If creativity were confined to painting and writing, the world would have never seen the likes of zippers, four-door sedans, and champagne-dipped breakfast burritos. Savor the composition of artful cuisine with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of continental cuisine at Willow Restaurant in Arlington's Ballston neighborhood. Chefs Tracy O'Grady and Kate Jansen co-craft a modern menu, utilizing American ingredients to devise new interpretations on classic French and Italian cooking. Innovative yet accessible, Willow's dishes includes entrees such as seared rack of Australian lamb accompanied by braised carrots and rosemary lamb jus ($31.50) and roasted North Atlantic swordfish with savory calamari and ham mash ($27.50). Diners wishing to diversify matter-states can pair bites with sips from the wine list before finishing with a palatable pastry or cake of the day. Drink in the modern décor in the dining room, or step outside on the patio for an al fresco experience ideal for a romantic evening out or a tongue-tanning lunch.
Northern Virginia magazine named Willow Restaurant one of the 50 best restaurants in Virginia. TripAdvisors give Willow Restaurant an average of four owl eyes and more than 110 Yelpers give it a 3.5 star average. More than 280 OpenTable reviewers give Willow an average of 4.2 stars.
Tracy O’Grady, an acclaimed chef who once ran the kitchen of Kinkead’s Restaurant, teamed up with Kate Jansen, a cofounder of Firehook Bakeries, to craft Willow Restaurant’s modern continental menu. Their dishes draw on traditional culinary techniques from both French and northern Italian cooking blended with high-end American ingredients. Though complex in flavor, all of the entrees—from the braised lamb shank to the roasted wild alaskan halibut to the pepper-crusted seared top sirloin steak—are prepared with straightforward, simple techniques.
Hoping to create a tranquil and relaxing sanctuary from the stressful pace of the country’s capital, the eatery calms its dining room with deep-purple and burgundy accents, rich fabrics, and mahogany woodwork. The space feels like a re-creation of a 1930s jazz lounge, with black-and-white photographs and glistening silver trays. Two semiprivate rooms with seating for up to 10 can be great for private dinners and upscale Go Fish tournaments, and the larger private dining room can be reserved for events with up to 50 guests.
Ballston - Virginia Square
4301 N Fairfax Dr.
Arlington, Virginia 22203Get Directions