Medium Rare - Bethesda

4.4
776 Reviews
$30 and under
Steakhouse
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 776 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food2service4ambience1

Saw a RAT! And fries were cold.

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CristinaG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in DC. We always come here when we are visiting.

LK
LeslieK
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious. Second serving was a nice surprise. Definitely recommend

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Lewis
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The meal was simple but amazing! I especially enjoyed the diversity of its patrons enjoying a meal.

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JeffG
London
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience3

They deliver on their promise. If you want steak and fries, great. Anything else, pick someplace else. Steak is tender and was perfectly prepared. Fries were crispy. Sauce is outstanding. Had carrot cake for desert - very tasty although expensive compared to the rest of the meal. But steak dinner for 2, with a drink and desert for under $100 including tip? Great value and delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My children love this restaurant-they’re both home from college.

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BriannaM
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just awesome. That steak sauce was amazing. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Food was 3/10. Not the best

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Price for brunch is great. Good food. However, the noise level is awful. The acoustics don’t allow for any sound dampening.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were both excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was good, the staff overall was very good. It started out very well but after we were overlooked a couple of times for our meal, that was very off putting. It’s not like we ordered anything differently other perhaps temperature requirements for the meal. Watching others being served that arrived after us did make me question things a bit. It will not keep us from coming back however and overall we had a good experience

M. Jackson

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heatherm
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience at Medium Rare! We celebrated my son's acceptance into the Culinary Institute of America.

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vipBenz
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Appreciate the outdoor dining space w heater

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MaryW
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first experience with Medium Rare. Decided to sit outside since it seemed very loud inside. The service was prompt and friendly. Loved everything from the bread to the steak. Appreciated that they came around to offer seconds on the meat and fries. We will be back.

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vipBarto
Nashville
65 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience at Medium Rare! The service was great as was the food.

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Cindy
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Was interested if in trying the restaurant when I read about their meal sharing at Thanksgiving. It did not disappoint.

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GeovalioD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was me and girlfriend and my mom first time there and we loved it the service was excellent and me and my Girlfriend plan on coming back for a dinner date together!

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SteveG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A very pleasant experience in a moderately priced restaurant. Be sure you understand the extremely limited menu before you go. You will then enjoy the visit.

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vipLauren
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was delicious. The concept of having one set menu without other options is still so puzzling to me but hey, it works!

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JonathanR
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience4

The start of the meal was great. The waiter asked what we wanted to drink and we received our bottle of wine promptly. That’s when the service went down. We were asked how we wanted our steaks and then that was the last we saw the waitress. The food came which was ok, my steak came rare which was great. I was also disappointed because it was my girlfriend birthday and I specifically wanted them to bring some sort of cake. After waiting forever I decided to go to the host and ask for the check which I still left a 25% tip because I work the industry and know we depend on them.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

We were forgotten about. Had to ask for our dinner and waited very long time for 2nd portions that are normally routine

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HelenK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, very busy and noisy.
Service not as it usually is due to business.

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conh
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great steak and good value

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vipSusanD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were very pleased with our meal and the service. If you like Steak, this is the place!

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JaysonW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

The service was awful. My server would go to the other tables in her area and skip mines. Everyone else was getting great service. My server only came to check on the table 2 to 3 times over a 2.5 hour period. Didn’t ask if we needed anything, left used cups on the table. The thing that really got me was she would go to the table next to me, put her head up as she walk past like I’m in there and go to the next table. Very disappointing.

The food was good, but the service turned me off.

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vipStephanieL
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Perfect space for brunch after the holidays to catch up with friends and family. Never disappointed when we go to Medium Rare in Bethesda.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was very frustrating because I called to makes sure we were set for 12 people for a bday party and he had no idea what I was talking about and told me it goes to a call
Center! Well the woman I spoke to from
The number to bethesda medium rare said no problem. We got there and it was total confusion. I would be very nervous to plan something like that again. I called many times and no calls back to then be told it goes to a call
Center. Should be much better customer service then that. The. We had to wait with 11 people for a table.
Once we sat down the waitress and busboy were wonderful and it all worked out because the boys were 19 and 20 yes old and capable of waiting but not ok to expect a table to no apologies and be told I spoke to a call center.

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Chdiner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic staff, accommodated all our needs with a smile on a very busy night with full reservations. Food was great.

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vipPeaches
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our college boys’ favorite places so we wanted to kick off Thanksgiving with a fam meal there. We were late and the maitre d could not have been more gracious despite that. Our waiter was also very attentive. And food was delicious as always. Thanks for another great evening.

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vipNewt
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Food was good, respec for price. Bread was crusty. Salad had a nice dressing. Portbello entree was nicely flavored. Steak, too.
There are MUCH better steaks and better values out there

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vipHelenaC
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Miki was AMAZING! We have been coming here for several years now and we had the pleasure to experience her customer service on more than one occasion. The food is consistently good and plentiful.

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PaulC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Steak and steak sauce were both too salty. Server was inattentive.

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rsquared
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Medium Rare is Large in our books. If you love steak this is the place for you! Great ambiance, friendly staff and good service.

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BellaS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Brunch was good. French toast was crispy outside and soft inside..delicious! Steak and eggs was good..nothing special.

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vipInconsistent
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had no idea that the menu was one dinner item only. One! Prix fixe dinner, bread and butter (great bread), salad (one type), steak frites (sliced skirt steak with french fries) is round one, and round two is more steak and fries. The steak was great. The fries, a signature item for MR, brined in wine before cooking, are excellent. There are three or four desserts to choose from, we passed. Full bar, lots of wine. The music, classic 80’s rock, is played loudly on a excellent sound system (Bethesda). Loudly!

My wife and I love steak frites, salad, bread. By accident and happenstance we found a gem!

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Too loud indoors for a calm family dinner, should keep bar music separate from table music.

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Myung
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

A $25.95 flank steak at downtown locations is wonderful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience3

I love them for a fun dinner, but brunch was a disappointment. Service was spotty, but surprisingly the food (French Toast and Sausage) was just not good. (In fairness, I did like the salad.) Undercooked, too “bread-y”, and the sausage was dry, while it was presented on a plate too small for the size.

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mel2021
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Went for the $28 bottomless mimosas and food brunch special. Service was horrible waiter barely came. In two hours being there we only got two mimosas not worth our money

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MikeW
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Be warned- they overbook. We had a 6:45pm reservation for a party of 7 and did not get seated until 7:30 and this is only because we decided not to take the inside table we booked. Forced to sit with my elderly parents outside, in the cold, made for a terrible experience. When I told the people at the front that they should do something nice for making us wait so long with elderly people and nowhere to stand (and no gin at the bar, yes they ran out at 6:45 on a Saturday) We were forced to bargain with another patron to get their table so that my parents and mother-in-law could finally sit. Horrible experience and the restaurant did nothing for us at all. I will never go back to this location ever. The food is fine, it's a simple menu and you can't go wrong- just don't go when they may be busy. Maybe go to a different location, this one has gone down hill and I was severely disappointed in a restaurant I have been going to since they opened.

FAQs

Medium Rare - Bethesda does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Medium Rare - Bethesda also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 215-8379.

Medium Rare - Bethesda is rated 4.4 stars by 776 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.

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