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Lost Dog Cafe
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]
5876 Washington Blvd.
phone: (703) 237-1552
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vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$
A - Sort of a fancy sandwich shop. Nice booths. Open and well lit. Clean. A entertaining dog motif. Good for a couple or a famliy with kids. Has take out and a small bottle shop in the front.
Q - Be careful on bottled dates for the hoppy beers. Food is of a high quality.
S - The wait staff at the tables is excellent. Friendly, attentive and quick. The wait staff are not necessarily well schooled in the beer they serve, even in a cursory manner. BUT worse, the bar can be at the best, hit or miss. Sitting at the bar can be very frustrating. The bartender I have had a couple of times ignored me for 15 minutes (not even a menu). Thus my average score in this area.
S - A wide variety of beers on both tap and in the bottle. But nothing too rare or unusual. Did find a Bruery Tart of Darkness in the coolers out front once.
F - Not a fancy restaurant, but all the food from the pizza to the sandwiches are fantastic. A wide selection. Something for everyone. Meat eaters to vegans. Picky to not so much.
V - Great value on food. Beer is average value.
Of special note - Lost Dog has a big selection of bottles, but no bottle menu that I have ever seen. So if you are not sitting at the bar you are at a loss. Lost Dog would do itself well (and sell more of their higher priced beer) if they had a beer menu.
02-12-2013 20:42:00 |
More by Sludgeman
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in while visiting my Virginia friends for some lunch/kill time, while I waited for them to get off work.
Smallish cafe, upscale diner atmosphere. I sat at the bar area because who sits at a table by themselves.
Bartender was Johnny-on-the-Spot with getting me a beer (Bells Pale Ale) and getting me a menu. Took my order quite quick as well, food came really quick. Made my own sandwich that came on super fresh quality chibatta roll (good bread is so important for a sandwhich/pizza place which is why I mention it).
Had around 10-12 beers on tap, all quite different. Local offerings, different styles but all above average offerings (I had a Goose Island Nut Brown as my second beer).
They also have a decent to go selection but I was skeptical because it is right in the front window and the light damage can not be good for that inventory.
09-17-2012 19:05:52 |
More by claspada
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I have gone to the Lost Dog several times as. I find it somewhat repulsive that the beers being sold (for non-diners) are at almost half price at what is being sold at this no-frills sandwich/pizza cafe if you choose to dine there. The smart thing would probably be to order take-out and buy the beers at half-price to go. However, there is a small selection of beers on draft that you can enjoy there. The staff are really nice there and customer environment is cozy. The extensive food menu can be a bit too much and overwhelming but it is nice to have options. There is just one TV - I would probably frequent this place a bit more if they had better side dishes to go with their food (their fries aren't that great and chips are standard), appetizers are mediocore at best, and especially if their dine-in beer prices were lower (heck, I'd accept a 10% mark up over what they were selling for take-out customers). Overall, a nice restaurant in a neighborhood that doesn't offer much. It is right across the street from Westover Market which is a nice opportunity to compare prices on some beers on your wishlist.
02-17-2011 20:13:52 |
More by CuriousMonk
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I really enjoy this place. The atmosphere could be a bit better. It feels like a normal pizza joint, but it happens to have a great selection of brews. The food is very good, and extremely reasonably priced. The menu is mostly pizzas and sandwiches, but not just typical offerings. They have high quality ingredients like crab and tuna (not from a can) and can put just about anything on a pizza or sandwich.
The beers selection is very good. Not a huge selection, but definitely carefully put together. I will say that I wish the tap list was more consistently impressive, as they take up most of their taps with brews that are very very good but standard (Allagash White, Arrogant Bastard, etc.)
Overall, a very good place to go for reasonably priced good food and brews.
10-01-2010 18:43:04 |
More by HURTemHIZZY
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've been to the Lost Dog Cafe twice now. This is a great neighborhood restaurant/bar in the Westover area of Arlington. It's sort "off the beaten path". By that, I mean it's not near a Metro stop on the Wilson Blvd. corridor.
As you walk in, there's a large selection of craft brews to your left on shelves and in some fridges. As you go straight ahead, you see the kitchen. Off to the right is the bar section first and then further is more of just a restaurant area.
