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Medium Rare - Arlington

4.6
4.6
1077 Reviews
$30 and under
Steak
Medium Rare offers a unique, prix fixe dinning experience of artisan bread; a mixed green salad; prime, dry-aged steak; and hand-cut fries (Vegetarian option always available) in a relaxed, fun, environment. Please allow us 15 minutes to seat you after your full party has arrived and after checkin at our host stand. As we do only one thing, we do our best to make the food and experience exceptional and also a good value. We also serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday's with a great prix fixe including French Toast, Steak and Eggs, Eggs Benedict and bottomless Bloody Marys, mimosas and screwdrivers. WALK INS and CALL AHEAD seating are always welcomed.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 59 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Steak, American, Steakhouse

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 2:30 pm–11:00 pm Sun 2:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 243-2020

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Private party facilities

    For inquiries please give us a call.

  • Neighbourhood

    Arlington

  • Cross Street

    Nelson Street

  • Parking Details

    We also provide free garage parking in our building

  • Public Transit

    Virginia Square metro station across street

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,077 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. BigGheorghe

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The steak and the special sauce is so good and you get seconds! Highly recommend the key lime pie for dessert.

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  2. Formynder

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Medium Rare is always fantastic. I love the way they bring the meal out in two parts to keep it hot. Everything is incredible, even the bread course.

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  3. Voltarius

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    It’s a decent place to try. Do not go there if you’re hungry. The portions aren’t very large and the staff forgets a part of the menu. Not sure how you can forget to serve part of a menu that has four items on it. Compared to other tables mine was virtually forgotten. Food wasn’t bad just was not much of it. It was not busy and the staff was inattentive.

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  4. KeithT

    Coastal Georgia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Bredy E was an excellent server as were all the staff. Enjoyed the music and overall atmosphere. We will be back for sure.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service, and atmosphere! Definitely will be going again and are looking forward to trying brunch!

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  6. SusanL

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Dinner felt very rushed. Every course came immediately and some dishes were cleared without asking before we were done eating.

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  7. JenniferJ

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    It is unacceptable to list prices on OpenTable that are 30% lower than on site. We are too far past food prices rising for this to be an understandable oversight.

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  8. LeighM

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Steak Frites is one of our favorite meals, so it was high time we visited this restaurant in the heart of Ballston. The salad was a bright start to the meal - we loved the dressing so much we bought extra pint to take home with us! The meal itself was very good and the service was attentive, but not overbearing. Tender steak, flavorful fries, delicious sauce - what more could you want from this place that executes this dish so well?! We ordered the chocolate cake; be sure to share, as it is a huge serving. Last, but not least, we would like to give a shout out to our server Jenny - she was awesome! We will be back!

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  9. DakotaW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Prix fixe menu so you know what you'll be ordering before you walk in the restaurant but that's the point: a superbly delicious meal that promotes camaraderie around a shared dining experience.

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  10. LINOM

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    The food was good and, with the second serving, plentiful. The menu is "prix fixe" and includes bread and butter, a salad. The main course consisted of a cullote steak cooked to your desired wellness and french fries. There is a portebella mushroom option for vegetarians. Beverages, drinks, and desserts are extra. The steak was very good, flavorful and tender. The fries were okay but were not hot or crispy. Our reservation for 7 people was for 7:45 pm. We arrived on time but had to wait about 10 minutes for a table to be prepared (note that the restaurant was not full). We'd requested an indoor table. Unfortunately, the music was excessively loud (even though several in our party are hard of hearing) and the building design is naturally noisy. The management did turn the volume down upon our request, so thanks to them for that. Service was very good, other than the wait upon our arrival. A 20% tip, listed as "Dine-in" was included on the bill, with no apparent option to add more if desired (I felt our waitress deserved more.) Overall the restaurant and service was good and we'd go again, though we'd request outdoor seating.

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  11. JodiE

    Portland

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Went for Mothers Day and they were clearly not ready for the busy day. Service was terrible. Prices were very high considering the quality and quantity of the limited menu. Would not recommend for a place to celebrate important events.

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  12. morgans

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! Perfect steak and frites. What more could you ask for?🩷

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  13. JenniferH

    Charlotte

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love medium rare. It's a great place to go with kids and great for allegories!

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  14. Annie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    The only downside for the food was that the salad had too much dressing and for the ambience was that the music was a bit too loud. The service we received on this visit was not great. We had to asked every time we needed a refill on our water, requested extra sauce that never arrived, the main course was brought out before we were finished with the salad, started dumping the second serving on our plates without saying anything and while we were still eating our first serving, started clearing our plates before asking if we were done, dropped the check at our table right after our dessert arrived. I won’t write off Medium Rare because of one bad server, but it definitely made this visit less enjoyable.

