Medium Rare - Capitol Hill

4.5
923 reviews
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$30 and under
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Steak
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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 carefully selected wines, spirits, and draft beer choices. We offer an off-menu vegetarian option. Yes, we do serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday with a great prix fixe including "The Best French Toast in DC", Steak and Eggs, Eggs Benedict and bottomless bloody Marys, mimosas and screwdrivers.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Steak, American, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Saturday and Sunday Brunch 10:30 -2:30; Saturday Dinner 2:30 -11:00 pm , Sunday Dinner 2:30 pm - 10:00 pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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(202) 601-7136
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The bread was cold and stale. Everything else we very good

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

First time to this location, pleased with the settng and staff. Much like the original location on Connecticut Avenue. The food was delicious as always. Our waitress seemed a bit distracted however the service was very good. The location was an easy meetup for friends flying out of town after touring some museums.

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GS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

For a steak place, the quality of the meat was below average....tough, tasteless, selfish. Also, they should offer a less fattening substitute for the French fries. They did have a decent wine selection!

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SG
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Really rude waiter and steak very over done considering I ordered rare

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d
Dallas
110 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really good steak and service! Fun place!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service

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A
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great all-inclusive brunch for $28 each (including bottomless mimosas/Bloody Marys/screwdrivers/soft drinks). Food was excellent, and environment was nice, although a little loud.

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F
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Maybe turkey items for non-red meat eaters

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PC
London
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent meat, and nice portion size! Not cheap in absolute, but a great deal compared with steakhouses...

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ML
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In fantasyland where gaining weight doesn't happen, I would eat here everyday. Delicious!

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Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a new experience for us with only one menu; the only decision we had to make was how we wanted our steak cooked. The house salad dressing, mustard vinaigrette, was outstanding and did not overpower the salad. The meat was tender and just when we thought we were finished, out came the wait staff with seconds, heaping steak and french fries onto our plates. We had to try dessert and this did not disappoint! The apple pie was hot with a scoop of ice cream, the hot fudge sundae was beautifully presented with whipping cream and sprinkles, and the chocolate fudge cake was 5 layers with lots of icing. I was obliged with a scoop of vanilla ice cream with my cake - so good! If you are a chocolate lover, do not neglect to order this cake. It really is a 2-person dessert. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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AK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I was VERY disappointed with our meal at Medium Rare. The service was lack luster. The staff were nice, but unpolished with poor verbal and service skills. The menu is ONLY Prix Fixe with ONLY One option (one type of salad, one type of fries, and one type of steak). The food was all of the average quality, definitely not worth the price. There are MANY other better options of where to eat on Barrack's Row, and I am not sure how the heck this restaurant receives such good reviews. I will most definitely NOT be returning here for a meal.

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OT
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic restaurant with attentive staff and delicious food. Great place for a night out with the family!

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JM
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Salad, steak and fries. Great value and tasty. Great for families.

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c
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great prefix menu for Sunday brunch. Worth the money. Service was fast and food was good. Will go back.

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NG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alexis the bartender is awesome and had a great convo with her and the manager- just great vibes all around the board!

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AB
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Medium Rare (Capitol Hill) was amazing. I went there to celebrate a special occasion and I could not have asked for a better experience. The wait staff was friendly, courteous and quick. We received refills on drinks and bread without even asking. The food came out quick and was extremely tasty. To top it off, the waiter was kind enough to take a group photo to commemorate the occasion. Thanks to Medium Rare, our group had a really memorable evening.

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b
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

We had a great meal at Medium Rare, what a cool spot! The menu is obviously very simple, not much to think about, but each of the simple courses was very good - bread, salad & steak frites. Don't sleep on the desserts either - we tried two and they were both fantastic. The restaurant has a cool feel, upscale casual with the brick walls & high industrial-style ceiling. Good vibes.

I would definitely go again.

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RL
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The food was awful. I ordered an eggs benedict and received a soggy English muffin smothered in stew beef slop. The staff was attentive to the point of being disruptive. I eventually allowed my half-eaten plate of food to be cleared away just so the servers/bussers/managers would stop asking me if I was finished. The music was way too loud.

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MD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good

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S
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This was my second time here for brunch. The first time was fabulous, this time was just so-so. We were on the later end of the brunch window. Our entire party (of 6) needed to arrive before they would seat us. The food was just okay, not as good as it usually is. I'm guessing this was just a fluke.

