Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
4 to 7 PM.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
The line of green Prius taxis out front isn’t inviting. Neither is the construction site across the street. Given such surroundings, you’d hardly expect this smart suburban spin on a big-city restaurant, with a dining room that summons a trendy bistro with its dangling lights and exposed brick, only quieter and more comfortable; an engaging staff; a commitment to local sourcing; and a pastry chef, Rita Garruba, who puts her virtuosity in the service of deliciousness. There are occasional moments of overreaching on the eclectic American menu, but the best dishes have a satisfying directness, such as the lamb Bolognese, which could make an Italian chef bitter with envy.
Don’t miss: Rappahannock River oysters; smoked-bluefish rillettes; Cuban-style pork sandwich; cheeseburger with bacon; duck breast with polenta; pan-roasted branzino; chocolate torte with crème fraîche; blackberry shortcake.
Open: Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner, Sunday for brunch and dinner. Expensive.