Medium Rare - Cleveland Park
This is the third, possibly fourth, brunch I’ve had at this location. I don’t think I’ll be back.
Everything that went wrong:
1) Our server couldn’t seem to understand that we had a vegetarian in the group. She ordered the egg frites and sausage without the sausage. This concept seemed very foreign to our waitress.
2) I ordered the steak and eggs but asked that my eggs be “scrambled hard” (meaning not runny like they usually are). Our server informed me that the food is “pre-made” and they can’t do that. Apparently not only is the food not fresh, but the kitchen isn’t capable of throwing the “pre-made” eggs in a frying pan for a few additional minutes.
3) The bread that comes with your meal never made it to our table.
4) We asked for ketchup, bread (that never arrived), and more mimosas once our server came to check on us. She seemed very confused and came back TWO times to verify what we asked for.
5) Another female server (not ours), was overheard telling one of the bussers that whenever she eats the food there she gets sick and gassy. Not exactly what you want to hear when you’re in the middle of your meal.
The value of the brunch is great, but everything else is garbage.
Loved this concept and the restaurant! It was so good! Its probably not for everyone as they only have 1 thing on the menu, but for a carnivore like me...it was perfect. Getting my drink refilled was my only issue. I finally got up, went to the bar, and got it myself. Otherwise, everything else was absolutely perfect!
The only problem was we were seated in the second room and the vents for the air conditioning were blowing directly down on us. But better to be chilly than too hot.
The key lime pie serving was definitely large enough to share.
Soooo my quest to find my go to restaurant in the Cleveland Park area has ended. Medium Rare (and no you don't have to just get medium rare 😁) is amazing. The concept is entirely genius!!! From first walking in the door the experience started off well and lasted throughout the meal. The menu is pretty straight forward I started with my strawberry gimlet as recommended by my waiter Azmie (he is one of the best I have had in a LONG time) next came the hot bread which is beyond tasty with the butter, then the salad with a Dijon base dressing which was scrumptious, and next came the steak and fries with the secret sauce which is just beyond good!!! One thing that totally surprised me was YOU GET A SECOND PORTION OF STEAK!!! I was completely in awe and it came with more sauce!!! I literally couldn't have asked for more. To top it all off we had to get dessert, Azmie reccomended the Red Velvet cake which was very moist, flavorful, and gigantic! Overall I give Medium Rare 👍👍 2 thumbs up and will definitely be back.
If you're a college kid looking to eat a steak for cheap, this is your place. If you're anyone else, stay away. The music was so loud that I had to yell to talk to the person across the table from me - it was like we were in a club. You also have no menu choices. Everyone is given the same thing - some bread, a basic salad, and a steak with fries. The steak was flavorless, over-cooked, and swimming in a mysterious thick brown sauce.
My wife and I just got married and we decided to bring our families to dinner in the restaurant we had our first date.
We love Medium Rare, we have been there many times! This time the service was a little bit slow, but the food was awesome as always and they also treated us with a celebratory Hot Fudge Sundae!
Great service and great food (although for some reason, I was less blown away by the meat and sauce this time).
My biggest complaint is that this place is just too noisy. They should tune the music down.
Great deal - $22 for bread, salad, steak, and fries with a refill on the steak and fries!
Delicious brunch, excellent value, and great attentiveness to our bottomless drinks!
Service and food was outstanding! The staff was very attentive and friendly. Im looking forward to coming back soon.
Everything was Amazing, loved the seasonal Strawberry cocktail. Will be back for brunch!!
Great service. Tasty food. Fun neighborhood. The secret sauce was not as tasty as I recall making me wonder if they changed it??
Incredible food, great service, but very loud during brunch.
Loved the food, but the experience of dining was rushed and unsettling. It felt like we were on a timer, and we couldn’t enjoy our meal. The music was too loud- we could barely here each other.
Food was good as always. But the restaurant was too loud and I felt rushed. It seemed as if the experience was more about getting you in and out instead of being able to enjoy the meal. Just wish these bits were improved.
Service poor; very limited menu options; music is way too loud to allow for any kind of conversation; the limitations on the menus do not at all make sense
Great food and service. Close to metro stop and 2 hour parking spots.
My husband and I like going there for dinner and brunch. The food is really good, and moderately priced. We have always had good service. My husband is currently using a walker so we had a great table to accomodate the walker.
Medium Rate is a unique dining experience. The steak and frites are exceptional. The staff is friendly and very attentive. This is a must stop in DC!
Nice place and good food. The fix price menu was well explained and the food came out fast and the way we wanted. It was a bit loud but that goes with the restaurant atmosphere. Overall delicious !!!! Want to go back.
Simple - salad, steak, fries. And all were delicious. 2 minor complaints, it was drafty - had cold air blowing on me. And when they gave us our seconds on steak, they didn't ask me the doneness I wanted. But overall a great dinner and we will return.
Medium Rare has perfected the art of doing their one central 'thing' - steak & frites - really well. Reliable & relaxed, you know what you're getting! Our 3 sons particularly love this place - good meat & frites, & no fussing over menu selections.
Medium Rare continues to be a great place to go to catch up with friends -- obviously the no choice menu makes things simple although this time the waiter did suggest an optional appetizer which we did not get -- the bread, salad, double portions and dessert (key lime pie) provide more than enough food. I wonder if any ever turns down the second portion -- it would still be enough.
Medium Rare is one of my all-time favorite brunch places because the food and bottomless deal is the best bang for your buck in the city. That being said, it was disappointing that we were basically served carafes of orange juice instead of mimosas. We complained and they put a little more champagne in, but after three hours of dining, we left sober and full of OJ instead of enjoying the full brunch experience.
Great food the place is nice and the service excelent
The Steak, Fries and Special Sauce are Amazing. Awesome deal for dinner or brunch (boozy or not) -- well worth the value!! Highly recommend if you like steak.
The service was excellent. I am not a steak or egg eater but tried since their specialty. Steak too done and scrambled eggs runny. I would return and try the waffles next time.
Overall everything was perfect! But Tru our bartender was an awesome extra added bonus! Great service from Tru!
I travel to the DC area every summer for my job. Medium Rare is one of the places I like to come at least once on my visits. This last visit was disappointing. The food wasn't as good as usual, the wait staff were unfriendly and seemed to just be going through the motions, and the restaurant itself was a lot noisier than usual. I was not very happy with this last visit. I hope this visit wasn't an indication of a permanent change but a one time fluke.
On the whole, the dining experience was fine. The salad serving could use a few more (like additional three) pieces of cherry tomatoes to give it some color. The bread was excellent.
Medium rare was fabulous. Our friend is s chef and was incredibly impressed.
Always a favorite! Quick service, GREAT food, perfect place to grab dinner!
Great spot with a 1 item menu amd great drinks. Make it a must do on my annual business trip to D.C.
Food and service were great but the NOISE level was really extraordinary. Some work on buffering sound with wall covering would really help this place. I would love to come back but we couldn't hear each other without yelling and after a while it got uncomfortable. Cocktails were great and food excellent.
I have been coming to Medium Rare for years and will keep coming back. Solid service, amazing steak and frites. You know what you are getting when you come to the restaurant and they never disappoint.
Dinner with family, good service, consistently good food.
I didn't like it. I like the simple menu idea but the food was average at best. The restaurant feels cramped.
I brought my family here for graduation dinner! Everyone loved it! No complaints! My favorite restaurant in dc!
Sat outside ...outstanding service...they keep bringing food! Highly recommend it😁
The patio is dog-friendly which is a plus. The menus is fixed, but delicious.