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“Great Sunday Buffet - All Vegetarian Food - Great Value for Money” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Woodlands

Woodlands
Ranked #278 of 395 Restaurants in Fairfax
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Indian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Buffet, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Fairfax, Virginia
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236 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Great Sunday Buffet - All Vegetarian Food - Great Value for Money”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2013

We visited the Woodlands Restaurant located off Highway 29 in Fairfax for a Sunday buffet and were overwhelmed by the variety of foods that are available as well as the value for money!

The ambiance of the restaurant is not conducive to fine dining or subdued conversations - at least at the Sunday buffet. But the food is great and we went for the food, and only the food.

There has been a change in management and the cook - with exceedingly good results. The food is all vegetarian, cooked in the South Indian style. There is a range of spicy hot dishes and other dishes that are milder to cater to a range of palates. The spiciness of the hot items, however, does not approach the intense killer extremes of Chettinad food or Andhra food.

There are three or more types of dessert to finish off the meal. Our favorites were the quintessential South Indian hits - vadas - deep fried lentil and rice flour cakes dunked in steaming sambhar with a side of chutney, dosas freshly made and served at your table with a filling of potato and onion curry inside, and steaming idlis - steamed cakes of rice and lentils also followed up with sambhar and chutney.

At around twelve bucks for the buffet, the meal is a great value for money. With the variety and range of dishes there is something for everyone. The restaurant is family friendly and the tables generally seat four though the restaurant will group tables together for large parties. There is plenty of parking in the lot in front of the restaurant. The Sunday buffet opens at 11:00 AM and is conducive to brunching after sleeping in.

Something tells me we will be going there for more Sunday brunches in the future - at future peril to our waistlines but with the Woodlands - its tasty food that will not break the bank.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Utterly delicious”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2013

The food was spicy, fresh and delicious. I'm not a vegetarian and never had Indian food before and I loved everything about this place!

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Ltlulubell
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South Brunswick, New Jersey
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Tasty menu and nice ambience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

My recent buffet lunch experience was quite pleasant. I was visiting Fairfax area from NJ with my family. They had good variety with tasty north/south Indian combinations. The place was clean with good ambience and the staff were very courteous.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank mrajana
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Glen Allen, Virginia
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132 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
“Very Nice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

Whenever I visit DC, I come here. Sometimes you have to wait but no big deal. Dosa is really good and so was the food. Buffet was nice, had a variety of different things. i grew up in India and the Pani Puri is one of the best. Not a far drive from DC. Come here it is good.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Sonny F
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Blacksburg, Virginia
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43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Excellent food and value”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013

I used to visit the Woodlands restaurant all the time when living in Fairfax. The lunch buffet is a steal! It is best to get there right when they open so everything is fresh and you get first pick. There is so much variety and the dishes are very tasty. I love the spicy condiments and dal poured over those fluffy white pancakes.
Addictive and cheap!

  • Visited February 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank The_McDubs
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