3165 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201


Neighborhood: Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse

Cuisines: Modern, American

Opening Hours:
Tuesday through Saturday 5:30 to 10. Open for brunch Sunday 10 to 2:30.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Nearby Metro Stops: Clarendon, Court House

Price Range: Moderate

Dress: Upscale Casual (jeans okay)

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Recommended


Best Dishes:
Chestnut soup; grilled-pear salad with blue-cheese flan; octopus with olives and mashed chickpeas; Arctic char with spaghetti squash and rémoulade; duck with foie gras butter and polenta cake; veal sweetbreads; pan-seared cobia; citrus panna cotta.

Price Details:
Starters $8 to $13, entrées $20 to $29.

Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups

Scene: Outdoor Seating

Happy Hour Details:
Tuesday through Friday, 4 PM to 7 PM.

Happy Hour Days: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

First Look: Eventide

In Arlington, tasteful meets tasty.

Photograph by Stacy Zarin-Goldberg

Black chandeliers and a baroque-patterned carpet dress up Eventide.

A month after it opened, Eventide posted this on its Web site: “We strictly adhere to the occupancy limit set forth by Arlington County, so that frankly, we aren’t another spot in Clarendon that packs people into the bar like sheep!”

The crowds are flocking to the three-level restaurant for atmosphere that pairs rustic terra-cotta walls with black-crystal-studded chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling velvet drapes, and a baroque-patterned carpet. It’s romantic and hip without being trendy.

The trimmings might lead you to think the food will be as expensive as the vaulted ceilings are high. But in a neighborhood of twenty- and thirtysomethings, many of whom count dollars as diligently as they count calories, value matters—and chef Miles Vaden has constructed his menu accordingly.

A delicate veal-sweetbread appetizer and a rich chestnut soup, highlights of a recent meal, are both $9. A smoky twist on bouillabaisse—built around pan-seared cobia—is $22, while a tangy citrus panna cotta adds only $6 to the tab.

Not everything sings. A bone-in pork chop was lackluster, and the lobster in a bowl of tagliatelle was over-poached. The place needs a little more time to settle in.

But in a neighborhood awash in noisy, cramped bars, often with tired food, Eventide is an alluring newcomer.

Open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner, Sunday for brunch. 

This appeared in the May, 2009 issue of the Washingtonian.