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Lost Dog Cafe - North Arlington
Taps: 15 / Bottles: 225
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]
5876 Washington Blvd
phone: (703) 237-1552
(Place added by: ManekiNeko)
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| Reviews: 23 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
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: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Imagine your favorite college pizza and sub shop, had a menage et trois with a beer bar and a six pack store. That is what you get when you eat, or shop at Lost Dog Cafe. With really good comfort/bar food, and a bottle list at about 150+ microbrews and imports, you really can't go wrong.
And if that wasn't enough, they don't just deliver pizza and subs. They will also deliver anything that they have in bottle form (including a few wines). Great local spot, who constantly gives to "lost" Dog and Cat causes (i.e. shelters).
10-06-2008 22:44:56 |
More by guild337
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $
Growing up in the DC area I visited Lost Dogs Cafe many times with friends and was never disappointed by the food. Lost Dogs sports some of the best pizza and warm sandwiches to be found in Northern Virginia. You can always expect a 10 to fifteen minute wait before being seated but that will give you ample time to browse the wide selection of beer and wine on display.
Available both in house and to go, Lost Dogs was ready to deliver ranging from the local Dominion Brewery and Dogfish head to Chimay, Leffe, and Delirium. If you are in Arlington and looking for an excellent place to grab some pizza and beer with friends or are simply looking to grab a few brews for home, Lost Dogs is the place to go.
01-04-2009 23:04:18 |
More by jfdean
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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 | $$
I'll admit that when I heard about a place that catered to both beer lovers and dog lovers, I was immediately a fan, and Lost Dog was awesome until proven otherwise. That said, here is my review:
I sat at the bar and soaked in the wall of beers looking back at me. I settled on Speakeasy Untouchable Pale (x2, cuz I liked it so), Mad River Steelhead Pale, and Smuttynose Brown Dog (Lindsay, the bartender's favorite and recommendation). All of them were quite good, but I found the Speakeasy to be outstanding.
I ordered the Chicken Taco pizza and was pleasantly surprised. Lots of fresh veggies topped the pie, with great tasting tomatoes and cilantro standing out.
It's a bar/restaurant with a very large beer list and a soft heart for lost dogs plus good food. Could you ask for more?
11-14-2007 03:59:20 |
More by LngdnAlger
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've been to the Lost Dog Cafe twice now. This is a great neighborhood restaurant/bar in the Westover area of Arlington. It's sort "off the beaten path". By that, I mean it's not near a Metro stop on the Wilson Blvd. corridor.
As you walk in, there's a large selection of craft brews to your left on shelves and in some fridges. As you go straight ahead, you see the kitchen. Off to the right is the bar section first and then further is more of just a restaurant area.
The bar has a very nice selection of brews on tap. Just some that I remembered: Founder's Breakfast, Thirsty Dog Old Leghumber, Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, Racer 5 IPA, and I remember some Rogue and some Stone beer I think. Anyhow, it was about 15 taps I think. Also, they had a decent bottle selection.
The food here is very impressive also. Their sandwiches all have fresh veggies and tasty meats. All at a reasonable price for Arlington. Overall, this is a great place for a sandwich with some friends or the g/f or family.
02-20-2010 12:56:26 |
More by Applesauce1
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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: 4.5 | 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
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
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