Crystal City Restaurants

Jaleo

2250-A Crystal Dr.
Arlington, VA 22202
703-413-8181

Spanish


 

$$
$25.00
 

★★½

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Jose Andres' pioneering modern tapas restaurant now has three locations in the DC area, plus one in Vegas. The menu also features authentic Spanish ham and a selection of excellent paellas. Some of these offerings can be expensive, so be careful in ordering or you could end up with a hefty check.
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3 Stars (10/10/2013) — Fall Dining Guide 2013
*Tom Sietsema's review of the original Jaleo downtown doesn't really apply to the Arlington and Bethesda offshoots. See Full Review…»
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No. 26 (2/8/2016) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"We take Jaleo for granted. We do. Chew on this for a second: Jaleo has been around almost a quarter century. And how about this? The small-plates craze that you’ve maybe grown tired of but can’t possibly ignore? Jaleo birthed it. But the Dorian Gray of restaurants is still youthful and lively, with a menu that evolves in exciting ways. If you haven’t been in years, you’ll find an excellent selection of Spanish hams (including Ibérico, the ultimate in depth of flavor), along with several shiny new baubles …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Bistro 7107

513 23rd St S
Arlington, VA 22202
571-312-4155

Filipino


 

$
$13.69
 

★★

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Chef Pete Snaith's Bistro 7107 (named for the number of islands that make up the Philippines) offers a menu of Filipino classics and more modern "innovations."
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2 Stars (9/3/2014)
"The room is colorful and cozy, the staff gracious and helpful, and the cooking—overseen by Pete Snaith, co-owner of Culinaria Cooking School in Vienna—often as exciting as it is comforting." See Full Review…»
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Kabob Palace

2315 S Eads St
Arlington, VA 22202
703-486-3535

Afghan


 

$
$12.36
 

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Kabob Palace is a counter service restaurant open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and also offers daily specials featuring homestyle Afghani curries and other dishes.
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1 Star (10/31/2004)
This outdated review from Tom Sietsema goes back to when the place was twin restaurants in the same block. See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Open 24/7/365, need you know any more? Point and order whatever looks good Steamtable curries are reliable here, good rice and bread."

Queen Amannisa

320 23rd St.
Arlington, VA 22202
703-414-7888

Chinese


 

$$
$15.78
 

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"Queen" Amannisa Khan is a Cultural Hero of the People's Republic of China, who is credited with preserving the Twelve Muqam (melodies), an important aspect of the musical style of the Turkic Uyghur people of northwest province of Xinjiang. This is probaly the only place anywhere near DC to sample this unique cuisine, which shares elements of Middle Eastern and Asian cooking.
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Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"Never had Uighur food before? You’re not alone. In North America, only a handful of restaurants specialize in the cuisine, which descends from a nomadic band of Turks who settled in northwestern China. The northern Chinese character is immediately evident—the emphasis on stuffed buns and hand-cut noodles, the use of star anise and chilies—but then you dig into the minced meat with noodles. Looks like a typical stir-fry, with peppers and onions, but the Middle Eastern influence eventually reveals itself …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Athena Pallas

556 22nd St. S
Arlington, VA 22202
703-521-3870

Greek


 

$$
$16.89
 

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This small Greek restaurant from husband and wife Michael Kosmides and Kallia Sambrakos serves authentic home-style dishes and everything is made from scratch, including breads and deserts. The atmosphere, like what's on the plate, is classic "old-school" Greek dining and provides a nice contrast to the slick places that try too hard to reinvent the "experience."
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Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"Really good home-style Greek cooking can be hard to find in Washington, which is why this family-run dining room ringed by pictures of sun-drenched islands is such a find. … Cobbling together a meal of … small plates is tempting, but then you’d miss the Mediterranean comfort fare—beef-stuffed grape leaves in a creamy lemon sauce or sweet shrimp bobbing in tomato-feta stew. The service matches the food: unfussy but warm, and quick to please. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.
Ratings Guide:
★★★★ 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.
Price Guide:
$$$$$ Unlimited (>$45); $$$$ Very Expensive ($35-$45); $$$ Expensive ($25-$35); $$ Moderate ($15-$25); Inexpensive (<$15)
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 (*).