10 Must-Visit Restaurants in Falls Church, VA

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The Falls Church area is full of a lot of great things to do, from hiking trails and indoor recreational activities to a booming culinary scene. With many hotspots to choose from, the area is one of the nation’s best for enjoying fresh, local cuisine — no matter which specific food you are craving.

Whether you are trying to plan your next date night or simply looking to find the next great lunch spot to gather with friends and family, there’s something for everyone in Falls Church. This guide will help you discover some of the great area restaurants.

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Sports Bars

When it comes to unwinding with co-workers or friends, a sports bar can be the perfect destination. Many in Falls Church do double duty, offering up delicious drinks and tasty brews in a comfortable setting. Here are two that have become local favorites.

Dogfish Head Alehouse

A craft beer restaurant that has the vibe of a beach shack, Dogfish Head Alehouse features hearty, made-from-scratch food and real craft beer. The menu changes seasonally, so you can always expect fresh, handmade fare, served by friendly people. Dogfish Head Alehouse is a must-visit for anyone who loves great food and great beer.

Open Road Merrifield

Featuring live music, events throughout the year, and classic American bar cuisine, Open Road Merrifield is a fan-favorite brew pub in Falls Church. This local hotspot offers plenty of space for large parties, the ability to make reservations online, and special brunch menus on select days of the week.

Romantic Dinner

If it has been a while since your late date night, now is the perfect time to make plans for a low-key evening out at one of the upscale restaurants in Falls Church. These restaurants feature classic dining, attentive waitstaff, and plenty of elbow room.

2941 Restaurant

A stunning restaurant in the heart of Falls Church, VA, 2941 Restaurant is located at 2941 Fairview Park Drive. With a lakeside view and lush scenery — including a koi pond and waterfalls — 2941 Restaurant is the perfect place for an upscale meal. This eatery offers a vegetarian menu, chef’s specials, and perfectly matched wine pairings to create a truly unforgettable experience.

J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks and Seafood

Just a short drive outside the heart of Falls Church is J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks and Seafood is a hearty restaurant with American-style food and handcrafted cocktails. The establishment offers private dining options as well as a menu full of delicious dishes such as blue cheese potato chips and wood-grilled ribs, meaning you and your date will find a lot to love at J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks and Seafood.

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Quick Bites and Cafes

When you need to grab a quick bite without sacrificing flavor, Falls Church has just the ticket. These family-friendly eateries feature a variety of fare in relaxed, friendly settings.

Silver Diner

A classic American diner that is perfect for kids, Silver Diner is a great spot to enjoy a handcrafted lunch. This restaurant focuses on a healthy approach to diner fare, including better-for-you side options such as fresh fruit and steamed vegetables, rather than the standard French fries with every meal — although you can always order some up, if you have the craving.

La Cote D’Or Cafe

A quaint European style cafe, La Cote D’Or Cafe, also known as “LCD Cafe” by the locals, is a must-visit in the Falls Church area. Here, you can enjoy elevated comfort food in the comfortable, cozy dining room, from sauteed frog legs and escargot to rainbow trout and chicken caesar salad. This cafe offers online ordering and regular specials throughout the week, too, making it not only delicious but convenient.

Great Outdoor Seating

Many restaurants in Falls Church have outdoor seating available, certain to satisfy your craving for great food as well as great views.

Wild Tacoz

There’s nothing better than a plate of warm tacos, fresh from the grill and bursting with flavor. Wild Tacoz is an original take on Tex-Mex with a Greek-inspired flair. This eatery offers plenty of outdoor seating, a gourmet salsa bar, and farm-to-table proteins. Kids and adults alike will love both the menu and the venue.

Yayla Bistro

A Mediterranean-inspired eatery with a dining area that is bright and full of life, Yayla Bistro is a great place to grab some lunch and enjoy the sunshine. With a full-service wine bar, handcrafted dishes, and a menu full of fresh favorites, this spot is sure to be a new favorite among Falls Church restaurants. Plus, they offer online ordering and delivery for maximum convenience.

Dog Friendly

If you want to get your furry friend out on the town, there are options in Falls Church for you. These frestaurants are dog-friendly and fun for the entire family.

Northside Social

Northside Social offers something for everyone, from a bakery full of sweet treats and espresso beverages to a wine bar. Place a to-go order and enjoy some of their Italian inspired dishes at home, or sit outside in the spacious patio with your canine companion and watch the world go by.

Liberty Barbeque

Barbeque is the ultimate comfort food, and no Falls Church restaurant does smoked meats better than Liberty Barbeque. Located on Broad Street, Liberty Barbeque has indoor and outdoor dining options available, private catering for special events, and takeaway menus for holidays and large gatherings. Plus, their outdoor seating area is dog-friendly, making it the perfect lunch or dinner stop after a walk in the park. When you are ready to make Falls Church your home and enjoy all the restaurants and attractions it has to offer, contact Nomadic Real Estate. Nomadic Real Estate can assist with property management, leasing, renting, and sales. Our experts can answer any questions you might have about finding a home here, plus give you tips on moving to or living in the area.

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