Where to Eat in Dulles: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Kaleigh Reichenbach

Dulles is an unincorporated area in Loudoun County, Virginia, which is part of the Washington metropolitan area. The headquarters of Orbital ATK, GeoEye, and ODIN technologies and the former headquarters of MCI Inc. and AOL are located in Dulles. The National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington forecast office and the National Weather Service's Sterling Field Support Center are also both in Dulles.
Things to do in Dulles

1. LAuberge Chez Francois

332 Springvale Rd, Great Falls, VA 22066-3213 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 98 - SGD 98 +1 703-759-3800
Excellent
82%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 677 reviews

LAuberge Chez Francois

Travellers in the beautiful Alsatian countryside, seek out "auberge", the little family inns that dot the roadsides, to eat well and enjoy the scenery. They know they will find fine food and glowing spirits, at an excellent value. Welcome to L"Auberge Chez Francois, our French country inn a short distance from the nation's capital, nestled among lush woods and fragrant gardens, that has captivated visitors for over 50 years. L'Auberge Chez Francois is the ideal spot to celebrate special moments, private parties,luncheons, weddings and cooking demonstrations. Our menu is extensive and full of the flavors of Alsace and traditional French cuisine. Excellent food and service, attention to detail and a casually elegant atmosphere are hallmarks that have made L'Auberge Chez Francois a Washington favorite. We sincerely hope that you will enjoy your visit with us. Jacques Brasserie at L'Auberge is open Tues-Sat,5-9:00PM,Sunday 3-7:30PM. Reservations for Jacques' Brasserie via phone only!

Reviewed By Jayme J

This restaurant is really a destination. The ambiance is warm and friendly, the staff is impeccable, attentive, knowledgeable, courteous and friendly. The food is, in a word, superior and consistently superior. My husband and I have been dining here for many years at both Jacques Brasserie and L’Auberge Chez François for special occasions and normal dinners. We are always delighted with our meals. Today we had brunch for the first time and it was scrumptious. Warm, homemade croissant, fruit salad, my husband had eggs Benedict and I had a cheese omelet with potatoes and veggies. Warm French apple tart for dessert. Superior flavor combinations, presentation and smells. Total exquisite dining experience each and every time. If you have not eaten here yet make an effort to get here soon. A must experience on everyone’s bucket list!

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. Pitango Gelato

11942 Democracy Dr, Reston, VA 20190-5624 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Seating Healthy SGD 7 - SGD 8 +1 703-606-9906
Excellent
65%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 122 reviews

Pitango Gelato

Pitango Gelato creates authentic gelato focusing on classic Italian flavors rather than novelties or trends. Made with grass-fed organic milk and fresh organic fruit and nuts, our products contain no flavorings, no colorings, nor artificial ingredients of any kind. Pitango also takes its coffee very seriously. We use organic, single-estate beans roasted especially for us in small batches by a local boutique roaster.

Reviewed By Dewayne P

After lunch we needed dessert and were directed to this place. it was an excellent recommendation! The gelato was perfect! The small bowls, which hold quite a bit - it's deceptive - were $5.78 each and the larger were about a dollar more. There were around 20 choices; we got four and all were delicious. Parking is available in a garage a short walk away. The staff was friendly and the local was clean.

4. Mokomandy

20789 Great Falls Plz, Unit 176, Sterling, VA 20165-2496 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Asian, Korean, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Late Night +1 571-313-0505
Excellent
73%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 268 reviews

Mokomandy

Modern. Korean. Cajun.

Reviewed By Kritter_foster - Potomac Falls, Virginia

We always have a great experience at Mokomandy. The food is creative, well-prepared, and excellent. The drink selection is fantastic. The staff is friendly and attentive. In addition, they support our local schools with donations, which is really amazing! Be sure to make a reservation -- this place is HOT!

5. Ford's Fish Shack

44620 Ice Rink Plaza, Ashburn, VA 20147 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks SGD 33 +1 571-918-4092
Excellent
56%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 833 reviews

Ford's Fish Shack

Reviewed By hoosiermomma76 - Columbia, Maryland

Although located in a busy strip shopping center at a busy intersection the atmosphere inside this restaurant is appealing. We both ordered the bass special. They ran out and offered us rockfish as an alternative, It came out hot and delicious. The mini corn muffins were a nice touch. There are several local brews on tap.

6. Sweetwater Tavern

45980 Waterview Plz, Sterling, VA 20166-6556 Takeout, Reservations, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 46 +1 571-434-6500
Excellent
55%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 688 reviews

Sweetwater Tavern

American casual restaurant with a micro brewery serving a western inspired menu.

Reviewed By NikJ - Ascot, United Kingdom

Great selection of beer to try, and with flight of beer had a good choice.

Had a couple of starters which were ok, salad was also nice, and then had the drunken ribeye steak...certainly one to try, though would potentially try from elsewhere on the menu... nice, though not a favourite.

Staff friendly and attentive, and would return.

7. The Old Brogue

760 Walker Rd, Ste C, Great Falls, VA 22066-2645 Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards American, Irish, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Drinks SGD 26 +1 703-759-3309
Excellent
46%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 252 reviews

The Old Brogue

Reviewed By pirula778 - Virginia

Been coming here for years. Most recently last week upon the arrival of family for Thanksgiving. We were a large group so we made a reservation. Easy peasy.

Service is friendly and fast, but not rushed. Great, varied menu. Atmosphere is warm and cosy inside in the Fall/Winter, or light and bright in the conservatory type area.

Everyone enjoyed their meal, and I once again thought how lucky we are to have such a yummy, welcoming, and reliable place so close buy.

Fried chicken night is awesome, as are the Shepherd's Pie and the Fish & Chips (regular menu items). My uncle and husband had the Pork Chops on this visit and loved them. Lately, I am enamored of the Fish Sandwhich.

Good wine and beer selection.

Highly recommend!

8. 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!!!!!!!!!

9. Wegmans Market Cafe

45131 Columbia Pl, Dulles, VA 20166-2501 Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating American, Sushi, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner +1 703-421-2400
Excellent
61%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 96 reviews

Wegmans Market Cafe

Reviewed By csserious - Chantilly, Virginia

Wegmans offer varieties of cafeteria food including Mexican, Chinese, salmon and salads, something for everyone. The food is sold by pounds, $10 a pound in case you want to know. However, it can add up quickly if you are hungry and your plastic box is full with heavier items. Once you pay up, the seating arrangement is upstairs and you can take the stairs with food in hand or an elevator. It has a large window to enjoy the blue skies and clouds while eating. I would say they have good cooks for the cafeteria, unlike what we always get to encounter at run of the mill joints.

10. Stone's Cove Kitbar

2403 Centreville Rd, Herndon, VA 20171-3098 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 39 - SGD 39 +1 703-434-3615
Excellent
53%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 450 reviews

Stone's Cove Kitbar

Reviewed By lavina67 - DuBois, Pennsylvania

I love going here while visiting Northern Va. What a fun place! Brunch is always amazing, especially the Breakfast Tacos. When I take the family I start with a Flatbread or Wings (amazing). My entree is always the Flat Iron with Veggies and sometimes I add a soup. Richard and his crew always make sure I am happy and well taken care of. It's a fun place to go.

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