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“Always go here” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Carlyle Grand Cafe

Carlyle Grand Cafe
4000 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206
703-931-0777
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Ranked #2 of 680 Restaurants in Arlington
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American, French
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Woodbridge, Virginia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Always go here”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

I have nothing bad to say about this place or any of the other brands under this management. I do wish they would bring back the parmesan cheese mashed potatoes LOL!

Visited April 2013
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Marco Island, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
“Best in Northern Virginia”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

It had been a few years since visiting Carlyle Grand but when recently staying in the area we thought it a good idea to return to see if things were as good as we remembered. Well, what a meal!! My wife, being a crab cake nut, had to try them and they were delicious. We subsequently went to a few restaurants on the Eastern Shore and nothing could compare. I had a shrimp dish that was the best meal of my 2 week trip.
Super friendly wait staff and lovely decor round out a delightful evening in Shirlington.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“How Low Can You Go”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

The Carlyle used to be the best in Shirlington. Sadly, it seems to cater now more toward the "sit at the bar" crowd. Caesar dressing tasted straight out of the bottle. Best Buns provides the bread, so that's still outstanding. The smokey barbecue steak is so salty that deer run away. Service has also gone way down: two settings - ignored or rushed. Unfortunately, it's the only "fine" (scare quotes deliberate) restaurant in Shirlington, so until it gets some competition, I'd stay away. Too many good options within a five minute drive.

Visited April 2013
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Arlington, Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Best food and drinks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Wait at the bar with smart beautiful servers and enjoy the experience until seated with perfect choices of food.....especially calamari and shrimp and grits.

Visited May 2013
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“Love this restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

The food, service and location of this restaurant are all excellent. There is a great variety of food and drinks. I love all of the salads, specifically the Two Noodle Shrimp Salad. The service of this local restaurant chain is outstanding. It is located in Shirlington that is a cute outdoor area with other restaurant, shops, and movie theatre. I also highly recommend Saturday and Sunday brunch.

Visited May 2013
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