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The Commentary, Arlington, VA

The Commentary

4.2
4.2
36 Reviews
$30 and under
American

Located in the bustling neighborhood of Ballston, The Commentary sets the tone to come together and connect over shared experiences and conversation. A new All American Eatery and Social House, The Commentary infuses East Coast ingredients with a West Coast flair. From business breakfasts to power lunches and happy hours, the dynamic space accommodates groups large and small for a variety of purposes. In our bar and lounge, enjoy shareable appetizers, shareable cocktails, local draft beers and a well rounded wine selection sure to please all palates.

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Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–10:30 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–1:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 537-4204

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Bobbie Miller

  • Private party facilities

    Whether you are looking for a private room for a business meeting, company or family celebration, The Commentary offers a refreshing ambiance for every occasion.

  • Private party contact

    TJ Daniels: (703) 473-3390

  • Neighbourhood

    Arlington

  • Parking Details

    Complimentary Valet Parking (ask your server for validation)

  • Public Transit

    Two Blocks from the Ballston/MU metro stop.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Menu

Brunch

  • Fresh Breafkast BowlUS$13.00

    dairy free oatmeal, fresh fruit, coconut flakes

    • Veggie Grain BowlUS$15.00

      basmati rice, 2 eggs, tofu, carrots, spinach, roasted cremini mushrooms, brussel's sprouts, soy sauce, sweet chili sauce

      • Crab Avocado ToastUS$18.00

        lump crab, avocado, lemon aioli, seasoned tomatoes, pickled radish, caramelized onion naan bread

        • Berry Danish PancakesUS$14.00

          buttermilk pancakes, blueberry coulis, almond streusel, lemony cream cheese

          • Mascarpone French ToastUS$15.00

            brioche bread, mascarpone vanilla drizzle, fresh berries, toasted coconut

            • Chicken & WafflesUS$19.00

              fried chicken thighs, buttermilk waffles, sweet & spicy sauce, cinnamon butter

              • Chorizo BenedictUS$16.00

                poached eggs, chorizo, avocado, pico de gallo, house made tomatillo sauce, cotija cheese, sour cream, crispy tortilla

                • Breakfast WrapUS$14.00

                  hash browns, scrambled eggs, avocado, pepper jack cheese, salsa, chipotle crema, choice of bacon, sausage or chorizo, choice of side

                  • Steak & EggsUS$23.00

                    2 eggs, 8oz. new york strip, chimichurri sauce, choice of side

                    • The Commentary BurgerUS$16.00

                      brisket-short rib blend, white cheddar, roasted garlic aioli, candied & peppered bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, The Commentary sauce, toasted brioche bun, choice of side

                      Drinks

                      • Mimosa FlightUS$10.00

                        blueberry, mango, pomegranate & prickly pear

                        • MimosaUS$6.00

                          • Bloody MaryUS$7.00

                            • Coffee & TeaUS$3.00

                              • JuiceUS$3.00

                                Last updated: January 29, 2022

                                What 36 people are saying

                                Overall ratings and reviews

                                Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                4.2
                                4.2 based on recent ratings
                                • 4.1Food
                                • 4.5Service
                                • 4.2Ambience
                                • 4.1Value

                                NoiseModerate

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                                • Washington, D.C. Area

                                  Late-Night Find

                                • Washington, D.C. Area

                                  Vibrant Bar Scene

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                                1. m

                                  mlarkin

                                  Washington DC

                                  2 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined 5 days ago

                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                  Located inside the Westin, it’s a great bar and restaurant! We sat at the bar hi-top tables and ordered several different apps and drinks. Service was great! The server was also the bartender and was very on top of all of our needs and orders!

                                  The CommentaryResponded 1 day ago

                                  Thank you so much for providing feedback regarding your visit! We are glad that you enjoyed your time at The Commentary, and look forward to having you again soon! Cheers!

                                2. CD

                                  ChDiner

                                  Washington DC

                                  1 review

                                  4.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                  Everything was fine, nothing special here. Worked for a last minute brunch.

                                3. TC

                                  TylerC

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 30, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Nice restaurant with a great atmosphere for a nice sit down meal.

