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  • First Review
    July 16, 2014
  • Last Review
    October 7, 2014
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Nestled in the West End, Tempo Restaurant is one of Alexandria's best-kept secrets. This elegant, but unpretentious, neighborhood restaurant is where the locals dine. Tempo's menu displays a blend of northern Italian and French cuisine, featuring fresh seafood.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Needs some updating
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/26/2014
 2003
Dined on 8/26/2014
 2003
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"There was a layer of mayonnaise underneath the carpaccio which completely threw the balance of the dish off. The frito misto was excellent and generous. All the portion sizes are good value for money. There weren't enough wait staff for a summer Tuesday night and those that were there were quite slow. The insides need some serious updating and freshening. The décor is old and dated."
Dined on 8/26/2014
 2003
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Sea Pearl restaurant at the Merrifield Town Center is an elegant casual restaurant with great service in a contemporary setting. The menus are seasonal,sophisticated, elegant and warm environment. The restaurant has a grand curve entrance surrounded by glass panels and bordered at the opposite end by an elegant curved 40ft bar. The restaurant also boasts a private lounge and a cozy warm dinning room with mixed seating of booths, banquettes, raised private dinning area and walnut hardwood flooring. Outdoors seating is also available on the patio during the springs, summers and falls. <br /><br />Sea Pearl restaurant showcases a contemporary American cuisine and the menus changes seasonally with the addition of daily changing selections of fish and produce of the season. It offers innovative brunch,lunch menus, creative dinner menus sure to please both your palate and your eyes.
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Very poor group seating choice
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/05/2014
 2003
Dined on 10/05/2014
 2003
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We were enjoying a tasty, peaceful brunch in a largely empty restaurant when the hostess chose to sit a very loud group of 9 birthday celebrants near us. It was obvious that the group was in high sprits when the entered the restaurant and they progressed to actually yelling and speaking in very raised voices as if they were at a crowded bar. Why they sat such a boisterous group in the middle of several tables enjoying a quiet Sunday morning I do not understand. The hostess never asked them to moderate their voices. We quickly finished and left. It ruined our experience. On the plus side, the food was tasty and the wait staff excellent. I'll try Sea Pearl again, but if the same ambience and noise issues arise it will be the last time."
Dined on 10/05/2014
 2003
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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 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
OMG!! Absolutely delicious!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/02/2014
 2003
Dined on 9/02/2014
 2003
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The prices are definitely high but it's clear with every bite that only the finest quality ingredients are used and masters prepare them. There is a broad selection of small plates. The red peppers, mushrooms, and braised octopus are especially good. Meat is the star of the show. The portions are nicely sized to be indulgent, but not gut busting. Everything we 4 had was perfectly cooked and so tasty! Sides are ordered separately and that leads to my one complaint. Our sides were excellent (the potatoes!) and of a size to be shared by 2 or 3, but you more or less have to order at least one because the meat entrees come alone. Nothing else is on the plate but meat. You'll be happy you went and want to go again, but it's expensive."
Dined on 9/02/2014
 2003
Special Features: good for groups, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Fogo de Chão® (fo-go dèe shoun), is an authentic Southern Brazilian steakhouse. In 1979, Fogo® began sharing the gaucho way of preparing meat in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Today, our gaucho chefs still expertly grill each of our 16 cuts of meat and offer you continuous tableside service. <br /><br /><br /><br />We invite you to enjoy the delicious preparations of our gaucho chefs along with our gourmet salad bar, authentic Brazilian side dishes, and award-winning wine list.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service is slipping
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/18/2014
 2003
Dined on 8/18/2014
 2003
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"As always the food was very good and there is as much or as little as you want. It's the service that needs work. It's starting to resemble that of a cheap, rapid turn over place. The server who explained how Fogo works and took our drink orders was brusque, interrupted our conversation and seemed annoyed to be there. Others did not serve or remove plates from the proper side, reached across the table to set dishes down (there was plenty of room to maneuver around the table), and plopped utensils down. The service used to be of higher quality. For the price and the tone the restaurant is trying to set, I expect much better."
Dined on 8/18/2014
 2003
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Walker’s Grille is Franconia’s place to go for farm fresh, contemporary American cuisine. Our menu items are made from all natural, fresh products sourced from local and regional farming communities. Our vendors are all committed to ethical and environmentally friendly farming practices. The meat and poultry we serve are Certified Humane. Our seafood is sustainable from domestic sources. Our dishes are prepared by award winning chef Duane Keller. Chef Keller, a James Beard recipient, is held in high regard in the culinary world.<br /><br />Committed to protecting the future of our local environment we are proud to be the first restaurant in Virginia to earn LEED Gold certification, awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. <br /><br />Creating innovative dishes in a modern, relaxed atmosphere with first class service is what we do. <br /><br />Walker's Grille... where community and good food come together under one roof.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
An off night for service
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/19/2014
 2003
Dined on 7/19/2014
 2003
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"I normally rave about Walker's Grille. Not so on this occasion. The food was its usual very good self. Our waiter was good. It was the bar service and hostess service that was poor. The hostess seated us at the far end of the patio close to a very large and every growing party. There were only two other filled tables on the patio so there were a lot of options, but she placed us there. The large party was having a good time and it was difficult for us to have a conversation without leaning in. Some of the mint in my husband's cocktail ( a key ingredient) was brown and rotting. How can a bar tender miss that? Will I continue to go to Walker's Grille? Yes, but I will pay closer attention to the hostess and bar tender actions."
Dined on 7/19/2014
 2003
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining
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Chef Mike Isabella opened Kapnos along the Fourteenth Street Corridor in July 2013. Isabella draws inspiration from Northern Greece to create a menu of spreads, breads, vegetables and other small plates, including his signature wood-grilled octopus. Two wood-fire grills with rotating spits and a large oven for stone-baked flat breads service the 160-seat restaurant. Guests enjoy carvings from whole animals that have been spit-roasted all day, including lamb, goat, duck, chicken, and suckling pig. Kapnos is open for dinner seven nights a week.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
So Much to Choose From!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/01/2014
 2003
Dined on 7/01/2014
 2003
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Overall, a delicious and memorable meal complimented with tasty and original cocktails. The menu boasts many more appealing choices than the average "small plates" restaurant. The presentations are works of art. At the top the list is the suckling pig - moist, tender, smoky ... honestly, I am still thinking about it. It was that good. The pork is followed closely by the octopus, full of flavor and so very tender. My one food complaint is the grape leaves. They are served a bit too cold making it hard to appreciate their flavor. The restaurant is also noisy, but hopefully you'll be too busy eating to care."
Dined on 7/01/2014
 2003
Special Features: fit for foodies
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