The historic city of Manassas, which served as a battleground for the first major land battle of the American Civil War, now serves as a suburban cultural hub offering an array of ethnic and local cuisine. Here’s a list of our favorite restaurants for whatever you might be craving.
For a taste of the Mediterranean in Virginia, check out Katerina’s Greek Cuisine. Be sure to try the dolmades, which are stuffed grape leaves, and the seafood bruschetta to start. Diners rave about the chicken souvlaki and the lamb, and more adventurous eaters should try the octopus as well. Between the quality and authenticity of the food, along with the dimly lit surroundings, patrons will feel as though they had a fantastic meal in Athens.
Nothing pairs quite like craft beer and barbecue, and The Bone in Manassas serves it up impeccably. With delicious options including pulled pork, Angus beef brisket, brined and smoked turkey, and dry-rubbed and smoked chicken, there is no way to leave with an empty stomach. Ribs and the other meaty options can be ordered together in a combo or on their own. This upscale barbecue restaurant has an extensive craft beer menu to compliment any entrée.
Malones of Manassas can be found in the heart of Old Town in a striking building that formerly served as a church. This fine dining establishment focuses on the quality of ingredients in making contemporary dishes and impeccably warm service from start to finish. Whether you come for brunch or dinner, make sure to order something from the cocktail menu. The combination of excellent food and hospitality makes Malones the ideal spot for any special occasion.
There is nothing like Southern comfort food, but that doesn’t mean you have to venture all the way down south to get some. Okra’s Cajun Creole serves up Louisiana style food including po’ boys, traditional Louisiana subs, with Andouille sausage, fried oysters, and fried shrimp as well as cast iron catfish and jambalaya. For an authentic and adventurous start to your meal, order some alligator bites and golden fried okra. To drink, try a Bourbon Street or Mardi Gras martini, or choose from their selection of Louisiana Beers.
Seafood lovers in Old Town Manassas should not miss a chance to try the family-owned CJ Finz Raw Bar & Grill. With plenty of traditional seafood entrees such as crab cakes and cedar plank salmon, as well as a few out of the box options including crab fries and a salmon BLT, there are plenty of options to ensure satisfaction with any guest. To ensure fresh and interesting dishes, the food and beverage options change seasonally.
Fiesta lovers delight in the food and atmosphere of Zandra’s Taqueria. The meal begins with complimentary tortilla chips served with a choice of their many salsas, ranging from the sweet salsa rojo to the fiery roasted ghost peppers salsa. The restaurant offers a variety of tacos including tempura shrimp, bison, mahi mahi, chicken bacon ranch, and fried green tomatoes. To add even more excitement to the experience, there are a selection of margaritas and even the option to create your own by selecting a tequila, floater, and house mix.
Despite a recent change of location, City Tavern Grille remains a staple for residents and visors of Manassas. The menu is expansive and appeals to a variety of tastes and offers consistent quality. Patrons rave about the prime rib, which can be ordered in four different cuts ranging from eight ounces to sixteen ounces and can be cooked with Cajun blackened seasoning. The bar offers a variety of draught beers and serves as a perfect spot to catch up with friends or coworkers over drinks and enjoy some appetizers or snacks.
The award winning Carmello’s serves modern cuisine with Portuguese and Italian influences. The menu changes seasonally to ensure the highest quality ingredients, and everything that is offered on the menu is made from scratch daily. With a recently renovated interior, the restaurant provides the idyllic setting for fine dining and any special occasion. The wine list simply cannot be missed with over 100 Portuguese wines and a variety of other international options including American and Italian wines.
For a reasonably priced night out with family, Ashton Avenue Family Restaurant has a varied menu that will please even the pickiest eater. Guests especially enjoy the variety of ethnic cuisine, ranging from New York style classics to Greek favorites including gyro platters and souvlaki. Ashton Avenue Family Restaurant certainly does not fall short on the most important meal on the day, including the beloved five-meat omelet and eggs benedict.
Another scrumptious Mexican establishment in Manassas is Don Lencho, which serves up every south of the border specialty that you could be craving. The Don Lencho experience immerses guests in the culture and spirit of Mexico that extends beyond the food. Diners should be prepared to eat well before tackling the infamous “El Cachudo Challenge” that is unique to Don Lencho. This massive burrito contains five types of meats, rice, beans, and salsa, and those who are able to finish it get the meal for free.