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Hamrock's Restaurant (fka Choices by Shawn)

4.3
530 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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

Saturday: 10:00am - 2:30pm;
Brunch:
Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm;
Lunch:
Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm;
Dinner:
Sunday- Wednesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm,
Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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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 530 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.2
service
4.3
ambience
4.2
value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We dine out fairly frequently so I was looking for someplace unique and new to us without having to trek all of the way into DC. It also had to be special enough to be a worthy of "special occasion" status (my wife's birthday). I found Hamrock's on Open Table and, based on the description, decided to give it a try. I am not sure how we have overlooked it before, but it was a real find! It is located in the middle of downtown Fairfax city in a charming, historic home that dates back to the 1800's. The food and service were great and we loved the look and feel. Portions were generous with a nice mix of creativity and selection. Hamrock's will definitely be high on our list of "go to" locations in the future!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We had Father’s Day dinner and I would highly recommend it. We can’t to go back.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Beautiful ambiance in a historic home with wrap around porch and outdoor seating available. Friendly and accommodating staff. Enjoyed the avocado bruschetta and potato hash Benedict. Three mimosa flavors including peach mango. Mini blueberry muffins and popovers brought to your table complimentary.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Very friendly staff. Efficient service. Reasonable prices.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Sat on the patio for gorgeous weather and old town ambiance. Our server Jeremy was amazing (as always). Love walking to Hamrock's for local charm and great food.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We went for a late brunch and sat on the back side of the porch. The inside is just as special and charming, but outside was private and quiet. The trees were lovely. Excellent food and service. Everyone was thrilled!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

The food was delicious and served beautifully on the plate. I had the swordfish special and the fish was so tender and juicy and well seasoned. My husband is very picky and he had the ribeye and said if was delicious! The weather was beautiful, so most other guest were seated on the outdoor porch, but we sat inside. The "old house" was very quaint!

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Outdoor seating, 80deg, 6PM summer evening, light breeze; environment was soothing, grounding, and thoroughly enjoyable. We had the sea scallops which were cooked perfectly and served with a flavorful sauce and a corn accent. Strawberry cake for desert. All the food was impeccable. Service was a bit sporadic. Our server had been assigned a large table inside the restaurant and seemed to have trouble getting to us. I had to go find her both to order our dessert and to request a check. I think I perceive a management challenge - at least on that evening, at that time.

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3.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Our service by David was attentive and accommodating. We were disappointed that it didn't have a full service bar only wine and beer. Lovely porch. Food was good but a little pricey for quality.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

The service was great and the food was delicious. The outdoor dining was an added treat.

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Overall very pleasant: Reasonably easy to hold conversation, better than most places, but still some noise. Server was very helpful, bringing a large book to cover floor vent which was blowing uncomfortable cold air on my back. Good initiative.Several cigar smokers on patio kept us from dining outside, and the smell was overpowering when you entered the door bec. of the cigar odor. Will be back.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Had a terrific experience dining at Hamrocks! The atmosphere was quaint and charming and the staff were most attentive.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Had a fantastic meal here, from appetizers to dessert. The tomato-mozzarella bruschetta was amazing. I had the scallops with grilled veggies; my husband had the fried chicken. Both were wonderful. We can't wait to return!!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We have been coming to Choices for a long time and always enjoyed it.
We find that now it’s Hamrock’s the kitchen and the service is even better but still a good value.
We appreciate that we don’t have to worry about parking since it’s right there!

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We were in Fairfax for a short visit and I was looking for a restaurant with Gluten-Free options. Hamrocks has many GF options so I was pleased.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

cameron was a GREAT server... she was cheerful and fun !!!
Annie was GREAT too....so sweet and friendly...and she makes WONDERFUL popovers and tiny blueberry muffins !!! All our meals were good too :)
We had such a fun time at brunch....good service good food good atmosphere!!
we'll be back soon !!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Great food. Great service. Unique and charming place. Next time I’m eating outside!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

This was our first visit to Hamrock's and it will definitely not be our last. I wanted somewhere special to celebrate our 27th anniversary and have admired this stately Fairfax home with a large wrap around porch for some time. Built in 1842, the home is gracious and the restaurant is a fine way to use the attractive rooms. The food was excellent! We split a Caesar salad and then both ordered crab cakes. Assumed my husband would go for the scallops but not this time. We were both delighted with the thin crisp crust and moist, succulent lumps of crab with just the right seasoning and no filler. Truly the best we've had in years. The gratin potatoes and grilled squash were excellent sides as well and added a nice balance of taste and texture. I had the Pinot grigio and my spouse has the wine flight. We ended with a scoop of ice cream each. I had the maple walnut and he chose the black raspberry chocolate chip ice cream. Both were excellent. The black raspberry was particularly noteworthy for it's slightly tart and clean raspberry taste. To often all you taste is overly sweet syrup dominated by the chocolate.
We look forward to returning for the scallops and pork chop, and at some point the fried chicken. Lots to look forward to.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Our table was ready at the appointed time of our reservation. Our server was friendly and attentive. The menu selections were many and our food was cooked perfectly - the ribeye steak was the best I've ever had and the creme brulee was to die for. Our overall dining experience was nothing less than wonderful.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Food was great! We all throughly enjoyed our meals and drink and overall had a great time

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3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

I didn’t care for the breakfast quesadillas (nor did the other person who ordered some)- not much to them including taste. But I tasted the fried chicken and it was delicious! Our waiter was attentive to our needs and the ambiance of the house, which was bustling with many patrons, was great!

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We loved our meal. Hope to return very soon. Food quality was great, as well as the flavors. From appetizer to main and dessert.... you will not be disappointed.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

The service was good. Staff friendly and helpful. On this night the restaurant was very busy with a few large groups. There are multiple dining areas corresponding to former rooms of a residence which makes for a cozy experience. There is al fresco dining also but since the restaurant is right next to route 123 it can get noisy outside....
It was a good experience ; I'd give the place 3.5 stars.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

This was our first visit to Hamrock's; overall, we were pleased. The restaurant is inside a beautiful historic home; the setting is a very big asset. Service was very friendly and certainly competent (if not exceptional); and the food seemed to satisfy everyone at our table, a group of 8 of us ranging from age 13-77. We all agreed we'd be happy to return in the future.

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2.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Great food, terrible service. The waiter was incredibly rude to our table, and as a former server myself, I have a high tolerance for rudeness. The server was aggressive and rude when we asked about ingredients in a dish due to allergies and when our party asked to split the check. The experience was overall uncomfortable because of the server. But the food and drinks were good and fairly priced.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

We had a wonderful dinner with our friends. All entrees were perfectly cooked and served hot. The service was excellent!

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Second time visiting this location and they continue to amaze. Mini crab cakes were spot on as was the filet. We had the same server as last time and he was again very attentive and knowledgeable. Hamrocks is becoming my new favorite spot.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

I went to Hamrock's for dinner with a friend and was welcomed warmly by the hostess and seated to a nice table on the patio. Our waiter was very attentive and made sure we were well taken care of. The food was excellent, the bruschetta was a perfect appetizer before our meal. My Greek shrimp salad was full of flavor and my friend's baked shrimp stuffed with crab over saffron risotto was absolutely incredible. We definitely will be coming back!

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Hostess was distracted and not friendly; after seated for a few minutes, we had to go back to host stand and ask for menus. Waiter was really friendly, Food was great.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Another good lunch time meal at Hamrock's. Our party of 3 enjoyed ourselves. It did get a bit noisy with a large group at a nearby table.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

We were delighted with Hamrock Restaurant. There was a wonderful and tasty variety of menu choices at reasonable prices. They accommodated us when we had added a person to our reservation. Our group ranged from 24 -75 years of age everyone enjoyed was impressed. I am planning to go back for a brunch and sit outside on the beautiful patio one day. So glad we found this place.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Ham rocks is definitely my preferred neighborhood restaurant! They always have several vegetarian options and seafood choices. The waitstaff is extremely courteous and helpful.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Very disappointing on Mother’s Day. Very small buffet, few choices, over cooked meat, store bought desserts, had to ask if the advertised homemade ice cream existed. One small table of food for whole restaurant to access. Ran out of food with slow replenishment. Very sad looking omelet brought to table. For the price, very disappointing and no charm.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Disappointed by the very small Mother’s Day buffet. Not many things and food was warm at best. Should probably stick to off the menu ordering in the future. May try again for dinner when they get their full liquor license as the atmosphere is charming

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Celebrated Mother's Day with my daughter and my granddaughter's birthday. We had a lovely time. Got there ahead of the crowd. Mari our server was just wonderful, friendly and attentive. It is a full menu and it all sounds great, so bring your appetite. It is a historic house and very cozy.

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2.0Dined on May 11, 2018

We are local, but had not tried Hamrock’s before. The evening was lovely and the menu reads well. I had high hopes for a pleasant dinner. The food was all over the board with regard to quality. Enjoyed the wine, but deviled eggs were strange and I almost left after one bite. Popovers and cornbread were delicious, but steak salad had gristle. Wait staff wore dirty aprons and rumpled clothing and the place simply needs to be dusted and cleaned better. This is a lovely spot with a wide front porch and potential with a little more care and oversight.

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3.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Third and last time we have been there. Service was slow. Wine was warm. Food was so-so.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

We loved that atmosphere and the menu. The old house setting was charming. The menu had plenty of choices. The food was very good. Wait staff was good, but a little rushed. A good place for lunch or a good casual dinner.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

My office had a great lunch at your restaurant! The gnocchi (main dish) and homemade ice cream (dessert) were AMAZING. We ate outside (many others were also taking advantage of the gorgeous weather), enjoying the natural breeze and people watching. I myself happen to live quite close to Hamrock's, so will definitely be taking family and friends there in the future!

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Great Spring evening for dining outside. Food was very good - crab cakes needed more remoulade sauce.
Great neighborhood spot.

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