Top 5 Best Restaurants in Northern Virginia

The Northern Virginia dining scene is quickly growing and with it, the decision on where to eat is getting both easier AND harder. And because contemporary restaurants have started incorporating eclectic dishes into their menus, these eateries are also innovating and combining unique flavors to offer something a bit different from their competition next door. So if you're not sure where to head to dinner tonight, you can choose from some of the top rated restaurants in Northern Virginia below.

Restaurant Eve

Northern Virginia best restaurantsLocated off South Pitt Street in Alexandria, Restaurant Eve takes great care to only use herbs and fruits from their own magnificent garden. Applicable ingredients are hand-fed and organically grown, so you know you're receiving quality dishes. Example menu items include fresh sea scallops with artichokes, and Perigord truffles and pasture raised beef tartare with Worcestershire emulsion and rye bread. These dishes are delectable and the restaurant's ambiance appeals to diners searching for a romantic dinner date.

Trummer's On Main

If you're searching for exquisite food that you think can only be found in big cities, you'll love Trummer's on Main. This restaurant combines large city creativity with small town charm and superb service, offering you the best of both worlds. You'll find the quaint eatery in Clifton, VA and can dine for brunch, lunch or dinner. Or simply head there to taste their delicious signature drink, the Titanic. Menu items include delicacies such as hazelnut and truffle glazed foie gras torchon and Border Springs spicy lamb burger.


This Falls Church restaurant is one of the most recognized eateries in the area. A French-American inspired menu includes items such and crispy pork belly with a mustard-apricot chutney and braised octopus and goat cheese risotto. For the less adventurous palate, you might prefer the roasted chicken breast or the bacon and mushroom grilled ribeye. You'll also love the floor to ceiling windows, outdoor pond and interior décor.


best northern virginia restaurantsHead to Vienna for the best American cuisine you've ever tasted, with a twist. Clarity's menu is constantly evolving and changing and will appeal to every type of foodie. Previous dishes have included Wagyu Coulotte steak and eggplant tikka masala. Or if you'd like try a bit of everything, you might consider opting for the five course tasting menu. And you can watch the chefs create their masterpieces because the kitchen is open for all to view!


Brabo offers a matchless revelation on Belgian fare and is one of the more popular restaurants in Old Town Alexandria. The award winning chefs take pride in the relationships they've built with local farmers to create their unforgettable dishes. They focus on using seasonal ingredients in every dish and have created interesting options such as porcini-chestnut soup, Chesapeake oyster stew, and spring truffle carbonara. This restaurant's atmosphere and menu will keep you coming back for years.

The dining scene in Northern Virginia will only continue to expand and with many top chefs moving towards the Washington, DC area, top-rated restaurants will become even more common. Don't see your favorite restaurant in Northern Virginia on this list? Comment below to let us know where you like to eat!

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    Top 5 Craft Breweries in Northern Virginia

    As the warm weather is falling upon us, many adults have only one thing on their mind – refreshing and delicious drinks on patios. And with all the craft beer rage, why not try to find a local brewery to enjoy your favorite summertime beverage? Well, we've got the top 5 craft breweries that are near you. Keep reading to find out why we love them and why you'll want to visit them as soon as possible.

    Caboose Brewing Company

    Northern Virginia BreweriesIdeally located next to the W&OD bike trail in gorgeous Vienna, Caboose Brewing Company perfectly combines some of the best beers around with farm to table food. Beers are rotated regularly and feature everything from stouts to IPAs to saisons and everything in between. Our favorite beer is the Citra Wheat that has strong notes of grapefruit and orange.

    This brewery also has an incredible atmosphere with windows, allowing patrons to view the large steel tanks. Visitors can enjoy the Caboose Brewing Company's patio, bar or a proper table. So if you're looking for something to do this weekend, you can grab your bike and head to the W&OD for a day of biking and brewing.

    Aslin Beer Company

    Situated in beautiful Herndon, Aslin Beer Company creates the only finest ales, lagers, saisons, IPAs, Stouts and brandy. This company prides itself on focusing only on beer and considers itself simply a brewery and not a brewpub. But if you're hungry, you can order take-out from next door, A Taste of the World, and bring it inside. You'll also love the wooden Virginia shaped boards that are presented with the beer, promising a true local experience.

