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The 15 Essential Restaurants in Falls Church

The Northern Virginia suburb has a plethora of options

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Dinner at Huong Viet in Eden Center
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Falls Church residents know that their neighborhood boasts an embarrassment of riches when it comes to restaurants, especially when it comes to international destinations. There’s world-class Vietnamese, stellar sushi, Bolivian comfort food, and more.

The neighborhood also has a couple new breweries, Settle Down Easy and Audacious Aleworks, and is home to convivial bars like Ireland’s Four Provinces, Dogwood Tavern, and Clare & Don’s Beach Shack.

These are the 15 essential restaurants for Falls Church.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Taco Bamba

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2190 Pimmit Dr
Falls Church, VA 22043
(703) 639-0505
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Victor Albisu’s mini-chain of Mexican restaurants got its start right here. Since it’s the original location, it’s also the most no-frills, but it’s still the place to find stellar tacos stuffed with everything from octopus to carnitas. Albisu’s mother runs the Latin market housed in the same shopping center.

Taco Bamba
Taco Bamba
Taco Bamba [official photo]

2. Spacebar

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709 W Broad St
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 992-0777
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The folks behind beer-friendly Galaxy Hut in Clarendon own this haven for grilled cheese. Diners can customize their sandwiches (as well as their totchos) with just about every ingredient imaginable.

Totchos from Spacebar
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3. Northside Social Falls Church

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205 Park Ave
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 992-8650
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This all-day gathering place is a local haunt for coffee and pastries in the morning, brunch on the weekends, and pizza and wine in the evenings. The place comes from the owners of Arlington’s Liberty Tavern, who also oversee Liberty Barbecue in Falls Church.

4. Maneki Neko Japanese Restaurant

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238 W Broad St
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 534-8666
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This charming Japanese restaurant sells a variety of traditional dishes ranging from okonomiyaki to tempura udon to Japanese curry. A sushi board inside details daily specials.

Tempura udon and more from Maneki Neko
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5. Pizzeria Orso

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400 S Maple Ave
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 226-3460
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Chef Bertrand Chemel of fine-dining mainstay 2941 also presides over Pizzeria Orso, a casual neighborhood spot for Neapolitan pies (they’re certified), Italian small plates, and pastas. The bar is a lively spot for half-priced wine on Wednesday evenings.

Pizza from Pizzeria Orso
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6. Takumi

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310 S Washington St B
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 241-1128
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Chef Jay Yu shows exquisite craftmanship and showcases high-quality seafood at his tiny seafood restaurant in Falls Church. The chirashi is an affordable way to sample some of the freshest fish of the day.

Chirashi from Takumi
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7. Luzmary Bolivian Restaurant

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7151 Lee Hwy
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 533-1105
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This unassuming little restaurant that shares a plot with a cell phone shop is a great destination for Bolivian festivities. Don’t miss the silpancho — a breaded steak dish topped with egg — the ceviche, or the giant sandwich. There’s also a limited selection of Tex-Mex dishes.

Silpancho from Luzmary
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8. Fava Pot

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7393 D Lee Highway
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 204-0609
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Falls Church’s only Egyptian restaurant charms with warm service and tall, frosty glasses of mint lemonade. Traditional dishes such as freekeh-stuffed squab and lamb chops with grape leaves appear alongside familiar spreads like hummus and baba ghanoush. The restaurant also serves breakfast all day.

A trio of spreads at Fava Pot
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9. Huong Viet Restaurant

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6785 Wilson Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22044
(703) 538-7110
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One of Eden Center’s longest-running restaurants, this is the place to go for classics such as bun, crab fried rice, and mini bowls of pho.

Huong Viet
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10. Hai Duong Restaurant Eden Center

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6795 Wilson Blvd #7
Falls Church, VA 22044
(703) 538-5289
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Let’s be clear: there are many, many eateries worth visiting in Falls Church’s Vietnamese shopping paradise Eden Center. Among them is Hai Dong, a standout offering for ban xeo (crepes), pho, and more.

Hai Duong
Hai Duong [official site]

11. XO Taste Restaurant

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6124 Arlington Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22044
(703) 536-1630
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A great option for Cantonese dishes, XO Taste is a great neighborhood stop for platters of chow fun, and roasted duck, pig and pork.

12. 2941

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2941 Fairview Park Dr
Falls Church, VA 22042

Bertrand Chemel’s European-influenced destination restaurant has widened its options over the years to be both a place for special occasions and random nights out. Fish dishes, pastas, and soups are among his specialities, all served in a picturesque setting complete with a koi pond. The serene scene attracts many wedding parties.

2941 exterior, including a view of the pond and the restaurant lit up at night
2941 exterior
2941 [official photo]

13. Padaek

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6395 Seven Corners Center
Falls Church, VA 22044
(703) 533-9480
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This restaurant started it all for D.C.’s Lao superchef, Seng Luangrath. Previously called Bangkok Golden, the menu here has shifted to focus more on Lao dishes, though a Thai menu is still available.

14. Hong Kong Palace

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6387 Seven Corners Center
Falls Church, VA 22044
(703) 532-0940
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A longtime destination for the area for Sichuan fare, including beef in hot pepper broth, spicy flounder, cumin lamb, and more. Ask about the specials on the wall.

15. Celebrity Delly

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7263A Arlington Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 573-9002
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This homey diner is where Falls Church residents go for generous sandwiches, a fine bowl of matzo ball soup, knishes, and latkes. Also a favorite for breakfast and brunch, the deli has been around for almost 50 years.

