The food was as good as any we've had in the past year in Old Town. Imaginative and delicious, with generous portions. The service was a bit spotty (we went very early; it was not crowded)... and the rooms could use some aesthetic refreshing. But. The food was SO good that I know we'll go back again and again. The occasion was very personal and special; having an excellent meal made it more so.
The veal chop special is not to be missed. Everything was great from salad of golden beets thru the chicken dish and veal chop we had. Service was very good once the waiter understood we did not want the main dish plates cleared while one of us was still eating. The wine list is exceptional with a range of prices.
This is one of our favorite places in Alexandria.
This was the first time I've had some disappointment with Geranio. We went on a Saturday night for an anniversary celebration. The reservation was at 7 pm and the restaurant was swamped. The volume was too heavy and our order appeared to get lost.
The service was friendly and the waiter apologized for the slowness. The food was very good as always.
Absolutely great; Fantastic food, excellent service, and the early bird discount... wow!
We have repeatedly eaten @ Geraniol over the years. Each time the food & service have been excellent.
Food was amazing, would definitely return for more. Service was a touch slow but they seemed understaffed and were very apologetic about delays. We never had empty glasses or anything, so it didn't effect our meal. Great experience and excellent tiramisu!
The lamb chops were prepared perfectly. The insalata caprese was excellent. I plan to return next time in town.
The smoked chicken fettuccine alfredo was Amazing. If you like smoked meat and great pasta (fettuccine is homemade), you will LOVE this dish. Also, the calamari are great, very light, and prefect as an appetizer.
The food was so fabulous at Geranios, and the staff was very pleasant. My picky 16 year-old son said it was one of the best meals he had ever had. My husband and I had the shrimp and scallop risotto and we wanted to lick our plates. My husband also had the gnocchi appetizer and it was amazing. We ended our meals with tiramisu which was the best I have ever had. Will definitely be back.
Great food as always! It was the first visit for my friends and they loved it. They are already talking about coming back when they are in town.
We have enjoyed Geranio for years. The servers are always attentive and the food is invariably excellent. We chose it most recently to celebrate an anniversary, since it is a place we both enjoy and it is reasonably priced for a special occasion.
Great choice for dinner. Wanted a Italian restaurant in Alexandria. The pasta with veal/shitake mushroom ragu was especially delicious
We have not been to Geranio in awhile and am definitely reinvigorated to start going more often. I love the ambiance. The food is super good. And the service is excellent as it always has been.
First time at Geranio, and it was a great experience. Out-of-town guests raved about the food, and the atmosphere is cozy and friendly. The service was attentive but not pushy. We sampled everything from salads to desserts and didn't find anything to complain about. Very nice!
Really enjoyed the evening. Mother's Day for two mom friends. Loved my fettucini with chicken and spinach. Would definitely return.
Mother's Day with kids. Staff was very accommodating.
Very nice food and service. The risotto seems to be the restaurant's specialty. Great value!
Very loud, poor service, food was just ok.
I loved the friendly staff and cozy atmosphere. The food was fantastic and I would definitely recommend coming here. We came for a pre-Mother's Day dinner and it was very memorable.
Very nice ambiance. Although the place was pretty packed, the noise level remained low. Food and service was outstanding. Perfect spot in Old Town. Can't wait to return.
I love how relaxed the atmosphere feels. We visited this restaurant after our wedding. It is located in Old Town Va. on King Street, which has a free trolley service that has a stop in front of the restaurant. It is perfect for special occasions. Geranio's was amazing. The food was tasted authentic and rich in flavor. All staff was very attentive and friendly. They met and surpassed all requests and expectations. We went in our formal wear because it was our anniversary, however, we were not out of place. Other showed up in business casual attire, but still looked nice. We will forever return again due to the memories and service of this restaurant. Thank you Geranio's staff.
The food was absolutely delicious. I had the homemade lasagna and it was one of the best I've eaten. Pasta was tender and sauce was delicious. My companion had scallops and shrimp over tomatoes and the seafood was perfectly cooked. We had tiramisu and it was divine...better than some I've had in Italy. This has definitely become one of my favorite restaurants. Staff is also very accommodating and friendly. A great dining experience.
Despite living in Old Town Alexandria for four years this was our first dining experience at Gerainos. What a pleasant surprise--extensive menu, delicious food and prices were reasonable compared to other restaurants in the area. We will definitely return.
