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Medium Rare - Arlington

4.6
4.6
938 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 29 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Steak, American, Steakhouse

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 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 938 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. H

    Holly

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience for a birthday brunch! Amazing food and great service
  2. KW

    KathieW

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We enjoyed our visit last night. Appreciated when the manager responded to my request to turn the music volume down. Totally unnecessary over dinner to have extreme blaring and bass music competing with our dinner conversation. It’s also an occupational hazard for the staff there. It’s not an ‘older person issue’. It’s a hearing for all issue!!! Manager even commented that the restaurant is not a night club!!
  3. l

    luv2dinewthu

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    This was a great place to celebrate a birthday with family- the steak frites never disappoints- everyone was satisfied and no one needed to make a choice beyond how they wanted their steak cooked. Desserts were obscenely large (perfect for sharing between 3-4 people) and also tasty.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks to all the staff for helping to make our kid’s birthday dinner so special! Much appreciated!!
  5. m

    matthewp

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A cant miss time, needs to be in everyone's monthly to do!
  6. GG

    GeoffreyG

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was good, small brunch menu but what they do they do very well. We would definitely go back.
  7. l

    local

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Everything was great, as always. Got dessert this time, which we don’t usually do. It was just ok.
  8. M

    Mark

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a fantastic experience at Medium Rare in Arlington! Sat outside on the patio, and enjoyed a wonderfully prepared dinner from the bread to the hot fudge sundae for dessert. The steak was cooked medium, hot off the grill, and topped with portobello mushrooms. Outstanding! Had the Pineapple Express cocktail…actually had two…very good! Service was impeccable. 3 cocktails, 2 dinners, mushrooms, hot fudge sundae.. $140.00 with the tip…. We will be back!
  9. F

    Foodie71

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The food was okay. Had to send steak back was cooked at right temperature. The service was great. Dennis was an awesome server with great customer service.
  10. a

    anonymous

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the sauce!
  11. m

    mander

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Delicious, dog friendly, great cocktails!
  12. KE

    KarenE

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It was ok just not enough food
  13. l

    luv2dinewthu

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I’m not sure what I liked the most- the scrumptious, sumptuous steak sauce, that they refill (!!!) your plate when you finish your first serving, or the fact that the ONLY decision I had to make was what temperature I wanted my steak cooked… I can’t wait to go back!
  14. J

    Joanne

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The salad, steak, fries are outstanding! The service staff is attentive and knowledgeable. We ate outside, since it was one of those rare September evenings that was beautiful. Absolutely highly recommend!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Sooo they’re not bottomless and their menu hasn’t been updated. Mimosas are $1 each not $0.25 but still a good deal
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again, Medium Rare hits it out the park. From the sangrias, to the steak frites—featuring liquid gold (aka, secret sauce), everything was tasty. The music was on point, and the ac gave relief from the heat. Always a great date night here!
  17. XV

    XavierV

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Steak was not of good quality. They were very dry and the cut of the meat tasted like a cheap sirloin. I much rather go with steak frites from the great American restaurants for $1 more. It includes a larger more complete salad and much better quality steak with choice of side. Also the auzie rolls from their restaurant are better than the dry crust rustic bread. The fries and sauce were ok. The apple pie was not very good it felt heavy and difficult to digest. A balduccis apple pie is way better and could get a half pie for the same price as 1 slice. The carrot cake and the strawberry lemonade were good. The service was extremely slow compared to most restaurants. It took 2 hours to enter and leave.
  18. F

    Foodiefun

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food at an affordable price. Nice staff
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Everything is good except the noisy environment
  20. D

