116 S Alfred St
Alexandria, VA 22314-3002
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The Grille

Neighborhoods: Old Town
Cuisine: American, Brunch, French

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Gayot
Rating:
14 / 20
Price:
$$$$$
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DrRisk

 Arlington, VA
 

Top of the line

This is a top drawer restaurant, great if you dine on an expense account. Otherwise, go for Restaurant Week when it will only set you back $110 for 2 (glass of wine each).

There are two dining rooms, one with a piano and fireplace. On weekends amateur singers (patrons) entertain; no music otherwise. Other dining room has much more comfortable chairs and larger tables, softer décor also.

This is definitely a $$$$$ restaurant, and actually worth it, although I know of another restaurant that is roughly the same price structure and better.

The big disappointment here is the wine. The cheapest wine by the glass is $8 (a very good reisling), but most are $10. Wines by the bottle start at $31 and there is only one at that price. They are priced way out of line—150% of the cost of the average entree and quadruple the price at the store. They will allow you to bring your own wine but I don’t know what the corkage fee is.

Valet parking for $5. Before you leave, don’t miss seeing the library and drawing room to the right of the entrance.

endive salad

Endive and radicchio salad with frisee, and bijou cheese in a vinaigrette. Excellent, except too much endive for my taste. The radicchio was not bitter at all, strangely enough.

Rockfish

Perfectly cooked, piping hot and still hot to the last bite. It is served on some sort of potato sauce with baby asparagus, which looks like some king of wierd vine but taste delicious.

apple cake dessert

Delicious, and unusual. It is similar to carrot cake but definitely an apple cake, with raisins, served with caramel sauce and another sauce I couldn’t identify.

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GastroEclectico

 Phoenix, AZ
 

Remarkable experience, fantastic Cuisine!

The overall experience was of subdued elegance, serene ambience and delectable culinary enjoyment. The atmosphere was romantically 18th century; the window table view was pleasurable only enhanced by the subtlety of the originally appointed period décor. Although the service offered was pleasing, the prices do not reflect perfection, but they appear to strive well into that arena and we were very impressed with their talent. My wife and I had wanted to try The Grille at Morrison House for quite some time, and with the advent of our local Restaurant Week, we finally decided to do so – and we’re happy we did! Our server Ahmed was most capable, helpful, accommodating and unobtrusive throughout the evening. It is refreshing to not be rushed to make way for the next head of dining cattle! Chef Brian McPherson’s gastronomic art work is fascinating to all the senses. The aromas emanating from the dishes, the sight of such well prepared and laid out culinary masterpieces and the tastes derived from everything experienced was remarkable. To begin, the Chef sent out a dainty, yet fabulous jamón Serráno-wrapped apricot – really gooooooddd! We started our dining experience savoring the Steak Tartare with deviled quail eggs, jamón Serráno with shitake chips, and Farmer’s Market Vegetable Terrine with bloody Mary sorbet, fine herbs, sea salt and olive oil. Both were excellent renditions. In-between courses we were each served a shot glass of a fresh berries spritzer for palate cleansing (I could have had more – really nice). Our main course consisted of my wife’s Champagne Poached Wild Alaskan Halibut with cepes, comfit fingerling potatoes and sauce imperial – the fish was as close to perfect as possible with its fine butter sauce compilation. It was the best Halibut she can remember having. And I had the Local Lamb Forager Pie (although not really a pie) with English peas, baby carrots, hedgehogs, pommes puree and jus – was extraordinary. The hedgehogs and tinge of jus made this lamb fabulous to the palate. We finished off our bottle of Barboursville Viognier 2010 with a delectable dessert of a peach cobbler with fresh peaches, light and crispy crust layered with crème fresh with an anointing of honey and a sprinkle of confectioner’s sugar – fabulous! For an enjoyable, relaxing and palate awe inspiring dinner, I must say, this is a place to experience. Kudos to the staff, our servers and to the Chef, for giving us an enjoyable culinary experience to remember. Highly recommended, maybe we’ll see you there! Bon appétit!

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