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Permanently Closed - Cafe Italia II - Falls Church

13 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (6)
  • Good for Groups (3)
  • Kid-friendly (2)

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Café Italia Ristorante was established in 1976 in Arlington VA and is known for excellent food, charming decor, and exemplary service. With their Authentic Italian Recipes, Cafe Italia has been voted "Best Neighborhood Restaurant.” Please stop by our authentic Italian Restaurant in Falls Church, Virginia… so we can welcome you with the finest in homemade Italian food.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Italian, American, Continental
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:30pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(703) 992-9565
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Meme Alvares
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please check our new site for menu details
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Cross street
Route 29 towards Merrifield
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Parking details
Ample Parking
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Tom Cunningham Orchestra every second Monday of the Month
Tom Saputo Check site for schedule (one Sunday a month and Friday's)
Covertible Jerk Band check Site for details
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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2.0Dined on July 7, 2014

The service was terrible and the entrees took 45 minutes.

3.0Dined on May 11, 2014

Food was fine. Restaurant was understaffed and service was slow but manager was kind and gave us complimentary salads. Good alternative for those who live in area, but setting in a strip mall is less than desirable. They have live music once a month to try to attract clientele but room is large and seems to be lacking tables...maybe they want it to be a dance floor in evenings? Not sure...
Not sure we will return as it was a bit out of the way, but food was ok that day.

5.0Dined on May 4, 2014

Loved this restaurant! The food was excellent and the service was fantastic! I'm considering moving to the area. If I choose to do so, this will definitely be on my "favorites" list.

4.0Dined on March 23, 2014

Our group was a group of 8 and we had wonderful service. Wait staff were attentive but not annoying. The food was good as well. I particular enjoyed my veal parmesan. We had a very nice time. I am not sure if it was because it was a relatively slow night or we had a large group but we were treated to an after dinner drink as well. That was a lovely surprise.

2.0Dined on March 10, 2014

We were there for a middle school band fundraiser. Overall it was an enjoyable evening. The band was GREAT! The food was okay, the best part of the evening was the salad, then the wait staff seemed to get a bit overwhelmed (the restaurant was hardly full). Perhaps they were understaffed? In any case, the restaurant decor is not fancy, kinda feels like a cafeteria.... I loved the pomodora sauce, really flavorful. The Gnoochi were dull, the afredo was meh. The spinach ravioli were very good... The Chianti, well... you know Chianti! :)

3.0Dined on February 17, 2014

Too much salt in meat sauce and drink prices are very expensive....even at happy hour

4.0Dined on February 14, 2014

This restaurant is unassuming, but had a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The food was delicious, and the service was good. The restaurant was a little loud, as it has few interior walls.

2.0Dined on February 14, 2014

Always a difficult night for restaurants but Café Italia simply wasn't staffed to service more than a half dozen tables and the place was nearly filled. Not a good experience, but food was good.

1.0Dined on February 14, 2014

the service was beyond terrible - host was also server. impossible task. food delivered was not what we ordered. live music sounded like bad church music - very low quality and upsetting experience. felt like a third world country. what has happened to US?

2.0Dined on December 6, 2013

I remember fondly the old Cafe Italia II in Fairfax.. Unfortunately this new incarnation is a far cry. I miss the old salad bar. The location is a large, pretty bare store front; no ambiance to speak of . And the food was marginally acceptable; certainly not great.

5.0Dined on November 15, 2013

Went here for dinner prior to going out for the evening. Pleasantly surprised at the quality of Italian food. It was homemade and I appreciate that. Very good experience and excellent service.

1.0Dined on September 8, 2013

Cheese on the bruschetta, pizza that looked like it has come from the freezer and the worst coffee I have ever tasted. We were the only table there (bar one) but the service, although pleasant, was really slow. The food was terrible. Bland and poorly presented. Wilted salad with grated carrot. Really 1970s. And it was expensive! Terrible!

2.0Dined on July 14, 2013

Lackluster italian food, nothing special. Staff did not get the order right.