    Old 690 Brewing Company

    Northern Virginia Craft BreweriesHead to Purcellville for a tasty selection of ales, blondes, Belgian wheats and stouts. You'll find chocolate, blood orange, coffee, grapefruit, smoky and coriander flavors, making these beers irresistible. Old 690 is also one of the oldest craft breweries in Virginia and many visitors love coming for a weekend trip to visit, relax, drink delicious beer and sit outside on the oversized outdoor patio.

    Belly Love

    Another Purcellville brewpub, Belly Love, is the perfect location to host an event or private party. With both outdoor and indoor areas, this brewery is pet-friendly on the patio. Additionally, with a delicious menu featuring mac and cheese, burger sliders, tacos, Paninis and giant soft pretzels, Belly Love will keep you hydrated and full. You'll also love the year round beer choices including malty lager, pale ale, American IPA and an oatmeal stout. And they have some delectable guest beer appearances you'll be dying to sample.

    Lost Rhino

    Lost Rhino is an Ashburn staple started by two friends that went searching to discover the best, wildest and most delicious beer brewing techniques. They pride themselves on bringing an international perspective through locally grown ingredients. Yearlong beers include a Pilsner, Hefeweizen, pale ale, Kolsch and a Session IPA. Lost Rhino also has a pub style menu that will keep even the kids happy. Stop by for some live music, to fill your growler or a relaxing evening on the retreat patio.

    Northern Virginia has quite the selection of craft brew pubs and these are only a few of our favorites. Don't let the summer season pass you by without visiting one of the area's hip breweries.

    Don't see your favorite brewery on this list? Comment below to let us know which breweries you love!

    Contact the Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group to learn more about top craft breweries or about homes for sale in Northern Virginia!


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      Valentine's Day Dining in Alexandria

      Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you’re planning on going out to dinner making reservations early is a must. It’s an extremely popular night to dine out and restaurants are booking quickly. Check out the below restaurants in Alexandria offering special menus for Valentine’s Day!


      Osteria Marzano

      Walker's Grille

      Laporta's Restaurant

      Delia's Mediterranean

      Blackwall Hitch


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        Myron Mixon's Pitmaster Barbeque

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        Attention all local foodies and barbeque enthusiasts alike, some new star power has made its way to our area! Myron Mixon, “the winningest man in BBQ”, just opened a new restaurant in Old Town, Alexandria. Upon learning this, we were literally overjoyed by the chance to try some serious competition level barbecue and meet Myron in person!

        We were lucky enough to attend his Whole Hog Grand Opening event and Myron -being a famous TV barbecue judge and author- did not disappoint one bit! Not only does his barbecue melt in your mouth and taste amazing but Myron is so personable and down-to-earth, you’d feel as if you’ve known him forever.

        The menu includes all the traditional BBQ favorites such as pulled pork, brisket, ribs and BBQ chicken, as well as classic southern side dishes that everyone loves; including mac-n-cheese, baked beans, and collard greens!

        The next time you’re in Old Town, do yourself a favor and stop by Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster Barbeque and tell them the Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group sent you.

        Warning: the images below may cause severe hunger and/or salivation…you’ve been warned!

         Blog courtesy of JeMai Wright


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          Dining In Kingstowne Towne Center

          Dining in Kingstowne Towne Center

          Have you ever been starving and wondering where you should grab a bite to eat? Kingstowne Towne Center has plenty of options to choose from. 

          Check out all the different dining options in Kingstowne Towne Center:

          East Moon Asian Bistro

          Four Season Chinese Café

          Pasara Thai Restaurant

          Osaka Japanese Steakhouse


          Chipotle Mexican Restaurant

          Firehouse Subs

          Moby Dick's House of Kabob

          Noodles & Company

          Panera Bread


          Fast Food
          Burger King

          Dairy Queen



          Aditi Indian Restaurant



          Domino's Pizza

          Ledo Pizza

          Papa Johns

          Bonefish Grill

          Chicago Uno Pizzeria

          Fiona's Irish Pub

          La Madeleine

          Romano's Macaroni Grill

          Ruby Tuesday

          Top Golf Driving Range and Restaurant



          Robeks Fruit Smoothies


          Sweet Frog




          House of Dynasty Chinese Restaurant

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          Through a little research, we had the pleasure of discovering a great Chinese restaurant in Kingstowne that’s been in operation for the past 32 years! House of Dynasty located in the Hayfield Plaza Shopping Center at 7550 Telegraph Road Alexandria, VA 22315 has been serving the area tasty Chinese cuisine and impeccable service for decades.

