Hamrock's Restaurant (fka Choices by Shawn)

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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
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AS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We attended brunch and it was just fine. We took our 5 year old son and were a bit disappointed there wasn't a children's menu so we ended up just taking home his pancakes since he could only eat one. The service was slow; it was about 15 minutes before a server came to our table. The food was fine, but nothing special. Pancakes were doughy and the fried chicken and waffles were ok, but lacking in flavor. We probably won't go back for brunch but would be open to trying for dinner.

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D
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Really, the only issue we noted was how long it took for our food to come out. It all tasted just fine and our server was OK. The ambience is above the norm (an old restored home).

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EE
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere, the service was very good and the menu has some great choices. The food was good. It is a great special occasion spot.

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DD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was great - thanks, Jeremy.
Food was good but not very hot.

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JS
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Alli was fantastic and we loved the complimentary bread options! Plenty of gluten free options as well and their icecream is by far top notch (the cookies and cream especially!)

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B
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was good and the menu shows a variety of good choices. Not the best I've ever had - but better than good. The "vibe" is wonderful. The staff, the little bar, the ambiance is a real neighborhood gem......loved it and will go back for sure. The total package is worth it for sure.

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p
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Overall I think Hamrocks has the potential to be a great place to eat. The decor is great, the menu looks wonderful, and the ambiance is warm and inviting. You really want to love this place and I hope they get there because I'd love to come back. Execution on the other hand needs work. Everything on the menu looked awesome and it was hard to choose. Unfortunately almost everything came out bland or overcooked.

Started with Fried Green tomatoes and deviled eggs. Eggs were great; the tomatoes seemed like something out of the grocery freezer. Even the black bean puree didn't liven it up (NOTE to chef, please discover CUMIN and Adobo). The salmon entree was overdone and under-seasoned; the confetti rice was flavorless. Wife had the pork loin which was dry and tough. Daughter 1 had the Meat Loaf which was very good. Daughter 2 had the duck a la orange which was perfectly cooked to temp and was really quite good; wish I'd ordered that.

I expect we'll try them again on a non-tuesday and give it another shot. Maybe they'll have a liquor license by then (beer and wine only).

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Would have liked to order another drink and dessert.
10 min gap so I got up and closed check .

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K
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was me and my husbands first time dining at Hamrock’s and everything was outstanding! My server, Candice, was friendly, very knowledgeable about the wine and beer list, and gave us excellent recommendations. I can’t wait to go back for the delicious brussel sprouts appetizer and crab cake entree. The crab cakes had so much crab and very little filler, and the remoulade sauce paired so well them. The homemade ice cream is awesome too! Highly recommended for everyone!

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KT
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hamrock’s has many unique food options to choose from and gluten-free options. We ordered the delived eggs and crab and shrimp tostada appetizers which were great for sharing and had excellent flavor. Our server was attentive and recommended the wine flight which was delicious as well.

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KH
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family had brunch at Hamrock's, located in a lovely historic home in Fairfax City, VA. We go there frequently and always have a great time. The food is good and the service in very gracious.

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E
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

The house is cool and the food is good, but the service wasn't great. I waited after finishing my meal for 10 minutes and no one ever came to check on me. I ended up having to leave cash on the table because I had to leave.

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NC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Very disappointed. Website made the food look much better than what we were served. Service was less than professional. We were rushed to order, even though we expressed an interest in relaxing with our cocktails, and dessert menus were plopped down on our table even though we were less than half way through our main course. Lighting was bright, no ambiance, and the noise level was VERY loud, no music, just people talking.

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GG
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My husband and I very much enjoyed our dinner. However, beware of sitting in the dining area with the old church pews as seats. I sat where two were pushed together and my leg was pinched. I now have a 2 inch bruise/blood blister!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service for regular diners, even though the restaurant was hosting a large event. Neat old home. Definitely going back!

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KB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Very slow dinner service from start to finish on a busy Friday with little attempt to rectify. Besides that, the menu is a good attempt at Southern cuisine that is just too ambitious for the kitchen. Dishes were overdone, over-sauced, and over-wrought. Comfort food for safe diners, at best, that’s better than average. Not appetizing for experienced eaters. Assume the brunch is a better and safer bet.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It is always nice to dine in a location that is sensitive to GF issues and has a nice variety of GF options (rather than feeling like “the exception” - as we do in other restaurants that “accommodate” GF patrons), at Hamrocks, GF is the norm ...thank you, for that!! Much appreciated!!

Crab cakes were delicious - no extraneous fillers!
Crab-stuffed shrimp with saffron risotto was delicious!!
Fried chicken dinner - my GF-daughter’s favorite dish was fabulous - as always!
The Brussels sprout appetizer - wow! Was delicious!!

Wish there were GF options for the bread basket...😊

I would have given the service/our primary server a 5” rating except that we had to ask for the ice cream that accompanies the chocolate cake - twice (after ordering one, to share, because we were pretty full, we decided to order another slice, because it was sooo good! Each time - we had to “remind” /ask for the ice cream. Once asked - in both instances - it came out quickly. Not sure why it was “forgotten” both times. Maybe instead of putting ice cream in separate bowl, just plop it on the plate with the cake? This was minor but consistent. Otherwise, the service was excellent!! (Water was refilled without being asked...empty plates were scooped up without sitting too long...)

Wish there were more restaurants that treated GF as mainstream...until then, Hamrock’s stands alone, in Fairfax, for being the “go to” place for a great GF menu with a lot of choices!

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FF
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was not super creative, but most of us enjoyed our dinners. I had the salmon (just sort of thin, overcooked and boring, where I had hoped the sauces would really be a key feature), while others had the filet and crabcakes (reported to be very good). We appreciated the comfortable seating and not-very-noisy atmosphere. The clearly labeled GF and other options were also very much appreciated. The wine options were very customer-friendly. Great setting!

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C
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The noise level is very high; the table that they wanted me and a friend to sit at was much too small and was directly behind a door that opened and closed many times.

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C
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We both got the Baked Stuffed Shrimp Risotto, and it was absolutely fantastic. We were blown away. The wine selection was very good. Most importantly, they were very knowledgable and helpful regarding gluten-free choices. I would recommend Hamrock’s to everyone, but especially to those with gluten-free dietary needs.

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DM
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hamrock's offers a cozy atmostphere in a historical building and superior quality food choices. Of particular note, Hamrock's offers many gluten free options that are not available at other restaurants, including delicious gluten-free crab cakes and fried chicken. This is an undeniable treat for those who need to avoid gluten. I will return in the spring to eat on the delightful outdoor porch. This is without doubt the best food I've experienced at any restaurant in the Wash DC area. Reservations are necessary and can be done online. Highly recommend.

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NR
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hamrocks is excellent. Very cozy, the service is excellent, and the food is really good!

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K
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting from out of town and had to choose a restaurant online. Didn't know what we were really going to get. It was excellent! If we're ever in Fairfax again, we know exactly where we'll be dining! Food was so delicious. Service was exceptional. The historic setting was charming. Definitely would recommend Hamrock's!

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DF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Dining experience was overall fair. Enjoyed the atmosphere and service but I felt my food could use some improvement. I had the Thai Steak salad. I believe the preparer forgot to season the steak and the salad frankly looked and tasted like something one would dump out of a bag of salad from a grocery store - could not taste any of the seasonings. The glass of wine however, was fine - I had a Cabernet Franc. My wife’s meal was fair - she had crab cakes with a glass of Riesling. We’re on the fence about returning, but it won’t be our first choice when dining in the city.

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KS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for a group dinner, food and service were both awesome.

