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Willow

(Now Closed)
New American Restaurant$$$$
Ballston - Virginia Square, Arlington
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  • Charlie S.
    Charlie SKDecember 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Been here a few times and here is my advise: Fish Tacos, beef stroganoff, fish & Chips are consistently superb. Ask for "Happy" red. Usually palatable but not amazing. Well priced.
  • Spencer S.
    Spencer SJuly 3, 2013
    Had the vegetable ravioli which was excellent! (Only got 3 though). Flatbread was great and atmosphere was cozy. Will come back on special occasions!
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
    "...in-house pastry chef Kate Jansen showing up Resses’ with a peanut butter and chocolate tart sitting in a hard chocolate shell topped with sauces of vanilla and caramel..." - November 2012 Issue
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostAugust 1, 2014
    The pastry chef's cookie plate finds a hit parade of flavors accompanied by something better even than a cold glass of milk: buttered almond ice cream. Read more
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
    Local crab visits Asia as jumbo lump cakes are battered and deep fried, and surrounded by crisp edamame and festive Mandarin oranges. - November 2011 issue
  • Jeanne Marie H.
    Jeanne Marie HoffmanAugust 17, 2013
    Their happy hour wines are good quality and are cheap. Try the portobello mushroom fries--they are amazing.
  • Now Owl
    Now OwlJanuary 21, 2011
    Checked it out for restaurant week. Wild mushroom bisque was delightful in that tummy-warming way. Also enjoyed the deconstructed chicken and duck pot pie.
  • Dana W.
    Dana WMay 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The $5 Facebook specials are awesome! Loved the crab cake sandwich with fried lemon slices!
  • Dan R.
    Dan RapelaJune 19, 2011
    It's your parents favorite food with a modern twist. I was surprised how much I liked it! Yellowfin tuna and all desserts were great.
  • Alan R.
    Alan RosenblattOctober 8, 2011
    You can get everything at the bar. Wheatberry, barley & wild shroom risotto & potato-tomato AU gratin. Wow
  • Jeanne R.
    A great meal from salad to dessert. Calamari, salads, scallops delish!
  • Jeff P.
    Jeff PoorFebruary 3, 2013
    If you're at the bar, have a Boston Sour (with Woodford Reserve). It's not on the menu but they do a good job with it...
  • Robert C.
    Robert CAugust 24, 2013
    Creative wine by the glass list. Service at the bar excellent. Table service bad.
  • Tim S.
    Tim SmithMarch 31, 2013
    The lamb, tuna, beer, and service is great. Enjoy them all.
  • Tom M.
    Tom MentzerJanuary 9, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Great food, excellent bar for the basics. Worth a trip, even better if you live within walking distance!
  • Heather V.
    Heather VMay 6, 2011
    the tuna is delicious and i love love love the portabella "fries"
  • Lacy B.
    Lacy BaugherFebruary 18, 2011
    The flatbread was delicious; unfortunately, everything else was a little sub-par. Avoid the crab cakes like the plague, they use a crazy amount of lemon.
  • Michael M.
    Michael MillerMarch 2, 2010
    Don't skip dessert. One of the co-owners is an award-winning pastry chef and they always have a "cake of the day." Read more
  • Jeanne Marie H.
    Jeanne Marie HoffmanNovember 29, 2013
    The portobella mushroom frites are fantastic! Try them :)
  • hadola
    hadolaOctober 13, 2010
    A bit un-organized. If something draws you in from the outside menu, be wary that it could be an old menu.
  • VG
    VGAugust 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The bar menu is different than the restaurant menu.
  • Eden E.
    Eden EssMay 12, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Their pastry chef is amazing!
  • Larry K.
    Larry KAugust 27, 2010
    Was restaurant week. What a treat! Great Food and dining outside was superb.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Jamie Leeds, chef of Hank's Oyster Bar, eats here on her nights off. She loves the Flatbreads. Read more
  • Nicole M.
    Nicole McKinneyFebruary 22, 2011
    Don't get the "famous" Gruyère puffs. Mistake! Even the truffle butter was just not right. Try the lamb slider instead.
  • Mark B.
    Mark BelluzAugust 3, 2012
    Pretty medium. Food is ok, but overpriced. Lame government employees love it... So if that is you, go for it!
  • Kris
    KrisApril 4, 2010
    The wild mushroom bisque is a wee cup of heaven.
  • Kelly O.
    Kelly O'KeefeApril 17, 2012
    Rockin' beer & wine lists.
  • Elizabeth S.
    Elizabeth ShellNovember 19, 2011
    Kinda meh. Unless you get the flatbreads, the portions are way to small. Not blown away.
  • Matt B.
    Matt BraynardAugust 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    They don't skimp on restaurant week.
  • KC C.
    KC C.May 7, 2010
    Very good food, but missing that wow factor
  • Chris A.
    Chris AbrahamOctober 5, 2009
    Try the vegetable tempura starter.
  • Adam T.
    Adam TApril 17, 2010
    Great cocktails!
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