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“For burgers, this is the best place to go in the DC area” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ray's To The Third

Ray's To The Third
1650 Wilson Blvd, On The Corner Of N. Quinn Street, Arlington, VA 22209
703-974-7171
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Ranked #31 of 693 Restaurants in Arlington
Price range: $0 - $15
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
Arlington, Virginia
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108 reviews 108 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
“For burgers, this is the best place to go in the DC area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

There are millions (OK, well certainly hundreds) of burger joints in the DC area that range from fast food to high end, super-pricey. Rays has high end gourmet burgers at a reasonable price, but be prepared for lines out the door and, if you go during high dinner times it will be hard to find a place to sit down, so be prepared to get it "to go". Thank god, they now have "mini" burgers of the fully sized behemoths that they are known for. I just cannot eat a GIANT burger any more and the "mini" burgers are about the size of a normal hamburger (not a slider, but more like a Whopper or Big Mac size). The variety of sauces and condiments you can have on the burger is fantastic and they have a reasonably large number of "signature" burgers, like one with blue cheese and some kind of sauce, another that is hot, hot, hot with chilis and i don't know what else. The burger is ground there in the store and is very high quality meat. I always wonder if it might be from the rest of the cow that is not steak (seeing as Ray's has a steakhouse just a block away). I'm good with that. Good beef is good beef. They give a nod to some upscale sides, like fried sweet potatoes, but also have the standard fries which are good, but nothing you can't get anywhere else like Five Guys. The best burger experience in the DC area by far. Hey, this is where President Obama too Vladimir Putin for the "burger summit" a number of years ago. Barack knows his burger!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Arlington, Virginia
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“Juicy Burgers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

Some great burgers and side dishes. Love the better atmosphere from Ray' Hell Burger which is gross and greasy. This is a much better atmosphere to enjoy a really super hamburger.

  • Visited April 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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Bradenton, Florida
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“Casual bar food that is just OK”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

This place gets good reviews but is much more casual than its sister restaurant down the street and food is just "OK". Burgers are decent, but the steak was not the best quality I've had. Tables are small and prices are higher than you would expect for the quality of food.

Visited June 2013
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Saratoga Springs, New York
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
“Go for the Burgers and Shakes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

We had some great burgers and shakes at Ray's recently.

We had trouble finding the restaurant as it recently moved. We also had a difficult time finding a parking spot.

The kids did not really like the "chicken fingers" which were cut up chicken breasts, but they absolutely loved the shakes.

The adults thought that the burgers were great! I had the burger with a pepper crust, blue cheese, mushrooms and sauteed onions. I thought that it was excellent. My husband had a different burger and also thought that it was excellent.

Our server was not overly friendly, however she was efficient.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dawn60
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“Still great burgers!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

The restaurant has changed since the last time I was there. The bar is gone which is too bad. You can no longer park across the street. There is a creepy guy in a van waiting to have your car towed if you do. The burgers are still great and worth stopping for.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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