Idylwood Grill

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509 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary French / American
Contemporary American, French, Italian Cuisine in a casual setting with a sophisticated selection of wines and a charming atmosphere.

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SUNDAY WINE DAY: HALF PRICE WINE

1/2 PRICE WINE SUNDAYS: 5PM TO 9:00PM

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: March 17, 2019

Ends: January 1, 2020

Availability: Sun 5:00PM-9:00PM

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Idylwood Grill is our most favorite restaurant in all of the DC area. The food is consistently excellent, and the cost is reasonable.

JB
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Idylwood is a very nice little neighborhood restaurant. You can have ravioli and crab or filet mignon or any number of different specials that are very good. The service is nice but not outstanding - but no complaints and the restaurant is small and homey. Good for a strip mall!

My one complaint is the music. HORRIBLE! It sounded like something from a nursing home and it has no European type feel.

KG
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We have lived in the area for years and have never tried this restaurant. We were pleasantly surprised. The ambience was nice and the service was quick. The food was excellent albeit a bit pricey. They had a good wine selection and the desserts were amazing. We highly recommend it.

IH
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is outstanding a real neighborhood gem

UB
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wow, I swore I was going to write a review, but seem to have forgotten.

This a fav of my wife and mine the past 15 years we’ve known about it. We decided to have our anniversary dinner there since we weren’t up for traffic going into DC.

The evening was exactly what we wanted. Quite table for two, GREAT food and attentive but unobtrusive server. It was 2 months ago but I have been thinking about that Steak à Poivre every week since! And the Seafood Linguini was also fabulous! Oh and the steamed muscles are also a must!

It’s a dependable, yummy place to spend your evening, especially if you’re in the Tysons Corner/McLean area!

Délicieux

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We ordered the avocado salad, which was drenched in a salad sauce, and that ruined the salad for me. I had the Penne Primavera, which was excellent but lacked the freshly-made pasta taste I wanted, and the vegetables did not taste fresh. The avocado salad didn’t taste fresh either, but that was not on my mind the majority of the time eating it because the sauce commanded me attention. The chocolate cake was delicious, and it tasted like an ice cream cake, which I loved.
I felt good in the restaurant because of the lighting and choice of decor, with an enamel plate pained with a visually pleasing form. The server was very professional and was courteous to my mother, who is old. Overall an excellent place to have dinner, but the food would be better if it did not have a dominating feature that did not even taste that great, outshining the good food on the plate.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We recently moved to the area and are thrilled to have found such a great restaurant in our neighborhood! The food and service was fantastic; we can’t wait to come back soon!

d
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Idylwood grill continues to be a family favorite. Delicious food!

S
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience2

when I see the word 'energetic' for noise level - it seems that it should be defined as obnoxiously loud. we were seated at a nice table but had two tables of 6-8 on either side of the room - between us and the live music. There should be someway to suggest to guests that outrageous cackling laughter is rude and imposes on other guest trying to enjoy a nice night out with pleasant conversation - not two groups competing with each other to be heard over the other.
Is there anyway you could divide your room up with the upper level being 'quiet' and the lower level having the party or 6-8 people groups down below.
May be a while before we return.

PM
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Comfortable atmosphere. Very friendly staff. Nice selection of Mediterranean menu items. Kids accommodated well. Our group ordered three of the fish options, and all were delicious.

G
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and i shared the shrimp ajo and avocado tower appetizers. I had the blackened scallop entree special. It was perfectly prepared and wasn't too spicy. The risotto was fantastic. My wife had the flounder entree and said it was superb! The service was also awesome :).

I can't wait to return to try the calamari appetizer and the crab cake entree special.

EG
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place for lunch only slightly off the beaten track from Tysons. We took the suggestions and had juicy lamb burger; tasty mushroom ravioli; well seasoned shrimp bisque; and several excellent desserts (banana cream pie; cheesecake; tiramisu; and key lime pie) that are all prepared on premises.

MM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our "Go To" restaurant whenever we have dinner guests.

RS
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was cooked perfectly as usual. Service is attentive without being overbearing. We love this place.

IW
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food quality in this neighborhood restaurant is always above expectations. Lovely sauces, great flavors, wonderful presentation. Always enjoy my visits here.

TE
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Waiter was cold, rough, not a friendly waiter. Food was OK, 3 bucks an entree over priced. Music started half way through our meal that was so loud that we had to yell to carry on a conversation.
Average meal, set your expectations accordingly and try it yourself.

E
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food.

GB
Raleigh
67 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The venue is in a strip mall and attended mostly by locals. We were visiting from NC. The food was great and the wine list better than expected. Definitely a good find!

D
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We took friends on Saturday evening to show off to another couple what had been one of our favorite local restaurants. The food was excellent, if in smaller portions than we recalled from previous visits. When we were handed our menus, we were advised to order from the six or seven specialities or yellow-highlighted dishes, which we were told were the "most popular". This was an innovation, one I was suspicious of. But, as noted, the food was very good: scallops on risotto, mushroom ravioli, steak and frits, and what showed on the menu as crab cakes (plural) on angel hair pasta with pesto but turned out to be one big crab cake. My wife loves their banana cream pie, and was disappointed at the shinkage in the size of the piece she was served. The service was cursory, unlike what we previously experienced there, which was always cordial and polite. We were never served bread despite asking twice about it to two different servers. We seemed to have two servers, one a man the other a woman. She told us she would take care of it and never did. I mentioned that we had never received any to the male server before he served desert and he just laughed to himself as he turned away. When he brought the desert menus, he just threw them down on the table in a pile. He made me feel as if I had done something offensive. To be sure, the restaurant filled up quickly after our 6:40 arrival,but there was always at least one free 4-top.

