Best Restaurants Woodbridge VA: 
Our Foodie Search For Local Good Eats

Best restaurants Woodbridge Va is a frequent Internet search term.  

We personally started contributing to web stats years ago when the area was hopelessly short of local eateries. But the last time I checked, there were close to a miliion search queries for restaurants in Woodbridge!

Fast Forward To Today!

It's a fact.  In 2017, Woodbridge, Virginia now offers a growing selection of restaurants available for your dining pleasure.

As foodies, we've tried nearly all of them and I can now count on instantaneous reviews from the grandkids.  They currently have their eye on a soon-to-open new eatery!

Wouldn't you like to know the answer to the usual questions before heading out to a local restaurant?

Questions such as "Is the food consistently good and the service top notch?"

Read our reviews and those submitted by other local diners.  

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In the late 70s, Woodbridge was definitely not known for its fine or casual dining establishments - chain or otherwise, although I will admit that I enjoyed grabbing a quick bite to eat at Lum's every once in a while.

Although cooking is a longtime hobby of mine, every once in a while it was, and still is, nice to eat out...you know - go to a restaurant!

Other than a sprinkling of the usual fast food counters and a few fine dining establishments such as the Occoquan Inn, or the Bistro Belgique (also in Occoquan), eating out with the family usually meant driving into close-in Springfield or Alexandria for anything other than fast food cuisine.

Then came Potomac Mills and the big chain restaurants.

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A Variety Of Local Restaurants!

Woodbridge, Virginia offers everything from the favorite large chain restaurants to the one of a kind "tablecloths and linen napkins" full service dining establishments perfect for special occasions.

You can also add the following restaurants to the list of dining options:
  • Sushi Jin @ Stonebridge
  • P.F. Changs
  • Travinia's Italian Kitchen
  • Bahama Breeze Island Grille for Caribbean inspired food
  • Matchbox
  • Chuy's
  • The Knife
  • Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
  • Not Your Average Joe's
  • Charbroil Grill Brazilian Steakhouse/Churrascaria
  • The Bungalow Alehouse
  • All American Steakhouse & Sports Theater
  • Pot Belly Sandwich Shop
  • Bonefish Grill - Our location is closed but we can still visit the restaurant in Centerville or prepare Bonefish Grill Copycat recipes!
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    Along with the Mall came the requisite food court eateries and a number of larger restaurants, both around the periphery of the mall and within the shopping mecca itself.

    With a growing selection of places to eat out, it was fun to decide on "which restaurant do we try next?".

    We had our favorites, some of which have long since left the Woodbridge scene.

    Among the favorites for a quick fish dinner was the Chesapeake Seafood House with their all-you-can eat specials.  Still only a notch above Arthur Treacher's and Long John Silver fast food.

    Tim Rivershore Restaurant & Crabhouse did not exist when we first came to Prince WIlliam County but it has been the scene of milestone birthday celebrations since then   :-)

    Al fresco dining is so much fun!

    The Pier @ Tim's Rivershore Restaurant & CrabhouseThe Pier @ Tim's Rivershore Restaurant & Crabhouse
    R. from Dumfries, Virginia shared her thoughts about Tim's Rivershore.

    "Hidden (almost literally) on the banks of the Potomac, Tim's Rivershore is a must for anyone who loves to dine by the water...and is willing to get their hands dirty - eating crab.

    Their endless steamed crabs are awesome...as are the crab legs and mussels and their seafood platters.

    It's a great place for a fun date night or night out with friends, even birthday parties.

    My only recommendation is to come hungry!"

    Best Restaurants Woodbridge Va: World Cuisines

    Japanese restaurants Woodbridge VA - Authentic Japanese food? In Woodbridge, Virginia? The answer is はい .   Everything from hibachi grilled food to traditional street food.

    Brazilian Steakhouse Woodbridge Va -   Set aside a couple hours to eat at the Charbroil Grill Brazilian Churrascaria!  Enjoy the slow pace and savor the unique flavors of churrasco cooking.

    The Petra Mediterranean Grill:

    Although gyros sandwiches are typically associated with Greek food, they are (from personal experience) the staple "fast food" of the Middle East.  

    We've eaten Gyros many times while "in country" but I now make the gyros meat at home using my own recipe.

