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Medium Rare - Arlington

4.5
4.5
908 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Steak, American, Steakhouse

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 2:30 pm–11:00 pm Sun 2:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 243-2020

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Private party facilities

    For inquiries please give us a call.

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington

  • Cross street

    Nelson Street

  • Parking details

    We also provide free garage parking in our building

  • Public transit

    Virginia Square metro station across street

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 908 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. ME

    MostafaE

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I had a very painful experience just today. Hi My name is Mostafa, I visit the Arlington site at 5:45 pm on August 8, it is my wedding anniversary, and I was with my wife. We ordered our meal, then we ordered a dessert to share, after 10 minutes the main waiter came to our table with the receipt and a takeaway box. In quiet I paid for the meals and put my desert in the box, I think the restaurant is full and maybe he need the table but the place was empty when the guy get back to give me back my card I asked him why you gave me the receipt and the takeaway box while I did not ask for them I felt he push me to get out, and he answered in a quick I did not mean it, then he left me. The total time I spent in the restaurant was almost an hour I left the place angry and unhappy, your main waiter unpleased my day and this is not acceptable.
  2. f

    frank

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    good steak, French fries and desserts. music is too loud - hard to have a conversation without raising voice.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was great. We wanted to sit inside since it was hot but the music was a little too loud inside so we sat outside. Noise level was ok outside.
  4. w

    wandawiles

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    delicious steak frites delivered by friendly staffers
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was 10. It’s a 10/10 every time we eat here. The service is great, the bread is warm, the steak is cooked perfectly, the fries are unreal, and the sauce is crack!!!
  6. BG

    BethG

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The concept of this restaurant is amazing- no menu. The menu is steak, fries, salad, bread and all you need to decide is how you want your steak cooked. The bread is a traditional crusty French bread, the salad has a light and delicious vinaigrette, the steak sauce is like a peppercorn sauce that is out of this world and the fries are to die for. And all this for $26.95. It is by far the best value in the whole DC area. Run, don't walk, to the nearest Medium Rare. There are three locations- Arlington, Cleveland Park and Bethesda. This concept is modeled after a famous Parisian restaurant called L'Entrecote, and it may even be better!
  7. AW

    AlisonW

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    Fantastic meal and service! There were some screaming small children with parents who did nothing about it that was unfortunate. But we loved the food and wine and special birthday dessert. Would recommend!!
  8. JA

    JoyceA

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an incredible and most delicious meal. Our waiter was fabulous and we were able to sit outside which was great.
  9. R

    Rose

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Jenny was amazing! Very friendly, very quick. Would totally go back
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently delicious!
  11. CS

    ColleenS

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2
    The service was pretty bad including taking our plates while still eating. Felt more like fast food than a sit down experience.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    My fiancé and I absolutely loved Medium Rare. Usually. Our most recent visit was a pretty awful one. The bread came out stale, the salad looked old, the meat we got had a horrible greyish tint to it and the gravy we had for the first round was watered down. We still ate it because we drove all the way from Reston to enjoy the meal. I think the biggest disappointment was the chocolate cake (which had actually been the main thing she wanted) was old and dry. We’ve eaten here multiple times and will probably give this location another chance but honestly? I don’t know if we should. On top of the food being subpar, our server was very absent and short with us the whole time. Just really an unpleasant experience especially when we have had such great experiences every other time we’ve been here.
  13. JP

    JoanneP

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great ambiance. From dinner to dessert - delicious!
  14. AA

    AllenA

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    Two steak surprise!!!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The waitress seemed bothered by having to be there. The food was pretty good… not as good as previous visits.
  16. D

    Disappointed

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was great and the server very courteous but it took a while for us to get service (at least 20-25 min from the time we sat down). Very busy, which was ok, but our waiter had a lot of tables to wait on, it could have been better. Food was excellent, as always, just that one comment. Other wait staff came by but very sporadically (get us water, etc). Seemed the service was overwhelmed. Again, the waiter was very nice but definitely way too many tables for one person.
  17. R

    Rose

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent, ie. Service, food and atmosphere.
  18. SS

    ShivyS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great value for price. Steak and fries were great. Solid drinks too.
  19. GD

    GinaD

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    It's been about 2 years since I last dined at Medium Rare. It doesn't seem to be quite as good as it used to be. I will definitely go back, fingers crossed it was just a bad night. Still giving food 4 stars though because that sauce is amazing.
  20. JH

    JeffH

    Washington DC

    93 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great bread, a salad, and TWO servings of great steak and fries? Works!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    For a steak place, I was expecting the steak to be out of this world. The seasoning was nice but aside from that it wasn’t anything special. The food was good, but could be better.
  22. M

    Marty

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Medium Rare is always a good experience. This time we saved room for dessert. We ordered the apple pie with vanilla ice cream. It was definitely worth the calories.
  23. JH

    JohnH

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Greeted with a smile, had our choice of seating and chose outdoors. Food is always very good, and service is as well. We’ve dined there a number of times and the experience is very consistent.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and food. Recommend!
  25. H

