Idylwood Grill

4.6
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526 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.

Specials

VALENTINE'S DAY

Our Best for this Special Occasion: 3-Course Dinner for $69 per person. Menu @ www.idylwoodgrill.com/valentines-day

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 9, 2020

Ends: January 10, 2119

Availability: Fri 5:00PM-10:00PM

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

WE ARE OFFERING OUR BEST FOR THIS SPECIAL DAY, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14. $69 per person. Visit our Website: www.idylwoodgrill.com/valentines-day

Friday, February 14, 2020

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KH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent atmosphere, excellent food and moderate prices for the quality received.

WK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were delighted to find a suburban restaurant with a subdued but funky decor and real attention to the food. A jazz pianist was a real plus: interesting to sit and listen to, but not so strong as to overpower conversation. We will definitely be back.

SS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Idylwood Grill is always a standout for excellent food, value, and service.

SH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate setting with caring staff. Even have a cubby of toys for young diners! Wine and food is a great value. Service was attentive. Great discovery - I plan to come back!

OT
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice place

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PN
Wilmington
80 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Mixed review. Half the diners at our table were pleased with their meals, but virtually everyone had a problem with details. Good mussels app, indifferent, thickly breaded fried calamari. A decent steak with cold, undercooked fries. Wilted lettuce in an entree salad. No skin on a duck breast described on the menu as "crispy." A $35.00 scallop and lobster risotto dish with four scallops (medium-sized, not jumbo) and a few small pieces of lobster scattered through the risotto. Warmed bread that was a day away from being stale. The fortunate diners ordered pasta dishes, which were uniformly good and, on this menu, a relative bargain. We had very good servers and runners, whom we tipped above 20 pct on a sizable tab. But this is a very ordinary kitchen at a relatively steep price point. Hence, I'd not recommend it.

m
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We keep coming to Idylwood Grill over and over. We are never disappointed! This time I had the lamb shanks so delicious! The scallops were outstanding and so was the branzino and the crab cake. Our go-to dessert is the chocolate mousse cake, divine! The room is nice and also the atmosphere, the service is excellent. We really recommend this restaurant.

V
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great neighborhood spot!

AC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved everything about this restaurant. The owner and staff were incredibly efficient, knowledgeable, courteous, and kind. Being in this restaurant made me feel like I was sitting in a room filled with family. Several "regulars" must have come in because I saw the owner and other servers embrace them warmly and ask how they have been. We will definitely become loyal patrons of this establishment.

A
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent way top spend New Year's Eve with close friends!

F
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Could have more options for vegetarians. Otherwise, terrific.

A
Washington DC
92 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our group of eight LOVED the scallops, veal Marsala and, especially, the filet mignon au poivre. Also liked the avocado salad and the fresh baked, warm rolls. Waiter was sometimes our of sight fir too long but our water was always promptly refilled by the water team! We love this restaurant and will continue thinking of it for a nice evening out.

KS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Truly awful service BUT the food was divine. It did make up for it a bit.
When I arrived with my family there were only 2 other tables occupied, 1 was a couple and the other sat a few adults (so no large groups). Before our entrees came it was down to 1 other. Even with that and 3 waitresses seemingly sharing the load couldn't manage.
We were not asked about ordering appetizers. After our drinks arrived no one checked on us for quite some time. When placing our entree orders the woman going around the table completely skipped my sister who was placing her order and began walking off before ever taking it to have to be called back and responding "oh yeah". At dessert, 1 was forgotten and again we had to ask for a correction. No one was ever asked if they wanted a refill on their glass of wine or anything else to drink. Lastly, an additional (very pricey) bottle of wine ended up on our check, that was never ordered, since we were never asked if we wanted anything additional.
It honestly seemed like we were in the ladies way which was truly disappointing. This restaurant has so much potential and would a true GEM if it had halfway decent service. I don't appreciate being made to feel in the way when I am out to dinner with my family.

R
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The lobter ravioli was so good but the best is the chocolate mousse cake. We all still talk about that cake!

SB
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hidden gem. Always friendly service, not rushed. Lamb chops are perfectly prepared and delicious. Their sauces are outstanding. Be sure to have bread to dip in the mussels appetizer.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great surprise in a shopping center. Food, service and wine were excellent.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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

JM
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
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
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
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
37 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is outstanding a real neighborhood gem

UB
Washington DC
42 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.

R
Washington DC
129 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Wonderful food at reasonable prices.

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
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food.

OT
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
19 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistent and food is always good.