Bistros became popular in America after French diplomats visiting the Continental Congress insisted on dining outdoors, breaking Ben Franklin’s time-saving custom of eating while sleeping in the shower. Take pleasure in worldly dining with today's Groupon: for $28, you get bistro fare for two at Eleventh Street Lounge in Arlington (up to a $63 value). The meal includes any starter or small plate (up to a $15 value) and any two entrees (up to a $24 value each).
Named one of Northern Virginia's 25 Best Restaurants of 2007 by Northern Virginia Magazine, Eleventh Street Lounge impresses palates with a streamlined menu of small plates and innovative entrees suffused with organic ingredients. Dining duos can begin with the marcona almonds (a $6 value), plate of artisan cheeses (a $15 value), or pan-seared petite kalamata steak (a $14 value) served alongside a skewer of vegetables and nestled into a pillow of jasmine rice to dream of Kalamata's olive-oil rivers. Entrees expand dish diameters with succulent selections such as the peppery tuna steak anointed in five spices (a $17 value) and the petite tenderloin medallions, grilled and served with fried potatoes and mixed greens (a $15–$20 value).
Bright red walls set off exposed brick accents as diners sit back and savor atop vintage sofas or enjoy their fare alfresco on the patio. Late hours on Friday and Saturday accommodate a range of live entertainment and open-mike nights that let guests sate gourmet cravings while delivering stinging battle-raps about each other's dining etiquette.
Clarendon - Courthouse
1041 N Highland St.
Arlington, Virginia 22201Get Directions