What is Northern Virginia’s restaurant scene like?

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When you visit Northern Virginia, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover so many fine restaurants. Since it’s so close to the nation’s capital, Northern Virginia is has a diverse population, making international cuisine of almost any variety easy to find.
Forbes Travel Guide editors highly recommend making reservations at The Inn at Little Washington — it’s one of the most acclaimed restaurants in the country. The restaurant located in the town of Washington takes reservations up to one year in advance — a true testament to how unforgettable the modern-meets-classic-French cuisine really is. Wine lovers will especially appreciate dining at The Inn, as the restaurant boasts an impressive and award-winning, 14,000-bottle cellar.
Acclaimed as the “Best Restaurant of 2011,” special-occasion spot 2941 in Falls Church, Virginia, offers contemporary American cuisine by esteemed chef Bertrand Chemel. The sleek and sophisticated interior design of 2491 is complemented perfectly by its tranquil location in the woods overlooking Fairview Lake. Nibble on housemade spanakopita, crispy calamari or tuna tartare as you enjoy the view and ambience.
Another Northern Virginia spot serving up mouth-watering international cuisine is Foti’s in rural Culpeper, Virginia, located about an hour outside of Fairfax. Chef Frank Maragos whips up classic Greek fare with recipes inspired by his close-knit Greek family — if you’re looking for something authentic and intimate, this is the place to be. Maragos is also an alumnus of The Inn at Little Washington, where he perfected his cooking chops while serving as executive sous chef of the restaurant.

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