OVERWOOD
OVERWOOD

OVERWOOD

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theoverwood.com/
  • Phone: 7035353340
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday: 11:30am - 11:00pm, Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Catering: OVERWOOD is available for Catering. Please contact Joe Chapman at 703-535-3340 for more information.

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from OVERWOOD
Located in the heart of Old Town in the historic Crilley Warehouse, OVERWOOD is a wood-fired American kitchen and bar featuring modern interpretations of traditional classics. As the name implies, our kitchen is built around hardwood-fueled cooking (grill, oven & smoker) and we will use only the freshest and finest ingredients in every dish.
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OVERWOOD reviews from OpenTable diners
99 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (53)good for groups (34)great for brunch (28)great for lunch (26)kid-friendly (19)fit for foodies (18)special occasion (18)great for outdoor dining (12)romantic (11)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (4)notable wine list (4)hot spot (3)Show More
  • Brunch spot in Arlington
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Had some friends visit from Austin and took them here for brunch. Everything was served promptly and the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Worth the Trip
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The meal I had at Overwood was probably the most disappointing meal I've ever had and I eat out frequently. The grilled salmon salad had absolutely no taste with the lettuce being mainly iceberg. Even with the dressing it had little taste. The Key Lime pie was not bad - better than the salad. The service was nothing exceptional especially when I spilled a glass of water on the table at the end of the meal and no one ever came over to help wipe it up. We simply piled our napkins on top and soaked up the water as best we could.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sweet Retreat
    Dinefind
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Crab cakes & salmon delicious Calamari & toasted ravioli not so much Keylime divine Service superb (Party of 6)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, understaffed
    Matt
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Better than expected BBQ, the meatloaf got rave reviews and the beer list is solid. Very loud, especially if seated near the back room and service wasn't exactly attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not great for veggies or vegans.
    MJDuncan
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    They have a long menu with lots of options. There was one dinner option for vegetarians - veggie lasagna. But there were zero vegan dinner entrée choices. I told the wait person I was vegan and could the chef perhaps prepare something with some of their sides. She looked at me blankly, as though what I said made no sense. So I ordered a beet salad without goat cheese, and the Brussels sprouts side dish. The salad came out as basically dry lettuce on top of three or four beet slices - missing any dressing or the nuts or other elements. The Brussels sprouts came out with cheese on top. I get that most people are not herbivores. But it would be nice if they had a couple veggie entrée options that could be modified to remove cheese.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good
    Julia123
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This was our first time dining at this restaurant. We started with a half dozen raw oysters, which were okay; other restaurants have definitely served better. My husband ordered the ribeye, and I ordered a special for that evening--cioppino stew. Both of us enjoyed our food. My husband didn't seem to have any complaints about his steak, and I was impressed by the stew--they didn't skimp out on the seafood. The only thing that was lacking was the service. Our server seemed to forget about us, so we'd just be sitting there. Waiting. But overall, I'd give the place another try.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice outdoor patio, great food
    esoccer85VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Highly recommend! The steak my husband and I had was great. Flavorful and tender.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service and Food is Inconsistent
    Hulagirl
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Overwood is good neighborhood restaurant, but the food and service is at times inconsistent. Dinners arrive for guests at different intervals and at times appears thrown on the plate. If Overwood wants primarily tourist clientele (who they will only see once) then this is probably OK, but if they want locals to return, they have to do a better job.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    PickyEater
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Cannot begin to describe what a great time we had at Overwood. I had the chicken blt which was delicious. The chicken was moist and flavorful, which seems to be a challenging thing to do for most restataunts. Service was great and the staff very friendly and accommodating. Overall I would highly recommend for a nice evening out.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Everyone was very accommodating and helped make my friend's birthday special. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very very loud
    KathrynVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Love this place, but avoid booking a table in bar area on Friday night if you wish to have any conversation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for food, comfort, value.
    BoomerVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This is close to the main attractions on King Street, yet this is where the locals go. The food is great, and offers a great menu of choices.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed it!
    Tamu
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Good food, atmosphere,pricing and service. Glad to have discovered it as weekend a brunch option.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Only okay this time
    KNAlexandria
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We eat at Overwood a few times and year and generally are pleased with the food. However, that was not the case this time. The big disappointment was the catfish - very bland. The pork chop was better. I often have one of the big entree salads and have always enjoyed them.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So, so
    Nolafoodisbest
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I had a fried catfish dish, which I had to add hot sauce to for flavor. The fillet was really thick, which meant that for catfish, it was tough. The veggies under it were really good. The key lime pie was very bland, and didn't really have much flavor. Edward's pies in the frozen food section in the grocery store are better. Food is not bad, just ok.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great menu for Rest. Week
    Jeanfromalexandria
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our dinner at Overwood was really good, especial the Rest. Week special of buttermilk fried fish with a great succotash! The porterhouse pork chop was very well done also. We each had their special side salad with black beans and corn and it was delicious. The only problem was the noise-we will ask to be seated in the side room from now on as we have eaten in the room by the kitchen and the main room and they are just too noisy for our aging ears.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Change
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Overwood is a nice change to dining on King Street. The staff is friendly and helpful. During restaurant week, we received a great meal at a great price. The food was flavorable and just the right portion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A relaxing experience
    Shortcutrd
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I loved the quant neighborhood feels as we dined with other energetic patrons. Servicer was excellent and very knowledgeable of most dishes. I had the ½ rack of ribs and they were great, my table mates were not excited about the meatloaf or the pan seared haddock. Starters were great; fried oysters and lamb sausage flat bread, but the Key lime pie was missing that ‘bite-you-back’ effect if that’s what you like.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • would not seek out
    Maybelle
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great menu - ok food. The restaurant week menu was uninspired. I ended up ordering the Friday special of seared scallops. Beautiful presentation followed by gritty scallops. My party said the food was fine but we all agreed we wouldn't return. Extremely noisy inside would not recommend for date night out. The decor and restrooms were clean and attractive but overall atmosphere lands at fair.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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  • Service could have been better
    Discmann131
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We have been here a few times and the service was much better so I will put this off to an overworked waiter but it was real tough to get through your meal and get that refill of wine or beer. Had to literally stop him from running away on a couple occasions because we had no idea when he would be coming back our way.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sophisticated southern food
    Alexandrialocal
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Fried catfish on succotash-- I love Southern food but even I wasn't sure about that. When it came, what a great surprise-- catfish crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside, and the succotash was fantastic. Limas, but lots of other vegetables that I didn't expect, cooked just till tender, with herbs. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Monday Night Dinner!
    Alexandrian
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    My dad came into town and took my husband, our friend, and I out to Overwood for dinner. We sampled two kinds of oysters, fried green tomatoes, buffalo wings, buttermilk fried chicken, the meatloaf, and the crab cakes. Food was delivered hot and fresh and fast, and there was no disappointment on the table (friend green tomatoes were our collective favorite). Our waitress was friendly and knowledgeable, and was happy to accommodate our slower meal pace while we all caught up. All of the drinks we ordered were definitely up to par, I loved the decor inside, and will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    First time having brunch at the Overwood, always dinner. It was excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was Great, Now Not so Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Been coming here four times a year for three years. Always ordered the Cajun ribeye. This time it was awful. Maybe they got a new chef? Not coming back for dinner for a while.
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  • Great Dinner
    FriendsNFood
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food and service was great. When making reservation online, the day before, asked for the room on the left when coming in (It usually is a some what quieter area).Meeting with 2 other couples. Ended up at a round table near the kitchen. Surprisingly, though busy and some what noisy, we could all hear each other across the table!! Had a great time!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dependable brunch spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food, service, and ambiance are always very good!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Celebration in Style
    Owens56VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The ambience was relaxing with an inviting decor. Our food was scrumptious from the fried green tomatoes to the parmesan crusted flounder and cajun ribeye. The desserts were delicious and great portions plus out-of-this-world sorbet too!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We were seated near the bar area and I asked to be moved to a quieter area. The hostess was lovely and had a table cleaned off near a window. While dithering between the Chicken Tortilla and Tomato Basil Soup, the waiter shared that the Chicken Tortilla soup was really good that night. He was right, the Chicken Tortilla soup was amazing!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good pick
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Good selection and service. Save room for dessert... Elvis Pie and Chocolate Bread Pudding are wonderful.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overwood is a Neighborhood Gem!
    hmccaffe
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Overwood has delicious food: towering tomato tower, crab cakes, wines and desserts. The service was exceptional, courteous, prompt, friendly and the server asked many times if there were any other needs that we had that he could provide. Thank you for the terrific dining experience!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    ColonelBC
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    After the Alexandria Birthday Fireworks we were starving -- went on OpenTable and reserved late night seets at Overwood. Pretty good service, awesome hummus plate, and great dinners....We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but Not Great
    healthypersonthatdrinks
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    It took a while to be greeted, get water, etc. Having worked in the restaurant industry for many years, if it is fine dining, or any place that takes a reservation for that matter, then I expect to be greeted and taken care of within 3 or so minutes of being seated. It was closer to 8, and since it wasn't a full restaurant, that bothered me just a touch. Waiter was alright. Not particularly warm or helpful in terms of the drink menu or food menu, but he did his job. My boyfriend ordered the crusted Flounder, I order the half rotisserie chicken. Flounder was on the bone, and not crusted like bread crusted as I had thought. It was super fishy. Not bad, but not really our cup of tea, lots of bones to spit out. Chicken was good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty
    LocalFoodie
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Food is cooked over wood which lends a smoky flavor.....even to their Big Salads! Too bad the waitstaff left all the dishes on the table durning our entire stay, making eating dessert was near impossible. Better luck next time.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful find
    HarleyVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    GREAT restaurant and great food. Wide ranging menu was great to please many different tastes....every one a winner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I always come back
    BoomerVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This is where the locals go and yet it is so close to King Street. I think the food is great and everyone is friendly, the service is often inconsistent, but I have learned to speak up to!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food had great flavor and was perfectly cooked. Everything seemed very fresh. The service was great. She gave adequate time but we didn't have to wait. Next time I am in town it will be on my to do list.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed
    Mitch
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Ribs were great. Skinny chicken was a real disappointment. The waitress seemed new and service was adequate. The table next to us had a problem receiving the correct order. Our order was almost mis-delivered to a different table. If I lived in Old Town, I would try again, but I won't make a special trip to this restaurant again.
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  • Great Service and Food
    Leslie
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I setup a surprise birthday dinner for a friend last minute and I picked Overwood because I had eaten there before and remember it being pretty good. They were also the few restaurants who had availability for 8 last minute. The restaurant was very accommodating and even put us in a corner where we could have some privacy. My friend was an hour late but the wait staff were very friendly and patient with us. The food was amazing. I got the meatloaf with asparagus and butternut squash. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 61 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 718 reviews are from the OVERWOOD reviews archive.
  • Good Casual Dining Experience
    coolerbythelake
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We had the best fried green tomatoes ever. Local fare, soft-shell crab and oysters were fresh and tasty. The only disappointment was toasted ravioli; it seemed breaded and fried. There is a good vibe here - more neighborhood than touristy.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Father's Day Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Went for brunch. Food was just okay. Great crab cakes for CC Benedict! French Toast was dry and overdone with spices - needed three bins of syrup to eat. Grand Marnier butter might have had two drops as it tasted like whipped butter. Burger was good but slightly overdone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.