Clifton Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Clifton

April 14, 2018 Natalie Tallman

Clifton is an incorporated town located in southwestern Fairfax County, Virginia, United States, with a population of 282 at the time of the 2010 census, up from 185 at the 2000 census.
Things to do in Clifton

1. Katerina's Greek Cuisine

9212 Center St, Manassas, VA 20110-5535 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Parking Available Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 7 - SGD 37 +1 703-361-4976
Excellent
73%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 511 reviews

Katerina's Greek Cuisine

Reviewed By horsehusband2017 - Manassas, Virginia

We usually go to Katerina’s before/ after going to Hylton Center performances but were in the area and just decided to stop for early dinner. As always we were very glad we did... tried pita sandwiches with Katrina’s style gyro meat. Pita bread is always a favorite, crusty and warm. Meat was excellent mix of lamb/pork. Fries were super; hot, crusty and not greasy. Wife ordered no pita on her sandwich and they were glad to accommodate special order for lettuce wrap. Bonus was they put her pita on the side so I got to eat it too. Service was great, friendly and fast. While a small dining area that can get crowded fast you never feel uncomfortable or neglected by the staff. A great local restaurant.

2. Nathan's Dairy Bar

8948 Mathis Ave, Manassas, VA 20110-5258 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American +1 703-335-9051
Excellent
86%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 109 reviews

Nathan's Dairy Bar

Reviewed By RYC88 - Centreville, Virginia

They have a good variety of flavors and they make some really great sundaes, like pumpkin pie and S'mores and Worms & Dirt. The ice cream is really creamy, like custard, so if that's your kind of ice cream, this place is a winner. Good portions and decent prices. Manassas is lucky to have both Kline's and Nathan's - two really fabulous ice cream stops.

3. Peterson's Ice Cream Depot

7150 Main St, Clifton, VA 20124-1733 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol American Dinner, Lunch +1 703-830-7898
Excellent
67%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 76 reviews

Peterson's Ice Cream Depot

Fun, Family Friendly Ice Cream Shop and Eatery with outdoor seating area - Big TV and games for the kids . We serve Homemade Hard Ice Cream and Soft Serve - Numerous Flavors and Toppings Specialty Hot Dogs Homemade Carolina Barbecue Homemade Hand Cut Fries Chicken Breast Sandwiches , Nuggets and Fingers Salad Nachos and more.. WE OPEN FOR THE SEASON THE MIDDLE TO LAST WEEK OF MARCH 2017 - CHECK OUR WEBSITE -

Reviewed By SBS50 - Alexandria VA

Indulge yourself! All kinds of sweet frozen options, ice creams, sorbets, gelatos, soft serve. Hot dogs and fries. We just had ice cream, and enjoyed the shaded and comfortable patio area but boy was it good! Yes a line, but it didn't take long. And what's the hurry anyway when the reward is SOOOO good.

4. The Swiss Bakery

9536 Old Keene Mill Rd, Burke, VA 22015-4208 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards Swiss, Cafe, German, European Breakfast, Brunch +1 703-569-3670
Excellent
73%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 80 reviews

The Swiss Bakery

We are a full service retail bakery specializing in Artisan Breads, French Pastries, Cakes, Fresh Ice Creams & Sorbets, European Style Desserts, and imported Swiss and German gourmet products. We are committed to very high quality and carrying on the culinary traditions of the Swiss. Our bakery items are prepared fresh daily by our skilled staff in our Springfield, Virginia store. In addition to producing fresh breads, cakes, and pastries, our team of chefs has selected a discriminating collection of imported gourmet foods, including many hard to find world class chocolates, coffees, teas, and condiments. Please visit us at our bakeries in Springfield and Burke, Virginia for a truly Swiss experience. ~Laurie and Reto Weber

Reviewed By cathy h - Annandale, Virginia

I have bought a dessert only in September and then I returned today (October) to have their quiche lunch special. This place is unique, authentic, and delicious!!

5. Trattoria Villagio

7145 Main St., Clifton, VA 20124 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 703-543-2030
Excellent
47%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 288 reviews

Trattoria Villagio

Reviewed By kganley626 - Burke, Virginia

We couldn’t think of a better way to end Clifton Day than to have dinner here. The Cocktails were perfect, we wouldn’t expect anything less. Banda Bing Shrimp is wonderful and the Lobster Ravioli is excellent. Last but not least the Ribeye was done to a turn.

6. Ciao Osteria

14115 Saint Germain Dr, Centreville, VA 20121-2310 Television, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 9 - SGD 46 +1 703-543-8955
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 437 reviews

Ciao Osteria

Ciao Osteria is an authentic Italian eatery featuring delicious entrees and Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas made completely from scratch. Our goal is to serve true traditional Italian recipes made with the freshest, most authentic ingredients available, while making sure our guests are treated as family at our table. Chef Antonino believes you should never underestimate the power of a home cooked Sicilian meal. After many, many years of hard work in his kitchen, he decided to share his recipes with us. You can expect only an authentic taste of Sicily when you eat with us at Ciao Osteria. From the moment you walk in our front door, we want you to feel like you are a part of our family.. Buon appetito!

Reviewed By Drjack183 - Herndon, Virginia

The food was very, very good; the wait staff attentive; and the owner was checking to make sure everything was going well. The downsides were our 6;45 reservation was not honored for 12 minutes; and the restaurant was somewhat noisey and close packed. Overall though, a good expereince.

7. Villa Bella

6050 Burke Commons Rd Ste C, Burke, VA 22015-2878 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 17 - SGD 33 +1 703-239-3580
Excellent
42%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 196 reviews

Villa Bella

Reviewed By Kevin T - Fairfax, Virginia, Usa

Villa Bella is an Excellent Local Italian Restaurant!
The food is Delicious and the staff is very friendly and prompt with service!

Being a local restaurant, the staff actually takes the time to get to know the customers, and all of the dishes are made fresh!

8. Sweetwater Tavern

14250 Sweetwater Ln, Centreville, VA 20121-5336 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 20 - SGD 39 +1 703-449-1100
Excellent
58%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 506 reviews

Sweetwater Tavern

Reviewed By ivytravel - Fairfax, Virginia

We love Sweetwater and this was the first time in our visits over the years that it was just average. Neither of us really enjoyed the steak fajitas, meat was thick and chewy. Service was also not it's stellar self and maybe we got there at an odd time. It was 3:30 and took a while before someone stopped by to see what we needed. Certainly not the norm. Also curious why the prime rib was missing from the menu as that's our favorite but we will return but will skip the fajitas. Great outside bar area that we visited later on after our lunch. Heated in the winter.

9. Tony's New York Pizza

9108 Mathis Ave, Manassas, VA 20110-5291 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 703-330-8909
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 288 reviews

Tony's New York Pizza

Reviewed By davideN5458OJ - Manassas, Virginia

This is a nice restaurant with a good menu, but we considered it just average. I guess it had too much build up, and then the reality didn’t match the expectation. If you want decent Italian food, you can get it here, but we didn’t find it to rate above that.

10. Coastal Flats

11901 Grand Commons Ave, Fairfax, VA 22030-8603 Takeout, Reservations, Television, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 571-522-6300
Excellent
53%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 813 reviews

Coastal Flats

Reviewed By jingjing2x - Centreville, Virginia

This is my new go to restaurant in Fairfax corner. Short wait for tables. The service was fast and efficient. The menu is mostly seafood but also offers meat selections steak, chicken and burger. I ordered the Hongkong style seabass and tasted delicious. I wish they offer non seafood items for appetizer.

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