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Lost Dog Cafe - North Arlington
Taps: 15 / Bottles: 225
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]
5876 Washington Blvd
phone: (703) 237-1552
(Place added by: ManekiNeko)
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| Reviews: 23 | Show All Ratings:
District of Columbia
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
Good beers, and great food! Found this place a few weeks ago, even though I have lived nearby for several years. The place is really small, and their is always a wait - sometimes an hour or more. They have a market attached, and they really should think about opening it up as more seating.
Lots of beer on tap, and even more in bottles. Every kind of Dogfish Head, and some rare ones from Allagash, Rogue, and Smuttynose. I think I remember seeing a few selections from Samuel Smith's as well.
The sandwiches here are good, but the pizza is delecious. Have tried a few different ones, and am never disappointed. I guess you could say it's worth the wait!
10-18-2006 22:27:20 |
More by alysmith4
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
From what I can tell, this is one of the better places to eat in the area.. They have great pizzas... and from what I've heard the subs are great too., The atmosphere is awesome, you walk in and the first thing you see is wall to wall of beer bottles, its everything I could imagine heaven to be. . If you are a dog lover they have fun paintings of dogs all over the walls. Even though there is an extensive selection of beers there is a limit to the number of drinks so there are never any people horribly drunk and even at the loudest it's been it is still very tolerable. It is a well run, very fun, and amazingly tasty place
07-23-2005 06:21:46 |
More by Rootdog316
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: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I like the atmosphere. It's a pretty small place. Has a cozy feel.
They have some great brews here. The last time I was there they had on tap Oskar Blues Gordon, Lagunitas pils, Sierra Nevada Celebration, and I don't remember what else.
Service is good. However, my waitress was unsure of whether their Lost Dog Ale was just Old Dominion Ale or a different recipe. My dad told me it was just OD ale, so I was hoping to verify this, but she didn't know.
Bottled selection is good, but they don't have many taps. But since what is on tap is good, That's OK with me.
The food is awesome. They have tons of delicious sandwiches, hot and cold, and they're all great. The pizza's good too.
Pretty good prices. A pint of Gordon was $6.25 or something, which isn't an awesome price but not that bad.
I really like this place, even though it can't compete with the best bars in DC or anything like that, as far as selection goes. It's just a great neighborhood bar/restaurant with great beer and great food.
04-05-2009 17:23:56 |
More by Jimbo87
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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
District of Columbia
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$
A - Sort of a fancy sandwich shop. Nice booths. Open and well lit. Clean. A entertaining dog motif. Good for a couple or a famliy with kids. Has take out and a small bottle shop in the front.
Q - Be careful on bottled dates for the hoppy beers. Food is of a high quality.
S - The wait staff at the tables is excellent. Friendly, attentive and quick. The wait staff are not necessarily well schooled in the beer they serve, even in a cursory manner. BUT worse, the bar can be at the best, hit or miss. Sitting at the bar can be very frustrating. The bartender I have had a couple of times ignored me for 15 minutes (not even a menu). Thus my average score in this area.
S - A wide variety of beers on both tap and in the bottle. But nothing too rare or unusual. Did find a Bruery Tart of Darkness in the coolers out front once.
F - Not a fancy restaurant, but all the food from the pizza to the sandwiches are fantastic. A wide selection. Something for everyone. Meat eaters to vegans. Picky to not so much.
V - Great value on food. Beer is average value.
Of special note - Lost Dog has a big selection of bottles, but no bottle menu that I have ever seen. So if you are not sitting at the bar you are at a loss. Lost Dog would do itself well (and sell more of their higher priced beer) if they had a beer menu.
02-12-2013 20:42:00 |
More by Sludgeman
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited on a mildly busy Saturday night.
Lost Dog Cafe is located in the Westover neighborhood of Arlington and is definitely a neighborhood joint, though one that welcomes newcomers (like most places in DC as there are few bona fide natives). The decor is more dog-oriented than it is beer oriented. If your idea of a beer place requires lots of breweriana adorning the wall, be forewarned that there is none of that here. The owners of the place also run a no-kill dog shelter (thus the name), and the decor reflects this, down to the signs on the bathrooms (the men's had a dog lifting it's leg on the hydrant, the women's had a dog squatting). Overall, it's pretty cute and quaint. I didn't see explicit mention of it, but I suspect a certain portion of the profits go towards the shelter. Two other things to mention: No smoking (yay!) and a 3 drink maximum (something I can happily cope with)
The overall quality of the place was pretty good and the prices were reasonable. Serving sizes of food were pretty decent, too.
