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Evo Bistro
Evo Bistro

Evo Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.evobistro.com
  • Phone: (703) 288-4422
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
    Friday: 11:30am - 11:00pm
    Saturday: 1:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Ticara Smith
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Evo Bistro provides full service catering to accommodate every need. Contact one of our catering managers and see how we can work for you. Email info@evobistro or call us at 703.288.4422.

  • Private Party Facilities: Evo Bistro offers a private tasting room that accommodates up to 10 people, in addition to lounge and dining areas for larger parties. Contact Evo Bistro to reserve your next event!
  • Private Party Contact: Shannon Keeting (703) 288-4422

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Dolly Madison Blvd
  • Public Transit: No Metro accessibility.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Open Parking. Large parking lot.
A word from Evo Bistro
Unpretentious with a relaxed ambiance, Evo Bistro offers Mediterranean-style tapas and features wines from around the world. Evo Bistro is also a retail wine shop.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "We eat here frequently, including last Monday. Grilled artichoke hearts with Parma ham were perfect; the calamari may have been the best I've ever had. The cheese and charcuterie selection was spectacular. Saturday w/friends: Artichoke hearts were o.k. not great. We ordered two calamari; the portions were small, but the waiter immediately brought us a third dish--great service. But the calamari wasn't as fresh. Good--not great. Salmon excellent as usual, lamp chops perfect. At the end, the manager came by. I told him of the problems, and he was very concerned. He warmly thanked us; restaurant people hate when people have a bad time and leave-they rarely return. Then he reduced it by about $40--very cool. We'll be back."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The bar area was very noisy on a Tuesday evening. Thankfully that group left shortly after so we could hear ourselves. Service was neglectful at best. It was not a busy night but we had to go to the bar to remind them of our wine order and things didn't really improve. Food very good."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We enjoyed our brunch. The menu is a nice variety. The service was very good, pleasant and prompt."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We love Open Table and the convenience. Unfortunately I will no longer be writing reviews as long as you have a 750 character limitation. I've tried before & always run out of space and always give up before I can say what I want to. Sorry, guys. I'm done until you change."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "McLean just doesn't have a ton of great dining options, but Evo Bistro is a nice spot. We went on a Sunday night around 8pm. There were just a few other tables filled at that time, and ambience was very quiet. Server was super friendly and willing to help. The grilled artichoke appetizer was tasty and unique. The Vegetable Risotto was quite good. We'll definitely return."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The food, wine and service were all very good / excellent. But even on a quiet night (after the bar scene was over), the acoustics were difficult. This is not the place to take a client or have a quiet romantic dinner."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The mussels were without a doubt the best I have ever had!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Evo Bistro is understated but absolutely satisfying. You can't go wrong with the tapas and definitely not their wine list. You will not be dissappointed."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "As we were making plans for my 63rd birthday my significant other asked where I wanted to go to dinner. There wasn't a moment's hesitation in my response--Evo Bistro. She concurred because it is our favorite place to dine at in the Vienna / Tysons / McLean area. The food is always delicious and the staff are very friendly and responsive. You can't go wrong here. It is always a good experience."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Great wait staff. 6 small plates ordered, all were excellent except one which I felt was a bit overdone. Enough for 4 people to share. The mussels are excellent. Very noisy, hard to carry on a conversation but I think that depends on day of week and time of night and how busy they are. This was a very busy Fri. night. Great restaurant to have in Mclean. Excellent wine list."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This was a delightful experience. The service was superb and the food delicious, paired with wonderful wine."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Very limited menu choices for vegans or folks w/dairy allergies! Four of us went for a girls night out. Veggies and entres had lots of butter instead of flavor. One person in our group wanted a 1/2 glass of wine (after having a full glass) and was told politely that they could not do that (the waiter checked w/the bartender). Also, stingy serving sizes! Would not go back even though it's in my neighborhood and McLean has very limited dining options. The Thai place next door or Capri is much more satisfying!!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The food was excellent and the service superb! Ask for Alex -- he is a 10+++ waiter!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Evo Bistro has an interesting wine list and a fine assortment of typical Tapas and a rotating menu of entrees. The vibe is good - not a quiet spot but not deafening din either."