TheZman
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  • Review Count
    6
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  • First Review
    October 31, 2014
  • Last Review
    December 19, 2014
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  • Average Rating
    4.7
 
 
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Lyon Hall is a modern bistro serving approachable Alsatian-inspired fare, including an extensive selection of house-made charcuterie and sausages. The menu changes with the season to highlight fresh produce from local farms, as do the pastries, desserts and fresh bread.The affordable wine list focuses on French selections, while the impressive beer list offers an extensive selection of European drafts and bottles. Located in an historic art deco building in the heart of downtown Clarendon, Lyon Hall is a vibrant neighborhood spot with a friendly, knowledgeable staff. Perfect for an elegant dinner in the stylish dining room, frankfurters and beer flights with friends at the lively bar, or enjoying a warm evening on the patio with a bottle of wine and selections from the dynamic cheese menu. The private room located in our mezzanine level offers a great spot for small to medium size groups enjoying a private meal or cocktail reception.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
First time it was very good and I am ot Lyon
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/15/2014
 2005
Dined on 12/15/2014
 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
"As a first timer I was not sure what I was getting into other than noting the bistro style of the menu. It turns out I was very pleasantly surprised. The decor was no big deal. But the food was very well prepared, tasty and nicely presented. we had a delicious onion soup and salads to start. The trout was properly cooked and very nice. For me, the best thing I tried was the steak frites. The steak was a hanger steak and I prefer my meats cooked very rare, something that is tricky with hanger steak. This steak was extremely tender and flavorful and as rare as I like it. The fries were delicious as well. The pear tart ala mode was different and delightful. All well done, I had a couple of wines-by-the-glass, both of which were very nice. A great experience. Next time I am back in Arlington this restaurant will be on my very short list."
Dined on 12/15/2014
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Michel Richard's modern American brasserie,and winner of the 2008 James Beard award for best new restaurant is located on Penn. Ave NW between the White House and the Capitol. We serve Michel's tribute to great American cuisine, both modern and classic, with a French accent. A vibrant bar scene with boutique beer and wines, and modern and classic cocktails.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/08/2014
 2005
Dined on 12/08/2014
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"This has become our go-to lunch spot. The tartare is my favorite, as is the in-house cured charcuterie. She loves the fried chicken (I do too!). But I still am drawn to that delicious lobster roll at lunch-time. Delectable bread stuffed with the sweet lobster meat and a perfect blend of condiments. Wines that are very good at very good prices is a hallmark of this (almost) institution. I can't say enough about the wines. After the ridiculous steak house mark-ups, it is refreshing to dine at a restaurant that is not intent on killing its customers' budgets with crazy beverage prices. And Chef Richard is known for his desserts. Do not forget to leave room for that! Great location as well. We will be going there often."
Dined on 12/08/2014
 2005
Special Features: great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Founded by Ayesha Abraham, Mama Ayesha's opened for business in 1960. We are a family owned and operated restaurant serving authentic Arabic cuisine. Enjoy a fresh fattoush salad, some hummus, or some falafel to open you appetite. Main dishes include lamb, chicken, and beef dishes cooked over our charcoal grill. Or try one of our stuffed specialties such as our stuffed yellow squash or grape leaves. Plenty of vegetarian as well as vegan options also available. With dishes prepared daily from scratch you can be sure you're getting the closest thing to home cooking. We are glad to be moving forward into our 5th decade of serving the Washington, DC area. Many of our guests can tell you that when you’re here at Mama Ayesha’s, you’re family!
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Authentic Arabic Restaurant Scores!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/12/2014
 2005
Dined on 11/12/2014
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"If you want to taste authentic Arabic food from Jerusalem, this is the place. The appetizers were delicious. In particular, the humus, falafel, cauliflower and kibbeh were great. I must say the tabbouleh wasn't what I expected (a little too much parsley relative to other ingredients for my taste), but the other appetizers were ridiculously good. As for the main courses, the stuffed grape leaves, stuffed squash, stuffed cabbage and okra stew were absolutely perfectly prepared. When well prepared, this is one of my favorite foods. I was disappointed that the first two selections I chose from the wine list were unavailable. That said, the third was very good and well priced. I will be returning to this restaurant with family and friends on a recurring basis, it is that authentic and that well prepared."
