Medium Rare - Arlington

4.6
716 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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vipjomurray
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. I just wish the personnel wore masks.

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vipSandy
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great stuff

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ShelbyC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The whole experience was just . . . OK. I would not recommend for the price.

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MeetMeInMemphis
Memphis
19 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience and fun too!

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SteveD
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

They do one thing and they do it well. Steak, special sauce, and fries. And then they bring more!

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ChristopherW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have never had a bad meal. Always look forward to Medium Rare

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KristinC
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was good, we didn’t realize you got a second serving which was a pleasant surprise! Service was good and prompt.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here for brunch and it was simply delicious! First off, the staff was so friendly and prompt. The coffee was fresh, the mimosas were strong and the food was awesome. It was a small brunch menu, but anything on there is gonna be great. I was visiting DC for the weekend and this was one of the many highlights. Would totally return!

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vipJillF
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Would have appreciated knowing it was a set menu. There was no indication that the full menu wasn’t available from the website.

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NeeNee
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Had reservations at 1:30 wasn’t greeted. We ended up leaving at 2 with no food or water still…

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EllaV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food was delicious! Would recommend.

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MarkL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday. Perfect from start to finish

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vipKelseyZ
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Had a great dinner sitting outside!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I normally have had great service, but it took very long for a waiter to come and take our orders. Over popular to the ratio of workers. Food as always was great!!!

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Momof3
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Food was ok. Service was bad. Had a dirty plate and then waiter poured wine into a dirty glass. Wasted some of our bottle of wine. Then one of the servers served our steak to another table so we had to wait a long time for our food. No apologies for the delay. On top of it all our food was not even hot. Sauce was cold. Not sure it would be worth a return trip.

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vipSPMcQ
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

It may be unfair to compare this restaurant to the Paris Relais d’Entrecote upon which it was originally based. Even recognizing we were not in Paris, the experience was disappointing.
Wait staff was excellent. Salad very good, as was the bread. Fries were an 8 out of 10, mostly due to being lukewarm.
The steaks and “secret sauce” were really poor and also lukewarm. Mediocre meat, although cooked to medium as ordered. The sauce was pretty uninspired, inedible. Best comparison might be a canned, weak beef gravy with no sense of freshness or seasonings.
Apple pie tasted grocery store bought - don’t order it.
My cappuccino was perfect.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The service and food are good. But the music was so loud, can’t hear oneself talk or carry a conversation with your companion. Wish they turned the music level down 3 notches.

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vipTMCsquared
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went for brunch and the food was excellent with the exception of the poached eggs (they were overcooked twice). The French toast is the best I've ever had!

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InvisibleHand
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall, a good experience. Keep in mind that the deserts are ridiculously sized and designed for two or three people. We also had to ask that the music be turned down or redirected. We will come again.

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Milissa
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I expected more from a pre fixed menu and that's all they offer. The "secret sauce" wasn't very good.

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BarbaraK
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit, very nice experience. Food and service was excellent. Look forward to going back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Very underwhelmed by the service - we waited 10 minutes or so
for someone to visit our table. Then they seemed more concerned with clearing our dishes. Enjoyed the food except dessert - chocolate cake was very dry.

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vipseans
Kansas City
19 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMFG!!!! What can you say, Medium Rare is amazing, if you’d like to take a trip to Europe, come here!!! Medium Rare reminded me of being in a wonderful little European bristo with phenomenal cocktails, the pre fix menu is perfect and the steak cooked to perfection. The “frites” are absolutely perfect, the “secrete sauce” will take you back to Germany or France! You can not go wrong with Medium Rare!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Dined under the tent and it was wonderful

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lisag
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

This was our family's first time at the Arlington location. I do not think i would go back. None of the staff were masked and the service was very very slow. We have been to both Bethesda and D.C locations and definitely prefer them. food of course was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Medium Rare never fails! Highly recommend!

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vipRyddles
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Delicious brunch and great outdoor seating. Good value too. The only issue was that they don't come by to ask about brunch beverages nearly enough. I would have liked to order a couple more mimosas.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Music was incredibly loud, we were celebrating a birthday and the guest of honor had to step outside for a break from the noise. Food was delicious though & the birthday candle was a fun surprise.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food quality.

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JerryK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great spot for an outdoor weekend brunch with bottomless cocktails and the delicious steak frites and fries that Medium Rare is known for. Note that due to VA law, the brunch drinks are 25¢ each, with the brunch price discounted $1 from the DC/MD locations. We've been twice in the last couple of months and will definitely be back again.

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vipPawmate
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Good food and value. Service was a bit slow. Very loud unless you opt for outdoor

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PaulS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a great meal. No regrets every time I dine there

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vipCabanaBoy
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steak, great fries, simple menu. Excellent value for the money. Generally easy parking in the area too.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was the nicest waitress I’ve ever had. Wish I could remember her name but she knew exactly when to serve us, take plates, and refill our mimosa glasses! :-) It was everyone’s 1st time except mine and they loved it and would 100% go back for food, service, and quality of atmosphere!

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vipEllie
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food as always was tasty and came out exactly as ordered. Service excellent. Wait staff so very friendly and happy! A great time was had by all. Oh and the cocktails were good as well!

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BC2017
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Simple works when you do it well and Medium Rare manages to make it's one offering menu memorable. The steak frites are as good as I've had anywhere in Europe and the sauce is over the top! Add in a delightful salad, attentive staff and fabulous desserts and you have a winning combination! We will be back!

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Mike
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to Medium Rare 2 times now and you never go away hungry. One of the best steak houses ever and their secret sauce is so delightful!!! When in DC I will always visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become our go to place for family special events.

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TennisFoodie
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was very good. Steak was good though portion size was a little on the light side. My 'seconds' on the steak was not medium rare as the first portion was - I'm not sure why they didn't ask how we wanted our steak when we were served 'seconds'.

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ScottA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good and a very good value in terms of your pocketbook. Overall, a very nice casual dining experience.

FAQs

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

Medium Rare - Arlington is rated 4.6 stars by 716 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.