Pampa Sa-zone

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42 reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin American
A new Latin fusion concept. Our name combines 3 words for this project’s identity, Pampa, Sazon and zone. Pampa and zone refer to our geographic origin La Pampa A vast fertile lowland stretching across Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. A lot of Argentine folk and culinary heritage has its origins in the life of the gauchos(farmers) at La Pampa. The word Sazon sounds like the season or seasoning in English, in Spanish it carries part of the same meaning but also refers to the uniqueness in flavor that each cook or culture incorporates into food.

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4.3based on all time ratings
4.3
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4.2
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3.9
Ambience
4.2
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P
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

One of our favorites. Never disappoints. You have to try the empanadas.

TR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

We were a party of four and were in for dinner. The staff were very friendly. We had a problem with the service, however. Two of our dinners came out, then there was a delay, the third came out, and then there was a LONG delay, and the fourth came out. This made it very awkward for the four of us -- if you are one of the lucky ones to get your food first, you have to either let it get cold to eat with the rest of your party or almost finish it before every else is served. The restaurant has chosen a price point of a white tablecloth restaurant, where it would be expected that attention is paid that a table is served together. The food ranged from very good to just OK. I had a ribeye which was very very thin. To their credit it was not too overcooked. I am not sure if the thin style was a choice or if I just got and end. Someone else in our party had a NY steak which looked thick, and the beef on a skewer with vegetables was a hit. There was a chicken dish (the one that took a long time to come out) that was just OK. On the ambiance it would have been OK except for the two TVs showing a political news station. If you must have the TV on, pick something middle-of-the-road like HGTV, not a news channel.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

Very nice environment. The device was good and the employees were very nice. This was a great night out for me and my friends.

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

It was just ok. Grilled meat and veg had gas smell and taste. Service was very good and beer was cold.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience2

The skirt steak was delicious. Very flavorful and not tough at all. After reading the rave reviews for the empanadas, I was expecting great things, but my beef empanada was dry. My saltena was better, but I have had better elsewhere. The fried plantains were excellent, not overcooked or too greasy. Only two servers for a busy Saturday night, so service was extremely slow.

b
Washington DC
85 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

We thought the seating would be a bit more formal & in a larger facility. They serve good food that is equally a carry-out place as well as a sit-down place. Our fault for not knowing this, as it was our first visit. Our waitress had trouble keeping track of our multiple orders, some to share & some not. Communication was a bit tricky with 7 people talking over each other & her not understanding when we wanted small bites & instead got a huge full serving. Menu could be printed bigger, perhaps with better descriptions. Also a symbol showing what was spicy hot & what was more mild.

Overall would recommend, but for parties of 4 or smaller. Wine list good & house wines a very good value.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Great food!

c
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Good place

AW
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place has absolutely fantastic food. We were shocked with the quality and exceptional flavors. Will definitely return.

BM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Very nice but not pretentious. I will say the meat was a little tough, but that is consistent with meals I’ve had in Latin America. Flavor was great. Colombian empanadas were exceptional. Not many places to get them in NOVA, let alone Fairfax. Great place.

G
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

A great find. Walking in may lead to first thoughts that you're in the wrong place, as it's informal and when we were there, only a handful of people were seated. But, we decided to give it a try and will definitely be coming back. Food was great, authentic and well-prepared. Empanadas were perfect, ceviche was uniquely prepared and entrees were great.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service!

CT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

The red house wine was great; the empanadas and papa/yuca rellena were delicious. We liked the different sauces they offered with each dish. My sister (from Argentina) ordered a medium-rare steak but they brought her a well-done steak; she asked them to bring a new one and they did, and it was perfect. We'll visit again and will try more new dishes.

F
Washington DC
232 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Small neighborhood eatery with a unique ethnic menu. The wait staff were very nice and helpful in explaining the menu and its tastes. While not likely to be a weekly stop for me, it is a nice diversion for Fairfax residents.

M
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The empanadas and the different sauces were excellent. The main course was very good, although I was hoping for a thicker piece of beef. That said, the beef was good for the price. The vegetables were outstanding.

ML
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We had a great time on our double date this past weekend. All of the food was delicious and cooked perfectly.

JF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent spot and hidden gem for Argentinian fare. Great empanadas!

SS
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Very good Latin American food. Fun menu with lots of authentic appetizers and inexpensive meals.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Service was great and waitress was friendly. Great choices in the menu! Food (meat) was a bit cold when it reached our table!

TM
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This is one of those very wonderful "local" restaurants. Not formal dining, and not fast food. The menu is excellent. We loved the tapas style of meals and we were able to order a large handful of different items to share between two of us. The Locro soup was a favorite of ours.

SE
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

I was glad to be able to return to food that I remember having when I lived in Argentina as a child. I will go back when I need this wonderful comfort food.

DT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Love Pampa Sa-zone! Great food and warm welcoming service. The server recognized us from our first visit 3 months ago and took great care of us.

P
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Appetizers were good but the beef skewers were cold and had lots of gristle. I'd give it another try though.

DT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

I went with family for Father's Day. Pampa Sa-zone is casual and the food and service was great. I will return when I'm in the mood for Latin-American food, though it's a bit of a trip for me.

LV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service! Best Colombian empanadas I’ve had in the area! The prices were also very reasonable.

WB
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The decor is warm but plain, the service warm and friendly, and the food out of this world. Authentic, perfectly prepared, seasoned, and presented. I just wish I didn’t live 800 miles away. Fabuloso!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience1

Food was so so. I’m sure it’s an ok place for lunch and bakery but not for dinner. We had a party of 8. One waitress for the entire place!

A
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

I mention about we were celebrating anniversary ,
I was not wanting anything for free but at least was hoping they would make it memorable which was not the case .. dessert was good .

DJ
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great music! Live Argentine tango accordion player. Very authentic. Very good prices for excellent wines and beers. Food is authentic meat and empanadas.

T
Washington DC
149 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

Good as the Argentine (and other South American) food is, the No. 1 reason for us to go is the music -- nearly every Tuesday, a bandoneon player (that's the characteristic instrument of tango) whose repertoire extends to bossa nova, Cole Porter and beyond: Bravo, Emma!

B
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sou excited for this place to be in town. Great food, especially the empanadas!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

3 words: Pulled...pork...platter

Celebrated my birthday here with a party of 7. Great food and attentive staff. Also had the empanadas, ceviche, locro, and picadita. Everyone enjoyed their food. We didn't even need to order any "kids meals" because the 7 y/o and two 9 y/o liked what we ordered. Will definitely be back!

b
Washington DC
251 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Tried this new place in Fairfax. The staff was welcoming and the food was very good, but they seemed understaff and a bit overwelmed. We were not in a hurry, so everything was fine. Maybe they are just working out kinks. We'll go back.

O
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This is a very recommendable restaurant. Unfortunately, it does not have some of the delicacies from Argentina, such as polenta and small sandwiches, which can be found at "El Patio" in Rockville, MD.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pampa sa-zone was a perfect evening. The food was incredible. My husband got the skirt steak and I got the salad with quinoa...I forget the name...but I added skirt steak and it was so delicious. There was a musician playing guitar. Service was excellent. Wonderful ambiance. Delicious food. We had the perfect evening and will definitely be back, despite living kind of far! 👍👍👍

OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience2

Vibrant atmosphere, amazing waitress, food took a while to come out, good sweet plantains and chorizo, empenadas were a bit greasy

b
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

My friend and I both enjoyed the 3-course prix fixe for dinner ($35, not including wine). Wines by the glass were interesting selections, with Argentinian house wines. Appetizers were quick. The mini arepas were delightful, although the beef empenada was amazingly tasty (and available to-go from the bakery case). We were asked how we wanted our main dish cooked, and both her filet mignon my mahi mahi were perfectly medium-rare and delicious. Side dishes, pilaf with hominy and a fried potato cake, were ample and filling. Both our desserts, flan and cheesecake, were good and unusually sturdy.
Our only problem was that table service became overwhelmed by the number of guests. When we arrived at 6, service was quick and attentive. But when we left around 7:20, it took 20 minutes to get our check, and we ended up being late for our concert only a couple of miles away at George Mason.

MR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

Great Empanadas Tucumanas and nice selections of Argentina's wines

r
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The restaurant is very casual and the wait staff friendly and attentive. The food was delicious, good size portions and moderately priced. Went for dinner with my wife and we had a great time. We were not rushed and had a great evening.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Have been a few times now. The Choripan is fantastic. Anything with Dulce de Leche is a must have. Lived in Argentina for years so the size of the steak I had was not necessarily "authentic" but the Chimichurri sauce is great. We all LOVED the Provoleta. The Rusa is quite good. The fries are amazing. Will be nice when they can actually get some Argentine beer in there! I work just up the street and my staff has been going about twice a week now for lunch. I had the Milanesa sandwich the first time I was there. I admit that I prefer the meat on that sandwich at room temperature rather than hot and freshly cooked but that's just what I am used to. The morcilla was good. The chorizo was good. The empanadas are good. Looking forward to trying the Tucuman. All in all, not very expensive and quite tasty. My son says it's his new favorite restaurant. Oh.. and the flan was excellent!