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2941 Restaurant: A User's Guide

Modern French Cuisine | Acclaimed Duck Burger | Onsite Herb Garden | Meal with a View | French Wines

Sample Menu

  • Small bite: crispy calamari, described as “luscious” by the Washington Post
  • Pasta: smoked-burrata ravioli with escarole and spicy duck
  • Entree: bacon-wrapped monkfish with syrah sauce
  • Dessert: salted-caramel brownie with buttermilk sherbet

Where to Sit: Ask for a table near the floor-to-ceiling windows, which look out over a sprawling koi pond and lush garden with an original Rodin statue at its center.

When to Go: Swing by during lunch, when the ever-popular Daffy burger is on the menu. This decadent sandwich showcases a patty blended with duck breast, duck leg, and foie gras. The patty is topped with even more foie gras, as well as a sweet-and-sour onion agradolce to cut the richness.

While You're Waiting

  • Stroll through the outside herb garden where Executive Chef Bertrand Chemel harvests fresh ingredients daily.
  • Ask sommelier Jonathan Schuyler to suggest an ideal wine pairing from 2941’s largely French selection, or pass the time with a classic cocktail.
  • Gaze into the crystalline structure of the giant geode in the dining room.

Dress Code: Come as you are. Although you’ll still see business suits and date-night dresses, 2941 shed its former special-occasion-only image with a complete redesign in 2012, incorporating a laid-back dress code to match its more casual culinary offerings.

2941 Fairview Park Dr
Falls Church,

Behind the brick façade of Plush Gelato & Coffee, owners Dinh and Henry Luong handcraft a rainbow of velvety gelatos and sorbets to match a variety of custom-brewed coffee and lattes. Spheres of creamy gelato scooped away from frosty peaks woo sweet teeth with locally sourced and seasonal flavors such as chocolate hazelnut, nutella cookie, and vietnamese coffee ($3.75 for small; $4.50 for medium; $5.25 for large). Blood orange, strawberry, and mango juices freeze into smooth sorbet with a unique texture that comes from millions of microscopic crystals. Rather than licking a car battery, awaken somnolent palates with a large cup of piping hot coffee ($2.25) or a foamy latte ($3.75).

175 Maple Ave E

Your next meal awaits at Grand Cru Wine Bar and Bistro in Arlington. Put the diet on pause when you visit Grand Cru Wine Bar and Bistro — there are no low-fat menu items. Be sure to complete your meal at Grand Cru Wine Bar and Bistro with a drink from the restaurant's full bar. Eat outdoors Grand Cru Wine Bar and Bistro (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating. You'll find lots of space for you and the whole gang to spread out at Grand Cru Wine Bar and Bistro, which accommodates plenty of large groups.

Heading over after work? Make sure to call ahead to reserve your table since crowds tend to pack Grand Cru Wine Bar and Bistro on weeknights. Casual dining at its best, Grand Cru Wine Bar and Bistro customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt. You can also serve food from Grand Cru Wine Bar and Bistro at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.

Sidle into a space on the street or park your vehicle in the adjacent lot.

Meals at Grand Cru Wine Bar and Bistro are moderately priced — most diners spend about $30 per person.

4401 Wilson Blvd

Looking for something unique? Head to Lyon Hall for a new take on traditional French fare. Dieters beware — Lyon Hall does not offer low-fat cuisine. Round out your meal with a little tipple — Lyon Hall has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more. Parents, bring your kids along to Lyon Hall, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience. Lyon Hall is great for a large crowd and offers a private room for parties, celebrations or other merry gatherings. Wireless internet access is available for no charge at Lyon Hall. At Lyon Hall, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm.

Folks tend to dress down at Lyon Hall, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the restaurant. Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Lyon Hall also offers catering. If time is of the essence, Lyon Hall's take-out option may be a better fit.

If driving doesn't appeal, you can take public transportation, with a nearby stop at Clarendon Metrorail (Orange). The restaurant is next to a parking lot, but drivers can also settle for street parking.

Your tab at Lyon Hall will generally run you about $30 per person. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.

3100 Washington Blvd

Village Bistro is the perfect place for sweethearts to share a plate of pasta Bolognese. No need to miss out on Village Bistro just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The restaurant has tons of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. With Village Bistro's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening. Bring your whole brood to Village Bistro, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together. Ideal for large groups, Village Bistro will make sure your party feels anything but cramped. Village Bistro's outdoor seating is available during the warmer months.

Fridays and Saturdays really bring in the crowds, so make sure there's space for you by calling ahead for a reservation. Village Bistro can also cater your next party; call today for details. You can also grab your food to go.

Street parking is available, or, on busy nights, a nearby lot is another option for drivers. For those who wish to avoid traffic, Village Bistro is also accessible via public transportation, with stops at Courthouse Metro (Orange) and Rosslyn Metro (Blue, Orange).

Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet.

1723 Wilson Blvd

La Cote D'Or serves a laid-back French spread. No need to miss out on La Cote D'Or just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The restaurant has tons of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. The drink list at La Cote D'Or has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out). Don't miss out on the private room at La Cote D'Or — you'll want to reserve the space the next time you and your whole crew need a place to celebrate together. Sit outside at La Cote D'Or and soak up the sun on those nice summer days.

La Cote D'Or welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie. Catering services are also available. If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.

If preferred, patrons can leave their vehicles in a nearby lot, though space is available on the street as well.

Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet. Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express are all accepted. The dinner menu is a crowd pleaser at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.

6876 Lee Hwy