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Essy's Carriage House

95 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Casual
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, Seafood, Steakhouse
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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
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Phone number
(703) 525-7899
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Essy Saedi
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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.
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Private party contact
Janet: (703) 525-7899
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Parking details
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.
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Public transit
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.
Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 95 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4  based on recent ratings
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Essie took such good care of us! It was our first time eating there and we'll definitely be back!

vipTeee (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Food was ok but nothing to brag about. Host bluntly told us he would wait on us when he was ready. You have to admire the family- style ambiance and clearly they have regulars who come back again and again. But we were underwhelmed

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Inside is nicer than it looks from the outside. Food is excellent. The service is good but a bit on the homey side - not at all elegant. Courses tend to overlap. Very friendly, informal staff.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

A friend recently dined here and recommended it particularly for the atmosphere. I’ve driven past it for years and am glad I finally tried it out. Will go back again and often.

vipAlohaLouie (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 10, 2017

Great Sunday brunch.

I took my family and out-of-town guests to Essy's for Sunday Brunch based on a good review in Trip Advisor.

Although Essy's serves a traditional brunch menu, we all had either the crab cake sandwich or
eggs Benedict with crabs.

We were not disappointed.

The excellent food was rivaled only by our jovial host: Essy.

We will return.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

Family favorite , wonderful meal from beginning to end.

vipRegularDiner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

We usually go with the intention of ordering the German dishes, pork or veal schnitzel, which never disappoint, but often end up with other menu selections that sound and taste great.

vipShowrunner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

Friendly service in a value-priced white-tablecloth establishment. Great place if you want to carry on a conversation without the need to shout. Menu offers old-fashioned classics, not trendy designer food. Good value for the money.

OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

Small selection of wines by the glass, but all are good and suitable for the menu.

Foodlover (Richmond)
3.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

I️ was there on a Friday night and it was empty. No ambiance, but the food was ok. Pretty basic.

ThreeGoodFriends (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 13, 2017

Our small group of friends love going the Essy's Carriage House for lunch. Their crab cakes are the best we've ever had. Essy has spoiled crab cakes for us everywhere but at the Carriage House! You really must try one if you haven't had them yet.

SEFB (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 9, 2017

A neighborhood gem with delicious food. A cozy dining spot with Essy's and Janet's personal touch - we'll be back!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on October 2, 2017

The food was over priced. The vegetable was one small potato, not a green vegetable. The restaurant smelled fishy when we entered. Charged us for an additional drink that we did not order. Gave me a hard time when I declined the offer of wine.

vipJames (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on September 22, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on September 22, 2017

Perfect for a comfortable atmosphere. Quality food, much like a community steakhouse. Quiet enough to enjoy conversations.

Kalle (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on September 9, 2017

Weder das Ambiente noch das Essen hat besonders überzeugt. Lammrücken mit Minz-Wackelpudding, sehr seltene Kombination.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 25, 2017

Best Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes I've ever had. Well worth trying but beware you will never have crab cakes elsewhere that can compare to these.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 23, 2017

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.

vipFallsChurchKate (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 2, 2017

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.

vipPoppy (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on June 5, 2017

The most friendly place I've seen. The owner takes good care of everyone. Very personable. The patrons even say hello.

vipZach (Miami)
5.0  Dined on May 28, 2017

Very nice family oriented small restaurant in easy location with parking. Went for brunch, food was great. Will definitely go again.

teamskater (New England)
5.0  Dined on May 20, 2017

Good old fashioned hospitality and great food!

vipSnakadillo (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on May 17, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on May 7, 2017

My sister and I enjoyed our lunch together at the Carriage House very much: good food, good service, everything was lovely. Thank you.

vipMCKB (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on April 29, 2017

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...

ElleDeeDee (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on April 16, 2017

Great restaurant to take your mother to. It is a lot of older people. The food is good, plentiful, and very good value for the money. The owners and manager are a hoot. They really make it fun. Its a bit crowded but everyone is having a really good time.

vipRegularDiner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on April 1, 2017

All of the food we ordered was excellent; the onion soup is the best in the DC area.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on March 22, 2017

Essy & Janet are the best. A neighborhood gem!

vipFood4us (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on March 3, 2017

Lived in Arlington 8 years and this was our first visit - lovely restaurant with nice selection of food and spirits. Service and staff were exceptional. Meal was delicious. We will be making a return visit soon!

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2017

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.