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“Great location Mediocre food”
Review of Medium Rare

Medium Rare
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Ranked #89 of 3,558 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$29 - US$31
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Ordway Street NW
Transit: On the corner adjacent to the Metro red line, Cleveland Park entrance
Description: Reservations are not required. Contact us for large parties or special events. Feel free to contact us regarding our seating policy. Yes, we do serve brunch/lunch on Sunday with a great prix fixe including French Toast, Steak and Eggs, Eggs Benedict and bottomless bloody Marys, mimosas and screwdrivers. 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. Please contact us to inquire.
Reviewed 3 May 2018

Sitting at one of the outside tables on a beautiful evening, watching the passing scene, is great. When it comes to the food, however, the results are mixed. The steak, which is the feature of the restaurant, is mediocre, the french fries and bread much better. A broader and better choice of beers would be nice and the wines are overpriced. Despite this, you could do a lot worse on a nice evening.

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Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

This restaurant was a nice spot to hang out. The ambience is relaxed. The prix fixe menu is composed of bread, salad, and an entree: two servings of French fries and sirloin strips. The meal, which costs $20, is worth the price. I must say I will be returning.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

The food and service were excellent! The staff are both friendly and accommodating - everyone seemed to work together and help out one another which made the entire night run smoothly. We had Alex as our server and he was knowledgeable, attentive and so nice! The atmosphere, service and great cuisine make Medium Rare a DC treasure that you don’t want to miss!

1  Thank Casey C
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Love the food! Warning: there is a set menu, all you choose is the drink you want and how you like your steak. However on plus side, you get a second serving of food when you are finished! I loved the ambiance and everything. The manager was also very attentive ,trying to see if there's anything they can do to make your visit more pleasant. :)

Thank TayLore H
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

The simplicity of the concept is so clutch. Time saved over perusing a menu is put toward conversation with company, and any stress of missing out on a second dish you'd like to try is dashed at this place. The steak is fantastic, the fries are fantastic, the salad and the bread and the butter and the sauce are all fantastic. The service is friendly, and staff know how not to rush diners. The atmosphere is darker, featuring rustic break walls, wooden beams, and low lighting, while the energy and ambient noise are up. This place is very popular and gets packed quickly. No reservations Friday and Saturday nights except for giant parties, so plan ahead, show early, or be prepared for a wait. It's totally worth it all, though! Been here before, will DEFINITELY be back again!

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1  Thank PebleBeach7thGrn
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