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  • Review Count
    9
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  • First Review
    November 3, 2014
  • Last Review
    February 18, 2015
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  • Average Rating
    3.4
 
 
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Jaleo brings alive the spirit and flavors of Spain with a menu reflecting the rich regional diversity of classical and contemporary Spanish cuisine, under the direction of renowned chef José Andrés. Jaleo offers an impressive assortment of tapas, the traditional small dishes of Spain, as well as savory paellas, superb sangrias and a fine selection of Spanish wines and Sherries in a festive, casual atmosphere. <br />
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Best Tapas in Area, but Uneven Quality and Service
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/15/2015
 2005
Dined on 2/15/2015
 2005
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We are frequent clients of all Jose Andres restaurants, but especially the DC and Crystal City branches of Jaleo. The tapas were good, but a bit over salted. The level of salt varies from night to night, so if you are on a low salt diet, make sure to tell your waiter. Service is normally fast, perhaps too fast. But this time it was glacial. We were in the restaurant for two-and-a-half hours with waits from when we ordered a tapa averaging about 15 minutes. Toward the end the waiter asked me if we wanted to see the desert menu. I pointed out that we still had not gotten all the tapas we had ordered. Hopefully it was just an off night."
Dined on 2/15/2015
 2005
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We offer our guests a relaxed, yet formal dining experience, with a focus on Belgian cuisine with American inspiration. Choose from our Seven Course Tasting menu to fully realize Chef's vision, or enjoy selections from our a la carte menu. You’ll know you’re in a chef’s restaurant as the servers speak confidently about the menu. Many ingredients are sourced from local farmers, highlighting the bounty of the region. We feature an extensive list of small production, approachable wines from around the world.<br /><br />We accept Opentable reservations for up to 10 guests, Sunday through Thursday, and up to 7 guests on Friday and Saturday. If you would like to book a larger group than we offer on Opentable, please call Matty Fanning at 703.894.3440 to discuss options for up to 14 guests. We'll be happy to work with you to provide a special menu and experience for your larger gathering!
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Good Belgian Food In Old Town
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/31/2015
 2005
Dined on 1/31/2015
 2005
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Brasserie Beck has the best Belgian Food we have tried in the DC area. But if you live in VA and don't want the hassle of going to DC, BRABO is a good alternative. I got a good, if not great, lobster bisque and my wife got a salad that we would describe in a similar way. We both got cod, which was excellent. The wine list is extensive, but over priced. We drank a decent Spanish white, but $39 for a bottle that they probably spent $5 on is too much of a markup."
Dined on 1/31/2015
 2005
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Located in the heart of Tysons Corner, Chima Brazilian Steakhouse brings a unique dining experience to metro Washington DC and Fairfax County. Chima's unique style of service "Rodizio" which means rotation brings to our diner a variety of beef, pork, chicken and fish in a dining rotation and served by our Gauchos directly to your table. Our wide and various offers on our salad bar make the dining experience at Chima a unique one.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Good Meat; So So Service
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/25/2015
 2005
Dined on 1/25/2015
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"This is not a place for vegans. But if you want lots of well-cooked meat, more than your doctor would like you to be eating in a month, this is the place to go.
I have been to Chima many times and the food is always the same. But this time I had the absolute worst service. My friend and I ordered Caipirinhas, a Brazilian cocktail to start. My friend ordered his drink with sugar; I asked for it to be made with Splenda. It took about 15 minutes to get our drinks and they brought my one with sugar. It took another 15 minutes to replace the drink. We were dining with our respective 16-year-old children, both of whom look their age. The waitress had asked them if they wanted cocktails and seemed surprised when I pointed out that they are underage.
The meat is brought to your table on skewers and then carved off for you. We had to request numerous times that the servers be asked to come by our table. Even though we had our tokens marked for serving us, the waiters often walked by our table on their way to other ones. Management needs to work on better training the staff."
