Chasin' Tails
Chasin' Tails

Chasin' Tails

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.chasintailscrawfish.com/
  • Phone: (703) 538-2565
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
    Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm,
    Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm,
    Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Cajun
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: In 2012, we opened the first Chasin' Tails in Arlington, Virginia. Our promise is to always offer the greatest, most-friendly service, the most-authentic best-tasting drinks from Bourbon Street and the highest quality Cajun seafood that'll make native Lousianans homesick!
  • Private Party Contact: Event Coordinator 7035382565x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Washington/Lee Highway (US-29) and N. Westmoreland St
  • Public Transit: East Falls Church Metro
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: 1. On Westmoreland Street, there is a parking garage for the restaurant/retail buildings. Please look for a sign connected to the building that says "Restaurant/Retail Parking".

    2. On Westmoreland Street, there is metered street parking that is free after 6PM and all day Sunday.

    3. On US-29, across the street from the restaurant, there is a Petro Oil building that our customers can park at after 2:30PM everyday.
A word from Chasin' Tails
Crawfish, a staple of Louisiana seafood, attracts thousands of visitors each year from all over the country to the region. The traditional Cajun way of serving crawfish is adding a special mix of homemade, southern style boil’s seasoning to a batch of crawfish. The boil is drained and dumped right onto the table. This style of food brings about a fun, social atmosphere for family and friends to gather during meal time. Add some beers and football and you have the perfect ingredients for a great time enjoyed by all. Our concept is centered around fun, friends, family and food. Utensils are discouraged. Getting hands on is encouraged. Crawfish are our mainstay, but we offer a good variety of seafood including shrimp, oysters, crab, and fish. Feel free to drop by anytime for to watch a game, enjoy good food and a few drinks!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Chasin' Tails reviews from OpenTable diners
61 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (40)fit for foodies (30)neighborhood gem (28)kid-friendly (28)hot spot (20)great for outdoor dining (16)special occasion (14)great for lunch (14)great for brunch (9)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (7)scenic view (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Crawfish in the winter in Arlington~who knew!
    ANewOrleancuisinegem
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Everything was wonderfully prepared, hot and spicy. Beignets were a perfect finish. Our only complaint was that there was no hot coffee! The restaurant was a little noisy but not annoying. Service was great. I'd recommend this place to any seafood lover.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    First time eating at Chasin' Tails. Outstanding service and wonderful experience. Food was great. First time eating gator - really good!! Quiet and not crowded on a weekday (Monday). Will recommend to all family and friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE LOVE LOVE this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    We kept passing this place and never came in. Once we did, we kicked ourselves for missing out for months! Awesome food and a really fun way to eat, especially with kids who are adventurous. They give bibs and "medical" gloves to minimize the mess. GO TO CHASIN' TAILS. My family loves it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth a Visit
    Maggie
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Shrimp by the pound were outstanding, crayfish a disappointment. Too small and not worth the work. Oysters, macaroni, cheese fries were good. would go again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it !!
    Acatlvr
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    First time and can't wait to go back. Shrimp and crab legs were great. I do think they needed to cook a little longer but really no real issues.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yumm
    Phelicia
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    We live down the street from this place and every time we walk by, it's crowded. Be sure to make a reservation before you head there. The seafood was really fresh, we ordered the shrimp and clams and we really like it. The OH DANG sauce was amazing! Give this place a shot, and you will not regret it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good selection of fish dishes but..
    Omar2VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    great service & ambiance but the size of crabs are so tiny that makes us wonder if we are eating shells or real food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Skip It
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We were looking forward to our reservation. We were wrong. Screaming babies for more than an hour, uninspired and unimaginative food, and poor service was what we were greeting with. Advertizes as a place for New Orleans food - completely lacks the subtlety of good New Orleans food. Appears to be a place for people who don't like silverware. Not a dining experience I would recommend. Skip it.
