Medium Rare Washington DC

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Medium Rare – Inexpensive steak frites

A steak place – boring, right? Long the stereotype of DC dining (fancy, white tablecloth steakhouses filled with besuited lobbyists and lawyers), there are plenty of places to get grilled beef in DC.

But Medium Rare is a little different. For $ 19, you get a salad, tasty, crusty bread, and two servings of steak frites – that is, sliced steak and fries. You just tell them how you want the steak cooked, they write that on the paper tablecloth in crayon, and if you’re still hungry, they bring you a second portion. Not bad for that price.

There are two locations in town, but I’ve only tried the one on Barracks Row (a charming stretch of 8th Street SE) and thoroughly enjoyed it. The staff is attentive and friendly, the steak is tasty and comes with a secret sauce – kind of a gravy, maybe black peppercorn? Whatever it is, it’s good (though a bit salty.)

They have a good beer and wine selection too, which is probably how they make the money considering the steak is so inexpensive. And there’s brunch too, which I hear is good, but I’ve been focused on dinner.

The inside is nice and modern, but the sidewalk seating is good for warmer evenings, brunch and people-watching. Plus there are many options nearby for an after-dinner drink, like Belga Cafe, a Belgian spot across the street.

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Details about this spot



515 8th Street SE, Washington DC

Telephone number


Opening Times

Mon - Thu 17:00 - 22:00, Fri 17:00 - 23:00, Sat 11:00 - 14:30 & 17:00- 23:00, Sun 10:00 - 14:30 & 17:00 - 22:00


Steak and fries: US$ 19


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