Carlyle

4.7
135 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Brunch
  • Casual
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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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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FP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server, Ryan, was wonderful, very attentive and professional. The food was excellent. Ryan found out it was our anniversary and surprised us with a strawberry shortcake dessert which made the evening memorable and special.

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JW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

My daughter enjoyed her scrimp dish. My burger was mushy.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mother’s Day celebration

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was mother day breakfast and it was perfect as always!

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LC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We celebrated Mothers’ Day on Saturday as opposed to Sunday. Carlyle has always been a choice for memorable meals because the staff, ambiance, service and cuisine are always exceptional. This time was just perfect. No regrets. We all enjoyed the meal and the left w smiles.

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MF
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Busy place, reservations suggested. Grilled chicken was very good, served on angel hair pasta with skinny green beans. (They were in short supply!) The apple pecan pie was delicious.

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PB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service and great food and drink. Everyone in our party really enjoyed their craft drinks and their main courses. The jumbo lump crab cake with a fried brussel sprouts side dish was a real treat and so was the unique twist on a Makers' Mark Old-Fashioned. Service was really perfect - there when we needed it but never pushy.

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OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Celebrating my mom’s birthday. I made a special request to highlight her day and the restaurant delivered. She was surprised and delighted!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent Server.

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, excellent food. The flounder piccata was outstanding and as usual the crab cakes were yummy.

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N
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Consistent good food, service, and ambience.
We usually celebrate events at the Carlyle. We dined for our 27th wedding anniversary. We were a little disappointed that there wasn’t an acknowledgement other than “congratulations” from the waiter. Oh well. We’ll be back anyway because the food, quality, and value are very good.

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Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food and service were both outstanding. However, when we arrived for an early dinner with a reservation, the greeter proceeded to put us in a booth between two large groups of small children, one which was a birthday party for a child. As there were many other vacant booths at 5:30, I asked the greeter if we could be assigned to a different table.

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C
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Birthday celebration

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t
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Had a wonderful meal. Calamari appetizer light and fresh.
Had the lightly smoked salmon with mashed cauliflower and asparagus. Great combination! Seriously!!

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Orlando
174 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great food & service, and it has been over 25 years we have been dining here

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DE
Washington DC
108 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Even though I’d reserved for a business meal, host was annoyed we didn’t want to sit in a noisy bar. Then we had to wait :10 minutes past reservation to be seated upstairs which was supposed to open exactly at my reservation time. No apology for inconvenience. That being said, roasted chicken salad and tuna entrees were good. Server did a good job. Everyone knows hostess is not a great job. Pay them more and maybe they will be more professional.

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MO
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I've been here countless times and it never disappoints.

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K
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good service was very good and the servers were very friendly. This is a great place to entertain

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NM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The greeting fat the check-in desk was great you have the right person greeting the customers. The waiter was exceptional treated us very professionally and he new the specials from the top of his head. he also new the food menu and bar menu very well. The food was exceptional it was down to our liking. I would recommend Carlyle to all my friends. Keep up the great work.

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D
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great food, cocktails, service, people watching. One of our favorite places.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So delicious! Met a friend for brunch and thoroughly enjoyed it!

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DH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
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
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service great food

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LR
Washington DC
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
Washington DC
5 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
Washington DC
30 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
Washington DC
40 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
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service!

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n
Washington DC
29 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
Washington DC
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
Washington DC
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
Washington DC
2 reviews
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
Washington DC
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
Western NC
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
Washington DC
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
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Birthday brunch. The donuts were BOMB!!!

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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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