McLean Restaurants

Amoo's Restaurant

6271 Old Dominion Dr.
McLean, VA 22101
703-448-8500

Persian


 

$$
$19.45
 

★★

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Don Rockwell
 
Over time, Chef Sebastian Oveysi's Chesterbrook restaurant has shed its roots as a simple kabob house and morphed into a full-fledged "modern Persian" restaurant, with solid, expressive cooking and gracious service. It's still not fancy, but it is some of the best Persian food in the DC area.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (12/7/2008)
"'The Best Food Around' brags the banner outside Amoo's House of Kabob. I'm not going to challenge that claim because the Persian restaurant's ground beef cubes … taste right on target. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"If David Lynch dreamed up a Persian restaurant, it might look something like this mirrored, zigzag-tiled dining room. In reality, it’s the brainchild of Sebastian Oveysi, a tatted chef/dinnertime host and his father, Masoud. Sebastian works the BYOB room with (Bill) Clintonian charisma, chatting up tables and rightfully hyping his kebabs, which feature spears of grass-fed meats and wild-caught fish arrayed on Instagram-worthy platters strewn with orchids. They should be the centerpiece of any meal here. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Amoo's 'specials' and 'stews' are some of the best Persian food in the area right now. a family-owned gem in Chesterbrook."

Tachibana

6715 Lowell Ave.
McLean, VA 22101
703-847-1771

Japanese


 

$$
$22.67
 

★★

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Don Rockwell
 
Tachibana, the Japanese restaurant and sushi bar from chef and owner Eiji Yahashi, opened in Arlington in 1982 and moved to McLean in 1996. The cooking remains top-notch, though it's become considerably more expensive over the years. For extra value, entrees are available in the Japanese style as a complete set with soup, salad, appetizer, and dessert for $9.50 more.
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Don Rockwell
 

The Washington Post has not reviewed this restaurant.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/1/2010)
"Sit at the sushi bar for the full Tachibana experience. It starts with hot towels and a ramekin of, say, chewy pickled squid and cucumber. Where it goes next depends on you. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"I wish Tachibana wasn't so bloody expensive because it's good for a suburban Japanese restaurant, and they have shabu-shabu." See 4/21/2011 Review…»

Sweetgreen

6707 Old Dominion Dr.
McLean, VA 22101
703-942-8888

Salads
Healthy

 

$
$9.90
 

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Excellent Value

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Don Rockwell
 
This rapidly-expanding local chain with locations in the DC area, New York, Philadelphia, and Boston, offers healthy, good-quality salads. With its emphasis on fresh, local ingredients and calories posted on the menu, it's one of our picks for healthy "cheap eats."
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Don Rockwell
 

The Washington Post has not reviewed this restaurant.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (12/1/2007)
The last word from Washingtonian is this badly outdated review of the original Georgetown location. The chain has expanded up the East Coast and hosts a yearly music festival. But it still follows the same basic format: salads and yogurt, featuring local ingredients and numerous toppings. See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
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 (*).