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Willow Restaurant

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4301 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington, VA 22203 (Utah)
Public Transit Stops Two blocks from the Ballston Metro.
(703) 465-8800
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 72
    Excellent
  • 62
    Very good
  • 29
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A Shame It Is Closing

Despite its affluence, there are not many fine dining establishments in North Arlington. Sadly, it is about to lose another one. Willow will close September 19, 2015 after a ten year run. The owner cites a 22% officel vacancy rate, vastly increased competition and high rents as contributing to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 16, 2015
Gary N
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Arlington, Virginia
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Arlington, Virginia
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Willow has closed. We will follow the chefs wherever they go next. There is nothing in the neighborhood that even comes close!

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Arlington, Virginia
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Despite its affluence, there are not many fine dining establishments in North Arlington. Sadly, it is about to lose another one. Willow will close September 19, 2015 after a ten year run. The owner cites a 22% officel vacancy rate, vastly increased competition and high rents as contributing to his decision. Good bye Willow!

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Thank Gary N
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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114 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Willow is the best fine dining in Arlington, especially now that Eventide has closed. And save room for desert - the deserts, especially the cakes, etc, are fantastic!!! The restaurant has many gluten-free and vegetarian options, if you are about that, and at the bar there is a large small-eats option. The wine list is also very impressive. Definitely 5-star

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Thank B R
Arlington, Virginia
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82 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

My favorite dining buddy (and wife!) had been to Willow once before, a few years ago, and weren't overly impressed. Between the two of us, we've been to Willow "Nosh" (really, the bar section of the place) and have thought more highly of the dishes that are served there, than in the main dining room. A couple of friends who... More 

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Thank DiverJay
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

I found Willow to be a little lacking in personality. My tablemates liked their entrees. I had the duck and it was fine. It was Restaurant Week and perhaps that's why all the deserts were cake or ice cream. Nice location in the center of Clarendon, but curiously not very full on a Saturday night. The server said he was... More 

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Thank Thomas K
Panama City Beach, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

I was there for a reception, so I did not see a menu but all the food was fantastic.flat bread pizza very good, sliders yummy! Nice wine selection.

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Thank Mary J
Chicago, Illinois
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37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I had a great visit at this restaurant. Had a sandwich that was outstanding. Very filling. The service was great. I would recommend this place for lunch or dinner.

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Thank TravelingChicagoan
Sao Paulo, SP
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

I went to Willow with a few colleagues from work for a quick lunch. The restaurant it's usually quite empty on lunch time. They offer a lunch menu for $10 dollars at the bar, which seemed like a good deal. I ordered the burger and asked to leave out the bacon, since I don't eat pork. They brought a burger... More 

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Kiev, Ukraine
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53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I was with some colleagues for the organised dinner. Pre-selected menu with only few choices; it took some time to get my first drink and food took even longer to get prepared. However, food was good and with sufficient size. The place was busy towards the late evening.

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Thank Zahed I
Concord, Ohio
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67 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We stopped for a light dinner of appetizers. We couldn't make up our mind from the many choices, so it became a heavy dinner. The most memorable, two weeks later, is the Brussels sprouts. The service was attentive and the atmosphere quite friendly. I'd certainly return.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4301 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington, VA 22203
    (Utah)
  • Public Transportation: Public Transit Stops Two blocks from the Ballston Metro.
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: (703) 465-8800

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?