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Medium Rare - Bethesda

4.3
4.3
938 Reviews
$30 and under
Steakhouse
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

11:30 p.m.


Booked 35 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:30 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

    (301) 215-8379

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Neighbourhood

    Bethesda / Chevy Chase

  • Parking Details

    Public lot at 7730 Woodmont Ave -- walk out the back exit to Fairmont Ave and restaurant is on the right. Also, street parking.

  • Public Transit

    Bethesda Metro Red Line

  • Additional

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

What 938 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Went for brunch! Food was good, had the egg frites scrambled & sausage. Since it was windy outside, plates were falling everywhere. It was definitely busy so getting served when needed was a little hard but we put the orders in for the drinks, starters & food all together in the very beginning so that made it alot easier! The rustic bread was SOO good i kept getting more! I definitely left very much drunk. The screwdrivers are NO JOKE. $29 for unlimited drinks and bread & a nice big dish of food + starters??? SIGN ME UP.
  2. S

    Sasa

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We went for their brunch. It's a great price for bottomless mimosas and a meal. The french toast was the best thing we ordered to me, although my boyfriend loves the fries dipped in the steak sauce which was also pretty good. Would definitely recommend for a brunch relaxed brunch.
  3. S

    Susany

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service excellent food nice atmosphere
  4. CO

    CORKyVino

    Washington DC

    82 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Simple menu and portabella mushroom available for those who don't want the steak.
  5. DV

    DougV

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Meal! First time there. We will definitely be coning back.
  6. DM

    DavidM

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience3
    I am just not sure about this business model. $25 for some salad, shoe string fries, and slices of roast beef with gravy? They did come around and offer seconds of the fries and beef -- so we left full. No other options. No other entrees. No other vegetables. They do offer dessert but your paying another $10 per. And your drinks are around $15 per. But the meal felt like something I would get at a cafeteria at the Smithsonian. I guess the reality these days is your probably paying $25 anywhere else for fries, salad and a burger. I will say this is one of the few places left with good service -- where the staff check back in with you periodically; make sure glasses are filled; offer to clear the plates.
  7. DC

    foodiesfromDC

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    We were sad to find out that Sunday brunch does not include second plate of steak frittes or other entrees. We are not drinkers so Unlimited bloody mary's & Mimosoas, screwdrivers was lost on us. There should be another option if all persons at the table are not drinkers. Our waitress was curtious and knowelgeable but she got completley swamped and we were left at our table for an uncomfortable amount of time/no water or coffee refills. The "Famous Benedict" was terrible--looked like "Alpo" dog food on toast. Everyone's poached eggs were one step above completely raw. Overall : No need to go to Medium Rare for Sunday brunch for the food--if you are a drinker then 29.99/person for the unlimited drinks could be a benefit because you won't remember that the food was terrible.
  8. KM

    KeithM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Our server was excellent, very friendly and competent, but I think you need to hire my servers. The waits were long and it appeared as if he just had too many tables. Other than that, we had a wonderful time and the food was superb as usual.
  9. k

    katty

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food-Great Service-Great Very clean
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best birthday brunch
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    awful service
  12. MM

    MusicMathandFood

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Medium Rare was amazing as always. It never disappoints.
  13. K

    Karlitaa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Little to no customer service from the staff-specifically the waiter(a). Also, food not as good as expected.
  14. k

    kdmeit

    Washington DC

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    They do one thing and one thing well. Love the salade, steak, and frites! The special sauce is amazing. Happy they brought back the original carrot cake. Service was a bit slow but likely due to ubiquitous labor issues.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    The server was a very nice person but he was not trained. He spilled water all over the table, almost hit one of us with the plate and did not even realize it, was serving across the table. The food was ok. I think that the quality of service and food declined during the pandemic.
  16. G

    Guest

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    The food was good, but we asked our waiter to put the sauce on the side rather than on top of the steak and fries. When the order arrived, the steak and fries were covered with the sauce. It took some time to find our waiter to have the problem corrected (the food was not brought to the table by the same person who took the order). We enjoy the food, but the restaurant is really LOUD. Next time, weather permitting, we may elect to eat outside. I think the street noise would be more tolerable than the noise inside the restaurant.
  17. B

    Bill

    Washington DC

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Great food for the price. Consistently delivers. Service OK but not great, but the table next to us waited an hour for their main course. Boy is it noisy, though! One can hardly sustain a conversation over the din.
  18. BL

    BerniceL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    The quality of the meat has changed. The sauce was not as good as usual.
  19. MM

    MarieM

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Always great!
  20. J

    Juliana

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was good but we had a table in the back and felt very neglected.
  21. SG

    SaurabhG

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and great meal! Sometimes simple can be elegant too.
  22. JB

