Evo Bistro
Evo Bistro

Evo Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.evobistro.com/
  • Phone: 703-288-4422x
  • 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 7032884422x

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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Evo Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (23)notable wine list (15)fit for foodies (15)special occasion (9)good for groups (7)great for lunch (6)vibrant bar scene (5)romantic (3)great for brunch (2)hot spot (2)late-night find (1)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Steve
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Outstanding find in McLean. Vibrant with live music made this a great spot for a Friday dinner. Homemade spinace gnocchi was absolutely wonderful. Staff was very helpful, attentive, and friendly. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mike
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Sea bass was delicious, salmon was over cooked! Some of the tapas were great, others were ok. Hard to communicate because of the noise level.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My wife and I are locals but this was our first visit here, based on a recommendation from a friend. We were delighted. Although there was a very loud performer at the bar that made it a bit difficult to converse, we grew accustomed to it and the outstanding food and service really made up for it. The manager spent lots of time with us making sure we were happy (gave us a bonus small plate selection), and then even brought out the chef at the end to discuss desserts... when we couldn't decide, they threw in an extra one on the house! Definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food But. ....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    WAY TO LOUD.... In addition to the high level of noise, one could hear the faint bass of the music in the background
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great tapas
    daleoVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    the tapas had a lot of very interesting flavors, spices, etc
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food,fun wine
    DebMVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Stopped by for an afternoon snack and wine. Lots of delicious tapas to choose from. I had beet salad and gnocchi, and both were excellent. We passed on the half priced wine bottle, but next time for sure. Instead we enjoyed a couple of a la carte glasses. Anyway, as usual, the food was delicious, the wine very nice, and the service excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • HeresHow
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    There was a private party with a musician, and the place was loud. The accommodating staff seated us in the private room. Food was pretty good: excellent mussels but rubbery halibut and very salty.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    lectrongrlVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I have come to Evo Bistro probably 8-10 times. The service is always winning, the menu is clever with a number of vegetarian options, and the feel of the restaurant is pleasant and open. A little noisy, but not so much that it interferes with your own conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Manager Overcomes Food Lapse
    Falcon48
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, service not so
    4408
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evo Bistro never disappoints!
    Livetoeat
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We enjoyed our brunch. The menu is a nice variety. The service was very good, pleasant and prompt.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cannot write reviews
    Packrat
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid
    dcdiner
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 592 reviews are from the Evo Bistro reviews archive.
  • mjayVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mussels
    LuluVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    The mussels were without a doubt the best I have ever had!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wine to Enjoy
    vmcghie
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love Evo Bistro
    SabaBob
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Evo Bistro
    yumyum
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Livetoeat
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    This was a delightful experience. The service was superb and the food delicious, paired with wonderful wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wine bar?
    realfood
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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!!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food and Service
    ReviewerVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    The food was excellent and the service superb! Ask for Alex -- he is a 10+++ waiter!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wine and Tapas - Hard to Beat
    Quietnormalpeople
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tried and True
    Mistique64
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flavorful food and great wine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    4boymom
    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.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food, Excellent Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Keeps It Going Well
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food disappointing
    Kathy
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eco is Top Notch
    JWhisler
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New to the brunch scene
    BrunchloverVA
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Restaurant!
    LuvfoodVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Went for Easter Brunch. Love the food and the service. Got there early, and got seated immediately.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrible - what happened to Evo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hidden Treasure in McLean
    Lovethosetapas
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food But Too Much Noise
    Severn61
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent experience
    Falcon48
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For hanging out with friends
    BelladouxVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch spot
    Tuckinalex
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Time Had By All
    SicanguVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic