I am someone who really enjoys going out to eat and experiencing new restaurants and environments. This past Friday I had friends visiting from Baltimore. Myself and my other friends in Arlington, who were going to join us on Friday night, spent a long time researching fun new places to go for dinner and drinks. Finally, we decided on EatBar after some debate. A few people I knew had gone there previously and had recommended it so we figured why not after looking into the menu.
I was apprehensive at first because the menu is small and I knew there was not a lot of parking available. But man oh man…was I wrong about everything!! I called earlier on in the day on Friday to make sure that they didn’t take reservations, since there was 5 of us, (they don’t) and just to ask about parking. A really helpful man informed me about their parking lot, street parking, AND that after 6 you can park across the street at the cleaners – who knew!! So my fear was erased.
We got to EatBar around 8pm and were worried about the wait. There was none (which after eating the food, drinking the drinks, and the overall environment we did not understand). This restaurant is nothing short of a scene out of Sex and the City or something you would expect in Manhattan. It is a lounge which is decorated fabulously and the whole environment is this trendy relaxed “take a load off” scene. There was a fake fire going on a huge flat screen TV in the front room, which houses the bar and some booths, nooks and crannies (very cozy). We sat in the back which was full on lounge style. U shaped couches all around, some bar tables and stools, and another bar area. We loved the ambiance.
Now onto the BEST part of the place (and this is saying a lot because the environment and feel of the whole place was great!)…the food and drinks!! We were all in a very relaxed mood, so everyone got wine and beer. The men got their pumpkin beer and they raved about how delicious it was. The ladies all got different types of wine, their selection is plentiful, and all the wines were delicious.
The menu is small…but do NOT let this fool you. Everything on the menu is amazing. It is tapas style so we decided to all get 2-3 plates and share. They have amazing “sliders” which are very very reasonably priced…they are bigger than your typical sliders and we tried all of them! Each slider was more amazing than the next. The lamb and pork ones were definitely the man favorites of the group. I tried the fried green tomato slider (first time trying a fried green tomato- been missing out!) and it was amazing. The batter was incredible…honestly my mouth is watering thinking about it. We also tried the chicken croquettes, corn bread, and the bang bang broccoli. Truthfully, each dish was better than the last. The broccoli was in a sweet and sour chili sauce and fried (I know…), it was different and savory. We all loved it. The corn bread was HUGE; we got 2 orders and could barely finish them. Every single plate was larger than your typical tapas plate and incredibly reasonably priced (might even say on the cheap side for the type of food they are offering).
I will ABSOLUTELY be going back to EatBar. I’ve already informed my friends and family that I will be taking them here when they come visit. The website link is below…if you are in the Arlington area you MUST swing by here. It is going to be our next girl’s night out and I cannot wait for more reasons to go here. What a hidden gem!!