Excellent tapas and delicious,
Excellent tapas and delicious, delicate, well-prepared fish...the best meal I've had in NOVA in a long time. Very noisy on weekends, however.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great wine/tapas place
Excellent Cheese and meats plate options! Often overlooked as they are listed on a separate menu!
While a small place, they don't rush you in and out.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great place. Fun vibrant but
Great place. Fun vibrant but totally overpriced. Don't go there hungry it will cost you. Tapas, great wine and fun ambiance with McLean prices.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
The raucaus chatter at the
The raucaus chatter at the wine bar makes the restaurant quite noisy. The poor acoustics detracts from an otherwise excellent experience.
4/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Kitchen staff was great (plates
Kitchen staff was great (plates came out quickly), but wait staff was incredibly slow, which is not good when you want to continue to order small plates in a fun restaurant like this one.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was delicious, as
The food was delicious, as always, but the first dessert we ordered, the chocolate chip cherry cheesecake, was awful. The texture was disagreeable, and the tastes just didn't go together. Our waiter was kind enough to let us make a second choice, and we ordered the crumble, which was delicious. Other than that, the food was excellent!
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food, but WAY overpriced
Took my wife and 3 teens to Evo Bistro for a Mother's Day brunch. Good food, good service, but preposterously overpriced. I can get food/service just as good -- but for considerably less -- at Oyamel or Jaleo.
Zero chance we'll go back. The high prices basically ruined the experience. It's a shame too, because the restaurant is maybe 5 minutes from my house.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wine and great food
The wine superb and combined with the tapas selections, a perfect evening.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
A local gem!
Great wine selection, awesome tapas size plates and attentive service. Wonderful place to catch up news with a friend, although even on a midweek night, it was pretty noisy.
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the place
We have eaten at Evo Bistro several times and always enjoy it. The food is consistently good and the service is always attentive. You can't go wrong at this place.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Noisy but Yummy!
This was my first time at Evo Bistro. I will definitely go back. I thought the menu was great and I enjoyed all my food very much.
Our server Iya was very charming.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We arrived for Brunch just as they were ending it. They sat us and allowed us to order off the Brunch Menu anyway. Very nice of them as we understood they did not have to do that. The Benedict on the potato pancake was exceptional!
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect place to meet a friend.
Perfect place to meet a friend. We had the Mon/Tues special of $75 for 2 tapas, 2 entrees, 2 desserts and a bottle of wine and enjoyed it very much.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and service are excellent. The temperature, however, is always SO cold!
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
When we moved to McLean 3 years ago, we tried Evo Bistro. First time, it was ok. Second time, disappointing. We crossed it off our list. A couple of months ago, we gave it another try and boy we were impressed. Great bartenders (Adam), super food, and a fun atmosphere. McLean FINALLY has a great restaurant! We are now regulars. Congratulations!
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Steak undercooked; otherwise
Steak undercooked; otherwise the experience was very good. Excellent service!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beware of what you order.
Beware of what you order. Portions, even those at full price are small, and the bill can be large. Some dishes were dry and or overcooked. The pastas have been excellent. I particularly enjoyed the peanut butter cheesecake--hard to find a true peanut butter cheese cake that is not predominantly chocolate--this one had no chocolate.
When we have gone the restaurant has been very noisy making conversation difficult.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The little difficult to find, this was a real gem. Interesting selection of tapas, many with generous portions, left us fully satisfied. We had the gnocchi, mussels, artichokes, and halibut, and if it weren't for all the other intriguing things on the menu, I would do it again.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food keeps getting better
The food keeps getting better and half-price wine night on Wednesday is great. VERY LOUD when crowded, concrete floors? Makes it hard to talk across a table. Still fun.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for Girls Night Out
Was looking for a place to meet a friend who lives in Maryland for a girls night out, and this was a great find! The food was tasty. The service was friendly. We didn't feel rushed to eat or get out quickly. It was a little loud, but we just spoke a little louder! The food prices were a little higher than we expected for a tapas restaurant.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great meal again
We had a great meal. I love the tapas approach. We had chickpea fritters, caprese salad, soft shell crab, and lamb sliders. All were excellent. We had the crumble for dessert - too much crumble, not enough fruit and it needed a bigger scoop of ice cream. Waiter was very attentive. We had a great bottle of red as well.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great little spot before Wolf Trap
We like to eat here before heading to Wolf Trap -- it's small, cozy and offers plenty of plates to share. We really like the Mediterranean theme and the chef is always coming up with new tasting adventures. It's an all around good value.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Evo Bistro-5 star dining experience
Phenomenal food & wine with great ambience and service
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Expensive, but good
Food was well prepared, but the portions were small.
Prices were high for the food and the beverages.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to a work dinner on
We went to a work dinner on a Monday and they offered us the private dining area which was a nice surprise and made us feel even more special. Everyone raved about the meal and the wine. The tapas portions are a good size and the scallops and grilled artichokes were my favorite. I will definitely go back again!
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not just for the wine
Evo Bistro began as a place to buy wine out of dispensers by the ounce. When it began the food was just adequate. We never went back. Several years later most dispensers are gone and the menu has gone upscale. The concept is still small plates, but the portions are very generous and everything we had was delicious. We ordered a spiced lamb dish, and there were two huge chops--enough for an entree for one. We ordered two appetizer dishes and four regular tapas, and were full enough we didn't need dessert. But we got a cheese platter anyway, and again the portions were ample and the cheeses very good, not memorable. It could have used more than three crackers for three cheeses. The cheeses went very well with the accopanying fig compote,
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a surprise!
