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May 5, 2008 11:18 AM

Good Restaurants in Vienna, Virginia

Hey Chowhound Family. Quick questions...I wanted to know from you all about consistently good restaurants in Vienna, Virginia. They can be ethnic, American, it, expensive, cheap, it doesn't matter. I have read about good restaurants in Vienna, so I hope to get from you all a comprehensive list of good restaurants in Vienna. Thanks.

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  1. Nizam's for good Turkish food.

    1. Here are our favs. All are inexpensive with the exception of Bazin's.

      Wu's Garden - Chinese with authentic and "classy" decor
      Anita's - Mexican
      Tequila Grande - Mexican
      Scorpio's - great gyro's and rotisserie chicken, we usually carry-out
      Bazin's - the only real upscale and borderig on expensive rest. in Vienna. Great bar and good food. We avoid it on weekends because it's too noisy and the service tends to suffer.
      Paya Thai - our favorite Thai in NoVA. Just on the edge of Vienna at 123 and Old Courthouse.

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      1. re: Meg

        Anita's was a major letdown for me, bland food, hard to get a server, I went their recently hoping for good chile sauce and nope... I won't make that mistake again. I have heard it used to be good...

        1. re: ktmoomau

          I was just at Anita's last night. I go there maybe once every month or two with a couple of friends who live nearby. We've never had any trouble with service. The food is a different style from what we normally consider Mexican so it's OK to not care for it. I think the hot barbecue pork and carne adovada are my favorites there. I suspect that the "used to be better" is mostly because 25 years or so ago when they first opened they were unusual and did what they did reasonably well. That's still pretty much the way they are. Other than expanding the menu to stuff that other restaurants probably do better, they still do the Southewest style pretty authentically.

          We've tried Tequila Grande a few times and have been underwhelmed. Same with Wu's Garden. East Chateau - Chinese with a Malasian accent, is pretty tasty and quite homey. We like Panjshir but it's always very slow. Rose is as good with most things and although they're trying to be more upscale, it's still pretty casual.

          1. re: ktmoomau

            I concur with Mike R. You have to order selectively at Anitas, there are some exceptional dishes including anything with Hot BBQ Pork and Carne Adovada. I also really like their cheese enchiladas.

          2. re: Meg

            I have really enjoyed Bazin's every time I've gone except when they had a set holiday menu last year. The food is usually very flavorful, but it seemed bland on the holiday. I would still recommend it - just don't go if they have a set menu, such as on Mother's Day.

            1. re: Meg


              1. re: ITIS ME2222

                I don't know of any steak places in Vienna. Though in neighboring Tysons Corner there are 50 to choose from. So I'm only slightly exaggerating, but the closest to the Beltway/Toll Road or Rt 7 West for easy access to WT would be Shula's in the Marriott, Chima (Brazilian "steak" place), Morton's, and Ruth's Chris.

                1. re: ITIS ME2222

                  There's an Outback in Vienna, but there are better steaks in Tyson's Corner and McLean, less than 10 minutes away. For somewhat better quality than Outback but more steakhouse atmosphere, JR's in Tyson's Corner and J. Gilbert's in McLean are worth considering. If you want to spend a lot of money on a steak, there's Capitol Grille, Morton's, Fleming's, and I think a Ruth Chris in the immediate Tyson's Corner area.

                  1. re: MikeR

                    I've been to the Outback in Vienna. Spare yourself and find ANY OTHER PLACE for a steak, even if you have to drive to Omaha.

                    1. re: xena1441

                      Are you thinking of Chima? Fogo de Chao is downtown, but Chima is in Tyson's.

                    2. re: ITIS ME2222

                      This is way too late for ITIS ME, but I had a very nice ribeye at Flemings in Tysons Corner, under the tower in a Holiday Inn of all things, IIRC. There was a nice amount of char, the steak was a perfect medium rare and it was just delicious! My SO had the petite filet mignon, and it was almost as tasty and if anything, more tender. Good service, but the place was rocking. I have driven by that place for years and had no idea that they did a pretty good steak.

                      Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
                      1960 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22102

                  2. Rose Cafe is my favorite Persian in the area. Start off with torshi, garlic roasted in balsamic, mast-o-khir, bedamjan, and then move onto the beef and eggplant stew with potato sticks or the lamb shank (if available).

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                    1. re: Steve

                      Cafe Rose
                      126 W. Maple Avenue (near Center St.)
                      Vienna, VA 22180

                    2. - Lebnan Zaman (8411 Old Courthouse Road, Vienna, VA) serves pretty authentic Lebanese food. Its a hooka bar by night and a bit of a hole in the wall but excellent food! Its always packed at lunch time.
                      - Miyagi is actually in Mclean but is worth the trip for really good sushi!
                      - Paya Thai is excellent!

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                      1. re: DCFoody

                        Wrong about Lebnan Zaman - I don't understand how you could say that it's 'authentic' with such confidence. It's primarily a Hookah Bar...and they serve arab-styled take out...nothing Lebanese about the food and the hookah is so sub-par it's a shame.

                        If you want to try proper Lebanese food I suggest:

                        Al Nakheel -- in Vienna (on 123 a couple blocks away from Nutley)

                        Here you will find your Shish Taouk...Grape Leaves...Falafel, etc....and the pine nuts to boot.

                      2. Thank you for everyone who has sent a reply. My fiance' works right there at the intersection of 123 and Old Chain Bridge (In the toilet bowl building). We are both foodies, and although I knew Vienna had some good restaurants, I just didn't know where they exactly were. It's good to know that there are a few restaurants near where she is at. She has actually been to Paya Thai before...she said it was just "OK". She is picky when it comes to her thai. Again...thank you all, and keep more suggestions coming.

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                        1. re: marcbjohnson

                          lol. i didn't know that EVERYone calls it the toilet bowl building! ha ha!

                          1. re: alkapal

                            Yup. When I drove a cab in that area nearly 30 years ago, that's how the dispatcher referred to it. Used to be a fancy Chinese place in there called Hunan Lion. Still there?

                            1. re: flavrmeistr

                              i think it is! never been, though.
                              although we did make the mistake ONCE of trying the tgif there. why does tgif exist? i mean it is hard for me not to find ANYTHING i want on a menu. trust me! ;-).

                              i wonder if the toilet bowl architect lists that on his resumé. LOL!

                              1. re: alkapal

                                I think the original design concept was that it was a camera lens. So much for great ideas.

                              2. re: flavrmeistr

                                Yes, Hunan Lion is still in the Ty-Dee-Bowl building (so is TGIFriday). The food is decent, nothing outstanding, but it's a pretty place for when you're in the mood for a nice place with decent food rather than a hole-in-the-wall with fabulous food most of the time.

                            2. re: marcbjohnson

                              Songbird has a pretty extensive Korean buffet that's actually more than edible on weekdays. Church St. Pizzareria has decent pizza by the slice.

                              1. re: Ericandblueboy

                                a couple that we met going into paya thai last time said woo lae oak (nearby) is MUCH better than songbird. i've never been to either place. they said songbird had gone downhill.

                                1. re: alkapal

                                  Songbird is actually closed. Woo Lae Oak is more upscale but not necessarily better than the places in Annandale (in my opinion, actually worse).

                              2. re: marcbjohnson

                                I cannot recommend Paya Thai either. Only went once and agree with the "OK" comment.

                                1. re: xena1441

                                  i'd agree. i thought paya thai was on the right track fore a while with my specialty request kee mao, but they are wildly inconsistent. won't be going back.