Essy's Carriage House

4.6
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144 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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 42 years. Once 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.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Our traditional menu begins with spiced pumpkin soup followed by a mixed green salad, then roast turkey with herbed bread stuffing, mashed & sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and green beans (salmon and London broil as alternate entrees), and choice of pumpkin or pecan pie, apple strudel or an éclair.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

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N
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Quiet comfortable relaxing with good food and service

C
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had friends visiting from Chicago who were staying in Balston, so we checked Open Table to see restaurants close to their hotel and decided on Essy's because of the reviews. We were pleasantly surprised! The food, atmosphere and service were all outstanding. Two of us tried the beef short ribs and two had the crab cakes. You did not need a knife to cut the beef, it was so tender. The crab cakes were also delicious, not too much filler mostly crab meat. And Essy, our host was great! We will definitely be going back.

A
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We returned to Essy’s after a long time because a friend raved about the crab cakes. We shared the mini crab cakes as an appetizer and they were indeed very, very good - full of jumbo lump crab. Salads were crisp and fresh and the house dressing was excellent. Entrees were well prepared and enjoyed. We will return in a much,much shorter time.

KJ
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great dining experience! Food was great and Essy made us all feel so welcome. Highly recommend if you are looking for great food in a nice setting with a casual atmosphere

LJ
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Essy is our neighborhood restaurant and we have always enjoyed the service, food and ambience.

P
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Tried Essy's for Father's Day Brunch for the first time, excellent as always. Great selection of Brunch classics, everyone enjoyed their selections (french toast, ham/cheese omelette, eggs benedict, quiche).

FT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going to Essy's for many years, meeting one of my best and oldest friends. The service is friendly and prompt, and the food, as I'm concerned is some of the best I've ever had.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, quiet and lovely food!

p
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food are made to order & it’s good. But I did not enjoy the ambience and the smell of the restaurant.

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and friendly service. Highly recommend.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent menu options Everything tasted fresh and enjoyable

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great little Cherrydale gem! Essy is quick to crack a joke and always so friendly.

G
Adelaide / SA
12 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Great neighborhood, locally owned and operated restaurant! Tried and true for many years!

A
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food
Well prepared

MA
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, very good ambience! Will definitely go back there.

S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such nice people. Good food. We love supporting local businesses and will be back!

C
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Read really good reviews and can see it would be a nice place for the folks in the local area. Very nice people. Nice white table cloths and flower on the table nice touch. Salad of lettuce, tomato and cucumber was fresh and crisp. Had the seafood platter - which was very disappointing especially for the price. The scallops and prawns were dark deep fried - hard/over cooked. The fish breading was not dark, but was very ordinary. The crab cake which I did not have friend was good. I'm sorry to say based on what I had I would not go again. Really nice people though.

SH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great food; great value. Would go back there for future celebrations.

A
Washington DC
82 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We have always seen Essy’s but never stopped in until we made a Valentine’s Day reservation. It is a charming restaurant with FABULOUS crab cakes (apparently their specialty). Also enjoyed the double-thick lamb chops. We weren’t in a hurry but things were slow with only one waitress who was supported by Essy himself. His wife was in the kitchen and probably had her hands full with the busier-than-usual night so there might have been some pacing in even getting orders back to the kitchen. But we weren’t in a hurry so we just embraced the moment. Wished my surf ‘n turf crab cake/filet mignon had a sauce available for the beef (bernaise would have been ideal) but nothing offered or apparent on the menu. The lamb was enhanced with mint jelly but we had to ask for it. We will return on a non- holiday night.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service! Perfectly sized portions. Excellent food

JM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Their crabcakes are pretty good! Jumbo lump with no filler. Don't know many places who use only crab meat in their crabcakes, so A+ with the main course. There was a small salad provided, but for the price I wish they offered some sort of vegetable along side of the small amount of potatoes on the plate.

