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About Essy's Carriage House
An upscale neighborhood restaurant featuring white table cloths and fresh flowers, Essy's Carriage House has been serving Arlington and surrounding communities for more than 38 years. Recently voted "The Most Colorful Character in Arlington," Essy is always on hand to greet his customers. The menu focuses on simple, fresh ingredients including Certified Angus Beef, Wisconsin veal, Colorado lamb and the highest quality fresh fish and seafood flown in from various parts of the world. After trying our signature jumbo lump crab cakes, many diners do not explore other parts of the menu. But the beef stroganoff, short ribs, lamb shanks and osso buco also have their devotees, as do our simply grilled steaks and chops. Sunday brunch draws quite a crowd, with a menu that includes eggs benedict, omelets, French toast, quiche, steak and eggs and more. Open seven days a week and on the holidays, Essy's is a great choice for date night, meeting friends, a family gathering, or a special event.
Arlington, VA 22207
American, Seafood, Steakhouse
Hours of Operation:
Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
We have a large private parking lot in the rear of the restaurant, with an entrance to the restaurant right off the lot. The parking lot entrance is on Quincy Street.
The Ballston Metro stop is approximately one mile from the restaurant. Buses traveling up and down Lee Highway to and from Rosslyn also stop near the restaurant.
Private Party Facilities:
Our main dining room is available for groups and special events. The room seats a maximum of 60 people but may be booked for 30 or more depending on menu selection. It features tables of 3, 4 and 6 seats plus a head table of up to 15.
Private Party Contact:
Janet: (703) 525-7899
Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Essy's Carriage House Ratings and Reviews
This is our second time at Essy's Carriage House. It is a small, classically lovely and intimate restaurant with a welcoming and attentive staff and excellent cuisine. It appears to be a neighborhood favorite at lunchtime.
We were having an early dinner prior to theater in Baltimore so we had our lunch split for two. We each had a cup of soup and shared fish and chips which were both delicious. The fish was hot, not greasy at all and crispy. The portion was huge! We do not live locally, but when we have an opportunity to visit Arlington area again for lunch, we would not hesitate to visit again and would recommend Essy's Carriage House to anyone.
Essy's brunch is fantastic! Essy himself is vibrant, funny, and a bit of a snark. He adds a sort of old world deli vibe to a fine cuisine / white tablecloth environment. In general the restaurant is quiet and the noise level is low. You can enjoy your food and a conversation without straining to hear others.
I had the spinach and feta omelette which was great! It was served with brunch potatoes and fruit. Warm cinnamon rolls were provided complimentary.
Old School, Very Satisfying
I've lived in Northern VIrginia for decades and have passed Essy's Carriage House off Lee Hiway in Arlington (Cherrydale) more times than I can count. Finally decided to give it a go for a recent Sunday brunch. Everything was just right --the menu options (nothing too exotic) were sufficient to tempt us, all the main dishes done just right, Bloody Marys pretty good, the coffee also good (important to a couple of us) and the host entertaining on our arrival, but then not intrusive afterwards. This is a very old-school type place - no loud music, no video monitors, no trendy items. We had straight up eggs benedict, lox and bagels, eggs Madison (with salmon), a wonderful spinach & feta quiche - all dishes presented simply, with some fruit on the side and breakfast potatoes. Prices are right (entrees between $10 and $15 or so). Again, this is not targeted to the trendy crowd. You get what is advertised -- good food at a good price, and the ability to have a conversation with your companions without having to shout. An added advantage is easy parking. There are more "hip" or adventurous places in Arlington, especially around Clarendon, but a lot of those places track younger (and parking is extremely challenging) and are often incredibly loud. If you're looking for food prepared simply and really well, and a place where you don't have to compete with a high decibel level, do go. I will be back.
Took my mom there when she came from out of town. Some of the best food in the area for the price. Best crab cakes I've ever tasted in my life, and I'm originally from a seafood/coastal area. After your crab cakes, get the napoleon. Very quiet so ideal place to take older guests and/or catch-up with someone you haven't seen in a while. We will take our other elderly relatives each time they visit.
Nice family ambiance. Essy's is a historic landmark in Arlington! Been around for many years....Quaint. Mr Essy was so nice, very friendly, but honestly appeared overwhelmed due to no help and five separate dinner groups in the restaurant. We waited nearly 15 minutes before being asked if we wanted a beverage to start our dinner. The menu had sufficient variety, but offered zero flexibility to change side items when asked, including the salad. The food portions were very good, and the salmon and seafood entree' were excellent. The crab cake was sizable, but unfortunately way overdone.
A nice place, but not in our top 10...
This was my second time here and the food was as good, if not better, than the first time. Essy, the owner, was great to talk to and a real charmer. The food was amazing (some of the best prime rib around). The shrimp cocktail was wonderful (large meaty shrimp cooked to perfection). If you're looking for great food in a relaxed environment, the is the place to go.
They brought my beer, I notified them, that the 'best before' date had expired 3 weeks ago. Reaction of the owner: "I had one yesterday and, to me, it tasted ok!" They didn't bring a new one "because they all have the same date" and finally, they charged me 6 bucks for the beer. But the salmon was ok.
This restaurant doesn't look like much from the outside (or from the inside for that matter). The owner/host/server/busboy takes some getting used to (he has a very dry wit that some may consider to be rudeness, but didn't bother me at all). The key to this restaurant is the food. I ordered veal chop which was almost as good as any I have had in fancy steakhouses or Italian restaurants, my wife ordered crab stuffed shrimp that she thought was very good (and I agree because I tasted it), one of my sons ordered veal piccata which was as good as at a nice Italian restaurant and my other son had lightly fried shrimp that was much better than you would find at a seafood house because the shrimp were better (meaty and fresh) and the batter was light and flavorful.
We've been back a few times since an earlier review but had to write up the beef short ribs we tried the other night. Best I ever had. Tender, flavorful, falling off the bone. Calves liver was great, too. Essy remembers us whenever we come in and he knows my husband's drink. This time, it was on the table before we sat down! One of our favorite places.
We really, really like Essy's and have been there several times. The only problem with our last dine was that it was Thanksgiving and Essy's was packed which is good for them, but we ended up having to wait quite a while for our main course. Our soup and salad came in ample time, but our main course was a good while in coming. It was delicious so the wait was well worth the main course and Janet, as always, did a marvelous job.
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