Medium Rare

Sometimes, you just want a good steak.  And you don’t want to pay a lot of money for it.  Whether you’re out on a regular date night or tugging your kiddos along, Medium Rare is the perfect solution.

Medium Rare is unique steak restaurant that only services one dish: A culotte steak and crispy hand-cut French fries. That’s it, that’s the menu. The steak is accompanied by their juicy brown sauce, a salad and a serving of their “artisan rustic bread”.  For the prix fixe price of $23.95, you get two helpings of steak and fries.  If you have young children in tow, you can get a “kids’ menu” portion for $8 less.Medium Rare Restaurant

The One Thing

In his book The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results Real Estate titan Gary Keller describes the success habit of focusing on a single process until it is mastered.  Medium Rare is the culinary manifestation of that philosophy.  The kitchen staff is so proficient at handling this cut of steak that it comes out juicy and tender every time, no matter if you ask for it medium rare or another temperature.

By the way, culotte is a lean, boneless cut of steak that comes from the top sirloin.  The seasoning and careful cooking produces a delicious result.  The tradition of grilling this piece comes from France, but it also carried over to the churrascarias of Brazil and to the West Coast before making it our way.

Beats and Rhymes

Medium Rare RestaurantThe restaurant has fun, casual atmosphere. It can get crowded at dinner, but the noise level remains acceptable.  Every other table seems to have children.  On our last visit, it must have been Old-School Hip-Hop night, as tracks by artists like A Tribe Called Quest flowed from the sound system. Medium Rare stocks a variety of vines and a tight selection of beers on draft.

Bottom line

Medium Rare is super-reliable.  You know exactly what you’re going to get: good service and a quality steak at a fair price.  Keeping things simple allows them to provide fantastic food in a great atmosphere.  If you haven’t been yet, you should check it out.


Medium Rare – Cleveland Park

3500 Connecticut Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20008

Cleveland Park Metro Station directly in front of the store



Hours of operation are:

Dinner Daily 5:00 – 10:00 PM

Friday-Saturday: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Sat/Sun Brunch 10:30 – 2:30 PM

Other locations in Arlington, Bethesda and Capitol Hill

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