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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vipKenC
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

had lunch at Hamrocks during restaurant week to evaluate as a possible new place for a future dinner with friends. unfortunately it was Sunday and the special menu offered was a brunch. wanted to taste their risotto as an indicator for how well Hamrocks prepared a more time consuming dish - but it was not on the special menu or their regular Sunday menu. What we had; the crab cake sandwich and the grilled salmon salad were well prepared. the salmon was moist with a light crust which shows some attention to detail. the crab cake was nice and crispy outside with a decent amount of crabmeat. Our server was attentive but the service was generally slower than expected. Hamrocks will serve nicely for a casual dinner out but not for those with a foodie bent

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vipNorm
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very enjoyable lunch with two friends. The presentation was excellent along with dishes. Beautiful setting in an early home in Fairfax City. Could not have been happier. Handicap ramp is in the back of the restaurant.

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vipChrisVTN
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious all the way around!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service! We will definitely be back again.

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MichelleC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food! Great atmosphere! Went there for the first time this Saturday with friends... and liked it so much... went back the next day with my husband! Wonderful food!

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MichelleS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was our first time at Hamrock's. We all enjoyed our meals. I ordered the Salmon which was a little overcooked. My husband loved his meatloaf and the kids enjoyed the duck and steak salad. The fried green tomatoes were okay. They were cut pretty thick and only 2 on a plate. They had a lot of GF options which was nice! The restaurant was pretty empty on a Thursday night so we had a back room all to ourselves which was nice. I would love to come back when it's cooler and eat outside on the wrap around porch.

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vipBarb
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for a friend’s birthday and to just have a fun lunch get together. Altho they ran out of the crab cakes, we were able to reorder and everything came out fine. Love the fried chicken!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Very sick after eating here!

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MartinB
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were seated in a small room with noisy adjacent table. The noise was so loud that we hardly heard the specials. A party coming in after we arrive refused to be seated in this room; we were not given that option. After waiting 25 minutes for our food order that never arrived, we left the restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about the place was lovely. Very friendly staff. Excellent food.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time! The staff was amazing and made my birthday extra special! Thank you so much Sebastian!!! ❤️

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FairfaxFrog5
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The brunch menu featured some Southern classics (chicken & waffles, deviled eggs, fried green tomatoes), along with yummy vegetarian selections and an awesome crab cake benedict. I love the historic house location. The dining areas are divided into small rooms, and we unfortunately had patrons with extremely loud voices at a table in our small room, which made brunch a bit unpleasant. If the weather is nice, opt for the porch!

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ScottP
Adelaide / SA
14 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Sunday Brunch and the menu was a little thin in selections. We opted for the Breakfast items. The popover and lemon and blueberry muffins were a nice accompany with our eggs and sausage. The restaurant was very busy. Housed in a 19th century historic home in the center of the City of Fairfax provides a nice ambiance. I look forward to trying the full menu on a week day.

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vipErnie8414
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

This is a very “cozy” place that has the fell that your eating in the home of a colonial family from days past. We were there for brunch and the menu had nice selections. Prices are really reasonable too. Our waiter was a very young male who checked on us frequently, but wasn’t one to converse with customer. The food was mix however. There were three of us. We all ordered the brunch plater. We all really enjoyed the French toast, pancakes and sausage, but the eggs and potatoes were very bland with little to no taste. The French toast was the star.

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Gigi
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This is a restaurant made out of an old home, so it has a rustic vibe. The calamari we ordered was not very good at all, but I ordered the Shrimp Provencal which was excellent. My husband ordered steak which was just so-so. Due to the variability with the food we received it is hard to give a rating. Based off the Shrimp Provencal, I would say definitely try this restaurant, but I wouldn't go back for any of the other dishes we tried. The service was excellent though.

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Nancy
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal. Wobbly table and the chairs were a little hard, but most other chairs had padding. The waitress was friendly and helpful.

