2941 Fairview Park Drive
Falls Church, VA 22042
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Cuisines: Modern, French, American
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
Tuna tartare; fettuccine with lobster and octopus; gnocchi with vermouth cream; scallops with citrus; duck burger; pineapple éclair.
Snacks $4 to $9, starters $8 to $22, entrées $22 to $34.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available
Cuisine: Chef Bertrand Chemel’s variations on modern French and American cooking—with their long-coaxed flavors and striking textures—mark him as an alum of New York’s Café Boulud, the celebrated bistro of chef Daniel Boulud. Though the fine print says you can order à la carte, the menu reads as a choice between a three-course $70 meal with options and a tasting menu: four courses for $95, six for $120.
Mood: Playful glass “jellyfish” swinging from the ceilings and tall windows overlooking a wooded lake make this one of the area’s most striking rooms.
Best for: A romantic meal; family celebrations; nibbles and cocktails at the elliptical bar overlooking the koi pond.
Best dishes: Salad of endive, Fourme d’Ambert cheese (a creamy French bleu), walnuts, and fig confit; butternut-squash soup with lemongrass-and-cilantro cream; octopus carpaccio with grapefruit; steamed sea bass in beurre blanc; beef duo, a rib eye wrapped around a bundle of tender short rib and roasted, served with rosemary potatoes and Rossini “red wine” sauce (worth the $12 supplement); cheese board with six varieties ($10 supplement); miniature chestnut soufflé with eggnog ice cream; frozen truffle with Earl Grey–infused crème fraîche.
Insider tips: Tables along the bank of windows are prime. The kitchen is generous with gifts: shots of mushroom bisque as an amuse-bouche on a cold evening, a plate of warm doughnuts and house-made sweets as a postdessert treat, and sometimes, if you tour the kitchen, fresh-made baguettes to take home.
Service: **** (four stars).
Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for dinner.
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