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Lost Dog Cafe - North Arlington
Taps: 15 / Bottles: 225
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]
5876 Washington Blvd
phone: (703) 237-1552
(Place added by: ManekiNeko)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 23 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
Lost Dog Cafe is definitely more like a deli than a sit-down restaurant. My buddy lives just down the street, and whenever I visit him we order take-out from Lost Dog. Good pizza, sandwiches, and other typical cafe foods. I've always been pleased with my meal.
But what's more important is their beer selection. They have a very broad selection of beers that you can get cold, in singles, or in packs. There's a better variety than you'll find in most grocery stores. Just don't try to enjoy your purchase in the restaurant itself, unless you really enjoy eating and drinking in small cramped spaces.
10-18-2008 19:27:31 |
More by Pencible
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Imagine your favorite college pizza and sub shop, had a menage et trois with a beer bar and a six pack store. That is what you get when you eat, or shop at Lost Dog Cafe. With really good comfort/bar food, and a bottle list at about 150+ microbrews and imports, you really can't go wrong.
And if that wasn't enough, they don't just deliver pizza and subs. They will also deliver anything that they have in bottle form (including a few wines). Great local spot, who constantly gives to "lost" Dog and Cat causes (i.e. shelters).
10-06-2008 22:44:56 |
More by guild337
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A great find in the old neighborhood where I grew up (spent a lot of time in J.W. Ayres Store across Washington Boulevard), but now this new place serves as a waystation between home and my family down in Central Virginia.
The restaurant is clean and comfortable, with with interesting, high class pub food and pizza. The service is friendly and reasonably efficient. The tap list is always interesting, though I have been frustrated to find the most interesting stuff is often mysteriously out of stock although it remains on the list of available drafts. The bottle list is amazing. The outside deli/beer shop has a nice selection of sixpacks, though I am not always sure how fresh they are.
Between this place and the well-stocked beer aisle of the Westover Market, right across the street, this is a great stop on a road trip.
08-13-2008 22:41:05 |
More by Seanibus
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
After finding the Lost Dog on BA, I stopped in with the family on a visit to the DC area. The Lost Dog is not something that stands out from the outside but it's got a lot to offer. They have a huge selection of bottled beer, 10 on tap and some pretty good food.
There are two sides to the Lost Dog. You enter into the deli area where you can get take out food and beer. The cafe area, on the other side, offers seated dining. It's small but has enough room for a bar and several tables. It's not fancy by any means but it's comfortable and they clearly focus on their food and beer.
Having only 10 taps is certainly a drawback but they do their best to make up for it in bottles. They have a huge selection of American and European beers. I had a Rogue Shakespeare Stout and a Mojo IPA (the stout was fantastic but the IPA was ordinary at best).
The menu can be a bit overwhelming but it's fun to wade through. They have 50+ sandwiches and 25+ pizzas plus build your own on each. Both the pizza and sandwiches were very good.
The Lost Dog is an interesting and worthwhile place. Check it out.
06-14-2008 22:25:18 |
More by GJ40
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
If youre a craft beer fan in Northern Virginia, youre missing out if you dont hit the wall.
You can find the wall at the Lost Dog Café in north Arlington, in a small strip shopping center at Washington Boulevard and McKinley.
Just head through the main door of the Lost Dog, straight for the pizza takeout counter, hang a right into the adjacent restaurant and look to your right. And there youll see it: four wonderful shelves, each about thirty feet long, displaying over 200 craft and imported beers. About three-fourths of them are American crafts, including many that are rarely seen in the DC metro area, such as the excellent Colorado brews from Avery, Left-Hand, and Spanish Peaks, and selections from standout West Coast breweries like Anderson Valley, Mendocino and North Coast. Imports include top Belgians, Brits, and Germans. What a display! And theyre all chilled and ready to drink!
Not enough? More beers are listed on a new arrivals blackboard. Plus, there are five or six taps, typically including Magic Hat #9, Rogue Shakespeare Stout, and the Dogs own contract-brewed amber.
For food, you cant miss with the pizzas, which regularly win local newspaper and online polls for top local pizzas. The menu also has an impressive list of about 50 sandwiches, many of which are quite good and reasonably priced.
The service is usually friendly, and the servers at the bar generally know the beers pretty well. Some are very knowledgeable.
The Dogs clientele is largely families, and its especially crowded with them around dinnertime most evenings. Since the restaurant does not take reservations, there can be waits at these times, though it rarely takes more than 5 minutes to get a seat or two at the bar. Because of the Dogs family orientation, theres a sign above the bar stating that three beers is the limit per person. Ive had more on occasion, but Im pretty low-key. If you and your pals are boisterous, expect to have the three-beer limit enforced.
The owners are dedicated to rescuing lost dogs and cats, and the restaurant is full of amusing dog paintings. The place also has a fondness for any beer with a dog in its name or on its label, so if youve been hankering for a Smuttynose Old Brown Dog or a Flying Dog Old Scratch Lager, or similar, youve come to the right bar. (The owners' other restaurant, five doors down, is called the Stray Cat-- a nice place, but better for wine than beer.)
People who live in the DC metro area and are considering getting a dog or cat should check with the staff at the Lost Dog, or go on their website, to find some nice pets that are available for adoption.
Now, heres the best part about the Lost Dog, the thing that even gives it an edge over the famed Brickskeller in DC: beer to go. If you like what you had at the bar or the restaurant, just walk into the front room and grab one (or a six pack) to take home.
One last point: they deliver. If you live within a mile or two of the Dog, all you have to do is call, and theyll be right there -- with great pizzas and beers. So whats not to like?
