Arlington Restaurants

TripWhat's restaurant guide to Arlington; our list of the best places to eat. Our top picks: The Birchmere, Willow and Whitlow's on Wilson.
  • The best restaurant in Arlington: The Birchmere

    The Birchmere

    3701 Mount Vernon Ave
    A locally famous musical hall which has had a spectrum of artists from country acts such as Charles Daniels to classic rockers like George Thorogood.
    Potomac West
  • Willow


    4301 Fairfax Dr
    Weekdays 11:30AM-2:30PM, 5:30PM-10PM; Sa 5PM-5:30PM, 6PM-10:30PM. American food. Great experience, great food, great atmosphere
    Ashton Heights
  • Whitlow's on Wilson

    Whitlow's on Wilson

    2854 Wilson Blvd
    Casual neighborhood bar offering great specials during the week and a popular brunch on the weekends.
  • Georgetown Cupcake

    Georgetown Cupcake

    3301 M St NW
    Georgetown Cupcake is a cupcakery, located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Sisters Katherine Kallinis and Sophie LaMontagne opened the shop in February 2008.
  • Marcel's


    2401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
    M-Th 5:30PM-10PM, F-Sa 5:30PM-11PM, Su 5:30PM-9:30PM. pre-theatre: $52; prix fixe: four-course $75, five-course $90, seven-course $125. Self described French cuisine with Flemish flair. Quiet, elegant atmosphere. They will wow you with the service, with extra touches everywhere, from occasional free cocktails to the limo service to the Kennedy Center included in the pre-theatre dining. Jacket required.
    Foggy Bottom
  • 1789


    1226 36th St NW
    M-Th 6PM-10PM, Sa 5:30PM-11PM, Su 5:30PM-10PM. $44-60. Elegant French-inflected American dining in what is easily one of D.C.'s finest restaurants, near Georgetown University. Jacket & tie required for men. Ask to be seated in the main dining room. A pre-theater reduced price prix-fixe menu is available early evenings on weekdays with advance reservations.
  • BlackSalt Fish Market & Restaurant

    BlackSalt Fish Market & Restaurant

    4883 MacArthur Blvd NW
    Lunch/brunch: M-Sa 11:30AM-2:30PM, Su 11AM-2PM; dinner: M-Th 5:30PM-9:30PM, F 5:30PM-11PM, Sa 5PM-11PM, Su 5PM-9PM. $35-60; tasting menus: $74/five course, $89/seven course. This is the one restaurant in the Palisades neighborhood that is truly famous throughout the city. Cuisine is New American seafood (although there are some great non-seafood entries as well). The seafood is incredibly fresh, and the dishes are inventive (like an arctic char with green mole, plantains and "citrus braised pork belly." The adjoining seafood market has some of the highest quality fish in the city.
  • Rock Bottom

    Rock Bottom

    4238 Wilson Blvd
    ste 1256 (in Ballston Commons Mall), ☎ 1 703-516-7688. Wednesday night is dollar pint night for some mighty fine in-house brews...expect crowds.
    Ashton Heights
  • Blues Alley

    Blues Alley

    1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
    5-2 hour sets at 8PM & 10PM daily. Cover: $20-40, drink minimum: $10. One of the world's great jazz clubs, playing host nightly to mostly national and international acts. The atmosphere is wonderful, in a brick building off Wisconsin in an actual "Blues Alley." The venue is tiny and packed full; patrons are respectful and do not talk during performances (if you want conversation, go elsewhere). The range of music, however, has become a little wider than jazz purists would like—check the website calendar to make sure you'll hear music to your taste. Seating is not by RSVP, so get in the line early, which starts to form one half hour before shows.
  • Pizzeria Paradiso

    Pizzeria Paradiso

    3282 M St NW
  • Martin's Tavern

    Martin's Tavern

    1264 Wisconsin Ave NW
    M-Th 11AM-1:30AM, F 11AM-2:30AM, Sa 9AM-2:30AM, su 8AM-1:30AM. Entrees: $12-40. Martin's Tavern is at once both a famous destination spot and just a low-key neighborhood pub. If you like to drink in good historical company, every president from Truman through the last guy has stopped in for a beer. (JFK in particular loved it here.) If you are willing to settle for less than a president, this is a good place to spot senators, former secretaries of state, pundit hackerati, etc. It's also a good place to have a burger and a beer.
  • Citronelle


