Cheesetique - Shirlington
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!
A perfect place to go for a casual lunch out with friends.
We’ve loved Cheesetique for years but sadly our experience on Friday night wasn’t great. The cheese curds were amazing but the lobster Mac-n-cheese was so bad only a few spoonfuls were eaten. Service was lackluster, no one once enquirers how the meal was and it took quite a while to get a bill, despite the restaurant being almost empty.
Attended a wine event this week which was fantastic in every way. A special chef prepared a 5-course dinner (not items on their regular menu) and master sommelier Jesse Becker poured wonderful French wines and spoke to the group about the selections. Looking forward to attending other wine events in the future!
Great food! It was a little too noisy for me at the beginning of our meal, but it was quieter by the end of our meal.
Always consistently good. Love the 1/2 sandwich & soup lunch special. Wasn’t very busy, but staff was not as attentive as usual.
Our server was lovely. The problem was the customer sitting next to us was a pill. Nothing was good enough. It was distracting and hard to watch her treatment of our shared server.
We really enjoyed the Charcuterie 6 appetizer and wonderful Braised Beef Short ribs with truffle mashed potatoes for two of us and the famous Mac & Cheese for our 3rd member. Honestly, I can mentally still taste the beef now, and want to go back for another helping as I write this. The Key Lime Pie may have been the best I've ever had. All in all, Excellent meal!
Will be back and will recommend!
The food was good and our waiter was very nice but made a couple of weird errors - like serving coffee that was pretty lukewarm. Not deal breakers - just goofy.
I was really impressed with this restaurant and I would absolutely come back. The charcuterie board was one of the best I've EVER had, not just in Virginia or even in the US. I was really blown away by the quality of the cheese. All things considered, I thought it was a great value date for how amazing the food was. Highly recommend.
Great service, delicious food. Perfect brunch and date spot!
Been to cheesetique too many times to count! Will always come back but we were disappointed in our waitress. Would like to have ordered more beverages and dessert but it took 10 minutes just to get the dessert menu! And wait time on her to see if we wanted more beverages was just too long. Table of three ladies ordering wine and cheese - why wouldn’t you want to be constantly filling those glasses.
One of my favorite restaurants for over a decade. Too bad that the service was shoddy at my last visit. The food is consistently good between all locations, but don’t know if I’ll return to this location based on the lackluster experience.
Service was agonizing slow. Amazing how that can color your whole experience. Ordered three cheeses but server knew nothing about cheese so could make suggestions or explanations. Mac and lobster had a VERY few tiny pieces. Stick with their cheese sandwiches. They did better as a wine bar then trying to do full service dining.
Hi there. I can't apologize enough about the slow service! We have been having challenges with that lately, as we bring on new staff. Obviously, you got a very new person who was not as versed in the cheeses (or steps of service) as we expect. We've been doing this for almost 16 years, but can still make mistakes, and I'm so sorry that you were on the receiving end. Please do consider coming to see us again... I know we can do better. Best, Jill (owner, Cheesetique)
Delicious food, great service, wonderful atmosphere.
My arboretum lunch group loves to go here; the food is good; the service is friendly, warm and wonderful. We can relax, enjoy our lunch and catch up on each other's news. I love the place and recommend it highly.
That's so wonderful to hear! We look forward to seeing you next time!
Always fun. Nice new location. Attentive waitstaff. Delicious raclette special this time.
I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit... and the Raclette! We hope to see you again soon!
I really enjoyed the wine selection and our cheese board was great. When it came to the meals we ordered from dinner, my lobster mac & cheese was so bland I didn’t even finish it. It was watery and barely had any flavor. The grilled cheese my date ordered had only a small amount of cheese on one side and was mostly an arugula sandwich. I’d go back for wine and a charcuterie board, but definitely not for dinner.
Everything was excellent.
Had a great time! Service was excellent. Food was delicious. Will definitely go back !
Yay! So glad to hear it! Please come see us again soon! Jill (owner, Cheesetique)
The service was terrible. All of the staff seamed clueless. Food was standard/what you would expect.
Hi, Lindsey. I just send you a private note to get more detail. Would you please take a look? Thank you! Jill
It was a great experience!
Thank you so much for the kind note! I'm so glad you had a wonderful experience... All the best, Jill (owner, cheesetique)
The service was awful. Our server ignored us, didn't clear the table, brought out the food for a party of 5 at different times, didn't take our order for ages, didn't ask if we wanted more wine. I love Cheesetique and this is the first time I have been to the new location. This was almost like we were being punked with service beyond awful!
Hi there. I just sent you a private message... will you please take a look? Thank you for your feedback! Jill (owner, Cheesetique)
We have been at Cheesetique several times before and have always had a good meal. This time however, while the food was as good as ever, we barely had time to eat it. We were going to a performance at Signature Theatre at 7 PM and got to Cheesetique at 5:30 assuming we would have enough time to eat. We informed our waitress about our need to make the performance. We got the appetizer in reasonable time, however, the waitress did not put our entree order until after we had finished eating our appetizer, which meant that the entrees did not get out to us until well after 6:30 which meant we had to glup down our food to make it to the performance and as it was the food only showed up then after we had talked to the staff and manager about our need to get to our performance.
Noise level a bit much oven away from the bar. This interfered with normal table convo
Hi there! Thank you so much for your feedback. I'm so sorry it was loud where you were sitting. Next time, let us know you'd like to sit in the back dining room. It's much quieter and should provide a wonderful environment for good conversation. Hope to see you again soon! Jill (owner, Cheesetique)
We went to Cheesetique this weekend for Brunch. After hearing great things and reviewing the tempting menu, my party was excited to try this restaurant. Unfortunately, our experience was not great.
