Medium Rare - Cleveland Park

4.6
946 reviews
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$30 and under
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Steak
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Steak, American, French
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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
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Phone number
(202) 237-1432
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
Ordway Street NW
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Parking Details
Small parking lot directly across the street
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Public Transit
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
What 946 People Are Saying
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4.5
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.6
Value
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

A friend was in town so myself, my friend, and my partner went to Medium Rare for dinner on a Saturday night. We made reservations the day before fairly easily. They have both indoor and outdoor seating. Our waitress was very knowledablge about the wines and guided us to an excellent choice. Dinner at Medium Rare is pre fixe - you get a bread, salad, steak cooked how you'd like, and fries. The bread and salad were fine, nothing too special. The steak and fries were both quite delicious and come with a secret french sauce! I normally don't like sauce but dang this was tasty. But here's the kicker: you get SECONDS included in the price. I think it's something like $24 before tax/tip for a steak and fries dinner that includes seconds of both the steak and fries. What an amazing deal! I will definitely be coming back. My partner and I will probably dine here about once a month. This has to be one of the best deals in the DMV area.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The food was tasty, service was quick, and the mimosas delicious.

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5.0Dined on 8 August 2018

Food is always good. We tend to “double salad” versus the fries but occasionally just get fries too. We also tend to get the sauce on the side. Our waiter was excellent. We tried the Bethesda one twice but much prefer the Cleveland park one

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5.0Dined on 7 August 2018

This was not the first time there. The food, Service and ambiance is consistently excellent. The staff is friendly, and the entire concept is great! Only recommendation: we now have a little one (under 2) and maybe a (small) kids choice menu would be cool cause the tiny ones don’t usually eat steak yet!

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5.0Dined on 30 July 2018

What’s not to love? Love the steak frites concept- easy delicious and fun and great atmosphere! ( plus generally lunch the next day! ) my 10 yo had her birthday here tonight- her choice! Super nice staff gave her a cool sparkly candle/ mini firework! Lol. Perfect family dinner place for us.. ( we prefer this location over the Bethesda location- more interesting street scene to look at - not as loud music as Bethesda so Easier to hear .. but honestly - love them both!

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5.0Dined on 28 July 2018

We love going to Medium Rare in Cleveland Park - it's by far the best location. Always great food and good service. It was a little off when we went last Friday night - they were busier than usual and it took a long time to get our salads, but we knew that was unusual for them. Always looking forward to going back, will remain loyal!

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3.0Dined on 24 July 2018

love the place, I've been going there for years and the food is always on point. My only issue lately is that the service is a bit slower than what I got used to. There was more than one waiter working in our section so I think our drink orders and section serving of our meal took a while to reach us.

That being said I still love the place and always recommend it to friends

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3.0Dined on 23 July 2018

Unfortunately Medium Rare has lost a step. We used to frequent this location several years ago and it was great. The service was not great, food only ok. Not what it used to be.

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4.0Dined on 22 July 2018

Delicious gluten free salad, steak, and fries, with an amazing secret sauce. All for a great price. Was a bit loud late on a Sunday evening, but still would return!

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5.0Dined on 22 July 2018

Michelle was great. Good brunch, strong cocktails, rustic & lively atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

So enjoyed our brunch. Food was delicious and our server was the best! Great value and so fun! Can't wait to go back....

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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

Our dinner was excellent, our waiter was super friendly and even spaced out our courses so we didn’t feel rushed!

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3.0Dined on 20 July 2018

The food was ok. It did not live up to the expectations on the websites I wisited

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5.0Dined on 17 July 2018

No choice menus with good quality food. A bit noisy' excellent/attentive wait staff.

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1.0Dined on 15 July 2018

This is the third, possibly fourth, brunch I’ve had at this location. I don’t think I’ll be back.
Everything that went wrong:
1) Our server couldn’t seem to understand that we had a vegetarian in the group. She ordered the egg frites and sausage without the sausage. This concept seemed very foreign to our waitress.
2) I ordered the steak and eggs but asked that my eggs be “scrambled hard” (meaning not runny like they usually are). Our server informed me that the food is “pre-made” and they can’t do that. Apparently not only is the food not fresh, but the kitchen isn’t capable of throwing the “pre-made” eggs in a frying pan for a few additional minutes.
3) The bread that comes with your meal never made it to our table.
4) We asked for ketchup, bread (that never arrived), and more mimosas once our server came to check on us. She seemed very confused and came back TWO times to verify what we asked for.
5) Another female server (not ours), was overheard telling one of the bussers that whenever she eats the food there she gets sick and gassy. Not exactly what you want to hear when you’re in the middle of your meal.

The value of the brunch is great, but everything else is garbage.

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5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Loved this concept and the restaurant! It was so good! Its probably not for everyone as they only have 1 thing on the menu, but for a carnivore like me...it was perfect. Getting my drink refilled was my only issue. I finally got up, went to the bar, and got it myself. Otherwise, everything else was absolutely perfect!

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5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

The only problem was we were seated in the second room and the vents for the air conditioning were blowing directly down on us. But better to be chilly than too hot.

The key lime pie serving was definitely large enough to share.

