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“Great Sunday Buffet - All Vegetarian Food - Great Value for Money” 4 of 5 stars
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Woodlands
4078 Jermantown Road, Fairfax, VA 22030
703.385.1996
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Ranked #49 of 346 Restaurants in Fairfax
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Indian, Vegan, Vegetarian, Pakistani
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Buffet
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Buffet
Fairfax, Virginia
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118 reviews 118 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Great Sunday Buffet - All Vegetarian Food - Great Value for Money”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

We visited the Woodlands Restaurant located off Highway 29 in Fairfax for a Sunday buffet and were overwhelmed by the variety of foods that are available as well as the value for money!

The ambiance of the restaurant is not conducive to fine dining or subdued conversations - at least at the Sunday buffet. But the food is great and we went for the food, and only the food.

There has been a change in management and the cook - with exceedingly good results. The food is all vegetarian, cooked in the South Indian style. There is a range of spicy hot dishes and other dishes that are milder to cater to a range of palates. The spiciness of the hot items, however, does not approach the intense killer extremes of Chettinad food or Andhra food.

There are three or more types of dessert to finish off the meal. Our favorites were the quintessential South Indian hits - vadas - deep fried lentil and rice flour cakes dunked in steaming sambhar with a side of chutney, dosas freshly made and served at your table with a filling of potato and onion curry inside, and steaming idlis - steamed cakes of rice and lentils also followed up with sambhar and chutney.

At around twelve bucks for the buffet, the meal is a great value for money. With the variety and range of dishes there is something for everyone. The restaurant is family friendly and the tables generally seat four though the restaurant will group tables together for large parties. There is plenty of parking in the lot in front of the restaurant. The Sunday buffet opens at 11:00 AM and is conducive to brunching after sleeping in.

Something tells me we will be going there for more Sunday brunches in the future - at future peril to our waistlines but with the Woodlands - its tasty food that will not break the bank.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Utterly delicious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013 via mobile

The food was spicy, fresh and delicious. I'm not a vegetarian and never had Indian food before and I loved everything about this place!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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South Brunswick, New Jersey
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Tasty menu and nice ambience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

My recent buffet lunch experience was quite pleasant. I was visiting Fairfax area from NJ with my family. They had good variety with tasty north/south Indian combinations. The place was clean with good ambience and the staff were very courteous.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Glen Allen, Virginia
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109 reviews 109 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
197 helpful votes 197 helpful votes
“Very Nice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Whenever I visit DC, I come here. Sometimes you have to wait but no big deal. Dosa is really good and so was the food. Buffet was nice, had a variety of different things. i grew up in India and the Pani Puri is one of the best. Not a far drive from DC. Come here it is good.

  • Visited May 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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Turkish Mediterranean Coast, Turkey
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Excellent food and value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

I used to visit the Woodlands restaurant all the time when living in Fairfax. The lunch buffet is a steal! It is best to get there right when they open so everything is fresh and you get first pick. There is so much variety and the dishes are very tasty. I love the spicy condiments and dal poured over those fluffy white pancakes.
Addictive and cheap!

  • Visited February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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