Medium Rare - Capitol Hill

4.4
952 reviews
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$30 and under
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Steak
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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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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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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KM
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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
18 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
3 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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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Poorly poached eggs - I assume for the kitchens convenience. Cold French fries and some weren’t fully cooked. Despite many other available tables, we were asked to leave or move to the bar because of an other reservation. If bottomless brunch lasts 2 hours, I expect to be able to sit for 2 hours. I feel the restaurant should account for that time in their reservation planning.

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C
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The fries were outstanding! We were really rushed though. Drinks, salads and steaks came out pretty much all at once. Not sure why.

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KL
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Sat outside because it felt amazing out, the lights strung above set the perfect ambiance. The food was spectacular and we got seconds with the set meal...???!!! So cool! Our belly’s were very full! The chocolate cake with vanilla bean ice cream
was amazing as well.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Honestly Medium Rare is pretty hit or miss for us, but we keep going back because the food is so good. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case this time. Our salads came before our bread, it took a long time to get our drinks (we would have ordered another had it arrived earlier) and to top it all off I had to send back my steak because it wasn’t even close to warm. Our server was nice enough to handle it, but to make things even more disappointing when the seconds came around we were served the wrong temperature steak and again the steak was cold.

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b
Wilmington
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service love the crusty bread

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CC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The steak was fine. Served a bit cool for my taste and without any excitement. The service was so incredibly underwhelming. Made our meal almost awkward. No one even explained the menu or welcomed us. Just said “what can I get you to drink?” My friend scratched her head that I’d asked her to meet me here for her one night in town.

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B
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

If only they'd turn down the music, this place would be perfect. Love everything else about it. The food, the prices, the service, it's so good. They're going for ambiance with loud music I guess but that just means I have to shout at my date. They refuse to turn it down too. That said, good value, if you've never been, go try it at least once.

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RJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great time, great food and worth the money spent for Brunch. I'd go again!

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RW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Meh, place was definitely just meh. Food was meh, bottomless mimosas were basically bottomless orange juice

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The place is fantastic!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff, the food is good. The location of the restaurant is also very good, just 3mins walk from the eastern market station.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

Weak mimosas

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Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Have you ever been told by a restaurant that you have only 5 minutes left to dine because you booked on Opentable and there is another party waiting for your table? This just happened to me, right after I ordered 3 plates of dessert for $9 each! I have never been treated like this. Beware of this restaurant, and beware of using Opentable, if this is how you may be treated. FYI, I left a 20% gratuity anyway. Also, they shorted my wife on her French fries for the 2nd serving and promised to bring more. NOT!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

The food was not good at all. The service was slow and not attentive. We got bottomless brunch but they did not keep serving our drinks so we felt obligated to leave. Would not go there again.

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Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

I got sick from eating here. I don’t even want to think about returning.

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G
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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F
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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