Service: The Service was not great. While our server and his trainee were very nice, it took awhile for anyone to come over to us while when we arrived. I will say they were diligent about refilling our water (a big plus in my book), but that was the only highlight. The biggest issue with the service was that everyone’s meal did not come out at the same time. Three meals came out at once and the fourth came out 5 minutes later. We all politely waited for the fourth meal to come out before eating. Neither the server or the trainee communicated any delay in the fourth meal and others’ meals (for tables that arrived after us) streamed out of the kitchen ahead of our party’s fourth meal (a salad and sandwich).
Food: The food was okay. Having the food sit for 5 mins before enjoying it definitely impacted the experience. Our group ordered the breakfast tacos, green eggs and ham, pearschutto and Brie sandwich, and the classic breakfast sandwich. Nothing was bad, but nothing was great.
Overall, I would not recommend this location or return to Cheesetique. I know they just moved to this location (from down the street), but it seems like they still have a lot of work to do.
Hi there- Just sent you a private note. Would you please take a look? Thank you! Jill
Our meals were good but the restaurant was extremely loud and we had to speak quite loudly to hear one another.
Thank you so much for visiting... and for your feedback! Next time you come in, I recommend asking to sit in the back dining room. It still feels like you're part of the action, but is significantly quieter and should allow you to converse easily. Hope to see you again soon! Jill (owner, Cheesetique)
The new location is larger and easier to get into but has lost the french bistro ambiance that the previous location had. It seems more like a diner now and that back room has no ambiance whatsoever.
Hi there- I'm sorry to hear that you didn't like the ambiance of the new space. We're still getting settled and are making improvements all the time. I hope you will come back again soon and give us another try. All the best, Jill (owner, Cheesetique)
We had a great lunch. Everyone was very friendly and attentive. We loved all the food and it was a cheese lover’s dream. Can’t wait to go back and try something else but you can’t go wrong with grilled cheese and tomato soup and Mac and cheese. Even the rosemary chips were tasty.
The food was delicious, the service was excellent and we had a fabulous brunch!!
Excellent wine selection. Good gluten-free onion soup choice of breads and sandwiches. Light dinner before the theater and lunch
Great food and service. Very noisy and a baby was seated next to us in spite of the fact that we were one of the first seated. That group could have been seated in any of many empty places. Maybe that could be improved. That said , it’s a fine place and I would recommend it.
Lovely decor. The food is delicious! Service was good and we had a wonderful time
Great meal at Cheesetique's new space on Shirlington! Terrific cheese boar, as always! Thank you Cat, Edwin and Edmin for amazing service!
Love the new location in Shirlington and expanded menu. Food & service were excellent. Highly recommend this restaurant
Thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoy the new spot! Hope to see you again soon... Best, Jill (owner, Cheesetique)
Surprisingly loud in there for such a small place, even though it was only half full. Food was delicious, service was good (took awhile to close our check, but our server was training someone new, so, forgiven). We got some meat and cheese to go to make a board the next day and it was damn delightful; good advice and good food!
The food was, as always, excellent. Our server was also really great. However the hostess was a nightmare and a liar.
I arrived a few minutes ahead of my friend and was shown a table for two, which was adjacent to and very tightly arranged to the two tables on either side. There were two other two-tops in the same serving area that were not occupied and not as tightly configured as the table I was shown. When I politely asked if I could have one of those two tables I was told they were "reserved". I mentioned that I too had a reservation and was not aware that individual tables could be reserved. I asked again if I could have one of the two more comfortably configured tables and was again told no, and the hostess asked if i wanted to speak to the manager. Not wanting to start the evening off with additional confrontation I declined and seated myself at the original table.
When my friend arrived and our server came by we asked if we could move to one of the more comfortable tables, which were still not occupied. He graciously agreed to move us. I asked him if individual tables could be reserved and he said no, he was not aware of such a policy. The rest of the evening went smoothly, our sever was exceptional. However his tip did suffer a bit due to the unpleasant interaction with the hostess.
The hostess flat out lied to me about reserving individual tables. I don't know why and won't speculate.
I have been patronizing Cheestique since they were simply a cheese shop in Del Rey. I will continue to consider dining at Cheesetique, but never again at the Shirlington location.
Dale is a terrific server! Everything was perfect. Thank you! I’ll be back on 12/14 😊.
We had a horrible experience so I cannot recommend this restaurant. I won't be returning. For our party of four we ordered one appetizer and four entrees, what I would consider a standard order. We received three entrees about 20 minutes after placing our order. When we realized that the fourth entree wasn't coming we asked about it and our appetizer. 10 minutes later the appetizer came. Another 15 minutes later (25 minutes after the other entrees were delivered) my friend got her entree. I had already finished eating and my plate had been cleared when my friend finally got her food. It was very uncomfortable to eat in front of my friend and it tainted the entire meal. We asked to speak to the manager and he seemed to not really know what was going on. They comped our appetizer which was the absolute least they could do, as it was the least expensive thing we ordered. I cannot trust them and won't be returning. It's a shame, because the food itself was great.
Cheesetique - Shirlington offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 933-8787.
Cheesetique - Shirlington is rated 4.4 stars by 208 OpenTable diners.
Cheesetique - Shirlington does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.cheesetique.com/store/gift-cards/.
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