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Medium Rare - Arlington

4.5
4.5
894 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Steak, American, Steakhouse

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 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

    (703) 243-2020

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Private party facilities

    For inquiries please give us a call.

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington

  • Cross street

    Nelson Street

  • Parking details

    We also provide free garage parking in our building

  • Public transit

    Virginia Square metro station across street

  • Additional

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

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What 894 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The waitress seemed bothered by having to be there. The food was pretty good… not as good as previous visits.
  2. D

    Disappointed

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was great and the server very courteous but it took a while for us to get service (at least 20-25 min from the time we sat down). Very busy, which was ok, but our waiter had a lot of tables to wait on, it could have been better. Food was excellent, as always, just that one comment. Other wait staff came by but very sporadically (get us water, etc). Seemed the service was overwhelmed. Again, the waiter was very nice but definitely way too many tables for one person.
  3. R

    Rose

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent, ie. Service, food and atmosphere.
  4. SS

    ShivyS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great value for price. Steak and fries were great. Solid drinks too.
  5. GD

    GinaD

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    It's been about 2 years since I last dined at Medium Rare. It doesn't seem to be quite as good as it used to be. I will definitely go back, fingers crossed it was just a bad night. Still giving food 4 stars though because that sauce is amazing.
  6. JH

    JeffH

    Washington DC

    87 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great bread, a salad, and TWO servings of great steak and fries? Works!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    For a steak place, I was expecting the steak to be out of this world. The seasoning was nice but aside from that it wasn’t anything special. The food was good, but could be better.
  8. M

    Marty

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Medium Rare is always a good experience. This time we saved room for dessert. We ordered the apple pie with vanilla ice cream. It was definitely worth the calories.
  9. JH

    JohnH

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Greeted with a smile, had our choice of seating and chose outdoors. Food is always very good, and service is as well. We’ve dined there a number of times and the experience is very consistent.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and food. Recommend!
  11. H

    Happyhappyjoyjoy

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious as always! Consistently good food & service! Busy as it was Father’s day - beautiful night so most tables brought outside (ours was from inside & wobbly). A little slow getting to us for each step in service, but understandable as it was packed & we booked it last minute. No bubble gum w/ check?!;-) Used to love that touch.
  12. LI

    LINOM

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This was our first visit to Medium Rare. If you don't know, it is a fixed price restaurant, meaning the menu is set. The meal consisted of bread and butter, salad, and the main course of steak and french fries. The bread was crusty and chewy, which is how I like it, though it was light on taste. The mixed green salad, served with a light vinaigrette dressing was good. The fries were lightly crispy and the steak cooked to our specification, rare for me and medium rare for my wife. The portion served was not large but was adequate. To our surprise, as we were finishing up, out came a second serving of both the meat and fries. The wine and liquor selection is limited. Before the meal I had a Gin Collins and my wife a Prickly Pear sangria. With dinner I had a glass of Pinot Noir. As with most house wines it was adequate. For dessert we shared the 7-layer carrot cake and coffee. Although I know carrot cake can be sweet, this one was almost too sweet for me and had little carrot taste. Unfortunately the coffee was lousy (this was confirmed by a friend who regularly frequents Medium Rare. Despite that, we'd go again as the meal was pretty good.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience3
    Service was good, food portions were poor
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, Great food, great French pickup line tutorials in the overhead speakers in the bathrooms. 🤪
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    The location is nice and the set up is very attractive. Servers were attentive and helpful and replaced the scrambled egg dish promptly and with apology when we complained that it was undercooked. The food unfortunately was not as good as other reviews indicated (scrambled eggs undercooked and runny, steak fries seemed like frozen fries from a bag, and French toast was runny and undercooked but tasty nonetheless). Two of our dishes had hairs in them (coffee cream and French toast). The yogurt parfait was excellent. Very disappointing experience for the price overall. I will note that no one in my party ordered steak, so it is quite possible that their steak dishes are great and are why others enjoy the restaurant!
  16. F

    Farkle

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great, the prices for what you get were on point. Overall would definitely go back!
  17. DC

    DCmom

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Salad and special sauce were the highlights. I expected the steak to be a bit more substantial but the flavor was very good. Overall, nice dinner with a teenage boy.
  18. J

    Jrzeygrl

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We went for dinner for my husband‘s birthday. Food was absolutely delicious. Service was a little spotty. They forgot my husbands mushrooms and it took a while to come back to the table to check on us and so the mushrooms are delivered well after he had finished his meat. Food was absolutely amazing and the ambience was great. Will definitely go back!
  19. c

    cnn1

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    Outside there were packs of kids running around, parents not taking care of them. We complained to the hostess (who was great!) and asked to move seats. Inside is kind of dusty, had weird deep track rock playing loudly, and overall just not on par with what you’d expect from a steakhouse. There is only one thing on the menu, and we could see it on other people’s tables and it looked unappealing. If you only cook one thing, I’d think you’d do it well, but I wasn’t willing to sit through a dingy, expensive, and loud dinner for a sad looking meal. We were at our table for about ten minutes and no one had come by yet, so we decided to bail. Maybe the food is actually amazing and on a different night would have been lovely, but the vibes were off.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toledo

