100 Best Restaurants 2009: Restaurant Eve
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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 St.
Price Range: Very expensive
Dress: Upscale Casual
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.

No. 6: Restaurant Eve

Todd Thrasher's drinks at Restaurant Eve are standouts.

Cuisine: Continental cooking by turns elegant and rustic, built on a foundation of superior local produce and meats and informed by chef/owner Cathal Armstrong’s unswerving desire not to let innovation get in the way of classical technique. The roster of house-made craft cocktails signals a seriousness that extends throughout the operation—one that attends to every last detail.

Mood: The cobblestone path leading to the entrance sets the tone. Inside, the space is simultaneously cozy and airy. The staff is expert at reading tables, able to engage in banter about foodie arcana while never veering into pretension or forgetting to take care of the diner.

Best for: Eve is really three places in one—a bar with its own menu, a bistro, and a tasting room—making it one of the area’s most versatile restaurants.

Best dishes: Bacon-egg-and-cheese salad; classic bouillabaisse; lobster-and-lemon ravioli; a tour-de-force charcuterie board fit for two or three; pan-fried sweetbreads sauced with a morel velouté; pan-roasted branzino with mustard veal jus; house-cured pork belly; Irish BLT with house-made bacon; tarte Tatin.

Insider tips: The Lickety-Split Lunch—any two dishes, drinks, or desserts for $13.50—is the best lunch deal around.

Service: **** (four stars).

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

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