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The Study, Alexandria, VA

The Study

4.6
4.6
281 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Discover our Modern American menu inspired by Chef Tomas Chavarria’s Mesoamerican heritage and training. Our regionally sourced plates such as Korobuta Pork Belly and Seven Hills Farms Center Cut Steak are complimented by our library of classic cocktails. Grab your favorite sip and savor attentive service, a luxe atmosphere, and live entertainment in a boutique hotel.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Cocktail Bar, Farm-to-table
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (703) 838-8000
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Tomas Chavarria
  • Private party facilities
    Morrison House brings casual elegance to any private dining affair and we can’t wait to welcome you and your guests to our table. Our friendly staff serves craft cocktails, an array of local beers and wines, and contemporary American fare showcasing seasonal ingredients sourced from nearby providers
  • Private party contact
    William Davis: (703) 838-8000
  • Neighborhood
    Alexandria
  • Cross street
    King Street
  • Parking details
    Daily parking $16 per car. $5 per car with validation from The Study
  • Public transit
    King Street Metro
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 281 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Romantic

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Lively

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Romantic

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Lively

281 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed our experience. However the entree portions were very small.

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  2. molly

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was outstanding! Food very good. Lovely spot in Old Town Alexandria.

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  3. MichaelW

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time here for a weekend getaway. Certainly convenient being in the hotel at which we lodged. The food and drinks were absolutely superb. Rodney, our server, was knowledgeable, friendly, and efficient. The piano player added a nice touch to the evening as well.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and fantastic service with a cool vibe. Complementary amuse bouche from the chef to start was amazing, the ceviche was spot on, the duck breast was well portioned and cooked perfectly. We ended with the flan and it was simply decadent. First time visiting and will definitely be back.
    The StudyResponded 7 days ago
    Thanks for visiting us! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our food, especially the complementary amuse bouche and the ceviche. It's great to know that you loved the duck breast and the flan too! Your kind words mean a lot to us. We're looking forward to your next visit. Best, The Study Management Team

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  5. Diner360

    Washington DC

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice break from the outside world with lovely ambiance and inventive delicious food and friendly, unhurried service.
    The StudyResponded 7 days ago
    Hi Diner360, We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience at The Study! We're glad that you appreciated the ambiance and delicious food. We're also glad to know that our service met your expectations. Your positive feedback means a lot to us. We hope to see you again soon! Best regards, The Study Management Team

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an exceptional dining experience, Chef Tomas never fails. 5 stars!
    The StudyResponded 7 days ago
    Hello! We're thrilled to hear that you had an exceptional dining experience at The Study. Your kind words mean a lot to us. It's always our goal to provide an exceptional experience for our guests and we're glad we hit the mark for you. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best, The Management Team

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I wish I could eat here all the time. Rodney's service was impeccable. When I asked him, his recommendations of Chef Thomas' menu were spot on need on my preferences. Chef Thomas' food is always uplifting and nostalgic. Manny (at the bar) always creates something delicious. Thank you all.

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  8. mandieg1

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and excellent food. We loved the pianist playing in the bar also.
    The StudyResponded 7 days ago
    Hi mandieg1, We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience at The Study! It's wonderful to know that our food and service met your expectations. We always strive to provide an exceptional dining experience for our guests, and it's great to hear that we succeeded. We're glad you appreciated the pianist's performance in the bar, as well as the overall ambiance of the restaurant. We hope to see you again soon! Best regards, The Management Team

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  9. Mabel

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the ambience, the service and the food. Will definitely visit again.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and Rodney was great. Very attentive and knowledgeable. Will be back.

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  11. CassieR

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing, our server was so knowledgeable about each dish, the descriptions helped when we were stuck deciding between two dishes. Food had great flavor, and spicey, not too much spicey, more flavorful! My husband got 2 drinks that were both delicious and very unique. The space and ambiance is very beautiful and intimate. We will definitely be back !

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  12. CatrinaD

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    While I enjoyed The Study, I feel like my enjoyment would have increased if I feel like I hadn’t been duped a bit by restaurant week. There really wasn’t a deal there. We opted out of that and just tried some things. The bread with 3 kinds of butter and cocktails were the standout for us.

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  13. JySkr

    Washington DC

    76 reviews

    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service and attention by waiter and manager. Food was really incredible as well. Overall, a very positive experience.

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  14. LuxuryDiner

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Looking for a great dining experience with amazing cocktails The Study doesn’t disappoint. My husband and I dined with friends this weekend and we had a great time. Definitely will return.

