BRIO Tuscan Grille - Fairfax - Fair Oaks Mall

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716 reviews
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BRIO (meaning "lively" or "full of life") is a "polished casual" restaurant serving authentic, northern Italian cuisine. The subtitle, "Tuscan Grille" is descriptive for a menu that features oven-roasted steaks, chops, and seafood; similar to what one would find in an authentic ristorante in Tuscany. BRIO's philosophy of "to eat well, is to live well" is why they only use the finest and freshest ingredients. BRIO brings the pleasure of a Tuscan country villa to the American city. To learn more, go to www.BrioItalian.com.
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KK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! The service was great! The food was amazing! Would definitely recommend it to everyone!

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VA
Richmond
140 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a nice place for a quick, reasonably priced lunch in Fair Oaks Mall. The two course lunches have several choices but they removed the wedge salad as part of that "deal". The two course lunches are not available on the weekends, so if you are looking to have that, remember - not available on Saturday or Sunday. Decent food, reasonable portions and price.

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F
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Celebration luncheon for my birthday. Service was just OK. Mentioned on reservations about my birthday and no mention from service at all.

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DB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food.

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JP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Very slow service. Made reservations for 6 and our table was not even set even though there were only 4 tables of guests in the entire restaurant. Ladies food and drink orders were not taken first and food was not very flavorful for pasta. Would not go back for dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Birthday, Asked for cake through the App and got nothing

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Brio is not the same it once was. The food was barely mediocre where it was once excellent. The staff are friendly and trying, but it's clear they're overwhelmed. My food was not as described, which tells me the chefs are just not caring. Got a caesar side salad made with Kraft parmesan cheese and brown iceburg lettuce (although the table next to us got romaine), a few strips of chicken (paid an extra $6 for that?!) and they forgot the dressing which had to be retrieved. Ordered the flat bread chicken pesto and instead of a nice drizzle of pesto across the whole flat bread, there were massive oily globs of it randomly plopped on with a spoon. The fish special had the smallest protein I've ever seen, and the broccolini as a side was so big around at the stem that it wasn't cooked (the stem was larger than the fish). The "molten" chocolate cake was a hard, dense sorry excuse for cake with none of the expected gooey chocolate center one is looking for. Instead, I had Hershey's syrup squeezed all over the plate, freezer burned ice cream, and oil seeping out of the middle of my cake.

I will say that our waitress was very kind and clearly trying to please. Sadly, I feel she was overwhelmed and it made her miss small details (no dressing, coffee clearly forgotten with dessert, etc). No real complaints about her except for the attention to detail she seemed to be missing, but it could be an off night for her.

Brio used to be a family favorite, but we're going to stick with Cheesecake Factory across the hall in future.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meeting with volunteers and coworkers

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Father’s Day

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CF
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here is absolutely outstanding. The service was great and we enjoyed leftovers the next day!

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M
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Father’s Day lunch

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K
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

I would not recommend this restaurant to my friend or visit here again. I order dish with chicken pasta dish. Grilled chicken had burned taste and so blend (no seasoning at all) and angel hair pasta contained about an inch long part of "stainless still scrubber". Never have I had this from any restaurant. When I showed this to the server she just took the part away and did not offer to change the dish. I would never visit this place again.

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ND
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although we went for a late Sunday dinner and the place was not busy at all; we found it to be completely pleasant. Lexi our server was superb! Patient and new the menu very well. The dinner and the dessert were definitely beyond our expectations. We will be returning soon and we highly recommend Brio Tuscan Grille at Fair Oaks Mall. One thing I was very pleased with was that I was allowed to change my side from potatoes to pasta. THANK YOU! Not too many places let you do that these days.

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JM
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Brunch omelettes, French toast and potatoes were only lukewarm. Salmon and shrimp dishes had sides mixed up and were delivered 1/2 hour after other dishes. Drink refills were not timely. Child given adult order.

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WM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

When we first got there we had a server and as we sat down she had turned around and gave us a dirty look. We didn’t know then that she was our server. Then she came by and introduced herself as our server. We gave it a go and ordered our drinks. As she brought the drinks to us she stopped another server and asked him to bring us our drinks instead. He did and proceeded to introduce himself to us as our server. We asked why. And wasn’t really given a reason. We were confused as to why our original server had refused to serve us as we had just sat down. We weren’t dressed badly nor were we rude. She left a bad impression on us and because of that we will never ever dine there again.
Kudos to the 2nd server. We gave him a hefty tip. Such a disappointing experience.

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NA
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Servicing lady came after 1 hr for ordering the items after we got the table

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SM
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

There lacks many vegetarian options, and the Pedro is quite bland

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EM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Good food, decent service but too loud. Value is very good

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DL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great children and service as always

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J
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Manager was great but besides that staff was extremely slow and food was just ok. Won’t be going back.

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D
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good meal. Good waitress. Easy in—-easy out. Very good restaurant.

