Medium Rare - Arlington

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438 reviews
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$30 and under
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Steak
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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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.3
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4.5
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vipWesty
Denver
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Steak,frites, mustard vinegrette salad and crusty bread. If you are in that mood this is the place. Add a nice bottle of Bordeaux and you are having a true French Bistro experience.

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vipExcellent
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All three of us give the highest rating to the Virginia Square Medium Rare for a great dinner in a great patio setting. Wait staff was very attentive and professional and also very conscientious about face mask wearing and social distancing. We felt very safe and completely comfortable there, which we feel is essential enjoying a night out.

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vipJackson
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

If you like steak and if you like French fries then you need to go to Medium Rare. The food is delicious and the deal is amazing. I love this place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waiter Matthew was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I arrived an hour before my reservation and was accomodated. Seating was on the patio and was fine.

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kevins
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

1st time there, looking forward to going back. Hope you like beef!

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kate
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Medium Rare is one of my favorites! The food is always delicious and they've worked hard to reopen safely. I especially appreciate the big tent they added to make their (large) patio all weather.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Was a bit dirty. Glasses and silverware were dirty. Overall look of the place was dirty and sloppy. Waitress was nice but looked very disheveled

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Medium Rare has done an exceptional job delivering their charming steak frites schtick with an eye toward necessary reopening precautions. The patio seating was well spaced. The wait staff was attentive without being intrusive. And I got the impression that everyone took pride in delivering the product without forgetting the inherent risk that can never be eliminated. The wait staff worked together in a way that seemed choreographed, not because it was affected or appeared scripted but because it was the kind of natural that only comes from dedicated rehearsal. The work they put into planning, training, and looking out for one another shows. Their approach allowed me to settle into the meal knowing the restaurant had an eye toward both its customers and its employees. And that made for an experience that was both delicious and satisfying.

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L037
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great experience. Had only been to the Cleveland Park location so tried this one. Didn’t disappoint. We loved our evening.

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vipJulieK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service, even behind a mask was wonderful and the food was a large delicious as ever!!

JK
vipJordanK
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They did a great job with Covid, felt totally safe!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience3

Excellent food but poor service. Waited over ten minutes for our reservation because a “friend of the manager” came and wanted our table instead, forcing us to stand at the hostess station until they had a new table ready. Then waited another ten minutes for anyone to even come to our table.

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Olivia
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Medium Rare never disappoints! Brunch was great and the service was timely

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BrendaP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it. Excellent French wine, and the food was really good. If you don’t like rosemary, ask for the steak gravy on the side (not a fan of rosemary, but I enjoyed the gravy on my fries). Our server was exceedingly nice, and the patio was great.

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vipCJames
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal and outdoor seating. Bar is not full, but good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent date spot: love the all-inclusive brunch!

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vipAmyR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Medium Rare did not disappoint. This was our first meal post Covid-19 and we not only felt safe in the outdoor patio but the staff was extremely attentive, courteous, and safe. We will definitely be back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely wonderful from beginning to end. Excellent and polite service, delicious food, great ambiance. Felt so good to eat out again after many months of being inside! The Medium Rare team is amazing and truly a cut above the rest!

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vipJd1985
Savannah
7 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great as always!

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vipalanab
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is the first time I have been here for brunch and it was fantastic. They opened up their patio and it was nice having steak Benedict with a breeze and not having to be home. The steak was mixed with mushrooms so they have this earthy taste. The hollandaise sauce was a bit spicy and the eggs were cooked perfectly. This place has the best bread anywhere. It is crusty and flavorful. I recommend going even if just for the normal steak and fries.

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LetsGoNats19
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

First restaurant visit since mid-March. They did a great job - safe and great food and service outside. Next needs to be inside once the weather gets too hot....
Can be done safely!

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Rich
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service especially with the pandemic. Outside seating was perfect!

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vipBobB
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

they were sensitive/ responsive to our request for a window table with space between tables

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MattL
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good just wish the orange juice had less pulp.

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SarahM
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Two rounds of steak were served as part of fixed menu.. I did not want to eat that much. One round was plenty.

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vipMomRucifi
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first time to Medium Rare, but it won't be our last. Our server, Lauren, was very welcoming and had great suggestions for us about the wine and dessert options. At first it seemed strange to go to a place where everyone gets the same meal, but it ended up being a great thing for this indecisive couple -- no fussing about what to order, no regrets! Happened to sit next to a table with a birthday...no singing to embarrass anyone, but the sparkler on the cake was something special.

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LettyD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dinner with the family! The steak was amazingly good! And the key lime pie so fresh and delicious! I will definitely come back.

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Sarah
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious from start to finish! Prix fixe takes the guesswork out of a meal. You know it’s good, because it’s all they do. If you enjoy a decent steak, you will enjoy Medium Rare. It’s never going to be the best of the best, but it’s not going for that. I would definitely say that it’s the best of the best for the $24. Can’t beat the price, the service is wonderful, and the food is great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

You can always count on Medium Rare to deliver

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vipKellyW
Portland
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a great deal for brunch! The salad dressing is AMAZING and I dream of the steak sauce. I’ll certainly be back!

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fm110
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It was nice to have a fixed menu where you only choose the doneness of the steak. The steak was cooked nicely, but some of it was sinewy and that made it unpleasant to eat. The sauce for the steak was very flavorful and tasty. The salad was good, except the dressing was a bit heavy for my taste (it was coated in the dressing). The service was good, but it was a busy night and probably a little slower than normal. I was looking forward to the bourbon apple cider, but it was too sweet for my taste and served hot in a wine glass vs a mug. Overall, we enjoyed our visit, but improvements could be made. If a different cut of steak was available, I'd probably return.

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vipSusanR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

By far, my favorite restaurant across the world. That sauce!!!

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BrittanyC
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was delicious.
Service could have been somewhat faster.
Would definitely return!!

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DaveD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent and you honestly can't beat it for the price. Great for groups since everyone has to get the same thing so dealing with the check is a lot easier.

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MaliaT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Quiet Wednesday evening, the restaurant wasn’t full. We ordered beer and wine that arrived when they delivered the bread. Salad came out soon after and then the main course. Medium Rare brings out second helpings?! What an awesome surprise! Hard to leave there without being full.

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vipAnnalenaW
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always great place to good for a solid meal! The salad is one of my favorites.

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Theatergoer
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

This was the rudest service I have ever had. The host was surely from the time we entered and not helpful when we wished to change a table (to accommodate a hearing issue of one guest). When one of our party gently suggested to the waiter that he not reach in front of my face to serve a dish (to avoid a collision of my fork and the dish), the waiter actually got mean and threatened to withhold serving food. We all sat there at a standoff until the waiter decided to serve the food. We had interacted little with the waiter, so the waiter's aggression was shocking and uncomfortable.
We chose to soldier on, but the rest of the meal was lousy. Water was not re-filled, we had to flag the waiter for a glass of wine, and the meat was over-salted.
All but one of us had been there before, and this was to have been a fun meal. I'll never go back.

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KAltaweel
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great French steak house. The portion of food worth the money you pay. Also the have a delicious dessert. Go and enjoy.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Easy date location.

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Medium Rare - Arlington does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Medium Rare - Arlington also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 243-2020.

Medium Rare - Arlington is rated 4.5 stars by 438 OpenTable diners.

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