Medium Rare - Bethesda

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Steakhouse
During the evenings, Medium Rare offers a unique, prix fixe dinning experience of artisan bread; a mixed green salad; prime, dry-aged steak; and hand-cut fries in a relaxed, fun, neighborhood environment. As we do only one thing, we do our best to make the food and experience exceptional and also a good value. There are only a few wine, spirits, and draft beer choices, but each were selected specifically to accompany your meal. We offer an off-the-menu vegetarian option. Yes, we do serve brunch/lunch on Saturday and Sunday with a great prix fixe including French Toast, Steak and Eggs, Eggs Benedict and bottomless bloody Marys, mimosas and screwdrivers. Please contact us to inquire.

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Sun 8:30PM - 10:30PM
Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:30PM - 10:30PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 5:45PM 9:00PM - 10:30PM

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K
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service from Vanessa and Eli, they keep it simple and do it very well. Nathan the bartender was phenomenal. Would definitely come back and can’t wait to bring my family to this awesome place.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Such a disappointing brunch experience. Food was salty and the worst part was the misleading menu. We ordered latte only to learn that it was at extra cost. Staff wasn’t at all apologetic about it. Probably not going back...

K
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We come here every once in a while for great steak and amazingly crispy French fries. This time, some of the slices seemed tougher than I recalled in the past. I guess I just got the bad cut. The service was very good, and my family enjoyed their meal. We will try again another time. Love the prefixed model.

CA
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Very bad quality of meat. The sauce is even worse.

RH
7 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

I love the concept and the food is great but the one thing I really dislike is the music. It's very loud and one song was really heavy rock. even our college daughter said she feels like shes eating in a frat house. This is my 2nd time I have had a problem with the music there.

B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The steak is always great here. This location is nice because of the free weekend lots. They gave us a nice celebratory ice cream which was appreciated. The service was a bit slow.

CK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I love this place and love the concept....food was top-notch as always. The only issues I had was that the air conditioning was working overtime and it was Way too loud in the place. The music made it hard to hear someone speak across the table. In a place as tight as that where you will always have a crowd providing its own ambient noise I have no idea why the music would be up so loud.

A
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was excellent. We were a group of 10. But the server did not explain to everyone that they had the option to order their steak with or without sauce. So everyone was served the steak with the sauce on top. However, several people did not want or like the sauce and would have preferred it on the side or not at all.
Also, the automatic 20% service charge was inappropriate because of this poor service, so we would not have tipped 20% on our own. Finally, the 20% should not have been applied to the taxes, only the charges for the food and drinks.

FL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place with great food for the value of it ! For sure one of the best in Bethesda. Small wine list but very affordable with good selection of wines ! Service was good .

MB
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing value! Good steak, great gravy. Fries really good. Salad quite good as well. They brought seconds of the steak and fries--tons of food! Bread was good. The restaurant was a little loud, and the two-person table very close to persons on our right and left. Those are minor issues. We would come back for sure!

MK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

My rating is lowest for the food. I didn't really like the sauce accompanying the steak-frites. It was bordering on the bitter. I oculd not find the hearty, rich sauce which a steak-frites deserves. Maybe I am spoilt, because the last time I really enjoyed a steak-frites was at Le Relais de l'Entrecote in Paris. Also, the meat cut at Medium Rare was by no means sensational. The fries were the best. For the money I spent there, I would happily double it up and go to Chima.

DD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I absolutely adored the meal. What a neat concept. Everything tasted exceptional with tons of flavor. The only comment would be the lack of a sweet rose wine to compliment the meal.

m
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice outdoor patio and excellent value if you're in the mood for steak

Y
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal as always and excellent service. Nick was great

JG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No frills but feels like a nice night out. Quick, easy, and delicious. Always recommend as long as everyone eats red meat!

L
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

That was probably one of the worst dining experiences of my life!

OT
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So consistent and delicious. You know exactly what you are going to get so the experience is simple and totally relaxing. Love this restaurant.

AY
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! The food is very consistent every time we visit and great value.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and great value. Consistent and solid.

