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“Cannot Go Wrong” 5 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 683 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
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Cannot Go Wrong”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

My wife and I bring our kids here at least 2-3 times per month, and without exaggeration, we have never been disappointed. The staff is great. We have had a different server nearly overtime, and each one has been phenomenal. Food is great, ambiance is great, staff are wonderful. Definitely one of the better places around. In our opinion, it is must better to sit upstairs.

  • Visited July 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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Saint Augustine, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“It's a grand cafe!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Met some friends for lunch. Loved the ambiance, the food and the service. It's in a great location in Shirlington where you can walk around and see the other cafes and boutiques.

Visited May 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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169 reviews 169 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Always good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013 via mobile

Part of the great American restaurant group. Artie's. Sweet waters. These guys know how to make the train run on time. Excellent service. Excellent setting. Good food that never ever misses. They serve up winners.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Milwaukee, WI
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Outstanding dinner...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013 via mobile

Wow - what a gem - dinners, location & service were all fabulous. Smoked salmon salad was the best dinner salad I have ever had - simply amazing!
This restaurant is in such a cute little village - lots of outdoor dining, festive lights in the trees, dog friendly water dishes everywhere ... enjoy!!!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Arlington, Virginia
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102 reviews 102 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 59 cities Reviews in 59 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Consistently Good Food and Service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

I have eaten at the Carlyle numerous times over the past few years. On each visit, both the food and service have been very good. My most recent visit was a dinner for seven, celebrating a birthday. The pecan crusted trout, rib eye steak, crab cakes, and lobster roll were ordered by the various members of our group and everyone enjoyed their meals. The blue crab fritters, lobster pot stickers, and tex-mex eggrolls were ordered as appetizers. While the pot stickers and eggrolls were good, the blue crab fritters were excellent. A final note on the food: some of the entrees and sides change seasonally, so some of the items mentioned in this review may not always be available.

The wait staff at the Carlyle is a well oiled machine and it's not surprising to have multiple members of the staff assisting your table during your meal. The wine by the bottle list is solid and fits the menu well. The only criticisms I can really make of the Carlyle are the noise level can be a little high on busy nights and the beer selection is limited. It would be nice to see a few more microbrews on the list. But, those are minor in comparison to the pleasurable dining experience.

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