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The Curious Grape
The Curious Grape

The Curious Grape Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://curiousgrape.com
  • Phone: (703) 671-8700
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday
    Lunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday
    Brunch: 10:30am – 2:00pm
    Dinner: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Delian DiPietro
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: If you'd like the entertainment to come to you, the Curious Grape offers private wine events right in your home or office.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our Private Wine Room is perfect for business meetings, fundraisers, wedding receptions, special occasions or any wine oriented event. The room can accommodate up to 40 guests for a seated event or up to 55 for a cocktail reception (limited audio and video is available).

    Contact our Events Manager to learn about more about our in-house offerings and minimums for certain days/times.
  • Private Party Contact: Amanda Young (amanda@curiousgrape.com) (703) 671-8700
  • Special Events & Promotions: On select Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays from 6-8pm the Curious Grape holds wine tasting events in our Wine Room. For more information please check our website for an up-to-date calendar of events.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: The Curious Grape is located directly opposite the Shirlington bus terminal on South Quincy Street in Arlington, Virginia.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered street parking is available on Quincy Street and in the public lot opposite the restaurant next to the bus terminal. Meters need not be fed after 6 pm and on Sunday. Additional parking is available in the garage immediately behind the restaurant (entrance on Randolph Street). "Reserved" signs in the garage only apply weekdays until 6 pm. Restaurant patrons may park in any garage spots after 6 pm weekdays and anytime on weekends.
A word from The Curious Grape
The destination spot in Shirlington for those with a passion for food and wine, the Curious Grape offers a contemporary seasonal menu of American fare with locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy either full or half portions of selected menu items as well as over 400 wines and 100 craft beers from our store.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Wonderful menu, it was hard to choose because everything looked great!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "As someone commented to me after one more very good dinner at The Curious Grape, it's a great choice in the Shirlington-Alexandria-Arlington area."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My husband and I had a reservation and wanted to sit outside, and were very happy to wait for a table to open up. The owners offered us a wine tasting while we waited, which we declined. Then there was a mix up with the tables and we ended up choosing to sit inside. Again, the owners were apologetic and comped us a tasty cheese platter. I had the pork ragu, which was delicious but had a kick to it, even though our server said it was not spicy. When the owner came over to check, he agreed it was spicy and took half of the cost of that dish off the bill. My husband loved his salmon, and the deserts we chose we off the charts. We had never felt so cared for and really appreciated and it made for an outstanding dining experience."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Another great meal - clever menu, good service, comfortable environment."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I bought a groupon for here and went one night during the week for dinner, the food was fantastic! We also got a bottle of wine which was very good as well. Our server was very friendly and made great recommendations for food, some of the half size entrees were on the smaller side, but we both got a half size entree and a half size appetizer and it was the perfect amount of food, along with the bottle of wine. Would definately recommend! There is also a bar and wine shop in the restaurant as well."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Enjoyable evening dining here before show at Signature Theater. Interesting menu to choose from - especially in the fish category. Our waitress was very friendly and accommodating. There really are no negatives - would go back."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The Curious Grape is off the beaten path in Shirlington Village, but well worth seeking out. I would say it is easily the best restaurant in that area. A recent dinner experience there left us shocked at the quantity, quality and outstanding preparation of everything we ordered. Our waitress was outstanding in her recommendations, especially the fried brussel sprout starter, Kampachi fish entree, and Cauliflower grits. One of us had the Halibut which was also fabulous, a huge portion and served on black rice. Wine list is impessive. Desserts delicious. This restaurant is really a gem."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Food was very good- great salmon fillet and the tenderloin was quite good. The cheese plate we ordered was not delivered correctly, but the plate was still good."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "What a wonderful selection of delicious GF and Vegetarian, gourmet items - allowing my sister another wonderful dining option."