Hamrock's Restaurant (fka Choices by Shawn)

4.4
553 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Thu–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
Reviews from verified diners
553 reviews
4.4 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
59%
Very Good
29%
Good
6%
Fair
5%
Poor
0%
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great gluten-free options for appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Enjoyable dining experience!

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GG
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Hamrock's. We had drinks outside, then had dinner indoors. The four of us thought the food was outstanding, and the service was very great. We all said "we will be back"!

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KR
Richmond
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was really really yummy. We hadn't even gotten through appetizers before we had decided we would return again!

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JO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Attentive staff. Good food and excellent service. My guests really enjoyed the ambiance of this historic home.

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a
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and food. The best part... most of the menu was GF and amazing!

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CG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful classic restaurant, located on the corner of a busy street in Fairfax. Easy parking right on the property. Several outdoor dining tables placed on the deck. The night was a perfect night for eating outside. The menu was ample with plenty of drink options. Service was prompt and very friendly. It was a bit noisy towards the front entrance due to the traffic right on the street, but the venue itself was calm and quiet on the deck and inside. Great decor inside. Must be a great place to visit later at night or during fall/winter, since it is an antique house converted to a restaurant.

Highly recommended for a date or dinner with friends.

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LC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere and staff. Food presentation was great. Great if you love wine, but not if you or a beer drinker for cocktails. Very limited choices!

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CR
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went out for a nice brunch after church and loved Hamrocks. The food was delicious, especially the fresh fruit and popovers, and the decor was beautiful. We will definitely be back.

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MW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the wine flights! All four of us purchased one! Great menu. Nice table for 4!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time celebrating my wife’s birthday dinner with her parents. Cameron was our server and she was very helpful and fun! Our dinners were all perfectly cooked and seasoned to perfection. They topped off the night with giving a special dessert on the house to my wife for her birthday! We will definitely be going back!

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g
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal and service. Love this place!

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MM
Philadelphia
65 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We took out a co-worker as a farewell here. Our meals were great (especially enjoying the extra blueberry muffins!). One in our party though noted it took a while to simply get a glass of water (those who didn't order wine or soda). Otherwise, we enjoyed the outdoor seating on the quieter side of the restaurant (away from the street), where we could have a nice, relaxed conversation.

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MS
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been several times as a couple and with larger groups and have always had a great meal, service and atmosphere. We will definitely be returning.

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j
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jeremy a polite attentive waiter; food delicious and reasonable. So glad to have you in the neighborhood.

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H
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went at the suggestion of a friend for my (adult) daughter's birthday brunch. While the food was very good, nothing stood out as "the best ever" - my standard for 5 stars (within a category). We began with the fried green tomatoes and the deviled eggs. Both were very good, but not sublime. She had the chicken and waffles and said they were very good, but that she's had better. My wife had the Stuffed French toast and finished it - a testimony to both nice portion sizes and it being very, very good. I had the potato cakes with poached eggs - also quite good. my sons had the Jalapeno cheddar french toast (which got a rave from #1 son) and the crab cakes benedict (also remarked upon with favor from #2 son).

However, our server was the true standout of the meal. He was in exactly the right spot at every moment of the meal. The meal was paced perfectly. He was helpful with menu questions and with everything else.

The dining room was also very nice, and we had our room to ourselves. The tables seemed nicely spaced everywhere, a rarity these days.

All in all, a very favorable experience.

(and as natives of McLean, we appreciate the owner's start at Three Pigs Barbecue for emotional connection).

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d
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A spur-of-the-moment, let's-go-someplace-different-tonight kind of date. We enjoy going out and having a nice meal, but tend to stay with those places we know. Decided to spice it up a bit and were very happy with our choice.

We had a glass of wine, appetizers --me with the BEST MINI-CRABCAKES EVER (said my wife) and she with the Fried Green Tomatoes. I moved onto a salmon with salad, topped with a basil cream, and she had the grilled salmon. Then the lemoncello cake for dessert.

We will be going back, and taking some friends.

What they need? I would like a cocktail. The wine selection is broad, but to really round out the evening...

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H
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Surprisingly good! Very good food and service, and excellent and affordable wine list.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The service was marginal at best. Delayed, disjointed (brought wrong dishes to tables) and not professional in general. The restaurant has a very casual feel when it seems to desire more.

The food was ok. We had Brussels sprout and cauliflower appetizers and various entrees. The food didn’t distinguish itself. There was no “ah ha” moment to flavors that were memorable.

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l
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gnocchis were the best I have ever had!

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TP
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful place, love the food and atmosphere. I will go again and again.

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B
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hamrock’s is a qaint historic house converted to a restaurant. The atmosphere is relaxed and the food is delicious! We sat on the front porch to celebrate our 37th anniversary and the service was very friendly and helpful. The only down side, and not a big deal, is the proximity to the street which can be fairly busy.

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j
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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

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J
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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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BE
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Very friendly staff. Efficient service. Reasonable prices.

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JK
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We had a lovely meal and experience. Our server was polite, friendly and accommodating. The food was delicious and the menu had something for everyone. We were offered a nice quiet table outside for our group and it was perfect. Everyone enjoyed the evening and we will definitely go back!

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AB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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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PB
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

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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J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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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MY
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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JN
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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LR
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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AP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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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MP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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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TD
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

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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NR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service. Server Crystal is always so friendly and makes sure guests feel welcomed and cared for. Seating on the outdoor porch, especially in the back is nice. Front porch can be a bit loud with traffic. There are indoor rooms that can be more private for small parties. Truly GF menu options (separate cooking area is my understanding) is a nice feature. Soups and pastas are excellent.

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m
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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J
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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