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Food and restaurants in Arlington

Top restaurants

Wine Bar
“Honestly, this is a restaurant, but we've put it here as a bar because they have an incredible happy hour special. (It ends at 6 PM). We ate here for $11 last week. An entire dinner. Say hi to their manager, Daniel.”
  • 155 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“A large space that houses a coffee shop with indoor & outdoor seating, as well as a full-service bar upstairs (which serves brunch on weekends). It serves breakfast sandwiches all day (!), has good coffee (with latte art), and a variety of other sandwiches/salads after 11 am. There is metered parking available.”
  • 54 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Our favorite date night spot. Conveniently located near monuments and museums. Our favorites are the brie and onion jam farm bread, the skillet cornbread, and the chicken and waffles!”
  • 70 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“This is the oldest saloon in DC. It can take 45 minutes to get a table but put your name down, they will call you on your phone when the table is ready, go and have a drink at POV while you wait. POV is a rooftop bar next door ”
  • 67 locals recommend
Whisky Bar
“Great whiskey selection. There is also a "secret" speakeasy in the basement. In Adams Morgan.”
  • 76 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Very popular Tex-Mex restaurant that's been around the neighborhood for a very long time. Has a fun atmosphere and is great for hanging out on the patio having a margarita as well as for larger groups. Perfect for when you're in the mood for Tex-Mex and it's right next door! Fun place!”
  • 67 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
“Spanish Tapas joint - One of the most popular tapas joints in DC. Can't go wrong with this spot on 14th Street. Recommend driving or taking an Uber/Lyft. Could also take the Metro to Dupont Circle, but is about a 3/4 mile walk from Dupont Circle Metro stop.”
  • 75 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
“This Laotian restaurant is fairly close and offers amazing and exotic food in a casual, yet slightly upscale environment. Also has a bar, and has some great beers, wines. and cocktails for order. ”
  • 67 locals recommend

Cafes

Coffee Shop
“Tryst is a coffee shop reminiscent of Central Perk on Friends, with overstuffed sofas and table service. They have a much bigger food menu, and it's a great place for breakfast or lunch.”
  • 157 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“A large space that houses a coffee shop with indoor & outdoor seating, as well as a full-service bar upstairs (which serves brunch on weekends). It serves breakfast sandwiches all day (!), has good coffee (with latte art), and a variety of other sandwiches/salads after 11 am. There is metered parking available.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Bookstore
“This is the most adorable bar in the back of a quirky bookshop. We recommend heading here for an early evening cocktail before heading out somewhere else.”
  • 97 locals recommend
Cupcake Shop
“Cupcakes to die for. Depending on the day and weather you might have to stand on line. ”
  • 73 locals recommend
Bakery
“If you are heading over to the Georgetown area, then we highly recommend grabbing a cupcake and coffee here! Unique flavors, friendly service, and a quick walk down to the waterfront make it a great spot. ”
  • 88 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Care for a side of socialism with that? Friendly service, leftist leanings and great food and drinks, where the activists gather to eat, subvert the system and plan the revolution. Monday Nights - Open Mic, Tuesday is Comedy Night! Several unique locations throughout DC area, but this one is five minutes away. Owned by rabid social entrepreneur and someday mayor of Washington, DC, Andy Shalal, who says Busboys is "a community where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted . . . a place to take a deliberate pause and feed your mind, body and soul… a space for art, culture and politics to intentionally collide . . . we believe that by creating such a space we can inspire social change and begin to transform our community and the world."”
  • 26 locals recommend
Cajun / Creole Restaurant
“Counter-service bakery & cafe with a New Orleans bent (muffaletta, beignets) & funky setting.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Snug spot for espressos & microbrew coffees from far-flung locales like Ethiopia & Papua New Guinea”
  • 34 locals recommend

Bakeries

Cupcake Shop
“Cupcakes to die for. Depending on the day and weather you might have to stand on line. ”
  • 73 locals recommend
Bakery
“If you are heading over to the Georgetown area, then we highly recommend grabbing a cupcake and coffee here! Unique flavors, friendly service, and a quick walk down to the waterfront make it a great spot. ”
  • 88 locals recommend
Bakery
“Wonderful German and Austrian-inspired food in a cute corner of Cady's Alley. We recommend the spätzle and an Aperol Spritz.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Cajun / Creole Restaurant
“Counter-service bakery & cafe with a New Orleans bent (muffaletta, beignets) & funky setting.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bakery
“It says ‘best croissant in DC’ outside and they aren’t lying! THE best croissant and right at the end of the street. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Good food and drink, reasonably priced. Happy hour 3-7pm includes 8 oz beef burger for $6.50, which means you can have a draft beer and a burger for $13 plus tax and tip — hard to beat in DC.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Bakery
“This is one of our favorite restaurants in DC. its not as hard to get into as Bad Saint but its not that much easier... If you can get a reservation we definitely recommend. Its high end comfort food with one of the best bakers in town. If you can't go for dinner, try stopping by for a pastry and a coffee in the morning. The have some of the best baked goods in town. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Bakery
“Two locations - one in Alexandria and one in Arlington BOTH with amazing cupcakes, pies and coffee. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
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