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“Good Food, Great Staff”
Review of Boxwoods at The Mason Inn - CLOSED

Boxwoods at The Mason Inn
Price range: $12 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 123 and Braddock (on GMU Campus)
Transit: Take the Orange Line to the Vienna Stop. Transfer to the "Mason to Metro Shuttle" which will drop you right at our doorstep.
Description: Boxwoods is a full-service restaurant in Fairfax serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Chef’s innovative menu includes regional and American favorites prepared with the freshest ingredients. In addition to an a la carte menu there is also a buffet selection available. Our Chef partners with area farms and vineyards to provide healthy and delicious choices.Sunday Brunch is BACK at Boxwoods! Enjoy a feast for the whole family from 11am - 2pm each Sunday. You will enjoy the Waffle Station, Omelet Station, Assorted Pies and Mousses, and, of course, your favorite beverage. Let the good times roll at Boxwoods Sunday Brunch. Adults are only $21.00, Children 6-12 are $15 and Children 5 and Under are FREE. Come on……eat us out of “house and home”. Make the CHEF and General Manager run to buy more food! It’s only a PARTY if you attend and it happens at Boxwoods each week.
Suffolk, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Good Food, Great Staff”
Reviewed September 11, 2012

The quality of the food and the selections were impressive. Traveling as a group often means overcooked, preselected items. We were able to select from the menu and our food arrived in a timely manner and was the perfect temperature. The dining manager as well as the wait staff were fantastic.

Visited August 2012
Thank Imsothere
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Mt. Ivy, Ny
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed March 2, 2012

Shared breakfast (the breakfast sandwich) in order to save a little money during our weekend trip. They graciously split the order and brought it on two plates, well presented, as if we had ordered the most expensive thing on the menu. The meal was absolutely delicious and we wish we didn't live 5 hours away! The waitress was very pleasant and the ambiance very soothing. Even if you do not stay at the hotel, I recommend trying this restaurant.

  • Visited August 2011
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Thank NewportNewbie
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Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“For a business lunch, at least it is quiet.”
Reviewed December 29, 2011

I scheduled a business lunch at Boxwoods based on a good experience at a banquet dinner at the Mason Inn complex. The setting for lunch was nice, in the pleasantly lit, quiet dining room of Boxwoods. But the food is not anything more than adequate. The service is even less than adequate. Our waitress strongly pushed the lunch buffet, so we went to look at it and saw an assortment of steam table dishes that were not appealing in any way except their quantity. We opted to order off the menu. Our food was eventually served by a different person, then our waitress showed up immediately to ask how everything was. How would we know? We hadn't had a chance to taste it yet. Clearing the plates and serving the coffee were also challenging for the staff, apparently. This goes for the front desk, as well--having made a reservation through Open Table, I was surprised when after the lunch I got an email from Open Table saying the restaurant reported I had canceled. I can't say that I plan to return any time soon.

  • Visited November 2011
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Thank TheMGsRemark
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Bethany Beach, DE
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Great Restaurant!”
Reviewed December 4, 2011

My husband & I stayed at the Mason Inn while in town for a couple of days & within this hotel was a wonderful surprise! Since we were hungry when we checked in, we decided to try Boxwoods. It started out as a pleasant experience as everyone in and around the restaurant was very accommodating & friendly. They were having a buffet lunch when we arrived which my husband was excited about, but I am not the "buffet type" at all; however, the price of $15.00 would have equalled to a regular lunch off the menu so I decided to try it. Wow! Everything was so fresh -- nothing like one might expect from your standard buffet lunch. The vegetables were crisp & deliciously seasoned -- all the choices were a cut above, including some of the best pesto I've ever tasted! The fruit was sweet and juicy -- the choice of breads were amazing. The desserts were out of this world. In a nutshell, you will really enjoy this restaurant if you're ever in the area. Look for "Amy" -- an exceptional waitress/hostess who works there. She remembered us when we returned for breakfast, was extremely caring to our every need & made us feel very welcome. We will stay at the Mason Inn everytime we're in town mainly because of Boxwoods -- can't wait to come back for the buffet!

  • Visited December 2011
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4 Thank Linnie D
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Fairfax, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
93 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Hidden jewel very close nearby”
Reviewed November 28, 2011

The area around George Mason University, now Virginia's most populous campus, has long needed adequate lodging for friends and family visiting the university and certainly a good restaurant. Recently the new campus Mason Inn opened (just off Braddock Road and 123) and is a true home run! Besides a lovely hotel catering to now a major state university and houses two very fine dining opportunities. The Boxwoods provides surprisingly innovative and imaginative cuisine together with first class service. Adjacent is The Well, a casual spacious bar area with a very good menu of its own and a ambiance long missing in this end of upscale Fairfax. We were a party of four and have elected to revisit this delightful venue many times in the future. Food selection from either menu is sufficiently broad to cover most tastes, and prices are certainly competitive for the area and atmosphere. This jewels is as yet largely undiscovered and while we four hope it remains uncrowded and our little tasty secret, we know that as the word gets out and a clientele, the good days of obscurity may wane. This place is good!

  • Visited November 2011
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Thank memjfm1
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