Willow Restaurant - Arlington
Willow Restaurant - Arlington

Willow Restaurant - Arlington

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.willowva.com/
  • Phone: 7034658800x
  • 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 7034658800x
  • Special Events: 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.
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Willow Restaurant - Arlington reviews from OpenTable diners
169 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (98)neighborhood gem (91)special occasion (83)great for lunch (59)great for outdoor dining (54)romantic (45)notable wine list (38)good for groups (33)great for brunch (16)vibrant bar scene (13)hot spot (10)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • mediocre
    businessluncher
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I was so excited to return to Willow, as I had heard such wonderful things. Sadly, I found the food very disappointing -- bland, which is the last thing I expected. We had Restaurant Week specials -- chowder, duck, ratatouille. None were exceptional at all. We would have done better at a local family restaurant. The redeeming features of the evening -- lovely weather at an outdoor table with a very attentive server.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    Wendy
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Everything at WILLOW is excellent!! Our server, Dante was fabulous and knew the menu well and provided great recommendations. And its a perfect spot for Restaurant Week. I will continue to be a loyal customer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never Fails to Delight
    Nick
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We have eaten at Willow a number of times, and each time we say we need to come here more often. Ordered from the restaurant week menu - eggplant flatbread, picnic salad, porchetta, all very good; smoked duck breast only okay - skin not crisp and very muted taste (no smoke taste in evidence). Deserts were peach shortcake and chocolate marquise both very good, although the chocolate was almost too rich & sweet. Our waiter steered us off of the restaurant week wine list and his recommendation was spot-on. For 2-3 $ more it was well worth it. Service was also very "Goldilocks", neither to rushed nor too slow - it was just right. After this I'm hoping we will get back here sooner rather than later.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too rare pork
    Patricia
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Dined on the restaurant week extended special. Three courses for $32.50. First course of flat bread with roasted tomato and eggplant was excellent. Entre of roast pork loin rpwrapped in pork belly was very flavorful with fava beans. But the pork was so rare that I did not eat it. The desert of shortbread cake with fresh peaches was excellent. A really good meal was brought down to passable because of the undone pork!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent RW Dinner
    JackVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had the RW dinner which was truly special-they offer a wide range of appetizers, entrees and desserts. We both had the heirloom tomato salad which was superb-beautiful fresh tomatoes presented beautifully arranged. Likewise the cod was fresh and perfectly cooked. Chocolate mousse was delectable as well as the peach shortcake (Nice fresh biscuit). Service also was prefect-a great dinner!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Restaurant week dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great value for $35. Three course dinner with outstanding dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best in the neighborhood
    Hmnnn
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Willow is outstanding. Very aware of what pleases the community. Recently introduced Bistro Bar Lunches are quickly increased in popularity.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Whispering waiter
    Chugs
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Willow is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is always delicious and it is a lovely place to dine. The past couple of times we have had the same waiter. He is very good, but he speaks very softly. It is difficult to hear what he is saying and we often have to ask for clarification. Just a small thing, but a little annoying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We come here every restaurant week --- delicious food and good choices; vegan and gluten free offerings, although we did not choose those; the chocolate mousse dessert is fabulous; at dinner Willow offers wine flights, which we enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    NotGoingBackVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Neither the service nor the food were up to the quality found in comparably priced restaurants in the DC area.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful as always!
    SJulien
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I finally had the chance to bring my sister to Willow to experience what I keep going on and on about this restaurant. My father was also with us. He likes traditional meals but is always up for trying foods prepared different ways. The fact that he loved the heirloom tomato and melon salad and polished off the salmon skewers says a lot! I have a recently retired friend who when we meet for lunch always likes to come here. I like trying different places but I know with her, I'll have an adventurous dining companion. Keep up the excellent work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another perfect restaurant week!