Public transport access: from the East Falls Church Metro station on the Orange Line, the Lost Dog Café is about a twenty-minute walk (slightly hilly). Its not bad when the weather is nice. Just cross Sycamore and head up Washington. Otherwise, a cab ride from the Metro station takes about 5 minutes and cost about $5. Alternatively, you can take busses number 2 C, D or E, using a free transfer from the subway. The busses take about 5 minutes to get to the Dog from the East Falls Church Metro Station or from the Ballston Metro station.
12-10-2007 04:10:30 |
More by beeryes
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I'll admit that when I heard about a place that catered to both beer lovers and dog lovers, I was immediately a fan, and Lost Dog was awesome until proven otherwise. That said, here is my review:
I sat at the bar and soaked in the wall of beers looking back at me. I settled on Speakeasy Untouchable Pale (x2, cuz I liked it so), Mad River Steelhead Pale, and Smuttynose Brown Dog (Lindsay, the bartender's favorite and recommendation). All of them were quite good, but I found the Speakeasy to be outstanding.
I ordered the Chicken Taco pizza and was pleasantly surprised. Lots of fresh veggies topped the pie, with great tasting tomatoes and cilantro standing out.
It's a bar/restaurant with a very large beer list and a soft heart for lost dogs plus good food. Could you ask for more?
11-14-2007 03:59:20 |
More by LngdnAlger
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
Love this place!
Me and bjohnson were in DC visiting my grandparents, and we went to the Lost Dog with my dad and brother. The bar is located in a mini-strip of stores in a residential neighborhood. It has a small shop/liquor store attached, and then this great little cafe/bar with dog decorations on the walls. I had a cup of chili and a Brooklyn English IPA (after trading with my brother because he wanted my Bells Brown Ale). The chili was passable (I'm a bit of a chili snob), but could have used some more spice. The place just has a great atmosphere. It probably gets crowded, because it's small, but I would be SO excited if this was my neighborhood bar. The owners also run a no-kill animal shelter, which is very cool. The only thing that would have made it better would be if they had had a few of the dogs there so I could have adopted one!
I'll definitely be back--especially since it's about 5 minutes away from my grandparents' house!
04-13-2007 00:58:41 |
More by eheff
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Located in a small shopping plaza--you can see the store front from the street. When I mean storefront, that's exactly what I mean. You have to enter through the deli/pizza joint. This ain't your ordinary bar/restaurant/beer store. Racks with brew on both sides when you enter, followed by coolers on the left side and a counter for ordering food on the right side. Small little walkway to get into the bar/restaurant area. High ceilings with about 7 booths for sitting. About 8-10 seats at the bar. Behind the bar shelves are located that hold every bottled beer they have available. Mirrored backing opens the place up a bit as it's a pretty narrow, though long, space. Impressionist paintings and pictures of dogs done the walls. Essentially looks like a pizza joint with a phenomenal beer selection, and that's probably what it is--gotta say, I love it.
Beer selection, especially in bottles, is extremely large with probably over 200 bottles. Each brewery represented had a good selection of their offerings. Some that caught my eye were Bell's, Avery, North Coast, Victory, Rogue, Smutty, Allagash, and Breckenridge. A nice selection of beers from other places also with Austria, Japan, Belgian, Germany and England being the largest. Definitely a really good lineup of brews, but there weren't too many things that I had never seen before, not that this upset me as I found plenty to drink. All beer that was available in the store was also available at the bar.
The food was also very tasty with pizzas, sandwiches, soups, and other bar food. I treated myself to chili, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The people next to me had pizza and it looked excellent--too bad it was pretty late, otherwise I probably would have indulged in some of that. The waitress was very friendly and although she wasn't too versed in the plethora of brews available, she did know the basics.
I'm not sure what the connection between the cafe and the dog/cat shelter is. I think it's a really cool idea--go to dinner, have a few great beers, and take a pet home. What's better than that? All proceeds from the cafe go to the shelter---another great thing. This is my type of place--laid back with decent food and a cool vibe. I wish this was my neighborhood bar.
04-10-2007 01:59:26 |
More by bjohnson
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Casual and friendly. The Lost Dog is a bit of an institution in Northern Virginia. They have an enourmous Pizza and Sandwhich list, and their soups and salads are pretty good too. Their Beer and Wine selection is great, they rotate their seasonal selections fairly often so there is almost always something new to try.
The only downside is the wait-time for tables. It can be erratic and, as another reviewer noted, quite lengthy. But the food and beer are worth the wait.
The restaurant also sponsors various community efforts to find homes for abandoned dogs and animals in the area, so if you are looking for information on animal adoption efforts they are a good place to go.
The owner has opened a companion restaurant next door, the "Stray Cat", which has a different menu and rotating list of roughly 10 beers on draft.
02-16-2007 14:50:17 |
More by L4t3rg4t3r
District of Columbia
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
Good beers, and great food! Found this place a few weeks ago, even though I have lived nearby for several years. The place is really small, and their is always a wait - sometimes an hour or more. They have a market attached, and they really should think about opening it up as more seating.
Lots of beer on tap, and even more in bottles. Every kind of Dogfish Head, and some rare ones from Allagash, Rogue, and Smuttynose. I think I remember seeing a few selections from Samuel Smith's as well.
The sandwiches here are good, but the pizza is delecious. Have tried a few different ones, and am never disappointed. I guess you could say it's worth the wait!
10-18-2006 22:27:20 |
More by alysmith4
Lost Dog Cafe - North Arlington in Arlington, VA
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