Medium Rare - Capitol Hill

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981 reviews
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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.
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TD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great place! Fixed menu - great to not have to think about what to get. They do what they do well! The experience is a little faster than your usual sit-down place because you don't need time to decide on anything, and they move you through quickly, still a solid night out! Would go back again for sure.

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TJ
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Our server was awful. But, the other staff helped make up for her obvious lack of abilities. She didn't appear to like when we asked questions, she didn't bring us things we asked for, and she made faces like what we were asking for was hurting her. The busboy, bartender, and other wait staff did step up to make our dinner better. But, if all staff were like her, this place would be in trouble.

The food was, as always, delicious and plentiful.

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s
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the brunch options and the food was great and mimosas too

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R
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We had a great meal! I'm thinking the server was off that night because there's so many great reviews on the service. We didn't get our bread until my husband got up, tracked the server down and asked after we had our dinner (The first round. Love that they come around again and fill your plate. They don't need to but it's cool.) If it wasn't considered the first course of the meal on the pre-fix we wouldn't have thought too much about it. And being there's only one thing on the menu we felt overlooking it was interesting. Ordered coffee and dessert and the coffee was stale and not hot. I do feel like a server should be able to tell when they pour it whether it's worthy of serving. No steam means no serve! Then our bill was someone else's after the server checked it in front of us and said "yes, this is yours". It clearly wasn't. Just felt like we had to lead them in the right direction through the meal more than we should have. We would go back and give them another shot for sure.

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EW
New England
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Bloody Mary was just tomato juice with a splash of vodka. Food came out super rare and had to send it back, but it was great when it came out again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything!

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j
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was abysmal for New Years brunch. Server was forgetful and flat out rude at times. Food was okay, though the sausage in one dish was burnt. Mimosas were weak. Overall, would not go again for brunch.

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N
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I always like Medium Rare, but the service was underwhelming this trip. It was NYE, but I still think the staff could have been more attentive. We felt a little forgotten.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Our family (with two kids) was jammed tight next to rowdy table of 12 with Caps jerseys who were yelling cursing and drunk. They had just come from a Caps game.

Yet half the restaurant was empty. I told the hostess at the end of the night, don’t jam people who want to talk next to the frat party table when you have plenty of space elsewhere. Bad seating ruins a dinner. Hostesses need to clue in on what makes sense and what is a bad idea.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Literally the worst service we’ve ever received in a DC restaurant. It’s a shame — the host was so rude and the manager so unapologetic about it that we will never return.

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YF
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a date!!

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T
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My steak was prepared pefectly and the fries were nicely done. They have a full bar with beer, wine and liquer (only 4 varieties). The service was good and I did not have any trouble parking. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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MF
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, even better employees, coming back for sure. My grandmother was extra happy with her icecream

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worst restaurant my family and I have ever been to.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Love this place!!

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BC
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was among the best I've ever had. Superb steak and fries. Sauce was out of this world!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

The food was ok...the manager on duty Charmaine was dismissive, robotic and not accommodating. Very disappointed in the experience.

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FJ
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Favorite restaurant in DC! Amazing food and the restaurant such a cool vibe.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for brunch and had a wonderful time. Medium Rare never seems to disappoint. We had 11am reservations and the place was empty for the first hour but we did felt rushed by the wait staff even though the place was empty.

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ED
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Our server was very nice and attentive. My cosmo was very weak so I sent it back when I revived the new one it was the plain gross. Very disappointed. Our food was good. Our server offered us a side of Portabella mushrooms. They came out looking like anchovies with zero flavor. Over all won’t be coming back anytime soon.

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CW
Washington DC
82 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a very solid experience. Food is consistent, service as well. Carrot cake is one of the best.

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B
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A special gem! Food was great, and the mushroom appetizer was delicious, the only one on the menu, which the waitress recommended. They need to add some appetizers to the menu, only 1 appetizer and bread. The prefix menu is only $22.00, and secret sauce on the steak was tasty. The staff writes their names on paper, which is on your table in crayon. The salad guy was very funny. Very limited menu, and small kitchen, but a great place to dine.

