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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Virginia - DC Suburbs

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants in Virginia - DC Suburbs? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of La Bonne Vie restaurant
5.0
5 (4)
$31 to $50
French
Herndon
About the restaurant
Nestled in Herndon, our restaurant radiates the timeless charm of a Parisian bistro, offering a menu that celebrates classic French entrees with our own twist. Each dish is a testament to our commitment to quality and authenticity, crafted with passion and precision by our talented chef. From Trout Amandine to Steak Frites, every bite at La Bonne Vie is a journey through the flavors and traditions that define French gastronomy.

At La Bonne Vie, we believe that dining is more than just a meal; it's an experience that enriches life and creates lasting memories. Our warm and inviting atmosphere, paired with attentive service and a thoughtfully curated wine selection, invites you to slow down, savor the moment, and indulge in the simple pleasures of good food and good company. Whether you're seeking a romantic evening out or a gathering with friends and family, La Bonne Vie welcomes you to embrace "the good life" in every delicious bite.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
I recently saw La Bonne Vie open up in Herndon and had to check it out ASAP. I’ve known the owners from their previous restaurant and figured any concept they come up with would be excellent. The French onion soup is packed with flavor, and the mac and cheese appetizer is a delicious twist to a usual simple dish. The steak frites is spot-on, and the crème brûlée was the perfect sweet ending. Plus, their cocktail menu is top-notch. Service was friendly and attentive which is a big plus. They definitely made me a fan of French food. I look forward to dining at La Bonne Vie again!
A photo of The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1639)
$50 and over
American
Lovettsville
About the restaurant
www.patowmackfarm.com
Sourcing food and supporting local artisan growers and producers and utilizing our farm as the chefs pantry gives us the opportunity to create an evolving menu that draws its inspiration from the seasons and in harmony with the earth. The venue has a breathtaking view and natural setting overlooking the Potomac River. We offer a tasting menu Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Check the website for the menu.
Wedding, rehearsal dinner, corporate or special event – we strive to exceed your dreams. Innovative and skillfully executed dishes follow the lead of nature, being mindful of the environment.
*Due to the style of menu on special events and holidays and the complexities involved with individual and specific food allergies, we are unable to accommodate dietary restrictions on those days. We make every effort to provide vegetarian and accommodate gluten sensitivities.*
2023 #2 Northern VA Magazine



Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
When you can set aside time for a special occasion, this is the place for you. Serene view of the Potomac valley, spectacular food, complete relaxation, thorough enjoyment. The service is beyond all expectations: everything flows smoothly for you to gently consider and appreciate...
A photo of The Melting Pot - Fredericksburg restaurant
4.8
4.8 (908)
$31 to $50
Fondue
Fredericksburg
About the restaurant
The Melting Pot is Fredericksburg’s premiere fondue restaurant. We offer both a romantic and family friendly atmosphere for your fine dining fondue experience. Our staff operates with one goal in mind - to provide you with the perfect night out.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
The service was impeccable, with friendly and attentive staff who made sure our dining experience was top-notch. They were knowledgeable about the menu and offered great recommendations. Overall, this place is a must-visit for anyone looking to enjoy a unique and delicious dining experience. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just looking for a cozy night out, this place delivers on all fronts. We can’t wait to return!
A photo of Willard Tea Room restaurant
4.7
4.7 (10)
$50 and over
Afternoon Tea
Washington
About the restaurant
Experience the iconic Willard Afternoon Tea in a new setting. Located off the renowned Peacock Alley, Willard Tea Room stands as the newest gem within this historic hotel. Boasting an elegant ambiance and an extensive selection of teas, pastries, and savories, it serves as the perfect setting to elevate any occasion, whether it's a relaxing afternoon tea or a special gathering with friends and family.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
I was extremely impressed with our waiter, Deepek. He was very kind and helpful with answering questions I had. It was our party first experience in the Willard Tea Room. With his kindness, it was a very pleasant experience.
A photo of The Melting Pot - Arlington VA restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2736)
$31 to $50
Fondue
Arlington
About the restaurant
For over 20 years, the Melting Pot of Arlington has offered an extraordinary dining experience that you won't find at any other restaurant. Here, you'll discover all the ingredients to a perfect evening, including a relaxed atmosphere, private tables, attentive service, fine wines and fabulous four-course fondue-style dinners. No matter what the occasion, from a romantic date to get-togethers with friends, meetings or large groups, The Melting Pot always hits the spot.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 20, 2024
Our server was amazing very personal. Food was expensive but it was good overall.
A photo of Maggiano's - Tyson's Corner restaurant
4.5
4.5 (4683)
$30 and under
Italian
Tysons
About the restaurant
Welcome to Maggiano's Little Italy in Tyson's Galleria. Our restaurant is a quick trip from the Washington Monument and Wolf Trap. Our dining room is ideal for family-style dining with our Italian–American cuisine, reminiscent of a Sunday night visit to your grandmother’s house -- or as they say in Italy, nonna’s casa! These delicious dishes paired with great service, generous portions and a warm atmosphere keep our guests and their families coming back for more.

