The Front Page - VA
The Front Page - VA

The Front Page - VA

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.frontpagearlington.com/
  • Phone: 7032489990
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast/Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 4:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Herbert Velasquez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Private Party Facilities: Looking to hold a special event? From Luncheons and Office Parties to formal sit down dinners the Front Page can accommodate any party big or small. With our back bar and atrium space we can host parties from 20 Guests to 300 Guests. The bare space can be set to be unique to each party that we host. And there is something for everyone in our large party package menus.
  • Entertainment: Please check out website for information.

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from The Front Page - VA
Famous for our great food, affordable prices, and friendly service, The Front Page has been a Dupont Circle institution since the day we opened our doors in 1987 and now open in Arlington. Whether you want to watch the game on one of our nine televisions, enjoy a relaxing meal with family and friends, or have a cocktail and dance the night away we are the perfect place. The architectural highlights of exposed brick lend a rustic sensibility in the middle of bustling Ballston, while the white tablecloths and linen napkins provide a touch of cosmopolitan elegance. Our menu highlights American cuisine, with Steaks, Pastas, Seafood prominently featured as well as sandwiches, salads, and the best Baby Back Ribs you will ever have. In addition, every night for dinner and every weekday for lunch our chefs prepare several sumptuous specials. Saturdays we have an a-la-Carte breakfast menu and Sundays we serve an extensive All You Can Eat Country Brunch Buffet.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
The Front Page - VA reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (22)good for groups (22)great for lunch (22)neighborhood gem (21)special occasion (10)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (4)vibrant bar scene (2)fit for foodies (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Always a pleasure - great
    woggieVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Always a pleasure - great seafood, sauce and vegetables!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly place to eat
    bcdoyle48
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    The Front Page is a nice bar/restaurant combination with predictable ambiance. The food is good and the people working there were very friendly and helpful. I thought the fare was a bit limited and the Fish of the Day (as listed on the menu) did not exist, oops. I was in good company, and had a good time. Would I go back? Probably not.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Seafood, sauces and vegetables
    woggieVIP
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Seafood, sauces and vegetables are great! Always good to see our friends! Go Front Page!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's good, not great but that's OK
    dbg123
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    I love this place for a a casual pint of beer and and a burger. It's not the best food in Arlington..but it's pretty good bar food and pretty well priced. I would gladly have a burger and a beer here any day.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thanksgiving buffet was overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Thanksgiving buffet was overpriced and a disappointment.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice holiday buffet at good price
    Javajane
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    I went to Front Page for its Thanksgiving buffet. At $25.99 it was fairly priced. Few people were there at 1:30 but by 2:30 it was picking up. Ball game was on TV but it wasn't loud. The meal included a variety of breads/rolls, salads (Greek orzo salad was delish), roasted turkey and dressing, baked ham, salmon, roast beef, white and sweet mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, a green bean dish, corn, etc., (no beverage). The meal was delicious, with only the turkey dressing being under par. There was a variety of cakes and pies for dessert. I thought the meal was well worth the price, and in fancier surroundings it no doubt would have been more expensive. Service was excellent, and I'm very pleased with the overall experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wide array of brunch food
    FoodraterVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    A wide array of brunch food options at the buffet for everyone. Also great Mimosa specials and tons of Bloody Mary options.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    swippage
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    Good selection, good quality. You can tell the manager wanted everything to be just right. The brunch special Mimosas were good. If you're staying in Clarendon, it's a good place to grab a beer and watch the game, grab a burger or Brunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday outing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/8/2013
    This location was much more suitable for brunch than the DC location. The experience was more pleasant. Not to take anything away from the DC location; It's just too busy on the weekend, especially for brunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than standard spots bar
    Harry
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    I went there to grab a burger as I watched the Braves (sorry Nats fans) game and preseason football. They had plenty of TVs and good food. Not much more I could ask for
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, subpar service
    Anon
