100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Restaurant Eve
No. 12 on this year's list.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel
Photograph by Chris Campbell.
Comments () | Published January 28, 2014
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 100 Best Restaurants (2011) 100 Best Restaurants 2012 100 Best Restaurants (2010)

Restaurant Eve
Address: 110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA
Phone: 703-706-0450
Neighborhood: Alexandria, Alexandria, Old Town
Cuisines: Modern, English/Irish/Scottish, American
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Friday, 11:30 to 2:30. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5:30 to 10, Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 11.
Nearby Metro Stops: King Street-Old Town
Price Range: Very expensive
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Papri chaat; lobster bisque; crab bisque; bacon-egg-and-cheese salad; bouillabaisse packed with cod and clams; charcuterie; any foie gras preparation; tarte Tatin; Eve’s Temptation cocktail.
Price Details: Bistro entrees, $25 to $35. Tasting room menus, $85 and $110. Weekday Lickity-Split lunch menu (in the bar), $13.50.

If it were a car, it would be a luxury sedan with fine-tuned engineering and plush leather seats. This is a smooth, almost magisterially controlled operation, the kind you can trust to make that milestone birthday worthwhile. Some restaurants aim for the big statement; Eve—which recently consolidated its tasting room and bistro and is all the better for it—aims for a lot of little ones.

Start with an unfailingly gracious greeting, then move on to Todd Thrasher’s superlative cocktails, and you’re certain to be put in a better mood. Cathal Armstrong’s Continental cooking finds the seam between heartiness and elegance, nowhere as convincingly as with his preparations of game. Add in a they-think-of-everything staff and a space that combines Shaker simplicity with a Northern California cool and you have, well, one big statement. 

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

Don’t miss: Charcuterie board; beef tartare; gravlax with fingerling-potato crisps; Basque stew; veal sweetbreads with cornbread; pappardelle with pork rib; lima-bean agnolotti with corn; seared duck breast. 

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