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Medium Rare - Arlington

4.5
4.5
862 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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Booked 83 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

Popular dishes

Menu

Set Menu Prix Fixe

$20.45

  • Artisan Rustic Bread

    pain de campagne

    • Mixed Green Salad

      la salade verte

      • Award - Winning Culotte Steak & Hand - Cut Fries

        with Secret Sauce steak culotte, frites et sauce secrète

        Desserts

        $9.

        • Grandma's Apple Pie with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

          tarte aux pommes grand - mère á la mode

          • House Specialty Hot Fudge Sundae*

            le sundae maison, sauce au chocolat chaud

            • Double Chocolate Fudge Layer Cake*

              le gateau aux deux chocolats

              • Six Layer Carrot Cake*

                le gateau á la carotte aux six étages

                • Key Lime Pie

                  tarte au citron vert des Pie Sisters

                  Featuring La Colombe Torrefaction Coffee

                  • Coffee

                    • Tea

                      • Espresso

                        • Cappuccino

                          • Cafe Latte

                            Last updated: February 1, 2022

                            What 862 people are saying

                            Overall ratings and reviews

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

                            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

                              5 reviews

                              3.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined 1 day ago

                              overall3food4service2ambience3

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

                            2. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 5 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Great food and excellent service!

                            3. T

                              Tara

                              Washington DC

                              1 review

                              3.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 7 days ago

                              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.

                            4. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              New England

                              3 reviews

                              vip
                              3.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined 7 days ago

                              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.

                            5. HA

                              HaniA

                              Washington DC

                              1 review

                              1.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 7 days ago

                              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.

                            6. 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.

                            7. F

                              703Food

                              1 review

                              2.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 19, 2022

                              overall2food1service1ambience3

                              mediocre service at best, food quality seems to have gone down.

                            8. 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

                            9. 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.

                            10. 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!

                            11. 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

                            12. 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!

                            13. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Washington DC

                              2 reviews

                              4.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                              overall4food5service4ambience3

                              Mother’s Day.

                            14. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              1 review

                              4.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                              overall4food5service4ambience3

                              I am not a fries fan, but I had two rounds of these fries! Thinly cut and nicely seasoned! Excellent

                            15. LA

                              LuvAGreatBargain

                              Washington DC

                              4 reviews

                              4.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                              overall4food5service5ambience2

                              The food was wonderful as always and our server Dennis was so delightful that I still remember his name. The only minor criticism I have are that the restaurant looked a little shabby and there wasn’t a host manning the door to coordinate seating people as we arrived. There was a mass of people crowded around the front entrance waiting for someone to greet us and arrange seating for several minutes.

                            16. RV

                              RaquelV

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Marina was the best! She stayed calm during the Mother’s Day rush! Even when people were rude and nasty to her. She maintained great composure. I will definitely be back because of Marina!

                            17. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The food was AMAZING!!! BEST French toast I ever had. The steak fries were also amazing, reminded me of the French restraint in Paris called L'entrecote. Just amazing.

                            18. M

                              Mark

                              Washington DC

                              1 review

                              vip
                              3.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                              overall3food3service2ambience2

                              Service was very rushed. Would not seat table until all guests arrived (which is generally ok). However was asked to leave at 80 minutes because of 90 minute time limit to stay (not ok as they would not even seat the guests that arrived on time) . Not relaxing.

                            19. TS

                              TaraS

                              Los Angeles

                              1 review

                              2.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                              overall2food1service3ambience1

                              Too loud. Terrible food.

                            20. SF

                              SyreetaF

                              Washington DC

                              6 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              6 reviews

                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Great value for the cost, especially the bottomless mimosas.

                            21. AR

                              AshleyRefined

                              New York Area

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                              overall5food5service4ambience4

                              Excellent food and portions.

                            22. A

                              Anna

                              Baltimore

                              8 reviews

                              5.0

                              8 reviews

                              Dined on May 3, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Medium rare is one of the best priced places for the quality of food ever! Always delicious! Service is always great

                            23. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Washington DC

                              9 reviews

                              5.0

                              9 reviews

                              Dined on May 2, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Everything was so wonderful and such friendly service! The food was really good, and I’m definitely coming back!

                            24. AD

                              AdamD

                              Washington DC

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 2, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The service was great, the steaks were delicious, and the beer was fresh and crisp. I like the simplicity of the process and the menu. We will definitely come back.

                            25. SW

                              SydW

                              Washington DC

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 2, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The most delicious steak and fries I've ever had. I always look forward to having dinner here.

                            26. M

                              Matzi

                              Detroit

                              60 reviews

                              vip
                              4.0

                              60 reviews

                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                              overall4food4service3ambience3

                              Nice meal - we love the concept; simple and solid. LOVE the fresh salad at the beginning with just butter leaves, tomato and a simple vinaigrette as well as delicious sourdough / farm bread. Hostess staff was slightly disorganized but meal went smoothly. could use something to liven it up outside - fairly boring out there.

                            27. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Washington DC

                              1 review

                              vip
                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                              overall5food4service2ambience5

                              Server was not very attentive to use

                            28. J

                              Jack

                              New York Area

                              5 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                              overall5food5service4ambience4

                              great food, great service, great environment. better than I expected, even after having it hyped up.

                            29. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Washington DC

                              1 review

                              3.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                              overall3food3service3ambience2

                              It was ok. The waiter was nice but the service took forever. The secret sauce is delicious! The food was just ok. The only retired would go back would be for the sauce.

                            30. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              I love this restaurant so much all the workers from the host to the manager are amazing. I couldn’t ask for more when dining at a restaurant

                            31. JB

                              JohnB

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 29, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Was sort of loud. Difficult to have a conversation with out using a lot of ‘what?’

                            32. KL

                              KellyL

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 25, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              It was great!

                            33. DJ

                              DJBphiladelphia

                              Philadelphia

                              9 reviews

                              5.0

                              9 reviews

                              Dined on April 25, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Birthday dinner

                            34. JG

                              JordanG

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 24, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Love this place! Will be back just because of how awesome our server Dennis was. Best service ever with amazing food! Our mimosas stayed full and we stayed happy.

                            35. KW

                              KrysW

                              Aberdeen

                              1 review

                              3.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 24, 2022

                              overall3food5service3ambience4

                              Brunch at Medium Rare is always a treat... for the food! Otherwise, the service is rushed, used plates and glasses aren't removed from the table, and you are a bit of an afterthought once you've placed your order.

                            36. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Pittsburgh

                              1 review

                              3.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 24, 2022

                              overall3food3service3ambience3

                              Came here for brunch. Didn’t realize it was more of a boozy brunch than anything. I felt like the steak portion size was lacking.

                            37. MB

                              MaddieB

                              Pittsburgh

                              5 reviews

                              5.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on April 23, 2022

                              overall5food5service4ambience4

                              Great food and good value for what you get! Love the steak sauce

                            38. A

                              Anne

                              Washington DC

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on April 23, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Enjoyed dining outside on the spacious patio. Outstanding service. Everything was delicious!!

                            39. J

                              John

                              Washington DC

                              24 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              24 reviews

                              Dined on April 22, 2022

                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                              Very nice steak restaurant with outdoor seating.

                            40. E

                              Elaine

                              Washington DC

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 17, 2022

                              overall5food5service4ambience3

                              Excellent food, cooked to perfection. Background music was hardly in the background, it was quite loud, although they did lower it upon 2nd request.

                            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 862 OpenTable diners.

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

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                            Booked 83 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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