It was nice to be able to communicate with my date, and not have to compete with crowds of people on a Friday evening. It was definitely slow, but enjoyable. The server was very personable, and attentive while meeting our needs. Also, you have to try the chocolate cake for desert!

s
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had a very enjoyable evening at Essys with my folks and sister. We have lived in Arlington a long time but had never tried it. Everyone was pleasantly surprised! The salads were lovely and fresh, the bread was yummy, and the main courses were all very good. It is a quiet place with only about 10 tables, so not the kind of place to go for a hopping evening, but very pleasant all around, with great service. We will be back!

A
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a great Christmas Day dinner. Everything was really wonderful

KM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Christmas dinner. Special fixed menu soup - salad - main - dessert. Food was ok (fresh) nothing really outstanding. Clearly a large clientele of regulars who greated Essy (a character.) I would try it again with their regular menu. I was told, by a regular, they have a great burger. The other customers were friendly and interactive with our group of first timers. Has parking.

KT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a quirky, delicious place. Is it hip and trendy? No. Is it comfortable and cool? Yes. Is it a fast-moving, bustling place? No. Will you be glad you made the trip? Yes. Thanks, Essy, for a wonderful time with my husband and two friends. You’re a unique spot and host. Stay that way.

L
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live in Arlington and pass Essy's all the time and decided to go there for dinner with out of town friends on a Friday evening. The restaurant was not crowded and after a group of diners left, we had the place to ourselves. We were not disappointed. The salads were fresh, dinner was fresh, well prepared and beautifully presented. Terrific wine list. I am on a special diet to heal my throat and the chef was very accommodating by preparing my Branzino perfectly. We will definitely return to this place. The waiter is a hoot!

CW
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Service
Hidden gem!
Wonderful way to spend Thanksgiving or any occasion

SA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Four stars for service & noise only due to Thanksgiving crowd. MUST TRY the pumpkin soup if available, even our persnickety teen loved it. Will be returning to have a non-holiday dinner soon!

N
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, except that it was extremely crowded. People came in through the back and the side doors. Those coming through the back door did not know where or how to check in, so many waited by the exit from the kitchen in front of an area where a man appeared to be assigning tables. It became momentarily quite crowded. An elderly man came out of the kitchen and got angry at the people who were waiting there. Evidently, he wanted them to sit down at some empty tables in the back. The people were confused because they had not checked in with anyone. I was stunned at that behavior; however, the man who appeared to be assigning tables intervened, and that was the end of the incident. THIS INCIDENT SHOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED; NEVERTHELESS, THE TOTAL EXPERIENCE STILL RATED THE RESTAURANT FIVE STARTS IN MY OPINION.

t
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Never got any cornbread on Thanksgiving afternoon, even though it was listed on the menu.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Took my father here for Thanksgiving dinner. Good was amazing!!! Would recommend.

G
Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting Essy's and was impressed with an extensive menu, good wines and the most pleasant owner. i will be a regular there for many years to come.

MW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant, my favorite in the entire dc area.

l
Milwaukee
23 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went our last night in the DC area. We actually had Essy as our server. What a great guy. He made us laugh and once he found out we were from Wisconsin, he had some stories for us. The food was wonderful. If we ever go back, we will definitely come back here and we'll recommend it anyone who goes there.

GH
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Their crab cake is the best, it is a must try. I get it every time I go and it has yet to disappoint.

OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

BB
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Essy is an awesome host!

HD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food and service is always top notch. Ingredients are always fresh, and they offer the best crab cakes in the metropolitan area, at a very reasonable price. This restaurant never disappoints.

EW
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This unassuming restaurant on a busy intersection is quiet and cozy on the inside. The proprieter Essy is a unique character, and he made us feel right at home on a slow Saturday night. The large menu does old school luxury staples well; go for the escargot, served with delicious crusty bread, the perfectly cooked prime rib, and the succulent lamb chops. Essy makes a mean Manhattan and a fine margharita. We're glad we chose the Carriage House.

e
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, and the staff, especially our host, Essy, were attentive and fun. We enjoyed a wonderful meal celebrating a graduation. Prices were reasonable.