West Falls Church Restaurants

2941

2941 Fairview Park Dr.
Falls Church, VA 22042
703-270-1500

American
French

 

$$$
$34.67
 

★★½

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Don Rockwell
 
Chef Bertrand Chemel presides over this gorgeous retreat in the unlikeliest of places — in an office park where Route 50 meets the Beltway. The restaurant made an effort to recast itself as a less formal destination a few years ago, but the cooking is every bit as refined as ever.
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2.5 Stars (5/13/2015) — 2015 Spring Dining Guide
"The view of lake, trees and sky from a table in this vast, glass-wrapped dining room in Falls Church has always called to me. The cooking? Let’s just say it made me sad when chef Bertrand Chemel, one of the region’s finest chefs and an acolyte of Daniel Boulud, scaled back his French ambitions when 2941 took a turn for the casual three years ago. What a pleasure, then, to encounter on a recent spring evening foie gras mousse on a round of toasted brioche in a frame of pink ham and tender mache. And to continue with lemon cavatelli that sings of the season with bright peas, spongy morels and a grass-green sauce of spinach, cream and rosemary. …" See Full Review…»
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2 Stars (1/28/2014) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2014
"Chef Bertrand Chemel, a Daniel Boulud alum, successfully plays to his French roots—potato-crusted rockfish in a citrusy beurre blanc is pure Francophile comfort." See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"A stunning piece of architecture and design, reopen without tablecloths, cuisine is still wonderful despite being less formal."

Pho 75

3103 Graham Rd, Unit B
Falls Church, VA 22042
703-204-1490

Vietnamese
Pho

 

$
$7.75
 

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This no-frills pho parlor is the one that started it all (the Rosslyn location is the original), and it's still our favorite. You may find pho as good elsewhere, but you won't find better.
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Unrated (Undated)
"…The steaming Vietnamese classic (pronounced FUH) is good on its own, better when a diner adds a few accents from the accompanying plate of licorice-like Thai basil, crisp bean sprouts, fiery jalapeno and fresh lime. …" See Full Review…»
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Unrated (6/11/2012) — 100 Cheap Eats 2012
Washingtonian notes that "these quick-serve shops remain the standard to this day—remarkable in a business predicated on change, especially considering the flood of competition." See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"Surely the best chain Pho in the DC area." See 1/15/2011 Review…»

Bánh Mì DC Sandwich

3103 Graham Rd.
Falls Church, VA 22044
703-205-9300

Vietnamese


 

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$7.90
 

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Don Rockwell
 
This Vietnamese carryout sells only bánh mì, in dozens of varieties. Some say they're the best in the area, with good bread and fillings in just the right balance so that no ingredient overwhelms.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"It’s too bad there’s no place to sit, because these sandwiches deserve to be lingered over—though just try not to down the whole thing in less than five minutes. … What makes these particular subs so good is that the baguette is as crunchy as it is light, and warmed before assembly. The embellishments are also unfailingly fresh and crisp. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Llajtaymanta

7236 Arlington Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22042
703-204-0593

Bolivian


 

$
$11.41
 

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Don Rockwell
 
This sparse dining room in the the Graham Center features homey Bolivian staples like Silpancho (a popular dish of rice topped with potatoes, meat that's coated in flour and fried, egg, and salsa), Asado Boliviano (thin steaks topped with fried egg, served with potatoes, rice and salad)), and Charque (jerky-like strips of fried meat). Stews, like the Lambreado de Conejo (rabbit) are a particulear strength of the kitchen.
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Unrated (7/13/2007)
"For an indoor place, this storefront Bolivian restaurant feels decidedly outdoors, with gingham table covers, picnic-size tables, and waitresses in lacy white tops and pleated red skirts. The food is likewise festive and communal. The enrollado mixto is a big plate of thick-sliced meat terrine, sweet and spice-rubbed pork ribs, hominy, pickled vegetables, and a baked potato. …" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"Spartan and becoming worn down as the years pass, the cooking here is strongest on weekends, with long lists of specials, long-cooked meals are best here."

Present

6678 Arlington Blvd.
Falls Church, VA 22042
703-531-1881

Vietnamese


 

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$12.11
 

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Don Rockwell
 
This family-run, strip mall Vietnamese restaurant has a festive dining room and a menu of classic dishes with funny American names (Gregarious Lemongrass Chicken, anyone?). Our favorite is the "La Vong Vermicelli" (Chả cá Lã Vọng), Hanoi-style marinated fish filet with rice vermicelli noodles, basil leaves, mint, peanut, dill, shrimp paste, and sesame rice crackers.
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3 Stars (10/18/2009)
"Plenty of Vietnamese restaurants serve green papaya salad. None that I've sampled makes a better impression than Present's. …" See Full Review…»
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2 Stars (1/23/2012)
Present made Washingtonian's 100 Best Restaurants 2012, but was left off this year's list. See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"Initially overrated by the press, it pays to bypass the heavy-handed sauced dishes here, and go straight for the whole fish or daily fish specials."
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 (*).