Tupelo Honey - Arlington

4.3
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$30 and under
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Southern
From Fried Chicken To Hot Biscuits With Honey
We serve fresh, scratch-made, Southern comfort food re-imagined.

At Tupelo Honey, when we play with our food (and we think it’s okay), the result is scrumptious.


We Are Mouth-Wateringly Fresh, Southern and Scratch-Made: Fried Green Tomatoes with Goat Cheese Grits, Fried Chicken BLTs, Sweet Potato Pancakes, Shrimp and Grits, Buttermilk Biscuits – all served with Southern hospitality.

In The South, You Are What You Drink:
We offer the greatest craft beers in the world, from Stone Brews to Founders Brewing. Also, discover our inventive, scratch-made cocktails made with fresh ingredients.
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B
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I loved the food here! This is the second time I have come and it's always super busy, a reservation is definitely recommended so you do not have to wait long. I loved the food but since the place is so busy the service is not the best, it's not bad but nothing special.

MF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic, fun, busy atmosphere with great food and service to match. I’ve been here about a dozen times and never once been disappointed. A MUST for Sunday Brunch.

a
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The chicken was extremely bland. The Honey Bee Dust chicken had few hints of honey. The sauce for the sriracha chicken was poured over parts of the chicken rather that the chicken being completely spun in the sauce. The mojito lacked the correct amounts of soda water, sugar, and lime juice. We were extremely disappointed in the quality of the food. The service was just okay. I will need Tupelo to improve the flavor of the food before I return.

EH
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience3

I was there for Saturday brunch. I was really looking forward to this experience but it turned out to be very disappointing. Coffee was lukewarm. I ordered the banana pudding topping on the sweet potato pancakes at the server’s recommendation. The pancakes were flat and tough, not fluffy that I expected. I also ordered fried chicken and scrambled eggs. The chicken tasted like it had been reheated and not freshly fried. Thank goodness the eggs were pretty good. After my meal arrived, my inattentive server brought a complimentary biscuit with honey and jam - a little late I would say. For a $30 brunch this meal was extremely disappointing!

LA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The Famous Fried chicken was really enjoyable, and the food in general was tasty. Good value for money here.

LG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience2

We had a reservation and arrived on time. We were seated and sat at the table no short of almost 15 mins before ANYONE came over to take our order. During the dining experience, the waiter consistently passed us over and rarely checked in. I was extremely disgusted about the service. Also there seemed to be a complete segregation in where black couples were placed at small two seaters and other couples seated at a four top. None of the staff seemed to notice and all rushed around not doing much of anything. Though the food was really good. I was sorely disappointment!

T
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We celebrated Valentine’s Day at Tupelo Honey. Food was very good. Service was a little slow but the manager did give us a coupon for a free small plate on our next visit. We will be back!

A
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Server was pleasant and witty but stretched thin: we would have liked for her to come by more frequently. Fried chicken, grits, meatloaf, blueberry compot with the biscuits, and pecan pie were tasty; green beans were only ok. Cocktails were delicious. Glad this restaurant wasn’t too loud. Disappointed that this location didn’t have in stock promotional pint glass

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on Valentine's Day, was concerned was going to be overbooked due to recent reviews. However for seated right at reservation time and everything from there was excellent. Food, service and atmosphere.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had my friends and my boyfriend for valentines’ day. We had so much fun. The food was really good and the server was so nice and accommodating.

TA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Ive been here 3 times and this past experience was my worst and was embarrassed to have my friend join me. The food was not hot and the chicken was not crispy and did not appear to be done. Although the meat was cooked to its requirement the flavor was blan. My sides were tasty but i also order an appetizer that did not come until after I recieved my main course. The eggs tasted old and appeared to be sitting in the fridge for a while. All concerns were addressed in the restuarant but it was very disappointing.

S
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The atmosphere was fun. The food was good for the cost. The service was horrible. We had to continually ask other workers to fetch our waiter. The restaurant wasn’t busy but they were working on redoing the happy hour sign which seemed to occupy almost the entire staff.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I grew up in South Carolina. The food reminded me of home. The fried okra is absolutely delicious!

SM
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love Tupelo Honey. I have been to the locations in Knoxville and Myrtle Beach also. The service is outstanding and the food is deliciously southern.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I ordered the harvest veggie bowl. The $5 tofu was unimpressive but I enjoyed the rest of the bowl. It would be nice to see some vegan options called out explicitly for folks who are trying to avoid dairy.

Ambiance was really great, service was fantastic, and the food was flavorful.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and wonderful food options!

SD
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great comfort brunch food and the service was extremely welcoming and helpful. Sefinitely add3d to my list of favorites.

MS
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We had eaten in the Asheville, North Carolina locations and loved the food. Frankly, we were disappointed in the biscuits-honey and blueberry jam that was amazing before. The fried chicken was not tender and the trout dry. The macaroni and collards were excellent but we felt rushed by our waiter

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I had a good time. I feel like the ambiance of the food was good. But I hardly could not finish it because of the shrimp and grits had a lot of butter in the bowl.

CL
Naples
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful ! This was our 4th time, and each time the food and service has been top notch.

