French Style Steaks at Medium Rare – Washington, DC

In DC and hungry for a great steak that costs only $19.50?  Then dash off to “Medium Rare”, a recently opened, French inspired steakhouse in Cleveland Park.  Medium Rare’s concept is very different from most other restaurants as it only has one item on the dinner menu:  Steak Frites.

A few nights back, my friends and I dined at this very popular restaurant and while we had to wait for nearly 45 minutes for a table, it was well worth it.  We all ordered our steaks “medium rare” as well as a bottle of “Bertrand Berge Fitou”, a French wine from southern France (nice, mature red wine with intense fruit and tannins).

After enjoying our first course (salad with a Dijon vinaigrette) we had our first serving of steak frites.  The steak was cooked perfectly and was topped off with a “Secret Sauce”. The frites, or fries were also freshly cooked and some of the best I’ve had in DC.  Later, one of the servers delivered our second serving of steak frites from a small grill pan.

The french country bread was excellent, even more so when dipped in the secret sauce.

While we did not have dessert. Medium Rare serves a hefty sized, double fudge chocolate cake as well as carrot cake, etc.

For you vegetarians, Medium Rare offers a grilled portobello mushroom with a roasted red pepper sauce. Note that this is not listed on the menu.  Also they have an interesting brunch menu which is available on weekends.

Click here to see the menu.  Note that the restaurant only takes reservations for the 5pm and 10pm seatings.

Disclosure: I am a part-time server at Medium Rare.


About Robert Kavalek

Robert Kavalek is a travel consultant who shares his love for traveling the world on theTRAVELER ( While his specialties are Paris, Mexico and "digital overload escapes", he can advise clients on any type of vacation. In addition, he writes about travel destinations and travel tips on his blog and Facebook page. Robert has visited 31 countries and territories and hopes to check out at least one new country every year. He currently lives in Washington, DC.
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