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5.0Dined on 4 July 2018

Soooo my quest to find my go to restaurant in the Cleveland Park area has ended. Medium Rare (and no you don't have to just get medium rare 😁) is amazing. The concept is entirely genius!!! From first walking in the door the experience started off well and lasted throughout the meal. The menu is pretty straight forward I started with my strawberry gimlet as recommended by my waiter Azmie (he is one of the best I have had in a LONG time) next came the hot bread which is beyond tasty with the butter, then the salad with a Dijon base dressing which was scrumptious, and next came the steak and fries with the secret sauce which is just beyond good!!! One thing that totally surprised me was YOU GET A SECOND PORTION OF STEAK!!! I was completely in awe and it came with more sauce!!! I literally couldn't have asked for more. To top it all off we had to get dessert, Azmie reccomended the Red Velvet cake which was very moist, flavorful, and gigantic! Overall I give Medium Rare 👍👍 2 thumbs up and will definitely be back.

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2.0Dined on 4 July 2018

If you're a college kid looking to eat a steak for cheap, this is your place. If you're anyone else, stay away. The music was so loud that I had to yell to talk to the person across the table from me - it was like we were in a club. You also have no menu choices. Everyone is given the same thing - some bread, a basic salad, and a steak with fries. The steak was flavorless, over-cooked, and swimming in a mysterious thick brown sauce.

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4.0Dined on 3 July 2018

My wife and I just got married and we decided to bring our families to dinner in the restaurant we had our first date.
We love Medium Rare, we have been there many times! This time the service was a little bit slow, but the food was awesome as always and they also treated us with a celebratory Hot Fudge Sundae!

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5.0Dined on 3 July 2018

Great service and great food (although for some reason, I was less blown away by the meat and sauce this time).
My biggest complaint is that this place is just too noisy. They should tune the music down.

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5.0Dined on 1 July 2018

Great deal - $22 for bread, salad, steak, and fries with a refill on the steak and fries!

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5.0Dined on 1 July 2018

Delicious brunch, excellent value, and great attentiveness to our bottomless drinks!

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5.0Dined on 30 June 2018

Service and food was outstanding! The staff was very attentive and friendly. Im looking forward to coming back soon.

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5.0Dined on 28 June 2018

Everything was Amazing, loved the seasonal Strawberry cocktail. Will be back for brunch!!

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4.0Dined on 27 June 2018

Great service. Tasty food. Fun neighborhood. The secret sauce was not as tasty as I recall making me wonder if they changed it??

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4.0Dined on 23 June 2018

Incredible food, great service, but very loud during brunch.

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2.0Dined on 22 June 2018

Loved the food, but the experience of dining was rushed and unsettling. It felt like we were on a timer, and we couldn’t enjoy our meal. The music was too loud- we could barely here each other.

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4.0Dined on 22 June 2018

Food was good as always. But the restaurant was too loud and I felt rushed. It seemed as if the experience was more about getting you in and out instead of being able to enjoy the meal. Just wish these bits were improved.

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3.0Dined on 17 June 2018

Service poor; very limited menu options; music is way too loud to allow for any kind of conversation; the limitations on the menus do not at all make sense

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5.0Dined on 17 June 2018

Great food and service. Close to metro stop and 2 hour parking spots.

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5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

My husband and I like going there for dinner and brunch. The food is really good, and moderately priced. We have always had good service. My husband is currently using a walker so we had a great table to accomodate the walker.

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5.0Dined on 15 June 2018

Medium Rate is a unique dining experience. The steak and frites are exceptional. The staff is friendly and very attentive. This is a must stop in DC!

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4.0Dined on 10 June 2018

Nice place and good food. The fix price menu was well explained and the food came out fast and the way we wanted. It was a bit loud but that goes with the restaurant atmosphere. Overall delicious !!!! Want to go back.

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4.0Dined on 5 June 2018

Simple - salad, steak, fries. And all were delicious. 2 minor complaints, it was drafty - had cold air blowing on me. And when they gave us our seconds on steak, they didn't ask me the doneness I wanted. But overall a great dinner and we will return.

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4.0Dined on 4 June 2018

Medium Rare has perfected the art of doing their one central 'thing' - steak & frites - really well. Reliable & relaxed, you know what you're getting! Our 3 sons particularly love this place - good meat & frites, & no fussing over menu selections.

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5.0Dined on 3 June 2018

Medium Rare continues to be a great place to go to catch up with friends -- obviously the no choice menu makes things simple although this time the waiter did suggest an optional appetizer which we did not get -- the bread, salad, double portions and dessert (key lime pie) provide more than enough food. I wonder if any ever turns down the second portion -- it would still be enough.

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3.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Medium Rare is one of my all-time favorite brunch places because the food and bottomless deal is the best bang for your buck in the city. That being said, it was disappointing that we were basically served carafes of orange juice instead of mimosas. We complained and they put a little more champagne in, but after three hours of dining, we left sober and full of OJ instead of enjoying the full brunch experience.

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5.0Dined on 31 May 2018

Great food the place is nice and the service excelent

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5.0Dined on 27 May 2018

The Steak, Fries and Special Sauce are Amazing. Awesome deal for dinner or brunch (boozy or not) -- well worth the value!! Highly recommend if you like steak.

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