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“Great Lunch-Time Prix Fixe” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Villa Mozart

Villa Mozart
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Ranked #18 of 384 Restaurants in Fairfax
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary, Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Main Street (Route 236)
Clifton, Virginia
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64 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great Lunch-Time Prix Fixe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I have been to this restaurant several times for dinner, but my preferred meal is their lunch. It is a very good, 3-course, fine dining lunch for a great fixed price. The one issue we've always had with this restaurant, though, is its decor - gray and white. It just feels cold - not the warm and inviting atmosphere I want.

Visited June 2013
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English first
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110 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Nice dinner”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

We recently went to Villa Mozart for dinner and had the $59 prix fixe menu. Let me start by first saying the service was excellent and the dining room had a nice style. The food was okay, it wasn't what I would call fine dining. A lot of the sauces were a little goopy and over salted. The Carpaccio tasted okay but it was served on saran wrap over a pasta dish with some weird small plops of foie gras scattered around it. Disappointing. Over all, it is fine for dinner out but I wouldn't go for a special occasion.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fine dining, tucked away in fairfax”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013 via mobile

Kitchen is master of Tyrollean style Italian. Flavors combos are sublime. Don't sleep on the meats here; prosciutto, lamb are some of the best in DMV. The bellinis are Salut!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Noel W
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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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95 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“An Italian Genius resides in the Kitchen”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

My husband and I have eaten at Villa Mozart in Fairfax City numerous times over the past few years and the restaurant has never missed a beat in service, preparation, plating, and overall good, quality Italian cuisine. The variety of offerings on the menu is remarkable for the location and size of the restaurant. You must order pasta - the chef has several items on the menu from his home region of Italy that I have never experienced before and you really cannot make a bad selection. For starters, the squid appetizer is unique - what lies before you looks like a pasta dish, but the noodles are the squid and the seasoning is unbelievable. The wine selection is well done, with offerings of some really solidly good Italian wines (my personal favorite) but also offers many other choices.

The interior of the restaurant, located in an old frame house across from the Courthouse, is sleek, contemporary and very understated. No red and white tablecloths with candles in wine bottles here! The artwork is a collection of photographs, most in black and white, of architectural styles and the small rooms are immediately inviting and more intimate in feel.

The price for your meal will also surprise you. We have ordered from the menu a la carte and also selected their prix fixe lunches and/or dinners and consider both a bargain for the quality of the food. If you decide to go, you may want to make a reservation - especially for dinner. It is no longer a buried gem in suburban Virginia, but can easily be considered a "destination" restaurant for Washington, DC.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Reston, Virginia
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112 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Excellent birthday dinner for a "foodie"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

This was our second time at Villa Mozart, coming six months after a surprise birthday dinner with close friends and family. This time was also a birthday, and the menu didn't disappoint. The restaurant's name may suggest a fairly old-fashioned Austrian restaurant, but the style is northern Italian, with some modern touches. The menu includes first courses, pasta courses, and second courses in the Italian fashion, but a prix-fixe option is also available and usually a great deal (pick one from each course, for less than the cost if ordered separately).

A "caviar" of red beets was a terrific starter, and the saddle of rabbit also an excellent main dish. But for us the stars were the pasta dishes, in this case a southern German spaetzle which was light and fluffy, as well as a spinach knoedel which was also a stand-out. The wine list is very good and the desserts included some modern variations, sorbets and foams, which were light and refreshing, not at all what one might expect from the "Mozart" theme. (One note: our waiter hadn't yet learned to pour without leaving some wine dripping on the side of the bottle - a small but noticeable gaffe in a restaurant of this caliber.)

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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