Vienna Restaurants

Clarity

442 Maple Ave E
Vienna, VA 22180
703-539-8400

American


 

$$
$19.60
 

★★★

Excellent Value

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Don Rockwell
 
Clarity is the new American bistro from chefs Jason Maddens and Jonathan Krinn, who previously worked together at 2941 in Fairfax and the late Inox in Tysons. Their new home is styled as a friendly neighborhood place with gentle prices and varied menu with broad appeal. But the result is refined cooking that's likely to become a destination restaurant. For the best seats in the house, try for one of the barstools overlooking the open kitchen at the restaurant's heart.
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3 Stars (10/7/2015) — Fall Dining Guide 2015
"Seeing double is cause for applause when the subject is Jonathan Krinn and Jason Maddens, chefs who ditched the fine-dining scene for a neighborhood place but never forgot where they came from. So your hamburger is shaped from dry-aged designer beef, and appetizers include foie gras with brioche. (And the cocktails are ace.) Just to be clear, this spot welcomes locals; main courses average an agreeable $20. … Ordering dinner is as hard as picking favorites among your own kids. What’s simple is knowing where to sit: the kitchen counter and the chance to watch a couple of stars doing what they do best." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 29 (2/8/2016) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"The debut of this Vienna restaurant was among the most feel-good stories of the year. It marked the return of local boy Jonathan Krinn, once the wunderkind chef at 2941. When Krinn left to open the glitzy Inox, in Tysons, he failed—and failed big: a victim of the times (Inox opened in 2008, when the market crashed) and his own bloated dreams. Clarity is a more modest venture, a neighborhood restaurant first and foremost. Ambition has shrunk, to be sure, but the classical chops are still there, and it’s not hard to see that Krinn, working with ex–Central chef Jason Maddens, is relaxed and cooking with passion. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Uber-talented chefs Jon Krinn and Jason Maddens collaborate on this casual venture in Vienna, initialized in the top slot without having yet visited (based on past performance)."

Sushi Yoshi

101 Church St NW #3
Vienna, VA 22180
703-242-1350

Japanese
Sushi

 

$$
$19.06
 

★★

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This very good sushi restaurant from Chefs Yoshi and Yasu actually has a full Izakaya style menu that reads like a "greatest hits" of Japanese favorites.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"… Though the ambience is that of a neighborhood joint, the menu reads like an ambitious izakaya, serving excellent small plates such as takoyaki (octopus-studded croquettes), squid with mountain vegetables, and lightly charred flounder fin. It’s tempting—and rewarding—to cobble together a meal from those little dishes, but they can add up, and the menu is worth exploring in full. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Possibly the best sushi in the suburbs, and a very good Izakaya-styled menu as well, go here."

The Pure Pasty Co.

128-C Church St.
Vienna, VA 22180
703-255-7147

British
Pasties

 

$
$7.39
 

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Owner Michael Burgess' Cornish pasty shop sells meat and vegetable hand pies with perfect, flaky crusts and delicious savory fillings. There are also larger pot pies, sausage rolls, sides and soups.
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Unrated (10/20/2010)
"… The hand-size, moon-shaped savory pies (pronounced PASS-teas), once a staple of Cornish miners, are as trendy in England as cupcakes are here. …" See Full Review…»
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Unrated (8/16/2011)
"Mike Burgess … who hails from Cheshire, England, is selling pasties, the British hand pies that look like supersized empanadas. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Incredible, filling, Cornish pasties with a superb crust, the 'Traditional' is just awesome and belongs right alongside Fast Gourmet's chivito." See 5/20/2011 Review…»

Chase the Submarine

132 Church St. NW
Vienna, VA 22180
703-865-7829

Sandwiches


 

$
$10.22
 

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Excellent Value

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Chef/owner Tim Ma teamed with Joey Hernandez, the GM at Ma's Water + Wall in Arlington, and Caffè Amouri’s Michael Amouri for this eclectic sandwich and butcher shop in Vienna. The top-notch subs draw influences from around the globe, with choices like pastrami, Italian cold cuts, veal sweetbreads, pork belly banh mi, and bulgogi. There's also a slection of "nibbles" and sides, a burger, a few entrees, and beer.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"While some chefs focus a place tightly on one dish … or at least a cuisine, Tim Ma takes the broad view. His sandwich shop pings around the globe, with stops in places as diverse as Vietnam, for a messy pork-belly bánh mì, and Philly, for a fabulous riff on a cheesesteak. Ma manages to pull off his scattered vision, thanks to grounding elements like house-smoked meats and smartly whimsical accessories …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"A restaurant disguised as a sub shop, one of the best (if not the best) in the DC area, the steak and cheese with cremini mushrooms tastes like it has truffle." See 12/21/2015 Review…»

Sunflower Vegitarian Restaurant

2531 Chain Bridge Rd.
Vienna, VA 22181
703-319-3888

Asian
Vegetarian

 

$
$11.76
 

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Good Value

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This pan-Asian vegetarian restaurant has two sunflower-themed locations. This is the "safe" Asian restaurant that non-meat eaters have always dreamed of, but the dishes are satisfying enough that even avowed carnivores will leave happy.
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2.5 Stars (10/16/2005)
"As cheerful as its name suggests, this trim vegetarian oasis is proof that diners can eat healthfully and happily even if they're card-carrying carnivores." See Full Review…»
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Unrated (6/1/2008)
"Raw-foodists, vegans, plain old vegetarians, and even staunch carnivores—the mock General Tso’s chicken could fool anyone—all tune in at this Asian-accented cafe." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Healthy as can be, mostly vegan, food is one-dimensional with too much thickener."

Plaka Grill

110 Lawyers Rd NW
Vienna, VA 22180
703-319-3131

Greek


 

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$14.86
 

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Good Value

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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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Don Rockwell
 
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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Don Rockwell
 
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 (*).