Medium Rare - Bethesda

4.6
551 reviews
$30 and under
Steakhouse
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 551 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.5
Value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GregO
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great meal. The staff is great, especially Vanessa the manager.

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vipMikie
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just excellent in every category! Marina , the manager, was just as lovely as she could be and the spectacular service offered by Nick will long be remembered !

But the highlight is the well planned and well executed dinner. Salad, steak ( two rounds), pommes frites, and fresh bread are totally enjoyable. Don’t miss out on this memorable dining experience in the heart of Bethesda.

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vipBStokes
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for Valentine’s Day. We love this place. It’s easy because you know what you are getting and the food is really good! The service is always great too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Eaten At this location several times before unfortunately the restaurant has been closed due to Covid and the direction by Montgomery County. It re-opened on Valentine’s Day and we made reservations for indoor dining on Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately when we arrive they over booked the entire restaurant we’re on able to give us an indoor table and we were forced to sit outside and 35° weather with a heat lamp above us that provided absolutely zero heat. Being the first day restaurants have been reopened in Montgomery county Maryland and every place being booked we had no choice but to sit there and to freeze while we ate. The manager was very uncooperativeAnd rude.

When asked why we didn’t get the table that we booked the answer was everyone booked indoors and there isn’t enough seating. I didn’t spend over $100 just sit in 35° weather and freeze miserably while eating food that instantly froze while being brought to our outdoor table.

While I understand their desire to recoup lost revenue during the Covid events this is not the way to do it. I will never eat at this restaurant again.

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Wizland
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The food is very good and plentiful. It’s a set menu so you know what to expect.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

Horrible customer service, we were sat down and brought the check within 35 minutes. With no time to enjoy our good, let alone get a second round of drinks or dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great experience as always. Still the best deal and best steak. That sauce is gold! Another great evening at Medium Rare!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Cutlery and napkins weren’t very clean. One of our salads had a hair.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

It was great!!!

MJ
MJR127
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We ate outside on a cold evening. They had tents, but our table was not in the tent. It was a bit breezy, but we brought a blanket so it turned out fine. The heaters at each table helped too. The staff was super friendly and the food stayed hot, even though it was in the low 30's when we ate.

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JenG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience3

I’ve been here many times and chose this spot for my birthday because I’ve loved it in the past. Yesterday however, I was nothing but dissatisfied. I understand Covid restricts parties to 6 people to a table, but I spoke with somebody on the phone who told me they could make a reservation for 7! When I showed up, I didn’t even have a reservation! I tried to explain my situation and the hostess was nothing but rude to me and my party; she was especially in my face in particular. When we finally got seated, the servers were all inattentive to our two tables. Even though my friends reminded our servers throughout the brunch that it was my birthday, I never received the ice cream with the fun candle brought out to sing happy birthday to. I know medium rare does better than this and I’m not happy with my experience, especially considering my birthday was not even acknowledged.

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StephanieL
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible brunch! One of my all time favorite restaurants in the DMV.

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FromBethesda
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great place! The service is excellent and the steak tastes delicious, especially the sauce. The only thing would be to have fancier fries or sides options.

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vipMargaretM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great service as always! delicious food and always easy to make an outdoor reservation

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SammyS
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

love love love Medium Rare. I would drink the sauce out of a wine glass.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Birthday and was good for an outdoor group

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vipLoriM
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Interesting concept where the menu is succinct and the food plentiful. It was our first visit and we were surprised when they brought out seconds on all the meal items! Go there hungry! I had chosen them because I heard about their charitable acts at Thanksgiving for those that had to spend the holiday alone and admired their efforts. The service was fast and very pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed our time there. We were immediately sat. Our server was very attentive. Even though our initial dishes were dropped at the wrong table, the team’s recovery was top notch. I appreciate it.

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vipFoodieonamission
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great outdoor dining setup for COVID times.

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CraigM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, steak and frites were crazy good. Even brought home some of the "Special Sauce"

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Leann
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, great atmosphere and great service! I’ll definitely be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great first time experience. Would definitely recommend this location & will dine there again.