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    We were looking for a place close to Ballston Metro that we wouldn't feel underdressed for on a Saturday night. This fit the bill, had decent reviews, and their site said they had the best BBQ ribs. I won't agree that they had the best ribs; they weren't bad, but they certainly weren't anything to rave about. However, the crab and artichoke dip appetizer was AMAZING. I would go back just for that. For a Saturday night (albeit early, around 7:30-8), the whole place was pretty empty, but the music was still pretty loud. Even though there weren't many people, the wait staff were inattentive and slow, but if you're not in a rush, it's not a big deal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch with A Colleague
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    I chose this restaurant based on my visit at another location in DC. It did not disappoint it was equally vibrant warm and consumer friendly. I was meeting a colleague for lunch to catch up. The food was good and the service was outstanding. The staff was pleasant friendly and inviting. This establishment is highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place for a quick bite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    Good place for a quick bite to eat. I wish the Sunday brunch was all weekend!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable meetup place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2013
    Nice, casual dining in the neighborhood . Easily accessible and friendly establishment.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food slow service
    Shell
    Dined on 7/14/2013
    I took some out of town guests here for brunch on Sunday. The buffet selections were plentiful and the food was good. Two of us ordered from the menu. The waffle and omlet did not disappoint. The only downside was the slow service. Perhaps it would have been better if all of us ordered from the buffet. The server was pleasant, but, slow.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Disappointed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    We took my husband to The Front Page for Father's Day brunch. It didn't disappoint! The omelets were outstanding; the various fixings and fruit were delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday celebration dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    We were a party of 5 who came to celebrate a birthday there because we are all share partners of Caps season tickets. We like going there because the service is excellent, the food is good and we like the feel of the place. They took very good care of us, even placing the birthday cake I brought into the fridge until we were ready for it. They took our orders efficiently and our waiter was especially courteous and helpful. We have been there before and will return many more times. Great casual place where you can enjoying getting together.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    CWmBill
    Dined on 5/19/2013
    Had a wonderful morning. The food was excellent. Service was prompt, courteous and friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed the food but slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/13/2013
    I went here after hearing that it was a great place for lunch. We enjoyed our main course the appetizer was just ok, but the service was extremely slow, which surprised us. I'm sure they know that most people on their lunch break and need to go back to work. Due to the slow service, I will not return.
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  • Mother's Day Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Food was good, although a bit overpriced for the selection available. Kids had a good time. Our table was not ready although we had an early reservation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    It's typical brunch fare, but prepared fresh. The scrambled eggs were so-so - not bad, but I've seen them served better at hotel breakfast buffets. The corned beef hash was outstanding though and the pancakes were very good too. The strawberries were fresh and finally, a restaurant that doesn't make a gelatinous mess of the strawberry syrup - looks like they do what I do at home - fresh strawberries, a little bit of sugar, mix and refrigerate - it's really that simple and a much better result. The roast beef was also very good and they have one of the better horseradish sauces I've seen in the area. Overall, it was an excellent meal that won't blow you away with variety, but what they do offer is very well prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A disappointment
    Brunchy
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    We used to go to the Front Page in DC for brunch. We thought the Front Page in Arlington would be similar, but it was disappointing. The brunch offerings were nothing special. Anything fresh (fruit and vegetables) were anything but. They did offer us a rose for Mother's Day, which was sweet.
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  • The Chet's salad special was
    Terber
    Dined on 4/25/2013
    The Chet's salad special was excellent. Everyone really liked the food that they ordered. Our waiter was "on it." We were pressed for time and he made sure that we got in and our in time for our next meeting. Excellent service.
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  • Brunch was okay. Very cramp
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    Brunch was okay. Very cramp in food buffet serving area. The omelet service is the cause of the congestion, plus only one person trying to serve omelets to everyone. Need to expand stations to eliminate congestion of those waiting for their omelet
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Easter Brunch
    lakergirlinva
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Went here for Easter Brunch. The food was great with plenty of options including an omelet station.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was our second visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    This was our second visit here. We felt it was not as good as the first visit. They had a special on ribs that night, and they tasted as though they were cooked the day before and just reheated. The salmon was good.
