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“Incredible Food!!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sweetwater Tavern

Sweetwater Tavern
3066 Gatehouse Plaza, Falls Church, VA 22042-1028
703 645 8100
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Ranked #3 of 311 Restaurants in Falls Church
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Slidell,LA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Incredible Food!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Whenever I am in the D.C. area, it is a must that I eat at this restaurant. The food is great. The prices are great too. Basically, you get high quality food for a reasonable price. I highly recommend the crab cakes (market-priced) and the ribeye steak ($$$). Awesome!!!

  • Visited January 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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English first
San Francisco, California
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231 reviews 231 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 56 cities Reviews in 56 cities
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
“Higher end TGIFriday delivers on all counts....”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Like a middle class TGIFridays - a little more refined, better service, better food. I was LOST as to why, on a Sunday morning, the entire place would be dressed in ball gowns and suit and tie... then I realized people on the East Coast are still religious. Not in Kansas anymore, Dorothy.

There is an open bar area in the brewpub that has sports on. People act like idiots when they watch sports, so, of course, yeah.... there's sports on, and that can impact your experience.

The service is astonishingly professional, friendly, and on top of it. We went, without rez, when it looked like church had just gotten out, and there must have been dozens of tickets in front of us, and there was very short waits for any service / food. The portions are huge. The prices are very fair. The food is great.

If I end up on the East Coast, in that area, again, no doubt I will end up back there. In a sea of terrible chain restaurants with slop for food, this place has great ingredients, great prep, a great menu.... it's solid for what it is.

Visited December 2012
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Falls Church, Virginia
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15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great place for Dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Consistent good quality and great service. I've been many times and the food is always terrific. They have a good range of american entrees and good selection of beer and wine.

I can personally recommend all of the following...Salmon, crab cakes, salads, pasta and steaks. For steak lovers this is the place to go, the steak is up there with they really expensive steakhouses but at a reasonable price.

Good size portions on their side dishes. The mashed potatoes are perfect comfort food or the if you want to be healthy they make great asparagus, or mushrooms. Last their bread and aussie rolls are warm and yummy.

Only downside is sometimes there a long wait.

  • Visited October 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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Arlington, VA
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121 reviews 121 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Sweetwater Continues to Deliver”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

My third visit to Sweetwater Tavern in 2012 was just as pleasant as the first two. The food and beverages are excellent. Service is friendly and attentive. The establishment is welcoming.

My favorite entree, currently at the tavern, is their salmon filet.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Falls Church, Virginia
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“Asked too often how our food was”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

We were asked at least 4 times by our waiter and the head waiter if everything was ok. This interrupted our converstauion and was just overkill. The restaurant is noisy. The ribs and steak are excellent, avoid the jambalya, it is too heavy, mostly pasta.

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