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Willow Restaurant - Arlington
Willow Restaurant - Arlington

Willow Restaurant - Arlington Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.willowva.com
  • Phone: (703) 465-8800
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm (Lunch price range $11-$25);
    Happy Hour: Monday - Friday 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Tracy O'Grady
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: By request only.
  • Private Party Facilities: There are three private dining spaces available:
    The Willow Room seats up to 45 guest comfortably
    The Cave seats up to 8 guests
    The Club Room seats up to 10 guests

    Please call Heather to discuss other semi-private options and availability!
  • Private Party Contact: Heather Small (703) 465-8800
  • Special Events & Promotions: Whether you are planning a cozy dinner party for friends, a corporate event, luncheon, cocktail party or a momentous wedding reception, our seasonal and extensive menu selection combined with our experienced staff will provide you with the elements you need to create a successful event for the memory of a lifetime. Email directly at privatedining@willowva.com or call Heather Small at 703-465-8800.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Utah
  • Public Transit: Public Transit Stops
    Two blocks from the Ballston Metro.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Discounted parking in the building for lunch and dinner with validation. Colonial Parking garage is located on Taylor Street.
A word from Willow Restaurant - Arlington
Willow Restaurant & Nosh is a chef driven restaurant serving 'Modern European Continental' cuisine. Chef/owners Tracy O'Grady and Kate Jansen prepare classically based food, sourced locally, with up-to-date refinements in an elegant and comfortable atmosphere.

The Nosh Bistro is available Monday - Friday at 4pm and Saturday's at 5:30pm. The menu features small plates with prices ranging from $5-$14. The menu is available in the bistro, at the bar and on the patio. Nosh is perfect for a casual night out or a lighter meal.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Our food was not up to its usual high standard. I'm hoping this was an abberation and not an indication of a decline."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Service was great - as was the food. Followed the waiter's suggestions for dinner and were very pleased."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "A very quiet dining experience with great food and service."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The WIllow was outstanding. We had a delicious meal at a reasonable cost. We went to celebrate our daughter's birthday and they even printed a special menu that had her name and birthday greetings. They really paid attention to detail with many personalized touches. The waiter was very attentive. Overall our experience was excellent and we would highly recommend it."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Excellent service and outstanding food well prepared. Best calamari appetizer I've ever had bar none. All entrees on the menu looked great. I guess I'll have to return several times to try all of them. The wine list is extensive and varied in terms of country of origin, varietals and terroir. Do give this restaurant a try if you are looking for an outstanding dining experience."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Portions were flavorful and generous. Like the fact they offer GF options. Service was good."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My guests and I were treated to yea another fine meal at Willow. The service was fine (although he could have glanced at our table to see if the drinks needed to be refilled), the food delicious and presented beautifully. One guest did report that her mushroom flatbread was a bit salty. One regret: the portions are so substantial that there is no way any of us coudl have had a multi-course meal. In fact, even though I ordered only an entree and a dessert, I took half the entree home! Can't wait to return -- I wish they were in my neighborhood..."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The June lunch daily specials are outstanding and super reasonable for both the quality and quantity of the foods. The hamburgers are flavorful and the best I've ever had! The home made deserts offered are varied and scrumptious! Service staff are exceptional! Definitely a neighborhood gem and a restaurant everyone should check it out!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The food we had for lunch was delicious (salmon kabobs and the tuna entrees, along with gazpacho and organic salad with hearts of palm appetizers). The menu selections were exciting and the presentation of the food is fantastic--everything looked like a work of art. The pineapple upside down cake for dessert was delicious too. On the negative side, the service was extremely slow (took nearly 2 1/2 hours just to eat lunch for two people--not acceptable during a business day whatsoever). I do not like to be rushed while eating but this was unbelievably slow. Also the restaurant started out quiet so it was easy to hear one another, but by noon it got so loud that I felt like we had to shout to hear one another."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Most I the foo was very good, especially the cauliflower and goat cheese soup. However, plastic in the shrimp and an entree side that first materialized with our appetizers only to be sent back and reappear with dessert spoiled the experience. It was noticeable that nothing was said by staff about either issue."