Geranio
Geranio

Geranio

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.geranio.net/
  • Phone: (703) 548-0088
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Troy Clayton
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Private Room, Smoking Area (bar only)
  • Catering: Limited availability, please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Geranio Restaurant has several attractive private dining options and caters to all types of business dining, rehearsal dinners as well as birthday and anniversary celebrations. Several rooms can accomodate 15 to 55 people and smaller groups can often have a portion of the smaller rooms privately.
  • Private Party Contact: Troy Clayton 8889160619
  • Special Events: Sign up as a preferred guest on our website for email newsletters keeping you informed of specials and upcoming events!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Columbus Street
  • Public Transit: King Street Metro
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Garage parking available on Alfred Street. Parking validation is not provided. Ample street parking near the restaurant.
A word from Geranio
Geranio Restaurant redefines Italian Cuisine in Old Town Alexandria by serving Chef/Owner Troy Clayton's modern Italian Cuisine in a warm romantic atmosphere. You will be catered to by professional & unobtrusive staff with more than thirty years of combined experience serving Geranio's guests. Geranio's Wine Spectator Award winning wine list will provide the perfect compliment to your meal.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Geranio reviews from OpenTable diners
149 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (82)romantic (76)special occasion (73)fit for foodies (66)notable wine list (37)good for groups (32)great for lunch (14)late-night find (6)hot spot (5)scenic view (5)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Beautiful little Italian
    ChuckVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Quiet and charming Italian restaurant in Old Town Alexandria. Delicious food. Excellent service. Well priced. Mussels in Red Sauce is an excellent choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • vivalavidaVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Our group of 12 people gathered there for a post wedding celebration and we had a terrific dinner. Everything went really well with the owner and waiters attentive to us all the time. Perfect starts with appetizers and the wine, then soups and salads, then dinner and finally desserts and coffee. Everyone had a blast and everything was wonderfully delicious! Everyone was raving about their risotto's. I had the Seared Rare Tuna with Herbed Mushroom Risotto, Wilted Arugula and White Truffle Oil. It was heavenly! We had never been to this restaurant. It was a nice find and we plan to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Food was very good but I was most impressed with the service. I'd go back again without a doubt
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An annoying dissapointment.
    Jean
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Disinterested wait and hostess staff. Waiters rushing by and repeatedly bumping into table. Caesar salad and pasta dishes dissapointing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Runner1
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We wanted to celebrate our best friend's birthday and someone suggested this restaurant....From start to finish it was perfect! There is not one thing we would have changed. The staff was so friendly and professional, they even picked up and served a special birthday cake we had ordered from a local bakery. The portions are generous and the price fair....who could ask for anything more ! We will be back for sure .....a 10+
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Felt abandoned half the night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food was quite good, well done Italian fare. We were mostly well attended, but there were many instances where I knew the service was slower than it should be. It was Saturday night, to be fair, so I can be understanding. Still, it felt like the food wasn't coming as quickly as it should have.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We have enjoyed Geranio for years. We continue to come back, because they always have an excellent selection of great entrees - both meats and fish - and the food is always perfectly prepared.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a great night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This is a great restaurant to come for a special occasion. Food was delicious and waiter was very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Seafood Italian
    Cliff
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    You won't find traditional Italian fare here (lasagna, chicken parm, etc); what you will find is carefully prepared seafood dishes with an Italian flare. I recommend the lobster risotto, though all of the risotto dishes looked appealing. Intimate dining room that is quiet enough to carry on a conversation with your table, though not stuffy. Decent wine selection with the fairest bottle prices I've seen in Old Town. Although Geranio's is known for its seafood entrees, I'd like to mention that their tiramesu is the best I've ever had, so definitely save room for dessert. Service was somewhat slow , but our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and the wine list, and helped us pair the perfect wine with our entree.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I've eaten here a lot; experience
    Nice
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The way the table was located I was bumped over 50 times by the waitstaff walking by. That was uncomfortable. I always order the lobster risotto. It was under "with hard pieces of rice and several small slices of onion which it has never had before. However this was a very off night. If I had not had such a great meals in the past, this rating would have been a single star.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Great find! Perfect for our 15th wedding anniversary and they even gave us a free dessert! We will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A fine dining experience
    Rob4Food
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    I really enjoyed my dining experience: the ambiance, the food, the service, and the price. I had their special for the night: swordfish over risotto and it was excellent. My son had the prosciutto wrapped tuna over risotto and he equally enjoyed his.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Find
    sctraveler
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Never made it to Geranio when in Alexandria before. Lovely restaurant with excellent food and quality service. Definitely a return will be planned.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    With beautiful light amber walls in the large room, a fireplace and a gorgeous painting of geraniums, it is a lovely restaurant to celebrate an anniversary!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food Great Service
    harper44
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The bruschetta was delicious, the osso buco was tender and flavorful and the muscle appetizer disappeared quickly. All in all the food was excellent and the server was very attentive and personable. I would recommend this resturant to anyone.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh...
