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10 Best Restaurants In Arlington, Virginia

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Arlington, Virginia, offers a wide selection of restaurants ranging from casual places to eat to fine dining. Classic American dishes are combined with international delicacies. These are 10 of the city’s best restaurants.

 Clarendon Grill

Clarendon Grill restaurant mixes a unusual culinary experience with live entertainment and an art gallery. The restaurant is highly popular with the local crowd. They come to enjoy contemporary American cuisine within casual, yet tasteful surroundings. Clarendon Grill also serves diners on its patio at the back of the restaurant, for those who prefer a more serene dining experience. Delicious burgers and sandwiches are the star of the menu. There is also a good selection of draft and bottled beer. In addition to its excellent food service, Clarendon offers salsa classes on Mondays and Trivia night on Wednesdays. Live music is performed three nights each week.

Clarendon Grill, 1101 N. Highland St., Arlington, VA, USA +1 703 524 7455


Jaleo Crystal City is one of the revolutionary restaurants under the direction of famed Spanish chef José Andres. This chef is a pioneer in bringing tapas to America and named among the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2012. Jaleo’s menu is devoted to the inner flavors of Spain in the shape of its traditional small dishes, as well as paellas, sangría and a fine selection of Spanish wines. Simply prepared with the best ingredients available, these tapas reinvent the traditional dishes of Spain. They can be enjoyed in Jaleo’s casual and lively atmosphere.

Jaleo, 2250-A Crystal Drive Arlington, VA, USA +1 703 413 8181

Lyon Hall

Lyon Hall is a bustling brasserie serving classic French-German cuisine and a wide selection of some of the world’s most notable beers. These including 23 on tap and more than 50 bottled varieties. The menu features carefully sourced fish and meats, freshly baked bread, house-cured charcuterie and handcrafted cheeses. These are prepared on a daily basis by executive chef Matt Hill and sous chef Christopher Horton. Housed in a historic art deco building with an outdoor patio, Lyon Hall is a modern bistro. It offers the best produce of the season from local farms.

Lyon Hall, 3100 N. Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA, USA +1 703 741 7636

The Liberty Tavern

Located in the heart of the city, The Liberty Tavern is housed in a restored historic building. This popular restaurant offers a warm ambiance. Its modern American menu incorporates the highest quality seasonal products with in-house production, from bread and pasta, to sausages and desserts. The Liberty Tavern hosts an upstairs dining room along with a downstairs bar. It caters to those in search of a sophisticated, multi-course dinner, as well as those looking for a casual mid-week meal.

The Liberty Tavern, 3195 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA, USA +1 703 465 9360


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Rus Uz

Rus Uz is a cozy restaurant located in the ground floor of an apartment complex in the Ballston neighborhood. It presents a blend of Russian and Uzbek traditional cuisine by the hand of chef and owner Bakhtiyor Rakhmatullaev. Seasonal menus are prepared with high-quality ingredients. Offered are delicacies that embrace the best of both countries together with an inspired modern touch. Rus Uz serves robust and fine fare with an exquisite variety of dumplings and meat. There is also a careful selection of wines along with Eastern European beers.

Rus Uz, 1000 N. Randolph St., Arlington, VA, USA +1 571 312 4086

Ray’s The Steaks

With a seasonally changing menu, Ray’s The Steaks specializes in the finest natural, farm raised, corn fed, premium Angus & Hereford beef. This steakhouse presents hand-carved meat grilled to order over a high-temperature and open-flame. These dishes are served with sides of mashed potatoes and creamed spinach. The beef is aged in-house and all cuts are butchered daily. High-quality steaks and affordable prices make this restaurant a place to enjoy a delicious culinary experience in Arlington.

Ray’s The Steaks, 2300 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA, USA +1 703 841 7297

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Minh’s restaurant is devoted to the offering of authentic Northern Vietnamese cuisine in a warm and casual ambiance. Its menu displays more than 100 dishes. Intense flavors and textures are blended in classic recipes and regional specialties. These delicacies are served in diverse ways, from a rustic clay pot, to a sophisticated signature dish. Minh’s restaurant is a place to enjoy comfort food to entertain all five senses.

Minh’s, 2500 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA, USA +1 703 525 2828

Willow Restaurant

Willow Restaurant presents modern American cuisine that combines the best fresh and locally-sourced ingredients with traditional French and Northern Italian techniques. Its constantly changing and extensive wine list features regional as well as international wines produced primarily by small growers. The restaurant opened its doors in 2005 with the nuptials of its chef and co-owner Tracy O’Grady and Brian Wolken, its Director of operations. Since then, Willow Restaurant has offered a modern continental menu with carefully crafted seasonal dishes as well as signature desserts and breads made by pastry chef and co-owner Kate Jansen. All is served in a spacious and comfortable atmosphere infused with elegant tones of gold, deep purple and burgundy.

Willow Restaurant, 4301 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA, USA +1 703 465 8800

Green Pig Bistro

Green Pig Bistro has specialized in hearty, basic food since it opened its doors in 2012. This restaurant incorporates sustainably produced and locally sourced ingredients. It attempts to use every part of the animal from head to tail. The Bistro combines rustic, French cooking with an American flair while prices are kept affordable. Green Pig’s interior can be described as country chic. The communal chef’s table is made from repurposed barn wood and the kitchen utensils are antique. Meanwhile, the walls are covered with pages from culinary books.

Green Pig Bistro, 1025 N Fillmore St, Arlington, VA, USA +1 703 888 1920

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Tallula serves modern American cuisine based on the finest seasonal, farm-driven ingredients and an extensive wine list with nearly 400 different wines. Executive chef Robert Rubba, who takes an innovative approach to familiar dishes, presents a menu that enhances the intensity of fresh and locally sourced ingredients, such as fish, beef, farmstead cheeses and charcuterie. Tallula restaurant also hosts EatBar, a gastropub located next door known for its small plates.

Tallula, 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, USA +1 703 778 5051