Medium Rare - Arlington

4.7
549 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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JacobM
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience4

The French toast was to die for, the steak was unexpectedly covered in gravy that had a gritty texture. We were really there for the mimosas anyways though, so not a huge deal. Waitress was great, kept the bottles of champagne coming all through brunch.

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JohnP
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is always wonderful. They need to bottle the gravy and sell it on the side. The only issue I have is the kids charge. It should be half of what they charge for adults.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s was great. Excellent food and excellent service.

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BryanWithAY
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Valentine’s Day date. Food was tasty and the atmosphere was festive.

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AlexandraH
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Was very overpriced for what felt like a fast casual restaurant vibe. Food was very average.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Valentines Day dinner with my wife

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HighlandS
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The steak is very tasty! Great cozy atmosphere. Would definitely go back there to eat

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The brunch experience was really good. I definitely recommend

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StevenH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Reservation for brunch on Valentine's day. They had outdoor seating with social distancing - it was a cold winter day. Their heater wasn't that effective, hence the lower ambience rating but they were very happy to try anything to keep us happy. Excellent service from Emily and management. My wife wasn't thrilled with how the poached egg was cooked so they gave her another option (French toast = excellent) and took the other item off our check. We'll be back.

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CarolL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I was pleasantly surprised based on the mixed reviews. We found the service to be great and the food was very good. Steak cooked perfectly medium rare, fries hot and crispy.
Second round of steak and fries offered was just as tasty as the first. My only negative, is that the wine is very pricey for the quality and size of the pour. Overall a good dinner and would definitely return.

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MeganG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Food was excellent! I was disappointed that we had to wait almost 20 minutes for our 7:30 reservation though which meant we were starving by the time we sat down.

The concept for Medium Rare is from a popular French restaurant, and while they checked most of the boxes, there's some room for improvement.

First of all, we had a group of four and they brought us three slices of bread. When we asked for more, they gave us two more slices. Five divides about as well as three with a group of four - don't be so stingy with the bread!

Secondly, there are recordings of French 'lessons' in the bathroom. At first I thought they were cute, but then they got more and more sketchy. Essentially they're 'pick up lines', but they're kind of gross and could be triggering for some people. Get rid of the skeezy recordings please!

Finally, wine was okay but didn't allow us to taste before pouring glasses. Not a big deal, but added to the feeling that they were rushing us through.

On the bright side - that six layer carrot cake is totally worth the wait.

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vipEricaO
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great first time! We were extremely surprised to have a round two and it was delicious! Service was top notch as well!

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AshleyC
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Maybe it was just the timeframe, but the fruit wasn't ripe enough, the eggs were not scrambled enough, the French toast was still runny. Was very disappointed because other reviews were amazing about their experience.

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ChristinaM
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Steak was super tender and fries nice and hot. Good salad ( took some dressing home), good bread and wonderful desserts.

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AlejandraC
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great staff, great food! Definitely the best steak spot !

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vipJosephB
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good, reasonably priced steaks and fries. Not fancy, but good.

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DRock
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places to eat! And very easy to stay gluten free. The service was impeccable, the steak cooked exactly to order, and the fries perfectly hot and crispy. Love this place!

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blackiechan
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A visit to Medium Rare is an experience. I went with a group of friends to brunch and the visit stood out from before seating. Medium Rare Arlington is situated in the hip and lively neighborhood of Ballston, perfect for a weekend out. The noise level inside the restaurant wasn’t noticeable, and there was a heated bubble attached to the side for more COVID conscious guests. With TVs to watch playoff football, and a highly attentive waiter that always made sure we were well off, I can’t recommend Medium Rare more. And the food quality goes without saying - best French Toast and Steak Frites I’ve ever had.

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vipBobB
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great operation overall led by Chris Will continue to go there

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AmandaS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely date night

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vipImpresario
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend and I visited medium rare for brunch this past Sunday. The restaurant’s brunch is bottomless with a number of different entrée choices. Excellent service, great ambience and great value make this an outstanding choice for Sunday brunch.

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JoshG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Medium Rare continues to be the best combination of quality and value in NOVA.

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vipSusanA
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The service was very good for brunch! I wish they had more food options but otherwise it was good!

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Russ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, with attentive wait staff. Gladly return

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christianb
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great brunch- steak is always just right

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vipLoriU
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Always great food and service! A dependable treat!

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perfectteb
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

They spaced everyone well for this pandemic. The staff was friendly and attentive. We really enjoyed our visit. Next time we will try dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place to eat. Recommend it to anyone that has never eaten there.

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vipABDUL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love coming to this place

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MaudS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Really good but prefer the Connecticut ave location for ambiance

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SydneyK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good go-to place for brunch. It’s reliable, decent prices, and always good service. No complaints

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KimA
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fantastic, COVID protocols made us feel safe and the service was very good even on New Years Eve with lots of diners and takeout orders.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice location, friendly service and good food....great value!

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EricS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best bruch atmosphere in the area, solid food and bottomless mimosa and bloody Marys are the icing on the cake

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LarryB
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Went for brunch. Food was good, but the service was lacking. Even though the restaurant opened at 1015 and our reservation was for 1100, they were still setting up for service and take out. Waitress was not attentive and our party was one of two in the dining room.

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Simspj
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great concept well executed

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AnnieT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic deal for a boozy brunch! Delicious steak and great service. I am already going back next weekend!

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LarryD
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurant meals I've ever had...and I have eaten all over the world. Excellent, attentive service. I recommend this restaurant whole heartedly. NOTE: Arlington Count tax is execessive and a ripoff. Shame on them.

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vipBrian
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We enjoyed our dinner at Medium Rare Arlington and sat outside with the heaters and tent. The food, service was very good and prices reasonable. During Covid the restaurant has a limited menu.

FAQs

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

Medium Rare - Arlington is rated 4.7 stars by 549 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.