    ZylahO
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I think that if small restaurants want to offer up their space as a private function venue they should do that. But not if every aspect of the dining experience is sub par for the regular guests that are forced into a closet of space. The quality suffers, the service suffers and ultimately, the guests suffer more than necessary. Please, just shut the place down for your event. It's a pretty negative experience for the less important guests. We were quite disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Relaxing quiet and romantic
    Patty
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Perfect place for dinner after a stressful day-- great service, good wine and a cozy fireplace for a chilly night! We love it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Johndc
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a very nice meal. The osso bucco, lamb shank and calamari are terrific!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • goodfood
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    A cozy romantic Italian restaurant in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. We loved the shrimp starter and shrimp linguini. Bread was good and plentiful. Service was attentive and responsive. We did not like the Bruschetta and even though we offered to pay for it when we did not eat it, they refused to add it to our bill.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Coach Joe
    CoachJ
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We have been dining at Geranio for many years and still consider it our "go to restaurant" for special family occasions. The quality of the food and wines are always top notch, the prices are reasonable and the service staff are very patient, professional and accommodating. A table in the main dining room near the fire place is one of the most romantic spots in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another outstanding meal
    Gerry
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We experienced another fine evening with friends at Geranios Friday evening. The service was excellent and the food was outstanding. Look forward to our next lunch or dinner at one of our favorite places in Old Town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious dinner with friends!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We had a reservation for 4. Everyone loved their entrees - I specifically had the scallop risotto, YUM! I heard the filet was amazng too. I didnt't mind the sliw service because it gave us time to chat but when we entered the restaurant, we had to wait several min before someone greeted us and took us to the table. I got the impression they were understaffed for a weeknight. Great meal though; we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dependable
    2Alexandria
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Never a crowd for lunch and folks are missing a great spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was spectacular!
    DiningDiva
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We had a large group (13 people) and they were able to accommodate us very nicely. All of our entrees were wonderful but the seared sea scallops were amazing! Every risotto that was ordered was flavorful and perfectly cooked. Gordon Ramsey would be proud!! We enjoyed the food so much that five of us returned the following night to try the entrees that were missed the first night (and, of course, have more sea scallops!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love Geranios!
    AbbyFoodie
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We go to Geranios for special occasions, when we have friends in town, and any other time I can get my husband to take me to dinner (thankfully, that is often). They have a great system if you tell them your birthday, anniversary, etc., they send you an email coupon with a discount. I would go there anyway. Food great, attentive waiters and service great. Quiet. Fireplace. Tables not close to each other (one of my restaurant pet peeves). Private room on the side for groups. We live nearby. Geranios is a local favorite. Had some of the best salmon ever (and I'm a salmon snob). We'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect as always
    vkh49
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Have been dining at Geranio's for years now and always find it to be wonderful. The service is impeccable, the food outstanding. This time I had the lobster risotto which was just perfect. Everyone else in our party, seven of us in total had a great meal as well. Included were Osso Bucco, Crabmeat Ravioli, Scallop Risotto and Veal Scallopini. Desserts were delicious too. Will be keeping Geranio's in mind.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food!
    YumY
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    My husband and I came here for our wedding anniversary and had just a lovely evening. The restaurant has an intimate and romantic feeling. The service was fantastic, and the food was absolutely delicious. Praise to the chef and staff for their hard work. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance for romantic dinner
    tutujessicaVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Dimly lit, with candles and flowers at tables. We were there later in the night, so only a few groups were dining. Ambience conducive to conversation. Good selection of Italian wines, some quite reasonable for quality. Food was good, but portions big, so we only had pasta, no room for entree and dessert. Service was good but not particularly memorable.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rock fish over cooked
    Alwayshungry
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Service was good. My tuna was excellent. However the rockfish was dry from being over cooked.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • diningguys
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Fantastic food. Great, friendly staff. Wonderful view of King Street right by the window.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Fantastic food, great service and intimate atmosphere. Perfect spot to celebrate our new marriage. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite place
    AmaLow
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We love going here for a nice dinner. The food and service are always excellent. This is my mother-in-law's favorite place to eat when she visits
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will be back.
    like2eat
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Couldn't ask for better service. The food was great. The salmon was the best I have had in years. The smoked chicken and pasta dish was outstanding. When we come back to Alexandria, Geranio will be on our must do list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They win again
    toodles
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Once more returning and it as always was fabulous. I had osso buco which was outstanding. It is a gem in Old Town and we hope to go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Group of 6
    Traveler2
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The service was excellent. Restaurant handled a large group quite well. And the food was yummy. Nicer inside than it looks on the outside
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • How did we miss this one?
    BrandySlushIsAMust
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We've gone to many Old Town Alexandria restaurants & somehow we missed this one?! It was INCREDIBLE & we will all be dreaming about the Lobster Risotto for many months to come! The service was impeccable and it was SO NICE to be able to HEAR each other at our table! Just a wonderful experience and we can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded Expectations
    MarkN
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Celebrated my wifes birthday. Had a party of 8. Service was top notch. Food was quick and delicious. Everyone was very pleased. One of my guest was not pleased with her desert. The server quicker replace it with another selection by her, no issues. Hats off to Geranio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Risotto Extraordinaire
    BowieBillVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Geranio has the best risotto I've ever had, specifically the wild mushroom risotto on their regular menu. This is a great place!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place Overall
    Oradomdom1
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I don't know why some people gave this place a bad review, but in my opinion it is a very nice place for dinner. The ambiance is perfect for a romantic dinner or a night out with friends and family. Food selection is great and fresh. Would definitely go back when I have a chance to.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place, spotty service
    Steve
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I went here with family visiting from out of town and had a pleasant enough time: the gnocchi appetizer was delicious and rich but not too heavy. I really liked the choice of arugula salads -- we all had different ones and they were fresh and bright without being overdressed. The odd part was the serving staff: the two older gentlemen were expert and capable, but the more junior servers were really awkward. I think they don't speak any English, since one called my sister "sir" and the other nodded vigorously when I said I wanted the rest of my filet to go -- but instead he tossed it which irked me, since it was tasty but just too big, same as the Parmesan scalloped potatoes.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.