Chantilly Restaurants

Annangol

14015 Lee Jackson Mem Hwy.
Chantilly, VA 20151
703-631-3400

Korean


 

$$
$16.99
 

★★

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This barbecue restaurant specializes in pork. Other Korean specialties are also available, like Goonmandu fried dumplings, Haemul-Pajeon seafood pancake, and Bibimbap, the traditional rice dish.
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2 Stars (9/25/2005)
"… Take your cue from the photo of the pig on the menu at Annangol. Pork is the specialty of this bustling Korean kitchen, which serves the protein in barbecue, in soups and as part of a stir-fry. One preparation in particular stands out: "marinated pork bellies," thick and rosy slices of meat edged in a band of fat and cooked before your eyes on either a small portable grill or a grill built into the table. As the pork segues from deep to light pink, and soft to gently crisp, much of its fat melts away, leaving diners with a succulent and fiery meal. …" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"Good Korean barbecue, open until 2 AM 7 days a week"

Lobster Maine-ia

4280 Henninger Ct.
Chantilly, VA 20151
703-439-9750

Seafood


 

$$
$18.00
 

★★

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This family run lobster and seafood market also sells tasty lobster rolls on the weekends and a few other items, like an excellent clam chowder. Weekends only; takeout only.
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Unrated (8/4/2013)
"After 25 years of shuttling lobsters from summer vacations in Maine to their home in Chantilly, Ray and Kim Kenna decided to make a business of it. … The couple started Lobster Maine-ia in February. Shipments of lobsters — up to 400 pounds at a time — arrive by truck from Portland, Maine, three or four times a week. …" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"A family-run 'lobster pound' inside an industrial office park, lobsters no more than 5 days out of water, no seating, they'll steam for you, lobster rolls on weekends."

Ford's Fish Shack

25031 Riding Plaza
Chantilly, VA 20152
703-542-7520

Seafood


 

$$
$19.51
 

★★

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Tony Stafford a former executive chef at Artie's in Fairfax and managing partner in Bonefish Grill in Centreville opened this friendly neighborhood fish shack with his wife, Ana. The menu features dependable versions of the classics, plus a few of Stafford's own fun creations. There are two locations, in Ashburn and Chantilly (South Riding).
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2 Stars (1/2/2011)
"… [Owner] Tony Stafford had been a managing partner in Bonefish Grill in Centreville and, before that, the executive chef at Artie's in Fairfax…. You don't have to like seafood to eat here, but it helps. Ten of the 12 dinner entrees involve something from the deep blue. You don't have to like seafood to eat here, but it helps. Ten of the 12 dinner entrees involve something from the deep blue. … If you've eaten at Artie's, you'll experience deja vu at Ford's. … The best advice I can give boils down to two words: crab cakes. …" See Full Review…»
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Unrated (4/5/2011)
"… Some of the most inventive takes on lobster are coming from the new Ford’s Fish Shack, a New England–inspired dining room set in an Ashburn strip mall and decorated with (what else?) lobster traps. The sweet meat shows up amid piles of potato chips with blue cheese—it sounds like sacrilege, but it works—and even finds its way into the deep fryer for another unexpected hit: Peel off the battered coating and shell from a lobster tail and you’ll find meat that’s wonderfully tender and flavorful. …" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"A wonderful seafood shack, fried specialties, local seafood, large menu, picnic tables, a local favorite."

El Fresco

4088 Airline Pkwy.
Chantilly, VA 20151
703-263-9595

Mexican


 

$
$10.67
 

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This is the rare area Tex-Mex restaurant that delivers on why so many people love Tex-Max. Nothing here stands out, but there are virtually no disappointments, either. Whatever you choose, be sure to get some guacamole, too — some of the best in the area.
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Italic — Recommended
"An independent Tex-Mex restaurant making many dishes by hand, twice daily, taking great pride in their craftsmanship, superb guacamole."

