After all the rather poor reviews I'd read on Tripadvisor I was not sure what to expect from our visit to Travinia. As mentioned in some previous reviews, this place is located in an area similar to the Reston town center, just much smaller. There are lots of other restaurants in the area, shops, outside seating in many areas - very nice atmosphere. There is some parking on the street, which was full, but also a parking garage right behind the restaurant so that is not an issue.
We ate there on a Saturday evening in a party of 12 for a company get together. Our reservations were for 6:00 pm and we arrived right on time to find 4 folks already there and seated, with drinks. It took 10 minutes or so for the rest of our party to arrive but waiters were prompt in taking drink orders as folks arrived.
We ordered calamari and italian nachos for appetizers. I thought both were very good and they arrived quickly after we placed our order. After we placed our dinner orders it did take awhile before the food came out from the kitchen, but everyone was visiting, salads came out quickly, and drinks were kept filled so that was fine. The food came out hot and everyone was served at the same time.
I had the surf and turf (filet mignon and crab cake) and it was excellent. The steak was cooked medium, as requested, was very tender and great flavor. The crabcake was very good as well. My wife had the wild Alaskan salmon special and it too was excellent. While she had asked for mashed potatos instead of risotto, her dish came out with rissoto. She just pointed it out to the waiter and he came right back with a side dish of mashed potato. Prices are not cheap (the surf and turf was $34 and the salmon $28) but the food was very good. My wife and I split the chocolate cake for dessert - a large portion and very good.
Maybe we just got the restaurant on a good night, but I had no complaints. Our party was there for 3.5 hours and we were not rushed to get out, the wait staff was attentive the entire time, and the meals were all very good. The ambience was very nice and it was not so loud so we couldn't visit easily at the table. We didn't use the outside dining but it would have been a very nice night to try that out. Despite the other lackluster reviews our experience here was very positive all around - nice location, good food quality, fine service and pleasant ambiance.
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