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  • Review Count
    7
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  • First Review
    December 1, 2014
  • Last Review
    April 5, 2015
  • Featured Reviews
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  • Average Rating
    4.1
 
 
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Founding Farmers Tysons offers fresh American, Virginia infused, inspired true food and drink in a modern farmhouse setting. Our upscale-casual restaurant offers much of Founding Farmers same delicious, crave-able food and drink. <br />The menus include scratch-made traditional American classics and our popular dishes, made from scratch daily, with ingredients from American family producers. Approximately 30% of the menu includes items inspired by the culinary traditions of Virginia, in a modern way. Weekend brunch at FFTysons is BUFFET style, with a wide array of breakfast, lunch, salad, entree, and dessert options.<br />The bar is pre-prohibition style, with house made elixirs, scratch sodas, Virginia-brewed craft draft beer, small batch spirits, and a wine list that includes popular varietals from domestic and international vineyards.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/02/2015
 2006
Dined on 4/02/2015
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"This is the best thing that has happened to the Tysons area in years. What a wonderful spot -- great design, terrific menu, great food."
Dined on 4/02/2015
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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Fiola Mare offers world-class dining and hospitality complete with an enchanting view of the Potomac River. Evoking the seaside dining experience found along the coasts of Italy and the Mediterranean, Fiola Mare specializes in the freshest, most pristine seafood prepared with elegant simplicity through delicate and subtle additions of color, flavor and texture. Fiola Mare is a place to enjoy the highest quality fish and shellfish, paired with the finest hospitality and service in the city in a picturesque environment.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/11/2015
 2006
Dined on 3/11/2015
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Delighted to have tried Fiola Mare for the first time this week. Outstanding service, wonderful lunch menu. Tuna Tartar or Calamari -- great choices and ideal for a light-ish lunch. Because it was my birthday the restaurant brought some desserts for the table. Panna cotta was a hands-down favorite."
Dined on 3/11/2015
 2006
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion, great for outdoor dining
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 Pizza Vinoteca - Arlington
Pizza Vinoteca - Arlington
Pizza Vinoteca is a modern take on an Italian classic featuring freshly grilled pizza and food-friendly wines.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
BRUNCH in Ballston - finally!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/07/2015
 2006
Dined on 2/07/2015
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"So happy that this new restaurant has introduced brunch because there is no place to go on the weekends in that neighborhood. This brunch menu is very interesting -- who could imagine a breakfast pizza? So good. We also tried the grilled french toast which was amazing. And the eggs over polenta which everyone at the table had to sample. And the espresso drinks are extraordinary. This brunch is excellent!"
Dined on 2/07/2015
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly
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Located on bustling Washington Circle in the West End, District Commons is anchored by a monumental raw bar and an open hearth oven for flatbreads and savory tarts. A 'Pig Board' of ham and biscuits will showcase a selection of America's finest hams. Chef/Owner Jeff Tunks serves up classic American cuisine in this gorgeous setting. Chili Glazed Duck, Brick Pressed Chicken, Classic Hanger Steak - these choices and more! Freshly baked breads and desserts round out your meal. Try one of our regional American drafts or exquisite wines, or sample from the 99 Beers on the Wall!
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/25/2015
 2006
Dined on 1/25/2015
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The perfect place to dine before Kennedy Center. Excellent salmon entree and the house salad is the best ever. Service was just wonderful. From the hostess, Marilyn, to the servers -- just a great experience."
Dined on 1/25/2015
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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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 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Special
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/14/2015
 2006
Dined on 1/14/2015
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"A very special place. Took new clients from New York City and they were wowed. Tenderloin, lamb chops, Brussels sprouts, roasted beets were shared among the three of us. Made for a perfect dinner. Note- of the hostess seats you in the noisy front room ask to be moved to the cozier back room."
Dined on 1/14/2015
 2006
Special Features: good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Charlie Chiang’s has been a member of the Greater Washington DC area for over 30 years. Charlie Chiang’s has always served the best food in a generous and hospitable atmosphere. We've had the honor of serving our dishes to President George H. Bush at his inauguration, President Clinton at his reception at the Capitol, visiting international bankers at the annual China Trust Bank dinner, and dignitaries at the Smithsonian’s Diversity of Food program.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/06/2015
 2006
Dined on 1/06/2015
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Perfect place for dinner before Signature Theatre."
Dined on 1/06/2015
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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RANGE by Chef Bryan Voltaggio offers modern interpretations using seasonal ingredients from the Mid-Atlantic region prepared through classic and progressive techniques. From salumeria, bakery, and raw bar, to the rotisserie and wood fired hearth, each of the state-of-the-art open kitchens showcases the craftsmanship of the chefs.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/29/2014
 2006
Dined on 11/29/2014
 2006
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Ambience terrific. Kale salad lovely. Pizza was dry and, frankly, just bad. a real disappointment. Our server was attentive but had an odd habit of talking in the third person . My friend and I were okay when the server asked "How are we doing tonight?" but we thought it strange when he inquired "What are we having for dinner tonight?" As though
perhaps the waiter was joining is???
"
Dined on 11/29/2014
 2006
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