Stephen
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  • First Review
    May 12, 2014
  • Last Review
    August 21, 2014
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History has been written inside the walls of the Wharf, with its 1790's style architecture featuring original wood columns and beams that are charred black from a Civil War fire. Since 1971, satisfied diners have been heading to The Wharf in Old Town for whole Maine lobster, local soft shell crabs and prime steaks. The restaurant has recently been renovated and remodeled and the menu updated to include many contemporary seafood items along with their traditional Chesapeake Bay creations.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Old Town Mainstay
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/19/2014
 2005
Dined on 8/19/2014
 2005
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"The Warf has been around for ages. It serves well-prepared classic seafood dishes--nothing that will make the food channel but nothing that will upset your finicky relatives either. The fried calamari appetizer was a particular stand out as were the shrimp and scallops with bacon on a skewer. A good place to go for the evening if you are a local or a tourist looking for something better than the typical tourist traps in that part of town."
Dined on 8/19/2014
 2005
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Named after "Light Horse" Harry Lee, The Light Horse is ideally situated in the heart of Old Town Alexandria and provides a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. We offer locally-sourced, seasonal, contemporary American cuisine. Additionally, we feature affordable yet diverse wine and beer lists with samplings from all over the world. <br /><br />
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Excellent Food & Attentive Service
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/18/2014
 2005
Dined on 8/18/2014
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"We were very happy with the quality of the food and the service, but ironically, an error showed how good the service was. The waiter brought me the wrong main dish. When I pointed this out, he apologized, and immediately took it back to replace it, something that took a bit of time since they had to make the dish from scratch. (No microwaved-frozen-prepared food in this place!) Both the waiter and other staff apologized numerous times and they gave me one of my beers at no charge to further make up for the error. Any waiter can make an error, they are only human. But the way the restaurant dealt with the error showed real class and I will be going back."
Dined on 8/18/2014
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Fogo de Chão® (fo-go dèe shoun), is an authentic Southern Brazilian steakhouse. In 1979, Fogo® began sharing the gaucho way of preparing meat in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Today, our gaucho chefs still expertly grill each of our 16 cuts of meat and offer you continuous tableside service. <br /><br /><br /><br />We invite you to enjoy the delicious preparations of our gaucho chefs along with our gourmet salad bar, authentic Brazilian side dishes, and award-winning wine list.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Great meat; so-so salad bar
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/16/2014
 2005
Dined on 8/16/2014
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Fogo's main competition in the DC area is Chima, out in Tysons Corner. Fogo's meat is better prepared and I preferred Fogo, but my family preferred Chima because it has a nicer salad bar and a better atmosphere. Both are great choices if you want to pig out on meat. Neither is a good choice for vegans or vegetarians."
Dined on 8/16/2014
 2005
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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
Reminded me of Montevideo
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/15/2014
 2005
Dined on 8/15/2014
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"I lived in Montevideo and traveled frequently to neighboring Buenos Aires, so the food was familiar to me. Rural is a meat lover's delight. Everything was well prepared. My one complaint would be the wine list, which had only one Uruguayan wine, and that wine was not very good and was overpriced. The wine list in general is overpriced for the quality of wines offered, but there are a few reasonable wines. But if you want good steak, this is one of the best places in DC."
Dined on 8/15/2014
 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
Vegans should stay away
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/11/2014
 2005
Dined on 8/11/2014
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Meat, meat, and more meat. If that is what you like, and if you don't mind the high prices, this is a great place. I would not advise it for vegans, vegetarians, or those on a tight budget. I have been to Chima a few times, so obviously I fit into the former category, not the later."
Dined on 8/11/2014
 2005
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Tucked into a little off beat corner of Old Town Alexandria is Bastille, Chefs Christophe and Michelle Poteaux's award winning intimate bistro and wine bar. Bastille offers guests a contemporary take on classic French fare at approachable prices, set in a warm and upscale environment. <br /><br />The Poteaux's creations are sparked by traditional, yet modern interpretations of classic dishes that utilize seasonal, locally sourced and farm fresh ingredients. With an expansive wine list, unique beer selections and creative cocktails, Bastille has a little something for everyone.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Salty Scallops, but a happy wife
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/22/2014
 2005
Dined on 6/22/2014
 2005
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"My wife enjoyed her duck and the whole meal. My foie gras was excellent as was my cheese plate, but my scallops were over salted and I did not enjoy them at all. Unless you love salt, tell the kitchen to go light on it when you order your food. Service was attentive."
Dined on 6/22/2014
 2005
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Located in the heart of the Mt. Vernon Square neighborhood in D.C. is Kushi, an izakaya and sushi restaurant serving some of the best Japanese cuisine in the city. Izakaya - a traditional Japanese restaurant serving grilled items created from the highest quality ingredients (many of which are flown in daily from Japan) - is represented well here, as Kushi uses a deep charcoal robata pit and smaller yakitori grills to create its delicacies. The grill counter is located in the main dining area and has 30 seats wrapping around it. To complement the grilled meats and vegetables, Kushi presents a fantastic array of fresh sushi and unique concoctions ranging from small-batch sakes and shochus to Japanese microbrews. Focusing on organic and sustainable ingredients, Kushi also puts an emphasis on fresh and delicious seafood. The restaurant features polished steal, reclaimed woods and warm lighting. Kushi offers seats at the grill counter, sushi bar, regular bar and dining room.
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Stick with the Sushi
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/24/2014
 2005
Dined on 5/24/2014
 2005
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We ate a mixture of their sushi and grilled dishes. The grilled dishes were OK, but nothing special. The sushi is expensive, but tasty. If you live in the neighborhood, it is worth going there for the happy hour and sushi. It is not worth a special trip."
Dined on 5/24/2014
 2005
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Joined at the hip to Red Apron, Chef Anda's groundbreaking butcher and charcuterie shop, the restaurant and bar draws heavily from Anda's line of house made products and relies on the meticulous sourcing that has made Red Apron the first and only butcher shop in the nation to use 100% Animal Welfare Approved pork. Anda and Chef Ed Witt's charcuterie program at The Partisan draws from 100s of cured muscles, pates, and sausages, showcasing over 30 different products on any given night.<br /><br />The balance of the menu is broken up into a series of meat-centric composed dishes highlighting distinctive cuts, cooking techniques, and animal breeds. The portioning encourages sampling, sharing and customizing, which allows guests to construct a completely unique dining experience with each visit.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Good for people in the neighborhood
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/10/2014
 2005
Dined on 5/10/2014
 2005
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We went after reading a positive review in the Washington Post. The food is good, but not great. We don't live in DC, so we have no intention of going back. There are much better restaurants in the neighborhood, Oyamel and Jaleo for example. But if you live close to The Partisan and want to have something different every once in a while, it would not be a bad meal."
Dined on 5/10/2014
 2005
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