Leek American Bistro
801 N. Quincy St
Arlington, VA 22203Neighborhood:
AmericanPrice: $31 to $50
Leek American Bistro
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.leekbistro.com/
- Phone: 5713124036
- Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: American, International, Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: Nathan Spittal
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
A word from Leek American Bistro
At Leek American Bistro, we offer a modern American menu with seasonal changes and a contemporary twist on old favorites. All created with fresh, organic ingredients from our local farms. Our aim? To offer elegant food made from farm fresh ingredients at affordable prices. This, together with warm, savvy service, a polished décor and casual atmosphere, laid the foundation for our American bistro. We’re proud to work with local farmers to offer sustainable meat, dairy and produce whenever seasonally available. Our desserts and breads are both made in-house daily and we offer an elegant list of aged bourbon, whiskey and tequila. As Virginia wines move to the forefront of America’s recognized vineyards, we’ve thoughtfully paired them with our menu, together with our California and International selections, to create a welcome balance of local food and drink.Continued
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Leek American Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
- DisapppointingKPvirginiaVIPDined on 9/14/2013We went to Leek with a coupon, and our meal got off to a bad start when the server said we could not order the special using the coupon though that was nowhere to be found in the fine print; then he said one of the dishes would not be ready for 30 minutes as it "was in the oven" (this at 7pm). The food was not great, the service quite bad but the restaurant was quiet, as it was nearly empty on a Saturday night.
- Leek - just fineOpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 9/11/2013I liked the fun menu and the food was quite good. Service was a bit lacking - there was one waiter who seemed a bit dazed - so someone from the back was helping out. If they work out a few kinks it can be a nice place
- an enjoyable evening with good foodOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 9/10/2013We celebrated my wife's birthday at Leek American Bistro in the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington, VA, earlier this week. The menu carried a nice variety of dishes, with some vegetarian choices, as well as fish, poultry and meats. The fennel-leek soup with lobster bits was a delicious starter. My wife had the boned, sauteed trout special and I had the falafel encrusted salmon with sauteed onion and tomato compote. Our daughter had a crab cake sandwich. Everything was quite good and we appreciated a good and very relaxed meal with good service.Special Features:
- Poor Choice for Gluten Free DiningOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 8/11/2013Bread crumbs on the tablecloth from previous diners. Only two GF choices on brunch menu (even though it appeared that many items could be made GF). Uneven service. Had to request cream for coffee, pepper, drink refills. Meals arrived for each guest at a wide range of times, resulting in the first diners politely waiting for other meals to arrive (even though they were encouraged to eat their eggs ASAP). Disappointing all around.
- Won't Go AgainOpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 7/8/2013This was my second visit to Leek American Bistro. I will not be going back. We arrived to dinner for a 7:30pm reservation and were the only people in the restaurant. Half the lights in the restaurant were turn off. I ordered a bourbon manhattan as a cocktail and it came out looking like a cape cod (nice and red). I sent that back and ordered a glass of white wine instead, which came room temperature. For an entree I ordered salmon. It had lots of really great components on the plate, but they didn't seem to work together as a whole. They were closing down the restaurant while we were eating, so it's clear they didn't want us there. No worries, since I won't ever go back. I'd offer more as a review, but space is limited on here.
- The food was great. HoweverOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 6/28/2013The food was great. However it seemed like the restaurant was super quiet for a Friday night which was a little awkward.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Service was incredibly indifferentOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 6/14/2013We had a party of 5. 4 appetizers and 5 entrees ordered. One of the appetizers and two of the entrees were hardly touched. When they were removed, the waiter didn't even ask if there was a problem. Those three items were not good, but the others were average to good.
