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Essy's Carriage House

4.2
4.2
199 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Steakhouse

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 525-7899

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Essy Saedi

  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington

  • Cross street

    Quincy St.

  • Parking details

    We have a large private parking lot in the rear of the restaurant, with an entrance to the restaurant from the lot. The parking lot entrance is on Quincy Street.

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Breakfast Selections

  • Eggs Benedict

    Poached Eggs and Canadian Bacon Atop a Toasted English Muffin, Topped with Hollandaise Sauce

    • Quiche of the Day, Fresh Fruit

      • Smoked Salmon and Bagel

        Norwegian Soft Smoked Salmon Served with a Toasted Bagel and Creme Cheese, Onion, Capers and Lemon

        • Jumbo Lump Crab Meat Benedict

          Poached Eggs and Crab Meat Atop a Toasted English Muffin, Topped with Hollandaise Sauce

          • Eggs Madison

            Poached Eggs and Smoked Salmon Atop a Toasted English Muffin, Topped with Hollandaise Sauce and Served with Hash Brown Potatoes

            • Filet Mignon Benedict

              Poached Eggs and Tender Filet Mignon Atop a Toasted English Muffin, Topped with Hollandaise Sauce and Served with Hash Brown Potatoes

              • Ham and Cheese Omelette

                A Fluffy Three Egg Omelette with Virginia Ham and Swiss Cheese, Served with Hash Browns and Toast

                • Spinach and Feta Cheese Omelet

                  • Two Eggs with Bacon or Sausage

                    Two Large, Fresh Eggs, Any Style, Served with Bacon or Link Sausage, Hash Browns and Toast

                    • Grilled French Toast with Bacon or Sausage

                      Served with Maple Syrup

                      • New York Strip Steak and Two Eggs

                        Entrees

                        • London Broil

                          Strips of Tender Beef Topped with Homemade Gravy, Served with Potato and Salad

                          • Crab Cake Sandwich

                            Served with french fried potatoes and cole slaw

                            • Crab Cake Dinner

                              Two crab cakes served with a potato and salad

                              • Filet Mignon

                                Served with fresh mushroom caps, potato and salad

                                • New York Steak Sandwich

                                  Served with French fries and cole slaw

                                  • Chicken Sandwich with Swiss Cheese and Bacon

                                    Served with French fries and cole slaw

                                    • Fresh Catch of the Day

                                      • Market Price

                                    Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                    What 199 people are saying

                                    Overall ratings and reviews

                                    Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                    4.2
                                    4.2 based on recent ratings
                                    • 4.6Food
                                    • 4.4Service
                                    • 4.2Ambience
                                    • 4.2Value

                                    NoiseModerate

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                                    • Washington, D.C. Area

                                      American

                                    • Virginia - DC Suburbs

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                                    • Virginia - DC Suburbs

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                                    1. ML

                                      MercyLace

                                      1 review

                                      2.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on May 8, 2022

                                      overall2food2service3ambience3

                                      Went in for Mother's Day brunch. On their website it shows that they serve brunch on Sundays. THEY DO NOT. Their lunch menu was miniscule. We each got something different and all of it was bland. I paid $28 for a salad, a slab of trout, an underdone potato, and maybe a quarter cup of vegetables. I had a moldy tomato in my salad and my fish had not been deboned. I personally do not think at that price point I should be worried about checking my produce or picking bones out of my fish. The only food item they got right was when my Father in law asked for a well done, almost burnt steak. Also when another table left because they don't serve brunch a man, who I assume was the owner, checked their empty table then came over and complained to us about it while we were eating.

                                    2. JD

                                      JDubs

                                      Washington DC

                                      2 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on April 29, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      First time at Essy’s and it was amazing. Old-school ambiance and menu, but all the dishes were really excellent. Shrimp cocktail had some of the largest shrimp we’ve ever seen; French onion soup was classic and fresh; lamb chops were thick and tender and perfectly cooked; crab cakes were juicy and flavorful; chicken was perfect. And great cakes for dessert! Personal service and a great experience.