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  15. LorenzoP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had contacted the Study to put together a night to propose to my now fiancé, and the whole staff were so excited and committed to making the night memorable and special. Bravo to them and the chef that took incredible care of us. Thank you!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great date night spot! Really enjoyed our service. Staff was very knowledgeable and the food and drinks were delightful!

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  17. ShantelleG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and environment were consistent from my last visit. I really love this place!

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  18. dygy

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Study was an outstanding meal. The chef and staff were attentive to our needs. The starters were inventive, the main course (run down stew) was quite hearty and the coconut scotch bonnet broth had an amazing spicy but not too spicey flavor. And each seafood item in the stew was cooked with care. The deserts were surprisingly Ginormous. The tres leches was the best I can ever remember and the chocolate sampler did not leave this chocoholic disappointed. The piano music made the evening even more fun.

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  19. EricB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I celebrated our anniversary last night at the Study. It was a great choice. We enjoyed the interesting mix of starters and main courses and the cocktails were delicious. Having arrived early, we stepped outside for a stroll around the heart of Old Town. The staff could not have been friendlier. The piano bar presented the perfect backdrop. There is a lot to appreciate in this cozy venue. Did I mention valet parking? Oh, and the complimentary champagne was nice touch. We will be back, frequently.

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  20. JackA

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and cocktails. Small restaurant away from passing foot traffic, with a great choice of dishes. The food was amazing

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  21. ScottH

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Noise level was extremely high. We could not converse at our table without speaking very loudly. It's a small space with tables close together and no noise dampening features. We mentioned the noise to the manager when he stopped by our table and he just shrugged. Noise level ruined the experience. We will not be going back.

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  22. LadyGlut

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, drinks, service from the front door to our table was nothing short of amazing. We had a ball and everyone worked to make our evening really special, and the pianist/singer was icing on the cake. It was a lovely way to begin the holiday weekend.

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  23. ChristineC

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service. Food was excellent - lots of kick (spicy). The piano player was amazing.
    The StudyResponded on December 16, 2023
    Thank you Christine for the awesome review! We hope to see you again soon!

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  24. YoussefB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and great food. I recommend to order all courses, and not be in the rush because the overall experience is that better. Will go back, because the flavors were very unique. Compliments to the chef and staff!
    The StudyResponded on December 16, 2023
    Thank you for the glowing review! I'm thrilled to read about how wonderful your dining experience was with us. We appreciate you choosing The Study and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience- octopus was slightly overcooked.

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  26. CamilleN

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was very good and server was good. Kitchen seemed very slow which was surprising since there was not many dining customers.The wine selection was limited and the sample of wine given to us had turned bad.

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  27. Jimmy

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An amazing meal. Chef Maddie came out and talked to us about the background of the chefs and the dishes we were eating. Our server Leo was outstanding. Very knowledgeable and personable. Already looking forward to going back!

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  28. Ricardo

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic dinner at The Study! The food was delicious (the Caribbean Curry Style Shrimp is to die for), the staff was beyond knowledgeable and friendly, and overall excellent. I look forward to returning and trying the rest of the menu.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The study was amazing! It’s a small room outside the main bar and the food and drinks are delicious! The service was amazing as well, you felt that they really cares about you and what you want to eat. Highly Recommend for a date night!

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  30. Christy

    Chicago

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The entire experience was wonderful. It’s a very small restaurant, attentive servers, chef who checks in on all the guests, creative cocktail menu, very unique and delicious dishes. The highlight was the scallop tiradito, one of the best raw dishes I’ve had. The run down stew was also quite delicious.

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  31. Raeb

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    The live music was FAR too loud for the small space. Our food was OK, my husband had curry shrimp and the shrimp weren't devanived and the shells were still on so it was challenging to eat and gross about the vains. The cheese plate was good however could have more components on the plate and bread could have come in smaller peices.the chicken was good but could have used a sauce on the potoates Won't be going back but for a hotel bar it was fine

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  32. RobertL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent little restaurant with a sexy bar area, tucked in a corner in Old Town Alexandria that I somehow never knew existed before.

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  33. TorreyB

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful place for our anniversary dinner. The food and drinks were delicious and came out quickly. The bartender even made us an off menu drink upon request, which was so special. We will definitely come back! Highly recommend!

