If someone asked you for eating/drinking advice in Arlington and you weren’t paying attention, you could pretty confidently answer “Lyon Hall” anyway. The main level here is a great group Happy Hour spot, with a handful of high-top tables and $5 beer and wine. Upstairs, there’s a quieter dining room that’s better suited for a date. The German menu has solid options whether you’re looking for a few small plates or a full meal. We can vouch for a pot of their mussels, their giant Bavarian pretzels, and the sausage platter.
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Northside Social is a coffee shop by day and a wine bar at night. If you live in Arlington, it will come in handy at least once a week.
Screwtop Wine Bar
Screwtop is a wine bar that doesn’t suck in Clarendon. Use it for an early date, or to convince your parents your taste has matured.
The Liberty Tavern
Liberty Tavern is Clarendon’s utility restaurant - use the American spot for dates, dinner with the parents, or a meal at the bar.
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Mon Ami Gabi
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This French bistro is the place to see anyone who’s ever been on “Meet the Press". The food is also delicious.
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Green Pig Bistro
A meal at Green Pig Bistro will be meat heavy and very good. Bring a big group and sit at the communal table.
Texas Jack’s Barbecue
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For a fun group dinner in Arlington, go to Ambar and do the unlimited small plates option for $35.
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