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MariaN
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2020
Overall2Food3Service4Ambience1

We were a group of 3 co-workers traveling together. I was not aware of the limited menu, but we were fine with it. Please note you receive very good steak, fries and salad-no deviation. If you are low carb you can ask for extra salad vs the fries. BIG NEGATIVE - the music was so unbearably loud, we could not even hear each other talk about our project. We would have come back during the week, but the noise level was prohibitive. It literally sounded like a night club volume. Waitstaff and hostess were very professional and attentive. Again, if you are a steak/frites person, very good quality. Thank you.

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vipJames
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were the only ones dining inside. Ambiance a bit cold especially compared to Cleveland Park location. Food very good! Staff friendly with each other, could share it a bit?

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is always delicious. Simple but very enjoyable meal and the sauce OMGEEE!!! Yum 🤤🤤

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HonortheRez
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience2

Used open table to make a reservation inside the restaurant. Arrived on time only to be told that I had to sit outside. The temperature was low and the wind was blowing. Quite uncomfortable. Staff offered a heater, but quickly stole it back as soon as we ordered drinks. Fairly underhanded. Food not bad, but as long as you’re making a reservation it should be honored, regardless of who you are.

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vipefall
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

we went to medium rare for brunch and relished the opportunity to dine outside. the food was good (as always), but service was less than stellar. our server was incredibly inattentive and the service was incredibly slow. i am assuming that the restaurant was understaffed, but we had to practically had to beg for them to bring us our check.

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vipLisaS
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great Monday night treat! Food was great as always and we got fantastic service from Nick and the team.

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NHaney
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Ordered the benedict and the toast was burnt and the eggs was way underdone. Mimosa's were flowing and service was great.

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vipCarlaM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always - Great food service location and atmosphere!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Worst dinner we ever had!! Super poor service, salty food, really small portions.

The server literally dumped the food in my husbands plate saying “if you don’t eat we gonna through it away”.

HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE!! Don’t waist your money

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TimP
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Really good experience celebrating our fifth anniversary. The food and the service were terrific. The second portion of steak was quite rare and really chewy, but everything else was delicious and amazing!

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TonyaW
Louisville
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

The service was ok, the food is the greatest steak ever,love their fries,gravy is so good I could drink it with a straw. One of the BEST meals we have ever had!! Beats Jeff Ruby steakhouses.

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jazzyp
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

The food was AMAZING! In the beginning we did have some issues with the service but at the end of our meal we were truly satisfied with the food!

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Bethesda99
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

We were seated immediately and then moved when requested from cool outdoor seating to a cozy inside table. Room is very noisy but seeing the open kitchen made for a pleasant atmosphere.
Their menu is very, very limited as there is only one prix fixe choice. However, they do it extremely well. Steak cooked perfectly to order, crispy fries and the salad to start very nicely done. Service was a little slow getting a second helping but....second helping!
Nice glass of wine completed a very satisfying meal for a very reasonable price.

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Easy
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Nice restaurant, no choices. But food was good and fries were great.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

I enjoyed another location of Medium Rare - Capitol Hill. Unfortunately, it’s been closed, so I decided to try Bethesda (also “unfortunately”)
The meat cut was pretty mediocre and had a bitterness of old burned lard (I assume from improperly cleaned grill)
The side dish, potatoes, was good (just need to inform the waiter in advance not to use too much salt)
Salad was pretty decent... again, when the main course is meat, the speciality of the chain, is mediocre it’s very hard to justify the visit to this location. I wouldn’t recommend the Bethesda location.
Service was very friendly and pleasant.

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PatriciaB
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

The food is amazing and its a good thing cause there is only one thing on the menu. the desert however were too big and fattening. just stick to the amazing steak and their signature sauce. this is all we go there for...

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

Brunch food was awful :(

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was salty. Weather was chilly and Heating lump was off due to Montgomery Rules.I wish we would informed before booking outside.

FAQs

Medium Rare - Bethesda does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Medium Rare - Bethesda also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 215-8379.

Medium Rare - Bethesda is rated 4.6 stars by 551 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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