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RoyK
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Overall, pleasant but not quite great. Excellent service was a plus. They have a beer & wine license, but cannot serve cocktails. Conversation was initially easy because we were early. As the place filled, it became predictably noisier. In our dining area, there were odd rectangles suspended from the ceiling, I imagine to help disperse the A/C. But why were the ends crudely wrapped in clear plastic? Nothing wrong with the food, but nothing that inspired a "wow" response.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch restaurant

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CatherineG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great dinner at Hamrock's. We had been before when it was Choices and the menu is still excellent-perhaps even a bit better! Food was excellent and our server, Sebastian, was wonderful.

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MIresident
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service.

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RobertT
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

We have been to Hamrock’s three times. The first two were good except service was slow but we decided to bring friends there for dinner. Took too long to get seated. Too long to get service. Food was not prepared well. Four adults who eat out a lot and all said the same thing. Will not be back.

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vipBeJust
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Hamrock's is our go to neighborhood restaurant for relaxed fine dining. Service is always attentive and pleasant, the setting is conducive to discussions and comfortable, and the offerings are both sufficiently diverse and interesting enough to provide options for everyone. I had the ribeye, which was wonderfully flavorful and cooked only a little over my requested medium rare. Others in my party had the filet mignon, chicken limone, and southern fried chicken. We sat outside on the historic home's covered porch and everyone enjoyed their choice. The chicken citrone came with angel hair pasta and marinara, as described, and had less of a citrus character than we expected, which was something more akin to chicken limone or piccata. Nevertheless, the chicken itself and the sauce were both well prepared and tasty. We recommend Hamrock's to anyone looking for a pleasant, moderately priced, upscale lunch or dinner. Still haven't tried brunch there, but we plan to.

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Nancy
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed a delicious meal in a comfortable setting. The noise level is a problem..I guess with wood floors and nothing to absorb sound from the other tables in the room. We were seated right on time when we arrived. The food took a little longer to arrive than I have experienced in the past.

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LindseyJ
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ambiance, friendly service & incredible food.

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JA59
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food and service were good, but the kitchen seemed slow. The time between when we finished our appetizers and when we were served dinner was longer than normal.

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Jennifer
New England
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Our favorite spot in the area for special occasions.

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CindyC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This was our second time at Hamrock's and it was on a busy Saturday night, so we were glad we had reservations. We were seated immediately and our waitress was very attentive and took our drink orders right away. The rolls were awesome. I ordered the shrimp risotto dish and it was okay - a little soupy and could have been more shrimp for the price. The others were pleased with their entrees. The main complaint we had is that the tables are so close together and with everyone talking, it was hard to hear the people at our table. Not sure how to fix that?

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Nicole
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time here but will not be my last-it was fantastic!

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CarolynR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food!!

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BBremen
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

A nice place for a quiet dinner, but the food was so-so. The calamari and cauliflower appetizers were great, but the main courses (stuffed shrimp risotto) were sub-par.

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ViennaDiner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Would have loved a Bloody Mary. Deck needs shoring up. Felt every footstep when people walked by. Wonderful setting.

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LindaH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The restaurant and service was great. Fairfax is paving the streets so noise level was extremely high.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about our experience!

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Kaf66
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful resturant in historic home.
Sat on porch food is very good

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KarenT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The restaurant is an adorable old home. The staff was great. Many of the items on the menu were GF which was important to me. I had the southern fried chicken. It was good, a bit bland, but good. The chocolate cake (GF) was very, very good!

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Megan
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good services; good food choices especially to have gluten free choices. Will definitely return.

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TracyL
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Father’s Day brunch at Hamrock’s. We’re all looking forward to a return visit.

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Richeya
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Father's Day brunch was excellent and my son was thrilled it came with homemade ice cream.

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CathyM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice Father’s Day brunch on Sunday. We enjoyed our food and our server was very professional and kind.

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LizP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This our first time going to the restaurant for Father's Day and we absolutely loved it. The atmosphere is beautiful with that old look, service was perfect, food delicious.

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Hamrock's Restaurant (fka Choices by Shawn) is rated 4.4 stars by 869 OpenTable diners.