Cheesetique - Shirlington

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132 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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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for our group before a show at signature!

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GS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to the Shirlington Cheestique on Tarot night -- the first Thursday of each month. It was great fun! There were two Tarot readers and my daughter and I both had our cards read. It is no cost along with your dinner (although the readers will accept tips if you want to do that). The food was great! Service was great! We had a cheese board, salad, shrimp cypress and the funky chicken sandwich. We had the key lime pie for dessert. It was all delicious! I highly recommend this for a fun night out.

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CP
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere. Had a great time with family and friends.

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b
Orlando
19 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Food arrived uncooked - they reheated tomato soup but grilled cheese sandwiches were cold w cheese not melted. Service was mediocre on a 1130 am reservation when we were the first ones seated. Very disappointing.

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JB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Went for restaurant week brunch. Had to ask for the RW menu from my server. My server was overall just ok. Didn't make recommendations, didn't explain choices, didn't check up on us after food was brought out (another server did), was slow to bring dessert.
Food was great and my 10.5 month old loved the fancy mac and cheese too. Overall space is quite cramped so recommend having reservations to ensure a table.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Love cheesetique. The Mac is always good but I personally think the grilled

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JC
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a great experience. Mondays are pick your own cheese board day. This place will ruin you of all other cheese board experiences. Getting the cheese board was a little longer than usual due to the custom selections we made. In fact long enough for our main course to arrive first. They did correct this issue so we could enjoy the cheese board before our entrees. The grown up grilled cheese with bacon is my favorite with the homade rosemary chips and chocolate mousse for dessert.

After dinner, you also get 10% off any purchases from the cheese counter. They have a wide selection and will let you try any and all you would like.

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

We got our table reserved to eat before going to see a movie. The wait staff was attentive to our needs and the food was good. The happy hour prices were reasonable for both starters and wine choices!

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RL
Richmond
46 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the cheese board! Bought some to bring home.

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PF
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finally ordered a cheese/charcuterie board as my entree this time... perfection. I usually get a fancy grilled cheese or quiche but after seeing the cheese boards walk by each visit I decided I had to get one. They have a selection of 10-12 cheeses to choose for the board and 5-6 meats. There are some extras you can order but was happy with the sweet and savory additions that already came with the board. Also ordered a nice glass of house red. My friend had the arugula salad and fromage fort...she enjoyed both. Service was great!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Went for hubby’s birthday, he loves this place. Service was mediocre. Our server was pleasant just not very attentive. My husband had to go up to the bar to ask for another glass of wine. Total bill was close $100, not sure it was worth it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Disappointed in the Lobster Mac and cheese because there were shells in it. Everything else was good.

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JS
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and ambience. Excellent place to sip some wine, graze, and catch up with old friends.

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LL
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks were absolutely wonderful, but it was our server that made the evening. What a delight!

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JH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always great here! And on the first Thursday of the month they have free tarot card readings.

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DJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Best choice pre-theater at Signature. Bar is oddly but consistently (inexplicably) very slow to deliver. Every plate we (over several visits) have ordered has been very tasty. Room is loud. Probably no way to politely ask cackling after-work tables to hold the decibels, unfortunately. To further explain my 3 star rating: dreary (and loud) ambiance (this place really presents itself as a cheese-monger, and oh -- by the way -- we have a kitchen); slow bar service (they actually could have sold more wine -- by the glass -- if they'd have kept up). But food is good and at a good value. This will remain our pre-curtain choice until (please, please soon!) a better option opens w/in walking distance to theater.

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T
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Cheesetique in Shirlington is nice and quaint. Very cozy. i had the Pimento Grilled cheese with mixed greens. Very tasty. It was on a Sunday so my friend and I split a bottle of bubbly and made mimosas. Price for the lunch was really reasonable.

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SH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Our server was amazing and so friendly!

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JC
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Cheesetique was great as always. However, reserving the table on Opentable was problematic. We booked for three at 1:45pm and Opentable confirmed. But when we got there, they had no tables greater than seating for two available. We ended up waiting over 45 minutes for people to finish up and leaves before we were seated. They said something about an Opentable algorithm not being quite right.

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F
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and very friendly came for a birthday and was a huge hit

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MP
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I truly enjoyed the food, ambiance and service. The pairings were delicious the white and red wines and the goat cheese was delightful.

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

Never been there before. Polite and friendly wait staff.

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TC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was decent, not superb. Don’t order lasagna - it takes forever and we had to wait like 40 minutes. Drinks are overpriced. Waiter was was a bit overly attentive. I mean we don’t need apology for the long wait, we want food! Overall not bad, but we won’t be running back.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome!! We loved our brunch. Can’t wait to come back

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IS
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Small place n small tables. It was a little dark. Service was very good n food was ok

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service with wonderful decor and FANTASTIC food! (+🍷🍷🍷🍷)

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EO
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was amazing as well as the wine selection. Service was a bit slow, seemed like they were not staffed adequately.

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AK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was the first night for our waiter. He did his very best, but it took longer than usual to have dinner. My husband and I did not mind at all. It was nice to have a leisurely dinner. The food was excellent, as usual, and the staff very helpful and friendly. Cheesetique is a new favorite for us and we will be going back again soon.

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JT
Washington DC
207 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I love Cheesetique. I get the grown up grilled cheese and always get the chocolate mousse for desert. I like the mac and cheese too but wish that it had a crisper top. The chocolate mousse is light, airy and yummy. Make sure to ask that they use white cheddar on the grown up grilled cheese.

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LG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wine and cheese pairings forNational Wine and Cheese Day we excellent and a great value.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was phenomenal and the food was delicious. Really fun, unique experience.

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DH
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've never been to cheesetique before. awesome food,
fantastic service,we loved it!! we were on vacation and found it online. We would absolutely go again if we're back in the area. Our server was fantastic!!

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T
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An old favorite; never disappoints! And the food just keeps getting better.

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M
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chris was awesome. The food was delicious. And the special attention paid to us was fun, but not Intrusive. Lovely brunch.

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s
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Delicious food! This place is definitely for cheese lovers, and they do a great job of selecting the right cheese for each menu item. The service was a little detached, but passable.

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SS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Wanted to love this place. I do think it’s great if you’re wanting to pick up some gourmet cheese plate items, unfortunately, the food was just okay. I ordered food that should have all been served hot, and it was all served room temperature, at best. Service is excellent. I would come back from the cured meats, cheeses and accoutrements, but probably not to dine.

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CO
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Not at all what I expected. Ordered cheese fondue (friend said it tasted like pure parmesan) and I ordered the mac-n-cheese, it was o.k. did not finish it

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

Cheestique is always amazing!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Shared plates are a bit small.

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JN
Baltimore
69 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food and awesome service.

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