Heavy Seas Alehouse - VA

3.9
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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Our menu features fresh and seasonal ingredients that we source locally whenever possible. The dishes are simple in appearance with bold and assertive flavors that stand up to the intense beers we are known for…ARRRRGGGHHHH!
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3.9based on all time ratings
3.9
food
4.0
service
3.7
ambience
3.7
value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipCarolleem
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Since we enjoy beers and have has Heavy Seas beers before we decided on a beer and burger. The beer was great My husband liked his beef burger but my turkey burger was dry and came on a soggy roll. And while the wait staff was friendly, service was slow.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall3food2service1ambience2

I would come here for the brewery and the beers but I won't be coming back for a meal. Over the course of our dinner we had 5 different servers that alternated out. My spinach salad had none of the toppings that were listed on the menu and my friends fried chicken sandwich was a burned chicken sandwich. We waited 30 minutes after eating for someone to come and bring us the check. Mediocre food, which might have been okay, but in combination with truly terrible service it was unbearable.

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Petals
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great beer. Great food. Staff is helpful and fun. Many good times had here.

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vipMcgowankm
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience3

They should stick to beer. The hostess was more like a bouncer, never smiling and barely saying hello. Waiter was better but not very attentive to the point our drinks showed up halfway through our meal. Meal was lukewarm and lump meat crab cakes were lumpless.

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vipAlan
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was you standard upscale bar fare. What set them apart was the service - very personable and approachable, from the wait staff to the hosts...

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Martha1018
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good for a large group

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vipLawsonM
Greensboro
9 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Fish and chips not great. Fish reminded me of frozen fish sticks from grocery store.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The team was way under cooked (almost raw..I asked to be medium) but the appetizer was good.

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vippaged
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fourth visit to Heavy Seas, and I've neve been disappointed. Great beer selecion, and knowledgeable staff. The fish tacos and burgers are awesome. Design and atmosphere of the place is really cool as well.

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vipBryanD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2017
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The mahi tacos had almost no filling, like nearly empty shells, it was odd

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FrequentGuest1
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2017
Overall3food2service2ambience2

too noisy, though I think if you're a beer drinker, it's probably a good place to meet with a group of friends

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vipMattiesDad
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Ahi tuna was excellent. Service was exceptional. A bit noisy, but bar scene was fun.

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vipMeg1245
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Extremely accommodating of our large group, great service, and kind enough to do separate checks. I would reserve here again for a group event. And great beer!

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IrvinE
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2017
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Good thing we had reserved a table, because they were very busy. We received a friendly welcome when we got there, and they had our table ready for us. Our server, Gideon, was friendly and attentive.

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DeniseH
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time here, but definitely will be back for an event or happy hour!

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vipAlohaLouie
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great, multi-generational family dinner at Heavy Seas.

We had asked to be seated in the separate dining room at the back of the restaurant so that we could talk without the distraction of football playoffs on the televisions.

All of our meals (from the crab pretzel appetizer to the cheesecake dessert) were exceptional. The discriminating beer lovers in our group were more than pleased with the selection and quality of the offerings.

Our waiter, James B, went out of his way (literally and figuratively) to be attentive without being overbearing.

All in all, we had an exceptional evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Gideon was great! Jimmie was also hospitable.

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vipFoodie
Western NC
38 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2016
Overall3food4service2ambience3

House salad with Ahi tuna was delightful; however, I don't think the waitress heard me when I said no tomatoes. Tons-o-tomatoes! The flavor of the ahi tuna made up for it. My boyfriend ordered the crab cake sandwich and was very pleased with the choice. The Winter beer was good as well. Solid dining experience!

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ScottS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decided to go on the spur of the moment to dinner with my daughter and did not think we would get a reservation for 20 minutes later. Upon arrival, lots of available street parking for FREE. It was a Saturday after 6pm. I was a little concerned as we walked up and the place seemed empty - less than half the tables were occupied. Turns out that this is the norm for Saturdays. Our server indicated that it can get very busy during the week.

I got a flight of 4 beers, some Heavy Seas-some not, aided by my server. All were great. I also learned that it's half price growler fills on weekends.

