Hamrock's Restaurant (fka Choices by Shawn)
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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
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.
Delicious all the way around!!
Great food, great service! We will definitely be back again.
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!
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.
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!
Very sick after eating here!
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.
Everything about the place was lovely. Very friendly staff. Excellent food.
We had an amazing time! The staff was amazing and made my birthday extra special! Thank you so much Sebastian!!! ❤️
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!
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.
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.
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.
Excellent meal. Wobbly table and the chairs were a little hard, but most other chairs had padding. The waitress was friendly and helpful.
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.
Great brunch restaurant
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.
Wonderful food and service.
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.
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.
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.
Amazing ambiance, friendly service & incredible food.
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.
Excellent as always. Our favorite spot in the area for special occasions.
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?
My first time here but will not be my last-it was fantastic!
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.
Would have loved a Bloody Mary. Deck needs shoring up. Felt every footstep when people walked by. Wonderful setting.
The restaurant and service was great. Fairfax is paving the streets so noise level was extremely high.
Loved everything about our experience!
Delightful resturant in historic home.
Sat on porch food is very good
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!
Good services; good food choices especially to have gluten free choices. Will definitely return.
Delicious Father’s Day brunch at Hamrock’s. We’re all looking forward to a return visit.
The Father's Day brunch was excellent and my son was thrilled it came with homemade ice cream.
We had a very nice Father’s Day brunch on Sunday. We enjoyed our food and our server was very professional and kind.
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 4.3 stars by 869 OpenTable diners.