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“It's a grand cafe!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Carlyle

Carlyle
Ranked #1 of 840 Restaurants in Arlington
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: High energy, American bistro with seasonal outside dining and year round classic fare. A perennial brunch favorite.
Saint Augustine, Florida
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“It's a grand cafe!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Met some friends for lunch. Loved the ambiance, the food and the service. It's in a great location in Shirlington where you can walk around and see the other cafes and boutiques.

Visited May 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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169 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Always good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013 via mobile

Part of the great American restaurant group. Artie's. Sweet waters. These guys know how to make the train run on time. Excellent service. Excellent setting. Good food that never ever misses. They serve up winners.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank AJ C
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Milwaukee, WI
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Outstanding dinner...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013 via mobile

Wow - what a gem - dinners, location & service were all fabulous. Smoked salmon salad was the best dinner salad I have ever had - simply amazing!
This restaurant is in such a cute little village - lots of outdoor dining, festive lights in the trees, dog friendly water dishes everywhere ... enjoy!!!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank uwbadgerfans
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Arlington, Virginia
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187 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Consistently Good Food and Service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

I have eaten at the Carlyle numerous times over the past few years. On each visit, both the food and service have been very good. My most recent visit was a dinner for seven, celebrating a birthday. The pecan crusted trout, rib eye steak, crab cakes, and lobster roll were ordered by the various members of our group and everyone enjoyed their meals. The blue crab fritters, lobster pot stickers, and tex-mex eggrolls were ordered as appetizers. While the pot stickers and eggrolls were good, the blue crab fritters were excellent. A final note on the food: some of the entrees and sides change seasonally, so some of the items mentioned in this review may not always be available.

The wait staff at the Carlyle is a well oiled machine and it's not surprising to have multiple members of the staff assisting your table during your meal. The wine by the bottle list is solid and fits the menu well. The only criticisms I can really make of the Carlyle are the noise level can be a little high on busy nights and the beer selection is limited. It would be nice to see a few more microbrews on the list. But, those are minor in comparison to the pleasurable dining experience.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Arlington, Virginia
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Good food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

I've been to Carlyle a couple times in the past, but went last night with my family. I started with the arugula and beet salad and had the grilled mahi mahi. The food was good but not spectacular. The server was nice and attentive.

Basically, I much prefer Mike's American Grill, which is also owned by the same group. But if you're in Shirlington and looking for a place for a nice meal, Carlyle will totally work. The bread is great too!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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