Medium Rare - Arlington

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$30 and under
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Steak
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 8:30PM - 10:30PM
Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:30PM - 10:30PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 5:45PM 9:00PM - 10:30PM

What 325 People Are Saying
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R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Bad food. Oblivious service. Manger with nasty attitude.

S
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

PM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

All was good. Really enjoyed our dinner. Delicious.

R
Washington DC
100 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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

LD
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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
29 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific foods. Terrific service. Terrific price.

DW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

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

ES
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

SL
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Steak was great as usual. Upset the elevator from the garage wasn’t working. When I said something to the host she said “I guess that’s not good”. Otherwise love the place!

JA
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. We had a fun birthday dinner for my adult daughter. We sat outside. Our server was super friendly, attentive without being pushy and everyone enjoyed themselves. Food was delicious!

K
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere here! Very relaxed and inviting, yet minimal. Also, our server, Erica, was OUTSTANDING!

JP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We went for brunch, and I was quite surprised by how small the portions were. We also took advantage of the bottomless mimosa's, and they were very watered down.

LF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been there several times. Never disappointed. Love the food.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my fiancé’s birthday with friends and everything was fantastic. Wine, food, and service were top notch. Definitely recommend for a special occasion or an outstanding everyday meal.

A
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The meat was too thin for steak frites that it doesn’t even look like a medium rare color steak. The drinks were a rip off! $10 for a bottomless but it just tastes like orange juice with nothing. The fries were the only thing they did right. Our server kept on forgetting to refill our drinks eventhough she was the one who offered to refill them.

EG
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Other than the hostess not checking us in and then reporting us to OpenTable as a no-show, it was fine.

C
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The steaks and the potato fries are extremely salty. Not a place for those with high blood pressure or low sodium diets.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Poor service

F
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

It was our first time to medium rare, our order included one well done and two medium well, the salad was great , the stake in the first patch was delicious.
The 3 stars were for the Service because they did not bring the bread until we asked! We have waited more than 10 minutes for the second patch , and it was cold and all were well done none were medium well! Honestly, we were discussing where to go to eat after finishing !
For a Steak sure I would recommend it to a friend but I believe I won’t come back for the same experience .

GW
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great concept, great value, great evening out. I will come back many times.