We came down on a busy Friday evening to visit a family member in town for a short work trip. We weren't sure of good restaurants in the area that were family friendly, were not tough to get to in traffic, were available without a long wait (since we had kids with us) and were tasty. Walker's Grille checked off all those blocks. Although after eating there, this place SHOULD have had a wait because it was GREAT!
The menu is simple but tempting, after getting an order of calamari ordered, we struggled to narrow down what each of the six of us would get. I chose the NY Strip with a fantastic wine reduction (so did my brother in law), my sister in law had the breaded chicken with a tasty mushroom sauce with mac and cheese, my husband had some incredible pan seared scallops and asparagus... and for good measure, I ordered a side of the truffle frites with a delicious aioli to taste them based on other TripAdvisor reviews.
We all sampled from each others' dishes. This in my opinion is the mark of a solid eatery-- you can't just settle on one dish... try a little of every thing!
The service was wonderfully on point throughout our meal. We were seated promptly despite arriving early for our reservation. Our drinks, apps and entrees were out in a quick but well paced manner which allowed us to enjoy conversation and not distract hungry kids. Kudos to the staff, each of them was polite, friendly and attentive. My water glass never got below the halfway point. On a hot day, this is much appreciated!
As we paid and left to our car, we were already lamenting how we wished we lived closer to this wonderful gem of a restaurant. As if they heard us and wanted to lure us back, a staff member came out not once, but twice (!!) to return small toys my daughter had dropped out of her bag while we had been eating. He ran out to our car two times to return a tiny tea set, with a huge smile both times! I am so happy to see great service still exists!!!
We discussed how and when we can return to this restaurant again... we will be back! I am happy to recommend it to any friends, family or human beings who are in the vicinity of Alexandria, VA!
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