    lindaDC
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had another great meal during restaurant week at the Willow Restaurant. The food was really great. I especially enjoyed the softshell crab meal. Our waiter was wonderful and recommended a perfect pinot noir to go with our meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxing Evening with Great Food
    BirdGirlVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We hadn't been to Willow in several years, but we always liked the food and the quiet, "adult" ambience. The 3-course Restaurant Week menu featured creative and seasonal items. We dined on the patio, as the weather was unusually pleasant. My husband had the cod brandade fritters and a duck breast with locally made sausage. I had the tomato-and-eggplant flatbread (flatbreads are a specialty there) and the soft-shelled crab. The fritters and the crab were crisp and sweet, not at all greasy. We were so relaxed that it took us a while to notice the wait between the first and main courses was starting to drag out. Our waiter did stop by to let us know the entrees were on the way. That was the only glitch in an otherwise lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CBArlington
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Restaurant week menu was not as good as the regular menu. We were really glad our favorite waiter was back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A wonderful restaurant in Arlington
    Red52VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a very enjoyable dinner at Willow. My soft shell crab and my wife's duck breast were delicious. Each was accompanied by an interesting and tastey choice of vegetables. The only reason that we did not give the food 5 stars was that half of my wife's flatbread appetizer had a burnt crust.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, 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.
  • Unique Menu Items
    LoveLocalPlaces
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Dined here during restaurant week. The options all looked very interesting and we enjoyed the items we tried. The portions were nice enough to enjoy the meal without over-indulging. Plenty of vegetarian and gluten free options were offered. There is an onsite parking garage.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summer seasonal menu
    Songbunnymama
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We ate at Willow during Restaurant Week, with its special menu. We like going during RW, becuSe we can try things we might not. This time, my husband had the eggplant flatbread to start, and I had the tempura brandade and calamari. Both were good. I had the "clams casino"style cod for dinner. It was good, but I found the fish a little plain, not as flavorful as I'd expected. The duck my husband had was cooked nicely, and was very tasty. Dessert for me is always the cake of the day, tiramisu cake this time. My husband had the peach shortcake, with perfect succulent peaches and a light shortcake to accompany and sop up juice. We love Dante as our server, and were pleased he had a table available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing Dinner
    DisappointedDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My husband and I were looking forward to a nice anniversary dinner supporting a local restaurant (we're recent NoVa transplants). While the appetizers were promising, the duck and pork entrees left much to be desired in both taste and presentation. Both tasted somewhat sour, the duck sausage had bones, the pork was luke warm and looked very unappetizing. Since they have a pastry chef in house we were hopeful the desserts would be redeeming. However, while they were somewhat tasty they were far from "knock your socks off" which, frankly, is what we expected for a $100 dinner. On top of all that, the interior is quite lovely but the music selections were inappropriate for fine dining - think Britney Spears / Cranberries mix.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Satisfying Restaurant Week Lunch
    ErinGlutenFree
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We were very happy with the food and service. They always have great gluten free options, and we weren't disappointed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overall Good Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food was very good with a nice variety of selections. Our waiter (Alex) was very friendly and helpful with the food selections. The cod was an excellent choice. Our only negative was the noise level. We were seated in the middle of the large dining room and had a difficult time with maintaining a conversation without raising our voices. I am sure the smaller side rooms are much quieter. The garage parking was very convenient, as street parking can be difficult in Arlington. We will definitely visit again, but request a quieter table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I continue to love the food at Willow and the fact that Tracy O'Grady is always tinkering with the menu and wonderful accompaniments to entrees. And I don't know another restaurant that has such consistent success with desserts. However, I continue to see service slipping, lacking in attention to detail. Plus, this time the bar disappointed me. I got a $12.50 Cosmo that came with a quarter of the glass not filled, never before my experience. The waiter's reply was "that's the way they gave it to me." My second try at the bar on this visit resulted in a drink that had a not quite right ingredient proportion. Maybe it's time to stick to food only, since that makes me happy. Oh, and parking in the building has jumped from $2.50 to $4.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome, as usual!
    LisaVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Willow takes an opportunity like Testaurant Week to shine. That's how they attract and keep loyal diners year round!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Lunch
    Kurli
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Willow has a nice lunch menu, much less fancy than the dinner. My co-worker and i managed to have it outside on a nice day. Service was gracious without being obtrusive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Willows and Restaurant week spoiled
    1396
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We went for restaurant week and loved the items we chose off the restaurant week menu. The gazpacho, the burger, and the peach shortcake were tops. We were disappointed when we received our bill and discovered we had been charged $15 fora glass of house Chardonnay, when the normal wine lists glasses of wine for $10. When we left the parking lot with our ticket validated, we were charged $4, when the web page states $2.50. It would appear that the restaurant was making up for the wonderful lunch menu with higher prices on these two items. Spoils the Willows and restaurant week for me.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Casual outdoor dining
    JBRW
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We sat outside on an uncommonly gorgeous August evening to celebrate our anniversary. Unfortunately the table next to us had a loud woman, not impaired in any way, just too loud for the area. She made it hard to have our own conversation. Food was very tasty. Dessert was good, but nothing special. Service was pleasant but average in attentiveness. The Restaurant Week menu had a good variety and the host/hostess were very welcoming upon our arrival.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Nice experience except for a disorganized front desk.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not sure what happened
    nminarl
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Normally quite nice. Cod/calamari appetizer was bland. Main course took a long time to arrive. Lots of apologies but no explanation. Lemon chicken was only lemony in spots and accompanying beans were bland. It was as if anything not screaming pork wasn't worth doing well. Tiramisu dessert was fine--not great. Really hoping this was a fluke.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!
    Charles
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We continue to enjoy dining at Willow. The food is always presented nicely and is a pleasure to eat. It is also welcoming to be greeted by name when arriving at the restaurant. I look forward to another trip to Willow very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good dinning place
    Ninyee
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Willow's food is always good and unique. The display of the food is beautifully done. It's located in a good location and lovely neighborhood. I love dinning at Willow. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and customer service
    DMC1
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Was very impressed with the professionalism and care of the staff. Food was quite good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the Price for RW
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Definitely well worth the price and then some for Restaurant Week! The food was delicious and the service polite and attentive even though it took longer to get our food than it should have for the time that we arrived.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    As usual, lunch at Willow was wonderful. Great food, attentive staff - it's always a pleasure to dine here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anya
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    A happy place to come even if I had to sit inside because of the torrential rain. Nice spot for a single lady to dine.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We went for restaurant week, and the food was fantastic. Our waiter was extremely knowledgable, and the overall experience was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delicious
    Schatzi
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Every year, the chefs outdo themselves with innovative dishes for restaurant week! Reading the menu and watching the dishes arrive is akin to opening Christmas packages! And the taste matches the presentation. Delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Food is always outstanding. Wine list provides plenty of selection. Restaurant Week a pleasure. Location easy to get to with parking never a big problem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a good experience
    HankorejVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Willow is one of our favorite restaurants both for lunch and dinner and this time did not disappoint. All three of us had seafood (Salmon, Swordfish and Tuna) selections and all were beautifully prepared. My swordfish was thick and very tender.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Celiac Foodie Haven
    gf4realnot4fad
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The gluten free breads alone make it worth the visit! Overl, the food is great and accommodations can be made to modify items not originally noted to be GF!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad, just weird
    RyanpVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Tues night, birthday dinner, table for two. Very polite server. We kept asking her for suggestions and she admitted to not eating any of the food because she is a picky eater. We asked about four dishes and she only said "some people like it" or "it's popular." Then after our entrees were served, she disappeared. I saw her rolling silverware in an empty dining room, then said goodnight to her manager and left. We had to go over to the manager to see of we could get our food boxed and a dessert to go-oh also the check.I had thefilet medallions. They seemed like restaurant supply food (Sysco) or big wedding entree. No flavor-overcooked. I sent back the asparagus. My friend had the fried chicken and it was ok. The experience was weird.
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  • Would visit again
    New2VA
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We are new to the area and trying many new restaurants. We would definitely visit Willow again, although perhaps for either lunch or happy hour instead of dinner. The restaurant was not busy on a Monday night, although the patio was packed. The waiter was very attentive. The drinks were delicious, the steaks prepared perfectly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate