100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: 2941
Duo of Duck Breast. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
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Address: 2941 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, VA 22042
Phone: 703-270-1500
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Cuisines: Modern, French, American
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2 and 5 to 9:30, Saturday 5:30 to 10 PM. Closed Sunday.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Dunn Loring-Merrifield
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Upscale Casual (jeans okay)
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Tuna tartare; fettuccine with lobster and octopus; gnocchi with vermouth cream; scallops with citrus; duck burger; pineapple éclair.
Price Details: Snacks $4 to $9, starters $8 to $22, entrées $22 to $34.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available

The adage “change isn’t easy” proves especially true for a restaurant. Two years ago, when 2941 morphed, in a matter of weeks, from a fine-dining destination to a dressed-down bistro, an identity crisis ensued. Lackluster dishes such as Wagyu sliders felt reluctantly casual, while the lofty space and pricing called for a more celebratory meal. In the past year, though, an equilibrium has been reached between relaxed and refined. Small bites make full-size impressions. We fought over the last “Daffy” slider—a miniature duck/foie gras burger—as well as lilliputian croque madames crowned with quail eggs. Chef Bertrand Chemel, a Daniel Boulud alum, successfully plays to his French roots—potato-crusted rockfish in a citrusy beurre blanc is pure Francophile comfort. Pastry chef Caitlin Dysart follows suit; her pillowy gâteau de crêpes is worth a trip in itself.

Open: Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner.

Don’t Miss: Grilled octopus with olives and feta; crispy lobster with mushroom sabayon; orecchiette with lamb Bolognese; seared duck with confit leg; nut-crusted venison with red-wine-braised cabbage; salted-caramel brownie.

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