Medium Rare to Open in Arlington

It's the first Virginia location for the restaurant that serves a set menu of steak and fries.

The bar at Medium Rare’s Bethesda location. Photo by Joe Zimmerman.

Medium Rare, a restaurant that serves a single menu of steak, fries, salad and bread, expects to open in Arlington by Christmas.

Co-founder Mark Bucher said the 3,000-square-foot eatery will be on ground floor of Latitude, a new apartment building across from the Virginia Square Metro station. It will be the fourth iteration for the chainlet, which opened its first restaurant in Washington D.C.’s Cleveland Park neighborhood in 2009, followed by locations on Capitol Hill and in Bethesda.

The interior of the Bethesda location. Photo by Joe Zimmerman.

Medium Rare offers one pre-set menu for $20.45: rustic bread, a mixed green salad, culotte steak and hand-cut fries in a “secret sauce.” The five desserts, each of which is $9, are apple pie, carrot cake, chocolate fudge cake, key lime pie and a hot fudge sundae.

The $24.95 brunch offerings are more expansive and include French toast and sausage, eggs Benedict, steak and eggs, and bottomless mimosas.

Bucher has had his eye on Arlington for a while, he says, but “it just took time to find the right landlord, the right deal and the right location.” As for his decision to build a business on the idea of offering one set menu: “It’s a place you can count on, it’s consistent, it’s reasonably priced and you don’t have to make decisions. It takes one more stress point out of the day.”


Medium Rare in Bethesda. Photo by Joe Zimmerman.


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