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We had an outside table on a perfect evening. The flatbread was an excellent mix of salty, zesty, and mellow. The appetizer was a fantastic medley of grilled shrimp, garbanzo beans, capers, greens, olives, fingerling potatoes that were cooked to perfection and covered the entire rainbow, and two sauces that were perfectly balanced, the soup was flavorful and succulent, the mushroom tart had a marvelous balance of mushroom, cheese, and flakey crust, and the hazelnut chocolate layer cake was rich and satisfying. The wait staff were well informed and attentive without hovering."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Our previous experience at Willow was terrific and so I looked forward to this dinner; however it didn't live up to expectations. The food was only so-so, the service, while enthusiastic, was not as professional as I expected, and our "quiet" corner turned out to be a bit depressing as heels on the wooden floor clicked by en route to the toilets and noise from the hall was distracting."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I'm a fan of this place, which has delicious, never boring food, but on this visit I probably didn't choose the best items for me. Still, the pasta/fava been combo under the lamb shank/sausage appetizer was, well, delicious. Flatbreads are always excellent, and portionwise just right. Dessert-- a mini bundt cake version of sticky toffee pudding-- was a perfect ending! I'm still thinking about it the day after, which doesn't often happen for me."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite spots for an excellent meal. We have never been disappointed. It seems on this occasion they were short staffed when we elected to sit on patio even though we specified that in the Open Table reservation. There was a large party going on in one of the private rooms. Our table wasn't ready, so we waited at the bar and met the vibrant bartender Boomer who took care of us. We enjoyed a great cheese plate without the nuts since one of us has a severe allergy to tree nuts. Boomer also saved us at the end when our food took forever to come out of the kitchen. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I had heard great things about the food at Willow but was disappointed. The salad was limp although the combination of ingredients (greens, oranges, hearts of palm and cheese) was great. The scallops were tasty and I found that that appetizer and the salad were plenty of food for dinner. Waiter was less than attentive although pleasant enough. It was quiet because we ate outside. Inside seemed very noisy. And the menu was not the same as what is on the website - let's get updated, Willow."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Every dish was incredible. Rich combinations of flavors and textures. Super fresh. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "No substitutions needed. The menu and food are perfect... every time!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "It was a special birthday for my wife and I reserved thru Open Table, letting them know. Willow printed custome menu wishing my wife a happy birthday. Service and food were excellent! Wonderful experience!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We frequently go back to Willow as it is a reliable and tasty resource. The entrees may look like many other restaurants, but the chef always finds ways to pair flavors and textures to create a new experience. On this visit the cod was outstanding, delicately moist and tender paired with lentils and a beet reduction. Staple of the menu are the flatbreads which are meals unto themselves. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "A different server, but still same great service. I had the salmon kebob, which was good but not outstanding. Dessert, the Key Lime tart, on the other hand was very good, with the right combination of sweet/tart."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "My wife and I have been to Willow before and enjoyed it thoroughly. We thought that it would be a good place for the kids to join us on Mothers' Day. We were wrong. In fairness to the restaurant, our girls were more restless than usual, but that wasn't the real problem. The service was not good -- for example, they served the first course while we were in the bathroom with the kids, so it sat there getting cold while we were away from the table. The other problem was with the kitchen: our main course came before we completed the first and they failed to put pepperoni on the kids' flatbread, prompting further delays (but no apologies). On top of that, the food was not remotely as good as previous visits. We're unlikely to go back."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I took my mom to Willow to celebrate Mother's Day. As always, it was a wonderful experience. The menu was just wonderful--really loved the Kung Pao Style Calimari, an excellent new appetizer addition. Our server, Rebecca, was really helpful in helping us pick a wine to go with our meals. No rush to get us out the door. I hope everyone takes the opportunitiy to enjoy Willow Restaurant this spring!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Willow never disappoints...the food is spot on and the service is everything that you would expect. On the food side, the pork panini is one of the best sandwiches that I have ever had...please DO NOT take it off your menu! "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Food was not bad but not great either. Solid "B-". For example, duck was underdone, orange sauce a bit cloying. Dessert was excellent tho. Service was pretty poor. No one came to the table for 15 min, drinks took forever, and then they served the appetizer simultaneously with the main course. When I mentioned this to the waiter, he apologized and said he would speak to the kitchen. Not a great response in my opinion. Restaurant was busy for a Tuesday, but wait staff didnt seem overburdened. This place gets great reviews from, e.g., Washingtonian Magazine, but I sure do not see it."