BRIO Tuscan Grille - McLean - Tysons Corner

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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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JL
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was slow.

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OT
Washington DC
99 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service as usual which is why we come back!!!

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MK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The food was very mediocre, and what was a bit of a let down. The wait staff tried to please, but they got confused pretty easily, and I had to remind them to bring my wine, my kid's drink, and eventually my change.

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j
Washington DC
97 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is one of our favorite restaurants even though we have to cross state lines to get there. In addition to great food & service I love the finish on the walls!

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f
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Party of 5, restaurant wasn’t crowded but meals took over 20 min to arrive at our table. No manager came over to explain the delay or check with us.

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H
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was delicious especially the stuffed french toast.

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PM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was well prepared and served efficiently. The amount of food was a good ratio to the price point. It wasn't so much that we couldn't eat it all but it did fill us sufficiently. Our waiter was very nice and served and removed plates without interrupting the conversation at the table. The restaurant was comfortably full for 6:00 on a Friday evening but not so loud we couldn't hear each other at our table.

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BL
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and plenty of it. Mighty fine. We plan to go again.

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DA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was quick. If your waiter/waitress is not available right away, someone is always present to help out. The food was delicious, the ambiance was great, and the service overall was superb. I would recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a place to eat. Looking forward to the next time that I bring my wife there again. Keep up the great work!

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PL
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My wife and I went to Brio for Valentine's Day. I started with the Brio Old Fashioned cocktail, which was one of the best Old Fashioneds I've had, much better than the ones I make at home. We then shared the tomato caprese appetizer, and both the tomato, mozzarella, herbs and olive oil were delicious. My wife had the salmon entree, and she was not that thrilled with it, unfortunately. I had the chicken limone and thought is was wonderful. I've always loved the bread basket at Brio, with its tasty flatbreads and flavorful, warm bread with butter. We each had a tasty dessert -- the molten chocolate cake for my wife, and the crema catalana for me. Both were delicious! Being Valentine's Day, the place was quite full, but we had a reservation and were seated as soon as we arrived, even though we were a few minutes early. Despite the crowd, the noise level was quite good and we had no trouble conversing in a normal voice, even though we are no longer "spring chickens." We'll definitely go back, as we have done many times over the years.

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EF
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always forget how good the food is here when I visit. They have a great lunch special with soup or salad + small portion of somethings. I love that! the freshly made pasta is sooo good. The steak salad is very large and delicious and the bread is great too. I will go back again soon.

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LT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I made a reservation through Open Table for the Patio area near the mall. When I arrived we were seated there but the waiter forgot about us. It the manager know and then we had steady service. The food was hot and fresh.

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n
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Server poured white wine into glasse whthiut any teat or comment like to pour water to glasses, i have not been experienced this kind of sercing for wine ever in my life. All sever need to be trained at least,,basic education before they stand on the table serving.

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SR
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent. Served nice and hot. Drinks were expensive, given that it was Happy hour. Have been there many times and each time we've been pleased.

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L
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was excellent. Her lunch recommendation was outstanding noise level low even with a large group next to our table. Nothing but great comments

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E
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Only one waitress who was also the bar tender!!! She was pleasant and did her best but there should have been more staff.

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F
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

I would not recommend this restaurant. Every dish was dry with child portions. The service was mediocre at best. No wonder we could get a reservation since Maggianos was booked. NEVER AGAIN!!

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JL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Disappointed with both the service and the food. Normally our reservations are smooth and I was looking forward to dining at Brio for my birthday. After a less than professional telephone call from the restaurant to confirm our reservation and strongly remind us to be on time or our table will be given away, we waited nearly 10 minutes upon our arrival at the restaurant for someone to even acknowledge us. Once seated, we were quickly greeted and our drink order was taken immediately but then it took nearly 30 minutes to get our drinks (water, soda, tea). Our food took nearly an hour to be served and was unfortunately not hot and below the average for taste. We had to ask multiple times to have our drinks refilled. Dessert was pricey for the portion. Brio used to be one of my favorites but it will be a while before we head back.

