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“Great seafood dishes”
Review of Present

Present
Ranked #4 of 367 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.
Washington, DC
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Great seafood dishes”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Soft-shell crabs, whole rockfish and shrimp & pineapple dishes are outstanding. The only disappointment was the Chicken medallions which were hacked up pieces of chicken with the bone still in. Monday and Wednesday are 1/2 price bottles of wine. Make reservations for Sat. night or you will wait in line for 1/2 hour. I prefer a table in front near the windows.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank mvburke
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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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Allentown, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
117 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“First time Vietnamese”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

Went here with family - very unsure what to expect. Wanted to get Pho, but was told that it was a meal in itself. Ended ordering duck with orange sauce which although difficult to get all the meat was scrumptious. Service was attentive.

Visited February 2013
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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, District of Columbia, United States
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Lovely decor and fresh food”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

When I first went there, I was so swept away by its charm, authentic food and friendly waiting staff. I have kept going back and loved it each time. Nothing there is frozen except its green tea ice cream!

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank Dawn L
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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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Lafayette, Louisiana
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Top-notch inventive Vietnamese food”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Present consistently serves fresh, attractive, delicious food. Their menu is poetically descriptive, and somewhat tongue-in-cheek.

The fried spring rolls are fantastic, the exterior is cellophane noodles, making them light and crunchy.

Servers have always been friendly. Interior decor is nicer than most.

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Thank SweetPea J
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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
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great Vietnamese Restaurant”
Reviewed June 21, 2012

Don't be deceived by outward appearances! Located in a small older strip shopping center in Falls Church, VA, the inside is nice with a waterfall and orchid on each table. Tables and booths are well spaced. Service is very good and the food is excellent. The menu is very extensive.

  • Visited April 2012
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Thank Lilbucks
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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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