SJR1
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  • Review Count
    20
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  • First Review
    March 31, 2014
  • Last Review
    July 22, 2014
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  • Average Rating
    3.8
 
 
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Le Colonial is a truly delightful culinary experience. Like stepping into French Colonial Southeast Asia, this two-story restaurant, designed by Greg Jordan, consists of a main dining room with louvered wall panels, colorful tile floors, and vintage photos of Vietnam. Upstairs is an elegant, but lively, lounge serving a full dinner or just appetizers and cocktails. The lounge serves as an ideal setting for private parties and business dinners. Chef Ronald Wingwee Hsu serves an authentic Vietnamese menu with an emphasis on fresh seafood, meats, and vegetables.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Try the lounge
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/19/2014
 2007
Dined on 7/19/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"I love the lounge, in fact the past 2 times I've been here I have requested to sit there since you can still order off the regular menu. It has a great ambiance with comfy seating. We shared the Crispy Duck Rolls and Bo Luc Lac along with the Berries and Cream dessert. All were delicious as usual. I particularly like the Bo Luc Lac since the steak with the watercress is just right when it comes to the portion size and of course it is cooked perfectly to my request. Service never disappoints here--attentive without being intrusive or rushing us."
Dined on 7/19/2014
 2007
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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FishTag restaurant is an Upper West Side seafood driven tavern by Chef Michael Psilakis. While the cuisine is easy to enjoy on its own, the menu is designed to pair intelligently with a variety of beers & wines to enhance one's dining experience.  With an extensive wine by the glass and craft beer program, FishTag proves to be an ideal restaurant for family dining, counter seating, date type outings, or just a place to kick back with a unique beverage.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/17/2014
 2007
Dined on 7/17/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"First time here and was pleasantly surprised by the interesting menu with Cheese and Charcuterie selections plus a great beer selection. The menu shows suggested pairings of wine/beer depending on the meal you've selected. We kept it simple with the Roasted Salmon and Grilled Branzino stuffed w/Head Cheese. The portion size on the Branzino was a bit on the small side and it is supposed to come with Brussels Sprouts but basically it came with I'd say 2 Brussels Sprouts sliced up into about 10 pieces. Both were cooked properly to our request but I'd pick something other than the Branzino next time. There was some redemption on the dessert...the Sundae is huge and tasty. Great service, too."
Dined on 7/17/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Abraham Merchant, Richard Cohn and Andy Emmet, principals of Merchants Hospitality Inc., have partnered up with celebrated restaurateurs and stars of "Down Home with the Neelys", Gina and Pat Neely, to launch Neely's Barbecue Parlor, featuring the Neely's authentic barbecue cuisine, Southern fare and so much more!
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Great as always
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/15/2014
 2007
Dined on 7/15/2014
 2007
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Went with the Pork Sampler and the full rack of Baby Back Ribs again. There might have been a little too much sauce on some of the ribs in the sampler but they were still good. I've never seen so much meat on a Baby Back rib before. Cooked properly and no, if the meat falls off the bone that tells you it has been cooked wrong. These are tender and the meat comes off when you want it to. Neely's seems to be the only place that cooks Brussels Sprouts properly, too. Done just right without being burned. Same good service I've received every time I am there."
Dined on 7/15/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, fit for foodies
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Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Great food especially for the price
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/09/2014
 2007
Dined on 7/09/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The Pork Chop is spectacular whether it was $12 or $22. Large portion and tender with an excellent sauce. My girlfriend got the seafood combo and it was good, too. She managed to finish the whole thing which is rare since usually eats about half the portion. Read some conflicting reviews on the service. I thought it was excellent and the waitress even ran outside after my directionally challenged girlfriend when I pointed out that I could see her walking by the place. I was going to get up to flag her down but before I knew it the server was running out the door to chase her down. She made good menu suggestions, too. It's a little on the small side but that is why you make reservations. Overall, a great place at a great value."
Dined on 7/09/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Beautique is a modern American restaurant located just steps from the iconic Plaza Hotel and Paris Theater, brought to you by Frank Roberts, formerly of Rose Bar, and Chef Hopson, formerly the executive chef of Le Cirque. The modern American menu showcases market-fresh ingredients and classic French technique, alongside cocktails from James Beard-nominated mixologist Charlotte Voisey. The sprawling space features a sleek and romantic decor that channels the spirit of Coco Chanel.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Neat find across from the Plaza
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/20/2014
 2007
Dined on 6/20/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Stumbled across this on OpenTable and was glad I did. It is next to the Paris Theatre and across the street from The Plaza in a space underground that has been vacant for several years. Service is exceptional and the food was great, too. It appeared to be devoid of tourists and while I despise pretentiousness it was refreshing seeing other diners dressed nicely---no shorts or T-shirts to be found anywhere. The portions for all courses were just right. Rabbit Salad and Asparagus Salad were excellent and the Grass Fed Steak and Duck were both cooked perfectly to our wishes. For dessert, the Cannoli and Financier finished the meal off nicely. I think this nice hidden away gem."
