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“Essential service” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurant Eve

Restaurant Eve
110 S Pitt St, Ste 6, Alexandria, VA 22314-3126 (Old Town)
703-706-0450
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Ranked #54 of 639 restaurants in Alexandria
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Contemporary, Healthy
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Old Town
Cross street: King Street
Transit: King Street Metro. Trolley it from King Street Metro- The free trolley will operate seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Approximately every 20 minutes, riders can board at the King Street Metro, near the Waterfront, or at one of many other stops. The closest stop to the restaurant is one block away, at King and St. Asaph Streets.
Front Royal, Virginia
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“Essential service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

I like this place. I do. Interesting reconstructed this, and, strained and reintroduced that made things like the amazing and interesting Bloody Mary, as an example, something you've never had before. Trust me on this one.

The bouillabaisse was tasty. The atmosphere, worth it's weight in gold but the kicker is the service:

You can stop anyone working there in his or her tracks and you simply won't find (at least not easily) another establishment that houses so many knowledgable and NICE AND PERSONAL staff. You won't.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Arlington, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

we had high expectations for our dinner at Restaurant Eve. A company of five, having made reservations weeks in advance for the tasting menu, we were treated with mild-mannered indifference and a menu that was far from inspiring. The reputation of the restaurant was not verified by our experience.

Visited August 2013
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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 restaurant reviews
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“Fine dining, locally sourced, Southern casual elegance”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013 via mobile

Unobtrusive service. Food never disappoints. Innovative but not strange dishes. Tasty and inventive cocktails. Our favorite celebratory restaurant in the DC area.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Alexandria, Virginia
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“Wonderful service and food, but I wish it had been hot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

I really wanted to give Restaurant Eve's Tasting Room a higher rating. But, there were just too many slip ups, for a restaurant of this caliber, for me to give them such high marks.

When we were being shown to our table, and I asked to be seated away from the entrance, the "greeter" acted dumbfounded. She fumbled for a few moments and then offered a more private table (they knew before hand that it was my wife's birthday). I would have overlooked this ineptness, but the greeter never pulled the original table out so that my wife could scoot out to go to the new table (after she had done so to seat her). I waited a moment, as the greeter walked toward the new table, and reached down to pull the table out myself. Maybe this is nitpicking, but I took it as a sign of an inexperienced staff.

The other complaint, and it was consistent, was the temperature of the food. Each course (being in the Tasting Room, we did the 5 course menu, with wine pairings, leaving it to the chef to select) was merely lukewarm (when they should have been hot). It was as if they had been prepared before hand, and had been sitting in the kitchen, but not even under a heat lamp. I don't think that was the case, but I expected (and have experienced better prepared tasting menus in other upscale establishments) something other than barely warm dishes.

On the positive side, the waitstaff was extremely professional, balancing their friendliness with just the right amount of information (for us) about the food and wine pairing (both of which were excellent and perfectly matched). This balance is very difficult to achieve and I applaud the servers for their sensitivity and demeanor.

This is still the best restaurant in Old Town Alexandria and well worth a special occasion visit, or for anyone wanting a truly fine dining experience. More so if they work out the kinks at the front desk and find a way to get hot food to the tables.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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ChefChic
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“This Place is Wonderful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

The entire staff was friendly and efficient. The server was very knowledgeable about the menu and the wine list. The food was wonderful; some of it locally sourced, and generous portions for an upscale restaurant. I like that the dessert menu is seasonally driven with lots of fruit based and light options for the summer. The atmosphere is very nice without feeling stuffy, and attention is paid to even the smallest of details. This place is a winner!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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