Time was, a decision to visit to this Fairfax restaurant was based on, "We're hungry, we're here, let's eat." The restaurant was tired looking, a bit messy, and noisy and food sometimes was great but often so, so with dry fish and limp sides. But following a recent renovation to both the interior and the cooking, Red Lobster has become a place we choose to go to for a nice fish dinner. We like to sit in the cozy bar area where you feel like part of the action but are separated from other dining areas in this big restaurant by big windows filled with wavy glass. Booths are big and comfy and the nautical theme is sophisticated and understated. Regular specials and new offerings are a good reason to come back for the food. Most recently, we tried the 30 or more shrimp, which allows you to select two shrimp entrees with salad and side for a reasonable price. It's a fun and inexpensive way to try new dishes. Portions are "Goldilocks," not too big, not too small, but just right and you should be able to exit without a takehome box if you avoid the temptation of the house-made biscuits, which arrive warm and tasty. And of course, lobster is fresh as you are reminded when you enter the lobby and are greeted by the lobsters trolling along in the tank. Great for couples, families, and gatherings of friends.
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