Cheesetique - Ballston

4.5
221 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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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Join us for Easter Brunch featuring our Mimosa Bucket, Ooh La La French Toast, Lobster Mac, Green Eggs & Ham, 'Tique Cheesesteak, and all our brunch favorites. Great for groups and families with kids. Our shop will be open for Easter chocolate and confection goodies to take home!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

What 221 People Are Saying
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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trivia is great! Josh is awesome!

Cheesetique - Ballston
Responded a day ago

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
5 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.

Cheesetique - Ballston
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!

Cheesetique - Ballston
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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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.

Cheesetique - Ballston
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
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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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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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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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
6 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
21 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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