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3500 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20008
(202) 237-1432
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Ranked #128 of 2,701 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $29 - $31
Sun 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Ordway Street NW
Transit: On the corner adjacent to the Metro red line, Cleveland Park entrance
Description: Reservations are not required. Contact us for large parties or special events. Feel free to contact us regarding our seating policy. Yes, we do serve brunch/lunch on Sunday with a great prix fixe including French Toast, Steak and Eggs, Eggs Benedict and bottomless bloody Marys, mimosas and screwdrivers. 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 few wine, spirits, and draft beer choices, but each were selected specifically to accompany your meal. We offer an off-the-menu vegetarian option. Please contact us to inquire.
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  • English first
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English first
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

The menu is shirt and sweet. Steak cooked to your specs, delicious crispy fries, salad and wonderfull artesian bread, all for under $20. Best part, is once you clean your plate, they fill it up again. Limited wine list but ok.

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Berkeley Springs
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

I loved the sauce and I am not a big bread person but it was very good- crispy on outside,light and airy inside. Salad was very fresh w/ a light but tasty dressing- friend asked for more salad and it was $5. Steak was cooked just right and was enough for me but not sure my husband would have been... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

For $20.00 you get two servings of steak with their delicious butter sauce, bread and fries. All in all it's a great deal, and something different. Their fries and sauce were the stars of the show for me. My first serving of steak was served cold, the next one was served warmer, but still not a hot steak. If you're... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We've been long time fans of Medium Rare over the past three years. I've always been pleased with the food and service. Knowing it is popular and appeals to many families in NW DC, I tend to go on Sunday evenings or a later during a weeknight to avoid crowds. I am a definite lover of this style of streak... More 

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Berkeley, California, Usa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

This is a great little find. It is best not to read too much in advance of you visit. Enjoy the discovery once you are there. The menu contains your first set of clues on what to expect from the meal. Choose your order from the extensive list of items. A suprise will follow the serving of the main course.... More 

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Key West, Florida
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51 reviews 51 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Perfect comfort meal on a cold rainy night in DC. Price fixed meal includes bread ( the best), salad (very good), fries (hot, slender and tasty) and, of course steak ( flank steak cut on the diagonal) And.. seconds if you want them! Server was fab (Paulos, I believe) and offered beer tastings. I settled on the Delerium which was... More 

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Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This is one of the best finds in DC. They have a set menu of salad, fries, and steak that is delicious. Plus, you gets seconds if you're still hungry. And the price is only $19. It's set in a quaint brick building with a welcoming atmosphere. I believe the goal is to keep you drinking, which is easy to... More 

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Love this place. Came in with 2 people around 7pm on a Saturday night and was seated promptly outside per our request. Server took awhile to get us water, but then the service was good. He even let us try their seasonal vodka (Blueberry). You get n edition all serving of steak and frites so make room. The desserts are... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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98 reviews 98 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Medium Rare only offers one menu: $19.75 culotte steak (with "secret sauce"), fries, salad and amazing crunchy french bread. If that doesn't appeal to you, don't visit. There are no other choices on the menu. Otherwise, this is one of the best bargains in town, plus it tastes great and has a fun, cozy atmosphere. What is "culotte steak"? Who... More 

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Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We went for a family diner. It was a set menu which may not work for everyone. The steak and frites were tasty. I didn't think I would have the second plate but it was too good to stop. The service was great.

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Additional Information about Medium Rare

Address: 3500 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20008
Phone Number: (202) 237-1432
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 29 - 31
Cuisine: Steakhouse

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