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Where to Eat and Drink in Reston

Global tastes punctuate this planned community

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The residential community of Reston was founded on the principles “Live, Work, Play, and Get Involved.” As such, the compact area has more than its fair share of restaurants, bars, and cafés for denizens to enjoy. Many of the eateries line retail hubs like Reston Town Center, Lake Anne Plaza, and South Lakes Village Shopping Center, while others are standalone establishments sprinkled throughout the area.

City dwellers and suburbanites often find themselves in the neighborhood, since Reston is also surrounded by well-known Northern Virginia amenities such as Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Wolf Trap, Great Falls Park, the Udvar-Hazy Center, and Dulles International Airport.

Here are 15 places to find breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, or dessert in Reston.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lake Anne Coffee House and Wine Bar

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1612 Washington Plaza N
Reston, VA 20190
(703) 481-9766
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A local family recently bought the old Lake Anne Coffee Shop and upgraded the gathering neighborhood place. Find locally roasted coffee from Caffe Amouri, wine, beer, and seasonal dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

French press coffee by the fire at Lake Anne Coffee House.
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2. Lake Anne Brew House

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11424 Washington Plaza W
Reston, VA 20190
(571) 758-2739
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This nano-brewery in Lake Anne Plaza is owned and operated by husband and wife team Jason and Melissa Romano. The small-batch brews are poured in the taproom, with drafts rotating weekly.

Beer at Lake Anne Brew House.
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3. Clyde's

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11905 Market St
Reston, VA 20190
(703) 787-6601
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The Reston branch of this homegrown family of restaurants serves lunch, dinner, and brunch, plus a hearty late-night menu of bar bites, burgers, sandwiches, steak, and crab cakes.

Rhubarb hand pie a la mode at Clyde’s.
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4. American Tap Room

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1811 Library St
Reston, VA 20190
(703) 834-0400
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This bustling gathering place in Reston Town Center has a wide selection of beers on draft, along with pub fare like wings, fries, pretzels, sandwiches, sliders, flatbreads, and familiar entrees (fish and chips, steak, roast chicken).

A burger, fries, and beer at American Tap Room.
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5. Pitango Gelato

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11942 Democracy Dr
Reston, VA 20190
(703) 606-9906
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This burgeoning local gelato empire has a shop in Reston Town Center that scoops rotating flavors made with grass-fed milk from Spring Wood Organic Farm in Pennsylvania. The shop also offers freshly baked pastries and Vigilante Coffee drinks.

Stracciatella-strawberry gelato at Pitango.
Photo by Judy L. / Yelp

6. Passionfish

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11960 Democracy Dr
Reston, VA 20190
(703) 230-3474
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One of two locations of Passion Food Hospitality group’s dedicated seafood restaurant is stationed in Reston Town Center. The coastal menu includes a top notch raw bar, caviar service, sushi, crudos, sandwiches, fish tacos, and char-grilled fish.

Ice-packed seafood at Passionfish.
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7. Mon Ami Gabi

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11950 Democracy Dr
Reston, VA 20190
(703) 707-0233
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The French bistro side of the Lettuce Entertain You restaurant group focuses on crêpes, quiches, steak frites, escargots, profiteroles, imported wine, and more.

Steak frites at Mon Ami Gabi.
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8. Bartaco

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12021 Town Square St
Reston, VA 20190
(703) 787-8226
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Reston Town Center is also home this beach-themed operation. The regional chain serves assorted tacos, as well as salads, tamales, ceviche, rice bowls, and plenty of tequila drinks.

Lobster tacos at Bartaco.
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9. Barcelona Wine Bar

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12023 Town Square St
Reston, VA 20190
(703) 689-0700
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This East Coast tapas chain has a location in Reston Town Center, where diners can snack on imported cheese, charcuterie, paella, and small plates of piquillo peppers, pork belly, patatas bravas, boquerones, and more.

Seared beef and tomatoes at Barcelona Wine Bar.
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10. Crafthouse

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1888 Explorer St
Reston, VA 20190
(571) 926-9931
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Crafthouse, which used to be part of the World of Beer chain, recently rebranded as an independent establishment. It features more than 75 local breweries, with 50 beers on tap and more than 250 bottles and cans. Local wineries and distilleries also figure prominently. The food menu focuses on Bavarian pretzels, tacos, burgers, and sandwiches.

The beer cooler at Crafthouse in Reston.
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11. Jackson's Mighty Fine Food and Lucky Lounge

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11927 Democracy Dr
Reston, VA 20190
(703) 437-0800
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A member of the homegrown Great American Restaurants group, Jackson’s features traditional comfort foods (grilled cheese, burgers) alongside fashionable offerings (sushi, tuna poke).

Southern-style chicken and waffles at Jackson’s.
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12. Vinifera Wine Bar and Bistro

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11750 Sunrise Valley Dr
Reston, VA 20191
(703) 234-3550
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The restaurant inside the Westin Reston Heights stands on its own merits, boasting an ambitious wine list of over 300 selections. The food, which leans modern Mediterranean, is split almost evenly between easy to share small plates and full entrees.

The fire pit-dotted patio at Vinifera.
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13. Cafesano

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11130 South Lakes Dr
Reston, VA 20191
(703) 391-2100
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This homegrown Mediterranean bistro (a second location has cropped up in neighboring Dulles) serves a variety of wraps, pastas, kabob platters, brick oven pizzas, and wines by the glass or bottle. For added convenience, there’s an express takeout option for those on the go.

Grilled meats at Cafesano.
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14. Red's Table

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11150 South Lakes Dr
Reston, VA 20191
(571) 375-7755
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Red’s Table is owned by three brothers who grew up in the immediate area and returned home to open the restaurant. The food menu, which features seasonal American fare, relies heavily on locally sourced ingredients. In addition, all the draft beers come from Virginia and D.C. breweries.

Goat cheese fritters at Red’s Table.
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15. Ariake Japanese Restaurant

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12184 State Rte 4721
Reston, VA 20191
(703) 391-9006
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The crowd favorite at this tranquil Japanese restaurant is the sushi, featuring choice offerings such as the soft-shell crab spider roll. Other staples include bento boxes, don buri, udon, soba, and tempura.

Sushi at Ariake.
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1. Lake Anne Coffee House and Wine Bar

1612 Washington Plaza N, Reston, VA 20190
French press coffee by the fire at Lake Anne Coffee House.
Photo: Lake Anne Coffee House

A local family recently bought the old Lake Anne Coffee Shop and upgraded the gathering neighborhood place. Find locally roasted coffee from Caffe Amouri, wine, beer, and seasonal dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

1612 Washington Plaza N
Reston, VA 20190

2. Lake Anne Brew House

11424 Washington Plaza W, Reston, VA 20190
Beer at Lake Anne Brew House.
Photo: Lake Anne Brew House

This nano-brewery in Lake Anne Plaza is owned and operated by husband and wife team Jason and Melissa Romano. The small-batch brews are poured in the taproom, with drafts rotating weekly.

11424 Washington Plaza W
Reston, VA 20190

3. Clyde's

11905 Market St, Reston, VA 20190
Rhubarb hand pie a la mode at Clyde’s.
Photo: Clyde’s

The Reston branch of this homegrown family of restaurants serves lunch, dinner, and brunch, plus a hearty late-night menu of bar bites, burgers, sandwiches, steak, and crab cakes.

11905 Market St
Reston, VA 20190

4. American Tap Room

1811 Library St, Reston, VA 20190
A burger, fries, and beer at American Tap Room.
Photo: American Tap Room

This bustling gathering place in Reston Town Center has a wide selection of beers on draft, along with pub fare like wings, fries, pretzels, sandwiches, sliders, flatbreads, and familiar entrees (fish and chips, steak, roast chicken).

1811 Library St
Reston, VA 20190

5. Pitango Gelato

11942 Democracy Dr, Reston, VA 20190
Stracciatella-strawberry gelato at Pitango.
Photo by Judy L. / Yelp

This burgeoning local gelato empire has a shop in Reston Town Center that scoops rotating flavors made with grass-fed milk from Spring Wood Organic Farm in Pennsylvania. The shop also offers freshly baked pastries and Vigilante Coffee drinks.

11942 Democracy Dr
Reston, VA 20190

6. Passionfish

11960 Democracy Dr, Reston, VA 20190
Ice-packed seafood at Passionfish.
Photo: Passionfish

One of two locations of Passion Food Hospitality group’s dedicated seafood restaurant is stationed in Reston Town Center. The coastal menu includes a top notch raw bar, caviar service, sushi, crudos, sandwiches, fish tacos, and char-grilled fish.

11960 Democracy Dr
Reston, VA 20190

7. Mon Ami Gabi

11950 Democracy Dr, Reston, VA 20190
Steak frites at Mon Ami Gabi.
Photo: Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants

The French bistro side of the Lettuce Entertain You restaurant group focuses on crêpes, quiches, steak frites, escargots, profiteroles, imported wine, and more.

11950 Democracy Dr
Reston, VA 20190

8. Bartaco

12021 Town Square St, Reston, VA 20190
Lobster tacos at Bartaco.
Photo: Bartaco

Reston Town Center is also home this beach-themed operation. The regional chain serves assorted tacos, as well as salads, tamales, ceviche, rice bowls, and plenty of tequila drinks.

12021 Town Square St
Reston, VA 20190

9. Barcelona Wine Bar

12023 Town Square St, Reston, VA 20190
Seared beef and tomatoes at Barcelona Wine Bar.
Photo: Barcelona Wine Bar

This East Coast tapas chain has a location in Reston Town Center, where diners can snack on imported cheese, charcuterie, paella, and small plates of piquillo peppers, pork belly, patatas bravas, boquerones, and more.

12023 Town Square St
Reston, VA 20190

10. Crafthouse

1888 Explorer St, Reston, VA 20190
The beer cooler at Crafthouse in Reston.
Photo by Kevin G. / Yelp

Crafthouse, which used to be part of the World of Beer chain, recently rebranded as an independent establishment. It features more than 75 local breweries, with 50 beers on tap and more than 250 bottles and cans. Local wineries and distilleries also figure prominently. The food menu focuses on Bavarian pretzels, tacos, burgers, and sandwiches.

1888 Explorer St
Reston, VA 20190

11. Jackson's Mighty Fine Food and Lucky Lounge

11927 Democracy Dr, Reston, VA 20190
Southern-style chicken and waffles at Jackson’s.
Photo: Jackson’s

A member of the homegrown Great American Restaurants group, Jackson’s features traditional comfort foods (grilled cheese, burgers) alongside fashionable offerings (sushi, tuna poke).

11927 Democracy Dr
Reston, VA 20190

12. Vinifera Wine Bar and Bistro

11750 Sunrise Valley Dr, Reston, VA 20191
The fire pit-dotted patio at Vinifera.
Photo: Vinifera

The restaurant inside the Westin Reston Heights stands on its own merits, boasting an ambitious wine list of over 300 selections. The food, which leans modern Mediterranean, is split almost evenly between easy to share small plates and full entrees.

11750 Sunrise Valley Dr
Reston, VA 20191

13. Cafesano

11130 South Lakes Dr, Reston, VA 20191
Grilled meats at Cafesano.
Photo: Cafesano

This homegrown Mediterranean bistro (a second location has cropped up in neighboring Dulles) serves a variety of wraps, pastas, kabob platters, brick oven pizzas, and wines by the glass or bottle. For added convenience, there’s an express takeout option for those on the go.

11130 South Lakes Dr
Reston, VA 20191

14. Red's Table

11150 South Lakes Dr, Reston, VA 20191
Goat cheese fritters at Red’s Table.
Photo: Red’s Table

Red’s Table is owned by three brothers who grew up in the immediate area and returned home to open the restaurant. The food menu, which features seasonal American fare, relies heavily on locally sourced ingredients. In addition, all the draft beers come from Virginia and D.C. breweries.

11150 South Lakes Dr
Reston, VA 20191

15. Ariake Japanese Restaurant

12184 State Rte 4721, Reston, VA 20191
Sushi at Ariake.
Photo: Ariake

The crowd favorite at this tranquil Japanese restaurant is the sushi, featuring choice offerings such as the soft-shell crab spider roll. Other staples include bento boxes, don buri, udon, soba, and tempura.

12184 State Rte 4721
Reston, VA 20191

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