Rosemary's Thyme Bistro - Clifton
Rosemary's Thyme Bistro - Clifton

Rosemary's Thyme Bistro - Clifton

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://rosemarysthyme.com/VA/index.html
  • Phone: 7035021084
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday: 11:00am - 11:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Rosemary's Thyme Bistro - Clifton
Welcome to Rosemary's Thyme Bistro, your friendly neighborhood restaurant. We hope you feel at home with us and enjoy our hospitality and efficient service. Please be assured that all our dishes are made from scratch, prepared with the freshest ingredients available, and offered at the best value. If it’s anything less, please let us know.
Try our house specialty fresh pasta, aged prime steaks, daily fresh fish, delicious starters, pidés and kebabs. Experience Saturday and Sunday brunch at Rosemary’s a popular event in neighborhood. Come often, bring friends for a casual dinner, or celebrate your special occasions with us. Bon appétit!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Rosemary's Thyme Bistro - Clifton reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (14)fit for foodies (7)kid-friendly (6)great for outdoor dining (6)great for brunch (5)good for groups (4)great for lunch (3)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)special occasion (1)Show More
  • Always a great option...
    philsie
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We always enjoy coming here. One great thing is that, despite being very popular with locals it's not as well known outside of the area; which means that on a Friday night we can easily get seated for 6 without waiting an hour, even on short notice. And the best part is the food is great with lots of interesting menu choices: fresh pastas, brick oven pizza, and their amazing Iskender and Kebabs. You will wish your mouth was bigger!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    This is a neighborhood favorite. I don't get around to going there as much as I'd like.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Party of 6
    DeBonnemere
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Everyone ordered several different entrees and they were all judged well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting Breakfast
    Forcemajeure
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Nice place for casual breakfast. Very attentive and friendly service. We had Turkish omelettes, which were really interesting. Moderately priced. We sat outside, which was pleasant, although it's just in a strip mall.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Hannah
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Where to begin? Waiter didn't know what Belvedere or Kettel One was...thought it was beer. We gave an order for an appetizer that did not get served to us until we were almost done with our main course. Food was lukewarm and salad was soggy. Wanted to order a latte for after dinner from a list of seven coffee drinks including espresso, latte, Turkish coffee, Irish coffee, cappuccino, regular and decaf coffee BUT, they had none of the coffees except regular and decaf. Ordered the regular and it came to the table lukewarm also. Wait staff hung around the bar socializing and texting on their cellphones. We should have ordered out and stayed home. What a waste of money.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Pleasant Surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Delicious food, great service and very fair prices. I was surprised because I wasn't expecting much from a spot in a shopping center, but this is a place I'd return too for sure. There were lots of dishes I wanted to try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Surprisingly Good Food
    VirginiaTravelerVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    There were five of us and we all had something different and we each had a very pleasant experience. The "mediterranean pide" was superb. The scampi was a delight. The chicken alfredo and pizza were very good. The salmon was excellent. All very, very good. The service was attentive and appropriate at all times. This was a noisy, strip mall restaurant though, so conversation was tough. The real down side was the tables. They were sticky, some sort of unusual material that was porous. And they cleaned the tables with cloth rags. Not good. I may go back but I would ask to sit somewhere where they didn't have those tables.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WaltVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    A nice neighborhood restaurant, the draw for us are its pides, Saffron Crayfish, and Pasta Salad with Chicken.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I took my wife to celebrate our anniversary. We enjoyed the food very much.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic, is all I can say.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Server was the best, food was out of this world, tried some new things, all excellent, appetizer was the best. What can I say we had a great time and a great meal, I wish I knew the servers name, she was super.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 57 reviews are from the Rosemary's Thyme Bistro - Clifton reviews archive.