DC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious! Our first time at this restaurant and, believe me, I always present a challenge because I am not only a vegetarian, but a gluten-free vegetarian. Although there was a little that fit that bill on the menu beyond a salad, when I asked the host about options, he didn’t hesitate to tell me they would be happy to accommodate me. I had a wonderful avocado salad and excellent vegetable risotto! My better half had rack of lamb which he thoroughly enjoyed.

CR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Idylwood Grill has been one of our favorite restaurants since it opened in 2005 The food is exceptional, sourced from the best suppliers, prepared exquisitely (there is nothing on the menu I wouldn't recommend), and the service is exceptional. If I had to pick favorites, I highly recommend the Shrimp Ajo and Rack of Lamb. Cheers Idylwood for your consistent excellence!

J
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a hidden gem. I am so happy to have discovered this place. The manager Tuul’s insight on the wine and food was very helpful. I applaud her effort and customer service.

T
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistent and food is always good.

UB
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In a word, our meal/evening was perfect!

Idylwood Grill is a restaurant my wife and have frequented over the past 10 years or more. It is a quaint space with a great menu and a relaxed atmosphere.

The seafood linguini is a “go to” favorite, but I think I tried their Filet Mignon au poivre that was FABULOUS! I think I reserved another restaurant for my French Steak Frite, but I’m so glad I had Idylwood’s! My wife and I were BOTH saying we thought about how good it was today during our workdays.

If you’re looking for a nice place to have a relaxed conversation with your spouse and/or your best friend over great food and drink, this is a place you must try. You’ll be glad you did!

JS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The crispy duck was amazing. The vegetables on the side were so good I could become a vegetarian. Love this place, secret gem!!!

MA
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We recently had lunch here (our first visit) and were impressed with both the food and service. There were 5 in our party and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal. My husband and I agreed that their coffee could have been better but other than that, we walked away pledging to return for dinner in the near future.

IH
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Idylwood Grille is fantastic=meal was off the charts. Really a great place to dine.

AL
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very pleasant experience. All three of us ordered something different and all meals were outstanding. The staff was very friendly and efficient. Can’t wait to go back!

S
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

First time and impressed with quality of food and number of choices. Wine by the glass was good and reasonably priced. Enjoyed the evening.

BA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Idylwood Grill has a warm atmosphere and despite being pretty open inside, it is not too loud so you can enjoy conversation. The service is friendly & personal. The food is the real star. Lovely sauces. Beautiful prep & presentation. A wonderful date night destination.

RS
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome in every respect! A real gem that’s off the beaten path!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are always great. This is our go to place.

WT
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We all enjoyed Idylwood Grill, and the food was lovely. It was a tad difficult to find, and the parking lot got full pretty fast. But our server was delightful and accommodating, and the restaurant itself is lovely.

VA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I’d wanted to eat here for a few years, and kept forgetting about it - probably because it pales in comparison to many other small venues nearby (McLean, Tysons, Vienna).

We finally visited Idylwood Grill, and it was okay. We both ordered filet mignon, which was perfection - but the fried potatoes (“frites”) were soggy.

The wine list wasn’t what we thought it would be but sufficient for the meal.

Service was provided by s semi-surly fellow who wanted to rush us through every step of the meal. I finally had to tell him not to clear the table ... also asked for more bread (for two of u) and was given one small roll.

I might go back, but it wouldn’t be my first choice. Too bad because we’re always on the lookout for a friendly retreat (as this place might have been).

I couldn’t recommend it without warning people about the impatient waiter. The biggest thing it has going for it from our perspective, is that it’s convenient, has passable fare, and is easy to book.

D
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

First of all, I love Idylwood Grill! Normally, the food is fantastic, service is excellent, wait staff and management are friendly. It's just a wonderful local place to get a great meal at a very fair price. Great wine selection. However, this time, the food that I ordered was not up to their usual standards. I had order branzini a couple of months ago, and it was OUTSTANDING. Couldn't wait to come back and order it again, which I did, but it wasn't anything like the dish that I had order before. Very disappointing. Not sure if it was a different chef, or it was just an off night for branzini. I'll keep coming back, cause I love the place.

WT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Idylwood has all the makings to become my go-to place. The food is great, the venue is comfortable and unpretentious, and the owner is charming. I’m reluctant to recommend this place because I don’t want it to become so popular that I can’t just drop in and enjoy!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent as always. Good wine list. We always enjoy dining at Idylwood Grill.

C
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food and service at Idylwood Grill were excellent. Several of us ordered their special crab cakes, which were mouthwatering and packed with crab., making them light with no detectable filler. I also had their delicious avocado salad. This tasty salad is always a good starter. Throughout our evening the attentive staff kept our water, wine and coffees full and made sure we had everything we needed. My guests who were new to Idylwood were impressed and already making plans to return soon.

m
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I definitely recommend Idylwood to all my friends! The food is always very good, I have never been disappointed.

L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great experience! Great food, ambience and amazing service.