Merrifield Restaurants

Requin

(Mosaic District)
8296 Glass Alley
Fairfax, VA 22031
703-462-8662

French


 

$$
$20.83
 

★★½

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Don Rockwell
 
Former Top Chef stars Jennifer Carroll and Mike Isabella have teamed up for this popular French-Mediterranean bistro. The menu features trendier versions of classic dishes and is divided between small plates and large entrees for two or more people. A second location is planned for the DC waterfront.
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Don Rockwell
 
2.5 Stars (5/18/2016)
"… Requin, introduced as a pop-up in the Gypsy Soul digs in December, proved such a success, Isabella and Carroll decided to make it a permanent restaurant in April. Everybody wins. Isabella won’t have to retool the design for a different cuisine, and Carroll gets to continue to refine her menu in a dream of an inherited kitchen. … Diners are the biggest beneficiaries of all. Carroll, a former sous-chef at Le Bernardin in New York, the best seafood restaurant in the country, brings to the table skill and a sense of humor. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

B Side

(Mosaic District)
8296 Glass Alley
Fairfax, VA 22031
703-676-3550

American


 

$$
$20.65
 

★★

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The bar from Neighborhood Restaurant Group next door to the Mosaic branch of Red Apron has 200-plus beers and 12 rotating drafts, 20 wines by the glass and another 120 bottles, and specialty cocktails. The food from chef Nate Anda relies heavily on meat from Red Apron and is divided between small plates (pork meatballs, beef tartare) and larger ones (burgers, rotisserie chicken, pork schnitzel). There's also an excellent selection of charcuterie and cheeses.
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2 Stars (10/7/2015) — Fall Dining Guide 2015
"One of many excuses to scope out the ever-jazzier Mosaic District, B Side has emerged as my favorite watering hole in the sprawl. As you might expect of an outfit that sells leaf lard (at butcher shop Red Apron) on the other side of the wall, the list at B Side reads as if it had been written by a meatpacker rather than the Neighborhood Restaurant Group. … The chartreuse-colored bar lets you drink as well as you graze. Cue more than 100 bottles of beer on the wall, wines curated by one of the area’s best sommeliers and top-drawer drinks named for B-side songs." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (10/3/2014)
"Look out, Virginians: The Neighborhood Restaurant Group has more eats and drinks for you. … The drinks: Abundant. Modeled loosely after the Partisan, B Side is meant to be more of a watering hole than a sit-down restaurant. The Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s all-star drinks team of Greg Engert (beer), Jeff Faile (spirits), and Brent Kroll (wine) is behind the generous bar. … The food: Drink-friendly. Chef Nate Anda cross-pollinates the menu from Red Apron, so you’ll find plenty of charcuterie and cheeses. A mix of bar snacks, small plates, and mains include pork-belly pupusas, an Italian beef burger stacked with provolone and pickled veggies, and steak-and-ale hot pockets. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell has not reviewed this restaurant.

Matchbox

(Mosaic District)
2911 District Ave.
Fairfax, VA 22031
571-395-4869

Pizza
Burgers

 

$
$15.00
 

★★

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Don Rockwell
 
The original Chinatown restaurant was called Matchbox because it is in a narrow, tall rowhouse that resembles one standing on its side. That restaurant has since expanded considerably and evolved into a chain with nine locations in four states, plus the District. But the formula and quality remain largely the same, at least as regards the pizzas and best-in-class miniburgers. A handful of entrees are also offered, but these are a bit more expensive than our price estimate and not what you should come here for anyway.
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2 Stars (5/11/2016) — Spring 2016 Dining Guide
"Even though it has expanded from its original three-level location in Chinatown to embrace nearly a dozen same-named restaurants in the District and beyond, Matchbox retains many of its opening-day charms. A wood-stoked pizza oven tips off customers to one draw: thin-crusted pies that whisper of smoke. Servers sport black T-shirts printed with “3-6-9” on them, referencing the several ways you can ask for the signature juicy mini-burgers, heaped with Parmesan-dusted onion strings. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (6/1/2008)
"… What to get: Plates of mini-burgers—salt-and-peppery Angus patties topped with Gouda and pickles on buttered brioche; a calzonelike crust folded around layers of mozzarella, pepperoni, and spicy meatballs; apple-and-pear salad with Gorgonzola; brick-oven pizzas such as the fire-and-smoke, sausage-and-onion, and Matchbox meat varieties. … " See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

True Food Kitchen

(Mosaic District)
2910 District Ave #170
Fairfax, VA 22031
571-326-1616

American


 

$$
$18.00
 

★★

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Dr. Andrew Weil's healthy food chain emphasizes organic produce and leaner proteins like fish and chicken, but there's still room on the menu for splurges like desserts and cocktails. There are also plenty of gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options.
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Don Rockwell
 
2 Stars (2/18/2015)
"Dr. Andrew Weil’s ... True Food Kitchen, in Fairfax—lacks the rugged connotation of Paleo and the glamour of South Beach but is in fact more forgiving than either of those trendy diets, especially to food lovers. There’s an emphasis on organic produce, mushrooms, seafood, and spices, plus allowances for red wine and dark chocolate. Weil’s approach is appealing. At the 220-seat eatery in Merrifield’s Mosaic district (the second outpost on the East Coast and the tenth location in the country), a crew of upbeat, T-shirted servers were quick to recommend turkey lasagna and garlicky kale salad for their flavor rather than for health reasons, a nice reminder that this was a restaurant dinner, not a nutritionist appointment." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell has not reviewed this restaurant.

Brine

(Mosaic District)
2985 District Ave.
Fairfax, VA 22031
703-280-1000

Seafood
Raw Bar

 

$$
$21.15
 

★★

Average Value

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Don Rockwell
 
Brine unites former Bourbon Steak chef John Critchly with Rappahannock Oyster Company owner Travis Croxton. The result is a restaurant with focus on simple, wood grilled seafood and a killer raw bar stocked with local oysters. Other proteins are good here too, owing to the chef's experience prior experience, and the bar program is top-notch.
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Don Rockwell
 
2 Stars (6/10/2015)
"Brine … unites two brands, Virginia oysterman Travis Croxton, whose wares from the Rappahannock Oyster Company can be slurped in all 10 restaurants in which he has a stake, and chef John Critchley, best known locally for his tenure at the upscale Bourbon Steak in Georgetown. … When Croxton spelled out his vision for his current restaurant, the chef knew they could do business, because both men wanted the same thing: a raw bar and a wood fire in a casual setting. Their shared interests lead to some fine meals in Brine’s expansive, pearl-gray dining room, give or take a dish in a restaurant that sailed onto the scene in May. … Brine’s cocktails are mostly choice drinks, too." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
1.5 Stars (9/11/2015)
"There’s a pretty good restaurant at Brine. It’s just not the one Brine is trying to be. A recent arrival to the upmarket Mosaic district, this trendily industrial fish house is the fourth restaurant in four years from Travis Croxton…. This is not the menu of an oyster bar, or even of a glorified oyster bar. It’s the menu of a contemporary American bistro. The chef, John Critchley—who comes from the glamorous Bourbon Steak—gives us the too-tricked-out burger, the fries jazzed up to look like something other than fast food, and the somehow fashionable steak tartare…. None of these dishes is bad, but none is put across with any conviction. … I had better luck with a trio of fish—mackerel, mullet, and trout—pulled hot from the rotisserie and doused with a sauce of anchovies and greens."  See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Owned by Rappahannock River Oysters, Brine features chef John Critchley (formerly of BourbonSteak), walks the local-and-seasonal walk, fabulous produce, excellent fish simply prepared, warehouse setting but you're here for the food." See 7/22/2015 Review…»

Sweetgreen

(Mosaic District)
2905 District Ave.
Fairfax, VA 22031
703-992-7892

Salads
Healthy

 

$
$9.90
 

Cheap Eats
Excellent Value

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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
 
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.

Uncle Liu's Hot Pot

2972 Gallows Rd.
Falls Church, VA 22042
703-560-6868

Chinese


 

$
$10.95
 

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Excellent Value

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Don Rockwell
 
Uncle Liu's, from the same owners as Mala Tang in Arlington, specializes in hot pot, which is a fun way to share a meal with a group. There are also a number of worthwhile Szechuan dishes on the menu which are worth exploring.
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2 Stars (7/18/2010)
"hellip; At Uncle Liu's, friends and I can cook our dinner at the table, dunking a variety of meats, seafood, tofu, vegetables and noodles in a big bowl of broth simmering on a portable tabletop burner. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (10/4/2010)
"Hong Kong Palace owner Liu Chaosheng opened this Szechuan hot-pot place in March [2010], bringing a Chinese dining tradition little seen in this area. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Like all hot pot restaurants, this meal is what you make of it. Fun with lots of menu options. Take the 'spicy' broth seriously."

Red Apron Butchery

(Mosaic District)
8298 Glass Alley
Fairfax, VA 22031
703-676-3550

Sandwiches


 

$
$12.35
 

Cheap Eats
Good Value

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Don Rockwell
 
This butcher shop and restaurant from Neighborhood Restaurant Group, the team behind Birch & Barley and several others, features the house cured meats of chef Nathan Anda and a small menu of good sandwiches, burgers, and sausages.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"You likely know the Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s trio of butcher shops for their humanely raised meats, vast array of house-made charcuterie, and gut-busting sandwiches. All good things. But Red Apron should get just as much attention for its fried chicken—even at a time when chefs all around town are obsessing over crispy birds. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Four Sisters

8190 Strawberry Lane #1
Falls Church, VA 22042
703-539-8566

Vietnamese


 

$
$13.95
 

Cheap Eats
Good Value

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Don Rockwell
 
Four Sisters began as a bustling and much beloved restaurant in a corner of the Eden Center. Many lamented that it sold out when it moved to a posh room in what would become the Mosaic District in Merrifield. But, in truth, the sisters (yes there really are four) only upped their game. The result is one of our favorite Vietnamese restaurants in the area.
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Don Rockwell
 
1.5 Stars (10/23/2011)
"… I’m wistful for the good old days here. Shrimp toast bundled with herbs in a lettuce wrap is hype-worthy, but much of the rest of the meal feels routine. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (8/18/2013) — Cheap Eats 2013
"Few restaurants are comfier and more beautiful, provide more attentive service, and send out such consistently well-executed plates, from a picture-perfect shrimp toast to the bountiful vermicelli salad known as bun." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Silver Diner

8150 Porter Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
703-204-0812

American
Diner

 

$
$13.99
 

Cheap Eats
Good Value

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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.

Elephant Jumps

8110 Arlington Blvd.
Falls Church, VA 22042
703-942-6600

Thai


 

$
$14.00
 

Cheap Eats
Good Value

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Don Rockwell
 
Songtham and Panida Pinyolaksana opened Elephant Jumps in 2010, in a modest storefront in the Yorktowne Shopping Center. Songtham hails from northern Thailand, while Panida is from the south. The result is a menu that spans the country, and there are many winning dishes from both regions. Some of the more exotic items are displayed on a chalkboard menu that changes periodically. You can also customize your spice level, though specifying "hot" would blow most people's heads off.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/29/2014)
"&hellip The menu at Elephant Jumps ranges farther and wider than most Thai establishments, reflecting the backgrounds of its owners. … The more titillating experiments at Elephant Jumps often are listed on a small chalkboard menu, easy to overlook. … For all its attempts to appeal to authenticity hounds, Elephant Jumps also understands its place in suburbia, where the term “Thai hot” is tantamount to a category 5 hurricane warning. The place caters to all comers, regardless of heat tolerance…. Elephant Jumps also allows diners to customize their spice levels, which can be a mixed blessing. … See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (6/15/2015) — Cheap Eats 2015
"'Serious authentic Thai cooking' may sound like hyperbole, especially when it’s printed on a sprawling menu, but husband-and-wife owners Songtham and Panida Pinyolaksana aren’t exaggerating. He hails from southern Thailand, she comes from the north, and a full spectrum of flavors is represented between the two poles: spicy, sour, bright, earthy. An incandescent papaya salad arrives with sticky rice and pork rinds to balance its heat, while braised pork curry in a tamarind-rich sauce tastes like Thai comfort fare. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Make sure to order from the 'Serious Thai Menu' section, get T3 or T4, both of which are fabulous, 'exotic' pays off here." See 9/24/2015 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 (*).