Dined on 6/20/2014
 2007
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, fit for foodies
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The Bar Room is a gastropub specializing in american comfort food boasting an ecclectic wine list, a nice selection of small batch spirits and an all domestic craft beer list on draught and in the bottle.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Nice neighborhood bar
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/22/2014
 2007
Dined on 6/22/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Second time here and I remain impressed with their food options and beer selection. Service was a little slower this time but I assume it was due to being late on a Sunday evening. During the week service is spot on. It can be hard to find so make sure you know the exact address or you will walk right past the place."
Dined on 6/22/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Finnegan's Sports Bar & Grill is located in the heart of Herndon, in the Woodland Crossing Shopping Center, right in the middle of office buildings and residential communities. Finnegan's of Herndon is a unique Irish Pub. We blend the best of the old with the best of the new. Our decor and friendly staff are reminiscent of the great old pubs of Ireland. Where as our music, food, and beverage connect with the contemporary pubs and bars of modern Ireland.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Glad it's in the neighborhood
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/30/2014
 2007
Dined on 5/30/2014
 2007
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Tons of TVs (including a TV at your table) and the service was good. Food is not exceptional but definitely good for a bar. Hamburgers are honest to goodness burgers with nothing too cute or fancy (a good thing). Excellent beer selection, too. Reasonable prices."
Dined on 5/30/2014
 2007
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Located minutes from Dulles Airport and right off the Toll Road in Reston Town Center, M & S Grill brings the classic American grill experience to Reston, VA and northern Virginia's high-tech corridor.<br /><br />Check out our Famous Bar Food menu available Daily from 4:00pm-7:00pm
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Nice location & nothing else
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/24/2014
 2007
Dined on 5/24/2014
 2007
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Now I know why this place was empty on a Saturday night. To begin with the service was awful. Our waitress was MIA most of the evening so I actually had to place our order through someone else (gave service a Fair rating because the other guy was OK). We finally realized she was just hanging out chatting with her coworkers. The food was barely passable. The Fried Seafood Platter literally tasted like it came from the nearest grocery store and wasn't microwaved for enough time. It was just bad. The Bone-In Ribeye wasn't awful but wasn't wonderful either considering the price. The only reason this place gets an overall Fair rating is because of the great location."
Dined on 5/24/2014
 2007
Special Features: great for outdoor dining
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El Manatial is a family operated restaurant, featuring European Fusion Cuisine. We offer Italian, French and Spanish specialties, including a Tapas bar.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Looking forward to new location
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/13/2014
 2007
Dined on 5/13/2014
 2007
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"This place will be moving in July/Aug to Herndon and I'm looking forward to the new location. Tilapia was slightly overcooked as it was too tender and the duck was great but next time I will try it without the Raspberry sauce--it's just too sweet with that. Frog legs were a good choice for appetizer. Service was attentive without being intrusive."
Dined on 5/13/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Mon Ami Gabi is a classic French bistro and steakhouse. The traditional menu features classics such as the warm Onion Soup Au Gratin, Frisée & Bacon Salad with a soft-poached egg and croutons, Roast Chicken grand-mère style with mushrooms, bacon and pearl onions, as well as the trademark Steak Frites. At lunch, we offer lighter fare including crepes, quiches and seasonal salads. Come in Saturday and Sunday for our weekend brunch, featuring a Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar.<br />To complement the cuisine, an extensive selection of over 80 boutique French wine varietals are served by the glass or bottle from our signature rolling wine cart.<br />Please Note: Reservations are taken for indoor seating only. Outdoor seating is available on first-come, first-serve bases.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Great place at Reston Town Center
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/16/2014
 2007
Dined on 5/16/2014
 2007
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Recently moved to the area from NYC and went here based on the recommendation of a coworker. Food and service were excellent. The Bone-in Ribeye was cooked to my liking and had just the right amount of char for excellent flavor. The Salmon appetizer essentially comes out raw, like sushi and it was great, too. Our server Roman was very patient and attentive. We were sitting outside and a few sprinkles of rain started to come down. He immediately came over to ask if we wanted to move inside. We took him up on the offer and were seated at a nice table where we finished our meal. Great place in a great location."
Dined on 5/16/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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