Essie took such good care of us! It was our first time eating there and we'll definitely be back!
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
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.
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.
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.
Family favorite , wonderful meal from beginning to end.
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.
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.
Small selection of wines by the glass, but all are good and suitable for the menu.
I️ was there on a Friday night and it was empty. No ambiance, but the food was ok. Pretty basic.
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.
A neighborhood gem with delicious food. A cozy dining spot with Essy's and Janet's personal touch - we'll be back!
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.
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.
Perfect for a comfortable atmosphere. Quality food, much like a community steakhouse. Quiet enough to enjoy conversations.
Weder das Ambiente noch das Essen hat besonders überzeugt. Lammrücken mit Minz-Wackelpudding, sehr seltene Kombination.
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.
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.
The most friendly place I've seen. The owner takes good care of everyone. Very personable. The patrons even say hello.
Very nice family oriented small restaurant in easy location with parking. Went for brunch, food was great. Will definitely go again.
Good old fashioned hospitality and great food!
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.
My sister and I enjoyed our lunch together at the Carriage House very much: good food, good service, everything was lovely. Thank you.
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...
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.
All of the food we ordered was excellent; the onion soup is the best in the DC area.
Essy & Janet are the best. A neighborhood gem!
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!
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.