Heavy Seas Alehouse - VA
Heavy Seas Alehouse - VA

Heavy Seas Alehouse - VA

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.heavyseasalehouse.com/
  • Phone: 7038794388x711
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Thursday: 11:00am - 12:00am, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00am, Sunday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Matt Seeber
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: From a rowdy crew to captains of industry, Heavy Seas Alehouse is the perfect venue to host your next gathering! We have a separate private dining area with its own bar and a menu to fit any occasion and budget. Our staff is available to assist you in planning your special occasion from beginning to end.

    You will be in ship shape for any after work Happy Hour, rehearsal dinner, birthday party, anniversary or any occasion requiring a good time with great food!

    For catering menus and to discuss your party needs, contact our party captain at arlevents@heavyseasalehouse.com or call 703-879-4388

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N Oak St & Wilson Blvd
  • Public Transit: Rosslyn Metro Station
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer $5 Parking at 1501 WIlson Blvd after 5pm Monday-Friday, and all day Saturday & Sunday. Valet is available after 5pm.
A word from Heavy Seas Alehouse - VA
Our menu features fresh and seasonal ingredients that we source locally whenever possible. The dishes are simple in appearance with bold and assertive flavors that stand up to the intense beers we are known for…ARRRRGGGHHHH!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Heavy Seas Alehouse - VA reviews from OpenTable diners
97 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (44)good for groups (38)great for outdoor dining (36)vibrant bar scene (35)great for lunch (34)fit for foodies (26)kid-friendly (20)hot spot (13)great for brunch (12)late-night find (11)special occasion (5)romantic (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Fun dinner out with friends!
    cheers4beers
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great beers and delicious food! A bit noisy but overall a good atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Beer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Good Food, Great Beer. Nice find. Our waitress was outstanding, she knew all her beers great place to meet somebody, near the Metro.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Gastro Pub Food
    milounessVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Heavy Seas has a versatile menu which it executes very well. You can choose from small plates--I had one crabcake and one soft shell crab--main dinners, and burgers. Everything shows more attention and expertise than the normal pub food. Good, knowledgeable service and nice outdoor seating on a quiet Rosslyn side street. And of course the beer is good!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NotAChefVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Maybe if we had been seated in the front of the restaurant we would have had a better experience. We were all the way in the back in a dark room with very loud music. Also the big TVs are just plain distracting. Salads and burgers were fine. Can't say i would rush back there. It's okay for lunch but there are other options around.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • yikes
    SammieVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food was bland. Service was ok but felt forced. Not going back!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good service
    BigEVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The beer was good and the service was great. I will definitley wb heading back.
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  • Surprisingly wonderful!
    ssh217VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Passing through the Arlington area with hungry toddler, remembered reading about this alehouse, decided to stop and so happy we did! Waiter was excellent--very personable and attentive. The beer was amazing and I'm not a beer drinker (husband is). Def try the cask porter--it was divine. Great kids menu with real food options and they give out wikki sticks which was a big hit. Good menu options--husband had salmon, I ordered fish and chips. Fish and chips was excellent--as good as England's! Nice size portion, light batter, high quality cod. Salmon was on bed of veggies and topped with bacon--husband was pleased. Ordered crab stuffed pretzel as appetizer--was good but not as flavorful as hoped. Not too busy but crowd picking up when we left.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice spot
    DinerDustin
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Good beer, good food, and surprisingly good cocktails.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • PeteKappie
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The beers are great and the food is delicious. However, the portion sizes left us a bit disappointed. The salmon was very small and for $23 a plate, we were expecting to be full and not wanting to order more food. Unless the portion sizes or prices change, I would recommend going just for drinks.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Okay
    EarlyValentine
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Fans of Heavy Seas beers will enjoy this spot, especially the draft beer choices and bar style menu options. The crab pretzel was amazing, but beware of trying anything on the menu that is not typical of a bar menu. We tried the shrimp with the bean corn pineapple salad but it was still pretty bland and hard to eat (lots of peeling required). Light beer drinkers will like the Gold Ale and young professionals will enjoy the lively happy hour and bar scene.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Family-friendly, good food, loud
    EdwardVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I took my family and friends (6 adults, 1 kid) here for happy hour and then dinner. We asked to sit in the back room since the front area had a large happy hour event. The staff was incredibly accommodating and the food was good. The only downside was the large group of frat guys that also got a table in the back and treated it as a frat party - screaming, pounding shots, running around the room. We told our server that the other group was being really loud and disruptive but were told there was nothing they could really do.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellence Opportunity Lost
