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Medium Rare - Bethesda

4.5
4.5
1049 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 75 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

What 1,049 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    Very disappointed that my table was not ready at the reservation time. We waited 30 minutes to sit after our reservation time. What was the point of the reservation?! Then, I told the waiter we had a tight timeline for eat because I had another reservation afterwards. Despite the ask and the service was still slow. And we were late to our best reservation. Very disappointed and upset. It was not a good way to run the tables. The host was completely overwhelmed and did not have a plan.
  2. TV

    ToddV

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    I was expecting a steak house and/or a full menu. Need to do more research next time. Was disappointed based on my expectations. Others may be perfectly happy with the food and experience.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This dinning experience was a 5/5. We were greeted immediately at the front as well as sat within five minutes of walking in. The service was as good as it can be, we were checked up on by three different staff members, and our waiter was wonderful. Their menu is a prefix menu which makes ordering easier and convenient for both parties. The ambiance set the perfect mood for a laid back date night, and I definitely plan on coming back in the near future.
  4. DJ

    DevinJ

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite restaurant for all occasions. Love not having to think about what to order or if my steak will come out how I want. Perfect every time and the best cocktails/service
  5. B

    Bill

    Washington DC

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    For some reason, our visit last night to Medium Rare in Bethesda was the best experience we've ever had at the restaurant. Service was excellent, and the food -- standardized fare -- was tastier than usual. All in all, a wonderful experience at this reliable standby and I hope one that will be repeated in the future.
  6. N

    Nel62

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Second round of beef had nerves and fat, for two out of three people .Chewy
  7. m

    misfitz

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We enjoyed the food, and service was pretty good. We ate early before a show and it wasn't too busy. It was so dark inside that I had to use the flashlight on my phone to read the menu, and the music was a bit too loud, so it was hard to hear what our server was saying. Desserts are HUGE. We shared a piece of chocolate cake and only managed to eat half of it.
  8. WR

    WanderingRosa

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We enjoyed the steak and appreciate the offer to have seconds when we finished our plate. That was a pleasant and unexpected surprise.
  9. NC

    NataliaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love this place. Always consistent. Love the staff as well. Such a great place to do bottomless mimosas. It’s a great place and it’s so fun and delicious!!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    As usual, Medium Rare had excellent food for a great value. The service (once we were sat) was superb. The only problem was actually getting seated. They WAY overbooked for the evening, and we didn’t get seated until almost 15 min past our reservation. Others waiting experienced the same. The front staff were not communicating well, which was a disappointment. However, we love Medium Rare and had a great meal. We will definitely be back and are grateful to the servers and kitchen staff who were at capacity on a busy night.
  11. c

    cbpressclub

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Our fourth time eating here (three on site and one carry out). It is a set menu: green salad with tasty mustardy, oil and vinegar dressing; sliced steak with au poivre sauce; and crispy frites. When you have finished your meat and potatoes, they come around with a second round. The only menu choice you need to make is to what doneness you prefer your meat cooked. There is a good selection of beer on tap, wine and desserts. Service is always quick, friendly, and attentive. The main drawback is the incredible noise which makes conversation difficult.
  12. A

    Andy

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food is delicious and the staff is super friendly.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place, excellent steak and frites!
  14. B

    Brian

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Portions have gotten noticeably smaller and prices have gone up. Pay more, get less. The service was also efficient to the point it was detrimental to the experience. I was in and out of there in about 30 minutes and felt like I was being rushed so they could immediately seat the next table.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    2 meals for $29.95 solid date spot.
  16. KD

    KellyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alejandro was an excellent server! hope we are in his section next time!
  17. KH

    KristinaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fabulous! It was great until the end. Would have loved a Sundae but they got super busy and we got lost in the shuffle. Food is top notch. Excellent value!
  18. n

    nickname

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience1
    Couldn’t get us out of there fast enough. Pushed us out in under an hour which created a unenjoyable dining experience
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Good time, great service, tasty food.
  20. D

    Dana

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Edgar waited on us and did an exceptional job. Steak was amazing as always. We appreciate being able to take a fresh bottle of San Pellegrino home when the lid for ours couldn’t be replaced!
  21. A

    Alix

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Not the same Medium Rare pre-pandemic. Poor food and overpriced. $15 fixed price for a fixed menu would have been the appropriate rating if you ask me
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was delicious, but a little loud and felt a little sandwiched in where I was seated. However, would definitely give it another go.
  23. K

    Kb2112

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to eat anytime. Highly recommend.
  24. D

    Dayo

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A place I go back to when I can. Good food you know what to expect and great service.
  25. J

    James

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The team at the Bethesda location of Medium-Rare is top notch. They do one thing and do it well. Very hospitable, great food, great service. Would have loved a bit more variety in the hard liquor and wine selection, but really the only constructive feedback I have. Awesome place run by awesome people!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My fiancé and I had a wonderful date night here. The food was delicious and the service was great.
  27. AS

    AndrewS

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our second time there...the steak and mushrooms are both very tasty. What really differentiates them is the steak sauce. Delicious. The bread is top notch, the salad is simple but good. The way it is set up, it is not a drawn out meal, by design...about 45-60 min as the menu is specific and set. We will be back.
  28. M

    Morgan

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    29.95 for bottomless was a great deal! Food was pretty good and came out fast and our waiter was very attentive.
  29. J

    Jenn

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Service was terrible. I had put in we were celebrating bdays and they did nothing.
  30. SP

    SylvieP

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Medium Rare never disappoints - the salad was amazing, the steak was tender and delicious, the fries were to die for - everything was absolutely perfect. Vanessa the manager is absolutely charming and extremely helpful. Our waiter was incredibly prompt and attentive. The atmosphere is young and hip (even though I am not unfortunately). You can’t miss at Medium Rare!
  31. D

    Disappointed

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Just give it an ok. Service was good but some significant minuses. Ridiculous that they offer unlocked alcoholic drinks, juice and coffee but hot tea is extra. Menu states poached egg but actually two are served. Scrambled eggs were tasteless and I suggest they had an additive like pancake flour which made them puffy. With an all inclusive they should offer a very simple dessert like even one cookie. No doubt, sweet lovers would still order from the dessert menu.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food good service at a reasonable price
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was amazing however, it was very packed in the restaurant. I was back-to-back with the table behind me and couldn’t get out of my chair without having to ask everyone at my table to get up so I could slide down chairs to the end of table.
  34. CD

    ClauDC

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was much better than usual, probably because it was a Tuesday. But we were very happy not having to wait 30 mins between the salad and the main course!
  35. KL

    KathL

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    You can't beat Medium Rare!! We are never disappointed. Amazing food from the bread all the way to the key lime pie with extra whip! Medium Rare is at the top of our list to go out to dinner. It is perfect for date night or with a group celebrating a special occasion.
  36. A

    Anonymous

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    We felt like we were rushed out of the restaurant and the food was fair.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simple good French style
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server Brian was amazing. Great place for birthdays
  39. PE

    PickyEater

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    Extremely noisy, packed restaurant with mediocre quality steaks and fries. Middling meat quality is somewhat obscured by "secret sauce" which completely overwhelms the meat. Fries are very good. Service is cheerful and energetic. Ambiance is non-existent. Would not return.
  40. t

    turtlefan

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Waited over 45 minutes for a table. Frustrating considering we had a reservation. Very crowded and very loud. Not our usual experience there.

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 4.5 stars by 1049 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 75 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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