LD
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Second time to Medium Rare and looking forward to going back. Great value. Want an evening out where you have to make little to no choices? This is the perfect place for a great pre-fixed steak dinner. Really the only choice is how do you want it cooked, but the name is my go to option. This restaurant will not disappoint.

A
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

My boyfriend and I went to Medium Rare on a Saturday at 11, so we made reservations. To our surprise, it was almost empty inside and the reservations were unnecessary. It could have been because it was the hottest day of the summer (100 degrees), but I was surprised. It was quiet and we could chat without yelling over the noise. Plus, we got all the attention we required. The bottomless mimosas truly had no bottom because our server didn’t have anyone else to focus his attention on. The ambience was kind of weird given its quiet nature, but we still had fun. The food was pretty good too! The eggs were some of the best over ever had. The steak was a bit chewy for my taste, but not enough that I didn’t enjoy myself.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food and service were good. They used to allow people to write on the brick walls in the restaurant but don’t allow this anymore...people started writing inappropriate comments. But my kids are 2 & 5 and they wouldn’t allow them to write on the walls. What could they have possibly written that was inappropriate??? Apparently none of the servers there have kids. Ridiculous.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Twas a good evening. Good service and value. Food came out pretty fast.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great time and our server was super attentive, awesome, upbeat! We had 11 people at our table and five of them were kids. He was excellent!

P
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

With a reservation we were put at the worst table possible..table right before the bathroom with a 5 to chair in the traffic walkway. We asked to move. Sat at new table and noticed a spider in my water glass. It happens, but second turnoff for a birthday evening. Bread and salad excellent! Steak was very good but a few of us had some inedible pieces because of fat. Fries were good as always. Size of wine pour seemed small. Will go back but not right away.

AF
Western NC
80 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was our first visit to Medium Rare and we were pleasantly surprised. The atmosphere is somewhat Stark and the drink menu is rather limited but of decent quality. The Steak and Frites are excellent!!

k
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server Erica made our dining experience even better. It was my first time at this restaurant. The food was very good and I was surprised to learn about the second helpings. My three 20-something year old boys really loved it. We had a great weather night and sat outside.

KM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistent quality and service, delicious food and pleasant staff

OT
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every course is delicious. Love that you don't even have to look at the menu. Salad, steak and fries - all yummy. Love this place.

RH
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Loved the food. Decaf came Luke warm and took awhile for new pot but didn’t charge us which was nice. A bit load for older adults.

a
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

It pains me to write a less than stellar review for one of my all-time favorite restaurants. Without getting into petty details, let's just say that the Bethesda location has "gone down hill" in the past year or so. If the Cleveland Park location took reservations, we would head there every time. Step it up, Bethesda location! You've got such amazing potential.

M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

1st time, we will go back

B
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

There is nothing wrong with this formulaic, good value restaurant except it feels as if you are on a marathon run. Everything is so fast, timed to the last second — exactly 10 minutes after your steak arrives you will get more. Chew fast!!
The secret sauce has a cheesy taste - my granddaughter said Mac and cheese. Steak Better without the sauce the second time around, though it was peppery.
Would not be a return choice.

MD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Justin our server was great! When you want a little bit of Paris, go to Medium Rare, for steak frites!!
And the hot fudge sundae is awesome!

CC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was awesome! We’ve always liked this restaurant but it was even better, we had two vegetarians in our large party and the portobello mushroom option was spectacular. And the sparklers with the desert made everything so festive. It may now be our go-to for birthdays!

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place to dine!

M
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, great place to go with family and friends.

TM
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve heard so much about Medium Rare and finally tried it a few days ago. It did not disappoint. Started with a lemon drop martini, great way to kick off a holiday weekend. The toasty bread was perfection. The salad with Dijon vinaigrette was a teeny bit soggy but still tasty. And the star of the show was the delectable steak and crispy shoestring fries. The steak was done to perfection (medium rare—DUH!), and so tender I could literally cut it with a fork. Too full for dessert but might try to save room next time. Overall, completely satisfied and will definitely return!

GM
Las Vegas
44 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

D
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here with my husband and daughter and we had a great time. Everything was delicious. There was more food the. We could eat and we were offered a to go box with a side of the steak sauce. The price was fixed and very reasonable.

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