                                    3. RG

                                      RachelG

                                      Orlando

                                      2 reviews

                                      1.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on April 29, 2022

                                      overall1food3service1ambience1

                                      Worst service I have ever experienced. Incredibly rude…

                                    4. P

                                      Pawmate

                                      Washington DC

                                      27 reviews

                                      vip
                                      4.0

                                      27 reviews

                                      Dined on April 23, 2022

                                      overall4food5service4ambience3

                                      Excellent food. The place was very empty - there may have been one other customer. It is a shame as they have a good product.

                                    5. NI

                                      NancyI

                                      Western NC

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on April 17, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Essy's is a wonderful place for a family gathering or a quiet dinner for two. The menu has a wide variety of choices (excellent steak, seafood and chicken.)

                                    6. MR

                                      MeganRSmith

                                      Philadelphia

                                      23 reviews

                                      vip
                                      4.0

                                      23 reviews

                                      Dined on April 10, 2022

                                      overall4food4service5ambience4

                                      Feels like going to a family members home for dinner :-)

                                    7. CJ

                                      CallieJ

                                      Washington DC

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on April 8, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      East’s was private and quaint away from downtown. It is a gem in the suburbs. The food was outstanding and the owner was hilarious and kind. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for finer dining outside of downtown.

                                    8. MM

                                      MichaelM

                                      Washington DC

                                      4 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      4 reviews

                                      Dined on April 1, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      We always enjoy Essys Carriage House. It is a great neighborhood restaurant.

                                    9. JV

                                      JiminVA

                                      Washington DC

                                      7 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      7 reviews

                                      Dined on March 17, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                      Great, old fashioned neighborhood restaurant with excellent food, drinks and service.

                                    10. EW

                                      ElizabethW

                                      Washington DC

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on March 11, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      So great. We have been talking about going here for years

                                    11. DO

                                      DOND

                                      Washington DC

                                      2 reviews

                                      4.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on March 8, 2022

                                      overall4food4service4ambience3

                                      Very nice, quiet atmosphere and delicious food. Good service.

                                    12. L

                                      Laura

                                      Washington DC

                                      125 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      125 reviews

                                      Dined on February 26, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      We love the crabcakes, the fresh salads, the generous desserts. Essy is fun and has a great sense of humor.

                                    13. BJ

                                      BadgerJer

                                      Washington DC

                                      5 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      5 reviews

                                      Dined on February 15, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                      Food was fantastic as was the service. The place could use a little updating, but still very nice. I’ll be back!

                                    14. S

                                      Steve

                                      Washington DC

                                      24 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      24 reviews

                                      Dined on January 6, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience3

                                      Had not been for years but glad to find it is still very good. Our food was fantastic. This place is a diamond in the rough. Interior is dated and could use a face lift. However, the food makes up for it. Excellent crab cakes.

                                    15. ED

                                      EmilyD

                                      Raleigh

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on January 1, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                      We decided to go out for dinner at the last minute on New Year’s Eve. We thought we'd give an Arlington favorite and were not disappointed. We felt safe. The booths are leather and tall allowing social adequate social distancing. And, at 7 pm the location wasn't overbooked. Our server was gracious and checked in at just the right times. We both ordered the NY Strip. It was cooked well and tasted so good. Between appetizers, bread, and the entree we were stuffed. We will visit again.

                                    16. l

                                      lisings

                                      New England

                                      9 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      9 reviews

                                      Dined on December 25, 2021

                                      overall5food4service4ambience4

                                      Small space, but nicely set up and a wonderful menu. Family run and they were all very helpful and pleasant. Food was well prepared and very good.

                                    17. BW

                                      BW123

                                      Washington DC

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on December 20, 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Essy's was a delightful dinner and perfect for what we were looking for that night.

                                    18. w

                                      willyh

                                      Washington DC

                                      74 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      74 reviews

                                      Dined on November 25, 2021

                                      overall5food4service5ambience4

                                      Food was excellent (except for the pumpkin pie, which had a weird seasoning in it). Service was outstanding even on Thanksgiving, with two or three wait staff taking care of us during the meal. I would recommend this restaurant.

                                    19. PD

                                      PattyDuke

                                      Washington DC

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on November 25, 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      My family had Thanksgiving dinner here and had a great time. The food and service were excellent. It was also close enough to our home that we got some exercise walking there and back!

                                    20. L

                                      Laura

                                      Washington DC

                                      125 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      125 reviews

                                      Dined on October 29, 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Best crab cakes around and we love Essy’s humor and Janet’s cooking. Wonderful arlington institution.

                                    21. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      Washington DC

                                      1 review

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on October 14, 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Great food, friendly service, wonderful outdoor seating!

                                    22. r

                                      ricantdc

                                      Washington DC

                                      19 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      19 reviews

                                      Dined on October 8, 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Owners are the best. food is great. Neighborhood favorite

                                    23. T

                                      Tricky

                                      Washington DC

                                      2 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on August 9, 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Love Essys! Best crab cakes around 😍

                                    24. g

                                      gypsy18

                                      Washington DC

                                      7 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      7 reviews

                                      Dined on May 30, 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Wonderful experience! Our brunch (eggs Benedict and French toast) was delicious (the RUM BUNS remind me of the old Hogate’s and Flagship in the District) and the service was impeccable and solicitous. Fresh hot coffee (even decaf!) and they kept our cups filled. The lump crab cocktail was a truly decadent indulgence. Even the accompanying cocktail sauce tasted homemade. The Hollandaise was also freshly made and lemony. Great convenient location. A bit pricey.

                                    25. F

                                      Fullertonguy

                                      Hawaii

                                      21 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      21 reviews

                                      Dined on April 10, 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Treated us like family so we went back with family.

                                    26. R

                                      Robyn

                                      Richmond

                                      11 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      11 reviews

                                      Dined on February 27, 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      We came here with a group of 6 after my step father said that he wanted steak. We were the only people in the restaurant and I'm mind blown as to why! This food was so good. Each person there ordered a different entree, so I was able to eat them all. From the crab cake to the filet everything was cooked well, and with love. I'd 100% go back.

                                    27. GI

                                      GIII

                                      Washington DC

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on February 20, 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Great food, great service, plenty of parking and able to have a conversation without begin loud.

                                    28. SD

                                      ScottD

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on February 14, 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      This place was great. The owners are very personable and make you feel at home. Highly recommended.

                                    29. DS

                                      DavidS

                                      Tokyo

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on February 14, 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      We enjoyed a lovely Valentine's brunch at Essy's. It's a really classy, old-school place and a lot of fun. The food was excellent and service outstanding. The classic "carriage house" design and ambience is great. We can definitely recommend it.

                                    30. ME

                                      MeredithE

                                      Washington DC

                                      12 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      12 reviews

                                      Dined on January 1, 2021

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      It was NYE and iur anniversary. It could not be more memorable. Food excellent, staff most attentive. We will be back

                                    31. TA

                                      TAw81

                                      Washington DC

                                      23 reviews

                                      vip
                                      3.0

                                      23 reviews

                                      Dined on January 1, 2021

                                      overall3food3service5ambience5

                                      Went here for New Years Eve. Expected to be able to choose from their regular menu, but only a menu with less choices was available. While I understand creating a special menu to celebrate the holiday, the choices were less than desirable compared to the original menu i wanted choose from. The high cost price of being forced to order from the special menu didn't help. My dining experience wasn't horrible, but could have been much better. My advice would be for the restaurant to create their special menu for patrons to choose from, but still allow their original menu as an option as well.

                                    32. ML

                                      MikeL

                                      Portland

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on December 26, 2020

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Great restaurant. Owner waited on us and was fun and personable! Food was great! They made Christmas away from home a special memory. We will be back again!

                                    33. S

                                      Schatzkammer

                                      Wilmington

                                      8 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      8 reviews

                                      Dined on December 25, 2020

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      A gem of a restaurant located in Cherrydale (Arlington). We've been coming here for years and always enjoy it. For Christmas lunch, Essy served up a perfect duck l'orange and a delicious lobster bisque. My husband had requested a special bottle of wine, which Essy went out and got for the occasion. This is a top notch restaurant, consistently great. Their Veal Piccata and Beef Stroganoff are my all-time favorites. The menu changes, so good to call ahead to check whether it is on the menu. The restaurant has the feel of a private dining room, with white tablecloths and classical music playing softly. Very comfortable and relaxing, yet classy. Highly recommend it.