    JeffreyB

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food consistently good. Service is outstanding-they really hustle.
  23. BK

    BrendanK

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent dinner on Father’s Day. Very crowded, glad I made a reservation through Open Table.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience2
    crowded, noisy, very slow kitchen
  25. WS

    WendyS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the food and the fact that you receive two servings. However, the Bethesda location’s music is super loud. I felt like I had to scream to be heard over the music.
  26. Z

    Ziggy13

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Father's Day
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    I recently attended Medium Rare in Bethesda for a Fathers Day brunch with my father and my fiancé. The service was ok, but the good experience ended there. The food was not great, it was cold, portions were much smaller than you’d expect, they somehow managed to undercook the whites and overcook the yolks of poached eggs, water glasses were clearly very dirty when brought to us (which made us worry our Bloody Mary’s were also served in dirty glasses, but I guess ignorance is bliss) You would think that a place that prides itself on its very limited menu would serve up better food. Hopefully the poor experience was just because it was a very busy Father’s Day, and maybe they do a better job on a normal night of dinner. I’d give the overall experience a 3/10 at best. I’d recommend avoiding it. There are much better options in both Bethesda and DC proper.
  28. D

    Deemasters

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Drinks and dessert were excellent. Main course seemed reheated and egg were beyond undercooked.
  29. N

    Nonnie

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    They could not find our Open Table reservation. We were the second people there and as others arrived we were ignored. Then others were served. Had to wave down a server to notice us. When salads came I had to look for pepper on another table, as I watched a server offering ground pepper to other diners. No bread refills were offered. The food was fresh and good and they came around with more steak an fries which was the best part. . The music and background noise made it hard to have a conversation. The price for the meal was reasonable especially with extras. However wine is too expensive unless they start giving a slightly larger pour. This would be a good place for high school boys, not a date night.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very good food and terrific service, as always!
  31. LC

    LCMD

    Baltimore

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time here and what a pleasant experience. There is only one choice, steak and fries, but they do it really well. The steak was thinly sliced, cooked to perfection and comes with their own sauce which was delicious. The salad was just lettuce and tomatoes but the dressing was so flavorful you really didn’t need any more add ins. The service was friendly and impeccable. We never wanted for anything. All in all, a wonderful way to celebrate Father’s Day.
  32. MO

    MyrnaO

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was good.
  33. MM

    MusicMathandFood

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Medium Rare was outstanding as always. The food and drinks were great. The service was outstanding.
  34. HB

    HenryB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Sat outside, quite nice. Will never sit indoors again because of noise levels. It has been our go to place for a good meal.
  35. C

    Carolina

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a nice experience! Consistent good food, service, nice atmosphere! Thank you!
  36. A

    Adrianne

    Washington DC

    59 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It was a very crowded Friday night. It was almost too loud to think inside, and certainly too loud for casual conversation. Partially due to the fact that we had a table of twenty 13-year olds next to us that do not know how to moderate their voices, but also due to the fact that the restaurant was at full capacity. The warm bread was plenty, as were the steak and fries. Always delicious, and we had a great server. Will always recommend!
  37. JK

    JoannaK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    The host appeared overwhelmed, and despite having a reservation, we waited almost 20 minutes to be seated. Our waiter was great-helpful , cheerful, and expedient. But service was off..after waiting to be seated, salads were delivered quickly and then within 3 minutes of salads being dropped, the entree plates were dropped. The server (not waiter) asked if we wanted him to clear our salads, despite they plates being full because we had not had a chance to eat yet. In addition- and not the restaurants fault - there was a table of tween girls that was unruly and loud (nail polish at table, knocking over water cups, dancing by other diner tables, very loud, etc) /
  38. LC

    LisaC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food- check your receipt if ordering drinks. We had three extra charges but they were resolved. This is the second time that we visited and had extra drink charges.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Service was terrible. Our waiter kept helping other tables and neglected us most of the evening. Our beverages were never refilled and our second portions were brought with the wrong temperature.
  40. FQ

    FrznQueen

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Very nice atmosphere, but very loud inside. Hard to hear each other or the server. But, the steak was great and the fries were even better. Would go back

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

FAQs

Medium Rare - Bethesda does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Medium Rare - Bethesda also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 215-8379.

Medium Rare - Bethesda is rated 4.3 stars by 938 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 p.m.


Booked 35 times today
Google Map for Medium Rare - Bethesda

4904 Fairmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood

    Bethesda / Chevy Chase

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:30 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

    Steakhouse

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Public lot at 7730 Woodmont Ave -- walk out the back exit to Fairmont Ave and restaurant is on the right. Also, street parking.

  • Public Transit

    Bethesda Metro Red Line

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

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

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