Geranio
Geranio

Geranio

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.geranio.net/
  • Phone: 7035480088
  • 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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Geranio reviews from OpenTable diners
133 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (73)special occasion (64)romantic (64)fit for foodies (51)notable wine list (32)good for groups (28)great for lunch (14)late-night find (7)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (3)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Fantastic Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance for romantic dinner
    tutujessica
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rock fish over cooked
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining in Alexandria, VA
    MayorBB331
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Quality food, well prepared, attentive service. While not inexpensive, the price of the dinner was in line with the quality of the food and the service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dinner!
    PeduzVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We went here for a friend's birthday dinner. The food was great. There were five of us and everyone loved their meals. My boyfriend had the lobster risotto which was delicious. I forgot to tell the wait staff that it was my friend's birthday, but they were very observant and at the end of the meal brought her a piece of tiramisu (delicious) with a candle in it. Now, that's service! If you are looking for a quaint spot for lunch/dinner then this is the place! I loved everything about this place and will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • JW09
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had a great dinner! It was our second time dining there, and I really appreciate how willing the restaurant is to modify the menu. Even with my annoying substitutions, the food has been amazing! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Food
    Portcityfood
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Had Dinner during Alexandria Restaurant Week 2014. We had not been to Geranio in maybe 20 or more years, and we had forgotten how good the food was. We will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    Louwho
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We were in town for the weekend and we really wanted to hit our favorite places. We were only able to catch dessert this time ...but as usual it was excellent! Never a disappointment
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our Favorites
    LABV
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My husband and I have enjoyed every dinner at Geranio through the years. We ate there on a Friday night during restaurant week. It was as busy as our times during Valentines or New Years, and the service was still very good. My husband's steak was perfectly done. I enjoyed the scallops and most of all, the risotto. While you can take small children there, and you would be treated graciously, I don't know that I recommend it. Save this place for babysitter nights.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • loud. portion and recipe issues.
    VStr
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The noise level was such that we had to yell to be heard across a 2 person table. The lobster risotto had very little risotto on it. The crab capella was badly thought out as you had to eat it as two separate meals. Overly oiled pasta and then second part of crab and asparagus. For the price $80 for two people, would expect much better.
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  • Foodie4life
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    As always Geranio delivers a wonderful dining experience. Warm friendly atmosphere. Fresh, clean arugula and yellow tomato salad, mouth watering, rich mushroom risotto, pork loin with polenta and spinach, all topped by fresh berries and marsala creme. Good food, good wine, good friends, who could ask for more?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find!
    Love2eatout
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    i'm not sure how we ever missed this restaurant - but we did and now we know what we've been missing! Restaurant Week brought us in and the Prix Fixe menu allowed us to sample some things we wouldn't have otherwise. So now we can attest to the fact that the appetizers, the entrées, the main courses, and the desserts are phenomenal. The service was personable and timely and a seamless shift change in the middle of our meal. The only drawback was that the noise level. We came in before most diners (by the way, they have "early bird" pricing most weeknights if you missed Restaurant Week) and it was quite pleasant. By the time the room filled up it was overwhelming. Very unfortunate, but the over experience was terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not the best experience
    Desiree
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I went with a group of friends for Restaurant week. For starters, I ordered the bruschetta. When it got to me, instead of being warm it was cold. The second plate was the capellini with tuna in a red sauce. I can do a better pasta than that. It was so bland and so basic. Not impressed. The third plate was the pork loin, can you say cold food. Some of my friends got the salmon and they said it tasted like it was spoiled. The last course was the dessert, mostly everyone got the tiramisu, which they said was dry, I got the mango sorbet, and that was the only thing I enjoy. Not coming back. Our experience with the food was terrible, good thing they have attentive wait staff.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicious
    CG13
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Went here with some friends for Alexandria's Restaurant Week. None of us had ever been and thought with the restaurant week deal we would try something new. We were not disappointed. Everything was delicious. Very rich food. I had the PEI Mussels, Wild Mushroom Risotto, Seared Scallops with Potato and Scallion Pancake and the Red Berries with Sabayon. I would order any of the items again. I think my favorite was the Seared Scallops which were cooked perfectly and the Potato and Scallion Pancake was a tasty addition to the dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Ilalian Food
    SKDCVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    During restaurant week, the serving sizes were perfect like in Italy so you could eat a few courses without feeling over loaded. The scallops were melt in your mouth. A must go to restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Night Out
    LunchnVegasVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Meeting friends in Old Town, this is a great place to meet up and enjoy a wonderful dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will definitely come back
    Peter
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My wife and I went there on the recommendation of a friend. We went during restaurant week. Very nice 4-course selection. Memorable items were the wild mushroom risotto, the capellini with chicken, salmon, pork loin w/polenta, tiramisu, and the homemade vanilla ice cream not to be missed. The restaurant was active, but not overly loud-conversTion was easy. I would definitely recommend to a friend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Italian food
    Kh25VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We went here for restaurant week and had a great experience. The ambiance is really great, the food was delicious, and we had no complaints about service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as usual!
    CloweVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I gave 4 stars because it was just SO loud, my friend and I were practically shouting at each other. But food was wonderful, best bruschetta and outstanding scallops.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I booked Geranio for the summer Restaurant Week special and came with a group of 8. We got a nice table and had a great time: the RW menu was broad enough that everyone found something to eat, and we all enjoyed the evening very much. Having four courses on offer is a really great deal and while the portions are smaller than what you might expect, the food is rich and filling so everyone felt that they had had enough to eat...and our group included some big eaters!! We'll definitely keep it on our radar for winter Restaurant Week!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic Dinner Date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Wonderful service, incredible food! Everyone should come here at least once for delectable Italian!
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prix fixe at Geranio
    DiploDoll
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was outstanding and the service was excellent. We went for the Restaurant Week prix fixe dinner -- choice of three for each course (appetizer, first course, entree, and dessert). If I had to single out one thing, it was the wild mushroom risotto, but it was all good -- fresh, a really reasonable portion (that is, not huge, enough so that you could have something at each course & not feel bloated), not overvinaigretted (salad). On the down side -- It was noisier than we liked, and we had a table for 2 that was so close to being in the line of traffic that our waiter had to warn me when he set a tray table behind me to serve another table (but he did warn me, which was on the plus side). I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow!!
    GRL55
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We dined during restaurant week at this hidden gem. The food was delectable and the ambiance was great. Our waiter was very attentive, even gave us the history of the restaurant. We were both very pleased and will definitely return again!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad, but underwhelming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I wrote a pretty extensive review of Geranio on Yelp, so I'll try to keep this short. My friend and I came for dinner during Restaurant Week, and although the courses were decent in flavor, the portions were sadly tiny and underwhelming. For Restaurant Week, I expected to be leave full and happy, not looking forward to snacking on chips and salsa when I got home...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    AlexandriaFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great Restaurant Week experience. Got the bread very late in the meal after a few requests but delicious menu. Would go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • restaurant week
    MargG
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Restaurant week was an excuse to try Geranio for the first time. We enjoyed a four course meal. My husband and I chose different dishes and we thought that each one was beautifully cooked and presented. In addition the wait staff were helpful and paced the service perfectly. We have already recommended Geranio to friends.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not hot
    Oct26
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Mussels were overcooking and not hot. Scallops were served only 2pcs. Rissotto was not hot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    Suzor
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I used to dine at Geranio 20+ years ago, and it was always a divine meal. With 2 friends from out of town, I looked forward to returning to one of my favorite restaurants. While it's still a very pretty and quiet place, much of the food just wasn't very good. We ordered from the Restaurant Week menu, and I had the mussels, which were the tinest overcooked mussels I've ever eaten, a chicken, tomato and pasta dish swimming in olive oil, seared scallops over fried polenta which was absolutely delicious although I only got 2 small scallops, and homemade mango sorbet which was the best part of the meal. My friends ordered a pork dish as their main and it was tough, overcooked and salty. Everyone agreed that dessert was the best course.
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  • Restaurant Week: BONUS, 4 Courses!
    love2usday
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I was pleasantly surprised that this restaurant offered FOUR courses with its restaurant week deal, instead of just the regular 3 courses. Not only that, but what are being featured on their "restaurant week menu" are actually items that are their standard menu, so you really get a chance to sample their wares, which isn't that the whole point?!? :) My first 2 courses were divine, the mussels and the risotto. Sadly, my 2nd entree (scallops) was pretty salty - both the sauce and the potato cake it rested on. The Tiramisu was especially delicious, but after all that salt it came across very sweet though. I would definitely return as there were other times on the menu I want to try! Happy dining!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate