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About Medium Rare - Cleveland Park

Contact us for large parties or special events. 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 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.

3500 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
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Dining style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Steak, American, French

Hours of operation:
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30 pm; Dinner: Saturday 2:30 pm - 11PM; Sunday 2:30pm - 10pm; Monday - Thursday 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday 5:00pm - 11:00

Cross street:
Ordway Street NW

Dress code:
Casual Dress

Price range:
$30 and under

Payment options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(202) 237-1432

Website:
http://www.mediumrarerestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Small parking lot directly across the street

Public Transport:
On the corner adjacent to the Metro red line, Cleveland Park entrance

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Medium Rare - Cleveland Park Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

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Food

4.3

Service

4.2

Ambience

4.1

Value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined 12 hours ago

great food and great service!! had an awesome time!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined a day ago

We went for brunch on a Saturday and the service was quite slow. We had to ask multiple times to have our bottomless mimosas filled up. The food was very good and a good value, but the noise level was horrible- we could barely hear each other at a normal sized table. Overall, I would not recommend this place if you want a more laid back brunch and good service. That being said, the steak frites was great, and the mimosas too!

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vip
 (London)·Dined 4 days ago

Different vibe for a steakhouse. Service was good but food quality was really bad and wine list is average at best. Not likely to return to this venue.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 14 October 2017

Tina was one of the most attentive servers we've ever had for a brunch experience. We did the bottomless brunch for $24.95 and even when I changed my mind about my entree (after receiving it), I was able to get a different item without hassle. I would recommend going for the bottomless option (get the Steak & Eggs) and asking for Tina as your server.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 12 October 2017

Steak frites styled on a restaurant in Paris called the Entrecote. The food at Medium Rare is limited to a fixed menu of steak (culotte cut which is very thin), fries and a starter salad for $20. There is a portabella mushroom option for non-meat eaters, but we did not try it. The meat was tasty. The sauce was missing something especially when compared to the Entrecote in Paris. The french fries were good and the salad was fine. Everyone can get seconds on steak and fries, and we were able to take ours home. Desserts are $9 and the portions are generous. We tried carrot cake, good but not great, and key lime pie (Pie Sisters) which was tart but too much graham crust for me. Overall it was a good meal at a very reasonable price, and service was freindly and suitably attentive. My only real complaint would be the noise level. I was with my parents, and we could barely hear each other even though they re-seated us near the front windows.

Tags: Casual, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 8 October 2017

Great restaurant, but LOUD. If you want to talk, ask to sit outside.

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·Dined on 8 October 2017

Food was great but the service was terrible. We rarely saw our waitress. She never came by to refill drinks or check on us. Waited forever to get our check. We felt ignored the entire time we were there.

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·Dined on 7 October 2017

Food was fantastic. Not really a fan of steak but would definitely eat again

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 7 October 2017

This was my first time at medium rare (went for brunch), and I was not altogether impressed. It looked nice outside with umbrellas, but we opted to sit inside since it was very hot. We were near a group of about 40 very rowdy guys, and the place echos, so we had to yell to hear each other and our server. The bottomless drinks were ok - they were definitely very low on actual alcohol, and our server even mentioned that the group next to us drank most of what they had, so you knew they were trying to stretch it. However, we had to constantly go out of our way to wave down a server to get them refilled, and they were often empty for long periods of time. The food was not as great as I expected from other reviews. Two of us got the eggs Benedict - it looked unappetizing when it came out because of the cubed steak and sauce, and didn't taste much better. There was bread in there somewhere but it got soaked and mushy because of all the stuff on it. The fries, yogurt parfait, and starter bread, however, were very good! Definitely started strong, then went downhill. Overall, I probably won't choose to go back for brunch.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 2 October 2017

Favorite place to eat in DC!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 1 October 2017

We had the Sunday brunch with all you can eat steak frites and bottomless bloody marys, screwdrivers, and mimosas. The steak was cooked perfectly to order for both of us, mine medium rare, hers medium well. the gravy was very tasty. We ate outside and watch the people stroll by. The service was very good and attentive. Will do again.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 23 September 2017

Definitely a great value for brunch! The only thing that would make it better is if there were a few more brunch options, maybe an omelette. The service was great, and the food was delicious. A great deal for a bottomless, and I liked that they had more than just mimosas

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 16 September 2017

Great place for dinner and brunch. Keep in mind that the only serve steak for dinner so if you're looking for other options, this place is not for you. Good value for brunch if you get a few drinks. Otherwise, get the dinner option.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food
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·Dined on 14 September 2017

We loved this place. Our first time to D.C. We stumbled on this place. We loved it so much we returned the next night. The food is simple and delicious!

Tags: Scenic View, People Watching, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Casual, Cozy, Happy Hour, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 13 September 2017

Our second visit to Medium Rare and certainly won’t be the last. It’s a really nice environment and the food is absolutely incredible.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date
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·Dined on 12 September 2017

Great food as always, and exceptional service!! Limited menu works perfectly!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 6 September 2017

Medium Rare in Cleveland Park has decent streak and very good frites. But it continues an annoying policy of not seating you until all the guests in your party have arrived. I get it when it's Friday or Saturday and time at the table is money. But on a Tuesday when business is slow? We would have gladly ordered drinks bit instead had to stand around for 5 minutes on a rainy night. This happened to us last year. Pretty sure we won't be back.

