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Oct 21, 2008 04:25 PM

ISO restaurant near Marriott in Roslyn

We plan to take the metro in from Fairfax to meet friends who will be staying at the Marriott Residence Inn on North Oak Street in Roslyn next month and are in need of suggestions on restaurants within walking distance. We'd prefer a place where we can hear each other (low decibel??). It will be mid-week, probably around 6:30 PM. Something similar to Les Halles or Clydes or Arties (cuisine and price range)? Thanks.

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  1. That is a tough one indeed. There are few restaurants within walking distance. The best is Ray's the Steaks (at around 1700 Wilson Blvd.). At 6:30 PM, you might find yourself waiting outside for a little while. If you can get there earlier, you'll get right in. It is a steak house -- prices will be similar to Les Halles, and food much better. There is nothing in Rosslyn really similar to Clydes.

    Next to Ray's is Village Bistro -- an a slightly-above-average Continental/Italian place, which is reasonably priced and quite.

    Your other options in Rosslyn are Guajeo (decent Tex-Mex), Piola (decent pizza, can be loud), Cafe Asia (also loud), Red Hot & Blue (mediocre barbeque). Finally, there is pretty good Chinese at 1000 Wilson Blvd. at China Garden.

    1. is tivoli any good these days? it used to be.....

      my second thought was ray's, as well. it is a little hike from the marriott, though -- and uphill.

      speaking of, how is the marriott's food? just curious....

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      1. re: alkapal

        Tivoli does meet most of the requirements, decent enough food, a location a few blocks from the meeting place, and it is reasonably quiet. I think it is more expensive than I'd like, but, for the neighborhood, not a bad choice.

        1. re: BookGuy

          yes, and literally upstairs from the metro. drinks at the marriott top floor bar overlooking the city, then dinner at tivoli. sounds like a plan. or after-dinner drinks at the marriott. even better.

          1. re: alkapal

            There are 2 Marriotts in Rosslyn. The Key Bridge Marriott (the one with the view) is not the one where the OP is staying - I'm not sure that that one even has a restaurant.

            1. re: Lori D

              It doesn't have a restaurant. Hey thanks everyone for your suggestions and comments. We thought Village Bistro would be great but it's a bit of a hike (we think??) when we don't know what the weather will be like( we're taking Metro in from Vienna). We think Red Hot & Blue should be ok (our main goal is to just have lots of conversation and catch up after not seeing them for 14 years)...hopefully we can find something decent to eat there. I appreciate your help :)

              1. re: meem

                The shopping center with Village Bistro is less than 1 block from Red Hot and Blue (on the other side of the street).

                1. re: meem

                  The walk isn't that bad, though it's a bit uphill.

                  1. re: GyroBall

                    From Marriott Residence Inn to either RH&B or Village Bistro is flat.

                    From Key Bridge, it is indeed uphill.

                  2. re: meem

                    If you're going to eat at RH&B, I suggest you try the onion loaf - greasy but good stuff. But if I never eat at RH&B again, I'd count that as a blessing. I think Cafe Asia is better than RH&B.

                    1. re: Ericandblueboy

                      The OP specified being able to hear each other talk. Cafe Asia has crappy acoustics, so it's difficult to hear in there even when it isn't too busy. When busy, you have to shout at each other.

                      1. re: Ericandblueboy

                        But does Cafe Asia have greasy onion rings and (subject to interpretation) BBQ?

                        The Residence Inn in question is right where Wilson Blvd and Clarendon Blvd merge. It's an easy walk to any of the "nice" places in Rosslyn (though an uphill walk back) and a longish but reasonable walk to the Court House area.

                        How about Me Jana? The one time I was there, it was pretty quiet, the food is interesting, and not so unusual that any reasonable eater could find something to like.

                        1. re: MikeR

                          Does it really matter? I wouldn't eat at either restaurant except under duress.

                    2. re: Lori D

                      sorry, i glided right over the "residence inn" part of the post. just saw marriott. this is similar to why eyewitness testimony is often considered unreliable. we filter/mis-read information.

              2. I don't know which Marriott Restaurant Mez is in, and I haven't been in over a year, but when I went it was actually surprisingly good. A little weird where it is located but if the food is as good as when I went it would be a great place to catch up as it wasn't really noisy and there was a good amount of space between tables. I think I had paella or something like that and was really surprised that it was that good.

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                1. re: ktmoomau

                  If you mean Mezza 9, that's in the Hyatt.

                  1. re: Lori D

                    Yes that is it, ok the Hyatt, not the Marriott, thank you for correcting me, I get all those places mixed up. Fiance made a reservation there one night not knowing the restaurant was in the hotel but we were pleasantly surprised. But again it was a while ago and I never hear anything about it, you might want to search the threads to see if there is anythign recent on it.

                2. Here is a list that I created for a conference at the Key Bridge Marriott, might still be helpful. Conference-goers loved the Liberty Tavern.

                  Recommended Restaurants
                  In Rosslyn
                  Here is an interactive map of the area which show the exact location of some of these restaurants:

                  Continental Modern Pool Lounge
                  1911 N. Fort Meyer Drive

                  Piola $$
                  1550 Wilson Boulevard
                  Over 50 kinds of pizza, has received great reviews.

                  Café Asia $$
                  1550 Wilson Boulevard
                  Asian fusion and sushi.

                  Halfway between Rosslyn and Courthouse (about a half a mile
                  )Rays the Steaks $$$
                  1725 Wilson Boulevard
                  Best steaks in the area for a fraction of typical steakhouse prices. Sides included (mashed potatoes and creamed spinach in a skillet). He doesn’t take reservations so it is good to go early or later.

                  Rays Butcher Burgers $
                  Same strip mall as Rays the Steaks
                  Owner Michael Landrum coarse grinds the trimmings from his steaks for these burgers. Has received glowing reviews. No liquor license, but fresh brewed root beer. Burgers serve with free corn and watermelon.

                  Guajillo $$
                  1727 Wilson Boulevard, next door to Rays the Steaks
                  Authentic Mexican, good Margaritas.

                  Pho 75 $
                  Same strip mall as Rays the Steaks
                  Vietnamese noodle soup, served with fresh herbs, no frills but yummy and cheap.

                  Courthouse Metro (about one mile)
                  Ireland’s Four Courts $$
                  2051 Wilson Boulevard
                  Large, nicely appointed Irish pub with good food but remember smoking is not outlawed yet in Virginia in bars!

                  Me Jana $$
                  2300 Wilson Boulevard
                  Lovely Lebanese fare in a nice room.

                  Sawadtee $$
                  2250 Clarendon Boulevard
                  Best Thai in the neighborhood. In the Courthouse Plaza beyond the large clock.

                  Five Guys $
                  23—Wilson Boulevard
                  DC’s famous chain. Fresh ground beef and fresh cut fries, fast food prices.

                  Clarendon Metro (about a mile and a half)
                  Kabob Bazaar $
                  3133 Wilson Boulevard
                  Fabulous Persian food, very reasonable.

                  Liberty Tavern $$$
                  3195 Wilson Boulevard
                  Upscale, chic, emphasis on locally sourced products. No smoking allowed.

                  1. Considering the cuisine & price range...If you don't want to wait at Ray's the Steaks... I would walk up to Clarendon to Rhodeside Grill.