Parallel Wine Bistro

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17 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Wine Bar

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Parallel Wine Bistro is a bar and restaurant in the Ashburn section of Washington, D.C. Guests can enjoy the rustically styled dining room with three separate bar areas. The dining room features natural wood furniture and comfortable decorations to make guests feel at home. When the weather is mild, relax in the outdoor dining area for a drink and a meal.

Parallel Wine Bistro serves dinner and weekend brunch. The menu is uniquely designed to promote social eating, with many dishes and smaller plates designed to be shared. Guests can order a cheese or meat platter to go with a drink in the evening. Dishes like the pear and prosciutto flatbread, local green salad with balsamic, Heat Wave Burger and bone-in whiskey chop are some of Parallel Wine Bistro's popular choices for dinner.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Wine Bar, American, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00 am
Sunday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(703) 858-0077
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Sam McGee/Sean Foley
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Private party facilities
We have the flexibility to section areas of our restaurant (patio, bar, dining room) for private dining. We can host your corporate event, birthday gathering, etc. From 10 guests up to 140 depending on time of year.
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Private party contact
Jason Bursey: (703) 858-0077
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Private Dinner Parties ~ Baby/Bridal Showers ~ Rehearsal/Reception Dinners ~ Fundraiser ~ etc... You name it, we can design a catering menu to suit your needs.
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Cross street
Claiborne Parkway/Broadlands BLVD
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Live Acoustic Music every Thursday, Friday, Saturday 8pm to Midnight
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2015

We haven't figured out why it took us so long to try Parallel, but my husband and I are hooked. There is an extensive variety of wines, bottled beers, and whiskeys, but it is the staff and the food that keep us coming back. All of the menu items are described as 'sharing plates' so you can feel free to order as little or as much as you like. Do not miss the grilled romaine salad, the baked cheese dip, or the new Hog Heaven burger. Come back next week and the staff will welcome you like old friends. Absolutely excellent!

Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2015

Great selection of wine and unique menu that always impresses. I have been dining at Parallel for about a year and have always had positive experiences. I highly recommend it!

Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2015

The food was delicious, the wine was on point, the live music created a great ambience. All around it was a very enjoyable experience! We will be back!

Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2015

The "big board" meat & cheese tray is a great starter.

The pork belly is very good.

We got the entire dessert tray and shared it between four of us. Perfect way to go.
Normally I'm not into sharing my food but this place is really built around smaller portions and sharing.

Oh, got the 10 yr. port - buy the bottle and take it home - a little pricey per glass.

Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2015

Great Father's Day brunch for a group of 9! The food and dessert selection was extensive and delicious, and service (both at the buffet and at our table) was friendly and fast.

Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2015

Cynthia was our server and she was very attentive. She had a good understanding of all the menu items and wines available. We had never been there before, but we will certainly go back!

Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2015

We chose to stop in for a mid-week date night based on Yelp reviews, and I'm glad we did! We originally opted for patio seating due to the gorgeous evening, but quickly moved indoors once our server gave us a tour and showed us the wine machine! We chose to snack on appetizers (sliders and duck fat fries were amazing!) while sampling wines on "Wine Machine Wednesdays" (20% off wine from the machines!). Overall, a wonderful, upscale experience that helped us through our hump day!

408 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2015

Love their ambiance and a great selection of nice wines in all price ranges. Food was a wonderful surprise. Lots of small plates as well as good size entrees to choose from.

Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2015

Shareable small plates are a Foodie's delight. But the portions are small and pricey if you have a hearty appetite. The wine selection is very good. A great variety of Reds and Whites. I would like to see a few more less oaky wines added for us less oak lovers. The wine flights are a great sampler of offerings at a fair price.

Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2015

My party was at the Parallel Wine Bistro for a 65th birthday. We all had a wonderful time, the food was very good, and we were treated very well. The prices were an especially nice surprise; very reasonable.

4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2014

My husband and I usually love our dinners at Parallel. But this time when we excitedly took my brother and his wife who were visiting from out of state we were confronted by one disappointment after another. Our table was so close to the wine dispensers I had to climb out of my chair every time someone needed a glass of wine. This is a pub table which I really like but it's a long climb off the stool. The hostess sat us ( a party of four) and only brought two water glasses. Our server was less than enthusiastic from the get go and it seemed we were constantly hunting him down throughout our meal. He was not familiar with the wines and quite unhelpful in suggestings pairings. Not a real problem at most restaurants but pairings is the primary theme at Parallel. I noticed the new menu right away but when I asked the owner about it he commented he decided to bring back some of the old standbys. It was a disappointing experience and frankly my husband and I are a bit embarresed to have talked up the place to my family.

Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2014

This neighborhood restaurant has a great outdoor space with heaters, but unfortunately the rain spoiled that opportunity. The next time!
However, we sat at the high pub tables near the wine machines and enjoyed a wonderful evening with the flatbread and beef sliders. They were both fantastic, paired with red wine from Chili and another Old Vine selection.

Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2014

The server was very knowledgeable about the wine and food. He walked us through the menu and showed us how to use the wine machines. The food options are somewhat limited, but quite tasty. They have a wonderful outdoor patio, offer live music on set nights and have a Sunday brunch. I definitely plan to come back!

Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2014

We love this place. The food is acutally unique and well prepared. Menu remains fresh with seasonal changes. Indoor and outdoor dining is nice and we like the live music on Fridays.

Washington DC
118 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2014

The patio is a lovely place to enjoy interesting wine and small plates. The cheese plate was very good, as was the "pizza." The down side was that the kitchen would not accommodate special requests using items listed on the menu. We asked for shrimp and were told they were only available for the sliders and shrimp and grits. We offered to pay for the entree and just serve us the shrimp. Kitchen wouldn't do it. $160 on a sunday afternoon deserves a bit more consideration from the kitchen.

11 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2014

It is extremely loud. The entertainment outside on the patio floods into the restaurant. It was very difficult to have a conversation.

Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2014

Took my wife here for her birthday. Server was very knowledgeable, very friendly, and went out of his way to help us pick wines, food to go with the wines, delivering an overall outstanding experience. Food was outstanding. Will be back sooner rather than later.