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  • bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Though the food was outstanding I have never had worse service in a restaurant before.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Wonderful Service!!
    myfavorite
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This is a wonderful place to "get it in" when you’re craving seafood! Everything was great!! As we dinned we noticed the wait at the front door. The hosts were offering water and something to nibble on while the guest waited to be seated. I thought that was so kind and considerate!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Gator
    FSUDiningOut
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    From Florida..... haven't been able to find any place in the area that serves gator. They do!!!! Not bad as it is fried but I love the food. Great atmosphere and fun to dine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food, original presentation
    velasq19
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    very tasty seafood served in a bag, also tried the jambalaya and the crawfish etoufee. The desserts are awesome, great hurricanes
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Catfish & Shrimp in town
    Caroline
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We've eaten at Chasin' tails three times. The consistency of the food is marvelous! The breading on the catfish and shrimp rivals none. My husband will not go elsewhere for his shrimp.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A delicious experience!!!
    leeky1
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Chasin Tails is not to be missed. The food is fantastic and the staff very attentive. It's a casual and relaxed atmosphere. So put that bib around your neck and enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for after work
    Foodlvr
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The food here is amazing, be prepared to get your hands dirty with the seafood but it is def worth it!!!! The crawfish and shrimp are delicious plus the staff is great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    TXgirlfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    It's always so difficult to get a reservation, which peaked my curiosity about this place. On Labor Day, I was finally able to score an early dinner reservation (5:45) and brought an out-of-town friend in tow. Man, were we disappointed! The service was lacking...finally greeted by someone who said she was helping out our waiter, Shaun. She ended up taking our order and bringing our food. Shaun came by once, impressively drew his name upside down with a crayon our our butcher paper tablecloth, and then disappeared. The food was so-so. They have a "special blend" of seasoning that I wouldn't recommend. Anyone who wants the crawfish boil experience should just get the regular Cajun seasoning. Overall, not worth it. Don't waste your time!
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  • Awesome Always
    SociableDiner
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I had a surprise birthday party for my husband & 10 of our friends. The service & food were amazing. Everyone enjoyed themselves. This is my favorite restaurant in the DMV (hands down)!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun and delicious!
    ReynoldsVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Wonderful spot for a great meal. Cece was our server and terrific! Oh, the fried green tomatoes and the catfish!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall good experience
    vtalan
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The location is relatively convenient. Street parking available nearby. The staff offer pretty good service. The food has a kick to it. Salads are dry and not very fresh. Shrimp are not super fresh and a couple taste funny. Most are hars to peel. The sauce is what makes this place different. Lobster tank was out of order, appears it hasnt worked for a while.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    URFIR3D
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Excellent flavors, really reminds me of New Orleans
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun Joint
    psray
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We just love this place. Food is good, service is always wonderful and friendly, and the menu continues to expand. the first time i went it was pretty much bags of seafood on paper covered tables and some napkins. It was great, but I'm happy to see that the menu has continued to expand without losing the charm of the original experience (and there is cutlery ;) Love the 'whole shebang' sauce (all the sauces mixed together) on crawfish or shrimp. We also had the crawfish mac&cheese and it was yummy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 230 reviews are from the Chasin' Tails reviews archive.
  • Great Food Great service
    Foodman
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Loved the Cajun food. Atmosphere was lively. To top it off, service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The absolute best seafood
    TipToeVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This was my first time visiting the restaurant. The food was much better than I could have ever imagined. The "Oh, Dang" signature sauce is to die for. If I wasn't so stuffed right now, I would go back for dessert. This place is a must try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    GeoChan
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Excellent food especially crawfish with o-dang? spice. So yummy! Veru good service with friendly servers. A bit messy to eat but it was all worth it. humongus drink for a fair price (happy hr).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great New Orleans Fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The crawfish and other seafood here is great the cheese fries were the best I have had since being in New Orleans. The service was friendly and very attentive. We love this place and will be back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I've hit the jackpot!
    SouthernGirl
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I'm a born and raised New Orleans girl and I know "my food". Chasing Tails has great seafood boils with AUTHENTIC flavor and southern style. This spot will be a regular .....great time and delicious food...laisse bon temps rouler!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 1st timer
    Pynkpanther14
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I have no complaints. I enjoyed all that I tasted, and the staff were friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A GEM!
    frank
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    This place is amazing, we always get excited when we make a reservation to go lol AMAZING FOOD! We are sad to be moving back to Canada where they do not have these there :(
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    Jules
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We hung out there for 3 and a half hours eating and drinking and chatting! Food was good and flavorful and messy, plus the happy hour prices were great! It's a fun restaurant with tons of character! Not to mention, Our server was dope! We did feel a bit as though we were being rushed out of the restaurant by the management after about 3 hours, so that was a little annoying, but it was starting to get busy and they probably needed that table for another reservation which I guess I can understand. Our server made us feel comfortable and welcome all evening though, so we tipped him really well! Overall, I definitely recommend you all give it a try!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Graduation Dinner for My Son
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food was good and served very hot. My son got a huge bowl of Jambalaya. The shrimp did not taste like shrimp, they tasted like the krill at the Chinese buffet. Large serving of French fries small catfish and calamari portion sizes. I was bothered by a crying child at a nearby table but a waitress move me to another table quickly. And I learned from the checkout receipt (which I noticed to late) that my estimation of the amount of the tip was $2.80 less than the “Suggested” tip on a $56.65 bill. Who Knew! And I had to feed a parking meter. Who Knew! Note: The restaurant noise levels were fine. Unfortunately the screaming baby gave me a headache.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    eatnout
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We felt rushed. Two of the three meals came out before the appetizer with a different server. When we sent meals back to wait for the app., the meals came later ice cold. They let it sit rather than make new ones. Couldn't get drink refills and the beer was above temperature. Not a fan of the plastic bags. Food was good yet the service was horrible.
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  • YAHOO2food
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Very good service. Food was a little too salty but the Oh Dang sauce was oh diggity dang good. Crawfish is pretty small. Shrimp and mussels is a must! Calamari is okay, typical calamari. The beignet dessert was super yumzos! Definitely will come back again!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second visit not as good as first.
    Foodie4LifeVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We really enjoyed this place the first time. On our second visit the shrimp was overcooked and hard to peel, the crawfish étouffée was room temperature and the salad was uninspired. However the fried green tomatoes were the highlight of the meal and the service was overall friendly.
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  • Food ok, service poor
    AnonymousJVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    This was my first time at Chasin' Tails, and I was kinda disappointed. Partly it was my fault for ordering "pick your own" crawfish - I love crawfish, but it was way too much work for not much food. I knew I should have ordered the "swamp and a salad" which comes with sauteed crawfish, and I'll do that next time. My friend ordered the crab legs, and 1 lb. seemed pretty puny. We had beinets for dessert and they were delicious. The worst part of our meal was the service. Our waitress was confused about our drink order and, after our food came, she basically deserted us. Also, another server walking by dropped something and said the "f-bomb" even though there was a table of kids right there.
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  • Great Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The service and the food were great. I will recommend this restaurant to friends and family.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    The food is excellent. The service style was fun. I do believe the ambiance could use some work. The fun service style (no utensils, metal buckets, etc.) could show more in the restaurant itself.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Virgin Chasin' Tails Diner
    PhiladelphiaEagle
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    One of my staff recommended Chasin' Tails and I have to say.....Kudos!!!! The food was excellent and the service was even better!!! Very welcoming atmosphere and as I referenced above, the food was fantastic!!! Ordered the "Whole Dang Thang" w/Crawfish Etouffee-(had to order an extra one to take home...Lol). I will be visiting this fantastic place again...maybe this week!!!! I have recommended Chasin' Tails to 30+ friends already since my Sunday visit.......ENJOY!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jimmy the waiter was great!
    dinnerout
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Introduced us to new foods and seasonings. The food was delicious and the atmosphere fun. A great family outing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for seafood lovers
    TermXXVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    The restaurant serves Louisiana style seafood, shrimp, mussels, etc., steamed and served in a bag with your choice of seasonings. Sloppy, but good. Servers are good, and trained to teach first-timers. There are other items on the menu, such as jambalaya and salads. The $1 oyster special on Wednesday keeps us coming back. One issue with the menu is that the seafood it offers is pretty much shellfish or catfish, and some of us would prefer salmon or snapper. Also, the menu should offer some vegetables as sides. I know of no other place in NoVa that serves seafood in this manner, so it is a unique experience that I would recommend trying once. Also, they offer reasonable happy hour drink specials.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome food!
    Crazy4cray
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    This place brought back all of what I missed about southern seafood cuisine! I found the perfect fix for my crawfish crave! Loved it!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.