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NO
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall we had a very nice time for dinner here. I had read some reviews about service and food, and was a little concerned because we had never been here before, but overall it was a lovely place. Is it a Michelin star place? well no, but we had a 3-course dinner for under $100 (2 people including tax and tip) with decent food and personable service. The desserts were especially memorable in terms of food. Yes there were slight waits for things, and yes we had to ask for salt/pepper/sugar etc that one would normally expect to be on the table, but everyone was friendly and helpful when we asked. The place itself is a quirky & charming house converted into a restaurant, so some table placements are unique, but this is the type of place you go if you want quirk & charm. Note: While I know it is not their fault, they only have a license for beer/wine. No full bar, which was kind of a bummer.

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TG
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Hamrock's food is excellent, but my dining companion and I experienced a bad service night on our last visit. The restaurant was quite crowded on a Tuesday evening, but there were only TWO servers for the entire restaurant! Service was abysmally slow, but our meal was quite good. The bread basket to start has an unusual assortment - all good. The brussel sprouts were crispy and just a little spicy. Scallops with vegetables and crispy polenta were superb - one of the best scallop dishes I've had. The decadent chocolate cake is quite rich - very definitely shareable.

Our server was pleasant and apologized for the slow service. She even comped 50% of our entire meal! I will go back again, and hope that management will do a better job of staffing the restaurant.

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b
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A warm and friendly restaurant. Excellent service and good value.

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KK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is consistently amazing on the quality and taste of the food. I am a discriminating foodie and chef from NOLA, and Hamrock's is the place to go for great food in Fairfax, VA. The food at Hamrock's, as well as the service, is outstanding. Bar none, this is the best place to dine in Fairfax, VA.

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J
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Slow service as restaurant wasn't busy. Food just okay for a $50 dollar lunch

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S
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for lunch on a beautiful day and sat outside on the patio. They had a Restaurant Week menu which was delicious and very reasonable.

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OT
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hamrock's is one of our favorites. We are never disappointed.

My wife and a friend had lunch and were delighted with the service, friendly staff, and of course the great menu to choose from. They spent most of the afternoon enjoying the atmosphere and conversations.

We will be back.

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S
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

This was my first time here. And it most likely will be the last. It has a charming interior, small, and the tables are very close together, but it’s quaint. I was there with a friend for brunch. My rice crispy French toast was barely warm when I got it and the inside was mushy and not cooked. I requested sausage with it and was served bacon. The “fresh fruit” even had some brown spots on the honey dew. My friend ordered poached eggs with potato pancakes and fresh fruit. The portion size was very small and the same went with her fruit… Sour, hard, and turning brown. Our waiter was less than attentive. Our brunch entrées were 14.95 each… Not horribly expensive but mediocre and small portions. Not good for the value .

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MS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for brunch, food was excellent, great service and very reasonably priced. Will definitely come again.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hamrock’s never disappoints. A big thank you to the staff for making my wife’s birthday so special! They kept a gift I dropped off the evening before and brought it out for my wife with her cake. She was so surprised!

The cozy interior was inviting and the food was excellent as always. Thank you again Hamrock’s!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My mom sister and I all had a fabulous time with our friends and the food at Hamrocks was so delicious it made everything even better.

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KK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service we're outstanding! As a result of an old menu, the staff corrected the issue with a complimentary menu item and were extremely accommodating.

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N
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Artful presentation. All six in neighbor hood luncheon group really enjoyed there meal off the Fairfax City Restaurant week. Our server, Candice, did a love job taking care of all our needs. This facility is not handicap assailable as it is in a charming historic building but does have a better enter and exit that you need to ask about. Well worth the effort.

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AN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu and great value for restaurant week. The shrimp and crab tostadas were awesome as were the crab cakes. The service is wonderful. It's a great place for a date.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Fairfax restaurant week I enjoyed our time. We had amazing food. I would have preferred if they had more dining areas open so that we didn’t have to sit so close to other diners and hear their (inane) conversation.

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