The Knife - Virginia

3.8
89 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse

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The Knife in Virginia uses an innovative all-inclusive pricing system that allows diners to enjoy classic Argentinean cuisine at a single lunch or dinner rate. Guests can enjoy a bottle of wine or two draft beers with a meal.

Emphasizing the best ingredients and a diversity of choices, the menu at The Knife in Virginia features appetizers that include a salad bar as well as a cold appetizer array that includes Argentinean empanadas, ceviche and more. There is also the grill that features amazing hot appetizers along with self-service choices of grilled meats and seafood. All meals are finished off with the dessert selection from The Knife in Virginia, along with coffee or tea.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Argentinean
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 12:00am, Sunday: 11:30am - 11:00pm
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(703) 390-1495
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Smart Casual
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3.8based on all time ratings
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3.8
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3.9
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You have to go to really embrace the culture and the people.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Had a reservation for Mother's day and was seated outside of the restaurant in a holding area near the bar. Had to walk in the doors to the main restaurant through the crowd to get my food and then come back through the crowd of people to our seats. Spoke with the management and nothing was done. We left and went down the street to Smokey Bones and enjoyed my day.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really like coming here the only problem I have is the line for the meat. They have to do something to make it move faster, overall everything else is amazing.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is my favorite restaurant when I’m shopping around at the Potomac.
Everything about this place is phenomenal! I love this restaurant. The environment was nice and quaint. If you're looking for a delicious and filling meal and the whole experience of eating a combination of Argentinian steaks, charcoal grilled appetizers and meats, salads and sides, Ceviche, Antipasto, empanadas, etc. check out The Knife.
The service was good. The servers preparing the grill looked happy even with all the heat of the grill. The servers were attentive and always kept a watchful eye and never once hesitated to clear an empty plate. Gracias!
Overall, we had a fantastic meal. It’s a little pricey for our budget, to be our new most-frequented restaurant, but we are definitely coming back!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location with Awesome food, service, and hospitality.

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Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Food was good but the restaurant was very noisy. We had a large round table for 8 and I could not converse with the people opposite from me.

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c
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had great food with family!

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Good food good atmosphere maybe a little more attention from the staff would be good but we did arrive at 10pm, def not bad service at all, I am sure the waiter had to get his side work done

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r
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Place was okay and sangria was good but the meats were a bit dry.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We found the food was very good with a real variety of options. The kids happily found plenty they liked and the adults found way too much to eat. Service was polite and drinks were refilled in a timely fashion. I found the TV stuck on infomercials annoying but other than that had a really pleasant experience

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JB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Didn't have enough vegetables

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2016
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

My 2nd visit and I will not be back. There were multiple issues (and the Health Department needs to be contacted).

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2016
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the restaurant atmosphere. Service was very good. However, meat tasted dried out. The restaurant was not that busy- had it been busier, the food could have had a quicker turn-over and probably wouldn't have been dried out from sitting on the grill. Would probably give it a second try!

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m
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I'm a strong supporter and frequent diner at The Knife. This time, though, I was disappointed in the service. Our server was slow to refill drinks and clear plates, but more importantly, the management crew in pink shirts walked around with scowls on their faces--not friendly. Come back, Kathy!

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Definitely not a Brazilian Restaurant.... Thought the server would come by with meat but instead you walk to the buffet and ask a guy to cut you a piece of meat. Glorified buffet and expensive..... But the server wants that 20% even though all they do is bring drinks and clear plates.

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M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outing with friends and family!!! Lots of food. No rush!

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I've been to The Knife before and left happy, but this last weekend the food was not as good. The meat was pre-cooked and reheated on the grill before serving which made it very dry. The empanadas were good. Dessert was not great either.

I really like the restaurant, so I hope the go back to the quality of meat they used to serve when they first started.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Typical "just meats" restaurant with a mediocre extras bar at a high price! About the only thing tasty was the grilled pineapple (that which had the sauce on it) and the bacon wrapped chicken. All the meat is just charbroiled on a barbecue grill and even the vegetables are just cleaned and grilled. If that's your fare, great, but not ours. Also, the interior is all what I call hard walled - thus very noisy when big parties are there - almost every weekend we were told. Ceilings are hard drywall thus adding to the noise level. They never got our online reservation (Glad I had the reservation on my phone!), so we had to wait for a table to be prepared and it was basically put in the passageway between two rooms. Otherwise, our waitress was very nice and accommodating. We choose to sit side by side where we wouldn't be interrupted by traffic and had an entertaining evening watching folks run into the chairs opposite of us.
Deserts were OK, but the Volcano is a ripoff if you have to pay extra for it. We make this at home all the time and is simpler to make vs the tiramisu they have. Like their high price, they're gambling on the ignorance of the customer.
Personally, I'd only recommend this to someone wanting a group to get together for an evening where everyone should be prepared to talk loudly to be heard over the din of other customers. I actually brought this place up with my carpool and of the four of us, we all have been there and don't plan on going back just because you can get a better tasting steak elsewhere!
Otherwise, if you want a good seasoned steak in a quieter surrounding, stick with Outback up the street from this place!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had brunch with 3 others on Sunday. It was our first time and we were not sure to expect. we made reservations on Open Table for 11:30 and we were seated immediately. Hostess was courteous and our waiter was excellent. He showed us to the grill and food area telling us where everything was located. Omelette's are made to your liking and there are waffles, pancakes, delicious French Toast and Fried eggs cooked while you wait. On the gill there was sirloin steak, wrapped chicken breast, spareribs, and pork loin and a variety of sausages. Also salad bar, danish bar, scrambled eggs, salads, hash browns and assorted breads and fruit.. There was probably other things that I missed. Drinks included with brunch special price of $19.99 were sodas and coffee. Extra cost for Mimosas or orange juice. Read other reviews that said meat was overcooked but we were all able to get ours the way we liked from med rare to well done. There acre not a lot of brunch options in this part of Prince William County so we were happy and will be going back again and also plan to check out their dinner.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

