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Medium Rare - Bethesda

4.4
4.4
883 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.

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Booked 33 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch
    Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:30 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

    (301) 215-8379

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Bethesda / Chevy Chase

  • Parking details

    Public lot at 7730 Woodmont Ave -- walk out the back exit to Fairmont Ave and restaurant is on the right. Also, street parking.

  • Public transit

    Bethesda Metro Red Line

  • Additional

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

Menu

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What 883 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. DS

    DawnS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love this place for an after theater meal or brunch!!!

  2. l

    louise

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very simple Limited menu of delicious and ample food! I had the delicious mushrooms and the rest of the table had culottes steak. Good fries with the skins on and great wait staff. The deserts are ENORMOUS AND TASTY:!

  3. PS

    PeterS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    Very loud and very hot inside and service was slow as they were very busy, but the food was excellent.

  4. S

    Sandhoo

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience2

    Not bad, crowded, even with reservations took 30 min to get seated. Steak and fries were good

  5. LB

    LandB

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were seated at our exact reservation time! Wait staff were wonderful! Love the simplicity of the whole experience!

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience3

    Low service, over booked ( we waited 45 minutes!), food was cold!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Too many reservations and they couldn’t accommodate us. 😩 A big Mother’s Day disappointment.

  8. NC

    NancyC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1

    Nightmare. We had a reservation for 5:30, but had to wait 50 minutes to be seated because according to the hostess “we took too many reservations.” Not sure how that is possible, but that’s what she said. When we were finally seated, the manager took our drink and food orders and said “I’m not sure who will be taking care of you this evening but I’ll put this in for you.” Apparently no one was taking care of us. He never returned and no other waitstaff took responsibility for our table. Eventually the waitress who had the table next to us saw our empty drinks and took pity on us and got us refills and checked on our food (which was taking forever since no waitstaff had our table). When the food finally came, the steak was over cooked for two out of the four of us. While the hostess apologized for the wait when she sat us, the manager acted like everything was fine. The whole experience was terrible, and having management not even acknowledge it was a slap in the face on top it. Happy Mothers Day to me, I guess.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience1

    Waited over an hour past our reservation for a table on Mothers Day

  10. DS

    DuaneS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience1

    Most of my party arrived at 5:10 for our 5:15 reservation. Went to the front, to let them know we were there. They asked if we had our whole party, I said not yet, one of them was still parking. At 5:15 the rest of my party arrived, the host started taking us back then stopped realizing someone else was at our table. We went back to the front and he started berating me for not having my whole party there on time. I looked at my wrist it was 5:16. After I told him we had a 5:15 reservation, and it's 5:16, I asked what is the point of you telling me this? He stammered, said something unintelligible then walked away. Another dude was standing at the front being totally worthless and another lady who I think was at least an assistant manager ignored me until I was in the way too much then asked me to wait outside. We were then told we would be waiting 20 minutes for a table. There was nothing done to remediate the situation, other than them pretending they didn't give away my table when we weren't late. After this bad memory, we will probably never go back.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Horrible. The worst way for my mom to try to enjoy her day. Dirty dishes galore, horrible and nonchalant service. Couldn’t even eat the food due to how disgusting their dishes were. Manager at the end tried to make it right but at that point I had asked several times for the issue to be remedied by the lower-level staff. I will never return to this location.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    Mother’s day

  13. M

    Melissa

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    It was packed as usual. Not easy to hear each other but our server was great. Should offer a kids option at brunch. Charging for bottomless brunch for kids is a bit extra

  14. MS

    MagdaS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    The service was excellent, waiters were very friendly and responsive despite the crowds. The food was very good (French fries could have been a little crispier … ) the eggs on my eggs Benedict were perfectly poached. The noise level was way too loud for my taste. We couldn’t make conversation at the table, which is quite unfortunate. I would recommend medium rare but with a warning that it is too loud.

  15. KB

    KatherineB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience3

    The music is bumping like your in a club, at 10:30am for mother's day brunch (music with explicit lyrics which feels again odd, for 10:30am brunch with your family) You can't hear yourself think. We asked them if they could turn it down a hair and they said " the owners like it this level and we have to ask for approval to turn it down". Eventually it was turned down enough so we could have a conversation. Gradually, the volume increased but by that time we were headed out. Food was wonderful and our server was amazing.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2

    The manager (pink shirt guy) tried to rush us out of our table after only being there for 45mins! I hv never experienced anything like this before….with OpenTable you’re allotted two hours-we didn’t need that but def needed more than 45mins. VERY disappointed-out of town guest experiencing MediumRare for the first time too! Not happy!

  17. PR

    PierreR

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a great restaurant. Staff is incredibly friendly and efficient. Superior food and service. Prices are reasonable for the quality. Important in today’s inflationary environment.

