Cheesetique - Ballston

4.4
215 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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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.

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LD
Washington DC
59 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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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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OT
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
1 review
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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OT
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
3 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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A
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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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Had lunch with friends

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OT
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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OT
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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DP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Too expensive for a bistro type place. Gluten free Mac was swimming in oil and way too rich. French onion soup was amazing tho!

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FL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

THe food was great my only complaint was the French onion soup was just okay.....the onions could have been cooked more and the the soup was only warm.

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MM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was good. Service was unbelievably bad. Very surprising as the service at DelRay is always fine. I would still recommend as the food is good, but fair warning on sub-par service and don’t go if you have time constraints.

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p
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I found food exceptionally great. Definitely will return.

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CK
Greensboro
19 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

One of our favorite brunch or lunch spots in Arlington

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S
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I loved the menu. I just wished Cheesetique had more vegetarian options.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waitress!! Good food .. a bit of a limited menu. What they do offer is excellent.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Such a cool place! The restaurant itself is neat. The food is awesome and the wine is great! Good date spot as well.

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WS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I love Cheesetique, and have gone to all of their locations; this disappointing trip was an outlier. In spite of the restaurant being relatively quiet, it was difficult to get our waitress's attention. The process of getting our bill and paying it took half an hour.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

There was a hair in my sand which. Our waitress initially was rushing us and wanted us to order our drinks and food at the same time. Then she stopped paying attention to us all together and I had to ask 4 times for the check.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely experience and exquisite choice of cheeses! I will definitely come back again.

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EP
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Definitely try the Cheesecake!!! The sandwiches are really phenomenal

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M
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Soooooo good! Excellent service. Attentive but not hovering. It’s a favorite place
To dine.

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D
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cheesetique is always fantastic. It is my go to brunch spot in Ballston!

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I
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Had not been before, was excited by the thought of wine and cheese! Was not let down. Lots of options to choose from and loved the happy hour choices. Would recommend some more daring cheese food choices. Typical and expected menu.

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MH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The server my friend and I had was extremely soft spoken and that made it a little difficult to communicate with her. The food took a little while longer to come out than I expected, but overall the deal was good. We did the DC Restaurant Week meal for two, and shared a bottle of wine - overall a pretty good price for value.

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SB
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was amazing in both taste and creativity. We ordered the Lobster Mac & Cheese (incredible! sweetness of lobster was delish, nicely cheesy but not too cheesy), Pork Hash (not what you think and fabulous!!), Sides of Bacon (thick and crispy), Regular Mac (minus the truffle breadcrumbs... for one of the kiddos) and Extra Home Fries. The waitress was very patient and helpful with our varied food allergies, as well as in accommodating our request for a small plate of fruit for my girls (grapes and Asian pear). I rated the Overall Ambiance as "Good" only because once the place heated up a bit a live piano was being played and quite honestly it dominated the space. Our older daughter (14) is on the Autism Spectrum and was very comfortable until the piano started up. Then she just wanted to leave... which we were ready to do anyway, so that worked out well in the end.

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TF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great menu, nice atmosphere for causal dining and happy hour. Would go back again!

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DC
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The reason we keep coming back is because we love their food and are cheese fanatics. However our experience this time was terrible.

The service was extremely slow for a moderately busy lunch hour. By no means was the restaurant "slammed" - as the hostess explained as a reason to why it took 50 minutes to receive two sandwiches. I've visited this location many times and know to expect slow service (we often order and ask for our check at the same time). However, this time the fault lies with the kitchen and the prioritizing of "take out" orders over those in the dining room. It took two hours to complete our lunch and my dining companion had to take hers to go back to the office when it arrived.

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AN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food. The charcuterie platter and cheese boards were scant on food volume, but tasty. The music was pretty loud, but if we shouted we could hear across the table.

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