French dip from Celebrity Delly
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1. Taco Bamba

2190 Pimmit Dr, Falls Church, VA 22043
Taco Bamba
Taco Bamba
Taco Bamba [official photo]

Victor Albisu’s mini-chain of Mexican restaurants got its start right here. Since it’s the original location, it’s also the most no-frills, but it’s still the place to find stellar tacos stuffed with everything from octopus to carnitas. Albisu’s mother runs the Latin market housed in the same shopping center.

2190 Pimmit Dr
Falls Church, VA 22043

2. Spacebar

709 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046
Totchos from Spacebar
Missy Frederick/Eater DC

The folks behind beer-friendly Galaxy Hut in Clarendon own this haven for grilled cheese. Diners can customize their sandwiches (as well as their totchos) with just about every ingredient imaginable.

709 W Broad St
Falls Church, VA 22046

3. Northside Social Falls Church

205 Park Ave, Falls Church, VA 22046

This all-day gathering place is a local haunt for coffee and pastries in the morning, brunch on the weekends, and pizza and wine in the evenings. The place comes from the owners of Arlington’s Liberty Tavern, who also oversee Liberty Barbecue in Falls Church.

205 Park Ave
Falls Church, VA 22046

4. Maneki Neko Japanese Restaurant

238 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046
Tempura udon and more from Maneki Neko
Missy Frederick/Eater DC

This charming Japanese restaurant sells a variety of traditional dishes ranging from okonomiyaki to tempura udon to Japanese curry. A sushi board inside details daily specials.

238 W Broad St
Falls Church, VA 22046

5. Pizzeria Orso

400 S Maple Ave, Falls Church, VA 22046
Pizza from Pizzeria Orso
Missy Frederick/Eater DC

Chef Bertrand Chemel of fine-dining mainstay 2941 also presides over Pizzeria Orso, a casual neighborhood spot for Neapolitan pies (they’re certified), Italian small plates, and pastas. The bar is a lively spot for half-priced wine on Wednesday evenings.

400 S Maple Ave
Falls Church, VA 22046

6. Takumi

310 S Washington St B, Falls Church, VA 22046
Chirashi from Takumi
Missy Frederick/Eater DC

Chef Jay Yu shows exquisite craftmanship and showcases high-quality seafood at his tiny seafood restaurant in Falls Church. The chirashi is an affordable way to sample some of the freshest fish of the day.

310 S Washington St B
Falls Church, VA 22046

7. Luzmary Bolivian Restaurant

7151 Lee Hwy, Falls Church, VA 22046
Silpancho from Luzmary
Missy Frederick/Eater DC

This unassuming little restaurant that shares a plot with a cell phone shop is a great destination for Bolivian festivities. Don’t miss the silpancho — a breaded steak dish topped with egg — the ceviche, or the giant sandwich. There’s also a limited selection of Tex-Mex dishes.

7151 Lee Hwy
Falls Church, VA 22046

8. Fava Pot

7393 D Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA 22042
A trio of spreads at Fava Pot
Missy Frederick/Eater DC

Falls Church’s only Egyptian restaurant charms with warm service and tall, frosty glasses of mint lemonade. Traditional dishes such as freekeh-stuffed squab and lamb chops with grape leaves appear alongside familiar spreads like hummus and baba ghanoush. The restaurant also serves breakfast all day.

7393 D Lee Highway
Falls Church, VA 22042

9. Huong Viet Restaurant

6785 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044
Huong Viet
R. Lopez/Eater DC

One of Eden Center’s longest-running restaurants, this is the place to go for classics such as bun, crab fried rice, and mini bowls of pho.

6785 Wilson Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22044

10. Hai Duong Restaurant Eden Center

6795 Wilson Blvd #7, Falls Church, VA 22044
Hai Duong
Hai Duong [official site]

Let’s be clear: there are many, many eateries worth visiting in Falls Church’s Vietnamese shopping paradise Eden Center. Among them is Hai Dong, a standout offering for ban xeo (crepes), pho, and more.

6795 Wilson Blvd #7
Falls Church, VA 22044

11. XO Taste Restaurant

6124 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044

A great option for Cantonese dishes, XO Taste is a great neighborhood stop for platters of chow fun, and roasted duck, pig and pork.

6124 Arlington Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22044

12. 2941

2941 Fairview Park Dr, Falls Church, VA 22042
2941 exterior, including a view of the pond and the restaurant lit up at night
2941 exterior
2941 [official photo]

Bertrand Chemel’s European-influenced destination restaurant has widened its options over the years to be both a place for special occasions and random nights out. Fish dishes, pastas, and soups are among his specialities, all served in a picturesque setting complete with a koi pond. The serene scene attracts many wedding parties.

2941 Fairview Park Dr
Falls Church, VA 22042

13. Padaek

6395 Seven Corners Center, Falls Church, VA 22044

This restaurant started it all for D.C.’s Lao superchef, Seng Luangrath. Previously called Bangkok Golden, the menu here has shifted to focus more on Lao dishes, though a Thai menu is still available.

6395 Seven Corners Center
Falls Church, VA 22044

14. Hong Kong Palace

6387 Seven Corners Center, Falls Church, VA 22044

A longtime destination for the area for Sichuan fare, including beef in hot pepper broth, spicy flounder, cumin lamb, and more. Ask about the specials on the wall.

6387 Seven Corners Center
Falls Church, VA 22044

15. Celebrity Delly

7263A Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22042
French dip from Celebrity Delly
Missy Frederick/Eater DC

This homey diner is where Falls Church residents go for generous sandwiches, a fine bowl of matzo ball soup, knishes, and latkes. Also a favorite for breakfast and brunch, the deli has been around for almost 50 years.

7263A Arlington Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22042

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