Top 10 restaurants in Reston, United States

April 14, 2018 Joeann Galban

Reston is a census-designated place (CDP) in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States, within the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The population was 58,404 at the 2010 census. An internationally known planned community founded in 1964, it was built with the goal of revolutionizing post–World War II concepts of land use and residential/corporate development in suburban America. The Reston Town Center is home to many businesses, with high-rise and low-rise commercial buildings that are home to shops, restaurants, offices, a cinema, and a hotel. It comprises over 1,000,000 square feet (93,000 m) of office space. Municipal, government-like services are provided by the nonprofit Reston Association, which is supported by a per-household fee for all residential properties in Reston. In 2017, Reston was ranked 29th in the Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine.
Things to do in Reston

1. Cafesano

11130M S Lakes Dr, Reston, VA 20191-4327 Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 14 +1 703-391-2100
Excellent
60%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 322 reviews

Cafesano

Cafesano serves Italian and Mediterranean food in an upscale quick-casual cafe environment located on Lake Thoreau in the South Lakes Village Center in Reston, Virginia. Our hours are from 11-9 daily. Enjoy our fresh and flavorful Appetizers, Panini, Wraps, Salads, Pizza and Kabobs. Kids Menu and Gluten Free Menu available. Vegetarian friendly menu. Nice variety and reasonably priced beer and wine. Our patio overlooks Lake Thoreau and there is ample parking. Cafesano. Tastes good! Feels good!

Reviewed By Phil C - Reston, Virginia

CafeSano never disappoints. We usually go there about once a month. They recently opened their second restaurant and we have found it to be the same in terms of quality dishes and excellent customer service. My favorite is the meatball pannini. My wife loves their...MoreThank you for the high praises, Phil! We agree, the meatball panini is delicious and we're glad to hear you and your wife enjoy our food. We look forward to serving you again soon!

2. Jimmy's Old Town Tavern

697 Spring St, Herndon, VA 20170-5125 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks SGD 9 - SGD 25 +1 703-435-5467
Excellent
55%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 252 reviews

Jimmy's Old Town Tavern

Reviewed By TommeC2016 - Fairfax County, Virginia

Liked it sooo much in September, we went back two more times since then. The atmosphere is total SPORTS. Yes, they are a Buffalo Bills destination point for football, but we wore our Philadelphia Eagles garb for lunch and got joked at and jeered at, but it was so totally friendly and fun.

The food is total sports bar, but very well made. Their Rum Bread Pudding dessert is to die for. The service is great and very, very friendly. IT IS A FUN PLACE, even for two Eagles fans! Give it a try if you are in the Herndon, Virginia area.

3. PassionFish

11960 Democracy Dr, Reston, VA 20190-5624 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Sushi, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks SGD 41 - SGD 66 703.230.FISH
Excellent
54%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 536 reviews

PassionFish

Reviewed By BeccainPA - Milford, Pennsylvania

I was so angry to spend hours deciding where to eat today since restaurant Week is nearing an end. I checked many menus. I finally decided in Passion Fish in Reston. I checked their website. It gave the menu for lunch and dinner. We drove all the way there. Parked in the garage. Walked in the cold and wind. Arrived at Passion Fish cold and hungry. "Sadly," the man at the check in table told us. "We aren't open for lunch on Saturdays." WHAT!!! Why doesn't it say this on the menu???!!! P[lease update your website!!!!!!!!!

4. Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano

728 Pine St, Herndon, VA 20170-4660 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 39 - SGD 39 +1 703-318-7000
Excellent
53%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 203 reviews

Zeffirelli Ristorante Italiano

Reviewed By mikelynxx - Manassas, Virginia

Dined here on a Thursday night to celebrate our daughter's birthday. Charming restaurant in the middle of Herndon. Slightly dated building but the bathroom was really nice. We were warmly welcomed and seated. After offering us still or sparkling water I enjoyed browsing their small but interesting wine list. Nice selection of typical Italian meals with excellent specials. The pasta was excellent. The Veal Saltimbocca was a little disappointing but it could not distract from the overall enjoyment of this place. The service by very professional servers was impressive. They always seemed to anticipate our needs. I look forward to returning and trying their Ceasar Salad and Gnocchi. The cannolis were fabulous!

5. Jackson's Mighty Fine Food & Lucky Lounge

11927 Democracy Drive, Reston, VA 20190 Reservations, Validated Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 20 - SGD 39 +1 703-437-0800
Excellent
50%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 691 reviews

Jackson's Mighty Fine Food & Lucky Lounge

A nostalgic nod to mid century Americana and comfort food classics and some unexpected twists (a la sushi) in an upbeat 1940's dinner house.