The service I got that night (hostess, bartender, and waiter) was quite friendly and prompt. I can't say that they are all that knowledgeable about beer, but if you're on this site, how much more help do you really need anyways? Two problems I noted, though. One is that the standard glass here is a chilled pint glass. The waitstaff had no problem obliging my request for one that wasn't. The other beer related problem I noted was that they don't have any other glasses but pint glasses. If you're a purist about glassware, you might want to skip that Belgian.
In terms of selection, I believe the last boast I saw was 125 beers. I didn't count, but that seems to be a decent estimate. They may have more than that, though. There are 10 beers on tap, plus a tap for Dominion Root Beer. The only highlights from the tap lineup that should be passed on is Shakespeare Stout and the Lost Dog Ale (which I have yet to try). It's basically your usual selection for the area. Didn't see many things that I hadn't heard of at all. Decent domestic and European import emphasis. You can also buy the beers for carry-out, and they allow mixed 6-ers. The prices for that are steep, but I don't know of any other places that allow it in the area. Yet.
The food I has was quite excellent. They have a great selection of pizza and sandwiches. Your basic American fare, essentially.
09-21-2003 04:16:33 |
More by ManekiNeko
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Atmosphere: The Lost Dog Cafe is a small hole-in-the-wall eatery tucked away in a small strip mall in the upscale Westover section of Arlington, VA. Dog-themed paintings adorn the walls, and the dog motif is evident throughout the rest of the bar and dining room. There aren't many tables and booths; it's a pretty small place. So going during off-peak hours is usually the best bet.
Quality: The promise of the cafe is presented when you first walk in and find yourself flanked by dozens and dozens of different beers. This promise is delivered upon, as they've had everything I've ever asked for, with only one exception (an Otter Creek Oatmeal Stout, which they had listed on the menu, but didn't have in stock).
Service: I've had great service there. I've had shitty service there. I've had adequate service there. (I've been a buncha times, dontcha know...) Usually, though, it's at least adequate, and often above average.
Selection: They have an outstanding selection of beers, including several offerings on tap. (Their tap selections strongly favor IPAs for some reason.) Around 150-200 different beers available, mostly US Microbrew, but with some international offerings as well.
Food: The food is quite good. It's sandwiches and pizza. There are a number of standard versions of each, or you can make your own out of a list of ingredients. Even the standard sandwiches can be made with different types of bread (I recommend the Eagle on rye). The Taco Pizza is a sloppy, delicious mess.
Notes: Their beer menu (meaning the little piece of laminated paper that lists their beers) is out of date. There's a LOT of stuff they have available that isn't on the menu. So it's best to plan your selection ahead of time by browsing the racks and cases in the entryway, and the bottles on display behind the bar.
03-25-2004 02:46:25 |
More by Afterburner
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I have gone to the Lost Dog several times as. I find it somewhat repulsive that the beers being sold (for non-diners) are at almost half price at what is being sold at this no-frills sandwich/pizza cafe if you choose to dine there. The smart thing would probably be to order take-out and buy the beers at half-price to go. However, there is a small selection of beers on draft that you can enjoy there. The staff are really nice there and customer environment is cozy. The extensive food menu can be a bit too much and overwhelming but it is nice to have options. There is just one TV - I would probably frequent this place a bit more if they had better side dishes to go with their food (their fries aren't that great and chips are standard), appetizers are mediocore at best, and especially if their dine-in beer prices were lower (heck, I'd accept a 10% mark up over what they were selling for take-out customers). Overall, a nice restaurant in a neighborhood that doesn't offer much. It is right across the street from Westover Market which is a nice opportunity to compare prices on some beers on your wishlist.
02-17-2011 20:13:52 |
More by CuriousMonk
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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
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Lost Dog Cafe - North Arlington in Arlington, VA
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