    3000 M St NW
    Michel Richard Citronelle is an American restaurant located in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. in the Latham Hotel. The chef and owner of Michel Richard Citronelle is Michel Richard, who received a James Beard Foundation Award in 2007 for Outstanding Chef.
  • Zenobia Cafe

    Zenobia Cafe

    1025 31st St NW
    M-Th 9AM-11PM; F-Sa 10AM-2AM; Su 10AM-11PM. $5-10. A small Middle Eastern cafe and bookshop, serving Lebanese and Syrian specialties. In back, there is a patio/lounge where hookah is available.
  • Georgetown Cupcakes

    Georgetown Cupcakes

    3301 M St NW
    M-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su noon-6PM. $2.75/cupcake. D.C.'s cupcake scene is a serious one, and this is the current undisputed top dog, as it has its own national reality TV show: DC Cupcakes. Accordingly the lines are long, but they have not noticeably raised the prices. The cupcakes do live up to the hype, but locals might suggest a less-hyped cupcakery (i.e., one without a TLC TV show) like Baked & Wired (see below).
  • Delhi Club

    1135 N Highland St
    Su-F 11:30AM-10PM, Sa 11:30AM-10:30PM. $15-27. Stylish, modern Indian plates with a specialty in lamb and egglplant. If you would like something different, try the Indian take on the Chesapeake crabcake!
  • Me Jana

    Me Jana

    2300 Wilson Blvd
    Lunch: 11:30AM-2:30PM daily; dinner: Su-Th 4:30PM-10PM, F-Sa 4:30PM-10:30PM. $18-40. Upscale Lebanese cuisine (mostly mezzes) in a trendy, casual dining room, and accompanied with a fine selection of Lebanese wines.
  • Et Voila!

    Et Voila!

    5120 MacArthur Blvd NW
    Lunch/brunch: Tu-Sa 11:30AM-2:30PM, Su 11AM-3PM; dinner: M-Sa 5PM-10PM, Su 5PM-9:30PM. $18-32, prix fixe: $20-35. Washingtonians like their Belgian mussels and pomme frite, and this particular restaurant serves them well, particularly those fries.
  • Clyde's at Mark Center

    Clyde's at Mark Center

    1700 N Beauregard St
    Clyde's owns 14 restaurants throughout greater Washington, D.C. No two of our restaurants are alike; yet all deliver the distinctive experience our customers count on: excellent food and top-notch service in an exceptional environment.
    Alexandria Wrest
  • Rocklands Barbeque & Grilling Company

    2418 Wisconsin Ave NW
    M-Sa 11AM-10PM, Su 11AM-9PM. $5-25. Voted best BBQ in the city numerous times. Traditional pit BBQ. Offers many traditional southern sides like homemade style mac and cheese and collard greens. Also offered grilled vegetarian options. Wide selection of small production hot sauces and BBQ sauces. The signature dish is the pulled pork.
    Glover Park
  • Legal Sea Foods - Crystal City

    Legal Sea Foods - Crystal City

    2301 Jefferson Davis Hwy
    If it isn't fresh, it isn't Legal!
    Aurora Highlands
  • Ray's the Steaks

    Ray's the Steaks

    2300 Wilson Blvd
  • Lebanese Taverna

    Lebanese Taverna

    5900 Washington Blvd
    Delight your taste buds with the very best in Middle Eastern dining. The family- owned Lebanese Taverna, a collection of 6 full-service restaurants, 4 cafes, market and a catering division offers authentic fare with grilled meats, poultry & seafood.
    Highland Park-Overlee Knolls
  • Cafe Milano

    Cafe Milano

    3251 Prospect St NW
    Cafe Milano is the hub of diplomats, lawmakers, journalists, lobbyists, broadcasters, entertainers, and all those who value first-class Italian cuisine in a setting that inspires.
  • Bourbon Steak DC

    Bourbon Steak DC

    2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW
    Bourbon Steak has four distinct locations: Scottsdale, AZ in the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess | Washington, D.C. in the Four Seasons | Miami, FL in the Turnberry Isle | San Francisco, CA at The Westin St. Francis
    Foggy Bottom
  • Martin's Tavern

    Martin's Tavern

    1264 Wisconsin Ave NW
    Established in 1933, we are one of Washington DC’s most historic family-owned enterprises. For 75 years, Martin’s Tavern has been a renowned fixture in Washington DC and a must-visit establishment in historic Georgetown. From sitting Presidents and media icons, to city residents and worldly travelers, Martin’s Tavern is a welcoming home to the many who have long embraced its warm atmosphere.
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