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  15. CherylH

    Atlanta Metro

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Delicious food! You have a set menu and everyone who comes in gets the same thing- some rustic bread, a salad, a thinly sliced steak, and fries. What we didn’t know is you get a second helping of the steak and fries! We took that to go for a second dinner; we also opted for a chocolate cake to go. It’s a great value for all you get.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is amazing!! That sauce is something I’ve never had before! So good!

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  17. Mary

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Excellent food, excellent service in a very loud and slightly chaotic environment. Delicious place to eat just not a great place to have a conversation with your tablemates. There is also a random creepy French language dating tutorial soundtrack in the Women's Room that is just eew.

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  18. Noelle

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The service was great, my server took very good care of us. The food had the potential, it was served cold though, barely lukewarm. I didn't enjoy that but they seems very busy so I just ate what I had. The restaurant was loud, but the ambiance was really nice. I'm particular about restaurant bathrooms but theirs was clean.

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  19. RlingtonEater

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The food is very tasty and that's what's kept us coming back. But... Portions are shrinking. Not as much gravy, fewer fries, lost a slice of steak. Service on this occasion was poor. Server was not welcoming in the least. Clearly only interested in us buying more alcohol. Started clearing the plates before the entire group was finished eating. Dropped the bill as I was finishing my meal. Felt very hurried and rushed. If this was my first time there, I'd not return. But we know the food delivers each & every time so we'll probably give it another shot.

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  20. elinm

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was a very good meal. It did seems a little rushed as the staff was ready to take your plate away as while you are still chewing the last bite!

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  21. Winnie

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were very pleasantly surprised by our meal here. They just do the one thing, but it was done well, and with unexpected refills on the food! Nice variety of cocktails, smaller but solid choices for wine. The service was fantastic. It sometimes takes a village, and every villager was attentive and pleasant. We will definitely return.

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  22. CHARLESG

    Baltimore

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely love Medium Rare!! Great service and food!! Will be back this weekend!!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    My steak was cold and the waitress was kicking us out even though we were ordering drinks for brunch…it was empty so I didn’t know why they were rushing us to get the check…

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  24. Johnny

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Awesome food and experience! It is just super busy on the weekends when dining in.

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  25. KMSS

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Food was, as always, great. The service was a bit lacking. We were seated in the corner next to a large party and we had difficulty getting our server’s attention. It was also incredibly loud…so much so we had to practically shout at each other to be heard.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My sister came to town from NYC and Medium Rare was the first thing she wanted to do! We had a lovely evening outside and enjoyed every bite. We love the secret sauce! Absolutely will return, it’s a joy to bring guests to such a DMV treasure.

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  27. Jules

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the simple prix fix style. The food is a great value, but the wine is a tad overpriced for what it is. Love the two servings and the sauce is primo. Will be back!

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  28. Pete

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    The expectation was that there would be a variety of cuts of beef. There was one type of cut (flank steak) with fries. That's it! Asked for a bit of charring with a med/rare temp but that was not what I received. Oh well.

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  29. Rachel

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant, service, & atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pedro was a great waiter and very helpful, made it very special for my family visiting from out of town.

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  31. Dojo23

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my daughter for Easter Sunday. Service was fantastic and really enjoyed the meal

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  32. BruceS

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Larger food portions for brunch please, specifically the steak frites.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great, service was perfect. Will definitely be coming back.

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  34. RichardB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing meal! Steak and fries is my all time favorite meal.

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  35. Garrett

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Best and most consistent spot in Arlington.

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  36. Matzi

    Washington DC

    77 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    This is a pretty consistent meal as you always know what you're going to get. I thought the food was a bit more bland today though. And the music at 4:30 on a Sunday needed to be chilled down along with the volume.

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  37. LesleyR

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch is amazing! The french toast is almost like a Churro and I sure wish I knew what was in their steak sauce.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing, just amazing!! From start to finish we had an amazing experience. Will be back for brunch!

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  39. Herm

    Columbus

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Not bad, just not great. It was decent but I wouldn’t go again. Bread was good and salad was fine. Freshly baked. Butter lettuce and dressing was decent. Steak was very thinly sliced and sauce already on meat. Fries were crisp and hot. I didn’t expect the second half of the steak and fries which was nice. Service was nice and quick since there was only drinks to make a decision on. Overall was good but nothing to write home about.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is so good and such a good value for brunch. Love this place. Thank you!

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FAQs

Medium Rare - Arlington does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Medium Rare - Arlington also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 243-2020.

Medium Rare - Arlington is rated 4.6 stars by 1077 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 59 times today
Google Map for Medium Rare - Arlington

3601 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22201-2352

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Nelson Street

  • Neighbourhood

    Arlington

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 2:30 pm–11:00 pm Sun 2:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steak, American, Steakhouse

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    We also provide free garage parking in our building

  • Public Transit

    Virginia Square metro station across street

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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