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“All around, a great experience”
Review of Geranio Ristorante

Geranio Ristorante
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Ranked #85 of 759 Restaurants in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Old Town
Cross street: Columbus Street
Transit: King Street Metro
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“All around, a great experience”
Reviewed February 25, 2014 via mobile


We've been vacationing in Alexandria, and decided to try this place based on trip advisor reviews. Glad we did.
I usually start out by commenting on the meal, but instead I'd like to start with the service. In a word it was super. Extremely prompt & attentive throughout without feeling like the wait staff was hovering over you.
Our meals were also excellent. We both had a yellow tomato, goat cheese & arugula salad which was very simple but tasted great. The basalmic dressing was subtle; not overdone or overpowering. A perfect start.
For the main course my wife had the grilled Atlantic salmon over mashed potatoes with red wine sauce. While they serve this dish "medium rare" she asked for it to be medium well, and it came perfectly done. I had the osso buco with risotto and italian broccoli. It too was great. For desert we shared a wonderful dark chocolate mousse with raspberries. A nice light finish to a great meal.

Visited February 2014
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  • English first
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  • Italian first
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English first
Washington, DC
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Worst restaurant Ive been in a while!”
Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

The tuna was overcooked (both dishes! ) and it appeared it was in a bad condition (maybe that's why it was overcooked? ).

We end up paying $24 for potatoes with tomato sauce. My kids pasta was OK, but nothing to remember. Servers did not even care to ask how was the food, as they would know the answer.

I just don't understand how come it has such high reviews!

  • Visited February 2014
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Alexandria, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Good Value, Location & Service”
Reviewed January 28, 2014

You'll find the menu on their website displays an enticing and eclectic variety of dishes that lean toward Italian but include many others so variety & choice is not an issue. Our waiter was superb, not too intrusive but not negligent and hard-to-find either. His wine recommendation was excellent as well as the main courses. The mushroonm risotto as an appetizer was just right & very appetizing. The entrees were just as well prepared & tasty. All-in-all, this restaurant which has been in business for quite awhile in an area which has frequent new openings & closings, is always reliable & an excellent choice.

  • Visited January 2014
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Northern Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Long term treat in Old Town”
Reviewed January 18, 2014

We've been going to Geranio for years but have never taken the time to write review. Chef Clayton bought the already successful restaurant back in 1998 and has done nothing but improve it since then. He has a keen ability to keep the menu fresh while still presenting customer favorites. The service is always impeccable and you are always greeting like family. One key to his success is his loyal staff. Some of them have been with him since the beginning. For an upscale, yet comfortable restaurant, this is key.

Geranio has a very fine wine list and wines can be paired to your meal to make it a true dining experience. It's hard to recommend one item over another but Chef Clayton's mussels prepared in an orange zest and wine sauce are something you will never forget. The smoked chicken with homemade fettuccini is a dish you won't want to miss.

There is an upstairs room for larger groups/dinners/receptions as well. If you're looking for a hearty meal with friends or a quiet dinner for two Geranio is the place to go.

  • Visited December 2013
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fairfax va
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137 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“pleasant old town alex experience”
Reviewed January 13, 2014

taking family to dinner as i did on Saturday night was a very pleasant experience at this long time present Alexandria Italian eatery.the food is consistently good a bit creative but mostly slight variations of standard Italian/Mediterranean fare .a reasonable wine list and very attentive service is also appreciated. walking around old town after was a bonus. two downsides i thought the desserts are lacking in variety and there is no valet parking.

  • Visited January 2014
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