Cheesetique - Ballston

4.3
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Cheesetique, established in 2004, is the go-to neighborhood spot for fine cheeses, food-friendly wine, and an eclectic, cheese-centric menu.

We’re a specialty cheese and wine shop. We’re a comfortable, cheese-centric restaurant. We’re all things to all cheese lovers, so join us to shop, dine, or both!
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Greensboro
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Poor experience.
Trivia night was loud and we were told they would not turn down the volume
Food was so so
I will not go back there for dinner.
Embarrassing to have taken colleagues from out of town.

Cheesetique - Ballston
Responded 3 days ago

Hi, Thanks for joining us at Cheesetique! I'm sorry the trivia night atmosphere was not to your liking. It is a weekly event that a large number of our regulars really enjoy. I do hope someone communicated to you that we have trivia every Monday night and it can get a bit boisterous - if that was not made clear, we certainly erred in our communication and I apologize. I hope you will consider visiting again on another day of the week. All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Mother’s day

Cheesetique - Ballston
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for spending Mother's Day with us at Cheesetique! I'm so pleased you had a great experience. Thank you for the review. All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Not impressed-went for Mother’s Day brunch, service was extremely slow, table and chairs were dirty when we sat down, waiter didn’t ask us for a drink order-just table water and the food was just okay.

Cheesetique - Ballston
Responded on May 16, 2019

Hi, Thank you for joining us for Mother's Day at Cheesetique. I apologize for your poor experience. Call-outs left of understaffed and it took us too long to bring in reinforcements and recover. We must, can, and mostly do much better. I hope you will accept my apology and visit again to see what a great experience Cheesetique can be. Sincerely, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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S
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Mother's Day, so usual chaos, but they handled it well.

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Responded on May 16, 2019

Hi Steve, Thank you for joining us at Cheesetique for Mother's Day! I truly appreciate your comments that we handled the Mother's Day busyness well. Thank you for taking the time to say so. All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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AP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

If I could give zero stars, I would. We went for Mother’s Day. We had reservations. We waited about 15minutes to be seated. Once we were seated we waited for 30 min before the server came. We promptly placed our orders as we saw they were understaffed and we had an event after brunch. We waited for over an hour for our meal. Tables around us who were seated and ordered at the same time got their food and checks. We never actually got our meal because all the server could offer was a cheese board and a poor excuse for the delay. The manager was not helpful either. I understand the restaurant was busy-it was Mother’s Day. Make sure you have the staff to support your patrons! This was our first experience at this business and we live in the area.

Cheesetique - Ballston
Responded on May 16, 2019

Hi AthenaP, My deepest apology for your poor experience. We let you down. By way of explanation (not excuse), our kitchen was short-staffed due to that day call outs, our servers did their best with limited kitchen throughput, and our manager spent the morning in the kitchen cooking. Offering a cheeseboard on-the-house to tables was our attempt to improve the circumstances. I do hope you will try us again. We must, can, and typically do better. Sincerely, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Too crowded & understaffed. But it was Mother’s Day - so perhaps to be expected?

Cheesetique - Ballston
Responded on May 17, 2019

Hi, Thanks for dinning at Cheesetique on Mother's Day! We did have a surprise that limited our kitchen staff and I realize it caused issues for patrons in the dining room. I sincerely apologize. I'm pleased you enjoyed the food and ambiance and I appreciate your understanding that big days like Mother's Day can be challenging. Please do join us again - I know you will experience the best we have to offer. Sincerely, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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RM
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Even with a reservation, we waited for 20-30 minutes at the host station while the staff scrambled around clearing tables inefficiently. The hostess asked us about our reservation numerous times, forgetting each time. The server took our order and then came back and said he couldn't find the kid's grilled cheese in the menu system. There are only four items on the kids menu and the kids' grilled cheese is the first one! Then we waited for half an hour to get some grilled cheeses, tater tots, and macaroni n' cheese. This was supposed to be a special Mother's Day Brunch, but the service put a damper on the entire experience.