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    First time at the restaurant after seeing on social media and it was overall a good, not great experience. The bread was great and the salad was fairly average. The steak was pretty good but honestly the portions, despite getting two, were fairly small for the price - I’m not even sure it added up to 8 ounces. I also wish there was an alternative to the fries. Not a place I would frequent, but just another dining option in the area.
  21. K

    Kimber

    Minneapolis

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’d happily go back and feel a little sad that I am only in the area for a visit. Other reviews give the low-down on the logistics, so I won’t reiterate here. I’ll just add that the servers were all great and prompt. And it is truly delightful to be almost done with your main and have someone show up to refill your plate with hot food. What a great idea! I will definitely hope to be back in the area soon!
  22. AS

    ArminS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing restaurant with delicious set menu. Saves the hassle of deciding what to order. Steak and frites were phenomenal
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Graduation
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    It was a unique dining experience with them having a set menu. It was sort of like going to someone’s home for dinner and there being bread, salad, steak or mushrooms and fries with several dessert options. Simple dining, good value but nothing special or fancy. People had their dogs outside with us at the tables so it was a very laid back scene while we were a bit overdressed for dogs to dining with us outside. Nothing special, a decent place to grab a bite to eat.
  25. MI

    McInva

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very good service in a nice outdoor setting with plenty of tables.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food best bang for your buck.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Half of the salad had no dressing. The steak was served tepid and the sauce covering half of the fries
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Food was great. Service and cleanliness could use some work…
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and excellent service!
  30. T

    Tara

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    I had never been to Medium Rare and made a reservation for 7:30 pm. I arrived early and realized that there was nice outdoor seating and it was quite loud inside the restaurant. I asked if I could switch my reservation to a table outside, and the hostess was happy to assist and seated me right away even though I was significantly early and the restaurant was quite busy. I was waited on very quickly, and I found the customer service all evening to be very professional. However, the food was unimpressive. Even the salad was lackluster. It was pre-dressed greens with two halved micro-tomatoes. When the steak and fries arrived, it was clear that nothing was freshly cooked. I presume that it was in or under a warmer of some kind. Neither the fries or steak was hot...just warm. It was clear that the passion for food and flavor was lacking at Medium Rare. The food was by no means horrible. It was just okay. It seems that this restaurant is a conveyor belt of prepared plates of warm presliced steak and warmed fries which may be satisfactory for some, but if you're looking for food cooked to order and more importantly quality steak, I would course correct you to an actual steakhouse.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Been there many times. Unfortunately, this was not the best experience. Took an excessive amount of time to get a waiter. When he did come,he took my cocktail order and quickly left without asking what my wife or granddaughters wanted. We had to ask another server to hail our waiter to come back and take rest of table drink order. Also, had to ask several times for water refills. Food was fine, but no one (either waiter or other servers) asked if we wanted more. Had to ask for that too. Not that it matters greatly, but waiter did not ask if we wanted dessert either. We just left. Left 20% tip cuz I know restaurants have been trying to recover, but tip , honestly, was not deserved.
  32. HA

    HaniA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Slow service, it took us over 30min just to get the salad, and another 30 for the first meal, on top of all that, the food was cold.. we didn't even get the second meal.
  33. t

    tiggermay

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    We love medium rare. We weren’t offered anything for our celebration, but had a wonderful evening and we’re too full for dessert by the time it came around. It was understaffed tonight and service was less than normal, but it just reflects the times we Arwen in. Food taste was great and overall evening was just what we were hoping for.
  34. BA

    BonAppetit703

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    mediocre service at best, food quality seems to have gone down.
  35. NO

    NoahO

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    My favourite brunch. Good cut of meat, amazing steak sauce, and a very good parfait. Would recommend to anyone at this value
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The place is quiet noisy and a lot of traffic due to servers and customers. I want to commend our lady server that I reminded us that there’s a second for meat and fries but the main server didn’t mention it and just collected our plates. The food taste good and although in the website it says $20 when we arrive it’s $26.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I dine at medium rare consistently before visiting the Kennedy Center. This is the perfect pre-show meal. Reasonably priced delicious food and you always know what you’re going to get. The service is fast and friendly. Thanks!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Food was okay. I ordered my steak medium rare and it was still a tad tough. The waitress did not tell us she would give us a second helping of fries and steak so initially when they brought out everyone’s platters I thought the portions were small considering the price. The second helping was still a modest portion size. The sauce was just okay and I did not like it with my steak or fries. The bread served with the meal was overly dry. Not sure if the bread was supposed to be that way but I expected crunchy crust and tender on the inside. Waitress was very nice though.
  39. NM

    NoelM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone was so nice and accommodating, very quick with the food order and drinks
  40. a

    amyf

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    We really love this restaurant but Because it was Mother’s Day it was very very loud and crowded. However, I would understand that except our waiter forgot about our table and we sat for one hour before any food was served to us. Just not the experience we were used to!

FAQs

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

Medium Rare - Arlington is rated 4.5 stars by 894 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today
Google Map for Medium Rare - Arlington

3601 Fairfax Dr Arlington, VA 22201-2352

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Nelson Street

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 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

    Steak, American, Steakhouse

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    We also provide free garage parking in our building

  • Public transit

    Virginia Square metro station across street

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

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

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