                                4. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Rome

                                  1 review

                                  1.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 10, 2022

                                  overall1food1service1ambience1

                                  Hours if operation not updated, made a reservation for no reason

                                5. LG

                                  LG20

                                  Washington DC

                                  8 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  8 reviews

                                  Dined on March 5, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Excellent food, cocktails and atmosphere. Ben our server was vey attendant and helpful. I really liked how calm and relaxing the atmosphere is at The Commentary. I hope to return next time I am in Arlington!

                                6. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Washington DC

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on February 13, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience2

                                  This place was good. The decor was nice and the food was also enjoyable. Steak was a bit overcooked and one of the cocktails was not impressive. We had an 8pm reservation and there was no one there so there was not much of an ambiance. Loved the service though.

                                7. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Washington DC

                                  2 reviews

                                  vip
                                  1.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on December 12, 2021

                                  overall1food1service1ambience2

                                  To be fair, we didn’t actually eat here. We showed up for a reservation at 7 pm. We were right on time. We walked in to find no one on staff there. No hostess. No wait staff. No bartender. We waited for about five minutes and then we decided to call the restaurant to ask if someone might be available to seat us. No one answered. At this point, we walked out and went somewhere else. I know that staffing shortage is real - we completely get that. But…

                                8. j

                                  jomarie

                                  Washington DC

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on November 14, 2021

                                  overall5food5service4ambience5

                                  This is the second time coming to the commentary and we will for sure be back. Their cocktails hit the spot and their food is consistently good no matter what you get. As an added plus it’s not too loud so it’s a great place for a cozy dinner date on a cold day like today.

                                9. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on November 14, 2021

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Beautiful dining room. Very casual and inviting. We went for brunch and the Food was phenomenal as was the wait staff. Thrilled with our experience and can’t wait to go again. 10/10

                                10. a

                                  amsws

                                  Atlanta

                                  10 reviews

                                  2.0

                                  10 reviews

                                  Dined on September 25, 2021

                                  overall2food2service5ambience3

                                  Menu was extremely limited, not nearly what they have posted online. Coffee machine maker also broken

                                11. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Los Angeles

                                  1 review

                                  1.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on March 8, 2020

                                  overall1food3service1ambience1

                                  Horrible service, literally waited an hour before any sort of staff came to say hello

                                12. KK

                                  KKMMM

                                  Washington DC

                                  3 reviews

                                  vip
                                  2.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined on March 1, 2020

                                  overall2food1service1ambience5

                                  Lame overall. Service, food -- just not very good.

                                13. BP

                                  BethP

                                  Washington DC

                                  20 reviews

                                  vip
                                  3.0

                                  20 reviews

                                  Dined on March 1, 2020

                                  overall3food3service2ambience4

                                  Hotel restaurant, so over priced for what you get. Tiny portions at brunch but can't beat $3 mimosas (multiple varieties and surprisingly good!) and $5 bloody Mary's

                                14. VA

                                  VA15

                                  New York Area

                                  6 reviews

                                  3.0

                                  6 reviews

                                  Dined on February 24, 2020

                                  overall3food3service1ambience4

                                  The space and decor are great. I thought the food was good (we ordered salads and sandwiches) but the service could be better. We waited 15 minutes before anyone greeted us or took our order (someone did provide water). We then waited another 45 minutes before we were served. Not ideal for a lunch during the work week.

                                15. n

                                  nicole

                                  1 review

                                  1.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on February 23, 2020

                                  overall1food1service1ambience2

                                  Went for brunch but i think there were only like 3 breakfast options even on their brunch menu. My huevos rancheros were $12 but was pretty much just one taco. Their food was really bland (i need flavor). The best deal is for their drinks for brunch. We were pretty much the only people there but it was impossible getting our servers attention.

                                16. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Washington DC

                                  1 review

                                  3.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on February 22, 2020

                                  overall3food3service3ambience5

                                  Limited menu service was slow

                                17. TC

                                  TyCooper

                                  Washington DC

                                  30 reviews

                                  vip
                                  4.0

                                  30 reviews

                                  Dined on February 22, 2020

                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                  We got married at the Westin a few months ago and we often walk to The Commentary for date night. The staff are friendly, the menu is limited, but the food is good and attractively presented.

                                18. SS

                                  SSPZ

                                  Washington DC

                                  8 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  8 reviews

                                  Dined on February 12, 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Excellent, attentive service and every bite we had was so delicious. I was so happy to see they had vegan and gluten-free options on the menu. The cocktail/drink list goes on for miles! Go easy on the specialty cocktails because they can be strong ;) We will definitely be back!