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JB
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

We have had several positive experiences at Brio restaurants, including this one. However this visit they had many large parties - our server had two tables that had 8 to 10 individuals, as well as 3 other tables. Consequently our service was very slow. Over an hour for two courses. We wanted dessert but after waiting for 10 minutes after our server brought over the dessert menu for her to come back, we gave up. Very disappointed.

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TP
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We were celebrating two birthdays, but nothing was made to feel special or offered as a dessert option.
We started on the patio with drinks and appetizers...all good. When we transferred inside, the service was not great. We had to ask the server for a bread basket, and there was only one for seven people. My husband and I ordered side salads, but mine came out with dinner, and he didn’t receive his at all. He eventually canceled it. Daughter ordered a pasta chicken dish with pesto, mozzarella, etc and asked for everything to be served except the pasta...chicken came without cheese, and other toppings. They were eventually brought out separately on a side plate. Two people had to ask for extra sauce for their dishes, and they were not brought out quickly. Server forgot to remove the $7.00 missing side salad from the bill so he had to redo it. It WASN'T your best night. We will probably go elsewhere for our next birthday celebration.

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OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff did a great job for our party of 10, including children. Very glad we chose Brio for our special occasion.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent! Great Service!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything was great once we were seated (service and food). Issue was we arrived 10 minutes before our reservation time and were not seated until 40 minutes later (30 minutes after reservation)

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S
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was not as expected, food came out cold, chicken was dry and no one came for refills water!

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ZS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It’s was a busy day because Of Mother’s Day, so it’s to be expected the restaurant would be busy and loudspeakers I made a reservation because I did not want to wait, so I was surprised to arrive and have to wait. When I asked the hostess, she was short and rude. I let her know I had a reservation and she was still short. I didn’t appreciate it and gave her a stern look. I was there with my toddler so I wasn’t going to get snippy in front of him.
Suddenly, they seated me almost immediately, a minute later.
The server Ashley was great. She was running around but she never faltered her smille and patience.
The hostess role is important as this is the first impression for the guests. They were young and clearly inexperienced. Please work on their training so they are able to handle all types of days and holidays.

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f
Richmond
86 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice mother's day brunch!

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CW
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

I would suggest going when it’s not so busy and our server even felt the need to apologize to us for the wait because of how busy they were which was fine. There was definitely long times of waiting between food and table after us even got their food first. I will still go back but my eyes only for lunch when it’s not super busy.

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JC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

The food was bland and expensive ($115 for 2 people). Service was decent but overall not worth it in my opinion.

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SS
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The restaurant is nice, the service decent, the food ... mediocre. Italian food should be served large, piping hot and full of flavor. All four of our meals were bland. Brio seems like it wants to compete with restaurants like Maggiano's, but it doesn't even come close. If you want to spend $100 for a family of four, go to an Italian restaurant (or any restaurant) that at least knows how to get spaghetti right.

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s
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We had quite a difficult mix of customers - one middle-age+ cancer survivor, my 92-yo mom, and my mentally handicapped brother - along with my brother, husband, and myself. Our server did a terrific job of intuiting to whom he should address certain questions (more bread, another round of mimosas, etc) - and kept the pace of the meal flowing. Our one negative comment was the breakfast potatoes - which were dried out and more-than-crisp. Both types of omelets were delicious, as were the scrambled eggs and shrimp pasta meal.

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JO
Central Coast
20 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice atmosphere with excellent service! Very convenient location for lunch or dinner after shopping in the mall. This restaurant also is has a very nice mix of foods and wine to choose from.

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LH
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food good, service poor

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AC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We had a party of 10 to celebrate our daughters wedding the day before. The potatoes were hard and crunchy. Two of our guests ordered additional potatoes but also received the dry over cooked potatoes. I did not eat mine. I felt the brunch lacked variety. I have been there for dinner and have always been pleased with the food so I was really disappointed. I was a bit embarrassed as I brought guests from my wedding. I don't think I will come back for brunch again.

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AH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

This restaurant used to be so good. I had a birthday $10 off coupon they sent me so I thought I would take my son and enjoy my favorite dish, the spicy eggplant and grilled shrimp. The shrimp was so over cooked and chewy, I actually sent it back. The second batch wasn’t any better but I accepted it. The flatbread my son ordered had no flavor and the pasta was actually too al dente. Mind you, this was a Saturday at noon, we were the only customers there and they couldn’t get the food right. We left behind over more than half of what we ordered. Sorry to say I will not be going back to Brio again. Too bad.

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HO
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BRIO Tuscan Grille is an excellent restaurant with a fantastic menu which provides multiple Italian choices and wonderful appetizers. The wine list is excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant for couples, family and relaxing for happy hour.

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DD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were at Brio’s for brunch - Easter and my husband’s birthday. My only complaint was that my omelette was served cold. The service was amazing. They served a special dessert for my husband’s birthday - the cake and ice cream was THE BEST! I love Brio’s - but the omelette was not up to their usual excellence.

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