          On our recent trip there, we enjoyed the Kung Pao Chicken and Pepper Steak entrees which were both equally delicious, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that their prices are great too! They have lunch specials that include a soup to start with, an entrée of choice, a side of steamed or fried rice, a crispy spring roll, plus warm tea to sip on while you wait!

          The décor in the restaurant is quaint and reminiscent of what you might think of when picturing a classic Chinese restaurant from yesteryear. The nostalgic atmosphere, attentive service, and delicious offerings make this restaurant a true gem for the Kingstowne area. If you are ever so inclined, please check out House of Dynasty and thank us later for the recommendation. With over 300 reviews resulting in a 4-star rating on Yelp, this place is a staple for Kingstowne and a new and favorable weapon in our arsenal of tasty dining options in the area!

          Kung Pao Chicken

          Pepper Steak

          Won Ton Soup

          Blog courtesy of JeMai Wright


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            Outdoor Dining in the Kingstowne Area

            Outdoor Dining in the Kingstowne Area
            Warm weather is just around the corner (we hope) and if you enjoy eating outside check out these local restaurants in the Kingstowne area that offer outdoor dining. Happy Spring!


            Boardwalk Fries 

            Burtons Grill



            Dickeys BBQ

            Fionas Irish Pub

            Greene Turtle

            La Madeleine

            Ledo Pizza

            Mediterranean Gourmet Market  

            Mi Rico Peru

            Osteria Marzano

            Panda Express

            Panera Bread


            The Pub by Wegmans

            Rice and Noodles Thai

            Top Golf


            Walkers Grille

            Springfield Town Center 



            Nando’s Peri Peri

            Yard House




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              Outdoor, Dog Friendly Dining in the Kingstowne Area


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                Mexican Dining Near Kingstowne El Paso Mexican Restaurant

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                El Paso Mexican Restaurant is one of those gems you feel lucky to have found. You can’t help but be happy initially walking into a place like El Paso because of the bright, colorful, and festive interior.

                They really celebrate the Mexican culture here from the lively décor, to the delicious cuisine!

                El Paso serves traditional Mexican offerings such as tacos, fajitas, burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, and much more. They have lunch specials until 4:30pm daily and they also serve a weekend brunch from 11:00am -3:00pm.

                If your mouth isn’t watering yet, they also have delicious desserts such as flan and churros and a variety of drinks including beer, wine, and of course margaritas!

                If you haven’t figured out your plans for Cinco de Mayo 2017 yet, this might be the way to go…

                Check out some of the yummy dishes we had on our last visit below:

                Blog courtesy of JeMai Wright


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                  New Restaurant in Kingstowne Mission BBQ

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                  The dining options in Kingstowne just keep getting better! The latest addition, Mission BBQ, located at 6482 Lansdowne Centre Dr, is a casual restaurant with great food and an even greater mission which is centered around patriotism and honoring our heroes which include our soldiers, firefighters, police officers, and first responders.

                  Opening its first location on the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Mission BBQ’s founders believe strongly in giving back to the brave men and women that protect us, regularly donating to local first responders and organizations such as the Semper Fi Fund and Special Operations which provide employment and educational opportunities for military veterans and their families.

                  Mission BBQ appeals to a variety of tastes with different flavors and recipes from Texas, the Carolinas, St. Louis and Kansas City where barbecue is a way of life! The menu includes all the classic barbecue staples that you’d expect such as ribs, pulled pork, and brisket but they also have salads if you’re seeking lighter fare. They have a host of side dishes to choose from as well as sweet tea, lemonade, and a variety of soft drinks. Being that we had the pleasure of trying out their delicious food, we personally recommend the pulled chicken sandwich and mac-n-cheese but don’t take our word for it, stop by Mission BBQ and try it for yourself!

                  Blog courtesy of JeMai Wright


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