- We would go back - recommendedeatoutDined on 6/8/2013We ate around 6 PM on a Saturday. It was not crowded. Menu is a bit limited but everything was delicious and came to the table hot. The service was somewhat indifferent, but we were able to flag down our waiter easily. Prices were reasonable for the quality of the food. Try the scallops and the shrimp dish. Skip the burger.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good place, excellent foodOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 5/29/2013The food was great. We had a living social deal, so the menu was limited. The Leek House Salad had great flavor and was more interesting than just a standard salad...grilled pears, pickled onions, etc. The salmon was good, but had a strong flavor. The accompaniments on the plate were very tasty. The chicken was HUGE (for chicken). It was a little dry in places, but overall. The sauce was very good and complimented the chicken and the potatoes very well. The dessert was cheesecake with raspberry drizzle...two of my least favorite things. But, even I enjoyed it (although I'm not sure if that means it was great cheesecake or not). English did not seem to be their best language, but it was still a good experience.I would recommend this to a friend.
- I had a living social dealOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 5/29/2013I had a living social deal good for one appetizer, two entrees and two desserts. The deal did not mention anything about a limited menu. There were only 3 options for the entree. The salad appetizers were good but that was it. Chicken was dry. They then just brought out two desserts and plopped them on the table without even saying what they were or giving us a choice ahead of time. The desserts were AWFUL and inedible! The server was the worst part about the experience. He automatically hand wrote in a $20 tip on the bill, which was more than 20% and he complained and threw a fit when we brought this to his attention - he was completely unprofessional. I will not be going back.
- Not worth itOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 5/29/2013Unfortunately, I was less than impressed with Leek Bistro. The food was subpar, especially considering the less-than-cheap prices. The service tried to be attentive, but instead was four waiters/staff running around back and forth without direction. The credit card machine didn't work and we waited 10 minutes for our check at the end of the meal. Overall, given some of the other great restaurants in the area, I would not return.
- Not recommendedGoldendragonguyDined on 5/27/2013Four of us went to this neighborhood restaurant for brunch on Memorial Day. Although there were just two other tables of diners, service was slow. Their signature leek soup was thin and tasted watered down. I ordered eggs benedict and requested that the poached eggs be firm, not runny. The waiter thought I meant eggs over easy, so I had to explain what I meant. The eggs came out runny anyway. The Canadian bacon was almost too salty to eat, and I generally like things on the salty side. The home fries were uninteresting; not very tasty. The coffee was OK. This was my second visit and I had a similar rather disappointing visit the first time. I won't be back. Too many much better local choices.
- Salad was good. Salmon withStephanieVIPDined on 5/21/2013Salad was good. Salmon with chick pea puree on top, and hummus and pickles on the site. Very odd. Chicken dish was "ok" but sauce too sweet, goopy like a Chinese sauce. Peaches n Cream dessert was awful! Appeared to be hamburger-type bun with canned peaches-- yuk! With my Living Social coupon they kep the meal choices Extremely limited. You'd think they'd make the items good so that we'd want to come back, but they did not. Just horrible, I'm sure they're days are limited.
- Great experience.WineauxInAlexandriaVIPDined on 5/18/2013We thoroughly enjoyed Leek. The restaurant is beautiful. The food is creative and delicious. And, the service is attentive but not overwhelming. My only complaint is that the wine list needs sme attention ... Help. The chef has gone through the trouble of suggesting wine pairings or the dishes, but the suggestions are not on the menu. With that said, the wines that appear on the menu are reasonably marked-up given their wine shop price.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good food, untrained uneven serviceOpenTable Diner Since 2002Dined on 5/8/2013Took a couple of professional colleagues for lunch. Great ambiance, good food. Servers were pleasant but overly casual and clearly untrained.
- Enjoyable Leek Bistro in BallstonOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 5/2/2013Interesting flavor combinations came off very well in most of the dishes we tried. Every dish had some interesting flavor or texture twist to it. The wait staff were extremely nice and responsive. Parking is tough in the Ballston area at dinner time, but do NOT park in the lot between Gold's Gym and the bike store--you WILL get towed! It was quiet and had plenty of space between tables, so it is a great place to have a nice meal and chat with your companion(s) at the same time.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Both the food and the serviceK2h3mDined on 5/2/2013Both the food and the service were terrific, and we will definitely go back.I would recommend this to a friend.
- the food sounded good andcatbirdDined on 4/30/2013the food sounded good and looked fairly good - the staff wasnt the best but they tried and were sincere. good beer list. i really liked the feel and setting but the i didnt like my meal.
