Cheesetique - Ballston

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201 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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BA
Central Texas
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 18, 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
5 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
18 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
1 review
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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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
24 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
7 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
24 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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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I tried this place randomly for lunch a few weeks back and really enjoyed it. I decided to give their brunch a try with a friend and was disappointed. I had the classique and my friend had the green eggs & ham. He said his meal was good, but his hashbrown side left something to be desired. My bacon came out a bit over cooked and my eggs were watery. Even so, the service was good, the atmosphere was pleasant, and I do plan on going back, just not for brunch

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a
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

The service was very slow and unreliable. We had to remind our server of multiple things, a couple of times each. The food was fine and the cheese selection was okay. Sitting on the outside patio was lovely, though!

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DS
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great grilled cheese and "mac 'n cheese". Great cheese, period. And lots of it!

Service was fantastic.

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CK
Greensboro
18 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Great spot for brunch! Start with a cheeseboard and bottomless mimosas.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great! The first time going and it was an awesome/delicious experience! Definitely want to go again!

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KF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very impressed with the food and even the service! I definitely recommend going!!

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f
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the hibiscus mimosa! It was fun to be in a bigger, open space where I could make a reservation in advance. Although the Cheesetique in Shirlington is closer, it has less space and I don't believe they take reservations. This was bright, airy, and a nice change of pace.

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EP
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Absolutely must order the Cheesecake!

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K
Seattle
62 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious. So good, that after we had breakfast there, we made a point of coming back for dinner!! I wish there was one of these near our home!

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JR
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a Sunday Brunch and it was great. Coffee was good and the cheese board(5 cheeses for party of 4) was a great way to start the brunch. The french toast was very good but light so eaten with the cheeses you felt comfortable not stuffed. Other items where ordered and everyone reported satisfaction with their meal.

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NH
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We were seated quickly, clean place, friendly staff, good service. My meal was just not good at all for the price of it. My daughters was a little better than mine. I won’t be going back

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

My girls took me here for Mother's Day knowing I love all things cheese. We all got different things and shared. I've been a couple of times and I've always liked everything I've tried. I love that they have gluten free options that taste good. Also I really enjoyed the chocolate mousse.

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A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, good service, and cheese bar where you can buy cheese to take home!

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JM
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

This was our third and probably final visit to Cheesetique Ballston. While or server was friendly, she sucked at the same time. When not waiting tables she was on her phone. We had to ask three time for the status of our cheese tray...seriously if they can’t put together a cheese tray in a timely manner they should not be in business. My husband ordered a second glass of wine which never came. We also had to asked on the status of our Brussels sprouts once our cheese tray finally arrived...at which time our son was basically done with his sandwich. Food is decent but not good enough for the price points they are charging and service has been pretty bad on our last two visits. Too many option in Ballston to spend any more money here.

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