Medium Rare - Arlington

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$30 and under
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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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Sun 10:30AM - 11:00AM 2:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:00PM 9:00PM - 10:30PM
Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 6:30PM 9:00PM - 10:30PM
Fri 9:00PM - 10:30PM
Sat 10:30AM - 11:00AM 2:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:00PM 9:00PM - 10:30PM

What 400 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.3
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4.2
Ambience
4.4
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MT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Quiet Wednesday evening, the restaurant wasn’t full. We ordered beer and wine that arrived when they delivered the bread. Salad came out soon after and then the main course. Medium Rare brings out second helpings?! What an awesome surprise! Hard to leave there without being full.

AW
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always great place to good for a solid meal! The salad is one of my favorites.

T
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

This was the rudest service I have ever had. The host was surely from the time we entered and not helpful when we wished to change a table (to accommodate a hearing issue of one guest). When one of our party gently suggested to the waiter that he not reach in front of my face to serve a dish (to avoid a collision of my fork and the dish), the waiter actually got mean and threatened to withhold serving food. We all sat there at a standoff until the waiter decided to serve the food. We had interacted little with the waiter, so the waiter's aggression was shocking and uncomfortable.
We chose to soldier on, but the rest of the meal was lousy. Water was not re-filled, we had to flag the waiter for a glass of wine, and the meat was over-salted.
All but one of us had been there before, and this was to have been a fun meal. I'll never go back.

KA
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great French steak house. The portion of food worth the money you pay. Also the have a delicious dessert. Go and enjoy.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

Arrived to a chaotic and crowded entryway and was told that in spite of our reservation we would have to wait at least an hour for our table, along with around 25 other annoyed customers whose reservations were also ignored. Extremely disappointing.

PL
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Made a reservation for 7:30 and they told us we would have to wait 1 hour and 45 minutes.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

We made reservations for 7:15 pm on a Saturday. When we arrived it was utter chaos. Dozens of people were standing around. There did not appear to be any system for notifying patrons that their table is ready. We waited until 8 pm. After talking to other customers whose reservations were earlier than ours and who had still had not been seated, we left without eating. I later got an email at 9:30 pm letting me know that my table was ready.

KH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

Waited for over an hour for our reservation, shouldn't do reservations if they are unable to manage them! Rude, incompetent staff, one woman even hid in the kitchen instead of facing us after telling us we were next multiple times!

RH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Had a reservation for 7pm. Expected 10 to 20 minute wait time. Didn't get seated until 7:45. Seemed way overbooked. With a prefix menu I'd think the restaurant could better estimate dining time and take reservations accordingly.

But I like the salad & break and love the steak & fries so I'll most likely be back. Just not on a Saturday night

GP
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The restaurant was packed, but the service was efficient and the food was great! A pleasant surprise to find that a second serving of the main course was part of the meal!

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was good, but we waited for about 30 minutes past our reservation.

B
New England
41 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

For a fixed menu, Medium Rare does not disappoint. They have steak and frites down to perfection. The value is excellent for the price.

JP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, great time celebrating my husband's 70th Birthday! We highly recommend getting reservations! We did have a reservation but many were waiting quite a while to be seated!

MW
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience1

We had a 5 pm reservation when it was relatively empty inside. They put us in a corner cramped up against the loud speaker and it was too damn noisy. We asked for volume to be turned down, and they did for a short while. Didn't feel we received the correct amount of meat although what we had was flavorable. Fries were greasy. Salad was old -- lettuce wilted, tomatoes sour. First time to eat here ever and was not impressed. Also did not like sitting so close to strangers. Experience was not at all what we wanted or expected, especially for a birthday. Won't come back for special occasions, that's for sure. I am glad we tried the restaurant though as one never knows otherwise. I believe the 3.5 rating thou received is still a bit high but I tried to be nice and give you that, too.

SB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

We got there about 25 minutes earlier than our reservation, on Valentine’s Day, and were seated before a lot of people who had earlier reservations but came in late (so that was amazing). It took the waiter a while to get to us but was really sweet. She checked the ingredients for all the sauces and dressings for me (allergies plus dietary restrictions). It just took a long time to get our salads, then our first round, and our second round was even longer. The second round was smaller than the first which didn’t sit well with me, and was a little overcooked but it was still very very good. Pricey for only a culotte and thin fries but the quality was definitely there.

EE
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very busy Valentine's Day evening. Wait staff stretched; still a pleasant evening.

DO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience4

It was my first time visiting Medium Rare and I wasnt aware of the Preset menu. I understand that I was unable to substitute the side, but the steak was too salty.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a good time and good meal at Medium Rare. We discovered this restaurant several years ago when they had a location near Capitol Hill. Glad to see they opened a location in Arlington.

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food! Friendly and attentive staff! One of our favorite restaurants!

DL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Definitely a good place - honestly no complaints - no frills, everything is the same, no deviation steakhouse. Medium Rare does 1 thing and it does it well.

GH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Desserts were amazing and like the rest of the place, an awesome value. The cocktails were great but they only had one woman at the bar. She was awesome but slammed. Stay with beer, wine and neat pours.

VD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Recommended by a friend for food quality and value and it lived up to the hype. Our waiter was attentive and we were served promptly. Bread and salad were excellent starters. The steak and frites was outstanding. The special sauce was a mixed bag - half of us enjoyed, the other half didn’t bother using any, even for the frites. For our first visit, we had dessert. Kids had the giant sundaes and we enjoyed a moist and delicious carrot cake. We’ll definitely go back.

JM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’m kinda sadden to give them 5 stars because it makes me worried that it won’t be as easy to get a reservation. Lol this place is awesome! Our waiter Chuck was on the ball, we had great service and enjoyed our time there.

FG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

We were in town for my birthday and stopped by. We went to the Capital Hill location several times in the past, and it has now moved to Arlington. The food is consistently good. We were also pleased with our dessert choices.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

It was good value for money and the food is amazing

C
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

An outstanding value for steak and pomme frites lovers. A great concept that I wish was mimicked by other restaurants.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Really bad service. Waited for almost 10 mimutes for server to take order. Drinks never came. Not planning in going back

SM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was delicious; service was prompt. Noise level was a bit loud but nothing deafening. It was the perfect spot to celebrate my birthday!

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

very good for the money! nice salad, excellent, good shoestring fries (a little too salty); and nice helping of steak. please turn down the volume of the music (play mellow jazz or something quieter instead of loud rock music; it detracts from the delicious food). and for birthday celebrations, they bring your dessert with a lit sparkler on it it; very festive. look forward to coming back.

OT
West Virginia
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

This has to be the best deal in the entire northern VA area. Amazing meal, plentiful portions, and friendly service.

S
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Understand that three is NO MENU at this restaurant. There is one meal. You get meat and fries. And a house salad. Dessert and drinks are extra. The prix fixe price of $35 was pricey for what we got. I didn’t hate the food but I won’t return.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great time at Medium Rare! The food somehow gets better each time, and it was an easy food option with a party of 8.

P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Music too load. Service FANTASTIC by Chuck!!!

SH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service is consistent and great for a casual, family dinner.

JD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience2

If you aren't too picky about your steak and want an "all you can eat" experience, then you might like Medium Rare. But, I found the steak and fries to be way too salty and the salad to be marginal (which is sad since it is the only vegetable). I also didn't care for how they provide you the additional steak and fries - they just kind of dump them on your plate from a platter.

Overall, not a great experience nor is it worth a return visit.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Awesome service. Will be back

MD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Service was great, it always is at any Medium Rate location I’ve been too. Before I dive into what I don’t like, I did like the screwdrivers and the yogurt parfait as well as the frites. The two items I was disappointed in were the poached eggs and the steak, both were over cooked. A poached egg should have had a running yolk and my medium steak was well done, both were still good and had a great flavor but I was disappointed in the fact that both items were overcooked; I could’ve overlooked one item. Other than that it was a good experience.

BB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The Steak Benedict was a favorite at the table.

LB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience4

It was our first time there and we were very disappointed. Positives--1. We had a reservation, got there early and was seated immediately. 2. Salad and bread were served quickly and were good. After that, the night went downhill. Negatives--1. Took forever to get our meals. 2. Steak was a small portion and of a lower quality. 3. We noticed other tables were getting seconds so waited. And waited. And waited. Someone came to clear our table at which point we ask if more was going to be served. They apologized and a second, much smaller, serving came to ther table. 4. Decided against dessert after sitting for an hour and half with minimal sightings of our waitperson. (We did have another waitstaff from another table fill our drink glasses twice)
In summary, we'd go to a steak restaurant with better cuts of meats and multiple offerings for ther same price. A total waste of time and $$$ .

GW
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Our visit to Medium Rare is always pleasant and fun. Such a simple concept that is expertly executed. We are never disappointed with the food quality. Although the cocktails are a bit on the mean side in terms of a pour.