BRIO Tuscan Grille - Fairfax - Fair Oaks Mall

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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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OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Catch-up lunch with friends. Food was great - chicken and chocolate cake for dessert. Server was great, he did not rush us and kept the ice teas full. Great place to have a nice lunch and NOT noisy.

R
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service and the food was great.
The place was crowed, but we did not wait long and the service was very good.

EC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Service at this location was terrible! Long wait for food, never cleared plates, long wait for check, had to ask for dessert, long waiting overall. Place wasn’t even busy. Like the food, but probably won’t return.

G
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Our server was overwhelmed. We got our bread late, the iced tea tasted like light iced coffee, and the lemonade replacement was way too sweet.

MA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It has great outdoor seating on days that the weather is good. Waiter did not attend to our table properly. They were out of fish that we wanted and no soup of the day !

n
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had reservations and were seated quickly. The server was very accommodating. We even received a visit from the manager. He was very polite and we saw him assist other servers with their food orders. I had the lasagna and it was flavored well and the portions are large. Very good first experience.

d
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Delicious pasta and salads. Nice ambiance. This was our first visit and we'll probably do it again.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Ladies birthday party — we were running a little but we did indeed make and enjoyed our dining experience

DS
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Far superior to the one in Tysons. Excellent service, the food was very good as well. I had not gone to a
Brio for quite some time because the experience at the other location was not good. Also have a very nice bar

OK
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Visited with friends for dinner, party of 5 adults and two kids. We chose to sit outside on veranda. The appetizer of Margherita Flatbread and Artichoke Dip with Chips was excellent. The main entree of Chicken Marsala was juicy and tasty as expected with enough mushroom gravy and mashed potato. The Pesto Spaghetti was very dry and not enough sauce. The Chicken Milanese with Spaghetti and Chicken Pesto Spaghetti was OK. Chocolate Cake dessert was very good. The most disappointing experience was service. It took us almost 3 hours to finish the dinner. The server always forgot to bring things out and apologized every time. Finally he gave us one dessert free but that was not enough to justify 3 hours. I also ordered a non-alcoholic drink which was extremely sweet. The cost of entree was as expensive as a four star restaurant ($18 to $21).

L
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Changed in the past year, and not for the better. Poor management, mediocre service, decent food but reduced menu. Probably be closed in the near future and nobody’s fault but their own; too bad.

HJ
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food has always been excellent as well as the servicr

DM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

My cocktail was fair, not the first time there. I would only order wine if I were to go back again.

The wedge salad was good but the lobster ravioli was fair in taste and barely lukewarm.

LC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

At first they placed us at a table, that was in the main walk way to and from restroom, and where the waitstaff use a terminal
We aasked to be moved, and they did.
Their service was not good at all
We waited 20 minutes for our bill

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tonight I had not only the best meal, but also the most enjoyable evening in recent memory. The food was excellent, the service was pleasant and efficient and the price was fair for what we received. Highly recommend.

BR
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual the food was great. Service great also.

KK
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

VA
Richmond
148 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
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.

F
Baltimore
13 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.

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

Always good food.

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.

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

Delicious food!

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

Birthday, Asked for cake through the App and got nothing

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.

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

Meeting with volunteers and coworkers

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

Father’s Day

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!

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

Father’s Day lunch

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.

ND
Washington DC
12 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Great children and service as always

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.

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.

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.

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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