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“Just can't stay away from this great restaurant!”
Review of Present

Present
Ranked #5 of 370 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.
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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Armin F, Manager at Present, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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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Armin F, Manager at Present, responded to this reviewResponded 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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Reviewed January 7, 2010

This is a great restaurant in a very unassuming location; a run-down strip mall next to a tire shop. Inside the restaurant is tastefully decorated in light woods.

Despite having lived in this area for over a decade, with the largest Vietnamese-American community in the eastern US, I am a newbie to this cuisine. The wait staff sets you at ease, and gives helpful recommendations and advice.

The food was excellent, brimming with fresh flavors of basil and mint.

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Armin F, Manager at Present, responded to this reviewResponded 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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Reviewed December 20, 2009

Very good Restraunt. There food is very pretty. It looks too good to eat sometimes. Great Restraunt.

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Armin F, Manager at Present, responded to this reviewResponded 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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Reviewed June 7, 2009

If it was available, I would rate this restuarant 3.5 - better than average, but not great. The service is attentive, the price is right and it is just a block or two from my home. To boot, they have outdoor seating. They could easily jump a star or two, but here is what I think is holding them back...
1. Menu is difficult to read. Not because it is in Vietnamese, but because they use kitschy, new age neames to describe dishes, such as "warm heart piglet" and "cow on open field".
2. Food was generally bland by comparison to other vietnames restuarants - compounded by not having condiments on the table(i.e, garlic chile paste). My immediate thinking was that they had "americanized" their cuisine.

One last note, which endeared them to our heart was that they made an error in the kitchen on our dish, necessitating sending one back. They immediately offered up another glass of wine for the both of us on the house...something that we rarely ever see, but should happen more often as it proffers a lot of good will at little cost.
We will undoubtedly return and look forward to watching this new restaurant grow into its own....

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Armin F, Manager at Present, responded to this reviewResponded 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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