Carlyle

4.6
113 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Top tags:
  • Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for Birthdays
A long-standing Arlington favorite, our high energy bistro offers seasonal outside dining, outstanding service, and an innovative, award winning menu. Located in the Village at Shirlington, Carlyle is a top pick for lunches and dinners of any occasion.
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DH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

As usual the Carlyle has met their high standards in all but the side dish of baked brussel sprouts. They came over baked and bitter but they replaced them in fine fashion. Overall fine experience that I will look forward to repeating in the future.

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LH
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service great food

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LR
23 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Once the waitress found out that one of us had a gluten allergy, she went above and beyond to make certain nothing had it. She even had the chef change the goat cheese on the salad so it wasn't coated in bread crumbs. She was just lovely. We both ordered the "warm goat cheese and spicy pecan salad". It was quite tasty but the tomatoes were almost frozen. Found that odd and mentioned it to our waitress.

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GC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was so amazing and the food is always delicious and innovative with presentation! Great work to everyone there from the hostesses to the servers. Always a great experience here! Thank you!

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TB
28 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Made reservations on Open Table a week in advance and was not disappointed in any aspect of our experience at the Carlyle. We had an early reservation so the noise level was very low but the food was spectacular, as always. Our service was very friendly and quick. The Grouper special excellent and three of us had the grilled salmon on top of mashed cauliflower, and as always, it was exceptional! Will we return? Absolutely!! The Carlyle continues to be one of our favorite restaurants!

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N
39 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The grilled cheese sandwich was very good but the green salad I got instead of the fries was tired and hard to find the cranberries (maybe 2), dates (maybe 1), etc. that would have perked it up.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service!

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n
24 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience from start to finish. We would go back.

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J
51 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Hadn’t been here in awhile and we were glad we came back. The service and food were great

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DP
3 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Always great food there. One of my favorites for any occasion.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoy the Carlyle when we get together as a group of friends. Great menu with many choices.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Carlyle is very consistent over the years. Part of a restaurant group so you will see many items the same at other restaurants owned by same group. You will find daily specials & overall a flavorful entree. I had sesame encrusted seared tuna with sticky rice & tossd greens. Did need to ask for a bit more dressing as it was a bit too "lightly tossed" but better than drowning in dressing Love that they offered cappuchino or expresso along with regular coffee. Just a nice finish to a meal instead of dessert. Very attentive wait staff. We had 6 for lunch & made reservation to celebrate birthdays. Only comment I have was table they chose for us when restaurant was not full. We were seated upstairs. 6 tops are between 2 walls of booths & only one other large party & they sat us at the very first table closet to stairs & higher traffic area & right next to other large party when there were plenty of other tables further back for us to be out of the way & I made reservation ahead of time & remarked celebrating bdays. If I had arrived before others were seated I would have asked if we could switch tables & I am sure they would have been accommodating however noone wanted to make a fuss since they were already seated. Just an observation & also would have enjoyed birthday acknowledgement as well as a nice touch but didnt seem to matter that I made note of it when i made the reservation. Not a big deal but good to remember so you can remind hostess when you arrive & not expect that they read the notes from the reservation.

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M
3 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Whenever family or friends are in town I bring them to Carlyle. It is my favorite restaurant!

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TJ
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Gray service ! Parking is hard but we got lucky on the street ! Really super staff helped us !

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SG
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Love the Carlysle! Always our go-to eatery when we have guests! Actually requested upstairs, but got seated downstairs for some reason...Otherwise, outstanding as always!

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s
10 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I enjoyed the Carlyle - they are part of the Great American Restaurant group - so you can count on the overall quality of food and service. I will say in terms of "value" - I didn't pay the bill so not sure how the person felt - but in terms of my meal it was excellent. We went late on a Monday night and generally very pleased overall with the service and food. (Note - the deviled egg appetizer was lovely - especially with the candied bacon)!

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T
4 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great!

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YB
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We came for a friend's birthday and the Hostess was the best!!!!! Absolutely awesome, my friend had on a mask and the hostess let us use the elevator so she wouldn't have to remove the mask. Excellent customer service

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OT
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best brunch ever. Really good service and food. Donut appetizers were awesome.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Foods was amazing and our server i think his name was Phil he was phenomenal will definitely be coming back

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SL
15 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday sinner with friends - very nice

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MM
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

The food was good, not the best thing I have ever had but good. The service was good.

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BM
7 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I have been going to the Carlyle since the day it opened and it has maintained its quality. It has also pretty much maintained its menu, which is something of a disappointment. I would like to see more new dishes. And renaming the New Orleans style pasta (and making the shrimp an extra with an extra charge is not the answer) is not what I mean.

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JD
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I simply love Carlyle. The food, service, consistency of quality. Everything! Brunch is always amazing, and the accommodations the kitchen makes for dietary needs always makes me feel welcomed. I usually drag all my friends here...and will continue to do so as the food and service remains excellent.

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GK
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a wonderful catch-up lunch with a friend and we both enjoyed it very much. The food was wonderful and the meal was paced greatly. Services was topnotch too.

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OT
12 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Valentines Day: a tough time for restaurants to get it right. Carlyle got it right. The appetizer (a fried oyster and salad combo) was really nice. And the special- a fillet with a lobster tempura - was especially nice. And done to order: my date and I asked for and got rare and medium rare that were correct.This was a great dinner on a really busy night.

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OT
8 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was great. Our service was welcoming, bright and fun.

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DW
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We've been eating at the Carlyle for almost 20 years. That should tell you everything you need to know.

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LH
12 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and great food.

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MT
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Really nice. Great table. Service and great food. Can’t ask for more.

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BD
15 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food....outstanding service....nice ambiance!

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G
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food. Warm and welcoming. Excellent service despite how busy the restaurant was.

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TK
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to eat. Delicious food. Bread local from the bakery. Very attentive staff. Highly recommend for a date night

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5Food 2Service 3Ambience 5

Eggs were overpoached so basically my dish turned into hard boiled eggs Benedict. Started out with a server, but he mysteriously disappeared. Another girl took over I suppose and she was nice, but the informal pass on was weird. This was not our usual Carlyle experience.

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LM
4 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best brunch in Virginia. The bread comes fresh hot from oven, love the mini carrot bread with nuts, the cappuccino was strong and tasted great. I would recommend the blue crab fritters, they are so addicting and the Shirlington eggs with caramilzed onions, mushrooms and a delicious well balanced corn bread.

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OT
4 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great bday lunch with my daughter. Staff was great and even put a candle in the delicious chocolate waffle dessert. I was delighted to get a table on the entrance level and avoid the stairs.

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DB
25 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Good food Good service. Acoustics were poor making it difficult for a business meeting.

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JA
3 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fish was just okay. I would have opted for the burger or a steak instead. Good service as always

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GT
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A fine place to go when you want something nicer than average. Great service, consistently well-prepared and tasty food, tasteful decor, and quiet enough (upstairs) that you can have a conversation with the rest of the party. We use Carlyle Grand for pre-theater dinner (Signature Theater) and when we want a special experience, even if it's not a "special occasion" per se.

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OT
4 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was splendid. Best date ever.

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