                                19. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Washington DC

                                  2 reviews

                                  3.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on February 9, 2020

                                  overall3food3service3ambience3

                                  Birthday dinner

                                20. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Philadelphia

                                  4 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  4 reviews

                                  Dined on February 8, 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The food was good.

                                21. JY

                                  JudyY

                                  Washington DC

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on February 8, 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The food was bit pricey but tasted great. Our server was super nice and the interior was clean and spacious. Excellent for a quiet brunch. The street parking wasn't too bad either - and there's a public garage right down the block as well.

                                22. NG

                                  NatalieG

                                  Washington DC

                                  13 reviews

                                  vip
                                  2.0

                                  13 reviews

                                  Dined on February 6, 2020

                                  overall2food1service3ambience3

                                  As long time locals we are often looking for new places to try for dinner. Read some reviews, they were not great but enough decent ones to give it a try since we eat out 2/3 nights a week based on our schedule. Seated quickly, classic hotel scene and atmosphere. Went on a week night with my husband and 12-year-old son who is just one of those easy kids who will eat anything and out when we do. Unfortunately the food was nothing like I had had hoped for. The review & gallery photos were nothing like the food we received. For me, it’s important that your main food / main course is a dominant feature. Here are the sides seem to be the only saving grace. So after our dining experience, the only good thing about this place is the ambience, and bartenders! One of my favorites - and on the menu .... looking forward too! ...was a prosciutto, arugula, balsamic glaze with shaved Parm flatbread -which came to the table nothing short of a dried out piece of toast with a tiny bit of bacon sized prosciutto on it. I was so disappointed - there was no Parmesan, there was no arugula, and very little balsamic glaze- And whatever was left on it that wasn’t liquid was so dried out that it was toast. I could’ve made The same thing in my own toaster oven. We also tried the plant based burger or whatever was the “meatless burger” and it was absolutely awful. It seemed like they took this smart food item and threw it into the fryer. Put it on a dried out bun with a few items that left a horrible taste in my mouth the rest of the evening. Unfortunately this is in a hotel which maybe started out strong, but when you have to be the kitchen for the hotel can’t do it all. The bartenders are solid and make great drinks- The wait staff is polite and helpful, a bit too slow, hostess was very helpful and helping the staff By picking up the slack. Unfortunately we will not be back 😕

                                23. CN

                                  ClaireNotFoy

                                  Washington DC

                                  9 reviews

                                  vip
                                  3.0

                                  9 reviews

                                  Dined on February 2, 2020

                                  overall3food4service2ambience3

                                  The wait staff acted odd. Food took longer than expect for simple breakfast foods.

                                24. TC

                                  TyCooper

                                  Washington DC

                                  30 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  30 reviews

                                  Dined on January 25, 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  We are newlyweds, we live in the neighborhood, we were married at the Westin, and The Commentary is where we most often do date night. We are regulars and we appreciate the warm hospitality and familiarity.

                                25. q

                                  queen8ee

                                  Austin

                                  17 reviews

                                  vip
                                  4.0

                                  17 reviews

                                  Dined on January 17, 2020

                                  overall4food4service5ambience5

                                  Very spacious dim casual modern lounge restaurant located inside The Westin. Dined for 2 around happy hour. Beyond Meat Burger$14 (plant-based patty, caramelized poblano peppers & onions, avocado slices, bibb lettuce, pico de gallo & pickle on a multigrain vegan bun) - delicious patty (not dry), used all the avocado slices. Towards the end of finishing my burger, the multigrain bun was a little too much (too multigrain lol). Seasonal Fruit $6 - the size/portion of this item was surprising. Literally smaller than a palm sized ramekin. Service - hostess and server were extremely friendly and patient! Parking - validated valet parking (valet parking is located on N. Vermont Street). I completely missed the hotel entrance and ended parking on Fairfax Drive for $4 for 2 hrs. Value - Beyond Meat Burger was a value. The seasonal fruit side was not.

                                26. e

                                  esm1

                                  Washington DC

                                  8 reviews

                                  vip
                                  3.0

                                  8 reviews

                                  Dined on January 12, 2020

                                  overall3food3service3ambience3

                                  I had to give some of my food to my husband because his dish was enough for him. The grilled cheese was good, but the eggs w/ tortillas was not enough.