It's a really good deal for bottomless brunch. Not sure of anywhere else in DC that has as great of a deal.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

When we first went in the music was the first thing my friend and I noticed because they had great selection. We were seated and then had to wait about 10 minutes for a server to even come over and acknowledge us. It was to the point where the hostess had to get our first round of drinks because we still were not attended to.
Then when the server finally comes over he basically tries to rush us into ordering when we have finally just got our drinks. After we do finally get to put our food in we end up waiting another 10-15 for the brunch second course. The server asks us if we have gotten them and we said no and he doesn’t go and get it or ask anyone else. He instead goes to every other table in his section and then finally goes to get it. He made the experience very unpleasant. It was awkward to see how he was attending to the rest of his tables and basically ignored us the whole time.
Yes we were young adults and only a 2 too but we were going to tip about 20% for excellent service. Instead we just tipped 20% because we aren’t bad people.
The food itself was also very mediocre.
The only thing we really enjoyed was that there was good music and you could learn French in the bathrooms.

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MO
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

only one menu. bread, salad, steak. But it is served good, budget friendly (for Washington DC) and nice people.

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AC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were looking for affordable steak in DC that will not break the bank. At USD25 per person for dinner that was what we got -freshly baked bread, a fresh nice salad and 2 servings of medium rare steak and fries. The secret steak sauce was a bit salty for me. We added the day’s special grilled portobello mushroom with a yummy pepper and tomato sauce. The quality of food was high. The staff services were outstanding.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was great! Food awesome as normal! It’s a great value!!! :)

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

They refused to seat my party when the restaurant was completely empty. The host claimed everything was reserved but the bar was open seating. I went on open table to reserve a table and after some back and forth they seated my party at a table. It was difficult to get refills or our server’s attention. Paid bill, including tip, with cash. Thirty minutes later they had the audacity to call my cellphone and ask if we paid the bill. Claimed the table wasn’t closed, and we didn’t look like the type to skip on a bill. I always bring out of town friends and family here for brunch, never again!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

They really know what they’re doing here! The food is consistent, simple, and so so tasty!!

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T
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

One of our routine favorites, but service was awful this time

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OT
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Medium Rare gets the set menu right! Two servings of streak and fries with the best sauce in the city! My sister doesn't eat meat and they offered her the vegetarian menu which came with mushrooms and a red based sauce that was also delicious!
When it came to the second servings, I was served last thus got the "leftovers" when we told our waiter, they returned with a fresh hot plate for me.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server was attentive and personable. Our glasses were kept full. For brunch, we both had the steak and scrambled eggs with the parfait. Parfait was really good. Steak and eggs were good - just not piping hot. Still a great meal and experience. I will definitely return!

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RL
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are looking for a casual spot with good steak and good service this will definitely do the job.

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Tulsa
14 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily the best value in DC. High quality, French-style steak frites and lots of it.

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JK
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two years ago my family happened on Medium Rare while on vacation in D.C., and we ALL immediately remembered it when we wanted to have a nice family dinner this time around. The steak and sauce are delectable, the fries crispy and delicious, and the salad is one of the best I've had, so light and perfect ! We shared apple pie, chocolate cake, and key lime pie, which were all delicious! We all commented that we wish we had one in Southern California!

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EC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite local spots to get great quality food at a nice price. Our teenage and adult boys love it. It’s where they sometimes choose to celebrate their birthdays (the sparkler they use is amazing!). And we love taking guests here because it’s a great DC place that’s inexpensive and quick (but amazing). Great place for everyday dining, date night, or a casual special occasion!

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a
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

My cousin had come from out of town, so we wanted a nice place to just sit and catch up, without having to go through too much effort. I'd never been to Medium Rare, but enjoyed the food. The 2 portions gimmick seemed reminiscent of a much more famous place in Paris/New York, but I couldn't quite place it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was great!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! My go-to place to take friends from out of town.

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H
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Good for dinner but terrible brunch option unless you are going to order their classic steak and frites

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LG
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu concept at Medium Rare is fantastic! What a great idea.
The entire staff at Medium Rare were excellent in their Customer Service.
Definitely a keeper!

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WP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great value for the food. They have raised their prices since I last dined there. A glass of wine.... too pricey! My steak was undercooked but the waiter took care of that.

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