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KB
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Such a cute place for date night or a night out with friends. Loved the double bubble at the end! All around a cool place.

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m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Never received our bread basket which is one of the three courses that you pay for. Was given the check before we even finished eating and could decide whether or not we wanted to order dessert. Staff seemed harried even thought they serve a set menu and the place is small.

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SB
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Set Price Menu is awesome.
Steak & Fries....and oh that secret sauce.
Be aware that desserts, while good, are about $9 ea....which is a lot when you consider the $23 set menu for Bread, Salad, Steak and Fries.....

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WH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Great concept, awful execution. Took a friend with my boyfriend, we were not asked if we had ever been, we were not told what the menu was about, it wasn’t until our plates were cleared and more food was being brought out, did we know there was a “seconds” option.

Food was good, but staff needs to inform customers what the concept and what the prix fixed menu included. Will go back if I’m looking for a cheap steak dinner

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KM
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Steak frittes was very good! Steak was cooked to order (medium rare what else) and tender. Salad was subpar in my opinion - light green lettuce, minimal add-ons - need to add fresh greens and something crunchy I would say. Salad dressing was good. Wine selections were few but the malbec we had was good. Wine was marked up excessively, perhaps to make up for the reasonable food cost.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

How was the food? I wouldn’t know. Never had a chance to try it. I arrived at 12:30 for my 12:30 reservation. They asked me to wait at the bar while my table was getting ready. My group sat at the bar for 20 minutes then went to check in the table. We had been forgotten (which I’m not even bothered or upset by), so then we get seated. We sat for 30 minutes and just waited. While no one can to check on us, and our order was never taken. I spent 50 minutes in that restaurant and no one took my order. There was 5/6 open tables around us. It wasn’t busy. No one was attentive.

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CM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The food was good as usual, BUT the add on side of mushrooms were horrible.

The music is WAY too loud and quite offensive. We have been there with children and the music had cursing!!!!??? Seriously?? Our family and our office have patronized MR dozens and dozens of times over the years but i think it may be time to part ways, sadly.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

To be bottomless it surely didn’t seem like it.. the Waitress we had didn’t come around until it was almost time for us to pay. The food was small didn’t feel me up.. would not go back

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r
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

While the food was good, the service was terrible. The waiter nearly knocked my wine glass over trying to refill my water. Another server took away all of my plates and utensils while I still had a piece of bread in my hand. Another server knocked the menu off the table and kept on going. We asked for wine with dinner, and if you know the pace that this restaurant runs at, you should probably ask for that as soon as you sit down because your food will be out in a nano second. Also, wine not a decent size pour for the mo way. Can’t imagine ordering a bottle as we would normally do because you are so rushed through your meal. I know it’s not a fancy place, but the wait staff made us feel as if the were doing us a favor with their crappy service. But we really enjoyed the food, but would prefer to have a plate while we are eating.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was just below avaerage. The hostess and manager both had attitudes. However our servicer was nice and on top of things but he couldn't make up for below average food and attitude we received from the manager. I do not recommend this location.

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ST
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was very good and serves awesome steak frites

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

Love it here! That's why I've been so many times.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Music is way too loud. Everything else is great.

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OH
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Disgusting meat and I would never go back. The service was excellent

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JY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This place is a staple; always a better than average experience, quality food, great value. On this visit, our server was not particularly friendly and seemed to be in a rush. That is not typical.

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KT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This is basically the French restaurant Relais de Entrecôte. It only serves steak and frites. You get a salad to start and bread with butter. Then two servings of steak frites.

Its not as good as the real restaurant, but its decent and especially for the price - $23.00

I think the meat is cut too thinly, and my steak was cooked basically all the way through even though I asked for medium rare. Its a little peppery - I think to mask the bland steak. I guess that’s what the sauce is for! In my opinion a good steak is good all on its own.

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b
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Steak, salad, and drinks were straight-forward but very tasty. The fries were cooked just right. The server suggested hot apple cider with Woodford Bourbon for a nice touch. The second serving of steak and fries is included and was brought out timely. The interior is ambient with candles, but then festive with pop music. It is a great place for a date or birthday.

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