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Village Bistro

1723 Wilson Blvd, Colonial Village, Arlington, VA 22209-2503
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Ranked #11 of 675 restaurants in Arlington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: American, Italian, Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
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85% Recommend
Rating summary
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English first
Washington DC area
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

You'd be well advised to make reservations at this charming, seafood-centric resto with casual style and wonderful, fresh food. The wine list is very good, too. One of our favorite semi-special-occasion places, great for a leisurely dinner (good service! Just a relaxing evening). It can get a tad noisy but not off-putting.

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San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We've been here five or six times, and always loved the food. They fly in deliciously prepared freshly caught seafood every day, so that part of the menu changes, but the other items on the menu also are very good, in particular the "Bistro Calimari" which makes a great appetizer for two. The service can sometimes be quirky, if always... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I've been to this restaurant many times. The owner, Franco, comes by and greets you. He takes great pride in the imported marble and decor. Ladies, check out the restroom....wow... stunning. All the seafood is fresh within 24 hours, flown in from all ports. If you are in a hurry, don't go there. The service is laid back for you... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I love to eat alfresco and this place was the restaurant for that. Good food, a beautiful evening and my hubby eating outside (which he does not like).

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Alexandria, VA
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

My two companions and I were warmly greeted for a late dinner on a Sunday evening. A very enthusiastic server spent more than 10 minutes describing the freshness of the fish (which sounded wonderful, but did not live up to his lofty claims) and the impeccable quality of the pastas. Cut to the chase: the bread was warm and generous... More

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Boston area
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

My wife, two adult children and I had dinner on a busy Saturday night, having an excellent meal and dining experience all around. The restaurant goes by two names -- Village Bistro from long-time operation, and the more recent Mele Bistro from the new management that's taken over in the last couple of years -- so you may see reviews... More

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Arlington, Virginia
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Have eaten there when it was Village Bistro and found the food prepared with care. But recently tried again. Got a table outside set on such a slant that olive oil spilled from the bread plate. After three requests for a waiter to pick up a cocktail order, no one appeared. We walked out without dinner, very disappointed in the... More

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Albany, NY
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

We came here with the grandchildren. The staff was extremely accommodating, the food was delicious and attractively presented and there were items on the menu that were child-friendly.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

I've been coming here for years and while I miss a few of the old dishes, the changes over the past year or more are great. They have fresh seafood flown in from all over the world and it is prepared excellently. The owner is very friendly and the service has always been very good for me. Great value for... More

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Nassau, New York
19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

This place has tremendous seafood at down to earth prices. I'm a big eater and their small plate portions were more than enough for me. Ate here yesterday and had shrimp bisque, linguine pomodoro, blackened magi-mahi, piache with pesto linguine and a radicchio mango salad. The baguette was excellent as well as creme brûlée. The fishes are flown in from... More

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