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Where to Eat in Vienna, Virginia

Neighborhood favorites for generous gyro salads, Nepalese dumplings, saucy seafood fideua, and more

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Basque-style cheesecake with guava puree from Blend 11
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Suburban, walkable Vienna, Virginia, has an impressive variety of restaurants for its size. Options range from fine dining attractions to neighborhood stalwarts for sushi, tacos, Nepalese food, Greek, and Thai. The pandemic has forced restaurants to adjust — local destinations like ambitious Maple Ave. bistro and recently relocated Church Street Pizza are still open for takeout only. Beyond the restaurants highlighted here, Vienna has interesting picks for grab-and-go fare: frozen English pasties are available curbside from The Pure Pastry Co., and the venerable Polish Market offers sausages and pierogi.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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1. Clarity

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442 Maple Ave E
Vienna, VA 22180
(703) 539-8400
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Longtime fine dining chef Jon Krinn owns arguably Vienna’s most ambitious restaurant (with prices to match). At Clarity, the 2941 and Inox alum rotates in seasonal dishes like rice-encrusted soft shell crab or smoked lamb belly with marrow. Krinn makes oysters a point of pride. Wine dinners and bourbon tastings are regular events. Patio and indoor dining available.

An empty dining room with drop-style light fixtures
Clarity in Vienna
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2. Anita's

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521 Maple Ave E
Vienna, VA 22180
(703) 255-1001
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Vienna has the original location of this mini-chain that specializes in New Mexico-style cooking, which means lots of dishes are bathed in red and green chile sauces. Don’t sleep on the sopapillas or the hearty breakfast options. Takeout info here.

The outside of Anita’s Mexican restaurant
Anita’s
Anita’s [Photo: Facebook]

3. Caboose Brewing Company & Tavern

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520 Mill St NE
Vienna, VA 22180
(703) 865-8580
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The original location of this Virginia brewery is in Vienna, and it now has a large beer garden in the Mosaic District , too. Chef David Rabin has ambitions beyond typical brewpub fare (think pork belly and pastas). There’s also an extensive breakfast menu. Both locations have patios, with the Vienna location particularly appealing to runners, walkers, and bikers given its spot near the W&OD trail. Takeout and delivery info here.

Tartare on a white plate with a quail egg on top
A tartare dish from Caboose
Caboose [Official site]

4. Pazzo Pomodoro - Vienna

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118 Branch Rd SE
Vienna, VA 22180
(703) 281-7777
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Pazzo Pomodoro is a casual red-sauce joint where homemade pastas appear alongside pizzas with well-charred, chewy crusts, and classic veal piccata or sorrentino. The kitchen can occasionally use a heavier hand with the salt, but the old-school waiters are charming, and there’s a heated patio tent out front. Carryout here.

Pizza from Pazzo Pomodoro, topped with pepperoni, pepperonicini, and peppers. Garlic bread is blurry in the background
Pizza from Pazzo Pomodoro
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5. Amma Vegetarian Kitchen

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344 Maple Ave E
Vienna, VA 22180
(703) 938-5328
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Amma has longtime been a destination for vegetarian, South Indian fare, that’s built a devoted following for its dosas. Dishes like dahi vada (black lentil dumpling) and samosas lean traditional. Takeout is available here.

The outdoor storefront of Amma Vegetarian Kitchen
Amma Vegetarian Kitchen
Amma Vegetarian Kitchen [Photo: Official site]

6. Caffe Amouri Coffee Roaster

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107 Church St NE
Vienna, VA 22180
(703) 938-1623
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This bustling coffee shop has been a great option for socially distanced drinks and pastries. It offers contactless pickup at a cheery window. More info here.

Cafe Amouri [official]

7. Vienna Inn

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120 Maple Ave E
Vienna, VA 22180
(703) 938-9548
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A neighborhood institution beloved for chili dogs and its convivial vibe, Vienna Inn has been around since 1960 . The pandemic is particularly tough on dive bars, and this one has been offering curbside takeout, delivery, and heated outdoor seating to stay afloat.

