Where to Eat in Alexandria: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Brandee Mangan

A short Metro ride from Washington DC, Alexandria, Virginia is the perfect escape from the fast-paced capital. First settled in 1695, the city retains its colonial spirit, with cobblestone streets and historic buildings in the Old Town, Gadsby's Tavern, a restaurant serving food since 1770, and centers of learning like the Black History Museum. For a more contemporary side of Alexandria, wander the streets of the stylish Del Ray neighborhood, where local artists operate boutiques and studios.
Things to do in Alexandria

1. Namaste

6138 Rose Hill Dr, Alexandria, VA 22310-1901 Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Indian, Asian, Nepali, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner 703-822-0408
Excellent
68%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 138 reviews

Namaste

Reviewed By Rich P - Arlington, Virginia

Good Indian restaurants can be found just about any location, including this unappealing strip mall. Namaste not only has a big menu with the standard Indian fare, but also some Nepalese variations with obvious Chinese influence. We were not adventurous and enjoyed standards like samosas, butter chicken, chicken korman, tika masala, etc. Everything was on point and delicious. The service was fine, but we did not require much attention. Again, the atmosphere is dull and lacks charm, but the food is just fine, which is what matters most.

2. Caphe Banh Mi

407 Cameron St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3221 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Asian, Vietnamese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner 703-549-0800
Excellent
60%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 249 reviews

Caphe Banh Mi

Reviewed By Dawn S - Farmington, Maine

This is a wonderful little restaurant with amazing food. We were fortunate to arrive just in time to get a table, it is small and seating is limited, well worth the wait. Everything we ordered was perfect from the summer roll starters to the Vietnamese ice ca phe, not a thing I would change. The menu is diverse - suitable for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. Bowls of pho to perfect banh mi sandwiches, choosing is a challenge. Cannot wait to return to try something new!

3. Cosmopolitan

7770 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22306-2859 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar European, Eastern European, Central European Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 33 +1 703-360-3660
Excellent
68%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 158 reviews

Cosmopolitan

Reviewed By lbshes - northern virginia

We are in our late 70s and often have lunch as our main meal. We have enjoyed our meals here but this time we were surprised: the lunch menu has fewer items we love. Wife enjoyed stuffed cabbage, brought back great memories. I come here for one reason ... I totally love the wiener schnitzel ... and, it was great.

4. Vaso's Mediterranean Bistro

1118 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-2925 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 703-566-2720
Excellent
60%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 231 reviews

Vaso's Mediterranean Bistro

Reviewed By RussellJW - Falls Church, VA

Whenever I have a hankering for a great Greek Gyro, Vaso Kitchen is my go to spot. Vaso’s sets the standard for tast bud popping Gyros, with plenty of meat, feta all the fillings are freshly prepared. French fries are hot, crispy and accompany the Gyros so well. I have popped into Vaso’s on several occasions thinking I was going to try something else, I just never get there. Easy parking in their lot or on the street. Oh yeah – Good affordable wine selection and a good beer list. Friendly, helpful wait staff.

5. Le Refuge Restaurant

127 N Washington St, Ste C, Alexandria, VA 22314-3176 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar French, European Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 703-548-4661
Excellent
63%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 297 reviews

Le Refuge Restaurant

Reviewed By Ryan W - Wilmington, Delaware

Sacre Bleu! I've been enjoying gustatory excellence here since it format started as L'Estaminet and through its change to Le Refuge... If just gets better!

Was in Alexandria, VA today (12/2/17) for the annual Scottish Walk (I am a Stewart!) and was searching to find a place for lunch for four of us. Called Le Refuge (right on N Washington St up from King in the center of Old Town) and snapped up a table for four before others could! We were all happily pleased!

We had some luncheon specials (Endive with Roquefort, Walnuts and Apples Salad, Cassolet, Quiche Loraine and Bouillabaisse) and some from the main menu (French Soup a L'Onion). The wine was a superb Chef Suggested Le Macon White Bordeaux.

They were ready to seat us when we arrived slightly early. Service was fast and attentive. All our appetizers and entrees came out for us together, but following so we were not hurried. Water and wine refilled unobtrusively...

You cannot go wrong experiencing this restaurant! C'est Magnifique!

6. Warehouse Bar & Grill

214 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3210 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 33 - SGD 66 +1 703-683-6868
Excellent
57%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 733 reviews

Warehouse Bar & Grill

Located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, the Warehouse is one of the area's most popular restaurants specializing in prime aged steaks and fresh seafood. The superb food is served in a casual but elegant atmosphere that features caricatures of the local gentry on the walls of the historic building. Enjoy their Steak "Pontchartrain" or their famous all-lump crab cakes. Don't miss their very popular Sunday brunch. Enjoy a drink at their antique mahogany bar.

Reviewed By Liza G - Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States

We had dinner here on Thursday after taking the boat back from the Nationals home opener. We were seated right away and had an excellent server. All four meals ( jambalaya, fillet, catfish, and udon noodle veggie dish) were very good. All agreed we would order our meals again. The she crab soup was wonderful and the bread went with it quite well. Prices were on par for a nice place in Alexandria.

7. RT's Restaurant

3804 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22305-2409 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 8 - SGD 31 +1 703-684-6010
Excellent
59%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 256 reviews

RT's Restaurant

Reviewed By focusmail - Washington DC, District of Columbia

For New Orleans native, this small casual restaurant is one of only two restaurants in DC Metro area that actually serves authentic cajun and creole food. Other is Acadiana which is pricier, but honestly not better. Sampled 5 different dishes and all were well made and tasted correct. 30 plus year restaurant with same chef almost as long - they got it right. Dessert of caramel creme is authentic, old New Orleans recipe that was a tradition in famous restaurants there - you never see it outside of New Orleans these days (except here). Very good food, good service, very reasonably priced.

8. Hunting Creek Restaurant

1106 King St, Old Town, Alexandria, VA 22314-2925 Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Highchairs Available American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 703-836-5126
Excellent
63%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 154 reviews

Hunting Creek Restaurant

Reviewed By Chicojenn - Chico, California

In town for a vacation and after asking locals this was THE PLACE. Made reservation via open table Noted our 15th Anniversary and wanted romance. Upon arrival no acknowledgement of our requests. Food was good/great but service and drinks was poor. Dessert was horrible. Errors on dinner order not noticed. Tried to remedy after meal done. I wanted veggie not potato. Given potatoes
Manager or owner was on site but never came by said hi or even acknowledged an issue. Women bathroom was a 2 out of 5 for clean.
Steaks were great but we were left with nothing but overall disappointing event.

9. Hank's Oyster Bar

1026 King St, Ste 1, Alexandria, VA 22314-2961 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +1 703-739-4265
Excellent
52%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 461 reviews

Hank's Oyster Bar

Reviewed By LivinglifeinPA - Allentown, PA

We really enjoyed our dinner here this past week.......wonderful food, attentive service. A bit noisier than what we would have preferred, but nothing that we could do about that.

The menu offers quite a nice variety of options....from appetizers to sandwiches/salads to main entrees.

I selected the Old Bay Shrimp (normally an appetizer) as my meal. The portion was more than I expected......at least 15 "you-peel-them" shrimp....and they were absolutely delicious. My spouse tried their Lobster Roll and was happy with that too.

Hanks is located on King Street, so it's very convenient and easy to find. We'd HIGHLY recommend making reservations, though. The restaurant was busy from the moment we arrived until the time we left.....and we can understand why.

A place to definitely put on your "Must Eat Here" list!

10. Taverna Cretekou

818 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3017 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 10 - SGD 46 +1 703-548-8688
Excellent
59%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 513 reviews

Taverna Cretekou

Reviewed By Scott_M_SubGuy - Washington DC, District of Columbia

Dinner here with my wife on her birthday. The Taverna has most of the traditional dishes you would expect, with nice portion sizes, very good service, and tasty food. A nice location with a great atmosphere, and be prepared for typical Old Towne pricing.

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