February 17, 2011
I have the solution for you…Idylwood Grill! This charming restaurant – and wine bar – is located in the strip mall that’s behind the Idylwood Plaza shopping center (where Whole Foods is located on Route 7). You would NEVER guess that this gem is hiding here.
First, let me tell you about the ambiance. It’s cozy and personal, warm and welcoming. On Yelp, one reviewer described it as “smaller bistro feel with bustling New York-esque environment,” and I have to agree. The lighting is soft, and the sound level is controlled well enough that even when it’s crowded you can still have a comfortable conversation.
Second, the service is great – attentive without interfering. Wait staff is both accommodating and ready with helpful suggestions, and the owner is usually on site, so you will probably meet him. He’s delightful, and very knowledgeable about the wine pairings. Trust his judgement, Hedi knows his stuff. Your food will arrive hot (!), and you’ll never be rushed.
And now to the food…exquisite! Idylwood Grill serves a broad range of dishes, with a list of specials that are always reliable. Wine suggestions are included on the Specials menu. Steaks are cooked to perfection, seafood is fresh and delicious, pastas are dreamy creations. And the sides are modern takes on traditional ingredients.
Take a chance on this neighborhood find. You’ll be delighted with this Georgetown-like dining experience in such a convenient location. It’s the perfect date night restaurant minus the hassle of driving into the city.
Idylwood Grill, 2190 Pimmit Drive, Falls Church, VA 22043 Reservations: (703) 992-0915