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  • Review Count
    8
  • Helpfulness Votes
    0
  • First Review
    November 28, 2014
  • Last Review
    March 26, 2015
  • Featured Reviews
    0
  • Average Rating
    4.6
 
 
Matt's Reviews
 
BRIO (meaning "lively" or "full of life") is a "polished casual" restaurant serving authentic, northern Italian cuisine. The subtitle, "Tuscan Grille" is descriptive for a menu that features oven-roasted steaks, chops, and seafood; similar to what one would find in an authentic ristorante in Tuscany. BRIO's philosophy of "to eat well, is to live well" is why they only use the finest and freshest ingredients. BRIO brings the pleasure of a Tuscan country villa to the American city. To learn more, go to <a href="http://www.BrioItalian.com/">www.BrioItalian.com</a>.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Enjoyable lunch in the Tysons Corner Center!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/24/2015
 2003
Dined on 3/24/2015
 2003
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"My wife and I wanted to take an old friend out for lunch near her office in Tysons, and I knew that she was partial to Brio! Very glad we met there, because we were seated at a nice big booth, and were able to catch up on the last year of life. Although the food was secondary for this particular lunch, I must say that both of our meals were delicious, and at an excellent price point. The best surprise was the special of the day: risotto with sweet potatoes. Even better was the service, our server was extremely attentive without interrupting the flow of our non-stop conversation, and I really appreciated that level of empathy. Keep up the great work Brio!"
Dined on 3/24/2015
 2003
Special Features: great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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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
Founding Farmers - Tysons is a fun scene!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/19/2015
 2003
Dined on 3/19/2015
 2003
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"My wife and I wanted to take the Business Manager and Board President of the condo complex where we met many years ago in McLean out for a nice "thank you" dinner now that both of our condos have been sold, and they recommended Founding Farmers. I am SO glad they did, because that place is an extremely fun scene, especially for a person who loves to people watch as much as I do! There are a few things that fell through the cracks (I think due to the overwhelming number of people wanting to get a table) but I didn't mind. For instance, even though we had a reservation, we had to wait another 15-20 min beyond that time (even though we showed up 15-min early)...fortunately the dessert station is just inside the front door, and it smells amazing! Once we were seated (BTW - the bar scene we walked past was rocking...many men suited up hitting on many women who were dressed to the nines) our waiter was extremely fun. We enjoyed cocktails and the food was excellent. The only weird thing at the end is that it took an extremely long time for our one guest to get her decaf coffee, well after the four of us devoured the AMAZING layered crepe cake. Anyhow, I'm sure we will be back, perhaps when it is not so busy (Thursday night was jam-packed until about 9 PM) and I'm going to chalk up the tiny glitches to the fact that so many people were so excited to eat at Founding Farmers! :)"
Dined on 3/19/2015
 2003
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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At Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar, our culinary mission is straightforward - use the best local ingredients as simply as possible. New American Cuisine places an emphasis on seasonal ingredients that are regionally available, and our menu changes frequently to reflect the Mid-Atlantic’s offerings. The first floor, a bustling, “upscale-casual” bistro and wine bar, offers superior moderately-priced cuisine by using the best local, organic, and naturally raised ingredients. The menu bears a southern European influence, and is comprised of four groups: cheese and charcuterie, handmade pasta and pizzas, wood-grilled meats and fish, and organic salads and produce. The second floor features a lounge and reserve wine bar along with a dining room for private events. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be taken by telephone or through OpenTable.<br />$20/bottle corkage fee (2 bottle maximum)<br />$3/person cake fee (including cupcakes)
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Exquisite kick-off for spring break!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/13/2015
 2003
Dined on 3/13/2015
 2003
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"My wife and I wanted to celebrate the beginning of my school's spring break with one of my co-teachers who she adores, and since that co-teacher was flying home the next morning we decided to meet near her home in Eastern Market. Co-teacher had been wanting to try Sonoma for a while, and I am SO happy she made this recommendation! Everything was excellent from beginning (extremely warm welcome from hostess, who we learned teaches in DC) to end (Bourbon rocks for dessert, selected by our bartender), but the BEST part of Sonoma was our server Hilary S. She was the perfect tour guide for our evening of excess, which included a cheese tray (thank you goats), fried oysters (unbelievably delicious), beet salad, shrimp/pea risotto, and the NY strip featuring mashed potatoes that lured my vegetarian co-teacher to eat them despite being the based of my perfect steak! Hilary recommended a nice wine flight for my wife, a nice beer flight for me, and didn't blink an eye when my co-teacher ordered dessert for dinner! We are already figuring out when to sneak back into DC to meet our friend for brunch at Sonoma, because that menu seemed awesome too. :)"