- I have seen this place manyOpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 4/28/2013I have seen this place many times but never took notice. I was pleasantly surprised by how great the food was and how nice the interior was. I would say upscale but not overly fancy. I had brunch and the egg Chesapeake "Bennie"'was perfect.Special Features:
- Not quite ready for Prime time.LolanDined on 4/20/2013The service was quick and attentive but the food needs work. I had the duck breast which was cooked to my request but the slaw and poached pear that accompanied it clashes. The flavors of the sides was overwhelming the main entree. My husband had the salmon with the chickpeas puree which again overwhelmed the flavor of the salmon. It was too strong on the raw garlic taste. I like garlic but this was a lot too raw and strong. My husband ordered the peaches and cream which turns out to be more of a cobbler and the portion was great if we were sharing. For one person, it was a bit much. I had the sweet corn panacotta, which I like but some would find it not quite to their taste since it was a bit too rubbery. Not what you would expect.
- The food was fresh, deliciousOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 4/20/2013The food was fresh, delicious and nicely plated. Service excellent. We had the specials:braised lamb shank which was served on yummy mashed potatoes and veggies and lobster ravioli that had a wonderful creamy sauce. The menu has selections for everyone. Really good food in an area that has been in need of decent dining options.Nice beer and wine selection. Top notch food and drink in a laid back, beautiful atmosphere. The bar is cool, made of old barn wood. A wonderful addition to Arlington dining. Worth a walk, metro or car ride. We'll be back for brunch soon. MSSpecial Features:
- Meh. We went for brunch andOpenTable Diner Since 2002Dined on 4/20/2013Meh. We went for brunch and it was nothing special. I had an omelette that was kind of wet when I cut into it. The fruit had brownish leaves on it - maybe they were supposed to be fresh herbs, but typically those are not brown. I asked for hot tea and they brought me earl grey, no other options. Frankly, I'd rather go to IHOP.
- Brunch: nice menu, nice staff,egurianDined on 4/13/2013Brunch: nice menu, nice staff, nice place, kind but not extra special. Would go again if I were in the neighborhood but not make a special trip.Special Features:
- Un-discovered GemOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 4/5/2013We chose Leak for a group of 8 (4 adults and 4 kids 11-6 year old) after not being able to get a reservation at Rustico. I called ahead to see if they had a kids menu. They do not, but were more than accommodating to make Shirley Temple's, buttered noodles and grilled cheese. For the adults the food was fantastic. I recommend the Falafel Salmon. We sat for 2 1/2 hours and had a lovely time. This restaurant needs to be discovered. Do not be deceived by the sign out front. We all thought it was another Thai restaurant. It is American with Low Country flare.Special Features:
- A great place in the fast-changingDuckSoup11VIPDined on 4/3/2013A great place in the fast-changing Ballston area for a high-quality nosh. We especially enjoyed the "pork and beans" main course (a roasted pork shank with a cassoulet-style bean concoction and mouthwatering collard greens); the shrimp and grits is (are?) excellent and the leek-fennel soup with a bit of lobster is an elegant starter. We've visited Leek twice now and on both occasions have been especially impressed with the helpful and accommodating attitude of the staff. Ambience is modern and a bit spare, but totally appropriate to a bistro-style establishment.
- I have been to this restaurantSixtyplusVIPDined on 4/3/2013I have been to this restaurant for lunch twice in the last few weeks and both times was sad to see that there were so few patrons. It really is a perfect restaurant for Arlington and I hope more people find it soon so it can stay in business. It is a nice (but not pricey) white table restaurant; modern (but not cold) decor, and everything--even the china (the coffee cups are particularly large--is well designed. The grilled salmon salad is a great lunch, quite well done with couscous and spinach, and at only $10 is a perfect serving. We'll have to go back at night to see what that is like.Special Features:
- Food was only OK (though thereOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 4/1/2013Food was only OK (though there was a lot of it) and the service was very slow. There were only 4 tables occupied during the entire lunch hour and one server.
- It's unfortunate more peoplelbindcDined on 3/31/2013It's unfortunate more people don't go to Leek. The windows obscure the view as you walk by which I'm sure deters some potential diners, but if you don't mind actually conversing with your dining companion check Leek out. The brunch bread basket is very tasty. The food is pretty good, and with few real brunch options in the surrounding blocks it is a great option. I haven't tried the brunch cocktails yet, but they look good and are inventive.Special Features:
- Pretty, but expensive forArlingtonVIPDined on 3/31/2013Pretty, but expensive for the poor service you get.
- A very pleasant spot for brunch.fanofbrunchDined on 3/24/2013A very pleasant spot for brunch. The usual Ballston restaurants are noisy and crowded. Leek has a great selection on its brunch menu. The scones and muffins with lemon curd and apple jam were a lovely surprise.Special Features:
- Always looking for a goodfanofbrunchDined on 3/17/2013Always looking for a good place for Sunday brunch. Very glad we decided to try Leek. Nice selection of brunch items and the scones with lemon curd were a very nice surprise.Was very pleased that they did NOT have LOUD music playing like many other Clarendon/Ballston restaurants. Despite the just OK service we will definitely be going back.Special Features:
- Superb new restaurantOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 3/5/2013Very creative, interesting menu; lovely ambience, a neighborhood delight, we will return!Special Features:
- Brunch was great, and notOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 3/3/2013Brunch was great, and not at all crowded early (10am). Service was good.Special Features:
- Liked: decor, nice and clean DidOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 2/22/2013Liked: decor, nice and clean Did not like: food (ordered mussels and crab cakes): mussels were stinky, fries very salty, crab cakes have a bad sause-with green pea and something. Also, a water brought the wrong dish, I ordered crab cake for $10, he brought for $24, I showed him this dish on the menu when made an order.
- The food was average, butOpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 2/17/2013The food was average, but the prices, service, location and bottomless mimosas make it worth stopping by and giving it a try.
- I've been to Leek twice- onceAmyKDined on 2/14/2013I've been to Leek twice- once for brunch and once for dinner. I enjoyed the brunch experience MUCH more than the dinner experience. The food was delicious and I enjoyed the bottomless mimosa special. For dinner the food was just ok. The soup was the best part of the meal. Both entrees were just mediocre, and neither of us appreciated our desserts. This restaurant tries to be for foodies, but it just doesn't hit the mark in my opinion. I like the decor and have had great service each time, but I would only go back for brunch in the future.Special Features:
- Vegetarians not welcomeOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 2/14/2013I am not a vegetarian, but my fiancee is, and I picked Leek because I thought that it would be vegetarian friendly given its name and marketing. For a restaurant named after a vegetable, Leek offers almost nothing for vegetarians. Grilled tofu went out of style in the 1980s, and it is a vegetarian dish made by people who think every dish should involve a piece of meat. The wine list could really use improvement. I had two glasses of red of different kinds (maybe a zin and a cab?) and found both to be devoid of character. The fact that Virginia wines are presented and priced as though they are equivalent to other wines shows that this restaurant can't tell the difference. The service was good. So was the meat.
- Food was very disappointingmrhattVIPDined on 2/8/2013Food was very disappointing -- mediocre or worse. Too bad, nice place and location.
- We live in Arlington and wouldOpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 2/1/2013We live in Arlington and would love to be able to write a great review for this neighborhood restaurant because we want it to survive. It's very pretty inside, and the servers were great. The kitchen has some heavy duty work to improve, because the food was just ok. We'll give it another chance, but I hope they read these reviews and work hard to do better or they won't make it. Food at a restaurant is the reason people go. It has to get better.
- Went because of the LivingSocialElleVIPDined on 1/29/2013Went because of the LivingSocial deal. Turns out, we were limited to which entrees and desserts we could pick. I won't go into detail, but can tell you the food was awful. Our waiter was very nice and sympathetic, though. He comped our drinks because he noticed we didn't eat any of the food. I really wanted to like this place because Ballston needs good dining options, but it was just awful.