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 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (49)good for groups (31)great for brunch (22)kid-friendly (22)great for lunch (22)special occasion (18)fit for foodies (17)romantic (13)great for outdoor dining (10)late-night find (4)notable wine list (4)vibrant bar scene (3)hot spot (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Nice brunch with a friend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We find Overwood to be a reliable place to bring friends for a nice, but laid-back meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We recently went here for my birthday. We had a group of people that included singles, couples, and children. Everyone was extremely satisfied with there food and experience. They made everyone feel comfortable and welcomed including the kids. Our food was delicious, and even though they were busy they never made us feel rushed or hurried to leave. They even gave me a free birthday dessert, which many restaurants do not do these days. We even had last minutes additions to our reservation and they accommodated us with no issue. I was more than pleased with our experience, and would suggest this place for any occasion or celebration.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was very good, may be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Food was very good, may be the best calamari i have ever had. The staff was friendly and attnetive. Overall very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, nice atmosphere........
    Irishdiver
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Great ribs cooked 'over wood'. The only drawback is the small dining room to the left upon entering - extremely loud. We couldn't carry on a conversation. I initially asked the hostess if we could change rooms due to the noise and were flatly told no! My wife and I put our coats on to leave and the other hostess was very nice and accommodating. We were seated in the right side dining room that was very quaint and much quieter. Overall, a great evening!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • secret spot that always pleases
    FtWashLocal
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I don't know why more people haven't heard about this gem, but we always win when we take people here. This time I just went with my wife for a date night. She loves the green tomato tower, best in MD-DC-VA she says. I had the toasted ravioli which was so good my wife wanted to steal them from my plate. Her pork chop was generous, although only mildly seasoned and slightly dry. My ribeye was about the best I've had short of going to a Ruths Chris or Morton's. We skipped on dessert because entree sizes (plus appetizers) were large enough to fill us. Service was top notch as our waiter was extremely attentive and patient with us. Our experience here varies, but only from good to great, never poor. We're patrons for life.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waiter forgot to put my entire
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Waiter forgot to put my entire groups dinner order in. Waited 40 minutes before he acknowledged his mistake. Then waited another 30 minutes before ifood was finally delivered. Manager stopped by to apologize but when we got the bill we did not receive any compensation for the bad experience. Poor customer service and professionalism.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hope it was just a bad night
    Whirley09VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Zack the waiter tried but got no support from the kitchen or bar. Mixed drinks diluted, wine pours short, food cold and the toast served with lasagna so hard it reminded us of a hockey puck. Menu looked great but poor implementation.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Old Town Stand By
    StarStraf
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We had some friend in town being tourists that finished their day on the national mall early (I was still at work) so sent them to wander King Street and enjoy the Torpedo Factory and made us reservations at Overwood. Great location, easy to explain to them how to find it, tall booths allow conversation even if crowded and wonderful food in a great assortment to please everyone. Our table enjoyed the portabella and mozzarella appetizer with some oysters and a great assortment of drinks (Cider and beer on tap, wine and mixed drinks) Entrees included seafood stew, pork chops, beef short ribs and meatloaf. And the Sorbet dessert was AWSOME. Don't forget the brussle spouts, best in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They Make Brussel Sprouts Tasty!