A chili dog with cheese whiz on top and a Budweiser bottle in the background
Chili dog and a beer from Vienna Inn
Vienna Inn [Photo: Facebook]

8. Bazin's on Church

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111 Church St NW
Vienna, VA 22180
(703) 255-7212
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Bazin’s spacious backyard patio has become a draw to locals during the pandemic, and the longtime bistro has also worked to accommodate patrons with takeout. In addition to its full menu, a selection of tacos is available Tuesday though Thursdays (Bazin’s Next Door is being used for private parties). Dishes like veal Milanese appear alongside a roast chicken breast flavored with red curry.

9. Blend 111

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111 Church St NW Suite 101
Vienna, VA 22180
(571) 363-3613
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“Blend” is an appropriate moniker for this newer, Latin-leaning addition to the neighborhood, which incorporates influences from everywhere from Venezuela to Spain and France. Coffee and wine both get a lot of attention here, and the spacious backyard patio is particularly appealing. Look for dishes like a saucy fideua spiked with octopus and mussels, tiny arepitas, and a hay-smoked pork chop.

Scallops with pineapple hot sauce, carrots, Aleppo pepper and winter citrus
Scallops with pineapple hot sauce from Blend 111
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10. The Sandwich Shop

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132 Church St NW
Vienna, VA 22180
(703) 865-5545
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It’s hard to top this Vienna sandwich shop for sheer variety: chicken Parm heroes and Cuban sandwiches are listed next to banh mi and roast pork with broccoli rabe. Hot and cold sandwiches get equal billing, with Boar’s Head sandwich meat often figuring into the latter. The hearty meatball sub and spicy cheese curds are highlights. Takeout available here.

11. Red Galanga Modern Asian

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144 Church St NW
Vienna, VA 22180
(703) 865-4996
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Red Galanga and sister restaurant Sweet Ginger are both the kind of places where an excellent full menu of sushi joins dishes from China, Thailand, and other East Asian cuisines — and everything tastes pretty terrific. Red Galanga, the newer of the two, leans more Thai than its predecessor. Dishes like red curry-spiked chicken wings and duck laced with spice and basil are winners. Nasi goreng, a fried rice dish accented with sambal olek, chicken, fried egg, and shrimp, should not be missed. Takeout available here.

A pile of fried rice next to a fried egg
Malaysian fried rice from Red Galangal
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12. Momo house

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131A Maple Ave W
Vienna, VA 22180
(571) 459-2614
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Nepalese dumplings are the draw at this restaurant, which is only offering contactless takeout right now. The menu gets rounded out with a mix of crunchy street food snacks, kebabs, and curries.

An array of Nepalese takeout containers
A mix of dishes from Momo House
Momo House [Photo: Official site]

13. Plaka Grill

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110 Lawyers Rd NW
Vienna, VA 22180
(703) 319-3131
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This quick-service Greek restaurant predated the fast-casual boom (though there is now a second location in Falls Church) and makes terrific gyros. Order one Plaka-style to get fries inside the sandwich. The menu’s sleeper hits range from hearty avgolemono soup to a classic Greek salad (add the Chicago-style gyro meat with lamb) that seems to always have fresh tomatoes, even in winter. Online ordering through toast.

Two gyros with fries in the background
A gyro from Plaka Grill
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14. Taco Bamba

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164 Maple Ave W
Vienna, VA 22180
(703) 436-6339
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Victor Albisu’s acclaimed taco joint started its rapid expansion out of Falls Church with this suburban location. Since then, it’s added a cocktail bar and grown the menu. Tostadas, loaded nachos, and hefty tortas appear alongside the healthy roster of tacos filled with everything from kabocha squash and pepitas to barbacoa (trendy birria is a recent addition). Online ordering here.

Breakfast tostadas
Breakfast options from Taco Bamba in Vienna
Taco Bamba [Official Photo]

15. Sushi Yama (Yama Japanese Restaurant)

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328 Maple Ave W
Vienna, VA 22180
(703) 242-7703
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Though it offered takeout only for most of the pandemic (dine-in resumed May 25), the extensive menu at this Vienna sushi standout hasn’t narrowed in scope. Generous servings of chirashi and well-executed rolls and nigiri appear among a large mix of Japanese appetizers and entrees. Add at least one serving of their carefully-made gyoza to any takeout order.