    Debra

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Three stars for the food, our server was attentive. Five people on our table, bread was delivered with a sliver of butter at the start. Our salads were soaked in dressing and the single grape tomato (halved) was shriveled and old tasting. Dinner is served on smaller plates for the illusion of having 'more', the reality is our fries were soggy and about a three-ounce serving. You also get 8 pieces of paper fine sirloin, each about four inches long. They come back and refill your plate a second time, the same amount of fries but only six slices of meat. You can specify meat type initially (medium rare, medium) but second servings are all the same, medium. I'd be surprised if you got 1/8 pound of meat total per person, so do the math. This experience is not one we will repeat.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone of the staff were very helpful and very warming in their greets I was especially taken aback by how convenient and how smooth the whole process went. We went for brunch and we stayed there for a couple hours and the staff was kind enough to assist us even though we were not drinking anymore which were bottomless mimosas bloody Mary’s. Great location for a great restaurant the steaks are amazing highly recommended.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best value, always good food. Excellent Service
  23. AK

    AndrewK

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and great service!
  24. F

    Fedor6

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, service and vibe at Medium Rare were perfect for a Saturday brunch in Arlington! We had the signature dish, Steak Frites, and it was delicious. We will be back!
  25. O

    Oldmanstyle

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The serve basically one thing there and its good. If you want steak frites wine or beer definitely check it out.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The set menu was a good value for a family dinner. The advertised special cocktails were really good, The blackberry sangria was delicious!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Well done. I was surprised with the fixed menu but it was good.
  28. MW

    MikeW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The music in the dining area was way too loud. You could not carry on a conversation. The server graciously and thankfully turned it down below 100 db when asked. Otherwise it was really nice. The bread is amazing. The blackberry sangria was also a unexpected treat.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    I’ve seen a steady decline at Medium Rare since it first opened. Food is bland and not nearly the portion size as before. Didn’t they used to give second servings??? There are too many other options in this area to keep going back.
  30. JG

    JulieG

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot for a birthday dinner. The big sparkler at the end made it festive. Everything was delicious.
  31. ME

    MostafaE

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I had a very painful experience just today. Hi My name is Mostafa, I visit the Arlington site at 5:45 pm on August 8, it is my wedding anniversary, and I was with my wife. We ordered our meal, then we ordered a dessert to share, after 10 minutes the main waiter came to our table with the receipt and a takeaway box. In quiet I paid for the meals and put my desert in the box, I think the restaurant is full and maybe he need the table but the place was empty when the guy get back to give me back my card I asked him why you gave me the receipt and the takeaway box while I did not ask for them I felt he push me to get out, and he answered in a quick I did not mean it, then he left me. The total time I spent in the restaurant was almost an hour I left the place angry and unhappy, your main waiter unpleased my day and this is not acceptable.
  32. f

    frank

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    good steak, French fries and desserts. music is too loud - hard to have a conversation without raising voice.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was great. We wanted to sit inside since it was hot but the music was a little too loud inside so we sat outside. Noise level was ok outside.
  34. w

    wandawiles

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    delicious steak frites delivered by friendly staffers
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was 10. It’s a 10/10 every time we eat here. The service is great, the bread is warm, the steak is cooked perfectly, the fries are unreal, and the sauce is crack!!!
  36. BG

    BethG

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The concept of this restaurant is amazing- no menu. The menu is steak, fries, salad, bread and all you need to decide is how you want your steak cooked. The bread is a traditional crusty French bread, the salad has a light and delicious vinaigrette, the steak sauce is like a peppercorn sauce that is out of this world and the fries are to die for. And all this for $26.95. It is by far the best value in the whole DC area. Run, don't walk, to the nearest Medium Rare. There are three locations- Arlington, Cleveland Park and Bethesda. This concept is modeled after a famous Parisian restaurant called L'Entrecote, and it may even be better!
  37. JA

    JoyceA

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an incredible and most delicious meal. Our waiter was fabulous and we were able to sit outside which was great.
  38. AW

    AlisonW

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    Fantastic meal and service! There were some screaming small children with parents who did nothing about it that was unfortunate. But we loved the food and wine and special birthday dessert. Would recommend!!
  39. R

    Rose

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Jenny was amazing! Very friendly, very quick. Would totally go back
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently delicious!

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 4.6 stars by 938 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 29 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 10:30 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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