  • Open Table comes through again
    aharrisVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    A vegetarian, a gluten free and a dairy free all want to go to dinner. After several minutes on Yelp we turn to Open Table and see a Mediterranean restaurant we all can agree to. We were very pleased with the scrumptious entrees and dessert was even better. Will definitely go again next time we are in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • IzzyVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We adore Rosemary Thyme Bistro. That night was a little disappointing because our server seemed a little overwhelmed so the service wasn't quite seamless.That being said,the server was very personable. We will continue to dine at RTB...we are fans! Their menu has a nice variety with great entrees that are delicious and unique.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always satisfied
    DMCeatsVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This IS our go to restaurant in Northern Virginia. My wife and I believe Rosemary's has the best pizza in the area, so this is what we usually come for, to include a wonderful Greek sald on the side. I tried something different this time which was the Lamb Iskender in a rich tomato sauce with yogurt ad pita chips, it was great. My son had another lamb dish on a bed of pureed eggplant, which he said was very good. The menu has a mediterranean flair with plenty of unique dishes. I am sure you will not be disappointed if you try Rosemary's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Local Clifton Couple
    CliftonCouple
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Love this local gem, so close to our home, good food, great service, (Jenna)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A local gem
    CentrevilleMaid
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    How was it I missed this restaurant?? I thought it would be just an ordinary place, so never went there. How wrong I was. I had more fun, better food, service, and a much better drink than I normally get at a 'name' restaurant. Friendly, happy service and guess what--a drink that wasn't watered down. The menu is quite varied and the prices are good. I will be going back soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    Stanzi
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Great menu with a wonderful selection of appetizers, entrees, etc. i would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasent Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Looking for an uncrowded location for Sun Brunch, I found Rosemary's Thyme on the internet. In short, the brunch menu, while not particularly innovative, presented a solid mix of traditional dishes. The Eggs Benedict was superb, with a side of flavorful home fries and fruit. My wife's omelet was equally well done. The service however, was a bit disjointed with two servers showing up at our table within about 30 seconds of each other asking about coffee refills, then nothing for the next 5 min while our cups remained empty. Overall, a solid brunch experience and I'd return again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    gourmet2014
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    I like the restaurant for the variety of the menu. It is easy to find lunch and brunch entrees. The waitress was pleasant and may have been new to the job or perhaps serving too many tables--it was a sunday no one rushed us out of the restaurant . my friends and I had a great visit
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why Accept a Reservation?
    TheRage3K
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    This place might be good...it might be great, but when I make a reservation and drive 20 minutes to the destination only to be told that the reservation cannot be honored and I will have to wait 40 minutes to be seated, I hope the restaurant can understand why I might get frustrated with that... Here's some customer service ideas: 1) don't accept the reservations if they can't be honored 2) when someone with a reservation shows up, bump them to the top of the waiting list 3) if those don't work.. offer something to the customer: "if you wait 40 minutes, we'll take 20% off your dinner, and here's a free glass of house wine for both of you, so sorry") The place is an hour drive away, so we won't be back in the neighborhood.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice experience for my
    RosemaryVDay
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Very nice experience for my wife and me for Valentine's Day. Service was solid, food was very good. A bit cramped but not uncomfortable. Really nice energy level but not particularly romantic. But a wonderful experience nonetheless.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice Surprise
    EPC54
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My husband and I were expecting something a little different given that the address was Clifton. We expected a stand-alone restaurant to which we would only go on very special occasions.. We were surprised, but in a pleasant way. Rosemary's Thyme was a great neighborhood restaurant with reasonable prices. It's a place we can go to again and again, not just on special occasions.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We loved the food and the
    Tryingtobefair
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We loved the food and the service, so much that we returned again the very next night and brought our friends along. We're eager to go again and try out even more of their menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great lunch spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    We are repeat lunch customers for special gatherings. It's between Gainsville and Fairfax for our group so all drive an equal distance. The food is excellent and the staff go out of their way to make our party happy and full. We all love the fish lunch special.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!
    Flipflops1989
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    We fell in love with Historic Clifton but some of its restaurants were too pretentious for us. Rosemary's Thyme Bistro was perfect. The food was quality and generous for the price, not to mention delectable. We had a divine brunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply put: Consistently good,
    WaltVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Simply put: Consistently good, enticing Happy Hour deals, and still one of only two Fairfax County restaurants that features crayfish as a regular entree on its menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was very good except
    Inspector7
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    Food was very good except for the side salads...just iceberg lettuce, a few bits of shredded carrots are all that come to mind. Rest of the food was fine--combo kebob and shrimp scampi. Baklava was unusualy and excellent--cut into four squares and heated, served in a mini skillet. Service was a bit off, waiter even said he was having a long day--but I think he'd be great given the rays of sunshine that poked through. Multiple crying/yelling young children not being minded by their parents was a huge distraction at 6:30pm on s Sunday night. I'd go back--food was pretty authentic.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food along with good service
    Walker
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    Our book club met there and all of us enjoyed the meal! We had the Rosemary Grilled Chicken Salad and we all raved about the freshness and the peanut lime dressing. The table was ready for us when we got there and our server was efficient and friendly. Great place and we will go back again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good Turkish food. Flavors
    AsianfdlvrVIP
    Dined on 11/25/2013
    Very good Turkish food. Flavors very authentic. Went on a Monday with few other diners and noise level was low. Might be loud with a full house.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Very nice casual dining. Very good food and reasonable prices!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice & much improved!
    DougM
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    My wife and i had quit going to R&Ts several years ago due to a decline in the quality of the food. Since then they've changed the menu to feature small plates and other new items. They must have changed chefs too, since the food was excellent this time around! We were seated promptly, tthe service was attentive, and the food was very good. We will definitely put this rplace back on our favorite neighborhood restaurant list!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Mediterranean cuising
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    The Mediterranean cuising is very good, flavorful and not over spiced. We dine at Rosemary's Thyme quite often and it is busy on Friday night and reservations are recommended.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Doesn't disappoint
    Claudia
    Dined on 10/28/2013
    Second time around dining here. Many excellent choices. Both meals were great. Half price wine bottles until 7 (this was a Monday night). Service was excellent!! Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Turkish delight
    SandCVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    While the restaurant is termed Mediterranean the menu seemed more Turkish in flavor. My wife and I went mostly for the Mezes menu for dinner because we could get a better sampling of their food. Each dish that we had was very good - lamb skewer, squid in a tomato-based sauce, roasted eggplant and a spanakopita. We would have happily ordered more if we were not full but we were very satisfied with what we had. This is very casual place located in a plaza mall. We likely would not have stopped their if we had not read about it in Open Table. The tiramisu is good, not fabulous, as others have mentioned. The mascarpone was light and fluffy buy the lady fingers were soaked and had little, if any, essence of an espresso flavor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Three reasons we return regularly:
    WaltVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Three reasons we return regularly: It is the only restaurant in the DC metropolitan area that serves crayfish among its regular menu items; its salads are nicely crafted and proportions are ample; and Happy Hour specials also apply to the dinner menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    We took a large group for a family gathering recently and got excellent food and service. This is always one of our local favorites and they did not disappoint on delivering for our out-of-town guests.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We started dining at this
    BrunchVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    We started dining at this restaurant a few months ago. We really enjoy having a local place that serves good pastas and pizzas, and this is it. We all enjoyed our meals and the service was very nice. We took advantage of half price bottled wine night as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Needs an update and a smaller menu!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    Rosemary's Thyme is not a new restaurant, and it's starting to show its age. We were seated in a booth where all the seats were ripped, so you had no choice but to sit on torn vinyl. The menu has a lot of options, but perhaps too many. Aside from the fact that the place has an identity disorder (is it mediterranean? italian? who knows!) there are too many options, so they clearly specialize in nothing - and it shows. Our meals were OK, but nothing to write home about. We both ordered a daily special and they were decent, just nothing memorable. Service is really slow. There's no host staff - the servers seat the guests, which makes no sense. The server was also not familiar with the menu nor the drink options. We likely won't return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Local Place
    BrunchVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2013
    M husband loves a good flat pizza, and this was only our 2nd time dining at this restaurant. We really enjoy it. We had 2 pizzas and a pasta for 4 of us and that was plenty. We also shared a large salad first which was wonderful. Although we've only been there a few times the food is very consistent and the service is too.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • .. not what it should be..
    RussVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    Very disappointed in the restaurant.. it doesn't live up to reputation on OpenTable.. needs a good cleaning.. many servers but service is poor.. our appetizers were served after our salad course.. lamb was served as dried-up chips of meat saturated with the restaurant's "special sauce" made of tomato sauce and yoghurt.. it appears to me the servers have been spiking the reviews on OpenTable. We spent $160 for 5 people, and experienced a much better meal for the same price at Range in DC.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful find!
    Renee
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    This is such a gem! I didn't realize that it was tied to the Rosemary's Thyme in Dupont before I came in, but you can certainly tell by the quality of the food- it's delicious! We had a mix of offereings between breakfast and lunch and I had the Manti which has the most AMAZING sauce! I was attracted by the Turkish offerings as I don't find many places in VA that have them and would certainly come back next time I'm looking for those items. Also, the staff is SUPER friendly and were wonderful with our 2 kids. HIGHLY recomend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.