100 Best Restaurants 2012: Four Sisters
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Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published January 23, 2012
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Four Sisters
Address: 8190 Strawberry Ln. , Falls Church, VA 22042
Phone: 703-539-8566
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Cuisines: Vietnamese
Opening Hours: Open daily 11 AM to 10 PM.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Shrimp toast; rice-noodle crepes stuffed with minced wild mushrooms; roasted quail with lime-juice-and-pepper “dip”; lotus-root salad; beef-stuffed grape leaves; grilled-pork vermicelli; Vietnamese coffee; lime soda.
Price Details: Appetizers, $3.50 to $9.50; entrées, $6.50 to $26.95.


With brightly colored art and flower arrangements that look like they've been lifted from the lobby of the St. Regis--one of the sisters is a florist--this is the most cheerfully pretty Vietnamese restaurant in the area. It also turns out some of the best renditions of the wide-ranging cuisine.

Salads, such as a platter of shredded green papaya, explode with limey tang and chili-fueled heat, while bowls of pho are eminently soothing. Nibbles from the fryer--crisp spring rolls; battered, shrimp-paste-slathered toast--make excellent shares. The more people at the table, the better: Portions are made for passing, and you'll get a wider variety of flavors. If there's a weak spot, it's the dishes that read like Chinese-takeout offerings.

What to get: A sauté of clams and minced pork with sesame-studded crackers; cured-beef salad; a bowl of cool vermicelli bun topped with grilled pork and a spring roll; shaky beef with lime/black-pepper dip; fried shrimp with the same dip; caramelized short ribs or pork ribs in a clay pot; house-made lime soda.

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Inexpensive.

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