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“Best BBQ in town” 5 of 5 stars
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Rocklands
25 S Quaker Ln, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-778-9663
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Ranked #78 of 644 Restaurants in Alexandria
Cuisines: Barbecue
Good for: Families with children
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Good for: Families with children
Charlottesville, Virginia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Best BBQ in town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

While in Alexandria recently, I had the opportunity to try Rocklands. Let's just say that the food was wonderful! The servings were more than ample, and the owner took time to visit every table and find out how things were. He didn't just stop by, but actively engaged us in conversation. I'll be back for sure!

Visited August 2013
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  • English first
  • German first
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English first
Arlington, Virginia
Top Contributor
256 reviews 256 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 102 cities Reviews in 102 cities
270 helpful votes 270 helpful votes
“Good food, fair price, unexpected location.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

We ate here with extended family and tried several of the barbeque options (beef, chicken, pork chop, pulled pork) and several different sides (baked beans, cornbread, french fries, sweet potato fries, pecan pie). We were very pleased with the barbeque, I preferred the pulled pork to the beef brisket or pork chop, but all were well received. Barbeque is always a matter of personal taste. The sides were as expected (nothing special) but the baked beans did stand out as very good. The pecan pie was above average, but not exceptional.

We recommend this location and will return.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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545 reviews 545 reviews
301 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 148 cities Reviews in 148 cities
243 helpful votes 243 helpful votes
“Greasy ribs, tasteless sides”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

After hearing about how great Rocklands was for years, we decided to give it a try. Perhaps this location was not the best to start with. Hidden off of Quaker Lane it had more of an industrial park feel to it. The ribs were a 2 out of 5 stars, very greasy and fatty. The sauces were no help whatsoever and the overall taste had a chemical flavor to it. The mac and cheese rated 1 star and was all grease, like it had been sitting around for days, we only had a couple of bites it was so saturated. The green beans were a 2 star side dish, all the taste had been cooked out them.

The sweet tea was a 3 star tea, but like everything else, was just weak.

Visited March 2012
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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“Great Location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

We enjoyed the food here, but it was a little pricey for the amount they give you. I think they could put a little more on the plates. It was well prepared though and very flavorful. The location was wonderful, and they were nice enough to allow our friend to leave his rental car there so we could go see the White House and other monuments! Thanks guys for that!! You were awesome!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Alexandria, Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Great barbecue”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

If you love barbeque as I do, you must go here. Large quantities, good prices, and great taste! The restaurant is located in a somewhat hard to find place but is worth the search.

Visited June 2012
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