    ExpectedMore
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The beer by Heavy Seas is an excellent product. This prompted us, three long time friends and beer connoisseurs, to meet for lunch at the Alehouse. After we were seated, a bus boy brought two mugs of water to the table for the three of us but never returned with a third. We waited at least 15 minutes but never had a waiter come to our table, nor did anyone else so much as bat an eye in our direction. The place wasn't that busy but I had to see the Hostess to get a waiter to come to our table. In fairness, she was astonished that we hadn't been waited upon. When the waiter came, he apologized and stated that there had been confusion as to whose table it was to serve. When served, our orders were only warm, like they had been sitting.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredible food and great beer!
    VSKfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We went to Heavy Seas for the beer, but ended up liking the food just as much-- if not more! We were a group of 6 so we sampled a lot of the dishes-- the tacos were our favorite appetizer but the calamari and rolls were also great; the rabbit, salmon, beef short ribs, grouper, and pasta with chicken were amazing! Loved them all. We didn't have room for dessert, but we will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too loud
    HeavyEars
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Glad to have Heavy Seas in the neighborhood, but they need to do something about the noise... my guess is that even after everyone leaves, peoples' conversations continue to bounce around in there for hours...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RestaurantSnob
    RestaurantSnob
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I was completely surprised by how nice the restaurant is, given that the name meant something a level above Long John Silvers. The service was attentive, and the decor very appealing and comfortable yet enjoyably casual. I went for a business lunch but would return to eat on my own, given how much I also enjoyed the food quality. Best Softshell crab!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So disappointed
    Mjl788
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I made reservations for 9 for dinner on the 4th of July. We arrived early, the one plus was that they were able to seat us early. So much went wrong, I was humiliated for having suggested the place. Mom ordered a VO Manhattan & the waiter had no idea what that was. He didn't even go ask the bartender, just said he didn't know what it was and waited for her to order something else. My parents food (a salad & fish and chips) came over 15 min after everything else after someone finally complained to the manager. Brothers short ribs were completely cold. Sisters soup was inedibly bad. Mother asked to add shrimp to her Ceasar salad. It arrived with 1 poorly cooked shrimp. They charged her $8 for the salad & $9 for the ONE shrimp.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meh.
    Autoexecbat
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Beer was great of course and the calamari and onion rings were both great appetizers, but all four people in my party agreed that our burgers were mediocre. Probably wouldn't go back or recommend except for happy hour.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Heavy Hand
    CTom
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    My friend and I both had the salmon--his was to be medium, mine medium rare. Both were grossly overcooked. The chef has a heavy hand and needs to lighten up.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food & bar option in Arlington
    Juma
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Our server was excellent. Good recommendations and very honest and "on our side" it felt. The rib tacos were excellent, as were the mussels with lobster bisque. The pretzel is interesting but a little off. The crab just didn't work completely. It wasn't bad, just don't know where to place it. It's a big portion too. Would love for them to be able to get the ingredients for a proper Moscow Mule or a solid Gin/cucumber drink option as those were my first orders, which they didn't have. I nonetheless was well taken care of by my waiter and enjoyed the whole experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Definitely sit outdoors on the patio if the weather permits.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • T-arrrr-iffic
    CitizenNomadVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Fantastic beer, amazing food, and great service. Damien was a great server and the food was amazing. I'll be back over and over.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Promise, largely not met, meh
    ShaunVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    New place, suggested by a friend, but the food and service were pretty much meh. I ordered fish and chips and the fish was not crispy and the chips (fries) were meh. I forget the price, but whatever I paid for a very basic meal was too much.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Arlington Gem!
    Carlton
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The food, beer, service & ambiance of the Alehouse is outstanding. I can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really enjoyed it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The two people in our party who had burgers said they were excellent (best they'd had in a while). The calamari and paella were very good too. A nice casual place to enjoy some good beer and great food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impressed!
    Katherine
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    I wasn't expecting the food to be so good at a newish restaurant, but we were pleasantly surprised. We only got smaller dishes -- mussels, calamari, grilled shrimp, to name a few -- and they were all delicious. We will be back!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for brunch
    ELow