    Gyros Platter from Petra Mediterranean Grill

    Gyros come in as many variations as there are countries in that part of the world!

    The best tasting are made with lamb, chicken and beef but you will find some made with nothing but lamb which are out of this world tasty!

    Regardless of the grilled meat combo, the rest of the sandwich makings also create endless variations on the classic version.

    No need to travel to Greece or the Middle East to experience the flavors of the region.

    Head to the Petra Grill at #443, in the Food Court at Potomac Mills Mall for some of the best tasting gyros in the neighborhood - and grab a plate of Dolmades while you are it.

    If you happen to live mid-county or just driving through and feel like "dining in", visit the Petra Grill in the Shops at County Center.  Their address is 12623 Galveston CourtManassas, VA 20112; Phone: 703-590-1100

    Pictured here is their carry-out Gyro Platter with pilaf, a salad covered with Feta cheese, the yogurt sauce and a side order of Dolmades...which by the way are some of the best tasting I've had in a looong time!

    Other local restaurants offering regional and ethnic cuisine include Afghan and regional Indian/Pakistani/Afghan cuisines.

    Al-Zaytoun Kabob & Grill:

    A visitor from New Jersey offered this review of one of our local restaurants.
    "Al-Zaytoun Kabob & Grill was a real culinary flashback! Having spent much of my teen years in the Middle East, to include 3 yrs in Afghanistan, my lunch last week at Al-Zaytoun Kabob & Grill was a trip down memory lane.

    The lamb kebobs were tender, boneless chicken kabobs perfectly seasoned, and the seekh kabobs will make your eyes water. All are served with fresh out-of-the-oven tandoori naan.

    Everything was delicious, service was quick, the price was right, and all this washed down with an incredible homemade mint lemonade.

    Whether you've always been a fan of Middle Eastern food, or are out to explore new flavors, take it from one who's been there ... you won't be disappointed. Stop by Al-Zaytoun Kabob & Grill for lunch or dinner."

    Bobby Flay's Burger Palace:

    Feel like having something other than pickles, onions and mustard on your burger?  Head for Bobby Flay's Burger Palace.  

    A trendy little place wedged between other eateries.   Can't miss it in front of the main entrance to Potomac Mills Mall.   What can we say...Bobby wins the throw-down with this hamburger joint.

    Five Guys:

    Five Guys made the Zagat® list a few years ago with a rating of 24!  We may not all agree on this one, but Zagat says it best.

    The best hamburgers, french fries, and hot dogs prepared the old fashioned way - exactly the way you want them!  

    How often do you make it a Five Guys lunch? And at last count, Woodbridge, Virginia has two Five Guys.

    • At the Glen shopping center, 4109 Merchant Plaza,Woodbridge, VA 22192;Tel: 703-670-9770
    • In Foulger Square shopping center, 13580 Foulger Square, Woodbridge, VA 22192; Tel: 703-580-7577
    • In Dumfries at 4226 Fortuna Center Plaza, Dumfries, VA 22026; Tel: 703-580-9880 and also
    • In Dumfries at 17237 Wayside Drive, Dumfries, VA 22026; Tel: 703-221-2262

    Uncle Julio's:

    Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center has become home to many new - to Woodbridge - restaurants.

    Uncle Julio's (rated at 21) was among the first to lure us to the top of the hill for a good meal.

    Read a contributor's review of Uncle's Julio's Mexican Restaurant.

    Bistro L'Hermitage:

    12724 Occoquan Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192; Tel: 703-499-9550; Fax: 499-9557.

    You can make reservations online. Ranked in the Zagat® upper 20's a while back but not on their list this year!

    Zagat® Rated Rated Local Restaurants

    Yes, we have several Zagat® rated restaurants in town.  Six of them this year but the list changes on a regular basis.

    The list has included the Cheesecake Factory at Potomac Mills and Nando's Peri Peri at Potomac Town Center.  Nando's made the list again in 2016.

    So, what are you waiting for?  

    From a French Bistro, Belgian fare, genuine Argentine churrasqueria to Lebanese kouftas, Middle Eastern kebabs, Greek dolmades, Tex-Mex, Chinese, Indian and more...these days we have a long list of dining options at some of the best restaurants in Woodbridge VA!

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