Dinner entrees from acclaimed Chef Cathal Armstrong at Restaurant Eve can include crisp veal sweetbreads, Basque-style stew, and whole roasted branzino. The 34-seat Chef's Tasting Room features pricy, but well worth it, multi-course prix fixe menus.
James Beard Foundation: Cathal Armstrong, Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic finalist, 2009-2014
From the restaurant's website:
"The husband-and-wife team of Dublin native Chef; Cathal Armstrong (Silent T) and his restaurant veteran wife, Meshelle Armstrong, have created Restaurant Eve; a passion based on experience and a name lent by their first child. Located in Old Town, Alexandria this historic warehouse building is now converted into a quaint yet sophisticated 100-seat restaurant offering two unique dining experiences in separate rooms."
"Lots of restaurants preach fresh and local; this one repeatedly walks the talk, taking those ingredients and turning them into dishes of distinction.... Just when you think you've reached a high on the (five- or nine-course) tasting menu, along comes a dish to raise the bar."
-Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post Magazine