                                27. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Washington DC

                                  2 reviews

                                  vip
                                  1.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on January 12, 2020

                                  overall1food1service1ambience1

                                  Terrible service and sub par food.

                                28. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Washington DC

                                  7 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  7 reviews

                                  Dined on January 12, 2020

                                  overall5food4service4ambience5

                                  Great night out. Good food and cool space

                                29. S

                                  Star13

                                  Dublin

                                  28 reviews

                                  vip
                                  3.0

                                  28 reviews

                                  Dined on January 11, 2020

                                  overall3food3service2ambience1

                                  Nothing special about that place. Food was ok. No ambiance. We won’t go back.

                                30. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Washington DC

                                  2 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on January 9, 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  It was great, solid happy hour, friendly service, good food.

                                31. B

                                  Bonnie

                                  Washington DC

                                  6 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  6 reviews

                                  Dined on January 7, 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Great new spot! Great menu and great service - give it a try!

                                  The CommentaryResponded on January 14, 2020

                                  Thank You!! We are so happy that you enjoyed your time at The Commentary and we appreciate your feedback. Looking forward to serving you again.

                                32. DW

                                  DianaW

                                  Washington DC

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on January 5, 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Our party of four went for a late Sunday Brunch. Our waiter was extremely attentive and the food was really good. I am more of an ambience person. My friends loved the food but I was smitten with all the comfortable and beautifully appointed cozy places to eat. Well situated and easy to park. Will return.

                                  The CommentaryResponded on January 14, 2020

                                  Thank you so much for your kind words! We are so happy that you enjoyed your time at The Commentary and we appreciate your feedback. Looking forward to serving you again, hopefully over happy hour next time!

                                33. MD

                                  MauriceD

                                  Charlotte

                                  76 reviews

                                  vip
                                  3.0

                                  76 reviews

                                  Dined on January 4, 2020

                                  overall3food4service1ambience5

                                  This was a new adventure for us. The service and timing lacks badly. WE watched a server, bartender, and manager stand a talk for almost 15min before being seated. At that point we waited another 30min before being greeted and asked for any type of order. They ONLY had one other party so being busy wasn't an excuse. Once we finally got food, the experience was good. We enjoyed our offerings as well as the beverage. The biggest downfall here is the service. We watched 2 group leave after waiting so long.

                                34. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on December 25, 2019

                                  overall5food5service4ambience4

                                  We went for my mother’s birthday which happens to fall on Christmas Day. The fixed prix menu was reasonably priced and delicious. I had scallops, sea bass, pumpkin bread pudding and a delicious sparkling pear cocktail for $45 and enjoyed it all. Very good food.

                                35. NO

                                  NadiaO

                                  Washington DC

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on December 8, 2019

                                  overall5food5service4ambience5

                                  Great location, nice ambience, and a beautiful setting. They were short staffed, food was late, and came cold.

                                36. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Washington DC

                                  3 reviews

                                  3.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined on November 30, 2019

                                  overall3food3service3ambience5

                                  The amount of food is very little for the money paid!

                                FAQs

                                The Commentary offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 537-4204.

                                The Commentary is rated 4.2 stars by 36 OpenTable diners.

                                Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                Booked 2 times today
                                Google Map for The Commentary

                                801 North Glebe Road Arlington, VA 22203

                                Additional information

                                • Neighbourhood

                                  Arlington

                                • Hours of Operation

                                  Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–10:30 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–1:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

                                • Cuisines

                                  American

                                • Dining style

                                  Casual Elegant

                                • Dress Code

                                  Casual Dress

                                • Parking Details

                                  Complimentary Valet Parking (ask your server for validation)

                                • Public Transit

                                  Two Blocks from the Ballston/MU metro stop.

                                • Payment Options

                                  AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                • Executive Chef

                                  Bobbie Miller

                                • Additional

                                  Bar/Lounge, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

                                • Phone number

                                  (703) 537-4204

                                • Private party facilities

                                  Whether you are looking for a private room for a business meeting, company or family celebration, The Commentary offers a refreshing ambiance for every occasion.

                                • Private party contact

                                  TJ Daniels: (703) 473-3390

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