This was our second time at this restaurant, hoping the first visit was just a bad day - it wasn't. The food isn't awful, but not worth the prices.
The osso buco was a large portion served mildly warm and the bone upside down! The marrow (if there was any) was not to be found after I flipped it over. The outer ring of meat was tasty when first served, but got cold pretty fast.
My husband had the short ribs, which were off-the-bone and sliced. I've never had short ribs sliced, but maybe this is a proper way to serve them. They were a bit overdone and lacking in favor. The portion was small (I expected the meat of at least 3 bones).
The service was OK. Server was fine but had no warmth. Water glasses were always filled (the constant leaning in during our conversation was almost too intrusive, but I was happy to have water).
In summary, it's fine if everything else is booked, but we won't return.
I live in New Jersey and come to Alexandria for business twice a year and always eat here!!
Long time ago customer-back for a visit- wasn't disappointed- highly recommend
Awesome homemade pasta, impressive wine list, and friendly staff! Would definitely recommend to any and all in the area. Will be back!
Although we've eaten there many times over the years, the noise and food and overall service was disappointing on this occasion. The calamari breading was good but the texture rubbery. The potato under the short ribs was gooey and unflavorful, very much unlike what we have experienced in the past. My wife's linguini lacked taste and she left at least half of it uneaten.
Service was great. Atmosphere was fantastic. The food very good. Highly recommend this restaurant.
Everything but the calamari was delicious. The calamari tasted like a freezer pack. We felt rushed.
Fabulous food! Will definatley be going back. My new go to restaurant in Old Towne!!
We've been patronizing Geranio for well over a decade and keep coming back because the food is usually good and service quite attentive. Not so for the last few visits. If you go on a weekend, especially into the tourist season, expect a delay in service as well as a high level of noise. (definitely make a reservation.) The concierge first tried to seat us next to a family with 6 children even though other 2-seat tables were available. She finally placed us at one closest to the door. We waited for a long time to order and to just receive bread. I ordered a scallop special from the list sent to me by email, but the kitchen was out (at 7 PM). A substitute special--described as salmon with spinach and crispy pasta--was offered, so I took that. The fish was barely cooked, with oily skin, sitting on top of a mound of mashed potatoes. . .and no spinach. It was so busy, I didn't send it back, but 1/3 of the way through, I had enough. In fairness, my husband's entree--smoky chicken with pasta--was delicious. I had forgotten my email with the special percentage off, but our server kindly applied it. And, because of the delay, my husband received a complimentary glass of wine. We had so looked forward to our evening out, but it was a disappointment.
I highly recommend this restaurant. This is my favorite Italian restaurant in the area. The food was outstanding and the service impeccable! I had the lobster risotto--superb!
We have been here several times and always enjoyed the food and the experience. Servers are experienced and enthusiastic, food is delicious. The salmon lasagna special on Saturday was a stand out. Highly recommend this restaurant!
We had excellent service, good-quality food, in a lovely dining room, and had good value for the prices charged. We'd be glad to recommend this restaurant and to return the next time we are in the area.
Always a great choice. Food, service and ambiance were all excellent.
Delightful place to dine in Old Town Alexandria, VA!! The restaurant is charming and welcoming - when we were there it was so cold out - coming inside they seated us right by a gas fireplace - so nice to warm us while we enjoyed our dinner with friends. Menu selections are excellent - the service is great - very friendly and attentive!
I went here with a group of 4 girlfriends to celebrate my birthday and they sat us by the window and near the fireplace. The food was good, the atmosphere is cozy and intimate and very nice for a small gathering. Not a large restaurant...but a nice size. Will be back soon for a date night.
Geranio never disappoints. I have been coming to Geranio for years and occasionally wait or cook staff has a few changes. Nevertheless the food is always the highest quality and the menu items for which I return (Tuna, Lobster Risotto, Field green salad with walnuts, salmon, the coffee) always arrive at the table with the same high quality and taste. Geranio maintains a staff that is always warm and friendly. It is so easy to overlook Geranio even though it is ideally situated on King Street in Old Town. But don't! It is a gem and is not to be missed - or overlooked! The wine list for this business dinner was superb. We tried three wines and all of them were excellent complements to our meal.