The Front Page - VA
The Front Page - VA

The Front Page - VA

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.frontpagearlington.com/
  • Phone: (703) 248-9990
  • 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
33 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (24)neighborhood gem (23)great for lunch (21)great for outdoor dining (20)great for brunch (6)vibrant bar scene (5)special occasion (4)kid-friendly (3)fit for foodies (2)hot spot (2)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Average Experience
    MDchickVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    I met a dear friend to catch up for an early afternoon lunch. The service was average as was the food for the price. As one who is pretty open to a variety of atmospheres and cuisines, the 35 minute drive from my home was not worth the experience. I doubt that I will return.
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  • woggieVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    We always enjoy Front Page and seeing our friends (the staff). The steak kabob (new) was wonderful! Hope they do it again! Always great seafood and sauces!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • woggieVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Always the best crabcakes around - and best sauces! We always look forward to seeing out friends at Front Page!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • woggieVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The tilapia is excellent as is the provencal sauce. Great rice and vegetables. Always great seafood! Good to see our Front Page staff friends!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No flavor
    cparkVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    I had a business luncheon here and was disappointed. We started with the fried pickle appetizer and they were actually very good but the meal went downhill from there. Two of us ordered rockfish as it was the special of the day. My associate ordered it blackened and it was very dry. I ordered mine broiled and it had absolutely no flavor. Perhaps the DC location is better!
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  • A nice place to go to
    Travler
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I travel a good amount and rely on the local restaurants where am at the time. I am one to be cautious when trying a new place. This place was an easy walk from the Metro and in a great downtown neighborhood. It has a nice upscale casual inside and nice well spaced tables for sidewalk dining too. We ate inside since it was cool out and we were served in a timely fashion. Our wait person was attentive. The food was presented very nicely on our plates. (It looked so nice that I snapped a few pics of each plate. Unfortunately I am not sure how to post them) We wanted something simple so we ordered hamburgers and wraps. Next time I'm in DC I'll definitely look them up!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • woggieVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Always great to visit our staff friends at Front Page and enjoy the wonderful seafood, vegetables and sauces! A Ballston GEM!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • woggieVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Always a pleasure to taste the great seafood, sauces and vegetables. Also great to see and chat with our Front Page staff friends! Front Page is a great asset to Ballston.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience But...
    Singlereeds86
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I had a great time for the most part the service was amazing, and the food was great. Everything was done in a timely manner but the fire alarm lights were flashing the whole evening which really took away from the experience, my date and I ended up going to another venue for dessert because the flashing lights were an annoyance beyond measure. I don't know if the issue has been resolved but it is not something that should be the standout when the resturant does such a great job of everything else. It is the first thing I remember when I think about the dinner we had. Besides the lights I enjoyed the whole experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • woggieVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Always a pleasure to have the wonderful seafood and sauces as well as converse with our Front Page friends! Great restaurant
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • September lunch
    PJRspecials
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The quality and value of the food were good, which may be the most important features of a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • woggieVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Always great to chat with staff and enjoy excellent seafood and sauces! We look forward to our weekly visits!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the worst
    IndustryProfessional11
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The service was good, but we had too many people walk by and check on us when we first sat. I was unsure who our server was since he or she did not introduce themselves. We were looking around for him or her, so we could place an order. After the order was placed she checked on us periodically, which was helpful. She was not overwhelming and pushy, so our experience went well.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • woggieVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Always great seafood and sauces - great atmosphere - great staff - it is a weekly pleasure for us
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I've enjoyed the brunch here for a while, never crowded early like the Dupont Circle location in DC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • woggieVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    always look forward to our lunches at Front Page. Excellent seafood and sauces.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • woggieVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Always a great place to get crabcakes! And a great place to interface with our FP friends and enjoy the patio.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • woggieVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    best crabcakes! always great seafood. great patio!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • woggieVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    always a pleasure to enjoy the seafood and visit with our staff friends. excellent sauces and very good vegetables. great outside patio area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • woggieVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    the roast beef sandwich was not up to Front Page par - always good to chat with our service friends there
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • woggieVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Always great seafood and the veggies and sauces are terrific! Just a really great spot and always fun to catch up with our serving friends!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Good Neighborhood Restaurant
    DisabledDiner
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We were delighted with the friendly and helpful staff behavior. The menu variety was good, and the served food was good. Food presentation could be a little better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • woggieVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    a treat to sit outside - always great to catch up with our friendly staff members - outstanding seafood and great pesto sauce!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.5
    • Ambiance3.3
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 293 reviews are from the The Front Page - VA reviews archive.
  • Its ok
    NychaelaSymone
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I wouldn't truly call brunch at this location a 'brunch'. It's breakfast with 4 non-brunch items. It's a decent neighborhood spot but not worth the travel if you don't live in the area. The cheesecake factory would be a much better option. The food was mediocre at best and our service was not very good. Our server was slow, she didn't remember our drink orders, and we waited soo long to get our check that I finally had to get up and find her. This spot is not my 'cup of tea'. I won't be returning.
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  • woggieVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    always a pleasure to have the great seafood and be able to visit with our staff friends. the sauces and vegetables are excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • woggieVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    best crab cake around - always a pleasure to visit with staff - great outdoors area
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place for lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Good place for a business lunch...able to converse and the food is good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • woggieVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    always great seafood and vegetables and sauces--always great to chat with the staff
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • woggieVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Great Cod and caper/cream sauce - always fun to visit our staff friends and taste the great food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • woggieVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    In spite of the large group gathered to watch soccer, the service was commendable! The seafood (cod), sauce, rice and veggies were great! Another great lunch at Front Page!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • woggieVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Experienced a very good beef strip with rice - great sauce and veggies!! Excellent seafood at Front Page
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service Makes It
    JBismynicknamedammitVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Restaurants can have the best menu food ever but it won't make a difference if the service is horrible. Likewise, if the food is "ok" great service will help make up for it...to a point. The food at Front Page was not bad, it just was not knock-your-socks-off great, although the salmon special was really good, though a bit too big! (Did I really just say that?) The service at this location is what seals the deal. From the moment we walked in the door we were right at home. They even accommodated our weird request to have a quiet spot, away from the World Cup (Go USA!).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Brunch
    RatherEatOut
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We have been for brunch several times and were pleased with this visit. We sat outside and they could have used more umbrellas as the sun was very hot. Our server was pretty slow but we were not in a rush so it didn't bother us, but we have definitely had better servers on other visits. They always serve the same brunch menu. This time the smoked salmon was wasn't kept cold and was not edible. The imelettes were very good, as always. It is very standard fare like you would see st most hotel buffets.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • woggieVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I don't see why it is necessary to respond in 50 characters--- the seafood and sauces are great - what more can we say - it is nice to visit with our friends.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed.
    travel4food
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The food was horrible and the service was pitiful. Enough said.
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  • woggieVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    best crabcakes around - great sauces - this is silly - why should I have to spend time just to get up to 50 characters!!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • woggieVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    As usual, the crabcakes were great as were the fries and sauces - hope this makes the 50 character "rule" which I think is stupid.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service good -- food disapointing
    Freshfoodjunkie
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Four of us were there for an early dinner before going to a play in DC. Our server was attentive. One person had the crab cake sandwich which was great. Three of us had the flounder that evening and we all felt it had a strong fishy taste and was not fresh. Very disappointing since we had been there before and had very good food.
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  • poor service
    Hamilton
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    poor service , great food. visit your restaurant for lunch a lot and service is not improving
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • woggieVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    I don't know why you care how long the review is --- that is silly - vey good seafood, sauces and vegetables! OK???? Am I up to 50 characters now??
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.