Carlyle

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147 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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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KR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Father’s Day celebration

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RF
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

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

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SW
London
23 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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KS
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday and Retirement

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KE
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JZ
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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HD
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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TD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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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LB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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j
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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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J
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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FP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day celebration

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

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

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LC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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MF
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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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PB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

Excellent Server.

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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N
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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A
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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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C
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Birthday celebration

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t
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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Orlando
174 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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DE
Washington DC
108 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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MO
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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K
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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NM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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D
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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DH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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LH
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service great food

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LR
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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GC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was so amazing and the food is always delicious and innovative with presentation! Great work to everyone there from the hostesses to the servers. Always a great experience here! Thank you!

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TB
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made reservations on Open Table a week in advance and was not disappointed in any aspect of our experience at the Carlyle. We had an early reservation so the noise level was very low but the food was spectacular, as always. Our service was very friendly and quick. The Grouper special excellent and three of us had the grilled salmon on top of mashed cauliflower, and as always, it was exceptional! Will we return? Absolutely!! The Carlyle continues to be one of our favorite restaurants!

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N
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The grilled cheese sandwich was very good but the green salad I got instead of the fries was tired and hard to find the cranberries (maybe 2), dates (maybe 1), etc. that would have perked it up.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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