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Open Kitchen

514 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Fit for Foodies (818)
  • Neighborhood Gem (704)
  • Great for Outdoor Dining (305)

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Open Kitchen is a contemporary American Bistro and Wine Bar passionate about making, eating, and sharing good food with our community. Our chefs source fresh ingredients to create familiar yet innovative seasonal dishes that are paired with a dynamic wine list. We are an elegantly casual restaurant that welcomes the everyday diner as well as special occasion gatherings. Open Kitchen also hosts custom-designed, interactive, and engaging private culinary events for corporate functions and social celebrations. Everything we do is a celebration of the kitchen and the table as a place to relax, unwind and share in the joy of food, wine, and community.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Wed- Mon: 5 pm - 10 pm
(Wine Tasting from 530 pm - 730 pm)

Tuesday: CLOSED, Reserved for Private Events Only

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Phone number
(703) 942-8148
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Open Kitchen is a unique culinary gathering space that celebrates the kitchen and the table as centers of pleasure and community.
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Private party contact
Event Coordinator: (866) 678-8530
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Please contact us for further details.
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Cross street
Haycock Rd.
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Parking details
Plenty of free parking
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Public transit
West Falls Church-Orange Line
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Special events & promotions
Looking for a place to hold your next company team building? Want to learn how to make your restaurant favorites at home? Have a birthday or anniversary coming up? Check out our website at for more information on our private events and cooking classes! We also feature weekly Wine Tastings with the Experts every Monday from 5:30 to 7:30pm with no reservation required. See our website for more details
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews
4.2  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DeLeslie (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on December 16, 2013

Met a friend to show off Open Kitchen, a place we have goen for celebrations, group parties and cooking lessons over the eyras. The noise level from teh Mon. wine tasting in the patio area was unpleasant but we could still enjoy our converstation. I kept looking for the full menu only to find that the meals were more now tapas style. All of my favorites were gone. Then the serving staff announced that in Jan., Open Kitchen would not be open for regular meals. We will miss this neighborhood gem. We enjoyed making reservations through Open Table knowing we would be in for a treat. I credit Open Kitchen for the classes wheich inspired by 25 yr old son to confidently make souffles, soups and more.

vipFoodi (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2013

Had a wonderful experience. The food was delicious and the service was great. We sat at the counter and were able to watch the chef make everything. Since we went on a Monday, wine was market price, so we enjoyed the salmon special and pork chop with a bottle of wine. Too bad they're closing the restaurant portion, because we would definitely go back. Looking forward to taking some cooking classes there though!

occasionaldiner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 7, 2013

Ordered PEI Mussels, and they were a tad undercooked and the sauce was not very exciting. asparagus soup was quite good. My husband's pork cheeks were good. Service a little slow, especially at the end when it took 30 minutes to get coffee!

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 7, 2013

When suburbanites find a gem just ten minutes from home, it makes battling traffic into the city less attractive.

vipMonumental (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 23, 2013

Open to a new idea and an adventure, four of us tried Open Kitchen for the first time and were very impressed; finding every single menu item we tried to be absolutely over the top delicious. And, we sampled a lot. Additionally, the wine pairing (Spur) recommended by our waiter, Adam was also outstanding. I highlighly recommend this restaurant. Don't let its location fool you.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 15, 2013

The seasonal menu gives diners the option of sharing a variety of small plates or a larger traditional course. My wife and I shared 2 small plates and we each ordered a larger plate. This was too much food, but we were happy to take home what we could not finish. She had the pork chop, which was cooked to perfection, while I chose bison (nothing from my plate made it home). We also like the wines by the glass from the extensive list. I can't wait to go back before the Fall menu changes so that I can order the pork chop or maybe a few of the other small plates that we saw other diners enjoying. (I'm looking at you, lamb burger sliders.)

Whoosie (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2013

A delightful time, as usual, at the open kitchen. We were part of the regular Monday wine tasting, but mostly just enjoyed the food and company. The charcuterie and cheese are now combined, so you can choose both In One platter. Great choices, including homemade pancetta. A very interesting Appalachian cheese. Had mussels with a very creamy wine sauce, lamb sliders and pork meatballs. All were excellent and the lamb especially did well with the wine.

vipDahlia (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on November 10, 2013

Open Kitchen was recommended to us by several people so we tried it and were very disappointed. The menu was small but we found a few interesting choices. Except for the mussels, all the dishes were pretty bland and uninteresting and since we ordered everything that appealed to us, we wouldn't return.

Our waiter was lovely and attentive and they had a nice, very moderately priced wine list.

vipGalah (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 1, 2013

Great dining experience. We enjoyed sitting at the counter and watching chef and his staff at work. Food was tasty and the small portions allowed us to share tastes easily.

vipsirby2013 (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on October 30, 2013

The new small plates menu for the fall has not yet been perfected. Long in potential bit the service was a little off as well. The waiter seeme. By stressed in resetting after a big party but the restaurant was empty. A little extra staff might have helped. He seemed flustered when finally arriving at our table and exclaiming how he hated the caios. We had to ask him to take our drink orders which he promptly did but delivered the eighth wines to the wrong persons. The gnocchi was fried a little too hard and the greenery was a bit salty. Mac and cheese a bit soupy. Halibut was excellent. We asked if the apple tart was served ala mode and was told yes. It arrived like warm and the ice cream just couldn't melt.

james (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on October 16, 2013

A favorite. We have been going to Open Kitchen every 3 months or so for 3 years.

luvgoodfood (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on October 16, 2013

Food was very good but portions were disappointingly small and wine pour was inadequate. Service was too slow.

Barb (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on October 12, 2013

I liked that this place was a local bistro. We had dinner with friends and were able to talk and enjoy our conversation. We enjoyed the sharing plates - actually plenty for a single entrée. The server was friendly and attentive. The food was very tasty and unusual.

fiddledeedee (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on October 12, 2013

Open Kitchen is using an interesting format that allows you to select several smaller plates to complete a dinner rather than a single entree. This gives guests an opportunity to try more items on the menu without overdoing. Some options we tried were more interesting than delightful but others might have a different opinion. There are no sound absorbers; it's a bit noisy.

DukeofVA51 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on October 12, 2013

Short but widely varied menu of small plates well executed with attentive service.