Dined on 3/13/2015
 2003
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Come visit Chef Geoff's in the heart of Tysons Corner. Our expansive menu is designed to please. Try some of our favorites like Big Shrimp and Very Gouda Grits, the Chicken Chop Milanese, or our handmade Wild Mushroom Ravioli with Truffle Butter. Join us on Weekends for brunch and every Wednesday for half price wines. Enjoy our ever-popular happy hour daily from 3:00pm to 7:00pm and all day on Monday and Tuesday. An eighty seat patio provides some of the best outdoor dining in the area. We truly have something for everyone and look forward to welcoming you. Cheers! Chef Geoff.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Best snow day ever!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/26/2015
 2003
Dined on 2/26/2015
 2003
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"I am a teacher who had an errand to run in Tysons on a Thursday...school closed for snow that morning, roads cleared by Noon, and so I lured my wife in with me for a late lunch! As usual, CG was awesome, even seating us at a booth as requested. Our eyes were bigger than our mouths, and ended up taking left overs home. No complaints from wife, who works at home, and enjoyed a 2nd delicious lunch Friday. Thank you again CG, we 'll be back! :)"
Dined on 2/26/2015
 2003
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Su-Th = 11:30am to 10:00pm <br />F-Sat = 11:30am to 1:00am <br /> <br />
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Nice Spanish meal, need digital coupons!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/14/2015
 2003
Dined on 2/14/2015
 2003
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Overall, my wife and I enjoyed a nice Spanish meal of tapas, which we had been craving for Valentine's Day! Our server was excellent, and the food was very good, especially the cheese-stuffed dates wrapped in bacon served with marmalade, and the Cadillac Sangria. My only suggestion is based on the fact that La Tasca emailed me a coupon for 25% off but would not accept it from my cell phone...it's time to join the 21st Century and go paperless!"
Dined on 2/14/2015
 2003
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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Occupying adjacent spaces on Queen Street, Husk’s structures date back to the late 1800s. The main dining room, constructed in 1893, evokes the grandeur of Charleston, and speaks to the transformation of the city over time. Victorian details and turned columns were layered over the original Queen Anne-style façade through the years, and the buildings fell into disrepair until discovered by Husk ownership. The Neighborhood Dining Group President David Howard set into a motion an extensive remodeling effort of both. Although both buildings retain their antique charm and stately character, the renovations imbued each with a modern, minimalist theme. Like the reinterpreted food served within, each space has been laid bare, revealing reclaimed floors, original windows, and exposed brick throughout. The main house features an open kitchen with a wood-burning oven and dining room.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Delicious Thanksgiving for hip, southern Pilgrims!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/27/2014
 2003
Dined on 11/27/2014
 2003
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"My wife and I sneak away from home (where our family lives) every Thanksgiving to go on an extended "date"...one of my favorite meals is "traditional" Thanksgiving fare, while she could happily live without this feast! This year, we decided to explore Husk's spin on Thanksgiving, and we were not disappointed. Fortunately Husk archives their daily menus online so I am re-reading through our options while typing this! Let me start by saying that Husk prepared the most delicious turkey breast ("VA Heritage Bronze Turkey") I've every tasted, preparing it sous-vide. Their labor of love was evident, and even my wife enjoyed the results. All of the sides were extremely tasty, but paled in comparison to the turkey; well played Sean Brock! My wife went for a less traditional, yet even more delicious steak option ("TN Striploin* with Creamed Oyster Mushrooms'), making me wish the chef used creamed oyster mushrooms on my Benton’s Bacon Cornbread Dressing instead of the Black Pepper Sage Gravy which was quite nice. If I had one wish, it would be that Husk would make an exception for cranberries, which I'm guessing they avoid since they're not a "southern ingredient." I just REALLY love cranberries, and was curious how Husk would handle them...in the end, I have to respect their philosophy that “If it doesn’t come from the South, it’s not coming through the door." Our server Nikala was impeccably helpful, and enabled us to finish with only our ice creams (I now want to find a Bourbon-Vanilla Ice Cream milk shake) and take the baked portions of our desserts home in a brown bag, which included the world's best Pecan Tart which tasted amazing with our coffee the next morning! Thank you for a lovely evening, and keep up the great work!"
