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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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Today
11:30 am - 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: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 67
    Excellent
  • 58
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 8
    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
Nice place

I loved the flat bread appetizers. Great for sharing. Very tasty. The roasted pear salad was also outstanding. I was disappointed by the lobster ravioli, though perhaps not in the way most people might be. I was hoping for a pasta dish, with some lobster garnish, and what I got was a lobster... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
CWR01
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Mercer Island, Washington
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
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164 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Even before we knew the two talented chefs behind this fantastic restaurant, we were hooked. We have traveled from Denver and Florida many times to dine at Willow. The food is inventive and quite delicious, yet "down to earth". The service is always attentive and friendly. The menu changes often to reflect local and fresh ingredients. Remember, don't forget to... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Willow is the sort of place where you can feel like an adult and enjoy great food, well-priced drinks and a welcoming environment all year long. Their happy hour drink and appetizer specials are wonderful and economical; their lunch nosh and daily special menues make it a great place to meet friends or business colleagues and their bar area has... More 

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Reno, NV
Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We lunched at Willow with friends who had dined there previously, and liked the place. The patio on a sunny spring day was very pleasant. Service was satisfactory but not exceptional. The half and half small soup and half sandwich was a good choice for midday, enough to fill you without feeling stuffed. The gratinee soup was overwhelmed with cheese... More 

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Colorado Springs
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51 reviews 51 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We are used to expensive resturants in the D.C. area but usually you get your money's worth. Got the Lobster Ravioli - well there is no ravioli in it. Just one piece of pasta, one piece of lobster, 2 shrimps and one scallop with some vegetables. Our daughter in law said the scallops were ok just not many. This resturant... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Have eaten at the Willow several times It has become our special occasion restaurant. Had their special Thanksgiving dinner there last year and not only enjoyed it, there was enough to take home - like I'm used to with the relatives! Joined them for St. Patrick's Day this year. Special menu and again very enjoyable. Park in the lot below... More 

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Great Falls, VA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

Went for Easter Brunch. Server could not explain items on the menu---guessed at what cripsy meant, could not pronounce endive, disappeared for long stretches, water glasses not refilled, etc, ect. Just insert any set of bad service indignities and you'll have our experience. Food was heavy, heavy handed. Cream of Cauliflower soup was inedible because of tons of flour/ thickner... More 

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Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015 via mobile

Despite advertising a special Easter Brunch menu, this restaurant only had three brunch items, all featuring eggs. Hostess was rushed and raced to table, dropped off menus and left before we were seated. Waiter took forever to arrive and promptly forgot drink order and had to come back. Soups were delicious, especially once the bus girl we flagged down got... More 

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Great Falls, VA
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95 reviews 95 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Accompanied by my wife and daughter, I settled in for what I felt sure would be a great Easter Sunday brunch. So much for feelings. Our server arrived and, in just a few moments, demonstrated that he had been put on the floor with just about no training. We asked him what a specific description meant and he had no... More 

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Mercer Island, Washington
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134 reviews 134 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

I loved the flat bread appetizers. Great for sharing. Very tasty. The roasted pear salad was also outstanding. I was disappointed by the lobster ravioli, though perhaps not in the way most people might be. I was hoping for a pasta dish, with some lobster garnish, and what I got was a lobster dish, with a ravioli garnish. The salted... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

If you want the good old restaurant and service this is the place. The Ballston area of Arlington has lots of choices for food, but Willow is unique in style and class. I have had two recent meals there and they were both good. The last was scallops- and they were to die for.

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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: Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business, Bar scene, Large groups, Romantic
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?