Cheesetique - Ballston

4.4
184 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Wine Bar, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Monday – Friday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00am - 10:00pm
Brunch menu Saturday & Sunday 10:00am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(703) 566-9189
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
We offer many of menu items in large format. Just give us a call to inquire!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Wilson Blvd.
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Parking details
There is a parking garage located in our building at 800 N. Glebe Rd. There is also abundant metered street parking spots.
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Public transit
We are 2 blocks from the Ballston Metro! 5 min walk!
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Entertainment
We do trivia every Monday night from 7pm to 10pm!
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Let Cheesetique host your group of 20-40 in our beautiful semi-private dining room. Perfect for your next meeting, office party, happy hour gathering, or family celebration. Looking for something larger? You can rent out our entire space. Please inquire for details!

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What 184 People Are Saying
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WS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
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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M
Washington DC
26 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
1 review
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
13 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
1 review
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
14 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Absolutely must order the Cheesecake!

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K
Seattle
57 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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JM
Washington DC
30 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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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great wine, and exceptional service.

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F
Memphis
11 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We love this restaurant! The service is great, and the wine and food are delicious. The spinach artichoke dip if fabulous. Our table of four shared several items which allowed us to all try several dishes. The arugula salad and the mac ‘n cheese were also very good. This restaurant is quickly becoming one of our neighborhood favorites!!

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DV
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love trivia night at Cheesetique. Food is sooooo much better than the usual trivia venue, and pour house is a fun trivia set up. Some of the waiters even participate in trivia!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

It was National Grilled Cheese Day so evidently, it was very busy prior to us arriving. A bartender came to take our order, but then passed us off to the rest of the wait staff, so no one really felt responsible for us. We never received a glass of wine and a side dish that we ordered. Our salads came without any dressing. It was hard to get anyone’s attention the whole time. Food was great, as usual.

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JF
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

First time at this location and first time bringing our young kids here (for National Grilled Cheese Day). I was happily surprised that they were not only tolerant of young kids, but were prepared with toys and books and a kids menu. I will definitely be back (maybe not with the kids next time!).

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience, great food and friendly staff

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Love the food and wine, the service was good and it wasn’t too noisy despite it being trivia night. Highly recommend!

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OT
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I was a little underwhelmed with this place. Their cheeses are great, but their brunch was mediocre. Add to the fact that parking is difficult in this area, there really isn't a reason to make your way into this area to go to this restaurant unless you live around the area.

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LD
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cute modern spot -- i went there for Sunday Brunch and they were out of the things I wanted due to their overflow from Saturday Brunch. The menu is very unique but most brunch selections are pretty basic. The cheese board selections are pretty pricey but I was only there for the real food. I ordered green eggs and ham which were pretty good but I was expected it look like the Dr. Seuss version :)

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was great, food has been very good each time and very reasonable on price for places around the area

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AN
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another awesome brunch at this restaurant. The food is excellent, the ambiance is nice, and the prices okay. Highly recommend.

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OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Sassy Goat was fantastic!!

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MC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly service, fabulous cheese and meat plates. A little pricy fit a fun splurge.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The cheese plate was one of the best over ever had. Specifically the salami and the honey. Drinks were good and in general the restaurant was very family friendly.

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PT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff

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JC
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I took our toddler there for brunch and the staff was incredibly thoughtful and accommodating with his order. Not to mention, the food is fantastic!

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H
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went to Cheesetique after wine tasting at Total Wine around the corner. Restaurant reasonably crowded. Interesting menu based on various cheese dishes. We opted for innovative cheese sandwiches and chardonnay. Good wine selection by the glass or bottle. You also have the option of selecting individual cheeses for a cheeseboard. We'll go back.

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