Medium Rare - Bethesda

4.5
640 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 640 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

By fat worst experience at medium rare. Slow and unresponsive employees. Restaurant was 30 min late for our reservation. Salad looked like a cow chewed it up and spit it on the plate.

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vipTheatergoer
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Medium Rare is always a great place for dinner. It's my family's favorite and it never disappoints. Our last visit was on Father's Day and it was packed with the biggest crowd we'd ever seen. Our 7 pm reservation became a 7:30 table and service was not its usual best. BUT STILL a wonderful dinner and evening!

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AlisaH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The service was just a little slow tonight. Usually it's fine, I think for Father's Day they got slammed.

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vipGloriaM
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Father’s Day craziness included loud music! Loud conversation and slow service! I did have reservation and was seated quickly but our waiter was more interested in the girls behind us that our table! Like this place but food was cold after 45 minute wait and we had to ask for bread several times as other tables were getting it with their salad but our waiter was a bit distracted!

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AnaR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Went for Father’s Day lunch and service was very slow, overcrowded and steak frites was smaller and not as well done as usual. I much prefer the DC location

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice Father’s Day brunch. Seemed like they bit off a bit more than they could chew with the number of tables sat as the service got really slow but overall we enjoyed the meal!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day

JC
vipJCS2
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Really interesting concept. . . a price fixed menu with limited options. I don’t eat red meat and appreciated the vegetarian option.

Notwithstanding the limited menu, we had to wait a long time for our food. Tables that came after us got their food around the same time. One server came by to take our dessert order because she thought we had finished our meal but we were actually still waiting for our main course.

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vipdcdiner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was good. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

If you go for brunch, do the steak and eggs instead of the steak frites. It's the same, but includes eggs, so you get more bang for your buck

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GregS
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great environment friendly staff. Enjoyable experience eating outside.

JC
vipJacquesC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The steak was good. It was a tiny bit cold when served. The key lime pie was average. too sweet and lacking in that bitter lemon taste and no meringue.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We went here for our anniversary. The food was fine other than the fries being overcooked. The wine we got also seemed like it might’ve been bad. The one thing that really bothered me was that it was our anniversary…and they did nothing to acknowledge it. I did check “Anniversary” on Open Table but nothing was done. Finally, I didn’t think the meal was worth over $100. Just not a great experience and I certainly won’t be in any rush to go back.

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youmaniacs
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Simple, delicious food with great service. Menu is focused on what they do well.

KG
vipKarineG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a lovely anniversary diner on the outside seating area. The set menu makes things so easy ! The steak was delicious !

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NeilB
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Medium Rare! Food and service were exactly as expected.

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mayanscaper
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Extremely noisy but excellent food and service

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vipRachelU
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was delicious as always and came out quickly. My only complaint is the server, Azmie, seemed to be very rushed with our table especially when we didn’t order drinks. We were disappointed by his service and how he didn’t feel welcoming. He just assumed we had been to the restaurant before (which we have) but if we hadn’t been it would have been a very big shock not knowing what was happening.

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KimW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside. The street was relatively calm and the tables weren't too close:)

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viplizab
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favourite restaurant great food and excellent service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s always delicious and fun at this restaurant. The ice cream dessert for birthdays come with a cool sparkler.

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MelanieF
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience2

Food was great but the volume of the music made it hard to have a conversation

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Andrew
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The service has gone from bad during our first visit to awful during our most recent 3rd and now final visit.

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vipturtlefan
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back since pandemic. As good as I remembered.

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DrewW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Extra salty food that the entire party of 7 agreed on, is not good. Indicates poor quality ingredients or a chef that doesn’t taste his own food. I couldn’t even eat the steak it was so salty but the Bloody Mary was good

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StephanieL
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never had a bad experience at Medium Rare. Brunch is a fabulous selection at a low cost. But don’t let the cost fool you about quality. The quality and taste of food is incomparable. They also have a realllllly good brunch playlist. Great ambiance and atmosphere.

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BRIANB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, attentive staff and a reasonable price

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vipPeaches
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistently perfectly prepared, arrives at the table quickly. Our server was personable and eager to please. Sitting outside felt festive. A great experience, as always!

