Medium Rare - Arlington

4.3
238 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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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

This was my first visit to Medium Rare and I while I could accept a fixed menu I didn't think the food was very good. The salad was bland and the steak and "secret sauce" didn't taste very good. Based on price and the fact that they only cook steak--should've been much better. Very disappointed...not going back.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

If your group likes steak and fries, it is a great place/value. Not strong on service

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JK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This was our second time at Medium Rare. The first time we didn't know that they serve the meal in two "portions" so we had them refill at the table and then ended up taking some of it home. This time we told them to box the second portion up at the beginning, which was a mistake. We didn't get the rest to take home until well after we had paid the check, and the portion seemed to be much less then what we would have gotten in the restaurant. I would consider going back, but wouldn't tell them to box the rest in advance.

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We love to come here for a casual, inexpensive dinner. The food and service are always good. Keep in mind that the restaurant is a bit on the noisier side and for whatever reason the entire floor feels sticky, which I’ve gotten over.

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

The service was terrible. We waited 30 min for the salad.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent but it was too loud to have a conversation or hear the server.

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

Valentine's Day was so much fun here!!! Food is out of this world good and they bring you more of it!!!! I wish they'd explain that since it was our first time and didn't know. I highly recommend this if you enjoy steak!

BTW the table comes with a madlib!

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KL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Not a fine dining steak. Quick casual steak restaurant. If you are looking for fine dining steak house, please go somewhere else. Also, it is very loud and hard to have a quiet conversation.

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L
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional food quality for a reasonable price. Ambiance a little too modern for our tastes, but not off putting. Highly recommend.

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f
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time! Glad I went for my birthday! Had a group of 8. Seated in time. Food was great! Drinks were great!

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MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious- warm crusty bread, great salad dressing and melt in your mouth steak. The service was amazing. Server was attentive and knowledgeable. Loved the team effort from all employees. Really makes for a great experience.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My birthday meal was delicious, thank you!

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F
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Perhaps this is a good place for lunch. We went for the set menu, but had not expected the sauce on the steak to be so thick and sweet. Would go again but ask for the sauce on the side. LOVELY staff.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The brunch deal was amazing!

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S
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

This was my second time eating at Meidum rare in Virginia Square. The first time was amazing but, this time the food came out very late. The server seemed new and was very nice but, just seemed overwhelmed and needed help. We asked for the things more than 4 times before they would reach the table. As we were leaving we realozed my boyfriend forgot his phone on the table so we went back and us and the other couple were looking for it because the table had already been cleared. The staff said they didn’t see it. So I turned on the find my iPhone app and put the noise on and after I did this a few times and we knew it was in the restaurant the staff found it under the ring of the table. It just seems like something sketchy was going on. Because we had looked under the table. I will never go back to the Virginia Square location.

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MS
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and value.
Need just a bit more dressing on the salad.
A little noisy but not sure architecturally how that could be ameliorated.
A good meal and will be a regular place for me.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is great and so is the service. The only hitch is that we felt rushed through our meals.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Usually good but was super slow today

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PP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

The idea is good, the flavor of the steak is good, the sauce is very salty. The cut/quality of meat is mediocre.

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JK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Other than the high price for the bottle of wine ($42), we thought it was great. Also, the side of mushrooms arrived too late for us to eat with our entrees. We asked for them to be removed from the bill and they were. The server was very friendly and likeable. Place was too noisy for my liking, even though it was only half full. Food was absolutely delicious.

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AC
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We had a 7:45 reservation but the restaurant wasn’t ready when we arrived. We went to the bar where the solo bartender was visibly overwhelmed, but did his best to get us drinks quickly. I had a bar seat and my boyfriend stood, but with the kitchen location, we were constantly in the way. Others who were standing near the bar felt the same too, constantly dodging servers with food going to the tables. We were finally seated around 8:15 and service was fine and food was fine - but it was just that, fine. Medium Rare left me underwhelmed.

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KS
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

I really enjoy the food here and the price makes it even better. The one issue I have is that I feel rushed to finish eating. I've been 3 times and each time my second course is brought out when I'm only halfway finished with my first. This results in some of the food getting cold before I can get to it. It also limits the amount of wine I end up getting. I usually get 2 glasses with dinner but the food is brought out so quickly that I've only ever been able to order 1.

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

None of the staff seemed to want to be there. Not rude, just completely indifferent to our existence as fellow humans.

Food was all right; nothing extraordinarily, but satisfying.

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TR
Birmingham
25 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

What a great idea - do one thing and do it very well! It was kind of nice to go out and not have to make a lot of choices. The included second helping was a great surprise! Finished it off by sharing a sundae and that was simple but really good too!

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DC
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food & service. Music a bit loud.

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O
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Restaurant with quality food and friendly service by all staff

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was delicious. My date and I had a wonderful brunch. Although, our server was a little off. Could’ve been a little friendlier.

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JK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very good deal. Steak was solid, the chocolate cake was good.

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

Great bottomless mimosas, and The steak and eggs was outstanding

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Made a reservation for 730 but had to wait until 8 to sit

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

A great place in North Arlington! The drinks were exceptionally good! Than you to the young lady serving up those drinks! Our server, Matthew, was great! Very attentive to the table's needs! The steak was perfectly cooked for everyone and the second service was a pleasant surprise. The chocolate cake for dessert was incredible! Overall, my guests and I had a great time and definitely will be back!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service cannot be beat!
The wine list needs some better selections,
You have good moderately tasting and priced wines but would be nice to have nicer wines offered also.

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Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Great staff. Food is terrible

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l
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Birthday. They made a very special birthday Sunday complete with a crazy candle. And everyone is very nice. It's just not as cozy as the Cleveland park one? Space is kind of cold because the ceilings are so high

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The menu is limited and that’s one of the great things about this restaurant! Salad, steak & fries! That’s it! The sauce on the steak is amazing! Food comes out in 2 courses. Only downside is that the “kids portion” is half what you get for a regular adult portion but 80% the cost. It should be 50% the cost in my opinion. For this reason I don’t recommend this spot for family dining. At $23 a plate and $18 for kids that gets pricey. Nice for a date night out though!

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DC
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great meal, but our waitress was extremely soft spoken and difficult to hear. We also had to wait an unusually long time for her to return to the table to offer seconds.

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e
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

They only have one entree on the menu - steak - and they make it to perfection!

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RM
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The first serving was smaller than usual, but there are always seconds which is fine. Ultimately, dinner becomes a little pricey for 4. There wasn't a lot of ambiance. All in all, it was good and a nice night out.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was off and the overall experience was not as good as the ones we have had in DC.

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Washington DC
161 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

You know what you’re getting - very good but not outstanding steak frites. First time place has been crowded during a visit, so nice to see and had good vibe. Excellent service.

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