Fairfax has bee ranked the third-best place to live well in the USA, and with many fantastic restaurants it is not hard to see why. The city, formerly known as Providence, has one of the best selection of restaurants in northern Virginia. From NoVa (North Virginian) seafood to fresh Indian food, Fairfax has it all.
Bar and Kitchen
Bar, Restaurant, American, Seafood, $$$
703 Bar and Kitchen
Billing themselves as ‘NoVa inspired + locally sourced’, 703 Bar and Kitchen serves the best of Chesapeake cuisine. Recommended dishes include the signature Virginia ham flatbreads (perfect with a glass of wine) or their craft beer flight where you can try the best of local microbreweries with some delicious seafood, all in front of their roaring fireplace.
703 Bar and Kitchen, 11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax, VA, +1 703 352 2525
Restaurant, American, Seafood, $$$
Artie’s is a nautically-themed restaurant (think yacht club and model boats) serving legendary prime rib and lobster bisque that make this spot a must. Artie’s is famed for its superb service.
Artie’s, 3260 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA, +1 703 273 7600
Restaurant, Italian, Seafood, $$$
This is one of the best places to visit in Fairfax for those looking to celebrate a special occasion. From the sign informing visitors to dress formally for this Italian restaurant, to the waiting staff prepared to go the extra mile, Bellissimo is perfect for an evening that feels extravagant. Rich, tasty and heartily portioned food, great pasta and the waiting staff really making this a restaurant that lives up to its name.
Bellissimo Restaurant, 10403 Main Street, Fairfax, VA, USA, +1 703 293 2367
Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
A local favorite, this beach house-themed restaurant serves coastal classics, bringing the best of a beach vacation right to its Tyson’s Corner Center shopping quarter location. Quirky fish sculptures hang from the ceiling, bringing a fun sea vibe perfectly aligned with the seafood on the menu, including all the classics such as crab cakes, clam chowder and lobster roll.
Coastal Flats, 11901 Grand Commons Avenue, Fairfax, VA, USA, +1 571 522 6300
Restaurant, Indian, Vegetarian, $$$
It might initially seem that there are not two places more different than western India and northern Virginia, and yet Curry Mantra manages to bring the former to the latter:try the chicken chettinand served with banana leaves. The food in general is often as delicious and as brightly colored as the restaurant’s pleasant decor.
Curry Mantra, 9984 Main Street, Fairfax, VA, +1 703 218 8128
Gypsy Soul combines a dedication for food with a little rock and roll attitude. Described as a love letter to the produce of the American farmer, it offers American classics that seem deceptively simple but are clearly masterminded by a great chef.
Gypsy Soul, 8296 Glass Alley, Fairfax, VA, +1 703 992 0933
Le Mediterranean Bistro
Bistro, Restaurant, French, $$$
Le Mediterranean Bistro
As the name suggests, this restaurant offers a menu based around the cuisine of the French Mediterranean – think moules marinière, escargots and duck’s liver with cornichons. However, Moroccan-born chef Driss Zahidi also adds neat touches from his native country that can make good dishes great – Moroccan spices, sides and produce offer interesting and provocative accompaniments to the French classics.
Le Mediterranean Bistro, 4008 University Drive, Fairfax, VA, +1 703 383 1553
Restaurant, Greek, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, $$$
Situated just outside of Fairfax in nearby Vienna, Nostos offers Greek food a million miles away from the oily and underwhelming dishes offered by so many other Greek restaurants in the US. Nostos offers vegetables that are close to perfection accompanying its tasty meats and fishes, with the whole brazino a particular recommendation, expertly carved as it is right in front of you.
Nostos Restaurant, 8100 Boone Boulevard, Vienna, VA, USA, +1 703 760 0690
Ozzie's Good Eats
Restaurant, Italian, American, Fast Food, $$$
Ozzie’s Good Eats
Ozzie’s serves Italian food of an Italian-American bent – think New York rather than Naples. The owners did their research in the US’s great Italian-American cities, and this has clearly inspired this large, lively and friendly restaurant. Inspired red meat dishes, such as their beef short ribs, have made this restaurant extremely popular with those who like their food rich and generously portioned.
Ozzie’s Good Eats, 11880 Grand Commons Avenue, Fairfax, VA, USA, +1 571 321 8000
Villa Mozart offers food heavily inspired by the chef-owners northern Italian upbringing, with many dishes cooked in ways unique to his childhood home, such as rye-based ravioli. Even the most simple-seeming meals, from the salads upwards, are elegantly prepared and presented – reflecting the passion and enthusiasm of the restaurant team.
Villa Mozart, 4009 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA, +1 703 691 4747