The Old Arlington Grill is sparsely decorated, letting its six small screens and one big screen (usually showing a classic movie) do the talking. Although the restaurant may be dead during movie time, patrons stream in after a showing to discuss what they’ve just seen over beer and cocktails (including a list of mini-martini specials for $4).
The decor isn’t exactly thrilling: 12 hospital-white tables scattered in an off-lobby enclave with drab, empty walls. (Where are the movie posters? This is a place that begs for some kitsch.) The direct view into the kitchen from the bar further diminishes the experience. The food is simple bar fare (appetizers $6 to $8, entrées $14 to $22). Our hamburger ($6.95) was juicy and tasty.
Still in its infancy, the Old Arlington Grill isn’t a destination in and of itself. But if you’re looking for a quick nightcap where movies are the thing, it’s hard to go wrong here.
2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington; 703-486-2345. Open Sunday through Thursday 5 to 10 PM, Friday and Saturday 5 PM to 1:30 AM (closing times are flexible depending on the last movie showing).