Dumpling Queen

13942 Metrotech Dr.
Chantilly, VA 20151
703-378-4222

Chinese


 

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$10.95
 

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This spinoff of China Bistro in Rockville (the original's Chinese name is "Mama's Dumplings") is not particularly renowned for its signature ingredient. They're good, as is (to a lesser extent) the Americanized Chinese food. But the other authentic dishes like Szechuan cold noodles, house beef noodle soup, and Xinjiang style pork ribs (usually a special) are a better way to go.
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Unrated (10/27/2015)
"… The Chantilly spinoff has a ways to go to match the original when it comes to the titular items. The dumplings on my most recent visit sported juicy fillings but lacked the soft suppleness of the skins at Mama’s Dumplings. … Fortunately, there’s no shortage of skilled cooking to keep you distracted until the dumplings reach the hoped-for level of excellence. The best strategy is to visit Dumpling Queen with a group and to load up on lots of small plates…." See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"Chantilly suddenly has two excellent Chinese options, good cold noodles, fantastic ribs, solid scallion dumpling." See 12/21/2015 Review…»

Willard's Real Pit BBQ

4300 Chantilly Shopping Ctr.
Chantilly, VA 20151
703-488-9970

Barbecue


 

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$11.99
 

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Owner Chris Janowski's barbecue joint near the Dulles Expo Center has been around for a while. Wile many say it isn't in the "upper tier" of barbecue places, it's still a local favorite that offers substantial portions at good prices. In particular, while Don Rockwell notes that the "Kansas City Burnt Ends" are worthwhile, pork is another good bet (Janowski hails from NC).
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2 Stars (7/29/2007)
"… This homey, busy, noisy restaurant, which can seat about 50 people, anchors the corner of a strip shopping center near the Dulles Expo Center. It does a slamming lunch business and tons of catering. Dinner is about the only time you can actually hear the country music playing over the speakers, because not every table and counter seat is filled with men (okay, a few women, too) talking as they tackle a plate of one of the restaurant's four styles of barbecue. …" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"A high-volume operation in a warehouse district, huge portions, fair prices, a local favorite, KC Burnt Ends is a massive meal." See 9/9/2015 Review…»

Khan Kabob House

4229 Lafayette Center Dr #1475
Chantilly, VA 20151
703-817-1200

Pakistani


 

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$12.50
 

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Owner Tariq Khan ran the kitchen at the venerable Ravi Kabob in Arlington before opening his own place in Chantilly. Khan marinates the meat for his kabobs for at least 24 hours so they remain juicy. He also offers a selection of good the Pakistani stews called karahi and some excellent curries. Even the naan bread is good here.
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Unrated (2/4/2014)
"Get the lamb brains. I know, I know: There’s got to be a more enticing way to share my enthusiasm for Khan Kabob, one of the very best—maybe the very best—of a slew of kebab houses dotting Northern Virginia. But it’s true. You may not eat anything all year that’s as exciting, as satisfying, or certainly as interesting, as the lamb-brain karahi ($23.99—enough to feed two), a three-times-a-week special. …" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"Pakistani kabobs, karahi, and curries by an original owner of Ravi Kabob."

Thai Basil

14511-P Lee Jackson Memorial Highway
Chantilly, VA 20151
703-631-8277

Thai


 

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$12.95
 

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Thai Basil features the signature homestyle cooking of chef and owner Nongkran Daks. The menu includes a wide range of traditional Thai dishes, plus many not found elsewhere.
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2 Stars (2/6/2005)
Thai Basil "is personal and mostly comfortable …. For passengers flying into or out of Dulles International Airport, or visitors to the National Air and Space Museum's new outpost nearby, Thai Basil also provides a convenient place to refuel."  See Full Review…»
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Unrated (7/11/2007)
"Owner and chef Nongkran Daks’s … cooking is bright yet delicate, allowing flavors and textures to unfold and build to full effect."  See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"Good homestyle Thai cooking from a feisty traditionalist, no MSG used in the preparation, some reports say quality is dropping."

Taste @ Hong Kong

13912 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy.
Chantilly, VA 20151
703-378-7680

Chinese


 

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$14.95
 

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This large, Hong Kong-style restaurant has an equally vast menu that can be a bit intimidating. One strategy is to stick with the "Chef’s Recommendations," which is slightly more expensive here but a safer bet if you're not in the mood to explore widely.
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Italic — Recommended
"An excellent example of a large, concrete-floored Hong Kong-style restaurant, seafood, authentic Chinese dishes." See 9/23/2015 Review…»
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 (*).