Medium Rare - Arlington

4.5
664 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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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
3 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
110 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
18 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.

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Kimber
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply fantastic!

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vipLikestoeat
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Took our daughter, husband & 2 grown grandsons to get together before leaving on our family vacation, to discuss last minute details. They loved it as much as we did the first time we went.

Service with wonderful. Very attentive, but the food was fantastic. As my daughter said,”it is all the things I like the most in one meal. The steak, shoestring for, salad with a great light mustard vinaigrette & the bread & butter, like you get in France.

We shared a slice of key lime pie & carrot cake. Both were tall & delicious.

My only complaint is that a group of guys, way over on the other side of the restaurant were so loud, we could not hear ourselves talk at our table. They left shortly after & then it was fine. I think the high ceilings bounce sound across the room.

Despite that short period of noise, we had a great dinner & evening. Thank you.

Judy Tigner

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vipLikestoeat
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious . Enjoyed everything, from the steak, cooked to perfection, crispy shoe string ff, my favorite type, the salad, especially the dressing ( my husband does not like salad, but cleaned his plate) & the best bread & butter.
Desserts looked yummy, but too full to partake. Maybe next time.

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AllieW
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was good but I suppose service goes a long way for me. I felt like the attitude was to get rid of my group as quickly as possible. It’s never good to feel like you’re a burden while dining out. I did not expect perfection but did expect better.

LM
LaMarseillaise
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We tried the brunch at MR for the first time and unfortunately the food and the service were not as good as dinner. The bottomless mimosas were fine, but I'd rather have my meat and fries topped off (which they don't do at brunch).

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GretchenS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was good. Meal was yummy. Carrot cake - delicious!

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Anno
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We sat outside and it was full of trash. Not very appealing.

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SylviaF
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food is pretty tasty. The ambiance and service are like a fast food place, but that’s understandable for the price.

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KatrynaC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made a last minute 3-party reservation on Father’s Day but it was for my sister’s birthday. We were sat 10
minutes prior to our reservation and we’re able to get through our service in within an hour! The food was delicious; the strawberry Tito’s drink was well made and the second round of food was a delightful surprise. I’ve worked in hospitality and mother (who was also present) owns a restaurant. We were both thoroughly impressed by how well executed the service was. We can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Went for Father's Day. Had a reservation but when we arrived, they had to "find a table" for us. The hostess seemed very good though and the entire staff seemed to really be working hard, but maybe a overwhelmed. Got stuck with tons of extra dishes on our small table because there was no one to clean them off promptly between courses. The food though -- horrible! Got their "famous" steak and egg benedict. Tasted more like liver than steak and both husband and I felt like we were eating canned dog food given how it looked. Very soupy with essentially raw eggs on top. It was bad. Fries were good. Fruit and parfaits were good. It was super loud in there -- playing heavy metal on a Sunday morning with a family crowd celebrating Father's Day. Even husband (who loves heavy metal) commented that it was odd. Don't plan to ever return.

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Danihel
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Great deal on brunch drinks! The food was decent overall. What does stand out is the French toast, which was a huge portion!

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AshleighH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had a reservation and was seated in about 3 minutes. But without a high chair. Understandable because it was Father’s Day. Server was nice. Forgot a few things but again, understandable. Food was amazing as usual. Sat outside which was fun! Especially with 2 young kids!

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vipJoshG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Waiter had zero experience. Nice kid but needs a 101.

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vipJDinDC
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The salad is good, with a nice dressing. The bread is really good - classic, crusty French style bread. The steak and sauce, as well as the fries, are quite tasty. The portions are small: the dinner plate is slightly larger than an appetizer plate, but smaller than a dinner plate - presumably to give the impression that the portions are large. But the steak is sliced really thinly and fanned out, so is is probably 3 to 4 ounces by weight. They do provide a second helping, but even with that, the total serving is probably not more than 6 ounces of meat. The service was incredible slow. For a restaurant with no choices (except for drinks or dessert), you would think they could get the food out at a decent pace. But it was about 40 minutes from arrival before we got out salads and about 55 minutes from arrival before we got our steak. The drink service was also slow. Some of the servers were quite friendly and helpful, but some (surprisingly the ones who appeared to be in charge) were less friendly and in some cases had some attitude. Overall, it was a good experience, and I likely will give Medium Rare another chance in the future.

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CHalx
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We were disappointed the meat was not as tender as in past visits. The salad and frites were great. Our cocktails were under-whelming and costly.

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Danielle
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food. Server was very attentive to our needs. Highly recommend.

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Shell
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time at medium rare. Our server was fabulous! The food was also fabulous! We will definitely be back. It was a special treat for out of town guests to enjoy it as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Our waiter was cut but forgot to turn the table over to another waiter, so we sat for 20 minutes, waiting.

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RohanBagli
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to go! They forgot it was my birthday but it was a great experience otherwise.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Slower service to tables, especially waiting on check and drink refills but overall fantastic

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BrianC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Some of the wait staff had a hard time remembering that we preferred carbonated water as opposed to “still” water, and kept trying to refill our glasses with the latter.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Always have a wonderful meal at medium rare restaurant. The meal is great for the value. It can be noisy at times inside seating but it’s a great restaurant to go to.

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vipPizzaman
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food and concept. Steak was not as tender as it normally is at this place. But we will still be back.

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MeaganK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took the family for a special birthday celebration! The kids loved it-especially the “second round” 😉 we will definitely come back again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The wait for our food took a long time. For a pre-fixed meal for 4, we were there for 2 hours

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food, loud music

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vipMsMeghann
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Three of us were there for brunch on Saturday. Take note, they kick you out at exactly 90 mins from your reservation time, not 90 mins from when they seat you. I get the need for table turnover but it seems a little silly to be so timely while I’m mid-bite but not when my party arrives to be seated. While the food is fine there are too many other options to be so rushed.

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LaMarseillaise
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the food and service, but I really don’t enjoy shouting to be heard. I will go back for takeout, or outdoor seating though.

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BrianC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Service was attentive, and the mood at the restaurant seemed fairly upbeat.

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 664 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.