Cheesetique - Shirlington

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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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AR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall1food1service1ambience4

:( I love cheesetique!!! But went this time and sat at a table for over 20 mins without anyone coming over to wait on us. Ended up leaving

Cheesetique - Shirlington
Responded 21 hours ago

Hi there, AshleyR. I can't apologize enough for us missing your table yesterday. Our new, larger space needs entirely new approaches to server sections and load management. This Friday, with the significant number of guests, the need was particularly glaring. We are working on solutions as we speak. Again, so sorry we let you down. We'll do better next time. Thanks for being a Cheesetique fan and I hope you will join us again. All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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BW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the new location! More space and always a great selection of wine/cheese! Can’t wait to return!

Cheesetique - Shirlington
Responded 14 hours ago

Thank you so much! I'm thrilled that you enjoyed our new spot. Hope to see you soon! -Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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S
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The FOOD was amazing! This was a great find.

Cheesetique - Shirlington
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much! We hope to see you again soon! All the best, Jill (owner, Cheesetique)

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AO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience5

It was the first week in their new location, and there were lots of logistical problems. The food was excellent as usual, and the management really stepped up to make things work. But they do have to work on their flow, getting things to the table in a timely manner, and just general staff knowledge of the menu. I will still go back, but only because I’ve been a long-time customer. If it had been my first time I might be thinking twice. The new location and drcor is absolutely fabulous though!

Cheesetique - Shirlington
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks so much for giving us a try in our new digs! You are correct—any new space presents unique challenges, many of which don't become apparent until full service begins. I so appreciate your support and look forward to your next visit, when we've had even more practice :) And I'm so glad you loved the decor... we're really excited about the vibe. Until next time! Jill (owner, Cheesetique)

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DC
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the new location and I can't wait to enjoy the little cabana seats in the center of the restaurant. There's much more space in the restaurant but I hope I'll be able to buy the semisweet morsels of chocolate they used to sell in the store area. Glad you all can accommodate more visitors now!

Cheesetique - Shirlington
Responded 3 days ago

Yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit with us! When you visit next, if you request one of the middle tables in your reservation, we can hold it for you. They are really cozy :) All the best, Jill (owner, Cheesetique)

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AO
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The server was very distracted, and we didn’t get a lot of table support. We would have definitely had an extra glass of wine had we been checked in with more. Even though it was listed as my birthday dinner, which was reinforced to the server, it took us a while to get offered a dessert menu. The one item we wanted, the chocolate mousse, we were told was unavailable. When disappointed and asked why, we were told “it was all runny and I’m not comfortable serving to you”. Within said we just be happy with the chocolate chips that came with our bill, but when the bill came we didn’t even get them!

RR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We didn’t stay because our reservation was not honored by the restaurant and we weren’t seated.

AF
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious!

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Horrible service and knowledge of menu. Went for their charcuterie festival and was very disappointed.

LN
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall, we enjoyed the food and atmosphere. The service could have been a little more attentive and knowledgeable. We got the fondue of the moment appetizer. The server didn’t know which 3 cheeses were featured and the chef wasn’t available to advise. Had to remind we ordered a 2nd glass of wine. Little things that can be easily improved. I would return and recommend.

LG
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Cheese and wine selection are lovely, the restaurant was not at all busy, but service was terribly slow. This is the second time we’ve had this experience- nice for the shop- but not worth the pain of spending over an hour waiting for grilled cheese.

BG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

FYI, for restaurant week, you don’t get to choose the three cheeses in your cheese board. They pick for you.

OT
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Slow service, dingy interior, and mediocre food.

m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Anything with their cheese is very good - but the tomato soup was terrible. Tasted like marinara sauce. All other dishes were good.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for pre-theater.

NF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We were there for half an hour and and all they managed to get to our table was tepid water. Cancelled our order and left without eating.

J
Savannah
7 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Overall good experience. Service was a bit slow as the server mentioned they were understaffed that evening. Good food, but already missing the Ballston location!

M
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were great!

BF
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

It was okay. The service was excellent from the host to the server. However the food was a little bit different. You really need to love cheese lol. I would recommend the cheese fondue. The mac n cheese was a little rich for me. The cheese board was really good. After you eat the cheese board you are pretty stuffed lol.

WA
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice little restaurant with great food and the best cheese selection in town.

Cheesetique - Shirlington
Responded on May 11, 2019

Hi WABS, Thank you for visiting Cheesetique and for saying we have the "best cheese selection in town." That is certainly what we work towards, so it means a lot to hear customers say it! All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always have a great experience here. Food is always excellent, and they are super friendly. You can try just about anything on the menu and come way happy...