    bvDCA
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    How many restaurants can say that! The scallops were cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not comfortable giving a full
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Not comfortable giving a full review with only one visit. I have to say that the meal was not that good. I ordered the BBQ shrimp and grits (because I am from Louisiana, and I like to try Louisiana cuisine whenever I can.) The grits were not prepared properly, and though they had some cheese which made them have a creamy texture, properly prepared grits will reach their own creaminess -- an they needed salt. The shrimp had BBQ sauce on them, and though alone they would have been fine, great flavor and good size, the BBQ flavor doesn't go with grits. A grilled or sauteed shrimp woud have been a better pairing. The onion rings were a nice touch.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The pork ribs are the best
    WildWombat
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Simply the best ribs I have ever had. They are so good that I can't bring myself to ever try anything else on the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    Overwood consistently delivers on a great dining experience with delicious food at decent prices in a nice atmosphere. I always look forward to meals at Overwood.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stressful Dinner
    Nels
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Been there 3 times since December and was disappointed this last visit. Service was spotty and the workers are not happy, it shows. We have a new waiter every time though we sit at the same table. Do they have a turnover problem? The manager wouldn't honor a coupon for a free appetizer. They don't accept Discover Card. Heavy steel chairs partially block the handicapped entrance. No one available to assist.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not for Brunch
    KTVAVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    I went to Overwood for brunch. I was pleasantly surprised with the size, layout and decor of the restaurant. It made me curious about what kind of happy hour or nightlife they have. I might go back for that, but I won't be going back for brunch. I got one of the specials, the Chesapeake Frittata. It wasn't anything to write home about. The rest of my party was not impressed by their food either. It was at best average. What surprised me, was that there were absolutely no brunch drink specials. A Mimosa was $7.00. If the food isn't A+ quality, any establishment that serves brunch had better have drink specials on their Mimosas and Bloody Mary's. Overwood hit neither of the marks of a good brunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • yum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    the food was delicious and the service was great. Best part of brunch was the bloody mary!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overwood
    JTH1104
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Really, really unsatisfying experience. We won't go back
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely retreat!
    Jdizzy
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Beautiful and cozy place with wonderful food and drinks!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good find
    curt
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Our son and daughter in law took us there a few years back and I found it to be a reasonable priced restaurant with very good food. I have now used it for company luncheons.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't Go Wrong
    BoomerVIP
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    This one of our favorites. The food is great and it simply a comfy place to go. You will find that this is mostly frequented by locals.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good
    WanderingEater
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Decided to go to Overwood for a birthday brunch. The staff accommodated a group of 14 people easily, plus two very young children. Our waiter was very attentive, and the food was great! Looking forward to going back and trying out the rest of their menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Ajbigboy1
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    I was a little skeptical at first when I arrived realizing my group was the only blacks in the enitre resturant. But once we were seated we felt great and the food was even better. I'll definitely be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overwood Experience
    Edrosa1961
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Friendly staff, great food, choices for all tastes, and very clean facilities. In my opinion, the best restaurant in Old Alexandria, VA.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service
    Cheryl
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Went there for my birthday, nothing too big, all we wanted was decent service and it was bad. Waiter forgot about our appetizer and brought it 3 minutes before our main course. The chips were all small fragments from the bottom of the bag. Specifically asked for a single candle in my dessert and he forgot! Terrible
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place
    ARobinson
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Had dinner with girlfriends, for one of our girlfriends birthday. They had great wine, great dishes. The waiter was awsome, super nice and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our New Go-To Spot
    QuesoMcGhee
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    We had dinner at Overwood recently and really enjoyed it. The menu has a wide variety and you can't beat the price. They also have a good beer and wine selection. We've been in the area for a few years and have been looking for a place just like Overwood, somewhere that is affordable, good food and great atmosphere. Definitely will be going back often.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines Day
    Stephanie
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We had a wonderful meal and was able to get a booth on such a busy night (we did have a 9:15pm reservation). We were right next to the kitchen and it could be very loud at times, but it did not really interfere with the night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a single reason to return
    SamJNVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I ordered a glass of wine first. He left & came back for food orders. My BF & I each ordered an app and a specialty entree. Time went, no wine but the apps come out. I ordered calamari, but over half the plate was fried onions w/ a tiny amt of the thickest marinara. I separated & placed all the onions on a side plate and was left w/ a very small amount of un-crispy calamari. Asked the waiter for a diff sauce. He never brought it so I used the sauce from my BF's app. He removed the half eaten apps & still no wine. I asked again & he brought it out right before dinner. I don't have space to describe how mediocre the food was but all the sides were cold and my BF's steak was overcooked. He doesn't like to complain so he wouldn't send it back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food good service
    johnwirvin
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I had much higher expectations for visiting Overwood my first time. I thought the ambience would be a little more elegant/romantic. I thought the presentation of the food would be a little more like fine dining. I thought the meme was going to be a little more excentric. It wasn't any of those things. It was very basic America dining. Kinda like a typical America steak house. However, it was good and the service was pretty good. Great wine. Go for a casual dinner or with friends. Have fun!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We went there for Valentine's
    Mike
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went there for Valentine's Day. It looked like they had brought on extra staff to handle the anticipated rush but our waiter was not particularly knowledgeable about the menu. Even so we had a nice if not exceptional dinner and can see this as a good choice for groups especially when we have kids with us. The menu offers enough variety for almost anyone to find something to choose from.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overwood offers a menu of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Overwood offers a menu of standard beef, pork, chicken, and seafood prepared in a simpler manner but very well. If you want a tasty meal at a reasonable price in Old Towne Alexandria, Overwood is a good choice.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Time
    DininginOldTown
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    A group of us went on Valentine's Day and had a really nice time. Great selection of wine and starting with the sweet potato gnocchi is a must. Good variety on the menu. Only catch is that if you want bread you have to ask for it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Pleasant dining experience
    Paul
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went there for an early afternoon Valentine's day meal. It was all good. Fairly quiet, even though almost all the booths were occupied when we arrived. We've dined there before and returned because of prior positive experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The food is always amazing. Service is great as well.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local favorite
    Alexandrian
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    We've been dining here since it opened, and the quality of food and service has been consistently good all along. The menu is varied and there are always nightly specials. Thursday is a personal favorite for the prime rib, but any night is good. Rather than entertain friends at home, we tend to bring them to Overwood, where there is something on the menu to please everyone.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Four of us ate; all loved
    Bluehen66
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Four of us ate; all loved their meal. Each had a different app and entree, all very good. Nice consistency from the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I had the ahi-tuna salad.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    I had the ahi-tuna salad. The lettuce seemed like it had been doused with salad dressing for hours. The lettuce was wilted and almost all iceburg. The tuna was good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, casual atmosphere
    jarmy7
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    This restaurant is off the beaten path in Old Town but that just adds to the charm of the place. Solid wine and decent beer selection - great food specials and excellent menu staples. The atmosphere is homey, casual and bright. The acoustics of the place lends to a louder atmosphere - but it adds to the life of the place. I no longer live in the DC-metro area but when I do come through town and catch up with good friends, I love this place for its easy feel off of what can be the kitschy/overstated/self important Old Town feel. Parking right around the corner (and across from Momo Sushi and Bilbo Baggins). Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    Cheryl
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    This is a wonderful Old Town restaurant--a bit off the beaten path but with a wonderful Old Town atmosphere. The food is great and the service is always "just right". I've taken large groups there and smaller groups. You can actually hear yourself talk so it's a great place for friends to meet for lunch or dinner. The bar area is quite small so don't expect to have lots of people meet there for a drink before dinner. But the separate rooms make it a terrific place for large groups to dine together on great food. Everyone I've taken there (and there have been lots) has enjoyed the food and the ambiance. Definitely my "go to" restaurant with out-of-town guests as well as local friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a little disappointed
    Jeanfromalexandria
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    We have eater at Overwood before and always been quite satisfied. However this time we were not as pleased. It was really loud where we were seated by the kitchen. I will remember to request a quitter spot next time. We should not have ordered from The Rest. Week menu as we would have preferred lighter meals. The chicken was breaded and fried with sauce and mozz. cheese and the blackened cat fish was salty for our taste. The steak choice did look good but we do not eat red meat. We will go again, as we like Overwood but we will just be more careful in what we select.
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  • Okay food & service, bad atmosphere
    KristieH
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    I've eaten here before and the food has always been decent, same with the service. When we went over the weekend, we we're say at a table right next to the restroom and it smelled like the bathroom the entire time we were eating. It was a terrible seat. The restaurant should really put a second door up for the restroom if they're planning on using that space for seating.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet