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An array of vegetable dishes at American Tandoor.
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Where to Eat and Drink in Tysons Corner

This Northern Virginia neighborhood is much more than mall food

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An array of vegetable dishes at American Tandoor.
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A tangle of highway overpasses and shopping malls, Tysons Corner lacks the curb appeal of D.C.s trendiest neighborhoods. But behind the office parks and storefronts are some exciting dining options that don’t involve drive-thrus or mid-mall snacking.

For a modern twist on tacos, check out the collaborative specials at restaurateur Victor Albisu’s original Taco Bamba. Dine island-style at Hawaiian-themed Lei’d, or try Peruvian cooking at local chainlet Super Chicken. Or, if retail therapy is on the agenda, take a break over modern Indian cuisine at American Tandoor.

And there’s more to come. The Hilton hotel group is opening a public-facing food hall, dubbed the Social, at its headquarters (7930 Jones Branch Drive) Wednesday, November 15, while restaurateur Mike Isabella readies his world tour of mall dining, Isabella Eatery, inside Tysons Galleria.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Pho Deluxe (Multiple locations)

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1577 Spring Hill Rd
Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 992-9375
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Like many restaurants in the Tysons area, the office park exterior of Pho Deluxe belies the solid Vietnamese cooking happening inside. Pho Deluxe draws big crowds during lunch and is a family favorite on the weekends thanks to its generous portions of pho, not to mention vermicelli noodles and other traditional entrees. Pho can be customized with meatballs, tofu, seafood, vegetables, or variety meats.

Combination vermicelli at Pho Deluxe.
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2. Wildfire

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Tysons Galleria, 2001 International Dr
McLean, VA 22102
(703) 442-9110
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Illinois-based Wildfire deals in traditional steakhouse fare such as filet mignon and rib-eye, as well as pork chops, seafood, and oversized desserts. Weekday happy hour runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and features half-priced appetizers such as bison meatballs ($5) and fried calamari ($7).

Spice-crusted beef at Wildfire.
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3. Tenpenh

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7900 Westpark Dr
McLean, VA 22102
(703) 910-3096
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Tenpenh relocated to Tysons Corner in late 2016 after more than a decade of business in downtown D.C. The food features flourishes from across Asia, including dishes native to the Philippines, Malaysia, and Japan. Dig into crispy shrimp toast or crab rangoon dip, then move into roasted duck with Thai curry, fried whole flounder, or specialty rice bowls.

Mushroom-filled bao buns at Tenpenh.
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4. Lebanese Taverna (Multiple locations)

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2001 International Dr #1402
McLean, VA 22102
(703) 847-5244
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Located inside the posh Tysons Galleria mall, this offshoot of the local Lebanese Taverna chain is a go-to for classic Mediterranean fare. Dig into the hummus bar — with varieties from spicy to shawarma-topped — or dine on lamb and artichoke stew or grilled salmon.

Assorted dishes at Lebanese Taverna.
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5. Founding Farmers

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1800 Tysons Blvd
Tysons, VA 22102
(703) 442-8783
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The burgeoning Founding Farmers chain has taken its act to Tysons Corner, serving the same modern American cooking that lures diners to its other area locations from breakfast through dinner. Portions are generous, and seasonally inspired cocktails are a worth a try as well.

Barbecue ribs at Founding Farmers.
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6. Lost Dog Cafe (Multiple locations)

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1690 Anderson Rd Suite A
McLean, VA 22102
(703) 356-5678
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Local chain Lost Dog Cafe attracts regulars with its inexpensive and well-made pizzas, as well as gourmet sandwiches and extensive beer selection. The restaurant’s owners are also active in the animal rescue community, having started Lost Dog Rescue Foundation back in 2001.

Spicy pizza and cold brews at Lost Dog Cafe.
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7. Super Chicken (Multiple locations)

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8357 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 288-1666
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This affordable quick-service spot serves some of the best Peruvian-style chicken in the area. Load up on yucca fries, black beans, rice, and salad to go along with juicy hunks of poultry. There are other selections as well, including hearty lomo saltado, and zesty ceviche on weekends.

Seasoned birds on the rotisserie at Super Chicken.
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8. Barrel & Bushel

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7901 Tysons One Pl
Tysons, VA 22102
(703) 848-6340
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Located inside the Hyatt Hotel, Barrel & Bush serves American staples that will appeal to just about any diner. There’s poutine made with steak fries and chorizo grav, beer shrimp made with local Port City Optimal Wit, plus gourmet sandwiches, steaks, and pasta dishes. As the name would suggest, the bar also features assorted beers, wines, and spirits.

Cauliflower steak at Barrel & Bushel.
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9. American Tandoor

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7943B Tysons Corner Center
Tysons, VA 22102
(571) 633-1820
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Bypass the mall food court and take a seat at this restaurant specializing in Indian food. Dishes hit many of the expected notes, whether it’s chicken tikka, palak paneer, or tandoor beef or vegetables. Some selections are decidedly less traditional, such as the masala burger or a Portuguese-style shrimp curry.

Assorted vegetable offerings at American Tandoor.
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10. Tyson's Bagel Market

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8137 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 448-0080
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Crush that bagel craving with a visit to Tyson’s Bagel Market. It doesn’t look like much, but many people flow through here to grab a fresh bagel with cream cheese or one of many tasty hot or cold bagel sandwiches featuring egg, meat, and smoked fish.

A bagel sandwich at Tysons Bagel Market.
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11. Lei'd

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8032 Leesburg Pike Suite D
Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 722-8410
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Even Tysons Corner is getting in on the city’s poke craze. Regular bowls — choose from rice, salad, noodles, and more — at Lei’d start with two scoops of protein. Load up on fresh salmon, spicy tuna, shrimp, and tofu with an assortment of sauces, toppings like citrus yuzu or spicy “red volcano”, and tons of garnishes.

A salmon poke bowl at area newcomer Lei’d.
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12. Chef Geoff's (Multiple locations)

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8045 Leesburg Pike Suite 120
Vienna, VA 22182
(571) 282-6003
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Restaurateur Geoff Tracy takes the guesswork out of happy hour planning by offering half-price specialty burgers, discounted gourmet pizzas, and oversized “supermugs” (nearly 34 ounces) filled with frosty beer from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m, Wednesday through Sunday, and all day (from open till 9 p.m.) Monday and Tuesday.

A fried egg-topped “hangover” burger at Chef Geoff’s.
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13. Taco Bamba (Multiple locations)

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2190 Pimmit Dr
Falls Church, VA 22043
(703) 639-0505
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Restaurateur Victor Albisu turns up the heat on the typical taco at his Taco Bamba operation. Some of the many interesting options include spicy mushrooms, crispy beef and pork tongue, and grilled chicken with ancho mayo. There’s even a poutine-style taco. In addition, the menu has many “sopes,” a type of open-face Mexican corn cake. Albisu regularly invites other local chefs to create guest tacos as well, so check in often to see what’s new.

Fried shrimp and avocado taco at Taco Bamba.
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1. Pho Deluxe (Multiple locations)

1577 Spring Hill Rd, Vienna, VA 22182
Combination vermicelli at Pho Deluxe.
Photo by Ron H. / Yelp

Like many restaurants in the Tysons area, the office park exterior of Pho Deluxe belies the solid Vietnamese cooking happening inside. Pho Deluxe draws big crowds during lunch and is a family favorite on the weekends thanks to its generous portions of pho, not to mention vermicelli noodles and other traditional entrees. Pho can be customized with meatballs, tofu, seafood, vegetables, or variety meats.

1577 Spring Hill Rd
Vienna, VA 22182

2. Wildfire

Tysons Galleria, 2001 International Dr, McLean, VA 22102
Spice-crusted beef at Wildfire.
Photo: Wildfire

Illinois-based Wildfire deals in traditional steakhouse fare such as filet mignon and rib-eye, as well as pork chops, seafood, and oversized desserts. Weekday happy hour runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and features half-priced appetizers such as bison meatballs ($5) and fried calamari ($7).

Tysons Galleria, 2001 International Dr
McLean, VA 22102

3. Tenpenh

7900 Westpark Dr, McLean, VA 22102
Mushroom-filled bao buns at Tenpenh.
Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC

Tenpenh relocated to Tysons Corner in late 2016 after more than a decade of business in downtown D.C. The food features flourishes from across Asia, including dishes native to the Philippines, Malaysia, and Japan. Dig into crispy shrimp toast or crab rangoon dip, then move into roasted duck with Thai curry, fried whole flounder, or specialty rice bowls.

7900 Westpark Dr
McLean, VA 22102

4. Lebanese Taverna (Multiple locations)

2001 International Dr #1402, McLean, VA 22102
Assorted dishes at Lebanese Taverna.
Photo: Lebanese Taverna

Located inside the posh Tysons Galleria mall, this offshoot of the local Lebanese Taverna chain is a go-to for classic Mediterranean fare. Dig into the hummus bar — with varieties from spicy to shawarma-topped — or dine on lamb and artichoke stew or grilled salmon.

2001 International Dr #1402
McLean, VA 22102

5. Founding Farmers

1800 Tysons Blvd, Tysons, VA 22102
Barbecue ribs at Founding Farmers.
Photo: Founding Farmers

The burgeoning Founding Farmers chain has taken its act to Tysons Corner, serving the same modern American cooking that lures diners to its other area locations from breakfast through dinner. Portions are generous, and seasonally inspired cocktails are a worth a try as well.

1800 Tysons Blvd
Tysons, VA 22102

6. Lost Dog Cafe (Multiple locations)

1690 Anderson Rd Suite A, McLean, VA 22102
Spicy pizza and cold brews at Lost Dog Cafe.
Photo: Lost Dog Cafe

Local chain Lost Dog Cafe attracts regulars with its inexpensive and well-made pizzas, as well as gourmet sandwiches and extensive beer selection. The restaurant’s owners are also active in the animal rescue community, having started Lost Dog Rescue Foundation back in 2001.

1690 Anderson Rd Suite A
McLean, VA 22102

7. Super Chicken (Multiple locations)

8357 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182
Seasoned birds on the rotisserie at Super Chicken.
Photo: Super Chicken

This affordable quick-service spot serves some of the best Peruvian-style chicken in the area. Load up on yucca fries, black beans, rice, and salad to go along with juicy hunks of poultry. There are other selections as well, including hearty lomo saltado, and zesty ceviche on weekends.

8357 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182

8. Barrel & Bushel

7901 Tysons One Pl, Tysons, VA 22102
Cauliflower steak at Barrel & Bushel.
Photo: Barrel & Bushel

Located inside the Hyatt Hotel, Barrel & Bush serves American staples that will appeal to just about any diner. There’s poutine made with steak fries and chorizo grav, beer shrimp made with local Port City Optimal Wit, plus gourmet sandwiches, steaks, and pasta dishes. As the name would suggest, the bar also features assorted beers, wines, and spirits.

7901 Tysons One Pl
Tysons, VA 22102

9. American Tandoor

7943B Tysons Corner Center, Tysons, VA 22102
Assorted vegetable offerings at American Tandoor.
Photo: American Tandoor

Bypass the mall food court and take a seat at this restaurant specializing in Indian food. Dishes hit many of the expected notes, whether it’s chicken tikka, palak paneer, or tandoor beef or vegetables. Some selections are decidedly less traditional, such as the masala burger or a Portuguese-style shrimp curry.

7943B Tysons Corner Center
Tysons, VA 22102

10. Tyson's Bagel Market

8137 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182
A bagel sandwich at Tysons Bagel Market.
Photo by Robert L. / Yelp

Crush that bagel craving with a visit to Tyson’s Bagel Market. It doesn’t look like much, but many people flow through here to grab a fresh bagel with cream cheese or one of many tasty hot or cold bagel sandwiches featuring egg, meat, and smoked fish.

8137 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182

11. Lei'd

8032 Leesburg Pike Suite D, Vienna, VA 22182
A salmon poke bowl at area newcomer Lei’d.
Photo: Lei’d

Even Tysons Corner is getting in on the city’s poke craze. Regular bowls — choose from rice, salad, noodles, and more — at Lei’d start with two scoops of protein. Load up on fresh salmon, spicy tuna, shrimp, and tofu with an assortment of sauces, toppings like citrus yuzu or spicy “red volcano”, and tons of garnishes.

8032 Leesburg Pike Suite D
Vienna, VA 22182

12. Chef Geoff's (Multiple locations)

8045 Leesburg Pike Suite 120, Vienna, VA 22182
A fried egg-topped “hangover” burger at Chef Geoff’s.
Photo by Katie V. / Yelp

Restaurateur Geoff Tracy takes the guesswork out of happy hour planning by offering half-price specialty burgers, discounted gourmet pizzas, and oversized “supermugs” (nearly 34 ounces) filled with frosty beer from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m, Wednesday through Sunday, and all day (from open till 9 p.m.) Monday and Tuesday.

8045 Leesburg Pike Suite 120
Vienna, VA 22182

13. Taco Bamba (Multiple locations)

2190 Pimmit Dr, Falls Church, VA 22043
Fried shrimp and avocado taco at Taco Bamba.
Photo: Taco Bamba

Restaurateur Victor Albisu turns up the heat on the typical taco at his Taco Bamba operation. Some of the many interesting options include spicy mushrooms, crispy beef and pork tongue, and grilled chicken with ancho mayo. There’s even a poutine-style taco. In addition, the menu has many “sopes,” a type of open-face Mexican corn cake. Albisu regularly invites other local chefs to create guest tacos as well, so check in often to see what’s new.

2190 Pimmit Dr
Falls Church, VA 22043

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