Cheesetique - Shirlington
Responded on May 11, 2019

Hi there, Thanks for joining us at Cheesetique and thanks so much for the 5-star review! I'm so glad you always have a great experience. I look forward to welcoming you back soon. All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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n
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as well as wines that pair well with each dish.

Cheesetique - Shirlington
Responded on May 11, 2019

Hi novamom, Thanks for visiting Cheesetique. I appreciate you taking time to write a 5-star review. And, I love that you appreciate both the food and wine pairings! Please come back and see us soon. All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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C
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Cherry Blossom Festival cherry bliss grilled cheese sandwich made with brie and cherries was absolutely sensational! It was incredibly delicious. I would love to see this on the menu throughout spring and summer. Service was terrific and the atmosphere was very pleasing.

Cheesetique - Shirlington
Responded on April 18, 2019

Hi Clyde, Thank you for visiting us! So happy to hear you found the Cherry Blossom Fest grilled cheese special sensational - we will make a note that you would like to see it on the menu for a longer stay. And, be on the look out for new seasonal menu items in the near future. Please come see us again soon! All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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DJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Cheesetique is our go-to place pre-theater, but that's because Shirlington options leave a lot to be desired. This last visit was on a day with decent weather, so they opened outdoor seating. Apparently they hadn't staffed for the additional space. Our waiter was (trying to) cover indoor and outdoor guests. Service is always slow at Cheesetique (it can easily take 15 minutes to get a glass of wine while you are seated not more than 15 feet from the bar and can watch the bartender putter around without priorities). This time slower than ever. We had to ask another server to find our waiter after not seeing him for at least 20 minutes. Food is adequate; prices are very good; location is great. We will keep going back, but Cheesetique really needs a better manager and some staff training.

Cheesetique - Shirlington
Responded on April 9, 2019

Hi DjangoJ, We are privileged to be your go-to pre-theater spot in Shirlington and for sure want it to stay that way! So, I'm very disappointed to hear about your issue with slow service. Would you please contact me directly so that I can get to the bottom of this and make sure you have a better experience when you next join us? Thanks! All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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R
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Great place for a casual but creative meal with a good wine selection. The staff are always attentive and knowledgeable about the cheese selections and wines. They turn a grilled cheese into a culinary work of art, and their mac and cheese options are also wonderful. I've never been disappointed.

Cheesetique - Shirlington
Responded on April 5, 2019

Hi Rich, Thanks for joining us at Cheesetique! I very much appreciate the review and am pleased you found our grilled cheese to be a "culinary work of art." What a wonderful compliment. Looking forward to welcoming you back at Cheesetique again soon! All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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TS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The service is remarkably poor. They consistently make mistakes on orders, serve entrees moments after appetizers have arrived so there is no room in the table, run out of types of wine (it’s a wine and cheese shop, for Pete’s sake - can’t they stock the wines on the menu?), and forget to follow through on requests. Geesh.

Cheesetique - Shirlington
Responded on April 2, 2019

Hi there, Terry, Thank you SO much for joining us at Cheesetique. I am disappointed that you experienced poor service and we were out of your wine choice. Your order certainly should have been served correctly and the meal should have been paced so that you had time to eat your appetizers before the entrees arrived. Would you please contact me directly so that we can make this right? All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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z
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A bustling, cozy casual dining room and cheese shop with delicious cheesy food. Not necessarily spacious, but the well thought out menu and myriad of selections make up every bit.

Cheesetique - Shirlington
Responded on April 2, 2019

Hi zdwrites, Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review. I'm so glad you found the menu well thought out and the dining room to be bustling and cozy - that is the feeling we aim for! We hope to see you again soon! All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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AK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We came for raclette--melted cheese scraped onto vegetables at the table. It was delicious! With good wine pairings and great cheeses, this is a go-to spot for weeknight meetups.

EK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

delightful experience - amazing food and service; raclettefest was great

MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Cheesetique is a quaint little restaurant, with limited seating, known for their selection of cheeses. This was the first time we sat down and ate; the food was very good; wine was ok.

LE
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Hostess/Manager was pretty obnoxious as I came in about my seating. Then, service was very slow and not very attentive. Food was very good.

JB
Washington DC
119 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Happy hour means discount on wines AND appetizers! Enjoyed the Poutine for the first time, and recommend it!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the raclette special

EG
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was poor. Our drinks, which we ordered well before our appetizers, arrived after we got our food. Second round came after we were done, and after a reminder.
My friends grilled cheese was awesome, my ‘cuban’ was just OK. Probably wont go back.

IT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good place for a meal before the movies. This restaurant has a small but nicely varied menu. Good soups and a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches. Nice salads. A good happy hour during the week. Try to get a table away from the door on cold days!

k
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for our group before a show at signature!

GS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

CP
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

b
Orlando
23 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

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.

JB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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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