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Four of us (+ baby) went for brunch and everyone got something different. Every single one of us loved our meal- from the pancakes, to the steak salad, to the oyster benedict to the breakfast burger we had 100% satisfaction- how often does THAT happen? Of course the beer was fabulous as well- and the outdoor dining area was great. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Meal at Heavy Seas
    AVBGuy
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This was my fifth visit to Heavy Seas, and I continue to greatly enjoy their food and drink. Their beer list is (of course) excellent, and the food is superb. I had the soft-shell crab sandwich, which was great, and the rest of my party loved their food as well. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a fun place to eat in Arlington.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food poisioning
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    A member of our party had good poisioning from the restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, bad service.
    Captain124VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Food was great but the service was awful. It took 30 minutes before anyone came over to our table to take our drink order. It also took about 25 minutes to get our appetizers and they came out cold. We told the waitstaff and they replaced them with new orders and comped the apps. Food was excellent and almost made up for the horrible service. We were only able to order one round of drinks because they never came back to ask us for more. This is the second time I have been there and the first time I has awful service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Beer - Food is meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Enjoyed the cask ale but the burger and fish and chips were nothing to rave about. Not even sure what a "KOBI STYLE" burger is supposed to be, but it was dry and plain tasting.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner + outstanding service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Recently dined at HeavySeas with my family and my parents for my dad's birthday. Had heard that the noise level in the restaurant was a problem, and it was very loud up front but they seated us in the back and it was loud, but fine. Our server (Chris) was excellent - he was great with my 2 kids (1, 5) as well as with recommendations and being very attentive to our table. The food was very good as well - recommendations based on what we had - the Calamari and an eggroll type thing appetizers - were excellent. The stuffed pretzel was just ok - the filling was very good and the bread was as well, but together was not as good as others. For dinner we all had burgers and all were outstanding - try the one with the fried avocado!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy But Fun
    Janissimo
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Our group of 8 had a good meal and a fun evening, though the noise level made it impossible to hold any kind of conversation. Food and bevvies were all good, service was exceptionally good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Super Sandwich Menu
    Dagwood
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Oyster Po' Boy sandwich made the way it was meant to be with lots of plump oysters and bacon. Great with the in-house brews Amber and Pils!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    I miss the days when restaurants all served bread.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great New Brunch Spot
    Dogman
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went there for Mother's Day brunch with a group of 8--including three kids. Great food and very attentive service. Seemed like they were still trying to work-out a few details at the new location, but they made up for that with great service and great attitudes. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for Brunch
    AVBGuy
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went back to Heavy Seas for the first time for brunch. It was excellent -- especially liked the baked lobster stuffed with crabmeat accompanied by blood-orange pasta. Try it -- you won't be disappointed.
    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, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    TheMayor
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We were lucky enough to have a great server who was well acquainted with the food and brews. He was a great asset. Food and beer were wonderful. Could use a lower volume of sound but it was doable. Even the parking was easy!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Heavy Seas Alehouse
    ArlingtonResident
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Casual, Good Food, and Festive atmosphere. We went for the oysters! There was a good variety. Beer selection was plentiful. Wine selection was good. All in all a nice experience. Only two items to be considered - although very friendly, the service was slow. 15 minutes for the first drink. Salad came with the entree. And outdoor tables are a bit small for 4. Nothing the restaurant can't fix easily!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre Experience
    diner
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I went here for lunch with three friends. Service was fine, nothing exceptional. The salad I ordered was supposed to come with pine nuts, but wasn't served with them. The table was way too small to hold our drinks and lunch plates. We sat outside as the weather was nice, but the view is lacking. I would not go out of my way to visit. I think the food is overpriced. I like that they offer beers from other breweries.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 58 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 39 reviews are from the Heavy Seas Alehouse - VA reviews archive.
  • Excellent Dining Experience
    Arlingtongirl
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    We went on a Wednesday night, it was raining very hard and the bar & dining room of Heavy Seas was packed. Bravo to chef & kitchen staff, didnt take long to get food served even though restaurant was crowded. They have the kitchen timing under control. The service and food were excellent. The beer is great. Waiter very attentive. Cant wait to go back again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.