About six pieces of salmon sushi, three fanned out in a rose-like pattern
Salmon sashimi from Sushi Yama
Sushi Yama [Photo: Facebook]

1. Clarity

442 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA 22180
An empty dining room with drop-style light fixtures
Clarity in Vienna
R. Lopez/Eater

Longtime fine dining chef Jon Krinn owns arguably Vienna’s most ambitious restaurant (with prices to match). At Clarity, the 2941 and Inox alum rotates in seasonal dishes like rice-encrusted soft shell crab or smoked lamb belly with marrow. Krinn makes oysters a point of pride. Wine dinners and bourbon tastings are regular events. Patio and indoor dining available.

442 Maple Ave E
Vienna, VA 22180

2. Anita's

521 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA 22180
The outside of Anita’s Mexican restaurant
Anita’s
Anita’s [Photo: Facebook]

Vienna has the original location of this mini-chain that specializes in New Mexico-style cooking, which means lots of dishes are bathed in red and green chile sauces. Don’t sleep on the sopapillas or the hearty breakfast options. Takeout info here.

521 Maple Ave E
Vienna, VA 22180

3. Caboose Brewing Company & Tavern

520 Mill St NE, Vienna, VA 22180
Tartare on a white plate with a quail egg on top
A tartare dish from Caboose
Caboose [Official site]

The original location of this Virginia brewery is in Vienna, and it now has a large beer garden in the Mosaic District , too. Chef David Rabin has ambitions beyond typical brewpub fare (think pork belly and pastas). There’s also an extensive breakfast menu. Both locations have patios, with the Vienna location particularly appealing to runners, walkers, and bikers given its spot near the W&OD trail. Takeout and delivery info here.

520 Mill St NE
Vienna, VA 22180

4. Pazzo Pomodoro - Vienna

118 Branch Rd SE, Vienna, VA 22180
Pizza from Pazzo Pomodoro, topped with pepperoni, pepperonicini, and peppers. Garlic bread is blurry in the background
Pizza from Pazzo Pomodoro
Missy Frederick/Eater DC

Pazzo Pomodoro is a casual red-sauce joint where homemade pastas appear alongside pizzas with well-charred, chewy crusts, and classic veal piccata or sorrentino. The kitchen can occasionally use a heavier hand with the salt, but the old-school waiters are charming, and there’s a heated patio tent out front. Carryout here.

118 Branch Rd SE
Vienna, VA 22180

5. Amma Vegetarian Kitchen

344 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA 22180
The outdoor storefront of Amma Vegetarian Kitchen
Amma Vegetarian Kitchen
Amma Vegetarian Kitchen [Photo: Official site]

Amma has longtime been a destination for vegetarian, South Indian fare, that’s built a devoted following for its dosas. Dishes like dahi vada (black lentil dumpling) and samosas lean traditional. Takeout is available here.

344 Maple Ave E
Vienna, VA 22180

6. Caffe Amouri Coffee Roaster

107 Church St NE, Vienna, VA 22180
Cafe Amouri [official]

This bustling coffee shop has been a great option for socially distanced drinks and pastries. It offers contactless pickup at a cheery window. More info here.

107 Church St NE
Vienna, VA 22180

7. Vienna Inn

120 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA 22180
A chili dog with cheese whiz on top and a Budweiser bottle in the background
Chili dog and a beer from Vienna Inn
Vienna Inn [Photo: Facebook]

A neighborhood institution beloved for chili dogs and its convivial vibe, Vienna Inn has been around since 1960 . The pandemic is particularly tough on dive bars, and this one has been offering curbside takeout, delivery, and heated outdoor seating to stay afloat.

120 Maple Ave E
Vienna, VA 22180

8. Bazin's on Church

111 Church St NW, Vienna, VA 22180

Bazin’s spacious backyard patio has become a draw to locals during the pandemic, and the longtime bistro has also worked to accommodate patrons with takeout. In addition to its full menu, a selection of tacos is available Tuesday though Thursdays (Bazin’s Next Door is being used for private parties). Dishes like veal Milanese appear alongside a roast chicken breast flavored with red curry.

111 Church St NW
Vienna, VA 22180

9. Blend 111

111 Church St NW Suite 101, Vienna, VA 22180
Scallops with pineapple hot sauce, carrots, Aleppo pepper and winter citrus
Scallops with pineapple hot sauce from Blend 111
Deb Lindsey/For The Washington Post via Getty Images

“Blend” is an appropriate moniker for this newer, Latin-leaning addition to the neighborhood, which incorporates influences from everywhere from Venezuela to Spain and France. Coffee and wine both get a lot of attention here, and the spacious backyard patio is particularly appealing. Look for dishes like a saucy fideua spiked with octopus and mussels, tiny arepitas, and a hay-smoked pork chop.

111 Church St NW Suite 101
Vienna, VA 22180

10. The Sandwich Shop

132 Church St NW, Vienna, VA 22180

It’s hard to top this Vienna sandwich shop for sheer variety: chicken Parm heroes and Cuban sandwiches are listed next to banh mi and roast pork with broccoli rabe. Hot and cold sandwiches get equal billing, with Boar’s Head sandwich meat often figuring into the latter. The hearty meatball sub and spicy cheese curds are highlights. Takeout available here.

132 Church St NW
Vienna, VA 22180

11. Red Galanga Modern Asian

144 Church St NW, Vienna, VA 22180
A pile of fried rice next to a fried egg
Malaysian fried rice from Red Galangal
Missy Frederick/Eater DC

Red Galanga and sister restaurant Sweet Ginger are both the kind of places where an excellent full menu of sushi joins dishes from China, Thailand, and other East Asian cuisines — and everything tastes pretty terrific. Red Galanga, the newer of the two, leans more Thai than its predecessor. Dishes like red curry-spiked chicken wings and duck laced with spice and basil are winners. Nasi goreng, a fried rice dish accented with sambal olek, chicken, fried egg, and shrimp, should not be missed. Takeout available here.

144 Church St NW
Vienna, VA 22180

12. Momo house

131A Maple Ave W, Vienna, VA 22180
An array of Nepalese takeout containers
A mix of dishes from Momo House
Momo House [Photo: Official site]

Nepalese dumplings are the draw at this restaurant, which is only offering contactless takeout right now. The menu gets rounded out with a mix of crunchy street food snacks, kebabs, and curries.

131A Maple Ave W
Vienna, VA 22180

13. Plaka Grill

110 Lawyers Rd NW, Vienna, VA 22180
Two gyros with fries in the background
A gyro from Plaka Grill
Plaka Grill/Facebook

This quick-service Greek restaurant predated the fast-casual boom (though there is now a second location in Falls Church) and makes terrific gyros. Order one Plaka-style to get fries inside the sandwich. The menu’s sleeper hits range from hearty avgolemono soup to a classic Greek salad (add the Chicago-style gyro meat with lamb) that seems to always have fresh tomatoes, even in winter. Online ordering through toast.

110 Lawyers Rd NW
Vienna, VA 22180

14. Taco Bamba

164 Maple Ave W, Vienna, VA 22180
Breakfast tostadas
Breakfast options from Taco Bamba in Vienna
Taco Bamba [Official Photo]

Victor Albisu’s acclaimed taco joint started its rapid expansion out of Falls Church with this suburban location. Since then, it’s added a cocktail bar and grown the menu. Tostadas, loaded nachos, and hefty tortas appear alongside the healthy roster of tacos filled with everything from kabocha squash and pepitas to barbacoa (trendy birria is a recent addition). Online ordering here.

164 Maple Ave W
Vienna, VA 22180

15. Sushi Yama (Yama Japanese Restaurant)

328 Maple Ave W, Vienna, VA 22180
About six pieces of salmon sushi, three fanned out in a rose-like pattern
Salmon sashimi from Sushi Yama
Sushi Yama [Photo: Facebook]

Though it offered takeout only for most of the pandemic (dine-in resumed May 25), the extensive menu at this Vienna sushi standout hasn’t narrowed in scope. Generous servings of chirashi and well-executed rolls and nigiri appear among a large mix of Japanese appetizers and entrees. Add at least one serving of their carefully-made gyoza to any takeout order.

328 Maple Ave W
Vienna, VA 22180

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