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Permanently Closed - OVERWOOD

3.9
971 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Kid-friendly

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This restaurant is permanently closed.

Overwood is a popular restaurant in beautiful Alexandria, VA. This family-friendly eatery offers guests both indoor and outdoor seating. The interior is decorated with trendy brick accent walls, a large wooden bar, wall-mounted TVs, a variety of lighting styles, huge wine racks and comfortable seating. Outside, customers of Overwood are welcome to dine on the quaint and welcoming patio.

Overwood offers patrons an extensive menu of traditional American cuisine and breakfast dishes. Menu items include beef and veal and pork meatloaf, wood oven salmon salad and fried green tomato tower. There is also a full bar menu for visitors to choose from and enjoy.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday: 11:30am - 11:00pm, Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(703) 535-3340
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Catering
OVERWOOD is available for Catering. Please contact Joe Chapman at 703-535-3340 for more information.
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3.9  based on all time ratings
4.0
food
3.8
service
3.6
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
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VAwhovian (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on August 13, 2016

Since they announced their closing, it seems the kitchen doesn't care to get the food out quickly. Our waiter was not very attentive and completely forgot things.

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vipMarlaC (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 11, 2016

Sad to see this restaurant close. Always enjoyed going here and never had a bad meal.

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vipJenniferd (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on August 6, 2016

Hopefully, Overwood was just having an off night, but on our recent visit, we were incredibly disappointed with the food. Had to send back the Brussels sprouts (an old favorite of ours from Overwood) TWICE; despite having ordered the tuna rare, it came out medium; fries were tepid and rubbery, as if they'd been sitting under a heat lamp for an extended period of time. Our server commented that the restaurant recently removed its oven, but it tasted as if everything had been microwaved. We've been going to Overwood for years, but not sure we'll ever be back. Would NOT recommend Overwood for diners looking for a good meal in Old Town Alexandria.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 31, 2016

Can I give ten stars for service? What a nice experience. Terrific, really terrific, brunch menu. Just a neighborhood gem. I will definitely be back!

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Paulette (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 31, 2016

Our Waiter made the brunch so enjoyable! He was friendly, knowledgable of the menu and very attentive. We will be going back to Overwood.

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DanaB (Orlando)
5.0  Dined on July 31, 2016

Absolutely delicious. Everyone enjoyed their food and the bloody marys were amazing!

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vipfoodfriend (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 24, 2016

We learned that Overwood is going to become a barbecue restaurant. When we asked our server when this would happen, the server answered that staff has heard this information but only indirectly. Management needs to provide more information to staff to be able to answer customers' questions.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on July 9, 2016

Low quality ingredients in salmon salad. Seated at table next to stairwell in shops outside restaurant.

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vipHarns (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on July 9, 2016

The resteraunt was very full but we were seated within 5 minutes of our reservation. Service was good and friendly but waitress was stretched with a large number of tables. Food was enjoyable but average. Portions were resonable as was the value per serving and slightly less than two blocks away in King Street resteraunts. All in all a pleasant casual dining experience.

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vipBhodisAlpha (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on July 8, 2016

The drinks were bad, the food was sub par. The place looked nice, staff was friendly and attentive, but the food quality was poor. My wife ordered the Peachy Queen cocktail, and it tasted horrible, then her steak came out rare when she ordered medium well. My chicken BLT was dry, the fries were good. We ordered the mussels as an appetizer, tasted bland, Luke warm. Went there for a casual meal, wouldn't go back.

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Jeanfromalexandria (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 8, 2016

We like to eat at Overwood when we have family in town as everyone can always find something on the menu. The food was very good, especially one of the specials that night- Soft Shell Crab. It was plump and sweet-one of the best I have had this season. Also, our server was attentive.

However, the noise level is disturbing for my husband and me-we are in our 70's. If it would have been a nice evening, we would have asked to eat outside. The room off to the right was quieter, but it did not smell very good. The rest rooms are in that area and there must have been a problem-glad we were not in that room.

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KateM (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on July 3, 2016

Too loud, large group filled restaurant -hard to converse even in a booth. Charged full side cost for fruit which replaced a potato side. Very small portion of fruit considering cost. Staff was busy with group, could not get refill of coffee.

Food was OK but not a good value considering you can't trade same cost sides to get a plate you want to eat. Why does it matter if I prefer grits to potatoes?

Lunch plates looked good.

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vipTato (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on July 2, 2016

Chose Overwood on the basis of the menu posted on website with its large, varied selection of oysters. Extremely disappointed with actual availability of only two choices on a Saturday evening. Such "bait and switch" tactics crushed both expectations and experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on June 25, 2016

Overwood is a good little neighborhood spot. We ate sort of late (8:30pm...not really late actually). The appetizers were very good. Fried ravioli and calamari. I loved the Blanhattan (Manhattan with Blanton's bourbon). Our waiter, Andrew, was spot on. He was very friendly attentive and easy going and he gave me a nice pour on a glass of wine.

That is where is stops. The main courses were mediocre. Mussels, while having a good flavor were sort of dried out. I sopped my bread (as you do) though and the sauce was good. The mussels themselves were just dry. Others had the crabcakes and it was just meh. Nothing so, so great.

The ambience is typical mid range bar/restaurant feel. Nothing bad about it all.

Thanks Andrew! You made it all worth it. :-)

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vipEstebanH (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on June 25, 2016

Despite making reservations, our table of 12 people had to wait half an hour before we were seated, and then we were seated in a hallway outside the restaurant. That ended up being a good thing because it kept us out of the noisy main dining area, but the ambiance was a little odd and people kept walking back and forth through the area. The cocktails appear promising on the menu but end up being overly watered down (or maybe it was because our server didn't bring them out quickly enough? Hard to say). The "fried green tomato tower topped with shrimp" appetizer had one shrimp topping six slices of fried green tomato. Hardly worth mentioning the shrimp at all... The calamari appetizer, instead of being sprinkled with lemon juice as normal, had an inexplicable slice of lemon fried along with the jalapeno and calamari which was unpleasant to bite into. I can't speak to the other guests' food but the "special" fish and rice with mango pineapple salsa was flavorless. When our waitress offered us dessert I think we were all too anxious to leave.

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vipBoopstr (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on June 25, 2016

The food was great. The waiter was busy so he did not spend time with us. He was always rushed in asking us questions which was a bit irritable. Was extremely loud and hard to talk but I knew this before hand.

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vipPeduz (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on June 23, 2016

There are so many restaurants in Old Town that I had forgotten about Overwood which is tucked away on a side street off the main drag. I'm so glad we rediscovered it. It's such a great atmosphere and the food was really good! We will definitely be back!

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vipKTBCHS (Charleston)
3.0  Dined on June 19, 2016

Early dinner for Father's Day. Sparse crowd. Lot's of wait staff with little to do. Food was uniformly over cooked, but edible.

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vipSoutherngirl (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on June 19, 2016

I had a great special- shrimp. It is not offered every day. They have lots of great choices and u can bring small kids here.

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CWCW (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on June 19, 2016

Slightly away from King Street it makes a convenient last minute venue for a meal when other places are fully booked. We had Fathers Day Sunday buffet brunch here( for this reason) -- there was a good variety, the dishes were kept well stocked and quality of food was reasonable, but for the price, nothing was exceptional.

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