Stephen
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  • Review Count
    10
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  • First Review
    August 13, 2014
  • Last Review
    November 3, 2014
  • Featured Reviews
    0
  • Average Rating
    3.5
 
 
Stephen's Reviews
 
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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Stephen Starr brings his signature brand of hospitality and design to the nation’s capital with the opening of Le Diplomate, located at 14th & Q. Serving lunch, brunch and dinner, the stylish 260 seat restaurant transports diners to the beloved cafés of Boulevard Saint-Germain in Paris. The extensive menu features a variety of classic dishes including Onion Soup Gratinee, Steak Frites, and Poulet Roti as well as contemporary bistro fare, with dishes such as Shaved Veal Tongue with Mache and Bavette de Boeuf à l’Echalote. A thoughtfully curated wine list and cocktail program perfectly complements the cuisine and creates an environment suitable for romantic dinners or lively group gatherings. In warmer weather, enjoy dining "en plein air" in the stunning outdoor café where you can take in the bustling energy of DC while sipping on the perfect kir royale.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Best French Food in DC
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/29/2014
 2005
Dined on 9/29/2014
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Le Diplomate has the best French food in DC, and better than in many restaurants in Paris. Everything we had was excellent, but I would strongly advise you to consider the daily specials. I had the Daurade Royal en Papilotte, one of the best fish dishes I have ever had. The onion soup and the steak tartare were both superb starters. The duck confit was very good, but outshined by the daurade. The wine list is good but pricy, so we tried the carafes of house red and white. The red was very good; the white was just OK. Le Diplomate is a DC gem and I highly recommend it."
Dined on 9/29/2014
 2005
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Chef/Owner Robert Wiedmaier of Marcel's opens a casual, contemporary brasserie named after his younger son. The stunning space features an open steel and glass kitchen visible from three sides, set across from a unique family-style chef's table, dramatic 22-foot ceilings and a raw bar located at the end of a grand marble and walnut bar featuring an array of Belgian beers on tap to complement his French Belgian fare. Expansive outdoor patio is open April thru October. REAL certified by the US Healthful Food Council
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Excellent Belgian Basics
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/12/2014
 2005
Dined on 9/12/2014
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"This is perhaps the best place in DC for mussels and French fries. The raw seafood is always good. While the raw clams were small, they had a fresh taste that did not disappoint. The wine list is very good, if pricy; the beers are excellent! They took steak tartar off the menu, a shame since it used to be excellent. Let's hope they bring it back."
Dined on 9/12/2014
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining, 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 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Overpriced with poor service
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/05/2014
 2005
Dined on 9/05/2014
 2005
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We made the mistake of ordering the expensive Chef's Tasting Menu, which bills itself as an Argentine-style Parrilla. I lived in Uruguay for four years and traveled to Argentina about 40 times, so I know what we should have gotten; we did not get it. While we did get a chorizo and some steak, we also got a dish of beets in an orange sauce, over-salted potatoes in a cheese sauce, a small overcooked lobster (there is no lobster in Argentina), and a seafood pasta dish. Service was inattentive: for example, I never got the black pepper I requested and I had to ask three times to get more chimichuri. I came once before for Restaurant Week and was pleased with the food. This time was a disappointment."
Dined on 9/05/2014
 2005
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In 1871, the City of Alexandria introduced the Columbia Steam Engine Fire Company. The outfit initially occupied Star Firehouse on the east side of the 100 block of South St. Asaph Street until 1883, when a new station was built for Columbia just across the street at 109 South St. Asaph.<br /><br />126 years later, Alexandria’s Neighborhood Restaurant Group relaunched this historic and beautifully preserved property as Columbia Firehouse, a sumptuous modern American brasserie and bar located in the heart of Alexandria’s Old Town. <br /><br />Columbia Firehouse stands as a historic, beautifully preserved piece of Old Town’s heritage. From the street, the building has changed little while the interior has given way to sumptuous dining rooms on four levels, an atrium an outdoor patio and an exquisitely detailed barroom.
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
OK if you live nearby
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/23/2014
 2005
Dined on 8/23/2014
 2005
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We were taking advantage of restaurant week to try a new place. The food was OK; nothing special but nothing bad either. Service was poor. It took 10 minutes to get a replacement beer and we often had to remind the server of things we had ordered and which did not show up. The aircon was on high and I was cold. I asked for it to be adjusted. It never was. If you live nearby, it is OK for a convenient meal. I would not, however, make a special trip."
Dined on 8/23/2014
 2005
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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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