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“Would be a 5”
Review of Present

Present
Ranked #3 of 364 Restaurants in Falls Church
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Vietnamese
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Description: Present Restaurant is home to a melting pot of tasty regional authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Most of the best Vietnamese food can be found at a humble-looking street stall and from the inside of a home kitchen. Present Restaurant is your guide to favorite Vietnamese foods in the Fairfax Co area. Enjoy a quiet dinner with friends with a glass of wine. Present restaurant offer an ambiance of tranquility with our indoor cascading pond that allows our guest to enjoy a quiet dinner with friends with a glass of wine. We also cater to special events and occasions. Surprise your quest with a catered and elaborate Vietnamese buffet.. Thank you to Mr. Tom Sietsema of the Washington Post for the kind review: Editorial Review 2009 Fall Dining Guide By Tom Sietsema Washington Post Staff Writer Plenty of Vietnamese restaurants serve green papaya salad. None that I've sampled makes a better impression than Present's. Freshly roasted nuts give the dish an edge, and so does a "bowl" of purple cabbage, although the crowning touch is lavished on the surface: matchsticks of rich liver instead of the usual beef jerky. Other Vietnamese restaurants are welcoming, but few more so than this place. Need a recommendation? Want to know more about an ingredient? The servers respond with enthusiasm and intelligence, and they make top-notch guides for novices in particular. I've eaten in this serene dining room at least half a dozen times now, yet I always find something new to appreciate.
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“Would be a 5”
Reviewed December 10, 2011

This restaurant would be a five except for lack of heat. I have heard that northern cuisine is less spicy, but not certain whether that means no hot spices.

The food was excellent. I mean really, really, good and spiced well. however, no hot.

The service was excellent and we enjoyed ourselves the whole dinner and would go back. The food was that good even without the heat. Give it hot, and this would be a 5!

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Thank Samantha-Snuggs
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Armin F, Manager at Present, responded to this review, September 6, 2015
It was our honor to have you as our guest.
The night was more rewarding for us when you came to visit Present Restaurant.
We look forward seeing you again and being part of our family.
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English first
Falls Church, VA
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Jewel of a restaurant”
Reviewed November 2, 2011

Present is a wonderful, surprising, and delightful vietnamese restaurant. Everything is delicious and is done with class. Their presentation is stunning, and the qualify of the food is excellent. I have been there several times and love it each time. Personal favorites: the green papaya salad and the "hard working piglet" (pork in a clay-pot). Their chicken curry reminded me of the curry my mother made when I was growing up. I've never been disappointed with anything I've eaten. The service is friendly and attentive. The ambience is pleasing. All at extremely reasonable prices. HIGHLY recommend.

  • Visited May 2011
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Armin F, Manager at Present, responded to this review, September 6, 2015
It was our honor to have you as our guest.
The night was more rewarding for us when you came to visit Present Restaurant.
We look forward seeing you again and being part of our family.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Better options in the area”
Reviewed April 5, 2011

I am amazed at such glowing reviews here. The restaurant is ok and the food so, so. Most reviewers are using words such as "amazing" and excellent. Beware of reastaurant owners submitting theirnown reviews, this is very skeptical. Again, the foodnwas ok but in this area where Vietnamese abound, there are much better options at Eden center or even at the next shopping center down. Also, check out the filth out back when they open the door in the summer since they are so hot in the kitchen. The doors are open and potentially can let vermin in.

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1 Thank Anialw13
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Armin F, Manager at Present, responded to this review, September 6, 2015
It was our honor to have you as our guest.
The night was more rewarding for us when you came to visit Present Restaurant.
We look forward seeing you again and being part of our family.
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Munich, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Just can't stay away from this great restaurant!”
Reviewed July 1, 2010

This restaurant is hidden in a corner of a small strip mall. Upon entering, the decor impressed us and let us know that this restaurant wants to charm you.busy. We have been there several times with out of town guests and everyone has been impressed. One visitor dined there with us on a Friday and wanted to go back on Monday because she enjoyed the food so much. As a vegetarian, I highly recommend the Tofu in Lemongrass (Strolling in a Lemongrass Field). It is a little spicy and delicious. One member of our party had the Cow on the Open Field. No one was disappointed. Beware that reservations are often needed.

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Thank tes321
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Armin F, Manager at Present, responded to this review, September 6, 2015
It was our honor to have you as our guest.
The night was more rewarding for us when you came to visit Present Restaurant.
We look forward seeing you again and being part of our family.
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NoVA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Great food, great service, great value”
Reviewed March 22, 2010

We were a party of ten who didn't know what to expect and had no idea what to order. We placed ourselves in the hands of our waitress. We told her what we liked and disliked and she made a series of recommendations for appetizers, entrees, and dessert. Fortunately she delivered as all the dishes were execellent - we had chicken, seafood, duck, beef, pork - a little bit of everything. I'm sure we were given the dishes that were the most popular but it did not matter as it tasted great.

Including drinks (beer and wine), food, taxes, and tip, the cost per person was $35. Amazing.

The noise level was high so it was not so easy to hear the conversation from one end of the table to the other. But that is due to the large crowd of people dining and waiting to get in. Did I mention the food was excellent? We will be back.

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1 Thank NoVAFamilyof4
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Armin F, Manager at Present, responded to this review, September 6, 2015
It was our honor to have you as our guest.
The night was more rewarding for us when you came to visit Present Restaurant.
We look forward seeing you again and being part of our family.
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This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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