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Once again Evo Bistro's kitchen was superb. Everything we ordered from the beet salad, onion soup to the burger, scallops and trout were cooked to perfection. They have a knack for combining flavor profiles and making the dishes sing. As always the scallops were our favorite. Perfectly caramelized above a bed of spinach. We brought friends here and they agreed this spot is a gem! We'll definitely be back again. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dining experience. The food was excellent and came out very quickly and the wine was perfect. Our server explained the food and wine menu to us and was very helpful. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "This was our first time at Evo Bistro. I had made reservations and arrived early, so i got a drink at the bar. We decided to stay at the bar and enjoyed the bar tender. The portions were larger than typical tapas and we enjoyed the lamb chops, scallops and Brussels sprouts."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We had the BEST service ever at Evo Bistro. Our server checked in often enough to make sure we had everything we needed, but not too often to be annoying. She had great suggestions for selections and pairings. The Hersh Burger was one of the best burgers I have ever had. While the listing seems as though it would be too much, the flavors formed a perfect mesh of savory goodness."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Evo Bistro consistently changes its wine and food menus, but retains high quality in both areas through out. We sampled a half-dozen dishes from salads to pastas to meet entrees. All were prepared and presented well. This, coupled with great service, made it a great date night in McLean. Insider tip: For parties of four or more, skip the wine by the glass and get two bottles. It's a much better deal."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "This is a restaurant that my friends and I really enjoy the wine and the food. The wine is very good but the food was not up to usual standards. Maybe it was an off night for the kitchen but my favorites the mussels and scallops were a huge disappointment. The white chocolate bread pudding was very dry and tasted like a stale cinnamon role, sorry I didn't order the Tiramisu. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "As always, our experience was amazing. My friends were so impressed and half price wine on Monday nights made our bill negligible. We loved the wine selection. The food was awesome but I miss the Tapas variety of the old menu. Overall, outstanding experience. "
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "When I heard that Evo Bistro now serves brunch, I rejoiced! It probably wasn't fair (to me or to them) to go on Easter, however. The restaurant was very busy, and the chef had a hard time keeping up: We had a long wait between courses. The special Easter menu included three courses for $34, and it was way too much food. Choices were limited, and both the first and second courses were essentially main dishes, followed by a yogurt parfait, fruit bowl, or sticky bun. When I mentioned the odd menu, the server suggested that we take home anything we didn't eat, but who would want leftover (soggy) waffles, overdone French toast, or under ripe papaya? That said, I look forward to trying brunch again on a non-holiday Sunday! "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Went for Easter Brunch. Love the food and the service. Got there early, and got seated immediately."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "i expected the lunch menu that was posted online for our lunch Saturday. i would have chosen another restaurant if i knew the options were so limited. the salad was very small and not substantial as a main dish. expensive if expected to order more than 1 or two items for lunch. i won't be back. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Evo used to be one of my favorite places. I've probably dined here more than a dozen times over the past few years. Learned about many great wines through trying their extensive by the glass selection of upscale wines. Dined there many times, but had not been recently. Well, they have a new chef, new menu and new wine list. I won't go back. What used to be a wonderful dining and wine experience, despite the noise level, was horrible. We sent food back it was so bad and left to eat somewhere else. The manager was accomodating about us returning the food. I paid for the drinks."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "I have had lunch and dinner at Evo Bistro several times - I'm always pleased. The service is consistently attentive without hovering. Every dish has been excellent. Quiet enough for an intimate dinner, yet tapas make a wonderful ice breaker for a group luncheon. You can't go wrong, but try the lamb sliders and their calamari is the best I have had."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Wonderful food and service, but way too noisy between a 30-person party at one end and an "active" bar scene watching a ball game. Not what we would expect for a wine bar and bistro. We stuck it out, though we saw two other couples leave without ordering. We'll go back again (we really like it) but will be far more aware of what's going on when we walk in."