Essy's Carriage House

4.4
176 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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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KathieH
Washington DC
4 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.

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vipFullertonguy
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Treated us like family so we went back with family.

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vipRobyn
Richmond
10 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.

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GIII
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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ScottD
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.

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DavidS
Tokyo
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.

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MeredithE
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipTAw81
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
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.

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MikeL
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 25, 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!

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Schatzkammer
Wilmington
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.

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SteveF
New York Area
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.

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aobrien1
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 26, 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.

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vipMarlaC
Washington DC
48 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.

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vipLaura
Washington DC
117 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful evening to sit outside and savor the crab cakes!

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CWOL
Washington DC
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.

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AudreyW
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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

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brigitteK
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.

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vipCFroe
Washington DC
94 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I have been wanting to try Essy's for a while now, but every time I drive by it always looks empty. Last night I decided to go. The restaurant had only a few people dinning. The menu choices were good and the filet that was ordered was well prepared and delicious. It was served with a house salad and potatoes and vegetable. Essay was our server and he was attentive. The meal was excellent. As the prices are more reflective of fine dinning, perhaps that is why the restaurant was empty.

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vipJosephK
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Essy's is a landmark institution in North Arlington. Can't believe it took us years (decades) to finally check it out. Traditional old world fare in a comfortable, very quiet environment. Disclaimer: we went to dinner on Super Bowl Sunday, so most of the population was at home eating nacho platters or hunkered down in sports bars. Service was exceptional: cordial and incredibly welcoming. Looking forward to returning to explore the menu further.

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MaryA
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All in the party were very satisfied with the food, service, and the restaurant overall. We would very definitely go back again.

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vipSpaceG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a completely delicious dinner in a lovely atmosphere. The calamari appetizer was fantastic. We really loved the homemade cornbread! And our garden salads were fresh and tasty. Being from Southern Maryland, I know my crab cakes. And these are the ONLY ones I’ve found outside the state that pass my test! Perfect mix of jumbo lump backfin with just enough mixture to hold it together. Fabulous flavor! The daily special lamb shank dinner was huge and fell off the bone. The noodles and vegetables were a excellent match. We will be back often and being friends!

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vipLeoD
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is elegant dining in a simple quiet atmosphere. The service is timely, but never rushed. The food, from appetizers through dessert & coffee, was simply superb. The food presentation was simply elegant and delicious. This is definitely a neighborhood gem that requires several follow-on visits to partake of a broader experience of the available menu items! Would definitely recommend Essy's Carriage House for any occasion that required a well prepared and presented meal.

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Budh
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Found a new regular spot. Good food at a fair price, local owners, friendly. Definitely an addition to the night out but not over the top dinner out evenings.

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CWOL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Don’t know why we hadn’t been back sooner. Always great food and a great time. Plus parking!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had Christmas dinner here. The food was good. My husband had the prime rib which was okay. I had the duck which was fantastic! They were careful with my gluten free needs. Servers and staff were friendly and outgoing!

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vipJill
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic! Great food in a wonderful atmosphere!

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FrancesE
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Essys - is the quintessential charming neighborhood restaurant. You can tell the small team and owners take such pride in their service, entree selections and delivery of delicious home cooked meals. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Five stars from Scottsdale Az. Thank You 🥰

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vipLaura
Washington DC
117 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Ate for the fixed Thanksgiving dinner with spouse, daughter, nephew. The food was uneven. While the pumpkin soup and salads were excellent, the turkey and potato’s and gravy were dry, not much gravy and the sweet potatoes were spiced like pumpkin pie. The pecan pie was huge, but not wonderful. It was nice to stay in our neighborhood but not a memorable experience.

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vipWeekendfoodie
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice dining experience. Essy was our server and his sense of humor made for a memorable delightful dining experience. The food was excellent worth the value. We had the fried seafood platter and French onion soup appetizers.

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Bella
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful choice of menu items. Food was very good and service was excellent. The owner, Essy, is delightful and has a wonderful sense of humor. No loud music to distract from conversations. My friends and I will definitely return.

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vipKrystalS
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

We were greeted at the back of the restaurant awkwardly, and the staff were not aware of our reservation even though we called ahead to confirm. Once we were seated, the waiter grabbed the inside of my glass with his fingers and had a dirty bandaid wrapped around one of his fingers. I was instantly repulsed! With closer inspection, none of the dishes looked as though they were cleaned properly. We stayed at the restaurant was only because we battled traffic from the airport to get to our reservation in time & wanted to give the restaurant a fair chance. Each plate was priced at $30, so I expected some grilled options. Instead, I was served fried shrimp and a dash of stale french fries, which tasted of overused frying oil. My husbands coleslaw smelled of rancid mayo and his crab cake was so salty, he could barely stomach it. The mixed drinks were weak. All questions to the waiter were countered with crude remarks. The food tasted like a fast food restaurant, should have been valued at $10 per plate. Needless to say, we won’t be dining at this establishment again.

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Holly
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Wine by the glass is not very appealing.

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Nobody
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Quiet comfortable relaxing with good food and service

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vipCarly
Washington DC
8 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.

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vipArldiner
Washington DC
39 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.

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KennethJ
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

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LJBJBB
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

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Pentagoncouple
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).

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ForestT
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.

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revel8r
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, quiet and lovely food!

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 4.4 stars by 176 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.