Hamrock's Restaurant (fka Choices by Shawn)

4.4
596 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
We are located in an historic home built in 1840, located in old town Fairfax City. Hamrock's Restaurant makes American food, using fresh ingredients and whenever possible our dishes are made to order. We have a great wine list with many selections to enhance your dining experience. We also always have a special wine flight available. About 80% of our menu is or can be made gluten free, we use only canola or olive oil in all of our cooking. We have fried chicken, meatloaf, fried calamari and crab cakes all made gluten free. Other menu favorites include: Deviled eggs, stir fry shrimp, fried green tomatoes, warm beet salad, roasted pork tenderloin with Dijon cream, shrimp and grits and penne pasta with Andouille sausage and shrimp. Sunday brunch is one of our customer favorites, so when the weather is permitting come sit on our wrap around porch and enjoy our Sunday brunch and when the weather doesn't permit enjoy one of our cozy dining rooms
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm
Lunch
Mon–Sat 11:00 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(703) 385-5433
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jason Alderete
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Private party facilities
We have 2 private dining rooms, one seats up to 20 people and the other seats up to 16 people. The two rooms are connected and if your party has more than 20 you may have the use of both rooms. There is no charge for the rooms as long as you have at least 10 in your party and everyone in is dining. If you would like a private room for fewer than 10 people or if you will only be having dessert than there is a minimum per person charge or a room fee.
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Private party contact
Shawn: (703) 385-5433
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
North St.
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Parking details
We have a private lot that only has 9 available spaces until five o'clock Monday through Friday. After five o'clock and on the weekends there are at least 40-50 spaces that may be utilized.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 596 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, place and ambiance. All staff were very attentive and helpful -- and had an excellent evening there. Will 100% come again!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The servers were very kind and patient with a bunch of "old ladies" who were almost too busy talking to get to the ordering effort. They also noticed that it was birthday party and nicely and deliciously acknowledged it -- thankfully, without singing to us.

Some of the "girls" did have a little problem with the steps going in and didn't see any more accessible option.

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V
Washington DC
92 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The 1840 house is a charming restaurant location. We tried it for Sunday lunch. Sangria was refreshing and tasty. Crab cake sandwich was very good and the fries were thick and crispy. The accompanying Slaw was bland. The seafood salad stuffed avocado was also bland. The banana pudding ice cream was delicious.

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B
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was great, the ambiance was nice, although we were seated 15 minutes late at a highboy table in a corner despite having a reservation. The server was friendly and knowledgeable, but appeared to forget about us multiple times so our dinner ended up taking 2.5 hours, which was considerably longer than it should have been. He also forgot about the dessert we ordered and tried to cover for himself by saying it was a strange night and there were multiple new people starting and old employees leaving. None of that matters to me, the customer, it should be invisible and seamless.

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PR
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We drove by Hamrock's so many times with the intent of trying them out at some point. We finally did and it was a wonderful experience - food, service and the comfort level of the restaurant itself. The food and wines are very, very good. Kudos to the chef/owner and the staff. We did not have dessert ( the entrees were ample!). We will return and have already told others in the Woodbridge area about our positive experience.

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FR
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We and our friend enjoy a deliberate pacing to concentrate on our food and company. We were very much accommodated. The food was excellently prepared, the vegetables were crisp and our service matched the meal. This was our first visit but not our last. I was especially appreciative and enjoyed the gluten free fried chicken...crispy crust but very moist meat.

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E
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. The ambiance is lovely and the food is delicious. I got the white gazpacho soup and basil scallops. This is my 3rd time at Hamrocks and each time was wonderful. I love the fact that the building has a history.

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LF
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

While the ambience is fantastic, the food wasn’t great. If all you care about is a quick appetizer and a glass of wine, it’s probably fine. We were all looking forward to a great meal and were all disappointed.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

In town for George Mason baseball camp and came across Hamrock’s. Member of our party requires gluten-free options and menu had plenty of options. All meals were exceptionally prepared. Only negative was service quality, which was mediocre. Waitress was less than attentive so we had to intercept other servers to get assistance. When we were able to gain the attention of our waitress, her standard response to our statements of thanks was the gratuitous ‘no problem’.

Definitely would eat here again and would recommend, but will be hopeful we get a different server.

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AB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were looking for a nice restaurant to go to before a movie. The food and service here were fantastic. The brussel sprouts appetizer was so good, one patron ordered another to be her meal along with a salad! I had the special, red snapper and it was delicious and cooked to perfection! My husband had the steak and loved it! Beautiful presentation and a good variety of meals to choose from. The history of the place is interesting.

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PT
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We arrived for a 6:15 reservation and were promptly seated, as requested, in a quiet corner. All was excellent until the room filled up around 7 pm with two tables that were very, very loud to the point that I could no longer hear my husband. Interesting that the table in the next room, just around the corner from us had two toddlers and that entire table was at a comfortable conversation level. The food is very, very good with many options that are not fried or overly heavy in salt or creams. We will be back. If noise is an issue, we recommend coming earlier vs over the main dinner hour on a Friday/Saturday night.

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b
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food & ambiance. A lot of dropping things for some reason this visit.