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We had an excellent dining experience that was preceded by a wine tasting session of Lemelson Wines from the Oregon Willamette Valley. Dry Riesling, Pinot Gris and three Pinot wines were offered for tasting. The dinner menu was especially interesting and the food was delicious. It made for a very pleasant evening as we were celebrating our wedding anniversary. We chose caviar and potato salad and grilled brussel sprouts as the appetizers and then had chicken roullade as the entrees. We closed the meal with chocolate mousse and coffee. The Curious Grape has an excellent wine list. Prior to dinner we participated in wine tasting offered by the Lemelson Winery which is located in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. We love Pinot Noir"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "What a great evolution Curious Grape has made - from small quirky wine shop to wine-with-cheese to the latest iteration - an outstanding full restaurant with wine and near-deli-sized to-go section. The wines are as fascinating and well-priced as always, but the food is so fabulous that it nearly surpasses the wines. This is a spot worth seeking out, even if you are not lucky enough to live nearby."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The food is outstanding, the service less so. We were seated for some time before a server came. We put in our drink order. Five minutes later he returned to check on our order because he couldn't remember what we had asked for. Ten minutes later our wine arrived. He disappeared before taking our food order. We had to flag someone down to place our order. Later, my companion's salad plate was removed, along with her fork. Our entrees were served and she asked for another fork. It didn't arrive. We had to flag down three different servers before we finally got up and took a fork from another table. It was very disappointing and took away from just how good the food is."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We went to celebrate a birthday. I found the restaurant through a Google search of wine restaurants near Arlington. I liked the wine selection and the menu. We enjoyed our meals very much. The only criticism I would give is that we took our time with our appetizers (delicious) but believe our dinner order was submitted and prepared and when we finally received our entries, they were cold, but flavorful."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Our waitress was friendly and extremely knowledgeable regarding the wine pairings we requested for our meals. The meal was perfectly paced, and we didn't feel rushed or that we had to wait too long when we asked for more time. The cheese course to start was delicious, and the desserts were amazing! They had beer flights as well as wine but the wine list was the star. I would go back again."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I've lost count of the number of times I've been to The Curious Grape, but I've come away with a smile every time. Everything, from the food to the service, has been consistently solid. Will definitely plan on returning to visit again in the future."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The whole experience from being greeted at the door to the end of the meal, was great. The server was very knowledgeable about the food. After talking with him, I chose the halibut with fried Brussels sprouts as an appetizer. The wine selection with the fish and vegetable were like a perfect match! The seasoning on the brussel sprouts was great, great char and the two sauces in sit on were great! Definitely try the sprouts! The halibut was excellent, with a crispy top and sitting on a bed of black "forbidden" rice! The evening was amazing and got better as after the meal, had a 10% discount so I chose dessert. Everything was great, service, food atmosphere! Would definitely would this place for a great place to eat in Shirlington!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The Curious Grape continues to be a grat dining experience, not just for Shirlington but for DC and the closer-in Virginia suburbs. The food is great; wine selections are always interesting; and the service matches."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I came to see Cheryl and try the chocolate and wine, but the fish was amazing. The octopus appetizer on top of cucumber balls, hummus with squid ink, and pomegranite was like nothing we had tasted before. I had halibut and my husband had salmon. Both were seared to perfection. The service is always great and last night was especially good. The chocolate and wine was wonderful."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Great Shirlington spot for foodies. Quiet and great for conversation. Food was of the highest quality, caringly prepared and presented. Wine expert Dean found the right bottle for the table, and all were very happy with their food selections. Heirloom tomato and mozz salad and fried brussels sprouts starters stood out, as did the pork ragu and seared kampachi entrees. Service was impeccable."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Another fine meal at CG. LOVED the Bean Salad. But where have all the 1,000 point tables gone ??? I must have recommended you to too many friends."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Someone we trust (and who loves food) recommended this to us for our visit to the DC area. We had no trouble finding it. We went for dinner and were absolutely delighted! We were warmly greeted and shown to a window table that we really liked. We love the way food and wine are recommended and paired on the menu - super easy to find a great match (and a fun list with different choices). The food was fabulous - the salads (we each tried each other's) were wonderful and the entrees superb. We just loved the overall feel and comfort of the place. Oh, and the coffee was outstanding, too. Prices were very reasonable. If we lived nearby we would go here often, it is a great neighborhood place with a fun vibe. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The food choices would appeal to a broad audience. Eggs Benedict were well prepared with an amazing English muffin. Fresh squeezed OJ was the best I've had."