I love to find a restaurant like this. It is 3 years old and a little off the beaten path. I would not have known about it except for Restaurant Week. The offerings for the Restaurant week were really good and the portions were large.
Some dishes were a little spicy, so be sure to ask if you don't like that.
The calamari was some of the best that I have had, The desserts amazing.
Give it a try.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was warned about the noise
I was warned about the noise but still.... sat at a table for four and their was just the two of us. We sat next to each other and still had to speak with raised voices. The food is worth going back for.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
great for family dinner
Brought my family here to celebrate my teenage daughters birthday. Had a very nice evening and the food was great!
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was excellent. Would
Food was excellent. Would do small plates and a bottle of wine in the future, even though entrees were great; would get to try more dishes. Recommend it highly. Bar was small, but packed.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had never been. Food was fabulous.
Had never been. Food was fabulous. Service was excellent. Charles was a great waiter.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
good tapas, helpful service
The key to a good tapas restaurant is a server who can explain the dishes and make suggestions. Getting many small plates for a group of 4 can be adventure, but our server was very helpful and patient. Service was attentive so that if we had a question or wanted to order more, she was always nearby. Food quality was consistently good, and we had 8 different plates. Only drawback: wine list is very pricey; cheapest bottle is $42. There is a house wine that is less.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mixed experience, will try again
We started with the tuna tartare and the croquetas de jamon y pollo and enjoyed both. Then, my friend chose the Chilean sea bass and I ordered the beef tenderloin, medium rare. Her entree came out to our table alone. Meanwhile, when mine appeared, it was medium well. I rarely send food back, but did in this case. She completely finished her entree long before the second attempt appeared, cooked medium, but at that point, I ate it. The flavor was good, but for me, still overdone. The waitress and manager were wonderful and compensated us with a glass of wine and discount to our bill. My service rating is excellent for them, poor for the kitchen. But I will give this place another try, hoping it was simply an off night for the chefs.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The server is very friendly.
The server is very friendly. I love their mussel appetizer. Nice flavor! My friends ordered fried calamari and sausage. Both were fantastic.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tried Evo Bistro for restaurant
Tried Evo Bistro for restaurant week. It is tucked in a strip mall off Old Chain Bridge Road and somewhat difficult to locate. We drove past it twice but we had allowed enough time in case we couldn't find. The portions are small (petite) but very good. I enjoyed the heirloom tomatoes (great taste) in the caprese salad. The gnocchi and chick pea fritters (a bit on the spicy side though) were quite tasty. A nice thin batter on the Swai fish and the chips were fabulous. I would return just for the chips. The sour cherry sorbet topped off the meal. Server was very accommodating.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is the second time we
This is the second time we ate at Evo Bistro and the scallops, mussels and lamb sliders were wonderful. We repeated the meal we had before including the wine because it was sooo good. We are planning to meet there again soon..
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've always loved the tapas here, esp the calamari, which I thought was the best in town. However, this evening that I went, it was a disappointment -- the dish was soggy!
9/8/2013 5:00:00 PM
We have had several very nice
We have had several very nice meals at lunchtime, but this was our first dinner. Tapas/small plates still featured, but a number of heartier choices available on the dinner menu. Our party of 4 shared about a dozen plates which ranged from good to outstanding. Crab fritters on the mushy side (no lump meat) and wild mushroom risotto on the dry side. Pasta, salad, and meat choices all excellent.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time at this restaurant
First time at this restaurant and it won't be the last. Food was really great.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was excellent in every regard - presentation, preperation and most importantly flavor. Friendly and knowlegable service rounded out a fun night out.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great neighborhood bistro
Terrific food and wine selection. We always enjoy the small plates. Great energy, but very loud
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Many good options in all areas.
Many good options in all areas. Every dish we ordered with one exception was tasty. Two criticisms: the grilled artichokes were two small artichoke hearts cut in half for $10. Pricy for the amount. The bread pudding was dry and seemed to lack one of the main ingredients--white chocolate. The waitress was impressive (never wrote anything down and got all orders correct), attentive, and helpful with descriptions and suggestions. The decaf coffee was undrinkable.
On-lineI tried to change my reservation from 4 people to 7 people, was told no availability for a party of 7 within 2.5 hours of my original reservation time. I called and changed to 7 people. When we arrived, we were the only patrons in the dining room for the first hour
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Week night plea to be
What a great experience! Fabulous wine list to pair with delicious small plates. i love this place! We have the cheese and meat board which is set-up so you decide how many of each and choose them. Thank you! I love choice. One of the best places if you like old world wines like I do. Give me a nice French or Italian wine any day over a Californian. Will continue to frequent Evo - over and over!!!
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Best Find!
I love this restaurant and go often. The food never fails to be the best! I am told the wine is wonderful also (I don't drink). I love the iced tea!
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
We love this wonderful McLean place
We first came during restaurant week. We had no idea that this great little place with there. It was great. So, for a birthday lunch, I requested the wine room, a cute little glass room in the main room. It was perfect. Plus bottles of wine are 1/2 price at lunch on Fridays! What a deal....
This place is a hidden gem.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM