Springfield Restaurants

Osteria Marzano

6361 Walker Ln #140
Franconia, VA 22310
703-313-9700

Italian


 

$$$
$26.92
 

★★

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Don Rockwell
 
In 2013, the former chef and owner of Luigino downtown, Carmine Marzano, opened a new place his daughter, Elena Pouchelon, in a Franconia office park. It's been packed ever since, thanks to a crowd-pleasing menu of traditional Italian dishes that's good for everything from a casual night out to a celebration.
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Don Rockwell
 
2 Stars (1/29/2014)
"Yes, it’s hidden. Yes, it’s in a new office park that you’ll need GPS to find on your first visit, but chef Carmine Marzano passionately believes in the build-it-and-they-will-come school of restaurant-ing. … And they have. … [G]etting a table here during prime time on a weekend night can be tough…. The menu comfortably straddles the line between food for a casual evening with friends and elegant entrees for an all-out date night. And although you won’t find anything truly adventurous, it’s still vintage Marzano: top-quality ingredients and impeccable execution." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 

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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Chef Carmine Marzano used to head the kitchen at Luigino's downtown."

Monty's Steakhouse

8426 Old Keene Mill Rd.
Springfield, VA 22152
703-942-8676

Steak


 

$$$
$35.00
 

★★

Poor Value

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Don Rockwell
 
Owner Mandana "Monty" Montazami doesn't have the prime beef of the some places downtown (or the prices), but the steaks are dry aged to bring out maximum flavor. More importantly, there's an earnest, caring owner who wants to make sure you have the best experience possible. There are also a handful of entrees, plus good appetizers, sides, and desserts.
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Don Rockwell
 
1.5 Stars (4/17/2013)
"Monty’s Steakhouse & Lounge is packed with reasons to like it. But the restaurant comes with a significant catch. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
2 Stars (4/29/2013)
"… Monty’s Steakhouse, wedged into a Springfield strip mall, is the latest manifestation of the new-age sensibility. … But Monty’s is old-fashioned in the earnestness with which it seeks to pamper you. …"  See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Imagine Ray's The Classics with good apps, sides, and desserts, one of the best restaurants ever in Springfield."

Pupuseria Doña Azucena

6961 Hechinger Dr.
Springfield, VA 22151
703-333-5074

Salvadoran


 

$
$7.44
 

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Don Rockwell
 
These cheap, overstuffed papusas are some of the best in the DC area. There are five locations in Virginia and Maryland.
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Don Rockwell
 

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Don Rockwell
 

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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Heavily filled, inexpensive pupusas that some feel are the best in the entire DC area."

Karahi Kabob House

7050 Spring Garden Dr.
Springfield, VA 22150
703-866-1177

Pakistani


 

$
$11.87
 

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Don Rockwell
 
Karahi Kabob House was originally Ravi Kabob III before it was sold to a family member. It still has largely the same menu and the same high standards.
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Don Rockwell
 

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Don Rockwell
 

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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Formerly Ravi Kabob III, now under new ownership, a little dive with wonderful kabobs and karahi."

Silver Diner

6592 Springfield Mall
Springfield, VA 22150
703-924-1701

American
Diner

 

$
$13.99
 

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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
 

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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.

Sugar Palm Thai

5580 Vincent Gate Ter.
Alexandria, VA 22312
703-354-1077

Thai


 

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$14.23
 

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Don Rockwell
 
This trendy Thai joint in Springfield sometimes tries a little too hard, but the classic dishes are plenty worthwhile.
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Don Rockwell
 

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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (6/15/2015) — Cheap Eats 2015
"Candy-colored walls, high ceilings, and trendy light fixtures set the scene at this modern Thai dining room. Much of the food is similarly of the moment, though classics get attention, too. Roast duck layered with cucumber and green onion and tucked inside a pastry roll is a delicious nod to slider culture. Pork jerky is so good it doesn’t need its Sriracha dipping sauce to make it a hit. Frying is done with finesse, which means packets of rice-paper-wrapped shrimp and nuggets of tilapia tossed with lemongrass, chilies, cilantro, and lime are worthy bets. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

BGR: The Burger Joint

8420 Old Keene Mill Rd.
Springfield, VA 22152
703-451-4651

Burgers


 

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$14.93
 

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Don Rockwell
 
BGR has expanded nationally, but it all started here in DC. The burgers are big, juicy, and cooked to order -- basically everything you could want in a burger joint.
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Don Rockwell
 
2 Stars (10/17/2010)
This outdated review notes "prime, aged, hormone-free" beef "on a toasted sesame-seeded brioche bun," fries "made with Yukon Gold potatoes" and "shakes are so thick, they’re easier to eat with a spoon than a straw." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (6/1/2014) — Cheap Eats 2014
"Beef Wellington—that pastry-wrapped staple of ’50s dinner parties—is the inspiration for this rock ’n’ roll burger chain’s behemoth ($8.99). The dry-aged patty is grilled, then laden with sautéed mushrooms and onions, plus loads of blue cheese. It’s probably the most elegant thing you’ll ever eat while surrounded by Journey album covers." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"No longer under the original management, but if you stick with the basic hamburger, it's cooked to the specified temperature, and is surprisingly delicious." See 12/9/2015 Review…»

Marib

6981 Hechinger Dr.
Springfield, VA 22151
703-376-3388

Yemeni


 

$$
$16.95
 

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Don Rockwell
 
One of the few Yemeni restaurants in the area, Marib is known for its generous portions of authentic food and a casual setting that's fun for groups.
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Don Rockwell
 

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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"Washington is a bastion of global cooking, home to one of the richest culinary cultures in the country, but the traditions of the Arabian peninsula remain largely obscure to many diners, even with the arrival, in the past couple of years, of the area’s first Yemeni restaurants. In a food scene ever more in thrall to the sexy and new, this four-month-old restaurant isn’t pedigreed or high-toned enough to change that, but the cooking deserves wide notice. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"One of only 2-3 Yemeni restaurants in the DC area, open 10 AM 7 Days a week, I haven't yet been but reports are good."
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 (*).