Dined on 1/25/2015
 2005
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Sitting on a quiet residential street in Georgetown, 1789 Restaurant has the charm of a historic country inn. Chef Samuel Kim’s contemporary seasonal menu blends the flavors of fresh regional ingredients into unique and delicious summer dishes.<br /><br />2014 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence; Zagat Top Ratings in Food, Service, Decor, and Most Popular; DiRona Award Winner; 3 Stars from 2014 Washingtonian magazine.<br />
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
A DC Classic
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/23/2015
 2005
Dined on 1/23/2015
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Obama took Merkel here--need I say more? This is one of DC's best spots for well prepared food in an elegant atmosphere. We always enjoy ourselves at 1789."
Dined on 1/23/2015
 2005
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
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In 1965, Boar’s Head set out to create a dining experience that celebrates innovation blended with Southern style blending culinary artistry and classic elegance. <br /><br />Today, culinary tradition and passion for inspired cuisine continues. Our extensive wine and brew lists pair perfectly with a range of fresh, bold flavors that change with the seasons. A 2013 Wine Spectator Award Winner. AAA Four Diamond award-winning restaurant for 26 years running. <br /><br />From classic bistro fare and grill favorites, to fine dining at the Old Mill Room Restaurant and our extravagant Sunday Brunch—a true culinary adventure awaits you at Charlottesville’s Only Four-Diamond Resort. Boar’s Head is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Good Safe Spot
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/02/2014
 2005
Dined on 11/02/2014
 2005
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"The food is middle-of-the road; the sort of place you can take your elderly aunt to and be sure she will be happy. There is nothing fantastic, but the meal was pleasant and we had nothing to complain about either."
Dined on 11/02/2014
 2005
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The Evolution of Tradition is presented with Executive Chef Javier Romero introducing a new approach to some classic tapas. From old school tapas battling it out to healthy & organic salads, there's something for everyone. Celebrating our 25th Anniversary this 2014 and a young team bringing innovative techniques, we continue to show the best our culture has to offer.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Excellent High-end Spanish Food
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/22/2015
 2005
Dined on 1/22/2015
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Go to Jaleo for tapas and Taberna for a romantic night out with excellent high-end food. It is an expensive place, but if you can afford Taberna, the food is first class."
Dined on 1/22/2015
 2005
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Rural Society is a contemporary Argentine steakhouse from nationally renowned master of Latin cuisine Chef Jose Garces. Inspired by his travels to South America, Rural Society is at once rustic and luxurious, bringing the energy and sophistication of Buenos Aires to Washington. Our menu and primarily South American wine list, combined with our warm hospitality and welcoming décor, transport you far from the bustle of the District to the sweeping cattle ranches and grill-fired kitchens of Argentina.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Only go during DC Restaurant Week
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/20/2015
 2005
Dined on 1/20/2015
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"This is my third time going to Rural Society. The first and the most recent were during different DC Restaurant Weeks. Both times the food was excellent. The second time I went with a friend and got the tasting menu which was overpriced and not very good. The server both the second and most recent time talks too much, tried to convince us to order more-expensive wines and unnecessary additional dishes."
Dined on 1/20/2015
 2005
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B Too is a restaurant dedicated to Belgium through cuisine and design. With a Belgian menu, Chef and Owner Bart Vandaele has thrown his life's work into this metropolitan masterpiece.
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Too much salt, otherwise not bad but not great
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/19/2015
 2005
Dined on 1/19/2015
 2005
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"If you want a good meal and live in the neighborhood, go to Le Diplomate. If you want good Belgian food in DC, go to Brasserie Beck. Both my appetizer and main course had too much salt. Other than that the food was OK, but nothing that either my wife or I thought special."
Dined on 1/19/2015
 2005
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The Ivy Inn restaurant features locally-inspired seasonal American cuisine. Located in an historic house built originally in late 1700"s. Conveniently located about a mile west of the University of Virginia. Small family business that loves to support our incredible local farmers.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
More than Beats the UVA Meal Plan
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/01/2014
 2005
Dined on 11/01/2014
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Our son was complaining about the food at UVA, so we took him for dinner at the Ivy Inn, an excellent choice. They had some cocktails I had never heard of before. The one I tried was very good as was the mint julep my wife ordered, something that was not on their list but which they especially made at her request. We particularly recommend the lamb and the bison; both were excellent. Unless you like salty food, avoid the duck. My wife got that and was not happy with it. We were too full for desert, but what I saw on other tables looked good."
Dined on 11/01/2014
 2005
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
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