked to order a couple more mimosas.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Music was incredibly loud, we were celebrating a birthday and the guest of honor had to step outside for a break from the noise. Food was delicious though & the birthday candle was a fun surprise.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food quality.

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JerryK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great spot for an outdoor weekend brunch with bottomless cocktails and the delicious steak frites and fries that Medium Rare is known for. Note that due to VA law, the brunch drinks are 25¢ each, with the brunch price discounted $1 from the DC/MD locations. We've been twice in the last couple of months and will definitely be back again.

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vipPawmate
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Good food and value. Service was a bit slow. Very loud unless you opt for outdoor

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PaulS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a great meal. No regrets every time I dine there

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vipCabanaBoy
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steak, great fries, simple menu. Excellent value for the money. Generally easy parking in the area too.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was the nicest waitress I’ve ever had. Wish I could remember her name but she knew exactly when to serve us, take plates, and refill our mimosa glasses! :-) It was everyone’s 1st time except mine and they loved it and would 100% go back for food, service, and quality of atmosphere!

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vipEllie
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food as always was tasty and came out exactly as ordered. Service excellent. Wait staff so very friendly and happy! A great time was had by all. Oh and the cocktails were good as well!

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BC2017
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Simple works when you do it well and Medium Rare manages to make it's one offering menu memorable. The steak frites are as good as I've had anywhere in Europe and the sauce is over the top! Add in a delightful salad, attentive staff and fabulous desserts and you have a winning combination! We will be back!

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Mike
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to Medium Rare 2 times now and you never go away hungry. One of the best steak houses ever and their secret sauce is so delightful!!! When in DC I will always visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become our go to place for family special events.

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TennisFoodie
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was very good. Steak was good though portion size was a little on the light side. My 'seconds' on the steak was not medium rare as the first portion was - I'm not sure why they didn't ask how we wanted our steak when we were served 'seconds'.

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ScottA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good and a very good value in terms of your pocketbook. Overall, a very nice casual dining experience.

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MMcDonald
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to Medium Rare in Arlington and we couldn't wait to return. We sat outside under the tent and the evening was beautiful. The food was just as great this time as the first. Service was especially excellent - we did go early and that may have contributed, but our order went in fast, bread service came out fast, salads were right after, and steak and fries were there without hardly a pause. Our server kept my water glass full! That is important to me. We highly recommend this location and will be returning.

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vipJonathan
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve never had a bad meal here. The food and service are consistent, and it’s a pleasure to support a local restaurant that gives back so much to the community.

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GaryD
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant experience. Food was very good, as usual.

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MatthewR
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Servers were confused with seating chart. Multiple servers came to table with wrong order. Food was cold, fries were soggy. Overpriced and overcooked steak

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Chucky
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Loved this restaurant the first time, but last night the meat/potatoes were not hot. There was a long wait after we were seated too. So although I've recommended this place before, I cannot anymore.

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Mogadisney
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very reliable and excellent service. Family loves it.

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vipAinslieR
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitstaff did a fantastic job, very polite and efficient. The outdoor patio is a wonderful setting and we will be back again soon!

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ScottH
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary at Medium Rare Arlington last night and it was perfect. The staff was attentive, and food was delicious, and the overall experience was exactly what we wanted. It was the perfect beginning to a fun night in DC. Thanks, Medium Rare!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Usually a consistently good, reasonably priced dinner. Tonight the bread was rock hard, the steak wasn't the right temperature and the service was lackluster

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LoveVeganFood
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Good food, friendly service but a bit sparse. They could have used more wait staff to remove dirty dishes between courses.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Great food, really bad sound! Concrete floors and loud music made it hard to hear one another.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The music is a little too loud, hard to carry on a conversation. Normally the meat was tender, tonight meat was a little bit tough to chew. We still enjoyed the evening though.

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adventurousBUTpickyAt60ss
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We sat outside on a hot night but it was very breezy and comfortable. Medium Rare does one thing and they do it very well. I've stopped ordering Steak Frites anywhere else because I'd rather return to Medium Rare.

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vipReynolds
Washington DC
112 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great stop along the road.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The serving personal were prompt but not intrusive. Perfect
Food was excellent my dining companion had triple fries. They are that good. Remind me of fries. In Belgium

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vipsrussell3
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good steak, great fries. Friendly staff. Nice relaxing early evening meal

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Best deal ever for a boozy brunch

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday celebration

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ToddM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great tasting tender steak cooked just right and wonderful slightly crunchy fries! Table service was average- the young waiter took our order without noticing one of our places didn't have napkin & silverware set. Also they lost track of my Opentable birthday note. Lots of attentive wait staff so service was quick and we never felt forgotten.

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 4.5 stars by 696 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.