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S
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Food was sort of gross; service slow and not friendly. Ordered eggs over-hard and specifically told the waitress I cannot eat food with runny yolk; the eggs came back totally running on everything. Took forever to get the check

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S
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The porch at this place is one of the best outdoor eating spots in DC, plus they ACTUALLY READ the special requests on the reservation. The wait staff at Hamrock's is the best in NOVA, our guy Dave was amazing!

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KK
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a pleasure to eat such amazing food. The creme brulee was slightly watery but had great flavor. Ctabcakes were meary and no filler with great flavor. Caprese was excellent! Bread fresh baked and au gratin potatoes were delightful!

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S
Charleston
46 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent salmon and salad.

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KK
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Friendly service and delicious food. Thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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JB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Food selection and quality was great. Service was slow as a large party came in and overtook the staff. I think maybe they were understaffed. Food was authentic enough we will come back for another chance

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o
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Our first visit. Great appetizers (nice portions). We visited during Restaurant Week and the selections were very nice--we enjoyed a crab cake and a shrimp-and-crab with lobster sauce dish. Service was friendly and helpful but sometimes detained by other tables. Noise level can be high if there's a loud group in the room (rooms are fairly small). We will definitely return.

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j
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great as well as the ambience. The service was slow and the wait staff wasn’t very attentive.

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KS
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere! Looking forward to going back!

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LB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Thanks, Jeremy, for not rushing us off the front porch. Restaurant Week FTW

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J
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly welcome at front desk. Each dish had a new combination of spices which made chopped carrots delicious and memorable.

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KC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Went for Restaurant Week. Summer Salad and crab cake entree were fair. Lemoncello cake was very good. Service was very poor. Kitchen was very slow and hand-off from hostess(?)/server to male server showed no continuity (received iced tea I didn't order and separate checks were not presented but were corrected.

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J
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food--from appetizers to dessert, everything was fantastic. Great service. Extensive selection of wine. A wonderful place to celebrate an important birthday.

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

My wife and I had previously been there for Sunday Brunch about 5 years ago when this restaurant was called Choices by Shawn. We were disappointed with the food and never went back. We became interested in revisiting the restaurant when we saw that they changed their name to Hamrock's and had a new chef owner. We had the restaurant week lunch on Monday and were very happy with the food. The menu was creative, the food was excellent, and the portions were generous. We live in Fairfax and we will definitely be back again soon.

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TR
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined during 2018 Restaurant Week

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KJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service was very good and the food very nicely presented, fairly priced, and delicious. All three of us loved our tasty dishes so I highly recommend this delightful restaurant. Having their own parking in the middle of Fairfax City makes it so convenient.

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TG
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Hamrock's is in an old house, with separate rooms for dining. It's not only charming, the food is excellent! The brussel sprouts and shrimp/duck/avocado appetizers were superb, and the crab cakes I had were mostly crab instead of filler. My dining companions had a filet mignon, a shrimp dish with orzo, and the swordfish special, and all three were pleased with their meals. We split carrot cake and chocolate cake for dessert, and our server brought us several dishes of house-made ice cream - all were delicious!
The only negative was that we had to ask for a server, after we had sat for about five minutes in a not terribly busy restaurant. But once our server started waiting on us, he was attentive and knowledgeable. I recommend Hamrock's - it's a somewhat hidden gem.

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

Waiter was harried but still good. Deviled eggs and bruschetta appetizers were very good as was the crab cakes entree. Duck entree was subpar. Hostess was very polite.

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p
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first time at the restaurant, the wait staff was very friendly and knowledgeable, the food delicious and the presentation very impressive. I did a wine flight which was very good -- I will definitely go back again.

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D
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Hamrocks is a charming place in downtown Fairfax City. This past Spring the food was delicious. This time it was very disappointing.

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g
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Not a good night. Service was off. I come here quite a bit and not the best experience. Was sat in the front of the house and traffic was super loud. Never got bread. Server was over sat and not sure he was told. He did a good job..but was trying to make up for other things. I still love this place and know it was an off night!!

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JM
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I felt the food was great and the restaurant itself was charming. My only complaint which really cant be helped by the restaurant itself was the noise level when sitting on the porch due to the vicinity of the busy street. The next time we eat there, which I hope will be soon we will try sitting inside.

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E
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I love this restaurant. It is very quaint, charming and historic and the food is excellent. I ate dinner there this past winter and really enjoyed their wine flight. The salmon dish I had was very tasty and reasonably priced. I had lunch there today and had an delicious cucumber gazpacho soup and warm beet salad. It was hard to pick what to have as everything looked so good. I would highly recommend the Hamrock!

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AC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a very nice lunch at Hamrock's. The food was good (crab cakes and salad), the servers were attentive enough and didn't make us feel rushed at all. Cute old building with a nice porch for outdoor dining.

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PC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening of delicious food, wonderful service and atmosphere

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B
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Hamrocks is a pleasant place to meet and eat. The food is always tasty and it’s nice to dine at a locally-owned restaurant.

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TM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and staff were beyond compare. What an anniversary! My wife had the fillet mignon and I had the salmon. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. We also had HOME-MADE maple walnut ice cream. WOW! I am so glad we went to Hamrock's!!!

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JK
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and Jeremy was an excellent server who knew the menu well. I highly recommend Hamrock’s!

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