Dined on 11/27/2014
 2003
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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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 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
We love Maple Ave Restaurant.
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/25/2014
 2003
Dined on 11/25/2014
 2003
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"My wife and I are lucky enough to reside in Vienna, VA near Maple Ave Restaurant, and have been huge fans of Tim and Joey since 2009 before they were using Open Table. When I learned that an old college friend who I had not hung out with in over 20 years lived nearby as well, I arranged a double date with him and his wife and am so glad we did. We had never been on a Tuesday night before, so were pleasantly surprised to learn about 1/2 priced bottles of wine! Our server was amazing (as usual) and super-fun...my wife and I usually have a standard order, but with 2 extra people we were able to add a few more small plates, and I must give a shout out to the burrata with walnut arugula pesto and green tomato jam that was recommended. Our server surprised us with a plate of seared crostinis, telling us she felt they were "must have for the burrata!" Wow, was she right...delicious for sure, and now we have to figure out how to sneak burrata into every one of our future meals at Maple Ave. As Tim and Joey will surely move on to world-wide acclaim in the future, I hope they will always be able to capture the happiness they've created in this funky little place! Lovingly, Matt & Teresa"
Dined on 11/25/2014
 2003
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for brunch, hot spot, fit for foodies
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Originally built in 1987 as Station 22 Restaurant, SALT is the newest incarnation of a Sullivan’s Island tradition. Located on the Middle Street strip “in the center of it all,” SALT offers an open air patio, sushi, raw bar, daily fresh fish specials, and signature cocktails.<br /><br />Guests will enjoy SALT's take on southern staples such as she-crab soup, shrimp and grits, and local fish carpaccio. The fresh fish board will feature the days catch with different dlicious preparations to choose from.<br /> <br />SALT retains the core of the original Station 22 traditions. Guests will still find the black and white photographs on the walls; the world-famous coconut cake is still proudly featured as well as whole fried flounder.<br />
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Our first Charleston acronym-themed restaurant!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/26/2014
 2003
Dined on 11/26/2014
 2003
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Now that I teach, my wife and I sneak out of DC (where our family lives) every year for a Thanksgiving date, preferably to a town with great food...2014 = Charleston, and we stumbled upon Salt at Station 22 because we wanted to go for a beach walk at night on Sullivan's Island. So glad we made this last-minute reservation, because our waiter Joseph was very fun and helpful, and our dinner was brilliant. If you taste only one thing, go for the Blue Crab Beignets with Old Bay Aioli, or as Joseph joked "crab-stuffed donuts!" Guessing it won't be long before we see these on menus in Maryland (fingers crossed!) Anyhow, everything was on point, and it was the perfect start to our 3 day adventure in "Chucktown." Oh yeah, we've since learned that Charleston has tons of restaurants with seemingly simple names that are really acronyms, and SALT's was perfect: "Southern Attitude Lowcountry Taste.""
Dined on 11/26/2014
 2003
Special Features: neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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