Join us soon! We look forward to hosting your next business or family gathering.

Top review
EROD
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
Willis our server was excellent. We had a birthday celebration and getting a nice picture "framed" with Happy Birthday was a nice touch. They also printed out a couple of pics for us which was unexpected. The family-style menu option made it perfect for our party who all got to sample A LOT of everything. We all took food home. Highly recommended.
A photo of Morton's, The Steakhouse - Arlington restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1880)
$30 and under
American
Arlington
About the restaurant
What began in Chicago in 1978 is now one of the most award-winning steakhouses around. For over 30 years, Morton's The Steakhouse has been on a mission to provide "The Best Steak. Anywhere." Focusing on quality, consistency and genuine hospitality, Morton's seeks to provide not only memorable cuisine, but a memorable experience. With fresh, succulent seafood and famed USDA prime-aged steak, it's no surprise that Morton's has thrilled diners all over the world. For a glimpse of a higher standard of steakhouse, come see the legendary Morton's experience for yourself.
Top review
YvetteTvip
Dined 3 days ago
Just a get together with friends, weren’t celebrating anything and wanted a nice, upscale dinner experience. The service was pretty good, but we had to ask our waitress for a couple of things more than once. The food was delicious and served hot. The drinks were also very tasty, especially the raspberry lemon drop! The crème brûlée strawberry cheesecake was heavenly! I’d definitely return.
A photo of Gregorio's Trattoria - Reston restaurant
4.4
4.4 (204)
$30 and under
Italian
Reston
About the restaurant
Gregorio's Trattoria (trat•to•RI•a, an informal restaurant or tavern serving simple Italian dishes) is a local, family-owned restaurant where we want you to feel right at home, like you're eating at our house. Our goal is to create a comfortable, warm atmosphere with consistently fresh, delicious food and amazing service. Owner Greg Kahn and staff will do everything possible to make your visit a pleasure from the moment you walk in the door. We're not a franchise restaurant, and serve only the freshest food made with locally grown ingredients whenever possible.
Top review
Sanj
Dined on Jun 13, 2024
The food is great and the service is really good. Neighborhood gem.
A photo of BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Fredericksburg restaurant
3.7
3.7 (210)
$30 and under
American
Fredericksburg
About the restaurant
Time counts at BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse. Since our humble beginnings back in 1978, we've continued to refine our brewhouse experience to make BJ's a place where you can make the most of any meal. We want BJ's to be a place where the moment you leave is the moment you plan on coming back. We pride ourselves in our craft and attention to detail. Our guests come here for our award-winning handcrafted beer. They come here for the Southern California twist we've put on the Chicago-style deep dish pizza. And they come here for our Pizookies®, our world-renowned dessert. But above all we know people come here to make their good times better. So in many ways we haven't just crafted a brand, but a mindset. And our guests are the reason for this. And it's because of them we're continually striving to make sure every moment they choose to spend with us counts. Welcome to BJ's, a restaurant with a Brewhouse soul.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
Garlic bread was left off my meal. Other than that, it was fine.
A photo of The Bistro at The Goodstone restaurant
3.7
3.7 (29)
$30 and under
American
Middleburg
About the restaurant
We are thrilled to have you join us at the Bistro at Goodstone, where fine dining meets casual comfort.

Nestled in the picturesque Virginia countryside, the Bistro at Goodstone offers a contemporary and laid-back dining experience. Our menu boasts seasonal dishes with locally sourced ingredients, including Virginia wines and draft beers. Comfortable seating that is perfect to unwind with friends, surrounded by the glass-encased Conservatory showcasing the beautiful landscape that surrounds Goodstone Inn. A proper dining retreat!

We welcome you to indulge in breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner with us during our varied hours throughout the week. Join us for farm-fresh dining all week!

Top review
loveditvip
Dined on Jun 25, 2024
We ate there twice and the service on both nights was outstanding.
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