W
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Waited inordinately long to be served even a glass of water after sitting down; waiting long to take order, etc. Food came out after a long time. Fried chicken was not up to snuff - soggy on the bottom from sitting a juice from the accompanying side of collard greens. Chicken -- particularly the wing meat -- was dry and not juicy. Not worth $17 for a half chicken.

SB
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

The parking was good, which I didn't expect in Rosslyn. And, I enjoyed our appetizers; honey chipotle wings, pimento dip and pork tacos. However, cocktails, entrees and sides were, to put it nicely, severely lacking in seasoning and flavor. The green beans were awful! The "bee dust" chicken was just ok. But, what ruined it completely was the service. The server started out good, but when she saw we weren't enjoying our meal she became MIA. Had a different server altogether to close out the check. Finally, if you're going to advertise a "free pint glass" and you've run out, a substitute would be appropriate such as a free appetizer for the table, a free drink, something besides, "We're our of the glasses." Will not be returning to this particular Tupelo's.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was soggy and not appetizing. Eggs were literally like water and potatoes that came with brunch were hard as a rock, like they had reheated them 3-4 times. Came once before and had brunch in the morning and got sick immediately after eating. Decided to give it another try and it was just as bad. Not worth it for the money and not satisfied. Sick the whole day within 5 minutes of eating this food. Wish it lived up to the hype.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and service! I will definitely go back!

AP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food was great, however, I had a reservation at 12:45 for brunch, and we were not seated until after 1:20. What's the point in making a reservation if you have to wait over 30 minutes for a table? No one ever apologized for the inconvenience. One of the hosts offered another waiting reservation a free appetizer, but they did not say one word to us about the wait. Very disappointed in the poor service and lack of apology.

BW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience4

My wife and I had reservations, so we were seated promptly on a Sunday fro Brunch. Server was nice, but my low review is because we waited an hour for our meal. Two couples seated right by us and AFTER we were already seated for 20 minutes, they received their appetizers and main dishes before we received our meal. When the food came out it was sloppy and thrown all over the plate, with a sense of definitely being rushed. We paid the Bill and our server apologized with a free appetizer coupon on our next visit. (So he said) until i read it and it was only complimentary with a purchase.. we tried it, we cool...not in a rush to go back.

IL
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food was cold; service was ok; we didn't get honey or a spoon when they served our tea and biscuits; restaurant is crowded and we sat right by hostess stand - table was way too close; overall - nothing special. we might have hit it on an off day but there are too many great restaurants in the area to warrant going back

OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The service was great - our waitress was constantly refreshing our water and coffee. However when my food came out, it was cold and I didn’t realize until a few bites in that it was a different version of the eggs benedict than the one I actually ordered. But my other two friends really liked their orders!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time. Good food. Highly recommend.

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had brunch here. The portions are fairly large. My eggs fried hard were cooked to perfection. I loved that whole peppercorns were in there. The pancakes were just the right size and not too heavy. We received cold biscuits so I didn’t care for them. The chicken lacked down home “herbs and spices” seasoning and tasted rather bland. Please add more than pork or soy options to your breakfast sausage/bacon menu!

c
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

This was not our first visit, but it was probably our last. Granted, it was a Monday night, so it was slow. But wait staff was standing around and yet not accessible. All of the food was okay, but nothing special. In the past, I was pretty enthusiastic about the food, but shrimp and grits was disappointing and fried chicken (signature dish) was okay but not great. I used to be pretty enthused about this restaurant and it had been awhile so I was excited to go back. Not so much. It wasn't terrible. It was mediocre. Sigh.

LM
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food, the drinks, the ambiance and the service! One of my favorite spots in Arlington.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Had a brunch here with my fiancé and my parents on 1/26. We had reservations, it still had to wait half and hour to sit down. We all were ready to order but till took another 15 minutes for our drinks to come and then our food arrived like wait. It was busy but no excuse for poor service.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Sunday brunch was packed and lively! Highly recommend the food, service and the coffee!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Waiter came to table about three times. Food was cold. Assumed the waitress that brought the food seen out food sitting for awhile. The waiter assigned to our table barely came by. Wish we had the waitress, because she was on top her game.

S
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service very slow and brought out appetizers with main courses.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Long wait even with a reservation. Food is always good though.

TO
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I’ve been to this restaurant many a times but unfortunately this was the worst welcoming experience I’ve had. We made a reservation and it took 30mins over that time to be seated. Our observation also showed that many others who made reservations were also seated way past their intended dine in time. I’m completely fine when restaurants do not take reservations and I come in prepared with the expectation to wait, however if I have shown up on time for my requested reservation I don’t believe I should have to wait over half an hour just to be seated. Not sure who controls saving tables for the evening, but it seems like both hostess struggled to manage that properly that evening.

CN
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and service was great. Bar was a little slow with the drinks though.

CS
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

A trio of us went for brunch on a Saturday afternoon. It was quickly packed soon after we arrived. I suggest making a reservation--we had one. The place was really cute, with a lot of natural light. I liked that the bathroom was semi-isolated from the main dining areas. The server we had was very slow. We rarely saw her and we had to ask to order. The overall ambience was cool and comfortable. Even when the restaurant was crowded we could still carry our conversation.

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