Great neighborhood find! Lovely
Great neighborhood find! Lovely restaurant in the PTO area. Most people wouldn't know that it is there. Beautiful ambiance.
2/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Actually the apps were the
Actually the apps were the start of the show. We ended up having the bacon candy, flatbread and pretzel bites. The drinks of course were spot on. Sadly the main courses were just okay. Friends had the seafood pot pie, beer can chicken, crab cake and I can't remember what I had. Clearly they were not memorable. Still a huge improvement over what was there before. Definitely check it out for a happy hour.
3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Outside of Old Town Alexandria
Nestled in the Westin Alexandria (VA), it has a very large bar area and an intimate dining area. You feel like you are dining in a library, with books on shelves that you may thumb through between courses, although the lighting is very subdued. Because of the bar, the have an impressive appetizer menu. The soft warm pretzel bites, which come with honey-mustard and chipolte dipping sauces, were tasty. The grilled salmon and Chesapeake Pot Pie were good entree choices. If you order the pot pie, don't try to gulp it down. It is served, very, very hot. The dessert menu didn't do anything for us. The service was very attentive. Complimentary valet parking, with restaurant validation, is available. Starwood Preferred Guest members earn points.
3/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Hadn't eaten here since the
Hadn't eaten here since the remake and it was a wonderful surprise. Some co-workers and I went and the service was outstanding from the start. Food was not only creative but the taste was incredible. I had the Tomatoe Bisque and Porcini Ravioli small dishes and they were both wonderful! One of our party ordered the seafood pot pie and OMG it was incredible! So if you haven't been back since they updated it is definitely worth the stop.
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Bar Space
There isn't much in the area north of Old Town, but this is a great addition. We tried the bacon candy, the TradeMAC and Cheese (Chesapeake), the burger, and the Chesapeake pot pie---all were amazing. I had two cocktails, which were inventive and definitely a step above the normal craft-tails you find around other places these days. There are a lot of TVs on the wall, and the appetizer list is long and delicious looking--I will definitely be back here to snack on those and watch a game.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
We were a little wary at first since this is located in a hotel. But now we have been several times and every time the food is great and service is superb. Would highly recommend.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great place for a work lunch
A great place for a work lunch -- excellent choices on the menu and everyone was pleased with what they ordered. In partic, the clean, fresh coleslaw was a hit! A little noisy in the main area, but our table was slightly out of the way so we had no problems chatting. Overall, a surprisingly pleasant experience.
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Upscale Hotel Option
My fiance and I had been wanting to try this restaurant for some time as we drove past it almost daily and it is right around the corner from our home. We finally went and weren't disappointed. It's located in the lobby of the local Westin, so it obviously is made with business travelers in mind. The food was more expensive than some place you would go regularly, but the food was quite good. $26 for a moderate sized salmon filet with mashed potatoes and asparagus is more than I would want to pay regularly. The menu is sparse, but what they did, from what I could tell, was quite good. The bar is expansive with many wine and beer selections. The service was outstanding.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
great mother's day brunch
Spacious, well laid out, an awesome spread with variety and attentive service.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice Mother's Day Brunch
My mom and I enjoyed the 2013 Mother's Day brunch. It had a nice variety of savory and sweet breakfast items, omelette bar, prime rib, and turkey. It was not particularly innovative cuisine. The servers were professional and pleasant. Our experience was adequate for the day, but we celebrated at other brunch spots in previous years and enjoyed it more in those other years. Sorry, Trademark. I would still recommend it, but I would recommend other options more.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Enjoyed the Mothers Day Brunch
We had a nice table close to a window and near the brunch room. Food presentation made you want to try everything! The carved ham was well seasoned and tasty! The roast beef was tender. I also enjoyed the risotto and quiche along with the omelet station. The visibility of the chefs/kitchen staff ensured the area was kept clean, replenished when necessary and responded immediately to on-the-spot customer suggestions/requests. Although it was a self-serve brunch, the wait staff was almost non-existent for service to include clearing the table and serving beverages. I wanted to try a special brunch cocktail but my server could not get past the coffee and juice. Providing each mother with a special cupcake was a nice touch instead of flowers.
5/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Cocktail Spot
Love the cocktails here, very original using local wines and spirits, and the food was very good.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Normally, hotel restaurants
Normally, hotel restaurants aren't anything to brag about, but this little gem in the Alexandria, VA, Westin Hotel is definitely an exception to that rule! There's also a good selection of creative cocktails & craft beers.
5/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Booked a table for Fathers' Day brunch. Everything was great! Food, service, drinks, you name it. If you're into Old Bay, you have to try the Jumbo Lump Crab Hash - it's out of this world!
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Solid Comfort Food
The seafood pot pie was well done and tasty, the only sad part was waiting patiently after the delectable crust was broken for the food to cool enough to eat. The beer can chicken was delicious and generously porportioned, greens were kale, perfectly done. The salmon was done just so and the candied bacon nuggets were just the right burst of flavor. The seafood mac-n-cheese was dotted with big morsels of lump crab and lobster, for my taste, could have benefited from a punch of sharper cheese, but had the right creaminess. The calamari appetizer came with a kalamata aioli, reminiscent of tapenade, nice, but salty, perhaps a second dipping sauce might provide a counter balance. Service was sincere, but with some language problems.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great hidden restaurant!
My husband works for the USPTO and we've always noticed this little restaurant attached to the Westin Hotel. Given the reputation that comes with every hotel restaurant, i.e., not very good food, we were a little hesitant, but the decor and the restaurant's outside aesthetics were pleasing enough. We finally came here on a whim when our intended dinner spot was too indebted in Fourth of July traffic. High ceilings. Industrial looking. Very airy. Quiet. We ordered the mini pretzel burger, pot of mussels, seafood pot pie, bread pudding, and Kahlua coffee. Each were greatly flavorful and completely surprising! Everything was incredibly gourmet. Greatly underestimated restaurant. Total hidden gem. Try it, you'll be surprised!
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my favorite spots
Love this place for any occasion. Just ask they add either veggie sausage or fish to the Sunday brunch.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
My favorite neighborhood bar
This place is much more than a "hotel bar". The decor is awesome and the bartenders are the best. I come here all the time for dinner or just a drink. The Trademark Old Fashioned always hits the spot!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cocktail list - you can't lose. Dive in. Candied bacon - overrated. Pass. Pretzel bites - rockin'. Nom nom nom. Salad (can't remember which one) - fabulous. Trademark Burger - rockin'. Good service. Neat ambience (used to be a patent office; hence the name).
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
only ok for Restaurant Week
My wife and I have eaten here several times. We like it and will come back. However, our Restaurant Week meal was only OK. The salad with watermelon in it was nice, as was my steak dish. The sausage in it was a nice touch. However, my wife's wahoo fish was badly overcooked. The restaurant did take 20% off our food bill because of this, without fuss. The dessert was really skimpy however--just a half a peach with a tiny scoop of ice cream in it. I know restaurants run out of stuff, but it would have been nice if they'd let us pick a dessert from the regular menu.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a high end sports bar. The food is good. The menu selection is good. The drinks are expensive.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was very good, but
The food was very good, but it's noisy. Great place to grab a bite~!
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM