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"Overwood Restaurant and Bar - Lee St, Old Town" Top 5 Page for this destination Alexandria Restaurant Tip by Ewingjr98

Alexandria Restaurants: 133 reviews and 314 photos

Overwood is a newer restaurant (opened in 2007) that occupies a former warehouse and bakery constructed in the 1800s. It is one of those place with the perfect atmosphere of being warm and welcoming without being pretentious... i.e. no frilly white table cloths, but at least a nice wine list and cloth napkins. The decor is reminiscent of the past with old wooden beams, steel pipes, and red brick alongside modern ceilings, lights, and dividers. It has a nice bar with lots of beer options and four dining rooms that can seat about 200 at mostly small, intimate, candlelit tables.

We arrived around around 7pm and were quickly seated at a table for two near the noisy and crowded bar. We were happy to learn that our Tuesday arrival meant half price bottles of wine, so we started by ordering a bottle of a Brooks Winery (Oregon) wine that was a mix of Riesling, pinot gris and bianco grapes. The bottle is normally $39, but was half price on this fine night.

Laura ordered their seasoned and roasted half chicken served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy and roasted Brussels sprouts priced at $16. I had one of the specials of the day, the oven seared scallops served with basmati rice, a salad, and tomatoes with olive oil for $20. The food arrived no more than 10 minutes after we ordered, which made our meal seemed rushed... maybe they could start off each table with bread just to slow the meal down a bit? My scallops were excellent, but only four were served, which made for a tiny meal; I ended up eating every last morsel on the plate, plus some of Laura's. Everything in Laura's meal was tasty, and the chicken was moist and full of flavor. Her meal was also big enough to share and still have some leftover.

When we finished eating we still had half a bottle of wine left, so we decline coffee or desert and sat sipping wine for another 45 minutes.

We returned again on a Sunday in summer 2009, with a few friends, and I was surprised to find the restaurant was not at all busy. On this day the four of us started with the salmon brucshetta and fried green tomatoes ($8.50) as appetizers; both were excellent! For our meals we had the "crispy iron skillet flounder" ($18); the crab cakes; the beef, veal & pork meatloaf ($14), and the clam linguine (about $15). We were all impressed with the food, even more so than last time. The flounder was gigantic with the skin scored before frying for easier eating, the crab cake was a small portion but tasty, the meatloaf was unbelievably good, and the linguine was also tasty, but not the best option at a place like Overwood.

This is a great spot with a lot of character, some creative and tasty food, and generally attentive service. On the negative side, the portions vary an awful lot, and the timing of the dishes was rushed--good for a quick business lunch, not so good at a relaxing dinner.

Address: 220 Lee Street, Alexandria, VA
Price Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: Near the water in Old Town, just north of King Street.
Phone: 703.535.3340
Price: US$21-30
Rating: 4
Theme: American

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 1, 2009
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