Clarendon Restaurants

Green Pig Bistro

1025 N. Fillmore Street
Arlington, VA 22201
703-888-1920

American


 

$$$
$24.78
 

★★½

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Don Rockwell
 
This friendly neighborhood bistro from Arlington-native Scot Harlan features the cooking of chef Pierre Saussy and a versitile menu that encompasses everything from bar snacks to entrees worthy of fine dining. In the front, there's a small bar with excellent cocktails and a good selection of American craft beers and wines; behind it is a cheerful dining room with an open kitchen. Try the bacon cheeseburger, which has bacon ground into the meat and is perhaps the best burger in the area (the porkless version is merely decent). There's also a "plat du jour" menu of comfort food like fish and chips, meatloaf, or spaghetti and meatballs (a different choice is available each day) that's a steal at $21 for a complete dinner. It's also a great choice for brunch.
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2.5 Stars (10/9/2014) — Fall Dining Guide 2014
"The menu offers a little bit of everything — pig tostadas, kale Caesar salad, mushroom risotto — with more finesse than you expect of a neighborhood haunt. Of course, there’s a hamburger — along with toast draped with snails and creamy mushrooms. A veteran of Bouley in New York, chef de cuisine Pierre Saussy might go to his favorite Asian market and pair what he finds…with a slab of barramundi to create a fish dish that wouldn’t look out of place at a linen-draped table in Washington. The chef also spent five years cooking at a place of his own in Puerto Rico, history that informs one of my favorite plats du jour, the Sunday night beef stew.…Pass on the carrot cake with caramel sauce only if you want to miss out on one of the best desserts for miles." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 56 (2/8/2016) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"Owner Scot Harlan and chef de cuisine Pierre Saussy may have come together under renowned New York chef David Bouley, but there’s nothing formal about their Clarendon restaurant, where most of the beer arrives in cans, chatty servers sport black T-shirts, and Wet-Naps accompany a hulking stack of buffalo ribs. The meat—actually pork ribs slicked with fiery Buffalo sauce and blue-cheese dressing—is one of the many reasons to venture here and get your hands messy. Another: the eclectic menu, a mash-up of French..., Southern..., and 'other' (tostadas or Kung Pao sweetbreads, anyone?). Dishes tend toward the rich, but don’t skip dessert. Harlan, a pastry chef by training, makes a terrific peanut-butter-brownie sundae." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Liberty Tavern

3195 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
703-465-9360

American


 

$$
$20.06
 

★★

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Don Rockwell
 
This great neighborhood restaurant and bar from the owners of nearby Lyon Hall and Northside consistently draws crowds with a solid menu, surprisingly good pizza (try the Vermont!), and a lively bar scene. Weekends bring a massive all-you-can-eat brunch spread, but we always gravitate toward the brunch pizza on the a la carte menu.
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2 Stars (10/21/2012) — 2012 Fall Dining Guide
Tom Sietsema notes that "every neighborhood should have a Liberty Tavern, a restaurant that can stand in for the home cook but also serve as backdrop for a special occasion that won't break the bank." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 86 (1/8/2015) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2015
"This Clarendon bistro was at the forefront of the upscaled-downscale movement when it opened in 2007. It wore its sophistication lightly, presenting itself as a low-key place that just happened to put out food of surprising refinement. Now every other place that opens seems to have copped that formula and Liberty Tavern no longer feels as quietly daring. But ... Liberty remains a rewarding experience, from the expertly mixed cocktails to the strong French-press coffee. You can eat simply and lightly (the wood-fired pizzas are as good as ever; go for the Vermont, with cheddar and prosciutto) or settle in and explore Matt Hill’s menu of lusty, Italian-accented comfort food—the gnocchi are worth a visit all by themselves." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Less consistent since expanding, the food is "almost good," yet can be fatally flawed in execution (over-salting, etc.) , good wine list, way too loud downstairs."

