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“Brunch is a good deal - with limited menu” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Medium Rare

Medium Rare
3500 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20008
(202) 237-1432
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Ranked #85 of 2,495 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $29 - $31
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Dining options: Breakfast, 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.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Brunch is a good deal - with limited menu”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Finally went to Medium Rare for brunch, as steak is the specialty of this place and I am not a big meat eater. At least for brunch there are offerings of non-steak items in the limited menu. $23 per person with bottomless drinks, a starter and main is a pretty good deal. If you'd rather have tea and not coffee you are out of luck as that will be extra, no substitutions, which is something I could never understand: how much more complicated is a cup of hot water and a tea bag? It doesn't even cost as much as a cup of coffee. But as usual, tea drinkers are always discriminated against, especially in a meat heavy restaurant, guess meat and tea just don't go together. Anyway, for starters, we had the yogurt parfait and salad, for mains steak frites, and poached eggs with sausage. Everything was Ok, starting from the bread, except for the poached eggs, they are the most undercooked I'd ever seen. If you are not big on eating almost raw eggs better state that beforehand and maybe they can remedy before it's too late (or get the only other option - scrambled). I believe perfectly poached eggs should have a runny center with relatively firm white, but these were equally runny making it impossible to eat with a fork. They might as well served the eggs in a cup so that I could drink it all and not leave the whole mess on the plate. The poached egg fiasco aside, the restaurant has a good vibe - the dining room has a low ceiling, giving it a kind of casual basement feel, although there's lots of natural light with the full plate glass front. Window seats are nice for people and traffic watch. Table spacing is fair, especially when they are set up with a mix of 2 and 4 and not a whole row of 2's. Nice ambience, not overly noisy even with a packed house. Good neighborhood restaurant as long as you are fine with the limited menu.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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Washington, DC
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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“A reasonable price for very good steak and frites”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Our first time at Medium Rare was a good one. We were with friends and all had good food and a good time. MR is a concept restaurant. They serve the same thing to everyone -- steak, frites, salad and bread. But the concept is very well implemented. The service is good; the food is very good (fantastic bread, great salad, great frites and very good steak (with a sauce on the side that is good). The "ambiance" is loud and the seating is anything but elegant. It's very basic; not where you'd take a date for a special evening, but that's not really what they're about. And they don't take reservations on weekends, so you'll have to wait in a big crowd. But it's still a fun place for you and your friends.

It's definitely worth a try -- especially for the price.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“No nonsense restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Once again we have found a v /good place to eat. The service was quick and efficient. The menu is one that you do not have to worry about. Everyone had the steak cooked to there own peculiarity. Which means that its one of the few places you can enjoy without anybody moaning. It does have fast turnaround which is also in its favour. We will return.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Purcellville, Virginia
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“Saturday Night in Town”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

We were visiting the Zoo Lights event at the National Zoo and stepped outside the front gate at Connecticut Avenue to enjoy some supper in the city and headed north towards Cleveland Park. We are both native Washingtonians so we knew there was a good cross section of restaurants a couple of blocks away. We chose Medium Rare more serendipitously than scientifically. The steak and fries were passable and the wine was red and more than adequate. One couple, two dinners, two glasses of wine, decent service and a personable wait staff for fifty three bucks not including tip was a deal. A special thanks to Ralph who was quite friendly and we enjoyed sharing old memories of the DC night life during the sixties and seventies. Medium Rare seemed family friendly as well. We will stop in again in the future.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Potomac, Maryland
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“A carbon copy of L'Entrecote (France)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

I ate my first meal ever at L'Entrecote (a French chain) in Toulouse in 2006 and since then have enjoyed several such meals at L'Entrecotes in both Toulouse and Paris.

Medium Rare in DC is a carbon copy, at least as far as dinner is concerned. My wife and I had dinner at MR in December 2013. When we got to the restaurant, we were told there was a 20 minute wait and were invited to wait at the bar. I was pleased to find a Fitou on the wine list, so I promptly ordered one (wife got a beer) and settled down to enjoy it. A few sips later, we were told our table was ready (well before the 20 minutes were up). The waitress explained how MR works - basically for just under $20, you get a fabulous serving of bread, an order of steak frite served in two plates - the second is served when you finish the first so everything is still nice and hot. This is the exact same model as the L'Entrecotes.

First things first. The bread was delicious, warm, and crusty. The steak and fries were also excellent. Mine was done a perfect medium rare, while my wife's was rare, just the way she likes it. The fries were also excellent. The "secret sauce" on the steak was good, but not amazing. The servers were attentive and helpful.

MR offers excellent value for money - but note that sides and drinks add up really fast. My double espresso was $7. My wife had a huge slice of carrot cake for dessert - good but not amazing.

At the end, our bill (incl. tip) for 2 dinners, 2 glasses of wine, one beer, one dessert, and a double espresso was just over $100.

All in all, a very pleasant experience. We saw lots of families with small kids, so it is kid friendly. We would go back.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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