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I have always had a wonderful experience both with the tastiness of the food and the prompt service. But, tonight their sublime fried brussels sprouts fizzled from lack of temperature heat. They were luke warm. Although, our impressive waiter Gary was happy to place another order, we were short on time as we were going to the theater following dinner. I would be the first to recommend to anyone going to The Curious Grape to try the brussels sprouts without hesitation, but this night was just an off night. On a positive note, the halibut and lamb chops were superb!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "My only complaints about the Curious Grape are that it is hidden off of the main drag in Shirlington and that it disguises itself more as a wine bar. The food there is phenomenal and seems to be quite undersold by the setup. It triples as a wine bar, wine shop and restaurant. I think the food is good enough to stand alone with a wine emphasis. I like to take my wife there a few times a year and we are always treated to great fine and fantastic seasonal food."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Great food and wine. This ia a place to go when one has time to linger, and to work through.several courses. Elegant."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We've been there twice now. Food and overall experience excellent both times. Very unique menu. Items all prepared and presented well."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I wanted to take out a colleague from out of town to a nice restaurant and I picked The Curious Grape. WOW! The food was local and fresh and above all, delicious. The service was spectacular with our server talking us through the menu. There provide a great wine list and the dessert was perfect. The place was packed by the time we left so make sure to make reservations."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The service was great, they allowed me to push my reservation back since my date and I were running late. The food was in what some would say small (but I would say accurate) portions, and it was all great quality and was well prepared. The beer/wine selection looked really wonderful and i'm sure i'll try it someday (after my 21st birthday..!) Everyone that serviced me while I was at the restaurant was friendly, professional, and fast, and I was never left feeling impatient as I am with some servers. I plan to try this place again!!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We enjoyed our anniversary dinner here very much....great wines and great service.....a must visit! The food is great for "Foodies""
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "the appertizers were far more interesting than the entrees, and well priced. The entrees, while some have smaller portion pricing, were overpriced. the wine and beverage offerings were great"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "meal portions were great - both entrees and desserts"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Love the spot..wine choices good. They have limited menu so it does change by season.. Sales very yummy as starter and we always enjoy our evenings here"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Curious Grape has moved to their summer menu. The tastes are still enchanting, intriguing, and inspiring. The atmosphere is casual, the wait staff friendly. It's still a favorite."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Dean and Lori were very attentive and knowledgeable. Food was wonderful and wine was delicious."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I took my mom here for a nice dinner and we loved it. Our server gave great suggestions for wine pairings with our appetizer and entrees. The food is the perfect serving size, and the quality is fantastic! We picked up a bottle of a wine we tried to take home with us. Overall another great experience at the Grape."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The food is always tasty, unusual, and attractively plated at Curious Grape. Most entrees are available as a half order, which is typically a generous portion. The wine pairings are very helpful."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "great dishes - innovative AND tasty reasonable portions a bit pricey -but worth it setting is casual - service is friendly and NEVER pushy a fabulous choice if you are going to Signature theater - really a FORK above the others "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "A favorite place because of consistency and innovation of food and drink. Seasonal menu. Great hosts and servers. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "My wife and I began coming here shortly after Curious Grape opened the restaurant and we keep coming back for more. Our server was very knowledgeable about all the menu offerings and wine pairings - and also had beer suggestions, which was a nice surprise to me. The food from the spring/summer menu did not disappoint. Back when my wife and I were dating, the time it took to get seated (even with a reservation) and for them to prepare and serve the meal was unacceptable. It appears they've addressed the problems. Two things have been constant: our servers have always been knowledgeable and excellent (slow service was due to maître d' and kitchen issues, not wait staff), and the food has always been top notch."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Dinner was good, and the suggested wine pairing worked well. We picked a cheese plate for dessert, and that and the wine pairing were outstanding. So good we took a bottle home with us, which the waiter was happy to find for us. They give you 10% off retail purchases after you dine and they sell all the wines on their menu---as well as most of the cheeses. They brought a sparkler to our table in honor of my husband's birthday, which was a nice touch."
    Dined on 5/23/2014