Lyon Hall

3100 N. Washington Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
703-741-7636

Alsatian
French
German
 

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$21.93
 

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Don Rockwell
 
The Alsatian brasserie from the owners of Liberty Tavern features house made charcuterie and sausages that are among the best in town. Alsace's German influence is also represented by an excellent schnitzel, while on the French side there's roasted chicken "coq a vin," trout almandine, and more. There's also great selection of beer and wine and a good brunch on weekends with killer house made doughnuts.
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2 Stars (5/18/2013) — 2013 Spring Dining Guide
Tom Sietsema finds that "eating Lyon Hall's hot-smoked, veal-and-pork links spiced with caraway and coriander is like paging through my photo album [of Germany], only more delicious." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 92 (2/8/2016) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"This jammed Clarendon brasserie gracefully straddles the territory between bar and restaurant. There are plenty of twentysomethings here to sip from the groaning roster of boutique wines, Belgian and German beers, ciders, and cocktails. But it’s also a family destination, with swing-set-friendly fare—giant pretzels, terrific house-made hot dogs in poppy-seed buns—that tends to show up on a lot of grownups’ plates, too. House-made charcuterie and mussel pots are ideal for communal eating, as are platters of sausages and pork belly piled on top of kraut and spaetzle and garnished with tart lingonberries. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"After several dinners, it was a brunch that put Lyon Hall into Italic, a wonderful Sunday brunch with three knowledgable diners." See 9/11/2013 Review…»

Screwtop Wine Bar

1025 N. Fillmore St.
Arlington, VA 22201
703-888-0845

Wine Bar
American

 

$
$11.58
 

★★

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Don Rockwell
 
Wendy Buckley's super-casual wine bar is the antidote to any snobby associations you may have with wine. The wine list is well selected, value priced, and includes perfect descriptions of each wine. The cheerful staff is always helpful too. If you don't like wine, there's a small selection of good craft brews, some available on draft. Either way, you'll love the simple, delicious menu of gourmet comfort food. Our favorite is the Buffaloaf, a bison meatloaf sandwich inspired by Buckly's mother's recipe.
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Unrated (2/12/2010)
Nightlife Guru Fritz Hahn's thorough review from 2010 notes that, "judging by the crowds waiting to sip pinot noir and tuck into plates of charcuterie at … Screwtop," Clarendon needed the place "very badly indeed." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (4/1/2010)
Washingtonian's review from shortly after it opened notes that "at Clarendon’s Screwtop Wine Bar, locals have come to appreciate the friendly face of former AOL exec Wendy Buckley, who offers interesting wines alongside homespun recipes at her new restaurant/gourmet shop." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"One of the best wine bars in the area, with very intelligent selections and good storage, simple but tasty food."

Cava Mezze

2940 N Clarendon Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
703-276-9090

Greek


 

$$
$19.41
 

★★

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Don Rockwell
 
Cava, which has branches in Virginia and Maryland, specializes in Greek classics reimagined as small plates. The food is consistently good and reasonably priced, and the setting sleek and modern. It’s no wonder that the restaurant is consistently packed.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/13/2009)
Tom Sietsema introduces Cava's Capitol Hill outpost in this outdated "First Bite' column. See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 89 (1/8/2015) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2015
"Much has changed in the eight years since founders Ike Grigoropoulos and Ted Xenohristos and chef Dimitri Moshovitis built their original Rockville restaurant while living with family to afford the cost. The mezzeteria’s beloved dips now line Whole Foods’ shelves, while fast-casual spinoff Cava Mezze Grill has expanded to eight Washington locations and counting. Still, the lively, dark-wood restaurants—also in Clarendon and on Capitol Hill—maintain the warm feel of neighborhood joints, while the kitchen sends out rustic Greek hits." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

South Block

3011 N 11th St.
Arlington, VA 22201
703-741-0266

Wraps
Bowls
Healthy
 

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$7.95
 

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Don Rockwell
 
This odd little juice and smoothie bar also serves some tasty, healthy wraps and acai bowls. The drip coffee is surprisingly good. The brand is repidly expanding with numerous locations serving juice, smoothies, and bowls, but this is the only location with a full menu.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (9/28/2011)
"The options at South Block Smoothie & Wrap Co. can be liberating or overwhelming. In contrast with its sliver of a location in Clarendon, the two-month-old, West Coast-inspired eatery has a large menu that raises many questions: regular or junior size? White or whole-wheat tortilla? No tortilla and make it a bowl - or a salad? Amir Mostafavi, who owns South Block with his wife, Sommer, wanted to offer patrons plenty of customizable eats. But, he adds, 'I think it's definitely important also to have ones that we've come up with.' Thank goodness for that. My dining companions and I had a hard enough time choosing from among the eight wraps listed on the menu. &^hellip;" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 

Washingtonian has not reviewed this restaurant.
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"A craft juice bar, independent coffee shop, and cafe serving wraps, very high quality juices and coffee, undergoing a very welcome expansion in Northern Virginia."

Pete's New Haven Style Apizza

3017 Clarendon Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
703-527-7383

Pizza


 

$
$9.00
 

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Don Rockwell
 
This local mini-chain has four locations featuring New Haven-style pizza by the slice or as whole pies. We think that the whole, freshly-made pies are better. Try the New Haven or the Arugula (to which they'll gladly add prosciutto on request).
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2 Stars (10/16/2011)
In the 2011 Fall Dining Guide, critic Tom Sietsema checks back in at the original location "to discover what I had been missing: puffed rims, nice char, snappy crust," noting his fondness for both the white clam and the fennel sausage and broccoli rabe pies. See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (6/1/2012) — 100 Cheap Eats 2012
"Consistently well-wrought pies, salads, and pastas make this local chain a favorite …, but New Haven specialties in particular … white pizza with clams … tomato pie drizzled with sweet olive oil … show off the excellent ingredients and detail-focused kitchen." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Northside Social

3211 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
703-465-0145

Coffeehouse
Wine Bar
American
 

$
$9.07
 

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Don Rockwell
 
This buzy Clarendon coffee shop has the very good Counter Culture coffee and excellent baked good made in house. It also serves tasty sandwiches both at breakfast and throughout the day and, after 5, the upstairs turns into a good, small wine bar with a nice beer selection.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (9/23/2011)
This brief editorial review notes "Northside Social sports an upstairs wine bar" and "sells nice pastries, sandwiches and breakfast items." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (3/17/2013)
Washingtonian largely overlooks the food, but notes that "this popular hangout isn’t just a great spot for coffee and pastries—beginning at 5 pm Monday through Saturday, its upstairs wine bar draws an eclectic mix of college students and families." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Very good coffee and baked goods, free WiFi, I had an apricot and date scone here that was great." See 10/11/2013 Review…»

Four Sisters Grill

3035 Clarendon Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
703-243-9020

Vietnamese


 

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$9.38
 

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Don Rockwell
 
Chef/co-owner Hoa Lai is from the "Four Sisters" family, but his fast-casual Vietamese restaurant is much more scaled down than the flagship. The simple menu has a handfull of appetizers, five banh mi, seven noodle dishes, nine rice combos, and three flavors of pho. It hard to go wrong with any of them.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (10/30/2014)
"… Four Sisters Grill is not, as the name implies, a counter-service condensation of the more ambitious Mosaic District restaurant with its 100-plus item menu. No, Four Sisters Grill is more of a mashup of the Lai family’s flagship restaurant and Song Que, the Vietnamese deli that the clan operated for more than a decade before closing it… Like the best fast-casual concepts, Four Sisters Grill channels simplicity. The menu consists of only appetizers, banh mi sandwiches, vermicelli bowls and rice dishes. The grilled proteins are often interchangeable: You’ll find some form of grilled pork, beef or chicken on the main dishes. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (4/17/2014)
"… Chef/co-owner Hoa Lai condensed his menu of 110 items at the flagship to just over 20 dishes for the new space…. The kitchen adapts longtime customer favorites such as papaya salad, black-pepper beef, and bun vermicelli noodle bowls for quick service and carryout. Customers order at the counter and then find one of 70 seats inside the warm-hued space, or can opt for a table on the patio in warmer weather. You might bask in the sun with a Thai iced tea or one of the many beers—both imports such as Saigon Export and American crafts—selected to pair with the food. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Amsterdam Falafelshop