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  34. ReidC

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    This is not a good restaurant. Short version: don't bother with this place. Longer version: Duck was badly undercooked and borderline inedible. Seafood in the Rundown Stew was badly overcooked (and the broth was cold). The ceviche was served with tortilla chips straight out of the bag. The short rib lettuce wraps were flavorless (and yet this was the best dish we got!). It took 20-25 minutes to get our drinks from the bar. We ordered a second round of drinks when our appetizers were being cleared. They arrived just before we finished our entries. The one bright spot was the Charlie Brown cocktail which was absolutely delicious. Meanwhile the cocktail with "chili-infused" bourbon in it had not one hint of spice.

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  35. Gale

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    When the menu lists an item as "half a chicken" you expect half a chicken. Not just a thigh and a leg. Where was the breast???? The duck was also ordered an it was just lackluster, and maybe even that is being kind. I did have a nice glass of Albarino and C had a decent Malbec, but The Study had nothing to do with the quality of the wines, scary to think how that would have been. This used to be a place to go. To see and be seen. Now it is just a sad former shadow of itself. Do yourself a favor and spend your money elsewhere.

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  36. JakeN

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff were very welcoming, attentive, and friendly, and the atmosphere was very cool. I was a little disappointed in the food despite the raved reviews we received from friends. We ordered the three butters to start, the two butter options didn’t have much flavor at all (One was supposed to be a burnt / onion taste, but didn’t taste like much of anything). We ended up sticking with the normal butter option which was fine. For dinner I got the roast chicken, which was cooked well but the sauce with it was heavily salted, to the point where it was pretty difficult to enjoy. We received dessert from the waitress for our Anniversary which was a rice pudding and fruit combo, that was pretty good to end the meal. Overall it was a good place sitting at the bar and maybe enjoying a few bites, but I wasn’t truly impressed with the dinner options based on the prices.

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  37. Ryan

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The drinks were great, bartender knew what they were doing. The food was delicious, and we loved everything we had. For the first 30 min, we were the only ones in there... honestly, it should have been packed. Compared to all of the other restaurants in Alexandria, this one is well above them.

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  38. Joan

    New York City

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Honestly, in my 67 years I have not had a worse experience. This was for our 32 Wedding anniversary where we enjoyed our pre wedding family dinner. The dining room was dirty, windows dirty. As it was October- moldy pumpkins on the table. No one knew how to serve. Menu items were not honored- i.e. sour dough bread was some whole grain one side toasted thick cut loaf. Marriott- this is a gem , with so much Americana potential- not to mention the lack of host and hostess care- the waiting room was seedy with chairs bottom support falling to the floor and the fireplace covered with a buffet table with dirty dishes. Our bill was over $300.00 because we wanted to give you a chance… never again. The food was horrible - I ordered the ‘octopus chicharron’. It was NOT a Chicharon… my party’s food was not what as advertised. The duck was not cooked and the steak was seared the inside was raw- ordered medium well👎🏻👎🏻 ps - pickles were soggy and inedible. Service was slow..we were the first ones seated. Very poor. Would not recommend to anyone.
    The StudyResponded on October 13, 2023
    Good evening Joan, I want to apologize for the fact that we fell short on your expectations during your experience. We appreciate all of the feedback in regards to food and service during your visit. We will be relaying all of the issues with the food to our culinary team to ensure we get these issues fixed for the future. We will also work with our front of house team in regards to the service issues and ensure the proper training is given to our staff members. With hopes to reconcile your bad experience with us at The Study, I would like to invite you and a guest to dinner with us at King & Rye which us our sister restaurant located on King Street. Please feel free to reach out to me personally and we will make sure you have a much better dining experience.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Rubin was a great server and the food coming out to the table was timed well. The food was truly amazing. Better than many other places who claim the same quality. Leo checking in on us was nice as well.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The shrimp dish with rice was excellent! The steak and onions were cooked perfectly! The wait staff was very attentive and frequently checked to make sure you did not need anything else. The venue is intimate with a great atmosphere.

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FAQs

The Study is rated 4.6 stars by 281 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for The Study

116 S. Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Additional information

  • Cross street
    King Street
  • Neighborhood
    Alexandria
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Cocktail Bar, Farm-to-table
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Daily parking $16 per car. $5 per car with validation from The Study
  • Public transit
    King Street Metro
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Tomas Chavarria
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (703) 838-8000
  • Private party facilities
    Morrison House brings casual elegance to any private dining affair and we can’t wait to welcome you and your guests to our table. Our friendly staff serves craft cocktails, an array of local beers and wines, and contemporary American fare showcasing seasonal ingredients sourced from nearby providers
  • Private party contact
    William Davis: (703) 838-8000
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