Quarterdeck Restaurant Review

We dropped off our bags at The Virginian Suites, freshened up a bit and headed back down to the front desk.  Since we were new in town, and we we were hungry, we asked for a dinner recommendation.  Edward, the awesome front desk guy that I mentioned in my review of the hotel, suggested Quarterdeck Restaurant.  He said it was “just up the road” so we decided to try it out.

We didn’t know anything about the restaurant so of course I googled it.  According to the Quarterdeck Restaurant’s website, the Quarterdeck is a fixture of the Fort Meyer Heights neighborhood for over 30 years providing a relaxed atmosphere perfect for family dining or just catching up with old friends.  Most notably known for their seasonal Maryland Blue Crab feast and cold beer, they also serve a wide variety of classic American and Seafood fare year round.  I’m not a big seafood fan but I am a big fan of trying something new so off we went. 

We headed that way not knowing that when Edward said, “just up the road”, he meant literally up the road because it was up a steep hill.  The fact that I am out-of-shape was immediately evident.  😉  We arrived and now we were not only hungry but hot and tired too. 

Quarterdeck was crazy busy.  As in beyond crazy busy.  It was so crowded, (how crowded was it??), that they were pulling extra tables from a store room in the back and setting up a makeshift dining area next to the patio to seat additional customers.  Now all that really did was strain the wait staff who were already overwhelmed but we were hot, tired and hungry so we stayed. 

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Of course our decision to stay would presumably add to the overcrowding, but considering we were out-of-towners we were not sure exactly what and where our other options were.  They asked if we minded sharing a table with strangers and having limited options, we agreed.

We sat with Rob, Jackie and Kyle and even though it seemed a little weird to share a table with strangers, it ended up being really fun!  They gave us pointers on what to see and do, filled us in on some local gossip and made the whole evening very enjoyable.  

The whole vibe of the restaurant is indeed what it says on their website.  The atmosphere was very casual and relaxed.  It is perfect for family dining or just catching up with old friends.  We saw several large groups of folks really having a great time. 

I didn’t take any pics of our food but our new trio of friends ordered the crabs and despite the fact that I am not a seafood fan, the crabs are seasoned with Old Bay Seasoning and they smelled absolutely yummy!  Pardon my poor phone pic but I was truly very tempted to try the crabs…they smelled that good.

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I ordered steak and it was delish and Marvin ordered salmon and he said it was quite tasty too.  We had a really good time sharing a meal with some new friends. 

I would say our first evening and first meal in DC was a success! 

  • Are you a seafood fan? 
  • What new restaurants have you tried lately?

(((hugs))) ~lisa

The Virginian Suites, Arlington VA

We landed and we were so glad to make it to DC!! We did rent a car because we’d be traveling to Fredericksburg, VA the next day and couldn’t use the DC Metro for that.

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We booked a room at The Virginian Suites.  The 261 room spacious apartment-style accommodations are conveniently located just minutes from the heart of DC.  The front desk attendant on duty when we checked in, Edward, was awesome!  He is actually the first one to ever acknowledge our “Gold Level Status” with the Choice Hotels brand reward program called Choice Privileges.  It didn’t really matter to us but apparently they are supposed to do that.  No has ever done that before so Edward, the awesome front desk guy, automatically got a high 5 for doing that! 

I fell in love with our room.  The living room area was very spacious and included a desk/workspace area. And do you see that full-length mirror?  I love it!  I wish I could have taken it home with me.

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Just off the living room, at the entrance of the kitchen, was a small dining area.

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The small but fully functioning kitchen included a refrigerator, stove/oven, sink and small dishwasher.  It also was equipped with plates, flatware and paper towels so all you needed was to add the food!  It would be perfect for an extended stay. 

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The ample bedroom area was comfortable and inviting.

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I did not get any pics of the bathroom but I promise you that it was fine.  The only drawback to the hotel, that we encountered, was the shuttle service.  It ran during the weekdays except between 2-4:30pm or after 7:30pm and they didn’t offer shuttle service on the weekends.  Fortunately the DC Metro was a short walk away. 

The other amenities listed on The Virginian Suites Arlington site include:

  • Complimentary wired and wireless high-speed Internet access
  • Custom Exercise Routes and Bike Share Information
  • Seasonal outdoor swimming pool with a modern sun deck
  • Men’s and women’s saunas for total relaxation
  • 24-hour fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment
  • Self-service laundry facilities available on premises
  • Washington Post delivered daily to your door upon request
  • Two complimentary business centers
  • On-site self parking available at $12.00 per day (rate subject to change)
  • Grocery delivery directly to your refrigerator
  • Room service from a variety range of local restaurants
  • Free shuttle service, operating to Rosslyn Metro and NFATC/FSI during weekdays
  • Conference facilities accommodating up to 100 attendees

Our stay at The Virginian Suites was wonderful and if we happen that way again we would definitely stay there.  Be sure and ‘Like’ their Facebook page: The Virginian Suites!!

(((hugs))) ~lisa

p.s. If you see Edward, tell him we said hello!