Carlyle

4.6
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151 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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A long-standing Arlington favorite, our high energy bistro offers seasonal outside dining, outstanding service, and an innovative, award winning menu. Located in the Village at Shirlington, Carlyle is a top pick for lunches and dinners of any occasion.
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4.6based on all time ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.5
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CathyY
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The HH plates were small but yummy. The service was excellent and the place was hopping. If you want to get a table for the HH specials, come early. High Tops and bar area fill up fast.

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Lulu
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

The noise level is way too high. I was seated downstairs at dinner time. Most of the noise was coming from the bar area. Not a relaxing place to eat nor conducive to conversation. If I go again, it will be during off hours for dining.

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Cher
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite place to take out of town friends! The food never disappoints and the friendly ambiance allows for easy conversing.

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vipGlobaldiner
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

As usual, the Carlyle provides a nice selection of comfort food with very good service at a reasonable price; it is a reliable and pleasant restaurant in the vibrant Shirlington area.

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KentrellR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Father’s Day celebration

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RobertF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Carlyle has changed from great to average/poor from my last lunch experience in June 2019.

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SheilaW
London
24 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There were 6 of us for lunch. Everything was great. 3 of us had the Lobster Club Salad, and we all cleaned our plates! It was delicious! It’s a little noisy, but Comfortable, with excellent service.

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KelneshaS
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes, I recommended to my friends who have a toddler that the restaurant was family friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday and Retirement

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KEM98
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our family's "go to" place for birthdays and other celebrations. Our kids are teenagers and everyone has a favorite dish. Highly recommend it!

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vipJosieZC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I sat outside - Peter and Louis were spectacular! There were some other servers who stepped in...The food was FANTASTIC! We both had the Rib Eye with the Brussel sprouts on the side. OMG it was all delicious. I have been here many times and always enjoy myself!

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vipHappyDiner
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birthday dinner. Waiter was good, but forgot to bring us our requested appetizer. We weren’t charged; no harm no foul.

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vipTamaraD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Carlyle usually has the best eggs Benedict in the area but this past Sunday was a letdown. Nothing like a hard poach eggs.

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vipLBT123
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Carlyle is never a disappointment! shared the pecan and goat cheese salad which was outstanding and the halibut special was equally fabulous. Since we shared (portions are very generous), decided to splurge on dessert. Despite planning to only eat a bit, it was too good to leave any in the dish! The white chocolate bread pudding is one of my favorites. Excellent service as well - someone was there when we needed but didn't hover. Will definitely keep coming back. Hope they are offering the halibut when I do!

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vipjray
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

As usual, good lunch choices and lobster salad is excellent. We had 1:15 reservation and no problem with getting in and service was prompt.

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vipJeff
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Great service. A very nice relaxing night with great food and no pressure to leave. Perfect.

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FriedaP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Ryan, was wonderful, very attentive and professional. The food was excellent. Ryan found out it was our anniversary and surprised us with a strawberry shortcake dessert which made the evening memorable and special.

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vipJimW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My daughter enjoyed her scrimp dish. My burger was mushy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day celebration

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was mother day breakfast and it was perfect as always!

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LyndellC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated Mothers’ Day on Saturday as opposed to Sunday. Carlyle has always been a choice for memorable meals because the staff, ambiance, service and cuisine are always exceptional. This time was just perfect. No regrets. We all enjoyed the meal and the left w smiles.

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vipMikeF
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Busy place, reservations suggested. Grilled chicken was very good, served on angel hair pasta with skinny green beans. (They were in short supply!) The apple pecan pie was delicious.

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PaBear
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and great food and drink. Everyone in our party really enjoyed their craft drinks and their main courses. The jumbo lump crab cake with a fried brussel sprouts side dish was a real treat and so was the unique twist on a Makers' Mark Old-Fashioned. Service was really perfect - there when we needed it but never pushy.

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LaShawneJ
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my mom’s birthday. I made a special request to highlight her day and the restaurant delivered. She was surprised and delighted!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Server.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, excellent food. The flounder piccata was outstanding and as usual the crab cakes were yummy.

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vipNuka87
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Consistent good food, service, and ambience.
We usually celebrate events at the Carlyle. We dined for our 27th wedding anniversary. We were a little disappointed that there wasn’t an acknowledgement other than “congratulations” from the waiter. Oh well. We’ll be back anyway because the food, quality, and value are very good.

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vipAbaby
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service were both outstanding. However, when we arrived for an early dinner with a reservation, the greeter proceeded to put us in a booth between two large groups of small children, one which was a birthday party for a child. As there were many other vacant booths at 5:30, I asked the greeter if we could be assigned to a different table.

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vipChristian
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Birthday celebration

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tonyg
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had a wonderful meal. Calamari appetizer light and fresh.
Had the lightly smoked salmon with mashed cauliflower and asparagus. Great combination! Seriously!!

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vip33yrrestaurantguy
Orlando
176 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food & service, and it has been over 25 years we have been dining here

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vipDebE
Washington DC
118 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Even though I’d reserved for a business meal, host was annoyed we didn’t want to sit in a noisy bar. Then we had to wait :10 minutes past reservation to be seated upstairs which was supposed to open exactly at my reservation time. No apology for inconvenience. That being said, roasted chicken salad and tuna entrees were good. Server did a good job. Everyone knows hostess is not a great job. Pay them more and maybe they will be more professional.

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MauriceO
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been here countless times and it never disappoints.

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vipKenb
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service was very good and the servers were very friendly. This is a great place to entertain

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NicholasM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The greeting fat the check-in desk was great you have the right person greeting the customers. The waiter was exceptional treated us very professionally and he new the specials from the top of his head. he also new the food menu and bar menu very well. The food was exceptional it was down to our liking. I would recommend Carlyle to all my friends. Keep up the great work.

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vipDebbie
Richmond
24 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food, cocktails, service, people watching. One of our favorite places.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious! Met a friend for brunch and thoroughly enjoyed it!

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DavidH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As usual the Carlyle has met their high standards in all but the side dish of baked brussel sprouts. They came over baked and bitter but they replaced them in fine fashion. Overall fine experience that I will look forward to repeating in the future.

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LindaH
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service great food

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vipLoriR
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Once the waitress found out that one of us had a gluten allergy, she went above and beyond to make certain nothing had it. She even had the chef change the goat cheese on the salad so it wasn't coated in bread crumbs. She was just lovely. We both ordered the "warm goat cheese and spicy pecan salad". It was quite tasty but the tomatoes were almost frozen. Found that odd and mentioned it to our waitress.