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The staff and the manager Gerry Keating do an excellent job of making everyone feel like they are special. It's one of the best kept secrets in Washington area. Excellent food as well"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Evo has begun trend away from a pure tapas-style restaurant to include dinners. They removed the wine dispenser which, while a great idea, could turn very expensive way, which they admit. Their wine list, while relatively small, is very good with Monday & Wednesday as 1/2 price bottles (except for premiums.) They also periodically put their premiums on sale; e.g. we had an excellent and very drinkable 2007 Brunello di Montalcino, listed for $100, for $50. Oh, and there's food as well, almost always very good, sometimes outstanding. We've never had a bad meal; it's fun to experiment. The service is almost always outstanding--enthusiastic people who always make one feel welcome. Only complaint is noise level. Great place!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I've been to Evo Bistro several times and it's always hopping. This time, there was also a group in the private dining room. The wines-by-the-pour are gone but that allows for more room in the bar. The small plates concept is my favorite when dining with my beau. Our waiter was very friendly and a good salesman. Since we dined on February 28, I'm blanking on what we ate but everything was delicious. When in McLean, Virginia, you can't go wrong with Evo."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "My second foray to Evo Bistro for lunch proved equally as good as the first time. I was torn between 2 wines and was offered 2 generous tastes to help me make up my mind. I had a grilled tuna salad with a Mediterranean flair. they offered a very fresh baquette with some hummus. Dessert was wonderful...a coffee, chocolate "sundae" confection with coffee beans. Delish. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "My wife, oldest son and friend had a fabulous time Saturday evening. The food was great and the atmosphere was also great. We will be back!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Picked Evo Bistro on a whim over Courderoy, Ripple, Wine Kitchen & Iron Gate last weekend. We were blown away by the food. Incredible! Especially the Gnocchi and Salmon Tartare. Server, Katie, was one of the best we've seen recently. We will be back as soon as we can!!! Only issue & why we gave one star less. This is a Wine-oriented place. They describe wines to mislead & don't ID where rating came from. i.e "Amarone" that was just a Valpolicella & not even a Ripasso at $75 or $80. Unconscionable prices. Cheapest wine on the list was something like $48 & that was marked up at least 4x-5x Retail. They offer specials off the high markups but price is still way more than it should be. The Wine kitchen restaurants have wine pricing down pat."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Evo Bistro used to be really fabulous - amazing tapas and the fun wine bar! Now its just eh...good food but nothing special. Very nice servers but again, totally meh compared to what it used to be."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "My wife and I had dinner at Evo with another couple on February 15. I think that was my first mistake -- it was the day after Valentine's Day, and we had to order three different wines before we got to one they still had in stock. Service was a little disjointed ... forgotten salads, gaps between request and request fulfillment (e.g., "can I have some salt"). We shared some apps, which were excellent. I can't remember which special I ordered, but that was my second mistake. I was disappointed. I'll keep going to Evo, but in the future, I'll avoid it for a few days after Valentine's Day. You should give it a try, too. Just not right after a big "dinner out" holiday."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We shared a variety of very tasty dishes, but tapas-size dishes are priced like full entrees. Note that the place is hard to find! Our GPS could not get us there."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I don't know if Evo Bistro tried to handle too many people on Valentines day, but we were disappointed. Most of the meal was fine, not great. The soup was lukewarm, the oysters were good. The gnocci was fine. The linguine noodles were hard and stuck together and while I saw the clam shells, I couldn't find the clams. After one bite, I decided to only eat the artichokes. They forgot to bring the halibut. After informing them, it was brought after the steak. We realized later that they also forgot to bring the bread. Both entree's were fine. The best part of the dinner was the desert, fresh fruit and chocolate. I expect for the price to have every course at least ok and was disappointed. The rose with the check was a nice touch."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I chose this restaurant for V-day because I wanted to get out of DC and try something new. I am happy I did! The V-day pre-fixe menu was nicely put together and each item was full of flavor. The only two aspects I would have changed was the portions of each course and the dessert. I understand each course is so serve as a smaller version / sample but when leaving a dinner that cost $90, I would hope to leave a little more satisfied. As for the dessert, even though it was classic pairing of melted chocolate and fruit, it waspoorly presented and lacked imagination. Now even though those two aspects did fall a little short from what i expected, the service was excellent. Our server was friendly, engergetic, and informative. Overall - GO!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time. Almost secluded, this place has the feel of a hidden treasure of a restaurant that locals don't want everyone to find out about. Bartenders were awesome. Servers and host/hostesses were everything you'd hope for. I highly recommend this place we will definitely be coming back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "It was a lovely night, and the food was good, but not GREAT. They were going for a prix-fixe menu and I think our filet mignon was a little overcooked, but really, overall it was a lovely night."
    Dined on 2/14/2014