The bar has a very nice selection of brews on tap. Just some that I remembered: Founder's Breakfast, Thirsty Dog Old Leghumber, Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, Racer 5 IPA, and I remember some Rogue and some Stone beer I think. Anyhow, it was about 15 taps I think. Also, they had a decent bottle selection.
The food here is very impressive also. Their sandwiches all have fresh veggies and tasty meats. All at a reasonable price for Arlington. Overall, this is a great place for a sandwich with some friends or the g/f or family.
02-20-2010 12:56:26 |
More by Applesauce1
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
minor updates since the remodeling - the interior is a bit nicer, but the bottle selection seems to suffered a minor reduction in quantity
located in a small strip mall, Lost Dog has been packed and noisy both of my two weekend visits, entrance is through the store and to-go pizza counter that's always heavy with the odor of burnt crust, with the restaurant and bar just around the corner
great bottle selection with a huge representation of American micros, if nothing of particular rarity, everything is available as a single, the draft list occasionally has some gems along with some more standard stuff
food is good - with a huge range of specialty pizzas and sandwiches to be had, I found the Pound Hound to be delicious - "Three layers of french toast, turkey breast, hickory ham and melted Swiss cheese, served with strawberry preserves on the side", the vegetarian sandwiches tend to be pretty flavorless
service has been acceptable if without any reason for comment, prices are reasonable for the location
08-04-2009 22:29:51 |
More by blackie
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
A friend that lives down the street suprised my girlfriend and I to this great place. The place has a nice chill and have a good time atmosphere to it. There are two entrances, one for the restraunt and the other for the pizza deli. The pizza deli is a wet dream as you can order some of the best pizza I have had in VA from it aswell as other items on the menue. The Pizza section is a little cramed because of the intense Beer and Wine selection!!! This place actually has the most refrigerators I have seen in Northern VA or even VA. They seem to take good care of there beer and wine wich is great. Food is just out of this world good and the service was great. I think honestly the fact that they deliver their food with Beer and Wine made me cry. Value was fair I think for the food as to the quality of the ingrediants. Will be coming back even though I am located in Annandale. Recomend to anyone to give a try.
06-23-2009 15:23:54 |
More by BZero007
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I like the atmosphere. It's a pretty small place. Has a cozy feel.
They have some great brews here. The last time I was there they had on tap Oskar Blues Gordon, Lagunitas pils, Sierra Nevada Celebration, and I don't remember what else.
Service is good. However, my waitress was unsure of whether their Lost Dog Ale was just Old Dominion Ale or a different recipe. My dad told me it was just OD ale, so I was hoping to verify this, but she didn't know.
Bottled selection is good, but they don't have many taps. But since what is on tap is good, That's OK with me.
The food is awesome. They have tons of delicious sandwiches, hot and cold, and they're all great. The pizza's good too.
Pretty good prices. A pint of Gordon was $6.25 or something, which isn't an awesome price but not that bad.
I really like this place, even though it can't compete with the best bars in DC or anything like that, as far as selection goes. It's just a great neighborhood bar/restaurant with great beer and great food.
04-05-2009 17:23:56 |
More by Jimbo87
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $
Growing up in the DC area I visited Lost Dogs Cafe many times with friends and was never disappointed by the food. Lost Dogs sports some of the best pizza and warm sandwiches to be found in Northern Virginia. You can always expect a 10 to fifteen minute wait before being seated but that will give you ample time to browse the wide selection of beer and wine on display.
Available both in house and to go, Lost Dogs was ready to deliver ranging from the local Dominion Brewery and Dogfish head to Chimay, Leffe, and Delirium. If you are in Arlington and looking for an excellent place to grab some pizza and beer with friends or are simply looking to grab a few brews for home, Lost Dogs is the place to go.
01-04-2009 23:04:18 |
More by jfdean
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
Lost Dog Cafe is definitely more like a deli than a sit-down restaurant. My buddy lives just down the street, and whenever I visit him we order take-out from Lost Dog. Good pizza, sandwiches, and other typical cafe foods. I've always been pleased with my meal.
But what's more important is their beer selection. They have a very broad selection of beers that you can get cold, in singles, or in packs. There's a better variety than you'll find in most grocery stores. Just don't try to enjoy your purchase in the restaurant itself, unless you really enjoy eating and drinking in small cramped spaces.
10-18-2008 19:27:31 |
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Lost Dog Cafe in Arlington, VA