Idylwood Grill

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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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CR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistent and food is always good.

UB
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
33 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

AL
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

WT
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

C
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
23 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

M
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Idylwood is reliable for delicious cuisine, excellent service, a good wine selection and a friendly, casually elegant atmosphere. It’s one of the best kept secrets in the Northern Virginia, and I hope it stays that way. A table is almost always available. It’s a neighbor treasure. The owner and his staff are personable and always make one feel welcome. The banana cream pie, like other desserts, is made in house and is heavenly!

d
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a variety of foods. We loved the gazpacho. The lamb shank was a winner as were the moules (Mussels) mariniere. We shared a chocolate cake and a cheesecake for dessert and they were fine but nothing tom write home about. All in all, we would go back. You could hear yourself speak without raising your voice. That was a plus. We prefer cloth napkins and tablecloths but alas, these were plastic.

NR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant! Best date night place in Falls Church !

S
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Monthly birthday lunch or dinner for a group of friends who are retired teachers from Arlington. We thoroughly enjoyed the food and the German Chocolate cake was spectacular! Very attentive staff.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place

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J
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

This restaurant needs a inside facelift; first thing is to get rid of the plastic table cloths. Then get a new wait staff. Our server was barely decent--the only smile or humain-like reaction we received was when the check came and we paid. The food was good, but over priced for the location and ambiance.

P
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the true hidden gems in Northern Virginia; food excellent and well priced; good wine list; wonderful upbeat ambiance; highly recommend

TG
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is always good, as is the wine. We have never had a bad meal, or a bad experience at the Idylwood Grill.

OT
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice place

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TJ
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really loved this restaurant. I had been there many years ago for lunch, and had intended to go back, but it just never happened. But now we will be regulars! We had a wonderful dinner - three different seafood dishes, all beautiful. The service was excellent. Prices were reasonable. We had a great time!

D
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This gem! Always wonderful food, great non-intrusive service. Wonder selection of wine. A great place for families, quiet dinners with friends, business dinners. Can't say enough wonderful things about Idylwood Grille. Love the place and the people the own it.

D
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice little place hidden behind big shopping center. Good food and wine. Something for everyone.

l
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We go to this restaurant 2 or 3 times a year and normally I order the lamb chops which I always enjoy. This time I decided to branch out and unfortunately was disappointed. I ordered a crab cake and salmon cake duo. Unfortunately, the crabcake was two much filler and the salmon cake was dry and overcooked. One guest enjoyed the venal and another enjoyed the branzino.

c
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

All the dishes were outstanding Excellent taste etc etc but the rack of lamb was tough and could not slice the rack with a knife
This is my first bad experience with a dish after dining for many years
P

JR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good place to bring friends as you can talk. Love the shrimp ajo and lobster ravioli.

l
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Nova. Food is always great . Service highly professional. Owner is on the floor greeting guests and being sure things are running well. Excellent wine selection. Prices very fair. If you try idylwood grill you will become a regular

JG
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

All four us enjoyed our dinner. Three had fish, one chicken. All good.

Did not like stuffed animals that were on the bench outside the restaurant.

w
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hidden gem for us. Great meals, reasonably prices, great wine and drink list. Very knowledgeable staff - made great recommendations. Would definitely return.

M
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant! They are amazing accommodating. The food is fantastic. The only bad thing is having to choose when I have so many favorites!

f
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious! We all got three different meals and all three were amazing. Would definitely recommend to others.

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