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“Beautiful Interior, serviceable food.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Present

Present
6678 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, VA 22042
703-531-1881
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Ranked #9 of 311 Restaurants in Falls Church
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Vietnamese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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18 restaurant reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Beautiful Interior, serviceable food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

Present is a nice find in a nondescript strip mall. The menu is large enough that anyone should be able to find something to their liking. The names of the dishes are very fanciful and are fun to read. I chose the "gregarious" lemongrass chicken, which was great, quite tasty even though the color is a shocking shade of bright yellow. Less good was the vegetarian stir fry with tofu in the che'f special sauce, which was rather bland. The autumn rolls are excellent -- i wouldn't mind a different dipping sauce though. The waitstaff was very efficient and polite. But the interior is what really makes this place stand out -- it looks like a luxury restaurant. I also noted the three course lunch special for $10 and that many mains (with meat) are in the $13-$15 range. I would definitely chose this place again, but I'd rate it 3.5 instead of four. Still it was a good experience so here I rounded up.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Northern Virginia
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“A pleasant surprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

We have been surprised by the variety on the menu and also the fact that the wait staff truly understands how the dishes are prepared and has always been spot on when we've asked for a suggestion based on our desires. The service has been good and the food has been presented (no pun intended) very well each time we've visited. You wouldn't expect such an elegant experience when you saw the place but do yourself a favor and drop in.

Visited February 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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56 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Nice place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013 via mobile

Appetizer summer roll good but small. The noodle soup was good. Service was outstanding and very friendly. Restrooms ok. Highly recommend.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Tysons
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5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Really Nice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Dined here while staying at The Governor's House Inn across the street,
Not big on Asian food knowledge so can't even tell you what I had- But outstanding food, service and very cozy restaurant with a patio walking distance from hotel.

  • Visited March 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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Washington, DC
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9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Great seafood dishes”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Soft-shell crabs, whole rockfish and shrimp & pineapple dishes are outstanding. The only disappointment was the Chicken medallions which were hacked up pieces of chicken with the bone still in. Monday and Wednesday are 1/2 price bottles of wine. Make reservations for Sat. night or you will wait in line for 1/2 hour. I prefer a table in front near the windows.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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