Cheesetique - Ballston
Responded on May 17, 2019

Hi RasheedM, Thank you for dining at Cheesetique on Mother's Day. I sincerely apologize for your poor service experience. By way of explanation (not excuse), our kitchen was short-staffed due to that day call outs and our servers did their best with limited kitchen throughput. I do hope you will try us again. We must, can, and typically do better. Sincerely, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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SM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Cheesetique has always been a great place for happy hour or dinner, but they really screwed up on Mother’s Day. I made a 10:30 reservation because I wanted to get my 2yr old home for a nap. We arrived 5 min early and were quickly seated. Our server told us about complimentary mimosas and brought them, but never offered coffee or brought us menus. After 20 min he finally came to take our orders and realized we didn’t have menus and didn’t even apologize. My mom had to go take kids menus and crayons from the hostess stand herself. Our food took over an hour to come. We finally asked for coffee once we saw other people had some and yet our server never offered us refills - despite the fact that they somehow didn’t have normal cups and served coffee in tiny cups a bit bigger than espresso. They did bring us a complimentary small cheese tray during the long wait, but it would have been more thoughtful if they had brought something for my kids who were amazingly patient with the whole ordeal. It wasn’t just us, all around us no one was getting food. Once we finally got our food, it was ok but nothing special. I probably won’t be back even though I work in the same building. At no point did anyone apologize. The manager never came over. No one explained what was going on and no one who worked there seemed to be hustling or making any effort to accommodate inconvenienced guests.

Cheesetique - Ballston
Responded on May 16, 2019

Hi SarahM, My deepest apology for your poor experience. We let you down, especially as a regular customer who knows how great Cheesetique can be. By way of explanation (not excuse), our kitchen was short-staffed due to that day call outs leaving our servers to do their best with limited kitchen throughput. A cheeseboard on-the-house was our attempt to improve the circumstances. I do hope you will try us again. We must, can, and typically do better. Sincerely, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was amazing and friendly staff, would definitely recommend.

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Responded on May 11, 2019

Hi there, Thank you for visiting Cheesetique and for the fabulous review! Hope to see you back soon. All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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L
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

While the food remains delicious and varied, the service was awful. We were there on a Friday night at 7:30 pm, it wasn't at capacity, and there appeared to be just a couple of servers. Ours didn't seem to realize that by the time she brought the extra bread we'd already eaten all of the cheese we'd been waiting to put on the bread. Water glasses went empty, the second round of drinks took forever, and yet everything seemed copacetic. It took about 10 minutes to get our check, after we asked for it (and our plates had already been cleared so it was obvious we were done), and then we had to wait longer to get it processed. No clue what's up, but there are to many other places to get good cheese and charcuterie boards to deal with poor service.

Cheesetique - Ballston
Responded on May 17, 2019

Hi Laura, Thank you for visiting Cheesetique! I'm am so pleased you found our food worthy of 5-stars. I also apologize for the slow service. Your server did a poor job of reading the situation and should have checked in more often and responded quickly to requests. The issue has been noted and communicated across our service team. I do hope you will give us another chance. We can and typically do better. All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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g
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Everything was just ok. Service was pleasant but slow. Food was tasty but not special. Disappointed that kids menu did not include a typical cheddar grilled cheese. Young kids are more used to this taste than other special cheeses. Definitely not a special occasion place.

Cheesetique - Ballston
Responded on May 11, 2019

Hi grazer, Thank you for visiting Cheesetique and I'm glad you found the food tasty! We will definitely make a note of your recommendation for the kids grilled cheese. All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter brunch with 4 adults and 3 boys under 7. Great menu, lots of choices and we all got something different to eat and everyone raved. Mimosa bucket great fun. Bloody Mary’s nice and spicy and the place is crazy kid friendly with special cups, a stockpile of games, crayons and coloring placemats. Service attentive and lovely. Shrimp and grits fabulous! I truly wanted to buy some cheese, but was so completely stuffed that the thought of doing any type of taste was too much! I’ll be back! Thank you!

Cheesetique - Ballston
Responded on May 11, 2019

Hi Janet, Thank you for enjoying Easter Brunch at Cheesetique! What a joy to hear how well it worked for your big group of adults and kids. Thank you for such a thoughtful and thorough review. Please do come back and visit our retail shop - I know you'll have fun with that experience too! All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Initial approach was poor- we had a reservation, were on time...and they weren't ready. Covering by asking if we would sit on the patio would have been okay if it weren't in the 50's out there.

The food itself was very good. Asking for something different (like bacon on a sandwich) never made it to the kitchen. Our server kindly offered to remove the upcharge from the check when asked about the omission...halfway through the meal when she finally checked on us.

All in all, this has all of the bones that could be a good restaurant, but they have a LOT of growth to get through first. I hope they make it.

The gritcakes were dry and tasteless and needed salt and pepper which were not on the table. They also needed cheese - a surprisingly glaring omission at a restaurant focused on cheese.

Cheesetique - Ballston
Responded on May 11, 2019

Hi there, Thanks for visiting Cheesetique! I'm pleased you found the food very good and appreciate the 5-stars in that category. It definitely sounds like we were not at our best service-wise when you visited and I do apologize. Every guest should have a great service experience and that is certainly what we strive for. I hope you will try us again soon. All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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MR
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was clean, vibrant, with fun ambiance. The food was delicious (and cheesy!) and came out promptly. I went for brunch and would go again

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Responded on May 11, 2019

Hi MeganR, Thank you for visiting Cheesetique and for the 5-star review! Please do visit us again soon. All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trivia is great! Josh is awesome!

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Responded on April 19, 2019

Hi there, Thanks for visiting Cheesetique. So glad you enjoy trivia! - The games begin every Monday evening at 7pm. See you again soon! All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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S
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The lunch special is a great value at $10. Half grilled cheese and cup tomato soup with a few greens. But service was inattentive and they brought the wrong sandwich. My companion finished her lunch before I could get anyone’s attention. And the grilled cheese was cold. The tomato soup was delicious though.

Cheesetique - Ballston
Responded on April 9, 2019

Hi Stuffed, Thank you so much for joining us at Cheesetique. I'm pleased to hear you find the lunch special a great deal - we think so too! But, I'm sorry to hear you experienced inattentive service. It sounds like we really fell short - if you contact me directly and provide a bit more information, I'd like to get to the bottom of it. I do hope you will give us another opportunity! All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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KT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My pals and I eat here roughly once a month and always have a good time. We enjoy the happy hour pricing! The menu is a little stagnant, but we all have our fave entrees so it doesn’t hold us back. Their Mac and cheese is tasty and I love their grilled cheese sandwiches.

Cheesetique - Ballston
Responded on April 5, 2019

Hi KeelyT, Thank you and your pals for joining us at Cheesetique! It is so nice to hear you all come in monthly - we love our regulars. See you again soon! All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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L
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A first time for us and friends and we all love it, food and wine was delicious and service was excellent.

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Responded on April 5, 2019

Hi there, Lovetotrynewplaces, I am so pleased you found your first trip to Cheesetique to be so great. Delicious food and wine and excellent service are what we aim for. The whole team always appreciates when we get that kind of customer reaction. Thank you for writing a review and I hope to see you back at Cheesetique again soon! All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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CM
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

I had the grilled cheese and it was horrible. The bread wasn’t even toasted. I feel like it’s very difficult to mess up grilled cheese. Our waitress was very nice though and my friends’ meals looked ok.

Cheesetique - Ballston
Responded on April 2, 2019

Hi there, CarolynM, Thank you SO much for joining us at Cheesetique. I am disappointed to hear your grilled cheese was not to your liking. Grilled cheese is one of our specialties - we get it right most of the time, but we aim for 100% and clearly we missed in this situation. Would you please contact me directly so that I can make this right? I do appreciate you highlighting the good service you received! All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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London
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner

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C
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were staying at the Westin and decided to try Cheesetique out. It was Wonderful!

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Responded on April 11, 2019

Hi Carolyn, Thanks for joining us at Cheesetique. We love it when out of town guests visit us! I hope you make it back to the DC-area soon and you'll stop by to see us again. All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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

This place is so good. The server made our experience extra special by bringing us various cheese and wine to try. Highly recommend.

