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“Upscale Mexican” 4 of 5 stars
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Alegria
111 Church Street North, Vienna, VA
(703) 261-6575
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Ranked #17 of 122 restaurants in Vienna
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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39 restaurant reviews
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
“Upscale Mexican”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

This new addition to Vienna is a cozy restaurant owned by the same folks who run Bazin's next door. This means the food is good, alot of thought is given to presentation and decor, and that its a little pricey. Many reviews says its very loud, but my wife and I dined there on a recent Sat night and its wasn't compeletely full or too noisy. The tables are very close together and we could overhear conversations on both sides of us. Loved the duck quesedilla. Liked the beef fajitas. The service is a bit aggressive pushing multiple small plats and their "amazing" but expensive margartitas.

Visited December 2012
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  • English first
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
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14 reviews 14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Out of the ordinary!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

So far, we've only had drinks at Alegria, but the bartender absolutely loves coming up with the unusual. Tell him what you like, and he'll make you a drink that's even better. We hear the food is "to die for", and can't wait to give it a try.

Visited November 2012
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Washington, DC
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Great food and friendly service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

We found this place accidentally as we were on our way to Church Street Pizza. The smell wafting into the street was so good that we came back the next weekend to give it a try. It was a busy Friday night, but we were seated immediately and our server was prompt and friendly. The noise level is a little high and then tables are fairly close together, but nothing that stands out as uncomfortable or unpleasant. The starter salsas they give you are AMAZING- a basic red salsa and wonderful green tomatillo. Perhaps a little cheap that they only give you one basket of chips for free, but since the salsas were SO good and they give you two, I can see how people might gorge themselves on free food and end up not ordering a lot. Shrimp and veggie tacos were excellent and my husband enjoyed his chicken burrito. There is also a pretty decent selection/variety for vegetarians. All in all, a terrific meal and we will definitely be going back!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“I'd like to come here at least once a week”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

Chips and Salsa amazing - Guac amazing, short Rib enchilada to die for, qeuso fundido con chorizo - ummmmm - I love this place. Add the delicious margheritas by GREAT bartender and you have the perfect easy night out. The menu is simple and delicious!

Visited September 2012
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“Really, really, good!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

Ok ... after one visit I now think this is my favorite "mexican" place within our normal driving range for dinner away from home! We read a review that helped our mind set regarding what to expect, and Alegria met or exceeded the expectations. I labeled this "mexican" because most of menus is based on typical mexican/tex-mex items, spices, and flavors,. The key differences is that this is almost a Spanish tapas style presentation - small plates, shareable - but better than just a sampling. A typical dinner for two might include 4-5 plates shared. The happy hour specials were three tacos for $9 which gave us a quick sample of this menu item. The guacamole was wonderfu - enough for 4 to share. Each of our dishes was wonderful. Small knock on service since we were seated in a area that seemed to be a gap between servers, but after a 10 minute wait a server spotted us and delivered excellent service (and food). Perhaps the place is a bit loud, and while the food was excellent, I rate the prices high.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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