    Happyhappyjoyjoy

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious as always! Consistently good food & service! Busy as it was Father’s day - beautiful night so most tables brought outside (ours was from inside & wobbly). A little slow getting to us for each step in service, but understandable as it was packed & we booked it last minute. No bubble gum w/ check?!;-) Used to love that touch.
  26. LI

    LINOM

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This was our first visit to Medium Rare. If you don't know, it is a fixed price restaurant, meaning the menu is set. The meal consisted of bread and butter, salad, and the main course of steak and french fries. The bread was crusty and chewy, which is how I like it, though it was light on taste. The mixed green salad, served with a light vinaigrette dressing was good. The fries were lightly crispy and the steak cooked to our specification, rare for me and medium rare for my wife. The portion served was not large but was adequate. To our surprise, as we were finishing up, out came a second serving of both the meat and fries. The wine and liquor selection is limited. Before the meal I had a Gin Collins and my wife a Prickly Pear sangria. With dinner I had a glass of Pinot Noir. As with most house wines it was adequate. For dessert we shared the 7-layer carrot cake and coffee. Although I know carrot cake can be sweet, this one was almost too sweet for me and had little carrot taste. Unfortunately the coffee was lousy (this was confirmed by a friend who regularly frequents Medium Rare. Despite that, we'd go again as the meal was pretty good.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience3
    Service was good, food portions were poor
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, Great food, great French pickup line tutorials in the overhead speakers in the bathrooms. 🤪
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    The location is nice and the set up is very attractive. Servers were attentive and helpful and replaced the scrambled egg dish promptly and with apology when we complained that it was undercooked. The food unfortunately was not as good as other reviews indicated (scrambled eggs undercooked and runny, steak fries seemed like frozen fries from a bag, and French toast was runny and undercooked but tasty nonetheless). Two of our dishes had hairs in them (coffee cream and French toast). The yogurt parfait was excellent. Very disappointing experience for the price overall. I will note that no one in my party ordered steak, so it is quite possible that their steak dishes are great and are why others enjoy the restaurant!
  30. F

    Farkle

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great, the prices for what you get were on point. Overall would definitely go back!
  31. DC

    DCmom

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Salad and special sauce were the highlights. I expected the steak to be a bit more substantial but the flavor was very good. Overall, nice dinner with a teenage boy.
  32. J

    Jrzeygrl

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We went for dinner for my husband‘s birthday. Food was absolutely delicious. Service was a little spotty. They forgot my husbands mushrooms and it took a while to come back to the table to check on us and so the mushrooms are delivered well after he had finished his meat. Food was absolutely amazing and the ambience was great. Will definitely go back!
  33. c

    cnn1

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    Outside there were packs of kids running around, parents not taking care of them. We complained to the hostess (who was great!) and asked to move seats. Inside is kind of dusty, had weird deep track rock playing loudly, and overall just not on par with what you’d expect from a steakhouse. There is only one thing on the menu, and we could see it on other people’s tables and it looked unappealing. If you only cook one thing, I’d think you’d do it well, but I wasn’t willing to sit through a dingy, expensive, and loud dinner for a sad looking meal. We were at our table for about ten minutes and no one had come by yet, so we decided to bail. Maybe the food is actually amazing and on a different night would have been lovely, but the vibes were off.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toledo

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    First time at the restaurant after seeing on social media and it was overall a good, not great experience. The bread was great and the salad was fairly average. The steak was pretty good but honestly the portions, despite getting two, were fairly small for the price - I’m not even sure it added up to 8 ounces. I also wish there was an alternative to the fries. Not a place I would frequent, but just another dining option in the area.
  35. K

    Kimber

    Minneapolis

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’d happily go back and feel a little sad that I am only in the area for a visit. Other reviews give the low-down on the logistics, so I won’t reiterate here. I’ll just add that the servers were all great and prompt. And it is truly delightful to be almost done with your main and have someone show up to refill your plate with hot food. What a great idea! I will definitely hope to be back in the area soon!
  36. AS

    ArminS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing restaurant with delicious set menu. Saves the hassle of deciding what to order. Steak and frites were phenomenal
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Graduation
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    It was a unique dining experience with them having a set menu. It was sort of like going to someone’s home for dinner and there being bread, salad, steak or mushrooms and fries with several dessert options. Simple dining, good value but nothing special or fancy. People had their dogs outside with us at the tables so it was a very laid back scene while we were a bit overdressed for dogs to dining with us outside. Nothing special, a decent place to grab a bite to eat.
  39. MI

    McInva

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very good service in a nice outdoor setting with plenty of tables.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food best bang for your buck.

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 908 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today
Google Map for Medium Rare - Arlington

3601 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22201-2352

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Nelson Street

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 2:30 pm–11:00 pm Sun 2:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steak, American, Steakhouse

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    We also provide free garage parking in our building

  • Public transit

    Virginia Square metro station across street

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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