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P
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

On a Saturday night, the noise level was intolerable. Seated between two large birthday party celebration tables. Took forever to receive our cocktails, then one arrived in a visibly chipped glass. Chicken soup was tepid. Salmon entree salad was devoid of advertised arugula and sliver of salmon was dry. Kids' pepperoni pizza came first without pepperoni and had to be returned. "Shrimp Capri" came with angel hair pasta that was totally overcooked and watery. Fish of the day special - striped bass - was good and plentiful, but at $28.75, cost more than twice the average entree. Everything else was mediocre, at best. Service was well-intentioned but slow. Won't be returning anytime soon.

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D
Washington DC
85 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

Salmon was asked to be cooked well done and came raw on the inside. I sent it back and it was microwaved and so tough I could not eat it. Awful meal and server was a waste. Did not make a fuss as I was a guest. Too many good places to go at Tyson’s. Won’t be back.

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DA
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

First visit to this place. Quiet, reasonably comfortable, good service. We enjoyed the tasty crab cake appetizer and the Italian Wedding soup. My companion was served the soup although she had asked for a salad, but enjoyed the soup anyway. The booth seats were a bit low but OK. Altogether, a nice dinner, especially for a mall restaurant.

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BB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall, we had an outstanding experience. The food was excellent and our service exemplary. I ordered an egg white omelet but was served a regular omelet. My waiter found out the kitchen ran out of egg whites. My meal was removed from the bill and the manager came over to apologize.

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BM
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

I visited Brio on Saturday and was surprisingly disappointing. I've been going to Brio for many years and they maintained a very good menu and service. During my visit, I was presented with a much-reduced size menu where many excellent items were taken out from their main dishes, appetizers, and salads. The portions are smaller and the price is the same or higher.

I noticed some items (steak) that are priced at $45 for a 6oz. Why would anyone pay that much at a place that is not a steakhouse or a specialty. I ordered their Spaghetti Cacio E Pepe and it tasted very blah, i requested a Pomodoro sauce to add something to the flavor, but the waiter brought me just a marinara sauce which is whatever. He didn't seem to care much on checking on us and when he goes to get a refill or my sauce, he takes forever. I won't go back until they bring back their famous items and go back to their regular portion size.

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o
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Menu changed and dropped our favorite dish. Don't like new menu.
After many years, not come back

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LB
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

We ( family of 6) have been to Brio 100+ times. We went to try the new menu. Wasn’t impressed. Food was average.... service was terrible
Won’t be back unfortunately

Prices higher, paid $26 for shrimp & Lobster ferttecini tons of pasta hardly any shrimp or lobster
Carser salad with a side of salmon, paid more for the salad than the salmon?

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

I go to Brio once every other week. I go here when I am celebrating a birthday, when I am wanting just to go out for dinner than cook a meal, and I used to go here when I came home from college and wanted a meal that reminded me of home. Essentially, I go here a lot - I have always been drawn here for the food. More specifically, when I lived in DC, I would drive 30ish minutes to this Tysons location to get their Spinach Artichoke Dip. As a vegetarian, they really did not have too many options that do not include meat so I would always order the dip, the margarita flatbread, and a salad.
Today, I went to this location and found that their menu changed and they got rid of the spinach artichoke dip. In general, spinach artichoke dip is my favorite app to get at any restaurant, so it means a LOT to me when I say out of all the dips I have ever had this is my FAVORITE spinach artichoke dip. On top of that, their flatbread is also changed - it got thicker (not as much as a flatbread anymore). I am so disappointed because I have been coming here every other week for around 9 years now. I used to love this place (as mentioned) for their dip, flatbread, salad AND they used to have mini desserts that I adored. A few years ago they got rid of the desserts but I figured I loved my other meals here that I would continue to stay. Today I saw that they also changed TWO of my other favorite foods here and considering they already have a limited vegetarian menu, I now feel like I have nothing to eat. In terms of service and atmosphere, this place is great/fine. I, however, don’t plan to eat here anymore until they come back with their spinach dip and original flatbread :(

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B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

Friday, December 28, 2018

We loved the previous menu, which was apparently changed at some point. Good portions of well prepared, unique entrees.

