What You'll Get
Passing things can be one of mankind's most enjoyable experiences, be it blame, college entrance exams, or attractive strangers. Today's deal gives you the joy of passing plates: for $20, you get $40 worth of tapas, wine, and creative cuisine at Evo Bistro. A soothing, sleek ambience coupled with more than 50 wines by the glass and a self-serve wine tasting bar make this McLean restaurant a must stop for epicurean adventure, as well as epicurean choose-your-own-adventures such as The Cave of Tapas and War with the Evil Paella Master.
Evo's expansive and eclectic menu wards off midday malaise with an all-tapas lunch, with most dishes priced at $5 each. Coworkers can bond over a round of office gossip—or at the very least, office speculative fan fiction—paired with a few indulgent orders of ravioli filled with butternut squash and smothered in wild mushrooms and sage cream, plump garlic-coated shrimp bathing in a white wine sauce, or sautéed baby spinach and chorizo. If you have the time and an urge to splurge, the Valenciana paella's ($13.75) symphony of chicken, chorizo, scallops, shrimp, mussels, clams, piquillo peppers, and saffron rice is worth the 10-minute wait.
Dinner at Evo—besides upgrading the paella size from siesta to fiesta ($19–$24.75)—abounds with creatively cooked charcuteries and crustaceans. Try some bulbous scallops sautéed in a caper vinaigrette ($9.50). After savoring the Galician-style Black Angus empanadas de carne, your backpacking tongue can take the ferry from Spain to Morocco with a plate of mashwi (pistachio-crusted lamb chops sided with lentil salad, $14). For a more carby course, opt for the duck confit ($16.50) or crabmeat risotto ($17.50).
The bistro's tapas-tasting tendencies extend to its liquids as well. A state-of-the-art wine serving system lets diners sample all of its vino varieties before committing to one they like—even if they feel like sampling multiple kinds with each small plate. All of Evo Bistro's wines are tasted and approved before making the cut by Moroccan-born wine specialist Jacques Rebibo, who has practiced his culinary passion all over the globe (France, Spain, Germany, and Italy) before establishing Evo Bistro with Michael Rebibo and Chef Driss Zahidi. Most of the bistro's adult grape juices are available by the glass or bottle, with glasses starting at $7. The modern restaurant features belly-dancing entertainment on select dates. One Groupon can be used per table, so bring your entire posse of crime-fighting bullfighters along to Evo's Bistro.
This Groupon is not valid for promotions such as happy hour or half-price bottle night.
- At any time, however, you’ll enjoy the trendy and artistic tapas prepared by a chef who knows his patatas bravas from squid. – Gayot
- Requisite wine nibbles such as cheese and charcuterie are on the menu, but more interesting are the spice-laden small plates inspired by Zahidi’s Moroccan homeland and the Mediterranean. Sautéed shrimp are garlicky and luscious. Garlic also perfumes a mini-casserole of baby clams steeped in butter, shallots, and white wine with bits of chorizo that add a jolt of heat...A spinach crepe spilling buttery lump crab and drizzled with vanilla-saffron sauce could be a multicultural mess. But the delicacy of the approach makes it one of the most engaging dishes on the menu. – Cynthia Hacinli, Washingtonian
- Robust sardines, juicy oranges and foamy jalapeno aioli produce a rising tide of deliciousness. Wilted spinach rises to the occasion courtesy of cubed chorizo—the savory discharge infusing every leaf with an unmistakably porky richness. – Warren Rojas, Northern Virginia Magazine
- Quite the happening little McLean hot spot. Wine tastings, tapas-like appetizers, great entree [sic]. Somewhat breezy aervice [sic] but this is a casual place and we had a really pleasant evening. – OpenTable user who dined on 3/05/2010
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 8, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Tax and gratuity not included. No cash value. Not valid for special events. Not valid for off-site wine sales. Dine-in only. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.