TheZman
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  • Review Count
    6
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  • First Review
    November 12, 2014
  • Last Review
    February 19, 2015
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  • Average Rating
    4.2
 
 
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OYA promises guests an exquisite experience through exceptional food, contouring textures, smooth vibes and sophisticated service. Serving an innovative menu of creative sushi and entrees that blends the best of Modern American with an Asian flair. All set in a beautifully theatrical designed space. OYA brings a unique flair for ingredients and flavors to the Washington, DC dining scene.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Sushi and Wine
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/17/2015
 2005
Dined on 2/17/2015
 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
"We went to Oya specifically to try the sushi and drink some wine. We were not disappointed on either count. The nigiri sushi/sashimi choices are much more limited than you would find at a traditional Japanese sushi restaurant. This made sense because this place is much more modern , and offers a number of other appetizers and main courses along with specialty cocktails. The sushi/sashimi that was offered, however, was very good. The cuts of maguro, sake, hamachi and unagi were of good size and quality, and as nigiri, well proportioned to the rice. We tried four rolls besides and every one was very tasty, with wonderful ingredient combinations. We couldn't resist and also tried an octopus appetizer. As good as that was, we enjoyed the maki sushi more. The wine list was very approachable, with a number of delicious wines at reasonable price points. We enjoyed Virginia viognier and Willamette Valley pinot noir. Both excellent. We will be going back to Oya."
Dined on 2/17/2015
 2005
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch, notable wine list
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Maple Ave Restaurant serves eclectic American Cuisine in the heart of Vienna, Virginia, blending Asian and French flavors. We are open 7 days a week. We serve lunch Monday to Friday, dinner all week and brunch Saturday and Sunday. We are humbled to have been included in Washingtonian"s top 100 restaurants in 2013 and 2014, as well as rated #1 restaurant by Northern Virginia Magazine in 2013.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Poor service mars very good food
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/12/2015
 2005
Dined on 2/12/2015
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"The food at Maple Avenue Restaurant is very good. Standouts included the tastiest chicken wings we have ever had, a absolutely delightful pear salad and a delicious yuzu lime pie. The marrow was a little oilier than most, but the chicken and beef cheek main courses were quite good. The wine list is limited but fairly priced. Our server, however, was either very new to her job or so incompetent that she should look for another line of work. We were incorrectly advised as to the portion sizes of the appetizers and, consequently, ordered much more food than we wanted to. We told her we each were ordering a main course and she recommended 2-3 appetizers since they were small. One appetizer would have been plenty. They are substantial. We would not have needed the main courses with the appetizers. The dessert menu has four high-quality desserts. When it came time to order dessert we asked for the flourless chocolate cake and were told there was none. After receiving the yuzu lime pie we noticed another couple was served what looked like flourless chocolate cake. When we asked, our server denied that was what it was. She said it was OMG cake. I said it is a flourless chocolate cake and she said it was not. I asked her to bring the menu and then showed her that the cutely named OMG cake is a flourless chocolate cake. Finally, the french press coffee set-up was done incorrectly. So, in summary, what started as a great evening turned south because she had no idea about the volumes of the appetizers, had no idea as to what one of the four desserts offered actually was, beyond the cute moniker given it on the dessert menu, and could not set up coffee service. We did not even receive an apology, forget comping dessert which a higher-class restaurant would have done. I typically am not as picky about service, since everyone can have a bad day, but this performance was so annoying that, at this time, we do not plan to go back."
Dined on 2/12/2015
 2005
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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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