Reviewed By t8temd - Reston, VA

On the up-side, I always thought of Jackson's as way too loud, but we found it not so loud tonight. Are those red things on the ceiling new? I'm assuming they are for sound absorption. I think they're working. Sadly, service left a bit to be desired tonight. 5 of us for dinner, and 4 of us had our meals a good 10-12 minutes (maybe more) before the 5th person's, a burger, arrived. We asked several times about it, and were told it will be "right up" but there was clearly an issue they didn't share, and that's the worst. Just tell us you lost the order, had to remake, etc. This is always a very disappointing and frustrating thing to happen, and it ruins the meal for everyone. And even after delivering the burger so late, there was no offer of compensation for our inconvenience. Customer service needs work.

6. Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant

12023 Town Square St, Reston, VA 20190-6025 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available, Free Wifi Bar, Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 703-689-0700
Excellent
49%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 220 reviews

Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant

Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar is an award-winning Spanish tapas restaurant group located in Atlanta, GA, Washington, DC, Boston, MA, and throughout Connecticut. Barcelona was begun in 1995 by Sasa Mahr-Batuz, based on his memories of years of living in Spain and Portugal, and Andy Pforzheimer, based on his 20 years as a chef at world-famous restaurants in France, California and New York. Beginning with a tiny, 38-seat wine bar they set out to recreate the feel and the look of an evening on the Ramblas. They worked hard and made no compromises to achieve their aims: sophisticated decor that evoked Milan, SoHo, or Rio de Janeiro. Simple, flavor-filled dishes redolent with olive oil, lemon, smoky paprika. A comprehensive list of wines by the glass from around the world, with an emphasis on the lesser-known regions of Spain and Portugal. They were guided not by any places that existed at the time, but only by what they liked, and the way they liked it.

Reviewed By Somm-Laine - Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

We love this place, we dine at least once every time we're in town! The food is always delicious and we love how they change the menu regularly and the staff treats you like family! We are typically bar diners and all of the bartenders are knowledgable and excellent at their craft! A must if your in the area!

7. Waffle King's Virginia Kitchen

450 Elden St, Herndon, VA 20170-4513 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 703-471-0808
Excellent
52%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 168 reviews

Waffle King's Virginia Kitchen

Reviewed By JT03 - Sterling, Virginia

We’re locals and love Virginia Kitchen. Never disappointed and better than Cracker Barrel. We’ve never had a bad meal here and the service is first rate!

8. Bartaco Reston

12021 Town Square St, Reston, VA 20190-6025 Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Mexican, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 20 +1 703-787-8226
Excellent
44%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 289 reviews

Bartaco Reston

nspired by a healthy, outdoor lifestyle, bartaco combines fresh, upscale street food with a coastal vibe in a relaxed environment. bartaco is specialty cocktails crafted with fresh-squeezed juices, beer out of a bottle, and hand-held foods delivered on metal trays. The rustic beach resort design complements the spirited bold and bright flavors of bartaco’s eclectic menu. The stylish ambience, cocktails, and freshly prepared tacos and “not tacos” create an unforgettable experience.

Reviewed By lrk365 - Washington DC, District of Columbia

If you like tacos and experimenting with different types--you will like Bartaco. Service is great, very efficient.

9. Ariake Sushi

12184 Glade Dr, Reston, VA 20191-2615 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 33 - SGD 66 +1 703-391-9006
Excellent
59%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 128 reviews

Ariake Sushi

Reviewed By fiamma11 - Vienna, Virginia

My family had lunch here and left very satisfied. The sushi and bento boxes were excellent and I was impressed with the array of sakes available, much larger than some competitors. The service was very good and the ambience pleasant. That have a few tables which on a good weather day are very pleasant. I look forward to returning.

10. Silver Diner

11951 Killingsworth Ave, Reston, VA 20194-1817 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 26 +1 703-742-0801
Excellent
37%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 226 reviews

Silver Diner

At Silver Diner, we're much more than a diner. Whether you choose a classic dish or a vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free option, Executive Chef Ype Von Hengst has created a menu of customizable, healthier choices that all share one thing: the highest quality, all-natural ingredients available.Silver Diner is proud to be a key part of the local community, nurturing it's growth, providing food for healthier lifestyles, and supporting local schools and non-profits. With a menu that features more than 15 local farms that support sustainable agriculture, Chef Ype creates seasonal dishes using the freshest ingredients available within our local region.

Reviewed By deebug2470 - Pittsburgh, Pa

We love coming here at least once a year. We visit Herndon several times a year and always are sure to stop. No matter how busy they are the food is good, the service fast and friendly. And we love the diner theme. This time was no different. For New Year’s eve brunch before heading off to Mount Vernon we stopped. It was packed yet we were seated and served quickly. And a great place to eat!

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