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“Wonderful surprise!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Curious Grape

The Curious Grape
2900 S. Quincy Street, Shirlington Village, Arlington, VA 22206
+1 703-671-8700
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Ranked #23 of 692 Restaurants in Arlington
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Private Dining
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Transit: The Curious Grape is located directly opposite the Shirlington bus terminal on South Quincy Street in Arlington, Virginia.
Description: The destination spot in Shirlington for those with a passion for food and wine, the Curious Grape offers a contemporary seasonal menu of American fare with locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy either full or half portions of selected menu items as well as over 400 wines and 100 craft beers from our store.
Alexandria, Virginia
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83 reviews 83 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Wonderful surprise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

My husband and I have twice thoroughly enjoyed our dinners there. All the food is interesting, well-prepared and presented, and was the right portion size. Of course the wines they offer with the meals are excellent also. The service at times seemed just a bit rushed, but was very friendly. The place has been busy but not too loud.
I actually like their wine selection and layout less than in the old shop, but the restaurant is a great addition.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Gainesville, Virginia
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101 reviews 101 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Can't wait to go back!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

My husband and I went to The Curious Grape for brunch after seeing it rated as one of the top ten restaurants in the area. The restaurant was curiously not packed. I thought that, because of its recent high rating and then after eating brunch I was even more curious why the restaurant why more people weren't dining there. We both started with the mini pastry selection - five different pastries, all fresh and tasty. I tried the butternut squash soufflee, perfectly cooked. My husband was a bit more hungry so he ordered the spice-roasted chicken with mascarpone spaetzle, chanterelle mushrooms and smoked paprika. We ate there probably three weeks ago,and he still maintains that was the best chicken he has ever eaten. We are going back there soon for dinner, their dessert menu has listed "frozen mimosa mousse with sparkling snow" - I must try it!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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northern virginia
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81 reviews 81 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Great Spot but a Bit Overpriced”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

The Curious Grape is a great addition to Shirlington. It has the vibe of a casual bistro where you can enjoy nice wines, a snack, just dessert, or a full meal. The kitchen offers up creative and delicious high end cuisine with the attractive option of ordering many dishes as as full or half-size portions. The great service and 30% discount on selected wines by the glass were defintely appreciated. The limited pre-theater fixed price menu is a nice offering albeit at $30 pp is about $5 over priced, considering the lower-cost chicken and pasta options. Our appetizers included the scallops, wild boar empanada and wild mushroom soup -- each was just superb. For mains, the short rib was tasty but overpriced at $27 for one smallish portion of a cheaper cut of meat. Penne pasta was a tiny bit chewy and could have used a minute longer in the pot, but that's really a nit. All the flavors were top notch and on par with the best restauraunts on town.

Our Sunday supper for 4, with a glass of wine each, was $180 w/ tax and tip which in this diner's mind is 20% overpriced for the portion sizes and location.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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218 helpful votes 218 helpful votes
“Fabulous combination of wine & great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

The Curious Grape has been my favorite wine store for years, even after I moved out of Northern Virginia, so, when they opened a restaurant, I had high expectations. They managed to exceed these expectations, providing a unique and enjoyable dining experience. First, the restaurant is open and welcoming, with the music and ambient noise at just the right level to have an easy conversation with fellow diners without hearing the next table. The wait staff were cheerful, knowledgeable and seemed genuinely happy to be there. They were attentive without rushing us and made excellent recommendations on menu items. Then, there are the clever wine pairings on the menu, with 1/2 glass servings of wine so we could match our wine with each course. Even the entrees allowed for 1/2 portions for those of us who enjoy a several course meal but can never eat those huge portions served in many restaurants.

The highlight, however, was the food. We started with the braised wild boar empanadas (paired with a glass of full-bodied red wine), which was incredible - a light pastry surrounding several bites of spicy, tender meat. The only thing that consoled me when they were gone was my butter poached lobster entree (paired with a glass of full-bodied white wine), with very light agnolotti and a sauce that was superb. The 1/2 portion was just right and for once I had room for desert. The fresh fig tart was unforgettable - the combination of the tart and blue cheese ice cream was simply delicious. At one point, the owner came over to see how we were doing and she was her normal warm, welcoming and genuinely interested self - kudos to her for creating a fabulous dining experience!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Fresh and unique”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012 via mobile

We made a last minute decision to celebrate our anniversary at the new Curious Grape location in Shirlington. What a great surprise... First we participated in a wine tasting --- nice way to start out. The menu is set up with coordinated wine--- options for 3 & 6 oz pours. So with each dish we tried a different wine. We started with the fried oysters--- make sure you try them there are only 3 but they burst with flavor along with a kimchi type relish. We then had gnocchi (amazing) and scallops (OMG) we opted to get two full size portions and shared both. It was so good we couldn't stop and had a cheese plate for dessert--- good but not as good as the real desserts looked. Go, enjoy, and enjoy a wonderful new take on an evening out for a reasonable price ---- app, 2 entrees, cheese plate and 8 glasses of wine--for $120.

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