Northern Virginia is perched unassumingly along the mighty Potomac River's banks, but The Old Dominion's food scene rivals the best from anywhere on the east coast. We have some of everything here, from craft breweries along Virginias wine trail to international cuisine to the en vogue and sustainable farm-to-table fine dining practices.
And while NoVA's chefs will tell you the foodie scene has been hot here for years, everything in the NoVA food scene has been changing incredibly quickly.
For the best envelope-pushers in the D.C. Metro Area, follow The Nellis Group's guide to the NoVA food scene. We've got the 411 on neighborhood bites, the latest food trends taking the DMV by storm and old favorites where presidents and first ladies wined and dined!
DANIEL O'CONNELL'S RESTAURANT AND BAR
Named for the famed Irish political leader, this antique restaurant/pub is right at home in historical Old Town. Featuring a modern fusion of Irish cuisine and culture, folks may order new dishes including daily specials yet also favorites like corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips and shepherd's pie. Now while most bars/pubs are for those who like to see and be seen, this venue offers four unique and cozy snugs (nooks) to customers. On tap, you'll find Irish favorites like Guinness, Smithwick’s Ale, Harp and Magners Irish Cider but also a bevy of others by the bottle. / 112 King St, Alexandria, VA
At Copperwood Tavern, they aim to give their customers an enjoyable and memorable dining experience. They chose to be a farm-to-table restaurant because it represents the freshest quality available. Not only do they source our ingredients and products locally, they're also locally owned and operated in Virginia right outside of Washington D.C.
They take pride in offering the highest quality dishes by serving locally sourced meats, seafood, and produce. By doing so we are supporting local farmers and local economy. It has also become their passion to educate customers on the benefits of using fresh and local ingredients.
Copperwood Tavern offers 20 Virginia draft beers on tap, 30 small-batch whiskeys, and a superb wine selection from many local wineries. The 30-foot craft bar is also stocked with southern Virginia's white whiskey. Yes, meaning moonshine! Since a woodsy retreat wouldn't be complete without a loyal hunting companion, they encourage you to bring Fido along. Copperwood Tavern features dog-friendly patios with custom copper dog bowls! / 4021 Campbell Ave., Arlington
Green Pig Bistro serves what may be more obscure cuts of meat in their finest form – food that is hearty, not heavy; sustainable and with proper technique above all.
The restaurant utilizes the entire product, head to tail, in dishes that are approachable, solid and basic, yet premium – classic rustic French cooking – with a decidedly American push and with reasonable prices. Communal chef’s table made of repurposed barn wood with metal and stone base; wall coverings made of pages from cook and culinary books; antique knife and kitchen utensil collections. / 1025 N. Fillmore St., Arlington
highline RXR opened on February 9, 2015, on the second-floor of 2010 Crystal Drive. We are Crystal City's newest addition, a fun and comfortable bar and restaurant that serves as Arlington’s new social anchor. 7,000 sq. Feet, 30+ draft beers, loads of games, and an innovative casual American menu — Highline is just what Crystal City has been missing. / 2010 Crystal Drive, Arlington
The B Side is a neighborhood joint situated next door to Red Apron at Mosaic, is an amalgamation of all the things we love the most: crazy good food prepared simply; way too many wines; stiff drinks made by pros who know how to make them; a mind-boggling beer list; killer tunes on the turntable and a scene that has no patience for pretense. This is B Side.
To make it all happen, they assembled a braintrust including Chef & Butcher Nathan Anda, Resident Hop Head Greg Engert, and a team of merry Mixmasters and grape gurus. Together, this band of brothers has built nothing less than a double live album of greatest hits. From obscure wine finds to cool and crafty cocktails, charcuterie, bar snacks, burgers, butcher's cuts and beyond – These guys are bringing it!
What's more, they don't cut corners. Full stop. If there's one thing these boys have in common, it's a total obsession with sourcing and serving only the absolute best. So, c'mon out and join them for some fun at B Side. / 8298 Glass Alley, Fairfax
Chef/Founder/Owner, Jon Krinn, began his culinary journey at L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and after spending some time in kitchens around DC, he took off to France to work with the likes of Alain Ducasse and Michel Rostang, among others. Following his time in France he moved to New York city where he worked at Danny Meyer’s Gramercy Tavern under Chef Tom Collichio, and at the famed Union Pacific under Food and Wine 10 Best Chef Rocco DiSpirito. Settling back in the DC area in 2001, he opened 2941 Restaurant to critical acclaim, earning 3 Stars in the Washington Post and landing perenially in the top 10 of Washingtonian’s Top 100 Restaurants. Building on his success at 2941, Jon created Inox in Tyson’s Corner in 2008, and although he again achieved 3 Stars in the Washington Post, the recession squelched his dream restaurant – ironically, a blessing and true teaching moment that led him to Vienna to construct and open Clarity on April 7th, 2015. / 442 Maple Ave. E, Vienna