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Four of us had a nice wine lunch on a Monday...great way to start a week. Lots of perfectly cooked scallops added on my salad bacon/spinach salad. Others enjoyed the special cheese steak sandwich, french onion soup, flatbreads. Service was always available but non-intrusive and friendly. GREAT desserts. Pineapple bread pudding and some warm chocolate thing. Topped it off with some coffee and port. Perfect Monday! I highly recommend."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Excellent and savory lunch offerings - my first time dining here - will definitely go back."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We truly enjoy dining at Willos, although since it is not in our area, we save it for special occasions. The service is fine: attnetive and knowledgable staff. While Willow conisders their flatbreads to be a specialty area, I found mine to be a bit heavy, with too much cheese. The sea scallop appetizer was wonderful, as were the two beef main courses. those included mushroom fries (not to be missed!) and a spinach tart. the restaurant sent us home with a champagne glass filled with hous-made cookies and best wishes for a Happy anniversary! What a nice touch. We will return! "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Made reservations for lunch to celebrate Administrative Professionals Day. Office staff were effusive in their praise of the entire experience."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "This was our 9th visit to Willow ( 5 dinners, 4 lunches) and it never gets stale. The menu is nicely balanced and the ingredients are fresh, well prepared, and attractively presented. Each visit I've ordered something different ( meat and fish dishes) and have always been very happy with the choice. The service is also very good, with knowledgeable, personable servers who are attentive but never make you feel rushed. This is our favorite restaurant in the area."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I found bones in my salad. Food was "meh" overall. Much better in prior visits. Not sure what happened to this place but likely won't go back. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We had a delightful evening with a friend that we wanted to take out and give a special treat to. Expense wise, it's a little more than what we would normally want to spend. But for that special occasion once in a while, we were very pleased. Meal was exceptionally good."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "We live near Ballston and often we forget that Willow Restaurant is so close and so wonderful!! It's a lovely place midst the hustle of Ballston, and provides for a range of things - a special dinner out or a lovely relaxed happy hour. The service is very attentive. The choices for dinner are classic yet varied and interesting - my husband and mother-in-law enjoyed the cod, which we don't see often. The salads are also interesting - with a nice range so that you can enjoy something with hearts of palm and oranges or with spinach with bacon. Overall, Willow offers something for everyone in an elegant and enjoyable way. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "I have eaten lunch at Willow several times over the past year. The menu is varied and gives me plenty of items to choose from. I have always found my choices very satisfying and enjoyable. The recently introduced (I think) modestly priced lunch specials seemed appealing. I, however, always seem to go to Willow for a special occasion, so that a quick meal is not in the cards. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We headed to Willow very excited for a date night. The service was not anything we expected, having to ask for water, having to ask for bread, having to ask for sauces that came with a dish. We felt rushed by the staff closing the dining room even though the patio was completely full. Overall disappointing. "
    Dined on 8/16/2013
  • "I have eaten at Willow previously and this lunch was nothing like the last one. Nice private area for lunch Server polite and cheery.. We had the calimari and BBQ flatbread for appetizers and they were very good. I had the 1/2 sandwich and a ceasar salad. Sandwich was good but the salad had cabbage ?? and too much cheese, but nothing else that made it a ceasar salad. Did not like it at all. Other dishes we had were the burger with french fries, which was great. I tried some of the burger and it was wonderful. Another meal came with fried green beans that were cold. I did not think they were meant to be served cold. The key lime pie was awful. Did not taste like key lime at all and crust was very hard. Chocolate dessert was very good."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We had the Friday fish fry Lenten special, which was outstanding, and could be ordered broiled rather than fried. We had enough room to divide one of the fine desserts three ways. A quality dining experience."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "very good food, and always consistent. the cod special was absolutely delicious. i've had many of their seafood and other dishes and have not had a disappointing meal there yet."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Our lunch was well prepared, and well served. Highly recommend this for a quiet business lunch."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Our service and food were outstanding. Parking in the building is a plus with handicap parking by the elevator."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I dined at Willow alone on a Saturday night. I say this because dining alone at a nice restaurant on a Saturday night is generally not greeted very well. Wait people are often not as gracious as they are to others when a single women dines alone. However, I felt very well served and the food was great also, very creative. I will go again."
    Dined on 4/5/2014