100 Best Restaurants 2012: PassionFish
From soulful bistros to high-gloss steakhouses, there's lots of good eating in DC, Maryland, and Virginia
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published January 23, 2012
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Address: 11960 Democracy Dr., Reston, VA 20190
Phone: 703-230-3474
Neighborhood: Reston/Herndon
Cuisines: Seafood, Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Friday for lunch 11 AM to 2:30 PM. Open Monday and Tuesday for dinner 5:30 PM to 10 PM, Wednesday and Thursday 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM, Friday 5:30 PM to 11 PM, Saturday 5 PM to 11 PM, Sunday 5 PM to 10 PM.
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Clams casino; fried clams; hamachi crudo with grapefruit and jalapeño; eight-piece “kamikaze roll” of tempura prawns, avocado, and spicy tuna; red Thai curry lobster; crabcakes; whole-roasted branzino; freshly fried doughnut holes.
Price Details: Appetizers $5 to $18, main courses $19 to $29.


The best restaurant in Reston Town Center is also one of Washington's best seafood palaces. Jeff Tunks's kitchen does well with raw-bar towers, jazzed-up sushi rolls, and an atlas's worth of appetizers and entrées, from Thai red-curry lobster to cioppino.

Lots of techies, Chardonnay-drinking fortysomethings, and neighborhood families converge at the bilevel space, a sedate antidote to the surrounding chains. Many dishes are inspired by Passion Food Hospitality's other restaurants, all in downtown DC: Seafood gumbo comes from Acadiana, mushroom-crusted halibut is a staple at DC Coast, and a Yucatán shrimp cocktail is Ceiba all the way.

What to get: Shrimp-tempura-filled Captain Crunch Roll; fried oysters and fried clams; crab-and-shrimp spring rolls; clams-casino-inspired dip; whole crispy flounder with two fabulous dipping sauces; doughnut holes.

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

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