Dined on 11/12/2014
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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701 is a modern American restaurant with exquisite food framed by an elegant decor. Join us in our bar & lounge for our signature cocktails and small plates or dine with us in our sumptuous dining room. During the spring & summer, our patio is tucked onto the Navy Memorial plaza, with splashing fountains providing a very Parisian feel. <br /><br />We offer pre-theater menus if you are going to a show, light fare in the lounge, and lunch at the bar specials for those tight on time. Our lunch menu is a favorite among business clientele; dinner is perfect for a special occasion or simply a special night out.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
2941 continues to deliver
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/08/2014
 2005
Dined on 11/08/2014
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Our discerning out-of-town guest said it best when he declared his wild boar ragout pasta dish "outstanding". We have a few go-to restaurants in Northern Virginia for special occasions or when we feel like making dinner special. 2941 is on that short list. At this dinner the service was impeccable and the assistance we received when asking for some menu modifications was polite and precise. We all ordered different appetizers, main courses and desserts and loved every one. The French and Spanish wines we drank worked beautifully with the cuisine and were fairly priced. And an ending of cheese and port capped a great evening. Quality food, wine and service in a beautiful dining setting. That's the ticket!"
Dined on 11/08/2014
 2005
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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La Folie is a French restaurant located in Russian Hill of San Francisco. Chef Roland Passot, with his wife Jamie opened La Folie in March of 1988. He combines the freshest ingredients in exotic combinations. Each plate leaves the kitchen resembling art-a canvas of color and design that tastes even better than it looks. La Folie continues to be rated as one of the top restaurants, receiving a star from the Michelin Guide, 4 stars from the San Francisco Chronicle and 4 stars from San Francisco Magazine. In celebration of 21 years, The Passots have expanded their bar into a lounge located next door, perfect for before or after dinner drinks. <br /><br />**We thank all of our guests for voting La Folie <br /><br />Best French Restaurant - 7x7 Magazine <br />Best French Restaurant - San Francisco Magazine<br />Best French Restaurant - SF Weekly <br />Best Restaurant - Eater SF <br /><br />Merci!
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Still one of the best in SF
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/20/2014
 2005
Dined on 10/20/2014
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"I have dined at La Folie on trips to SF for a quarter century. I wish the trips were more frequent. What a delight to sit in the front room, be served by attentive wait-staff, dine on high cuisine that is well planned, prepared and plated. We started with caviar. Delectable and uniquely served. Our first courses were like photographs out of a magazine, with flavor combinations and textures that matched their quality visages. My friends tried fish entrees and I enjoyed sweetbreads. The best I ever had. No breaded coatings or cloying sauce, just tender pieces in a light jus. Desserts were stunning. There is nothing on this menu that would disappoint. The wine list is wonderful. We did Pomerol then Cote-Rotie and were very pleased."
Dined on 10/20/2014
 2005
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Zero Zero opened in 2010 inspired by Chef Bruce Hill’s dedication to farm driven ingredients, combined with his love for wood-fired pizzas that have been nicknamed “Calipolitan”. Michael Bauer of the San Francisco Chronicle named us the French Laundry of upscale pizza, and the readers of 7x7 Magazine voted us “Best Pizza in San Francisco”. In addition to pizza, our menu showcases housemade pastas, a variety of market-fresh appetizers, and artisan soft serve. We also have two big time bars with a selection of seasonal house cocktails, beers, and 12 wines on tap.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
First time was a charm
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/21/2014
 2005
Dined on 10/21/2014
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We visited friends in SF and they recommended we try Zero Zero. It was great. Got there early and Scott at the bar made us some delicious cocktails. Once seated, we were served by Rana who helped us pick from the many dishes we wanted to try. Starters of fried chicken thighs and brussel sprouts with pancetta were superb. And the pastas were as good as you would find in any Italian restaurants (and this is in San Francisco which is full of them!). We shared several pizzas and desserts which kept the quality culinary ball rolling. Delightful food. The wine list was very approachable and we tried a couple of the mid-priced napa cab sauvs. Whenever our next SF trip comes about, Zero Zero will be one of the restaurants on our list."
Dined on 10/21/2014
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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