Medium Rare - Arlington

4.6
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$30 and under
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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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.4
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4.3
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4.5
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Quiarra
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great Service, Great Price, Great Vibe. Amazing time!

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MariaS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were delicious. We will definitely come again.

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Delish
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal with attentive (but not overly attentive) wait staff. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing. Everyone that came to the table had a smile and met our needs. The carrot cake was delicious!!

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MikeM
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place in Arlington/ Ballston area, just go you won’t be disappointed

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PappaDubs
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The outdoor tables were well spaced and since the menu is fixed there's no need to handle one. Our drink server was excellent but our food server seemed a little too busy to give us 5 star service. The steak with the sauce is the best!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Compared to pre pandemic the portions were smaller. We were put by the bar. Just raise the price if you need to or offer an option

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RichardB
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed having our meal at Medium Rare for our anniversary.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

We asked for the menu couple of times, we didn’t wanna eat brunch, they served sirloin or New York strip sliced , people were drunk left and right swearing it kind of felt like a Friday night bar. Not a good place to enjoy food.

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TimothyB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great night (10.3.2020) at Medium Rare. The patio is spacious, heaters are deployed throughout to keep you warm, and people are seated reasonably far apart given COVID. Everyone was masked up and gloved up, and the staff were clearly well-trained.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love Medium Rare. Always great service and good food.

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Taylor
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a dull moment when visiting Medium Rare. Absolutely love the environment, staff, & food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was incredible and the food was amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been there many times and have never been disappointed...

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Andrew
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great concept, very unique! The most delicious Steak Frites, generous portions, nice dining room with good service, and incredible value!

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Gabz93
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress Nicole was really helpful and nice!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I wish I didn’t have to write a negative review because the staff was really nice... however, $120 for what was basically French fries and chewy steak was disappointing. For a place that has a single main dish (steak), we expected better quality.

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vipmichelle
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and had a great meal. Server was terrific, food was great. Lots of protocols and hand sanitizer. Our server wore gloves and mask. Great evening!

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Abdull
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

ONE Thing wasn't good the salad wasn't fresh. Although, other dishes were good.

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MARYELLENG
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cofounder & Manager were wonderful to deal with & helped arrange a special surprise from a distance. Manager Chris is a great guy & very accommodating. Everyone was pleasant fun & professional. Outstanding place!

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Andrea
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great value for money. Nice venue, courteous staff. A fixed menu with salad, an OK steak with a worthy special sauce, very tasty fries, and optional mushroom, probably my favorite dish.
Chocolate cake is a massive piece of delight.

Very good social distancing practices, all staff wearing masks and gloves, no menu. Could have contactless payment options.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was amazing - the service all around was very friendly which made this birthday celebration very special!

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NancyM
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Warm, welcoming service. Ample sheltered outdoor dining.

JB
vipJoanB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time in two weeks. Delicious food. Love the simplicity of the dining experience... and, of course, the seconds. Terrific service too.

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JArlington
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Pricing was unclear, even with the benefit of the doubt I think we were significantly overcharged when we did the math after the fact. Tip may have been included in the single item "BASE" price that was listed (we were not splitting the check). It felt like we paid 20-25% too much, I would have been worth it at the original price but at an average of $50/pp it was not.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The meal and service were great!!

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christianb
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal, set menu but steak never disappoints.
Good mimosas

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vipCestleBrie
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had brunch at Medium Rare to celebrate my partner’s birthday and had such a great experience. We sat outside which was a completely open patio that had a tent for inclement weather. We split a bottle of champagne with mimosas and the food was excellent. This is definitely one of the best brunch deals in town for a high quality dining experience for a special occasion!

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Olivia
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Medium Rare never disappoints! Good COVID protocols with distancing and seating outside under a large tent. Quality of food was great.

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vipRZ789
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was great!

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Rharha
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious. No complaints and the Bloody Mary was marvelous

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vipRebeccaW
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Outdoor dining was nice. Maybe an additional fan for a gentle breeze as it was humid. Mentioned birthday occasion but did not receive any other recognition from restaurant.
Menu could be extended a bit more for brunch to include baked items?

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vipAlexandria1013
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have plenty of space for outdoor seating and do a good job of taking all the necessary COVID precautions. Even though it was hot outside (over 90 at 7pm), it actually felt very pleasant outside because they're in a shady area and have covered the outdoor seating area.

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DavidH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent and waiter delivered a special treat for our birthday guest!

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Dinner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience3

My Medium Rare steak was overcooked.....twice.
Everyone at our table ordered their steaks Medium rare with the exception of my son who ordered his rare, and the steaks were all inconsistently cooked. My husband had a few medium rare pieces, while my steak and my daughter's stead were almost well done.

We were so disappointed because we really wanted to like the place we didn't even consider having dessert.

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AstridP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Celebrated a friend’s bday for brunch. The service was excellent! Even the Manager stopped over and greeted us. Superb service and the BDay girl had a great time! The only two issues I have is that I emailed ahead and confirmed upon arrival that I have a Gluten allergy, however, I received my Benedict dish on top of a slice of bread. I had to send it back unfortunately. I then ordered the steak and eggs (steak medium rare) but the steak came slightly overcooked, but still tender so I ate it. Because I had to reorder after everyone else received their dish, I didn’t feel like sending it back. Overall good experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Chewy meat.

SG
vipSusanG
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Server was great. Host was not welcoming at all. That is a shame because the host is your first contact.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, especially the bread!

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Steph
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I had the steak frites and fruit salad. The fruit salad wasn’t very good but the rest of the food was great!

FAQs

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

Medium Rare - Arlington is rated 4.6 stars by 486 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.