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The Early Word on Blackfinn's New Ameripub Concept

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Missy Frederick is the Cities Director for Eater.

Bar chain Blackfinn opened up its second Ameripub concept in the country near D.C. a few weeks ago. The Blackfinn Ameripub in Merrifield has a bigger menu, wider beer selection and different footprint than the traditional Blackfinn restaurants. What's the early reception to the pub? Here's what the first Yelpers, bloggers and social media users had to say about Blackfinn Ameripub.

The Friendly Service News: Blackfinn is currently earning 3 Stars on Yelp, with 14 reviews in. The bar and restaurant also has been responding directly to both positive and negative feedback on the site. One review comes from Kim H., who says, "I've been to Blackfinn about 4 times and I can't find one bad thing to say...If you can snag a booth in the bar area, you are golden! The service, at least in my experience, has always exceeded expectations. We have never had an empty drink and the servers come by to check on you often.... always with a smile on their faces." [Yelp]

The Bad Service Counterpoint: Brett L. says, "Our first visit was pretty much a disaster...The food took forever to come. Our waiter, the manager and general manager kept apologizing, but still the food was nowhere to be seen. We had to ask five times for an extra napkin...When the food finally did arrive after 1+ hour, it was cold. The restaurant has been open now for three weeks, so they are obviously still working out some major issues." [Yelp]

The Get The Sea Bass News: John D. writes, "Amazing food for a pub. We had the apps, parmesan crusted swordfish, and the sea bass. The sea bass was amazing, and paired so well with the rice cakes. The service both at the bar and with the wait staff was unreal, it seemed like I was at a five star restaurant." [Yelp]

The Friday's Comparison News: Yelp user Brandon F. says, "Blackfinn is a business casual version of Fridays. The food quality and atmosphere were elevated and the prices were pretty comparable. Great happy hour prices from 4-7." [Yelp]

The Beer Addiction News: On Facebook, Ben says, "I'm seriously addicted to the Doggie Style beer...hope you NEVER run out of it!!!" [Facebook]

The Facebook Rave: Carlcie on Facebook says, "My husband and I had dinner at Blackfinn Ameripub - Merrifieldtonight, and it was amazing! From our server Katie to the burger to the key lime pie...all wonderful. Even the tea was delicious. Can't wait to go back!" [Facebook]

The Stellar Sides News: On Foursquare, Kyle S. recommends the side dishes. "Get the brussel sprouts and the mac and cheese as your sides, then eat them together. It's probably the only way you should ever eat brussel sprouts for the rest of your life." [Foursquare]

The Brunch News: Also on Foursquare, Michaela W. says, "Bacon Bloody Mary... Amazing. Food is great and staff is friendly!!" [Foursquare]

The Twitter News: Twitter user @batess says of Blackfinn, "awesome pub, attentive barkeeps, free WiFi, great specials, comfortable seating, dogs..." [Twitter]
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Blackfinn Ameripub

2750 Gallows Road Vienna, Va.