City of Falls Church Restaurants

Blanca's

418 S Washington St
Falls Church, VA 22046
703-538-2466

Salvadoran


 

$$
$15.39
 

★★

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Don Rockwell
 
Atlthough there are numerous Salvadoran-Mexican restaurants in the DC area, this long-running one is among the best. As with most such places, the Salvidoran specialties tend to be the strongest dishes.
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Italic — Recommended
"One of our greatest Salvadoran-Mexican restaurants, Blanca's has been in business for over 20 years with good reason." See 6/3/2011 Review…»

Takumi

310 S Washington St.
Falls Church, VA 22046
703-241-1128

Japanese
Sushi

 

$$$
$28.75
 

★★

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Sushi Chef Jay Yu spent 13 years working at Kaz Sushi Bistro downtown before opening his own place in Falls Church. Sushi is available a la carte or as one of about a half dozen combinations.
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Italic — Recommended
"Several employees, including the sushi and kitchen chefs, work here, perhaps the best sushi house in Northern Virginia, needs time for its ABC license." See 12/17/2015 Review…»

Pita Pouch

1112 W Broad St.
Falls Church, VA 22046
703-534-5300

Lebanese
Palestinian
Turkish
 

$
$7.79
 

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This fast-casual "faux-potle" Falafel and Shawarma "concept" looks weird with its white walls and chandaliers but actually puts out some good food, with proteins that are well-seasoned and not overcooked and good, unlimited toppings.
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Italic — Recommended
"K-Pop meets Lebanon, chicken and steak shawarmas with *real meat* on the skewers, plasticene Korean / fro-yo quick-serve atmosphere belies the quality shawarmas and gyros here."

Crisp & Juicy

913 W. Broad St.
Falls Church, VA 22046
703-241-9091

Peruvian
Chicken

 

$
$8.10
 

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This local chain has some of the best-tasting Peruvian chicken in the area. The sides, though serviceable, aren't quite to the same standard.
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Unrated (8/17/2007)
Washingtonian's outdated mini-review from its 2007 Cheap Eats issue, which pre-dates the Tenley location, notes that "this chicken joint turns out one of the tastiest birds around." See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"The Arlington location has arguably the best-tasting Peruvian chicken in the DC area." See 3/6/2011 Review…»

Meat in a Box

312 S Washington St.
Falls Church, VA 22046
703-533-9070

Persian


 

$
$8.16
 

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This little shop has a name that sounds like something from a Sinefeld episode, but it offers dependable falafel and kabobs for a good price. The second location in Adams Morgan also offers jumbo slices, which are about as good as (and no better than) all of the other jumbo slice places.
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Italic — Recommended
"A mom-n-pop, order-at-the-counter, kabob pillbox, served to-go in cardboard boxes (hence the name), priced per skewer, and with reliable kabobs and genuinely friendly service."

Luzmila's

809 W Broad St
Falls Church, VA 22046
703-237-0047

Bolivian


 

$
$11.78
 

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Luzmilla serves homestyle Bolivian cuisine and some of the area's best Salteñas. But note, it's closed Mondays and closes at 5 pm other days.
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Unrated (12/14/2009)
"This bustling Bolivian restaurant does a brisk takeout business at lunch, when customers line up for the house specialty: salteñas" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"Ground zero for homestyle, no-frills Bolivian cuisine, cafeteria atmosphere, closes at 5 PM."

Pizzeria Orso

400 S. Maple Ave.
Falls Church, VA 22046
703-226-3460

Italian
Pizza

 

$
$14.00
 

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This neighborhood pizzeria and small plates Italian join suffered a huge loss when chef Will Artley departed. But the kitchen seems to be soldiering on, and it's still a great choice if you're in the area.
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2 Stars (5/20/2012)
This review from just after Will Artley took over is now out of date, as the restaurant has continued to evolve under the chef. See Full Review…»
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Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"Neapolitan-style pies have all but taken over Washington’s pizza scene, but few in our area bear the authoritative stamp of Verace Pizza Napoletana, the Naples-based organization whose mission is to protect the dish and the way it should be made. Pretty impressive, given that the chef who snagged the designation is Bertrand Chemel, a Frenchman who took up pizza-making two years ago. At this cheery, kid-friendly dining room, his rounds sport a crust that’s sturdy enough not to disintegrate under the buffalo mozzarella and other high-quality toppings. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant. See 9/26/2013 Review…»

La Caraquena

300 W. Broad St.
Falls Church, VA 22046
703-533-0076

Venezuelan


 

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$14.62
 

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The old Falls Church motel it's in doen't look like much, but it's bright and cheerful inside the tiny dining room. The incredible arepas are the main reason to come, but the rest of the Venezuelan menu is also worth exploring.
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2 Stars (10/17/2010)
"From one small kitchen come the big flavors of two countries. Bolivia is represented by a delicate peanut soup and saltenas, … Venezuela is honored with arepas." See Full Review…»
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Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"It’s been around long enough, and on this list long enough, that the fact that it fronts a seedy-looking motor lodge should no longer be pertinent. We linger on this not because we’re preoccupied with appearances; it just makes it that much more incongruous and exciting for the first-timer to discover what’s inside: a colorful, cozy bistro with warm, attentive service, good rum-laced cocktails, and some of the area’s best South American cooking. …" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"Shoddy service, small portions, expensive pricing, terrible atmosphere, very good Venezuelan cooking." See 4/12/2011 Review…»

Plaka Grill

513 W. Broad St.
Falls Church, VA 22046
703-639-0161

Greek


 

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$14.86
 

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Plaka Grill, which has two locations in Northern Virginia, offers a full menu of Greek specialties, but the star of the show is that pork gyro, made from scratch on the premises.
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Unrated (5/27/2009)
"The house-specialty Plaka Gyro is a major draw. Large, thin slices of marinated pork shoulder are stacked on a vertical spit and cooked slowly." See Full Review…»
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Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"… Both the Vienna original and its spiffier Falls Church sibling proffer the kind of soul-warming, grandmotherly roasts and casseroles that don’t blow away your palate so much as recalibrate it. Pastitsio, with layers of nutmeg-spiced ground beef and béchamel, is almost lasagna-like in its gooey heartiness, while lemony roast chicken makes for a nice light dinner. …" 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 (*).