The “new” menu is not good, certainly not authentic Italian in any sense, poorly seasoned, with skimpy portions, and the cooking was worse. Al dente? If you can’t even do pasta right, what’s the point? We were embarassed as we had invited friends to join us.

Brio also lost many of the best value, quality wines too.

Brio was our favorite Italian, and it is now embarassing. Brio has lost us as customers.

Go to Olive Garden. At least they are trying harder, and doing better at it.

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MZ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great as always. Service was slow and took 10 min for an ice tea to be brought to the table.

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LM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was really good. Went on Christmas Eve with friends. Service was good and good came out quickly.

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A
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

For the price you pay at BRIO Tuscan Grille you expect a much better experience. With the exception of the pleasant demeanor of our server, there was not much to positive to mention. Service was slow and inconsistent, the food was mediocre, and there seemed to be a complete lack of management presence. To start, our server was a bit disheveled in appearance and lacked the polish of a more expensive restaurant. She made us feel rushed to place our orders, and then would disappear for lengthy periods of time. It was like pulling teeth to get additional bread baskets. While tables on either side of us had two or three baskets, we would get one with not enough bread for all six diners. It too an extended period of time to get a drink from the bar, and there were times where we sat without something to drink which was not only irritating, but a lost up-sell opportunity for the restaurant. I ordered a chopped salad which was 90% lettuce with a few diced tomatoes, a couple of crumbs of feta, and a couple of olives. The dressing was thicker than mayonnaise that caused the whole salad to clump together. My steak was overcooked, the green beans served with it were barely warm. Another pasta dish was too spicy, even for those in the party that enjoy spicy hot foods. The salmon was served with sauteed spinach which was oily and devoid of seasoning. The chicken soup had a layer of grease on top that made it unpleasant, and the Margherita flatbread was covered in dried out tomatoes, a couple small lumps of mozzarella cheese, and burned basil leaves. Not once did a manager stop by to check in on us, or even greet us at the door as we were leaving. It seems to me that this restaurant does not care about the quality of its food or service. With so many problems it sends the signal that there is a serious management problem.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was pretty solid

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E
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The margharita is way too salty and not done properly - not the real thing. Please improve.

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AN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I love Brio but they changed their menu and THEY ELIMINATED THE SALMON FRESCA. I know at least 6 people whom come to Brio for that alone. The substitute salmon plate is pedestrian at best. PLEASE BRING BACK THE SALMON FRESCA.

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k
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I have come here for years and enjoyed it. But I was very disappointed in the service, salad, lack of bread, and lackluster food I head this past Monday. I don't expect to return.

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TJ
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Went in expecting a standard (i.e. forgettable) meal at the mall, at first shocked by the high prices. However, we found the food was actually on par with the price points - fresh and uniquely seasoned; in particular the lasagna really impressed us.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nicely appointed. Good quality food served hot. Service was excellent.

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DC
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good time and experience at Brio! 1st time there, so very happy with the service and atmosphere! Was told by a friend that the Tiramisu was a must and come to find out they ran out of it! Only thing that went wrong during this visit!

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NB
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 5

I was there with my co-workers. Very unhappy experience. The food was excellent. The service was unacceptable. Our meals came out almost 30 minutes after we ordered. One of my co-workers had to take her meal to go because she had an appointment. Service was very slow. The server was not fully a tentative to our needs. It seemed she focused on one end of the table. She brought our the ticket without asking if anyone was interested in desert. We had to ask her about the desert menu. I just felt it was very disorganized and was not given the service we deserved.

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BE
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I've hosted a couple of client dinner and lunch meetings at BRIO. It's a good place because all parking is plentiful and the restaurant is easy to get to. The menu is pretty strong with a nice selection of Italian, fish, and vegetarian options. It's also quite large so getting a table is not a challenge. The menu is also pretty reasonable for a place like this. There are a couple of outliers but you can find nice dishes in the $20 range.

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BC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The ambience was odd but the food and service was delicious. It's worth a visit.

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