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·Dined on 4 September 2017

With only 1 meal on the menu we expected that it would look and be somewhat like the photo on their website. The beef tasted like it had been soaked in MSG to make it tender and it was overcooked. The french fries did not look anything like the photo on the website. No one ever asked if everything was ok and never checked on us and then they came with a second helping which was actually hotter and better than the first serving but we were not expecting it so I had already eaten the overdone first serving.
The salad was fresh and the salad dressing was excellent. The sauce that was served with the beef was also very good. It was a pleasant neighborhood location and we enjoyed the outdoor seating but our table was on top of the subway grate so we felt a wind and noise every time the train went underneath us. All in all we were disappointed in the experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on 28 August 2017

Great value for prix fix and food was served well.
Music was so loud we had to yell over it and often just stopped talking. Asked manager to turn it down or provide quiet table but there's no such seating at this place. Sorry, but blaring Bieber and Timberlake over dinner just doesn't do it for me.
I would not return but my 20 something son and friend loved it especially for a $20 steak dinner.

Tags: Great Beer
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 27 August 2017

Really great no fuss restaurant. Very limited choices (actually no choices except for dessert) - but fantastic if you want delicious steak and French fries with great salad and bread. Great value for money.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 27 August 2017

terrible service and food was lousy. Waitress jacqueline was terrible and didnt seem to understand what service means. I regret leaving a tip

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 24 August 2017

Medium Rare is my "go to" place when I need a dinner out. Service is excellent, I asked to sit outside. I am always happy with Medium Rare. I would recommend to anyone looking for a change in restaurant type.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Casual, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 15 August 2017

The meal was fantastic in every way - taste excellent, nice pairings of courses, portions were just right, and cost was reasonable for the meal served. Servers were friendly and accommodating. Highly recommend trying Medium Rare!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on 6 August 2017

Consistent and easy, the prix fixe steak and fries is a lovely and reasonable night out.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Kid-friendly, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 30 July 2017

Good was great! Our server was a little slow & forgot drinks, but overall very attentive.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 29 July 2017

Smaller portion of steak. Great service. Very loud when busy.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on 29 July 2017

This place is a mirror of one of our favorite restaurant's in the world, L'Entrecote in Paris....they only serve steak frites, and they are fantastic! The best I have had in the US, by far, and consistent. The sauce is what makes the dish, and while it is not perfect, I would love to get my hands on a bottle! Please, do NOT go here if you don't check it out first....I have seen comments regarding vegetarians, menu too small, etc.....how are you going to bash a place that serves one thing??? We love this place and are already craving a return!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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Food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 29 July 2017

Brunch was yummy and service was terrific. Thanks!

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 25 July 2017

The quality of the food was less than average. Given they have only three items on the menu one would expect perfection. Steak was tough, fries were not very hot. Salad and dessert were good.

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·Dined on 23 July 2017

We enjoyed a prior brunch visit, so we decided to return a few weeks later.
We arrived at 12:45 - right on time for our reservation. But the staff seemed overwhelmed and/or our table was not ready. Then, when it was, the host team was a bit curt and unhelpful: even with 4/6 of us there, we were told we had to wait to be seated (in the hot, crowded waiting area) until our entire party arrived. This, despite our reservation, despite our explanation that the driver was parking and despite the fact our party included an infant. Keep in mind that parking options are limited in this neighborhood. When we pointed out how silly it was that a table was sitting waiting for us while we awkwardly blocked the path of other customers and servers, one host finally seated us.
The eggs were served at room temperature while the rest of the meal was much warmer. The bottomless drinks required repeated refill reminders to the servers. The restaurant music was way too loud - making conversation across our table challenging. Not realizing we'd already paid for our meal, one of us at the other end of the table ordered a soda water. When the server returned to the table with our credit card receipts, she also handed off an additional bill for $3.30 for the soda water. How tacky. Then, she disappeared for a long time making payment for this drink (that probably cost the restaurant less than $.05) an ordeal because we needed change for a $20. Ultimately, our table collectively dug up enough bills and coins to pay and get out of there.
It's very, very unlikely we'd return.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 19 July 2017

This is our go-to neighborhood restaurant. Always a delicious meal, and always excellent service. Best value around!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 15 July 2017

I really enjoyed my meal! I went for brunch and it was a great value, definitely for the bottomless brunch menu.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 11 July 2017

A nice idea but I found the food lacking - the beef was pretty tasteless and the "special sauce" not all that special. Service was very attentive, and we noted that several tables included children who were well cared for - a plus because few restaurants in the area work well for children.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 9 July 2017

awesome value for brunch! Liked the steak there as well. Our glasses were never empty during the brunch.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 6 July 2017

Very nice place to have dinner, we will be back to dine again.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 26 June 2017

The salad was stingy and the greens were limp. We wee rationed about 4 halves of cherry tomatoes. Gone downhill. When salad is really the only "green" you offer as part of the fixed offering they could make a much better impression by beginning the meal with a robust and truly fresh salad. Lost my business I am afraid.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on 25 June 2017

This restaurant was recommended by an acquaintance. It turned out to be an excellent suggestion. Both my other-half and I truly enjoyed the food! The menu was very simple: salad, steak and fries. Staff was very courteous, friendly, and efficient. Price was quite reasonable for two persons at about USD$100.00, including a refill of steak, two glasses of wine, two very tastful keylime pies, and the tip! Would go back for sure...

BJM1
Ont., Canada

Tags: Cozy, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 25 June 2017

Had originally planned to go for dinner for my husband's birthday, but decided on brunch instead. Luckily, the same option for dinner is available for brunch so everyone was happy. The food comes out in the perfect portion to really fill you up without making you go into a coma. The drinks were strong and the service was perfect. In love with Medium Rare and will definitely be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, People Watching, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot
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Food3
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on 25 June 2017

Average brunch. Poor quality drinks. Fresh bread was good. Very hurried service. In and out in less that 45 min.

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on 22 June 2017

Wonderful experience. Our server Michelle made sure our preferences for timing of courses were spot on and the food as always was great and perfectly prepared. Michelle kept us well supplied with bread, wine and water never missing a beat .

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