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  • Good, reliable place for lunch,
    EleanorM
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    Good, reliable place for lunch, especially for sandwiches and salads. Haven't tried other entrees recently but they always "look" good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • You will love this restaurant
    ArlingtonVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    We've been enjoying meals (lunch, dinner, brunch) at the Front Page for almost a decade and it rarely disappoints in any area. They will accommodate any reasonable request including the transformation of a Reuben sandwich into a vegetarian alternative. The atrium of the NSF building provides a place for larger groups. We've also used the atrium for hula hooping with the kids on a January day while the adults finished brunch. Evenings are special, too. My favorite dish is the Peppercorn Tuna. If you are a Washington Caps fan, you can sometimes spot players at the Front Page after practice at the Kettler Iceplex across the street. Game nights are noisy in the bar area, but the dining area is still nice. The Key Lime pie is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Server had some problems understand
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Server had some problems understanding our wine order and at times seemed to look right past me when I attempted to waive him down to ask for service. Food was bland, unattractive, unappetizing and overpriced. Won't be back.
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  • I had a great time. Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    I had a great time. Service with a smile. Great ribs. My only complaint is that the glass of Shiraz I had was from a bottle that had been open too long. I should have sent it back, but did not want to look like a snob since I was the only one at the bar drinking red wine. Perhaps that should have been a hint!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was only ok. Many
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/27/2013
    The food was only ok. Many of the buffet items were empty, and it took quite awhile to refill. Our server seemed overwhelmed and seemed unable to keep up-had to wait 20 minutes to find her for a water refill and another 15 minutes just to request our check. The food that remained stocked on the buffet was good, but its frustrating to have to keep going up, wait in line, and then get to what you want only to discover it was empty again/still.
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  • Love this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    We had a party of 12 and the service was GREAT and the food tasty. We love this establishment! I brought a group of Arlington parents with special needs children (autism). Everyone is VERY grateful to our friends at the Front Page for always being so supportive of our kids and families - and always giving the best service and food! Thank you! We will be back very soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Sunday Brunch!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/20/2013
    Great Sunday Brunch, good food (made-to-order omelet), good service, reasonable price, & as a bonus $1 mimosas!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was good but the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    Service was good but the food was lacking. It was rib night and we were there at 6:30pm only to be told they were out of ribs. Doubt we will go back for dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went there with a friend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/6/2013
    We went there with a friend for brunch. The service was great, food choice was good. Even though there was a Raven's playoff game on the TVs in the bar areas, it was quiet where we were seated. They didn't try to rush us out after the meal, so we had a very relaxing, enjoyable experience. We'll definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliably great lunch - fine service
    jc6202
    Dined on 1/3/2013
    Front Page is always a predictably great place for lunch. Once again, really good food at really good prices and attentive service. This is my place of choice for lunch with clients and colleagues in Ballston.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly recommend The Front
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/30/2012
    Highly recommend The Front Page for brunch and for weekday lunch. The happy hour is fun and affordable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Super Neighborhood Hot Spot
    Jettparmer
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    Great food and solid service. We arrived early on a Saturday night. Parking may be a problem, but the restaurant has plenty of space, just across from Ballston Common Mall. We each had a different entree. The hamburger was actually cooked properly (medium rare) and the Chesapeake Chicken was delicious as was the Chicken Picatta and tenderloin medalions.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • if you don't mind having a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/25/2012
    if you don't mind having a bunch of people at the bar yelling about a football game, the restaurant atmosphere was fine--- service was awful
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The brunch buffet wasn't great,
    ballstonian1
    Dined on 11/25/2012
    The brunch buffet wasn't great, but the mimosas were only $1 and we were able to sit immediately. The waitress charged less than the advertised $19, which made it more worthwhile. I don't think I would go back and pay full price for the brunch food though.
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