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About Essy's Carriage House

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.

4030 Lee Hwy
Arlington, VA 22207
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Seafood, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:


Brunch:
Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Lunch:
Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Dinner:
Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 525-7899

Website:
http://www.essyscarriagehouse.com/welcome2.html

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.

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.

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

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

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Open Christmas Eve, serving our regular brunch menu from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and dinner from 3 until 9 p.m. Special dinner menu includes prime rib, braised lamb shank, veal rib chop, crab cakes, beef short ribs, broiled salmon, jumbo shrimp stuffed with crab meat, NY strip steak, filet mignon.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Christmas dinner served noon until 9. Entrees include prime rib, roast turkey, filet mignon, Alaskan salmon, crab imperial, beef short ribs, braised lamb shank. Dinner begins with tomato basil bisque and ends with decadent desserts including chocolate truffle cake, cheesecake, eclairs and napoleons.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

An elegant prix fixe menu begins with choice of crab cakes, lobster bisque or spinach and artichoke dip. After the salad course, select from entrees including filet mignon, veal rib chop, Essy's surf & turf (filet & crab cake), lamb chops, salmon. For dessert choose a French pastry from the tray.

Essy's Carriage House Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.1

ambience

3.9

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

79% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (8)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
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Cozy (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Romantic (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Authentic (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Business Meals (1)
Casual (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Good for Groups (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Family favorite , wonderful meal from beginning to end.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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·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.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Baltimore)·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.

Tags: Cozy, Paleo Friendly, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·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.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Good old fashioned hospitality and great food!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·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...

Tags: Worth the Drive, Paleo Friendly
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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 1, 2017

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

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 22, 2017

Essy & Janet are the best. A neighborhood gem!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Authentic, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 17, 2017

They brought my beer, I notified them, that the 'best before' date had expired 3 weeks ago. Reaction of the owner: "I had one yesterday and, to me, it tasted ok!" They didn't bring a new one "because they all have the same date" and finally, they charged me 6 bucks for the beer. But the salmon was ok.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Nice date night

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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Neighborhood fixture,it worked for our mixed age group. Food was fine,not exceptional. We appreciate the friendliness of the staff,service and noise level.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2017

It's always nice to go to Essy's. He is so friendly and has a big smile for everyone. His wife, Janet, does a great job in the kitchen.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 8, 2017

This restaurant doesn't look like much from the outside (or from the inside for that matter). The owner/host/server/busboy takes some getting used to (he has a very dry wit that some may consider to be rudeness, but didn't bother me at all). The key to this restaurant is the food. I ordered veal chop which was almost as good as any I have had in fancy steakhouses or Italian restaurants, my wife ordered crab stuffed shrimp that she thought was very good (and I agree because I tasted it), one of my sons ordered veal piccata which was as good as at a nice Italian restaurant and my other son had lightly fried shrimp that was much better than you would find at a seafood house because the shrimp were better (meaty and fresh) and the batter was light and flavorful.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Food was just OK. I expected more for a 40 dollar steak. It Could have been seasoned more. Need a bath room away from the dining tables. Service was excellent.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2016

We had a very nice evening! It was New Years Eve. The staff couldn't have been nicer!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Wonderful as always! Best classic food in the area with elegant atmosphere.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Outstanding Value, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2016

We've been back a few times since an earlier review but had to write up the beef short ribs we tried the other night. Best I ever had. Tender, flavorful, falling off the bone. Calves liver was great, too. Essy remembers us whenever we come in and he knows my husband's drink. This time, it was on the table before we sat down! One of our favorite places.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Went for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Food excellent both times. Overcrowded on Thanksgiving but very relaxed at Christmas.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2016

This place was a gem to find on Christmas Day, with its special menu, gregarious proprietor and Americana setting of an old-time city restaurant, complete with starched linens and fresh flowers. The owner and staff could not have been more welcoming.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Outstanding Value, Cozy, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2016

We went there for the first time for Thanksgiving Dinner. It was great the Pumpkin Soup. M M M Good. Went with Open Table recommendations, they were correct. Great place to eat. Need a place to bring a date? This is the place.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2016

They were a little slow but other than that it was excellent.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2016

We really, really like Essy's and have been there several times. The only problem with our last dine was that it was Thanksgiving and Essy's was packed which is good for them, but we ended up having to wait quite a while for our main course. Our soup and salad came in ample time, but our main course was a good while in coming. It was delicious so the wait was well worth the main course and Janet, as always, did a marvelous job.

Tags: Healthy, Outstanding Value, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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