Everything was undercooked, and over salted. Even the fries were undercooked. The cooks didn't speak English, so I had no clue what I was getting on my plate at lot of times. I just pointed. My husband asked for sausage and ended up getting small intestines. No matter how you asked for the meat cooked you got medium rare, which was great for me, but not my husband. Also everything was over salted. In the three years I've been with my husband, I've never heard him complain about food, that night he did. The one positive he got two beers with his meal and I got a sangria.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Was OK, but in this price range and style of food, it doesn't particularly stand out compared to other options with better ambiance and menu selection. Would still recommend it to friends given location if you don;t feel like driving all the way into DC.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

First of all I reserved for a dinner for 2. When we arrived i told them and they looked confused at first. Then told us to follow them to our table (which was horrible) they had 3 tables next to each other for what looked like a table for 1 at each. The spacing was tight and uncomfortable with zero room on the table for our plates and drinks. I think if i reserved a table i shouldnt have to sit at a table that looks like its for a walkin. I asked to move to a booth when available which took about 15 to 20 minutes to happen. The food was amazing service could have been better. The servers looked like they were running around in every direction with random tables everywhere. I may not ever go back due to the experience especially due to how much i paid to have a enjoyable evening with my fiance.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Keep in mind we went on Valentines Day and it was packed. Luckily we had reservations. We felt fortunate that we only had to wait 10 minutes after our reservation time. The staff was a bit frazzled. We didn't get the full explanation of meal; that it included a bottle of wine and dessert until after we ordered drinks from a different server. The meat was OK, nothing to write home about. The salad bar was interesting and tasty. Everything was serve yourself. It was hard to hear your date and the staff behind the meat counter. It wasn't comfortable. Overall it was OK. We have eaten at better, similar South American type restaurants where they carve the meet at your table and it doesn't feel like an expensive golden coral.

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Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We went for Valentines Day dinner. The line for the meat took about 30 minutes, and it was average to say the least. The "rib" I got was entirely fat. Really the only thing that was good was the chicken. The salad bar was great and the desserts were also great. For the same price, go to a place that brings the meat around to your table. Our server did a pretty good job refilling our drinks, but we won't be returning.

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Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Loud. Didnt expect to see projection TV in one of the rooms. A lot more informal than I had expected, not sure I agree with the atmosphere at this price point. Definitely kid friendly. Food was good but a bit salty. Service was good.

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CF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The value was great as was the food. Definitely will return again.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Didnt expect the food and service to be that great. Totally enjoyed ourselves will go back in a heartbeat!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I loved our experience of The Knife. Food was good too! Definitely would visit again.

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Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Different than your traditional Brazilian steakhouse where they bring you different meats table side, this Argentinian restaurant has a salad buffet and you have to get up and go to the meat station yourself.

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I went for my mom's birthday and we did have a great time overall. Service was attentive, if not a little slow, but understandable based on the crowds. The only small complaint I have is that the line where the meats are being grilled, should move a lot faster. Too much dead time waiting, but other than that great food and wonderful environment!

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k
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Knife is a place to go when you have time for a leisurely dinner - besides the extensive salad bar, all-you-can-eat meats and some vegetables (and fresh pineapple) are on the grill. I've eaten at The Knife twice and both times found the food to be great and cooked to desired doneness, and salads and desserts to be great. The sangria is good, too.

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E
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

As usual, the Knife had a great selection of delicious meats. One trick- ask for a filet- they are not sitting on the grill and will be cooked to your preference. The salmon is sometimes dry, so pay attention to it. The flank steak, top sirloin, ribs, and pork are all delicious! Make sure to get a couple of the "side dish" empanadas- they are really good!

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p
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at the Knife. We will definitely go back. The food and service were very good.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great for the money..food was gud..each adult received a free bottle of wine...each adult received a glass of sangria...sodas were unlimited n u get a choice of dessert great for the buck!!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Presentation was good but the main entries were not as flavorful as I would expect for the price paid for the dinner. I would rather go to a Brazilian restaurant then here.

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DU
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2015
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Not impressed! The meat was dry and tasteless. This restaurant is ideal for those interested in an abundance of low quality food at a low price!

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Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We informed our waiter that this was our 1st visit he was very patient and attentive. took the time to walk us to the salad bar and meat serving area along with providing an overview. Since then we have recommended this dining establishment to our family and friends and we're looking forward to our next visit.

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CB
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Love to meet and the gentleman behind the counter was very very kind. Would happily go back.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

I don't like that you have to get up and get your food. The meat was unseasoned and dry in 5 minutes, and the vegetables in the grill were barely diced. Salad Bar was minimal. Uncomfortable seating, lighting was poor. I just wouldn't go back, it didn't feel invitational to stay and dine it was like Golden Corral. We left before we finished our drinks and didnt order desert.

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T
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2015
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

The food a good but unless you can eat a lot of meat it's very expensive. Very noisy

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