I ordered a House salad, which we ended up sharing due to the size. We both ordered burgers. I got the one with bacon and short rib on it. Everything about it was great - grilled bun, cooked to right temp, toppings - probably in the top 2 burgers I have ever had. It was huge, so get it if you are hungry. Also, there were just the right amount of fries to go along with it - they lasted to the end of the meal.

We talked about it afterward and rated the meal/service a 9.5. We will definitely be going back...on a Saturday.

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LiaC
Nashville
26 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2016
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We went for happy hour beers and appetizers, and Heavy Seas didn't disappoint on either front! The smoked wings were delicious and so was the calamari. Good variety of beers. We were seated immediately. Would go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my personal go to brewery on every trip to Rosslyn. I love love love their Peg Leg Stout.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The place was a little loud but the food was ok. But the thing that really impressed me was our
waiter BYRON. He was the most patient and energetic waiter I've ever had.

THANK YOU BYRON !!!

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SuzanneO
New England
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was fine but the four meals came out at different times

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Carter
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2016
Overall4food5service3ambience4

perfect little corner spot for our vacation dinner.

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vipMDorf
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2016
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Tried this place for the first time and was disappointed. Food was only average, and they made multiple mistakes with our order, and then charged us incorrectly.

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BobC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2016
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was OK. Decent choice of beers. Fish & Chips should be cod filet, not fish sticks. Should come with malt vinegar also and not piled on top of the chips.

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vipKathyS
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2016
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Fish sandwich was OK. French fries were nicely golden but cold. Server was inattentive and not at all engaging. It was as if he had too many tables that day but the place was empty. We had to ask to get served, ask for drinks, ask for the check etc.

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vipjimb
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2016
Overall3food5service2ambience1

Very good food, very slow service, very loud

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good food, even better beer, fun service people. It is loud, not a place for an intimate dinner, but a great place for friends to meet. Definitely will return!

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vipLauranapiranha
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2016
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Nothing special, service wasn't great. I ordered the salmon medium which was a little undercooked but good enough, came with veggies which was a nice surprise.

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GoneDining
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Happy hour was loud and wait staff was very busy.

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AdamO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2016
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Food was expensive, and really not worth the price. Plenty of better options for seafood in Alexandria. Service was great and beer was excellent and not at all overpriced.

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vipNone
Naples
62 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Waited 45 minutes for a simple hamburger that turned out to be medium rare when ordered medium well and of poor quality. Service was nonexistent. Not coming back

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DianeR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, good location but quite noisy makes conversation a little hard.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was OK! my family and I weren't starving at the time, we would have kept looking for another eatery. Crab cakes were dry, mashed potatoes were bland and texture was off. The dinner plate is surely NOT worth $29. I do not mind paying $$ for great food and this restaurant was NOT close to even being good, let alone OK. The buffalo burger with short rib and bacon fell very short of my expectations. I could have ordered the same quality burger from any fast food joint if one was close by our hotel. Another member of our party, who loves mac n cheese, ordered the short rib mac n cheese and honestly, velvetta would have sufficed if we had known this plate would have sucked that bad. The cheese was very watery and there was not enough beef in the meal. The beef that was in the plate, was mostly fatty. The kids menu was nothing to brag about and the waitress was just clueless and not helpful at all.
Really, the best part of the meal was just leaving.

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Carlton
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent good. Service and growler to take home toped off Father's Day! Thank you!!

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AlbsettledFoodie
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2016
Overall3food2service5ambience3

I found the onion rings to have a ton of breading to the point that there was still uncooked dough in them when they were served. Their draft beer was unavailable due to a problem. Overall, the food was decent, though. The waiter was very nice and attentive.

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Keema87
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2016
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Happy Hour is definitely the best deal at Heavy Seas. Discounts on already great beer and food make good for groups to hang out and share plates.

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vipKLee
Naples
47 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My third time dining at this restaurant and second for their new location. The happy hour option is great and the variety of entrees met everyone's needs at our business dinner. Great service too.

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vipJames
Los Angeles
126 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good choice in Rosslyn. Fish and Chips were excellent, and a good beer selection!

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Heavy Seas Alehouse - VA is rated 3.9 stars by 229 OpenTable diners.