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TeresaE
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This really is one of the best restaurants in Bethesda right now. I've been there numerous times and it's always perfection. No menu choices. Just bread, salad, steak and fries. YUM. (You do get to choose cocktails, wine, and dessert) Very reasonable for the quality you get. The service is efficient and friendly at the same time. You really feel like you are in Paris. Wine list is short but every option is delicious. The best part is -- it's a great option for any family members who can't tolerate gluten. The only thing that ISN'T gluten free is the bread. The grill is only used for steak, the fryers ONLY fry potatoes, so there is no cross contamination. My husband and sister are celiac, and highly sensitive to any cross contamination, and they have NEVER gotten sick there. They've created a lovely outside seating area, I love it!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I had heard that they offer unlimited plates of steak and fries so I was a little disappointed when I finished my second plate and the waiter asked if we wanted to see the dessert menu. Still, the food was delicious and the desserts we ordered did a good job to “almost” fill us up.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience1

Sitting outside under a tent was not ideal, tent was on the way, hitting us everything wind comes, and service took time and lack of polite attention. Food was good as expected.

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jimsthoughts
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Outside on street. Salad A. Steak. Frys B. Bread ( different than my many prepandemic experiences C. Desert A. Service very attentive and professional; only B. because we has to beg for a livable table with enough room and without plastic sheeting constantly blown upon us.

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Samiap
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always - great food and great service.

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vipOHBoy
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Fix menu it’s a surprise. The steak and the sauce are great. Our table is right under AC vent, freezing cold. Wasn’t changed despite the request. Slow service compared to the next table. Mother’s Day, yes I understand , but still .

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swwhite
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

We LOVE Medium Rare, but the last couple times we've been there, the service has been awful. They seem to care more about online orders/pick ups/uber eats than the customers dining in person. On Mother's Day we had a 5:30 pm reservation. We didn't receive our salads until 6:20 pm and that was after I said something to the waiter. There are only three items on the menu, salad, steak and fries... It shouldn't take almost a hour to get a simple salad. I really got mad when I saw a few tables get served before us and they sat down at least 20 mins after us. It didn't ruin Mother's Day, but we will probably try Capital Grill for Father's Day. It's a shame because the food is always good and it is my children's (age 11 and 9) favorite restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience2

Ultimately, this restaurant has one selection to choose from. We drove three hours from Richmond and we can say it was not worth the drive.

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vipReadThisReview
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

First time at Bethesda location. We went for brunch and were so disappointed. Waited 15 minutes for water, 25 for drinks, over an hour for food... Then of course the food was cold and steak overdone, fried unsalted, poached egg cooked hard. Plus, our waiter tried to skip as much as he could... Had to ask for bread, pepper for the salad, more water, more drinks and he didn't even give us the standard Bazooka gum with our bill. Though by that time we were just ready to leave. I didn't come close to finishing my meal. They were busy, to be sure, but with all the time we had waiting, we saw multiple tables sit after us and get their food at a normal pace. The experience likely boiled down to our constantly missing waiter. Still, don't think we'll be back to this location. I've had much better luck at the Arlington location.

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SSBae
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Preface: I was in the food & bev industry up until a year ago.

It was Mother’s Day, I knew it was going to be busy, and was okay with that.

What wasn’t okay was the following:

1. Server not introducing himself or taking the time to ask us questions. Jumped straight into order taking. I had never been there and had questions despite the limited menu.

2. Not checking in on us at all. My 9 year old wanted a different beverage other than water and never got the chance to order it because our server didn’t come back until we had stacked our plates up in a pile.

3. Had he checked in, he would’ve known that my steak was over cooked and my daughter & mother’s steak was undercooked.

4. My mom really enjoyed the green salad and wanted to get another serving. She didn’t get that chance because no one checked in on us.

5. I mentioned the above to the server when I was paying and he responded by patting me on the back and telling me that it was okay because management had him doing “a bunch of other stuff”.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

They had overbooked and it was chaos. The entire staff was overwhelmed.

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Melissa
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

my eggs were not cooked when I asked for them to be scrambled dry. I asked for new ones and they never came so all I had was steak and fries. The drink refills were few and far between and it was Mothers Day and our waitress did not give us a rose like the other mothers were receiving. It was disappointing to say the least and I usually enjoy Medium Rare

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AndrewS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Love this place for brunch! Food is aways spot on and a great atmosphere.

FAQs

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

Medium Rare - Bethesda is rated 4.5 stars by 640 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.

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