Medium Rare - Bethesda

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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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JoannaL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and we really enjoyed our brunch. Pricing was reasonable and the food was delicious.

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MDmom
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a delightful experience to in-restaurant dining - the first since Covid closed restaurants. We chose to eat outdoors. Our server was fabulous, portions were great, everyone devoured BOTH portions. Cocktails were delicious (strawberry-infused lemonade, yeah!) We felt like humans again! We'll be back! Special thanks for recognizing my husand's birthday with that fabulous big sparkler! There's joy in the world again!! Thanks, Medium Rare! (even though we'll medium-well diners...hee, hee).

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THIS PLACE IS BOMB! THE FOOD IS AMAZING!

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RizaP
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I ordered the French toast and steak and eggs. We practically licked the plates! lol! Our service was great and appreciated that our server had an N95 mask for his and our protection. I did feel that the tables could have been another foot apart, but it was ok since we dined outdoors.

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Sophia
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! We sat outside and it was great! Service was awesome!

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vipIlovetoeat
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We LOVED our meal! Reminded me of one of my favorite meals of all time in Paris! We are so happy to have discovered Medium Rare!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is awesome, wish there was one (or more lol) in the Baltimore area!! A gold mine!!!

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viplouiseb
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We waited a very long time to be served our main course - about 15 minutes waiters came by and said the food would be brought soon - there were not a lot of customers - I really don’t understand the problem. We have gone there many times and have enjoyed ourselves will think twice to go back.

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CeskaMS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for my daughter and niece: great meal and great setting abs great service. Everything was fantastic and topped with sparks!

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vipZahraK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience3

We had a terrible experience. Steak was undercooked or overcooked. Eggs were cold. Salad was freezing and service was terrible. Enough said. Not going back. At least not to Bethesda.

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karenj
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Fun vibe - good food, but very limited menu.... Staff was very courteous :)

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MatthewH
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good Food, cooked just right. Free second helpings always a good way to walk away full!

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CandasIfama
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful find. I loved the food, the service, the value and the ambiance. Look forward to visiting again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

The food was great as usual, however the service was ok. Our waiter mixed up our drinks at the table and acknowledged it, however did not fix it. Additionally we waited much longer for our food than tables nearby that had been seated after us, which was frustrating because the menu is prix fixe.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was just what my grandsons wanted.

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vipKTBCHS
Charleston
48 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A little loud on this Saturday evening, and the service was a bit slow. But Medium Rare does one thing... and does it well. The steak was prepared to order, and the fries served as the perfect counterpoint for the rich meat and sauce. The chocolate layer cake capped off a delicious meal.... may have been the richest and best I’ve tasted in years!

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Farah
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just delicious! A very nice food experience and great service.

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vipPamelaS
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Not usually a fan of prix fixe, but there is something to be said for choosing a specialty and sticking with it. Bread, salad, and steak frites are about as straightforward as you can get, but Medium Rare carries it off. The artisan bread was terrific, as was the simple salad. My steak was prepared perfectly, and served with a delicious sauce and crispy frites. I was pleased with the portion size - and when a server showed up with seconds, I simply had it boxed to go. Great spot for families with picky eaters - nothing exotic going on but tasty meat and potatoes.
Probably won’t make it a regular stop on our restaurant rotation (prefer a bit more choice) but Medium Rare exceeded expectations.

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vipmcn1784
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

I was there with my three young sons and the waiter charged us for 4 adult entrees. One son didn’t even eat steak and he knew it! We also told him it was our first time at the restaurant. The manager corrected the bill and apologized but it was still very annoying.

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CeskaMS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit at the Bethesda location. Everything was perfect. The salad was perfectly dressed, the bread was perfectly flaky, the fries were perfectly salted, the steak was perfectly medium rare, the Shirley Temple was perfectly grenadined (lol), and the sparkler sundae was a perfect finish. The greeter and servers were perfect too!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food!

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vipCamraderie
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Fun, solid but VERY loud. Also, be prepared to wait at least 1/2 hour past your reservation on a busy night.

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OmarA
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Immediate stomachache

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good experience. Cozy place

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service1ambience4

We were seated almost an hour after our reservation and then it took another half our to be served food. The food was very good, however. I might try again on a week night but never again on a Saturday.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Once we were seated it was worth the trip. But we didn’t get seated for an hour after our reservation on a Saturday. Very good meal worth the wait. Very good value.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We had a7:00 reservation and weren’t seated until 7:40. This is the second time I have has dinner reservations at Medium Rare Bethesda and we were seated 40 and 45 minutes late both times.

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vipStephanieM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We have 7 pm reservations and we’re seated at 8:10 pm

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CeskaMS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time dining at the Bethesda location. It's very nicely laid out and the temperature was comfortable. The hostesses were nice and the servers were friendly and attentive. The meal was perfectly prepared and the drinks were kept refilled. I'd say it was a highly satisfying dining experience overall.

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vipJulM
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service, friendly staff. Music was a little loud but overall a great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food5service2ambience2

we reserved our table for 9:15 and we sat at 10:15, nobody even came to us and apologize. They over booked

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waited 45 minutes for a table

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Disappointed that even after making a reservation 7 days in advance, we had to wait for an hour to get the table on Valentine’s Day. It seemed like they were seating people on first come first serve basis instead of recognizing the reservation.

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vipefall
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

While it was Valentine’s Day and a bit busy, we did not get seated until 9:50 for an 8:45 reservation. An hour wait when you have a reservation?!! Ridiculous. Not only did we have to wait, the restaurant did not offer us a drink or any compensation. I will return to Medium Rate... because I like the food, but never again on a holiday or on traditionally busy days.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Our table for two was inconveniently sat directly next to the front door. People kept funneling in and crowding around our table while waiting for theirs. I couldn’t even take a sip of my drink without someone bumping into my arm. At one point someone even had the audacity to sit on our table while we were attempting to eat our dinner. When we addressed the issue with the manager, she was extremely dismissive of the situation and couldn’t care less. She told us, “I don’t know what you want me to do, I can’t do anything about the crowd”. Worst service ever received. I understand places are busy, especially on holidays, but a good manager would’ve done what they could’ve to avoid that situation from ever happening.

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Annette
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall a good experience for a casual Valentine's dinner. The bread was excellent. The main course was very salty (particularly the fries).

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CatL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We knew they offered a limited menu and expected it to be crowded and loud for a Friday night Valentine's Dinner. It was all of that but the food was great and it was a charming dinner in an upscale cafe setting. Round 2 on more steak and frites was a welcome surprise.

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vipAnnE
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Medium Rare is our go-to restaurant for casual family special occasions. Very much what you see is what you get, but what you get is always high quality and delicious. The dessert is amazing, but recommend sharing them as portions are huge (cake and sundae). Our tween loves it, as do we.

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Jack
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Food was great. Had a reservation for 8pm. Wasnt seated until 8:30pm.

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