                                    34. SF

                                      SteveF

                                      New York Area

                                      3 reviews

                                      4.0

                                      3 reviews

                                      Dined on December 25, 2020

                                      overall4food4service5ambience4

                                      Went to Essy's for Christmas lunch. Only one other table occupied when we arrived and one more came in while we were there. Service was excellent - very friendly and attentive which made for an enjoyable meal. The Xmas menu was somewhat limited - would have been nice to have some options for side dishes but overall the food was very good. Excellent value and the owner and staff obviously care very much for their customers which you can't put a price on. I would absolutely recommend Essy's.

                                    35. a

                                      aobrien1

                                      Washington DC

                                      9 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      9 reviews

                                      Dined on November 27, 2020

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      We dined at Essy’s on Thanksgiving 2020 and had no idea what to expect. We were the only customers for their 7:30 seating! The service was wonderful, friendly, personal and couldn’t have been better. We had a traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey with mashed potatoes, green beans, dressing, sweet potatoes and gravy. The lettuce for the salad was some of the nicest I have seen in a while and I would love to be able to find lettuce that good in grocery stores. We finished with pie for dessert, which was delicious. We very much enjoyed our dinner and definitely plan on returning soon.

                                    36. MC

                                      MarlaC

                                      Washington DC

                                      50 reviews

                                      vip
                                      2.0

                                      50 reviews

                                      Dined on October 29, 2020

                                      overall2food1service2ambience3

                                      Was somewhat of a disappointment. Had good reviews but they didn’t live up to them. Calamari was microwaved and very chewy. Entrees were just okay. Figured we would try dessert but found out it was a frozen pie. Nothing was fresh at all. Maybe we hit a bad night but won’t to be back to find out.

                                    37. L

                                      Laura

                                      Washington DC

                                      125 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      125 reviews

                                      Dined on September 24, 2020

                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                      Beautiful evening to sit outside and savor the crab cakes!

                                    38. CW

                                      CWOL

                                      Washington DC

                                      4 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      4 reviews

                                      Dined on June 17, 2020

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Essy set up outdoor dining and it's great. So glad because we were missing his crab cakes and filet mignon. We tried the house sauvignon blanc and really enjoyed it. It was great to eat out again and being at Essy's is always like being with friends. He makes the evening fun and the food is always top notch.

                                    39. AW

                                      AudreyW

                                      Richmond

                                      3 reviews

                                      3.0

                                      3 reviews

                                      Dined on February 29, 2020

                                      overall3food4service3ambience3

                                      A local favorite with good wholesome food, white table cloth ambience and friendly service.

                                    40. K

                                      brigitteK

                                      1 review

                                      4.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on February 14, 2020

                                      overall4food4service5ambience4

                                      Very pleasantly surprised by Essy's Carriage House. The food was delicious, excellent service and friendly atmosphere. I will definitely go back.

                                    FAQs

                                    Essy's Carriage House offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 525-7899.

                                    Essy's Carriage House is rated 4.2 stars by 199 OpenTable diners.

                                    Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                    Google Map for Essy's Carriage House

                                    4030 Lee Hwy Arlington, VA 22207

                                    Additional information

                                    • Cross street

                                      Quincy St.

                                    • Neighborhood

                                      Arlington

                                    • Hours of operation

                                      Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

                                    • Cuisines

                                      American, Seafood, Steakhouse

                                    • Dining style

                                      Casual Elegant

                                    • Dress code

                                      Business Casual

                                    • Parking details

                                      We have a large private parking lot in the rear of the restaurant, with an entrance to the restaurant from the lot. The parking lot entrance is on Quincy Street.

                                    • 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.

                                    • Payment options

                                      AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                    • Executive chef

                                      Essy Saedi

                                    • Additional

                                      Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

                                    • Phone number

                                      (703) 525-7899

                                    • 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

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