Where to Eat in McLean: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Myesha Cogley

McLean (/məˈkleɪn/ mə-KLAYN) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Fairfax County in Northern Virginia. McLean is home to many diplomats, businessmen, members of Congress, and high-ranking government officials partially due to its proximity to Washington, D.C. and the Central Intelligence Agency. It is the location of Hickory Hill, the former home of Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert F. Kennedy. It is also the location of Salona, the former home of Light-Horse Harry Lee, the Revolutionary War hero. The community had an estimated total population of 53,673 in 2015, according to estimates prepared by the United States Census Bureau. It is located between the Potomac River and the town of Vienna. McLean is known for its luxury homes and its nearby high-end shopping destinations: the Tysons Corner Center and the Tysons Galleria. The two McLean zip codes - 22101 and 22102 - are among the most expensive ZIP Codes in Virginia and the United States. In 2018, data from the American Community Survey revealed that McLean was the 3rd wealthiest city in the United States, based on its poverty rate of 2.6% and its median household income of $190,258.
Things to do in McLean

1. Kazan Restaurant

6813 Redmond Dr, Chain Bridge Rd. -- McLean Shopping Center, McLean, VA 22101-3715 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 46 - SGD 66 +1 703-734-1960
Excellent
61%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 190 reviews

Kazan Restaurant

Reviewed By BigMac1949 - Austin, Texas

Arrived in town to visit relatives and were taken here for dinner. It was a very nice evening. Started with the Calamari and Stuffed Eggplant appetizers, both excellent. We all had the Doner Kebab, the gals with double veggies because the accompanying rice is made with orzo...seemed a little unusual. Mine was served with the yogurt and pita bread pieces and topped with tomatoes, very tasty and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Baklava for dessert, at least for us two guys, very nice but a bit too sweet for me. All in all, a fine dining experience.

2. Nostos

8100 Boone Blvd, Tysons Corner, VA 22182-2665 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 39 - SGD 39 +1 703-760-0690
Excellent
61%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 347 reviews

Nostos

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Reviewed By RichardinOhio - Williamsburg, Virginia

I am not certain that Nostos is deserving of such a high standard in Washingtonian's Top 100 Restaurants for 2018. It is a very high class place and reservations are simply a must. It is a very contemporary atmosphere, superb service, but the food is no better that several other Greek restaurants we've experienced in the city and the prices are high for a small-plates experience.
It occupies the first floor of an office building across highway 7 from Tysons Corner Mall. Their outside sign was not lit last night, adding to the challenge of finding it. The service was superb, just as you'd expect from a place with their reputation.
Our group of four shared a Greek salad (what you'd expect from such a dish, except too heavy on tomatoes), flaming cheese (excellent!), and tzatziki (also excellent). My swordfish skewers were done perfectly--the best dish of the night. The spanikopita was not warm enough. The other couple had octopus and said it was overdone: tough and chewy.
We had been to the Loudon County wineries during the day, so we opted only for water with dinner and our bill, WITHOUT drinks, was $180 including a 20% tip. Very high for small plates and water. None of us had an expensive entree.
I think you can get great Greek food several places in DC for much less money.

3. Taco Bamba

2190 Pimmit Dr, Falls Church, VA 22043-2806 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Latin, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 703-639-0505
Excellent
68%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 160 reviews

Taco Bamba

Reviewed By Amy B

Seriously, these are the best tacos in the world. They are fresh, original and prepared quickly. I love the spicy shrimp taco!

4. Coastal Flats

7860L Tysons Corner Ctr, Tysons Corner, VA 22102-4512 Takeout, Television, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 20 - SGD 39 +1 703-356-1440
Excellent
54%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 554 reviews

Coastal Flats

Reviewed By MelanieW542 - Sterling, Virginia

Great service, food is good with gluten free options. Personally I would prefer less fried choices and more grilled seafood with steamed veggies. Reservations are definitely needed since it's a popular location for groups of friends, family or co-workers.

5. Amoo's Restaurant

6271 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22101-4821 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Persian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 16 - SGD 50 +1 703-448-3868
Excellent
69%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 182 reviews

Amoo's Restaurant

Reviewed By Misiper - Vienna, Virginia

Let me say that the service was extremely attentive with the owner making a formal welcome visit to the table. The staff cared deeply about our satisfaction. However, the food, although adequate, was so much like other various Persian and Afghan restaurants that we have frequented over the years. The standard dish has a skewer of meat (chicken and lamb for my order) with a heaping portion of rice. The meal was large enough to share. However, it lacked flavor. The bread was delicious.

This is not to stay that you will be disappointed. It’s just that with such amazing service, the food did feel like it was a bit of a letdown. All four of us in our dining party felt the same way.

6. Seasons 52

7863L Tysons Corner Ctr, McLean, VA 22102-4513 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 33 - SGD 39 +1 703-288-3852
Excellent
51%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 492 reviews

Seasons 52

Seasons 52 is a casually sophisticated fresh grill and wine bar that invites you to discover the sensational flavors of our seasonally inspired menu. At Seasons 52, you'll enjoy a warm, welcoming ambiance with rich mahogany accents, custom built wine cellars, and lush greenery that create an air of casual sophistication. With an award-winning international wine list of over 100 wines, with 52 or more available by the glass, we will find the perfect match to complement your menu selection. Our restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily, with extended hours on the weekend. We also feature live entertainment at our piano bar nightly. If you are searching for a place to host your event, look no further. Seasons 52 is the perfect setting for your private or semi-private event. We also feature a Chef's table for smaller groups or more intimate settings. Together we will create the event of the season!

