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Arlington's Best Restaurants and Eateries of 2024

Are you ready to embark on a culinary journey through Arlington in 2024? The dining scene in Arlington is ever-vibrant, and it's time to explore the best food and drink destinations that this city has to offer. Join us as we dive into the culinary delights of Arlington for the year 2024, with insights curated by Arlington Magazine.

Reader Pick: Best Restaurant in Arlington

Ruthie’s All-Day

Arlington residents have spoken, and their favorite restaurant is none other than Ruthie’s All-Day. While there are plenty of exceptional choices in the area, Ruthie's All-Day stands out for its delectable menu and warm ambiance. Don't miss the opportunity to savor a memorable meal at this beloved establishment.

Other top vote-getters: Ambar Clarendon, Ballston Local, Café Colline, Carlyle, Green Pig Bistro, The Liberty Tavern, Lyon Hall, The Salt Line, SER

Editor Pick: Outdoor Dining Oasis

Water Park at National Landing

For those seeking an outdoor dining experience like no other, the Water Park at National Landing is a must-visit destination. Nestled between Crystal Drive and the Mount Vernon Trail, this oasis offers not only beautiful landscaping and soothing water features but also a diverse array of food and beverage options. From Indian dosas to tiki drinks, there's something for every palate. With 11 represented restaurants and kiosks, this open-air paradise has quickly become a local favorite.

Reader Pick: New Restaurant

Ellie Bird

The Tangs, who earned a Michelin star at their upscale D.C. restaurant, Rooster & Owl, have brought their culinary expertise to Arlington with Ellie Bird. This restaurant offers a unique and creative dining experience, with dishes that blend flavors and traditions. Whether you're in the mood for a Vietnamese pho fusion or a Thai-inspired dish, Ellie Bird promises a memorable meal.

Other top vote-getters: Chicken + Whiskey, Hawkers Asian Street Food, Our Mom Eugenia, Pirouette Café & Wine Shop, Seamore’s

Reader Pick: Coffee Shop

Northside Social

Northside Social has been a staple in Arlington's coffee scene for 14 years, and it continues to impress. With a commitment to creating a welcoming and conversational atmosphere, Northside Social is the ideal spot for coffee enthusiasts. Enjoy specialty drinks brewed with Counter Culture Coffee and a pet-friendly patio for a relaxed experience.

Other top vote-getters: Compass Coffee, Idido’s Coffee & Social House, Kaldi’s Social House, La Coop Coffee, Rare Bird Coffee Roasters

Reader Pick: Rooftop Dining/Bar

Buena Vida Gastrolounge

For those who appreciate a rooftop dining experience with fantastic views, Buena Vida Gastrolounge is a top choice. With its vibrant atmosphere and delicious menu, it's the perfect spot to unwind and enjoy the Arlington skyline.

Other top vote-getters: Dogwood Tavern, Don Tito, Dudley’s Sport and Ale, Starr Hill Biergarten at The Perch, Wilson Hardware

Reader Pick: Sandwiches

The Italian Store

The Italian Store is renowned for its diverse selection of sandwiches, offering everything from classic deli options to specialty subs. Whether you're craving imported mortadella or a meatball hoagie, The Italian Store has you covered.

Other top vote-getters: Ballston Local, Earl’s Sandwiches, Lazy Mike’s Delicatessen, Lost Dog Café, Poppyseed Rye

Reader Pick: Pizza


Pizza lovers rejoice, as Pupatella takes the crown for the best pizza in Arlington. With its delicious pies and welcoming atmosphere, it's no wonder this spot is a local favorite.

Other top vote-getters: Ballston Local, Fire Works, The Italian Store, Lost Dog Café, Old Dominion Pizza Co., Pie-tanza

Reader Pick: Tacos

Taco Bamba

Taco enthusiasts have chosen Taco Bamba as the go-to spot for authentic and mouthwatering tacos. Experience the flavors of Mexico right here in Arlington.

Other top vote-getters: Bartaco, District Taco, El Rey, La Tingeria, Taco Rock, Tortas Y Tacos La Chiquita

Reader Pick: Vegetarian/Vegan

True Food Kitchen

For those with a preference for vegetarian or vegan options, True Food Kitchen offers a delectable menu with a focus on health and sustainability.

Other top vote-getters: Busboys and Poets, Extreme Pizza, Galaxy Hut, Lebanese Taverna, Loving Hut, Troy’s Italian Kitchen

Reader Pick: Craft Cocktails


Craft cocktail aficionados will appreciate the offerings at Salt. With its innovative drinks and inviting atmosphere, it's the perfect place to unwind and savor handcrafted cocktails.

Other top vote-getters: Ballston Local, SER, Whino, Wren

As we wrap up our journey through Arlington's culinary gems for 2024, a big shoutout to Arlington Magazine for curating these outstanding picks. For more details on these top spots, check out the Arlington Magazine article HERE.

Explore these fantastic dining options, from top restaurants to cozy coffee shops and craft cocktail havens. Arlington's food scene has something for everyone, whether you're a local or just passing through.

Now, it's your turn to savor the flavors and share your Arlington favorites with us. Cheers to a year filled with delicious memories!


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