  18. AD

    AmirD

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Too loud. Short staffed and VERY VERY slow service

  19. HB

    HB1978

    Washington DC

    72 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Everything was delicious. The salad was fresh and had plenty of flavor, wish they gave me more. The meat and French fires smelled incredible and tasted the same. If you noticed, they serve on a plate a lot smaller than your average dinner plate, and fill it up to look like a lot. Not yet case, the portion is small and thus the reason for seconds. You have to ask for seconds, they do not offer it! Anyway, with the second portion, i still think the meat serving is not enough. The desert , Key Lime pie was okay.

  20. j

    jamesm

    Mississippi

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    This was my second time at Medium Rare having been there a couple months earlier. It didn’t live up to the first experience. You know what you’re getting with the MR menu so there should be no surprises when you order. The importance of the experience should be in the food quality and service. Unfortunately, this visit didn’t measure up. The bread was hard, crusty and cold. The wine selection felt it had been sitting open for too long (they didn’t charge us for this though) and the appetizer (portobello mushroom) arrived about 30 seconds prior to our meal. The second serving was actually warmer than our first plate and just left us wondering if the first plate had been prepared earlier and waiting for someone to arrive. And while the waiter and manager were great during the meal, it took about 15 minutes to finally flag someone down for the check. Being there for two hours, I didn’t feel like I was being rushed out the door, but the food tasted like it was being prioritized to get out of the kitchen faster than it needed to be. It was a disappointing visit, and probably my last there with the abundance of restaurants in the area. It just lost the luster it established with the first meal and my recommendations to others to visit.

  21. Q

    johnnnyQ

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1

    Waitress was not attentive. Manager more interested in playing with staff than interacting with customers. Dood runners and cooks only people who work in restaurant. $12 beers too expensive

  22. SB

    SteveB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service, quality meal, phenomenal value - had a group of 9 & service was great

  23. K

    Kris

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding service, will definitely be back!

  24. AH

    AimHigh

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Wonderful surprise: nice to go someplace where you know what you’re getting and it’s good food! Look forward to returning!

  25. EC

    EdwardC

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3

    We’re regulars at Medium Rare and go every couple of weeks. We were disappointed this time around. The meat cut seemed different/not as good, and in addition was a little too salty.

  26. AB

    AlexandraB

    New Orleans

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place and food . Ambience was phenomenal and we love the location

  27. TY

    ToYshIka

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    First time here, the pre-fixed menu was fine, would have been helpful to have one for kids especially the kids who don’t eat salad. I ended up adding on a $10 option to my order for the 8YO. Three of us ordered medium rare and the other three medium well. Those who had medium well ended up switching on the second go round to medium rare as the meat was to tough. But as someone who eats medium rare, my steak was tough and no juices were running which led me to believe it was never medium rare. That was a bit disappointing. The fries were hot but required salt. I would ask that the sauce come on the side or you’ll end up with soggy fries which was a bummer. We did opt for three desserts. Carrot cake was okay, sundae was okay but the Key Lime pie was amazing. The brunch menu looks good, maybe we will return.

  28. RA

    RolandoA

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3

    Food was excellent. Service and management terrible. Servers are only available to take original order try to upsell alcohol and after you never see them again.

  29. WR

    WendeeR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Medium Rare's food is consistently delicious! This time we tried brunch and it was outstanding! The most amazing french toast we have ever had! Can't wait to go back!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Easter Brunch. Yummy food and great vibes!

  31. MD

    MDdiner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As usual, great food, service and atmosphere. Medium Rare never disappoints.

  32. KD

    KristiD

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mom is in town.

  33. d

    djsays

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Brunch options were good. Sauce/gravy which I don’t typically use was delicious! Noise inside was high but outside option worked well. Strangely enough it worked well for passover. Steak and frites were perfect.

  34. CM

    CeskaMS

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is one of our favorite places to get a great meal. We enjoyed our perfectly(!!) cooked steak dinners and the sundae dessert very much.

  35. MJ

    MonniqueJ

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2

    Did not enjoy the service. Staff was inattentive.

  36. D

    Disappointed

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    We were not served as they lost our order. After waiting 1.5 hours for our food, we gave up and left. The Manager apologized. Seems the staff are overwhelmed and overworked. Top management needs to do something about this. Too bad as I always liked this place in the DC location.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Food was good for the price. We went for the bottomless brunch. It was very noisy!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went for brunch. Nice place, vibes, great food!! Bottomless mimosas

  39. NW

    NaiW

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Simple yet very delicious. I was expecting a traditional steakhouse environment and menu since we didn’t google the restaurant before making the reservation, so I was surprised when we arrived and saw limited options but the food and drinks did not disappoint at all!

  40. i

    ilikewine

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    Somewhat disappointing. We never got any bread and had to wait too long to be asked about dessert. Also the espresso martini was not good.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

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 883 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 33 times today
Google Map for Medium Rare - Bethesda

4904 Fairmont Ave Bethesda, MD 20814

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Bethesda / Chevy Chase

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch
    Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:30 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

    Steakhouse

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Public lot at 7730 Woodmont Ave -- walk out the back exit to Fairmont Ave and restaurant is on the right. Also, street parking.

  • Public transit

    Bethesda Metro Red Line

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

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

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