Reviewed By Helena L - Malmesbury, United Kingdom

Visited for a business dinner and enjoyed the set $30 menu. The steak was heavenly as was the key lime pie. Only downside was the speed with which the food came out. We had not finished the Entree and the mains were delivered.

Overall worth a visit.

7. Eddie V's Prime Seafood

7900 Tysons One Pl, Tysons Corner, VA 22102-5971 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 703-442-4523
Excellent
65%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 318 reviews

Eddie V's Prime Seafood

Reviewed By Anonthego

We went for a friends bday dinner with 10 people. We were greeted and seated promptly and our waiter was very attentive and friendly. Few people ordered the pomegranate mule totally disappointed. The maverick was the best cocktail by vote. We got the calamari which was decent if you like sweet foods. The lobster tacos were sloppy and very forgettable. For mains I got the surf and turf the steak was charred and very over seasoned . The lobster tail was also very salty. New York strip was ok. The sole was liked by two people. As for sides : Au gratin potatoes were greasy and the actual potatoes were super Aldente to the point they were crunchy. Brussels sprouts came with a mountain of bacon on top . You might love this if you like bacon I don’t ! Overall I would say this trip to Eddie vs was quite disappointing. I think capital grill in Tyson’s delivers a much more refined level of quality.

8. J.Gilbert's Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood

6930 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22101-3816 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 41 - SGD 79 +1 703-893-1034
Excellent
47%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 416 reviews

J.Gilbert's Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood

J. Gilbert's is an "upscale casual" steakhouse serving prime-aged beef cooked over a mesquite wood-fired grill. Guests enjoy various cuts of steak, fresh seafood (including award-winning crab cakes) & other house made favorites like the Maytag Bleu potato chips & Carrot Cake. The cozy atmosphere includes fire side dining, rich wood, brick & soft lighting where you can enjoy a quiet table or host a large party. The extensive martini & wine list offers the perfect compliment to an excellent meal delivered with attentive service. J. Gilbert's is open for weekend lunch, dinner 7 days a week & Sunday Brunch. Reservations are recommended.

Reviewed By 35Russell - Warminster, United Kingdom

First time to McLean and restaurant was recommended. An excellent meal, service was good and staff polite. Even though it was a Monday night the place was very busy and the car park full and I would recommend booking a table if possible.

The food was excellent, whilst I went for the cheapest steak ($29 sirloin) it was fantastic and I cannot fault it, cooked as requested and tasted wonderful.

Good atmosphere, and would happily return.

9. The Capital Grille

1861 International Dr, Tysons Corner, VA 22102-4409 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 46 - SGD 66 +1 703-448-3900
Excellent
59%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 271 reviews

The Capital Grille

You are cordially invited to join us for an evening or afternoon of relaxed elegance and exceptional cuisine. Our impressive menu of nationally renowned dry aged steaks and the freshest of seafood will ignite your culinary imagination as our award-winning wine list of more than 5,000 bottles awakens your inner sommelier. And as our gracious, knowledgeable servers delight you with their uncanny ability to anticipate your every need, you’ll experience firsthand why the American Culinary Federation recently bestowed upon us their “Achievement of Excellence Award.” Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or hosting a business luncheon or dinner, we can help you flawlessly pull off any private dining event. Our event planning staff has extensive experience and the ideal materials to work with—a capital setting, distinctive food and unmatched service. Located on the corner of International and Route 7.

Reviewed By BenD0ver - Manassas, Virginia

There was a time this was the best steskhouse around. They are becoming just another chain. Dinner Thanksgiving day they ran out of bluecheese olives for dirty matinis. How is that possible? Stuff more. They ran out of pumpkin cheesecake and apple pie. Really? We were there two days ago and the ran out of Makers Mark Bourbon. Huh? A guy at the bar was so slobbering drunk, I was actually concerned there was going to be an issue. He kept trying to talk to us which was very uncomfortable for all of us. But they kept serving him. The food is still good but all in all, this place has lost it.

10. Tachibana

6715 Lowell Ave, McLean, VA 22101-4515 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 33 - SGD 46 +1 703-847-1771
Excellent
54%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 175 reviews

Tachibana

Reviewed By Sand T

This is my third visit to this restaurant. So far, it's one of the two authentic Japanese restaurants around greater DC. A waiter usually tells me that there is a place for sushi, but I found it disappointed. I would say go for Japanese homemade dishes. Nabe (Pot dish) , Gindara Misoyaki (Broiled Black Cod), Tonkatsu(this one is pretty good!).
However, raw fish here is overrated. I ordered Chirashi + Yellowtail +Salmon sushi. First, I was extremely disappointed with their salmon for the third time. I should have remembered I ordered it before. For sushi/sashimi, salmon is supposed to serve 100% raw, right? Tachibana did cook it a bit, you can see from its color. And I'm not sure whether they soaked salmon in salt water or not. You wouldn't taste a freshness and natural sweet of salmon from this place. I would say avoid it. Yellowtail fish was fine. Chirashi --> still have a problem with salmon. I would give 4 star if I consider it's one of the good Japanese places around this area. But, if considering only the taste, I give only 3.

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