Cheesetique - Ballston
Responded on April 2, 2019

Hello HappyBean, Thank you for writing such a thoughtful review! It is wonderful to hear you received the "extra special" experience we aim to provide. Please do visit us again soon! All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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LD
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The wide variety of cheeses and charcuterie available to inclusion on a cheese board, along with the accoutrements served with the cheese board make this a "must try" at Cheesetique. The Garlicky Shrimp pasta entrée with pieces of cooked Halloumi cheese mixed in was extraordinary, and the wine pairing suggestion worked with the cheese board, entrée and our cheesecake dessert. GREAT MEAL!!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

Had the worst service - too few working

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JJ
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

The cheese was fabulous, but our service was lacking. I was served my meal as my friends were finishing theirs.

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Responded on April 2, 2019

Hi there, JenniferJ, Thank you for joining us. I am glad the food was fabulous, but I am sorry your service was lacking. Of course, the table should all receive meals at the same time. We aim for guests to enjoy both the food and the hospitality, so please contact me directly so that I can make it right. I hope you will consider visiting us again. All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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Houston
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Keep Raclette on the menu

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ML
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! The old fashion we got was not great, tasted watered down, but everything else was wonderful. We got the warm burrata - so yummy - as an appetizer, and the lasagna and steak as entrees and they were incredible. The ambience was nice and the wine was good and well priced.

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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Restaurant needs a better sound absorbing materials. I can barely hear the conversation of my company.

Ordered the cheesesteak sandwich and chicken sandwich and paired both with the wines recommended by the menu. Delicious.

Ordered the Mac n cheese. And it was mmm mmm mmm good!

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K
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great! Wonderful service, delicious food and fun trivia!

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

Everyone went above and beyond to make b’day extra special- thank you!

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D
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

First time and service was pretty rough to come around and serve our food. We had others that came in after my table of two get food before us. I decided to try something new that I wasn’t too fond of but I’ll definitely return to try this place again.

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M
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Our visit to cheesetique was during restaurant week. Although we opted out of the restaurant week deal, it appeared to be a good deal for two people — a charcuterie board, one entree each, and chocolate mousse to share for $35 total. Instead of doing that, I ordered the Mac n cheesetique, which was served hot! It was a tasty dish, but on the smaller side and did not come with any sides. My boyfriend ordered one of the specials originally; however, they ended up being out of that option. He went for the cheesesteak, which he described as underwhelming because there was too much bread. It did come with a side salad. Our server was great! I wish I knew his name. I’m not sure if we would come back, though, since the food wasn’t our favorite.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three college friends (50 years later) met for lunch and had a very pleasant time with good food, including our complimentary chocolate mousse. There was no rush to get us out which was much appreciated.

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BA
Central Texas
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My partner and I went to Cheesetique for the restaurant week menu and we were not disappointed! The food was a solid 10/10 (how could it not be if you love cheese, amirite?) but the service was even better. We had Jordan as our server and she was so helpful in guiding us through the cheese and wine menus and it made it such a great experience for us. Thank you Jordan!

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AM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Waiter didn't get our mains written down and thus we had to wait for them to be made. Didn't ask if we wanted a second glass of wine. Poured us two more of the same wines instead of bringing us a menu (we contributed this by not being absolutely clear). No salad dressing on what looked like an entire bag of Arugula. Advice: if you are going to eat, stay with the starters and I would suggest having your waiter repeat your order.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Affordable restaurant week menu, good for a small group. Trivia night so VERY noisy, but overall a fun place.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Had lunch with friends

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The food and value was very good. The meal started off poorly when my daughter tried to order the wine and cheese flight. The menu clearly indicated that it was a 5 wine tasting paired with 5 cheeses. They insisted that it was 4 wines and a beer not 5 wines and would not honor their menu. This started the meal off with a sour note and the service initially matched this poor beginning. The service eventually improved and the food was very good.

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AH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredibly nice staff who are quick to recognize semi-regular guests, great food and wine, and Monday night trivia is fantastic.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

No one does grilled cheese - whether cheddar or gourmet- like Cheesetique! Yummy food and attentive service. Thank you Liz! Been to Shirlington and DelRay and love...but Ballston is just perfect!

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