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“Just Like Mama Makes--Almost” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Carrabba's Italian Grill

Carrabba's Italian Grill
13870 Foulger Sq, Minnieville Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192-4248
703-583-7300
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Ranked #31 of 240 Restaurants in Woodbridge
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: American, Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups
Dining options: Reservations
Manassas, Virginia
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“Just Like Mama Makes--Almost”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

My wife and I recently returned to this Carrabba's, which we go to frequently. We had the Grilled Tuscan Skewers, which included tender braised pork, slow-cooked with fresh lemon, rosemary and garlic. Skewered and wood-grilled with roasted orange bell peppers, served over grilled asparagus and topped with our Italian chimichurri sauce. They were absolutely wonderful, the pork was tender and moist and the asparagus was still crunchy. We accompanied this with Copper Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon which was dark and delightful. But dessert, a shared a Sogno Di Cioccolata, a rich fudge brownie topped with chocolate mousse, fresh whipped cream and homemade chocolate sauce accompanied with cappuccino. The disappointment was the "rich fudge brownie." It was cold, old and tough. But we will return for in the main, we have had many good meals here. Just maybe forget the desserts and go for cappuccino.

  • Visited May 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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Palm Coast, Florida
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“Burnt food poor quality”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

The food was cold and burnt black. The management did not care. I wrote to Carrabba's and did not get a response. I was a loyal customer up that point. No longer.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Fairfax, Virginia
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“House of Italian with a Twist”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

My daughter's favorite & my stepmother's favorite . . . great food, great service with a different menu from all the rest.

Visited March 2013
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Fort Meade, Maryland
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“Always the Place for Pomegrante Martinis”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

We only head to Carrabba's for the Calamari and the bride enjoys the Pomegrante Martinis. We tried to replicate the martinis at home but to no avail. Service is always great and the food is always average.

Visited September 2012
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Manassas, Virginia
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“ALMOST HOMEMADE--ALMOST”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

My wife and I recently returned to Carrabba's after an absence of several months. As many know, Carrabba's is a large chain restaurant but we have found that the food is very good--and the portions are pretty significant so think carefully about an appetizer unless you want to split it. Most dinners some with soup or salad and we both chose the Caesar salad which was crisp with just enough dressing to make it tantalizing. It also comes with delicious warm bread and "Italian butter"--herbed olive oil. My wife order the Mezzaluna, which are half moon raviolis stuffed with chicken, ricotta and spinach in tomato cream sauce. I order the Pasta Sostanza--Tagliarini with sautéed mushrooms, artichoke hearts and spinach in tomato basil sauce topped with seasoned breadcrumbs and lots and lots of garlic--big pieces of garlic cloves all through the dish. This meal is a "belly buster". If you like a well seasoned sauce with plenty of garlic, you will be hooked from the first bite. Along with this we had the house Bisanzio Pinot Grigio, a light, crisp wine from Italy. Dessert was simply a good cup of Cappucino.
While the rating system seems to only allow you to rate something as excellent, I would say our service was a little slow--they do team serving here so don't always expect to see you greeting waiter during your meal. But all-in-all, Carrabba's is a good experience and well worth the price. We will return.

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