3024 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
703-243-2110

Sandwiches
Vegetarian

 

$
$10.10
 

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Don Rockwell
 
This local chain stays open late and sticks to the basics: delicious Israeli-style falafel with plenty of tasty toppings on the do-it-yourself bar and fries with several sauces. There are three locations in DC and one in Clarendon.
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Don Rockwell
 

The Washington Post has not reviewed this restaurant.
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Don Rockwell
 

Washingtonian has not reviewed this restaurant.
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Moby Dick House of Kabob

3000 Washington Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
703-465-1600

Persian


 

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$11.90
 

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Over the years, Moby Dick has grown to include 17 restaurants, each serving a traditional mix of Persian kabobs and housemade bread. Not every location is equal, though a few still stand out. Washingtonian recommends the Bethesda location and we can personally vouch for the one in Arlington.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (6/15/2015) — Cheap Eats 2015
"… In an industry where a fraction of restaurants survive their first year, Moby Dick’s quality and consistency are remarkable (at least at the Bethesda location; the others aren’t worth your time). You can taste it in the hot, lightly blistered rounds of pita, in the marvelously juicy minced-meat kebab called kubideh, and in the delicately cooked mounds of basmati rice—each as good and fresh as it was then. Even Dorian Gray didn’t age so well." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Silver Diner

3200 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
703-812-8600

American
Diner

 

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$13.99
 

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Don Rockwell
 
Silver diner is a local chain which, at first glance, looks like a soulless national one. Yet these retro-looking diners offer a seasonal menu featuring local ingredients and a host of healthful choices.
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Don Rockwell
 

The Washington Post has not reviewed this restaurant.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"… Silver Diner isn’t your average diner. The drinks list includes a number of local beers and wines, the quality of ingredients has spiked dramatically with the commitment in recent years to more local produce and meat, and the kitchens work with a surprisingly light hand. This is far from the greasy spoon you might have presumed…. Yes, service can drag, and the ten-page menu has more than a few potholes…, but then you take a chance on an unexpectedly juicy bison burger with pesto, goat cheese, and red peppers and all (well, almost all) is forgiven. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Delhi Club

1135 N. Highland St.
Arlington, VA 22201
703-527-5666

Indian


 

$$
$14.65
 

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Don Rockwell
 
This small restaurant in the heart of Clarendon has friendly service and very good renditions of classic Indian dishes. There's also an excellent buffet at lunch that's a great value.
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2.5 Stars (10/16/2005)
Tom Sietsema's old review notes that "from the street, it looks like just another restaurant in a neighborhood full of choices" but "step inside, though, and you'll find a dash of style with your samosas." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (6/19/2009)
Washingtonian's review from its Best Cheap Eats 2009 notes that "this pomegranate-red Indian dining room excels at kormas and curries and isn’t shy about spice." See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"Lost in the architectural shuffle of Clarendon, Delhi Club is solid, reliable, unspectacular, and very underrated."
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★★★★ Extraordinary;  ★★★ Excellent;  ★★ Good;  ★ Average
All restaurants listed rate above-average or better. DCDiningGuide.com also includes a number of unrated local favorites, casual places, and other restaurants that we recommend if you’re in the neighborhood.
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Price is based on the average cost of a dinner entree, which generally reflects a third of the cost of a full meal. Please note, however, that appetizer and beverage prices vary widely. Tasting menus are indicated with an asterisk (*).