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Whole Foods Market

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Whole Foods MarketWhole Foods Market
BA SCORE
98
world-class

37 Ratings
Ratings: 37
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: n/a
Taps: 10
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

4501 Market Commons Dr
Fairfax, Virginia, 22033-6003
United States
phone: (703) 222-2058

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @wfmfairlakes

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: DevinWDogfish on 01-18-2007)
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Reviews by smanders:
Photo of smanders
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This is the place where if you didn't have kids, the wife and you would live...eat, drink, shop, socialize, etc. It has everything from eat-in dining (Asian, BBQ, and seafood) to carry-out (I won't even begin to list the selections). Oh, and at the eat-in shops, pints are less than $3! Find a better deal in FFX Cnty. You won't.

Every Thursday there is a "Beer Class" where you can educate yourself on the wonderful selection available at the store. Prices are hit-or-miss but with GORDON for only $9.99, I am a frequent/repeat shopper. Oh, and did I mention free samples throughout the store? You won't be hungry when you leave.

I must admit I feel a bit odd recommending that one buy quality beer from a grocer, but hey, the times they are a-changin'.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MattXT
4.75/5  rDev +6%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of MaddestHatter
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

This is one of my friend's favorite stores and it is quickly becoming mine as it has all the food selection of a large grocery store (which it is) plus 21 different beer taps (2 of them nitro taps) which are constantly rotating. The prices of everything are very reasonable and I've had a chance here to try a good number of truly excellent beers. Additionally, the selection of bottle beers (not quite as large as my local total wine, though it's pretty close) has a very unique mix of things that I have not found anywhere else. All in all this is a great place to come if you live anywhere near Fairfax. I'm fortunate enough to live only about 15 minutes up 66 from it, so I will certainly be coming back in the future.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of bcgeiman
4.01/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Work took me to Fairfax yesterday. I stopped into this Whole foods for lunch. What a great layout. Five different places to eat. I had the Brisket. Melts in your month. The Founders Porter was my drink of choice. Very nice.

The selection of craft beer is great at each of the places to eat. Then I visited the beer area. The selection is better then most beer stores. If you are having trouble finding a beer this would be a place to try.

I will be returning for both the food and beer.

Photo of Roland45s
4.81/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

My hometown check-in, WholeFoods Beer Market is the top place for finding beer in the Northern VA area. Red White and Bleu and Norms are nothing short of awesome. But Lee does the best damn job bringing in something for everyone and rareities that are hard to get in the area with the VA ABC regulating brews.

all in all the beer will be flowing if lee can find a way to bring it in and the food prices and quality doesn't dissapoint.

Photo of neorunner
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I love this place. Its my go-to bar, which is funny because its a supermarket. $3.99 a 10-16oz. pour depending on ABV. Super expensive kegs will carry a $7.99 per pour tag. The double charge kegs are things like KBS, Parabola, DuPont Avec Les Bon Voieux. Yes, DuPont on draft at a supermarket.

Lee, the beer manager, does an amazing job keeping the draft and shelves filled with delicious goodies. He also maintains a facebook page where he posts new bottle arrivals and a continually updated stream of draft status as kegs change out.

Food wise you can grab anything from the shelves, or grab a bite at any of the 4 venues. Personally I do not recommend the Sushi restraunt (they are not affiliated with WF but lease their space in the store). Cheese Town will have the best beers, but you are welcome to enjoy your pour at any of the other venues.

If your significant other is a wine fan they have 10+ different wines at cheese town and a wine room upstairs that is very nice to relax in.

Stop by and say "Hi", odds are I'll be sitting at the end of the bar enjoying a pint.

Photo of MRN
4.75/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The Fair Lakes Whole Foods in Fairfax, Virginia is exceptional. I've been told it's one of the largest Whole Foods on the East Coast. Certainly it's the first supermarket I've encountered where a live Jazz trio may be playing in the seafood section on weekends.

They have ten craft beer taps -- two at the "Seafood Shak" food station, two at the "Smoke Haus" BBQ food station, and six at "Cheez Town." You can also pick up food at the other food stations like sushi, pizza, salad buffet, sandwiches, etc. and have a meal with your beer. Lee, their beer guy, keeps the Whole Foods Beer Market Facebook page regularly updated with the current selections and hosts frequent tastings. They will fill any growler and sell their own glass half-gallon jug for around $6. My only peeve is that I wish the Seafood Shak and Smoke Haus also had blackboards listing the current beer selections like Cheez Town.

Photo of corby112
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by this place during a recent stop in Fairfax. This ISA supermarket with a very large beer section in the back right corner along with a cool bar that offers a great selection of beers on draft and for growler fills.

The bar had fie or six taps including three rare beers and a few locals. They had Allagash Victor, Allagash Curieux and New Holland Oak Aged Hatter all on tap plus a DIPA from Starr Hill and another local.

The selection of bottles is really impressive carrying lots of imports, locals and other craft. They carry pretty much everything that is distributed to the state including Cantillon, 3 Fontinen, Firestone Walker, Brooklyn, New Holland, Epic, Clown Shoes, DuClaw and a bunch more.

The service here was excellent and better than at most beer establishments. The buyer was there and he was very knowledgeable about beer, answering all of my questions. Nhe was also pouring samples of 6-8 different beers that he chose including Avery 18, Brooklyn Sorachi Ace, FW Union Jack and a few more.

Overall I was shocked at the quality of this place. A huge selection of really good and often rare beers along with great service make this place worthy of repeat visits. Highly recommended if you are in he area.

Photo of Tripphop
4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Wholefoods in Fair Lakes is a kick ass place to grab a pint. The beer market there is small but has a great selection. The beer manager, Lee, is very knowlegeable and gets in some great stuff. There are three sets of taps in the store at the various restaurants, but all of the high gravity stuff is in the small cheese shop. Lee does a good job of putting quality, food friendly beers at the Seafood Shack and the Smokehouse, which each have two rotating taps. You can get growlers at any station for a pretty reasonable price, and their pints are all around $4, no matter what beer it is. The vibe is a bit odd, beacuse you are drinking in the middle of the grocery store. The service is good depending on who is working. Some people are dicks who ignore you, and some are very friendly and happy to hang out. Very reasonable, and always a good selection.

Photo of sympleesmshn
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

So Whole Foods is one of my favorite places. Being a vegetarian, it is one of the best places for me to shop. Food there is good, but a bit expensive. Since this is not a food review, lets move on to the beer! They have a nice selection of bottles. If I need a special bottle of beer, it is one of my first two stops. Whether it is first or second depends on where I am and what day of the week it is (they have great specials on food based on the day of the week). They also have great specials on game days in the sports bar. The one thing that I had to dock them on is that in the beer area it is hard to find someone to help you. It hasn't mattered for me so far, but it is nice to know someone is there just in case. They also do beer tasting classes, which I haven't been able to make, but look interesting.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I've been to most of the Whole Foods locations in the area, and this one is near the top of the heap for sure. To begin with, it's one of the biggest I've been to in my day. The beer area is tucked back in the far right corner, but there's plenty to be had. Many singles and sixers, both in the cooler and on displays. In addition, they now have growler fills, occasionally offering some treats like Flying Dog's Coffee Stout and Oskar Blues GUBNA. And the prices on the growler fills are pretty solid, if you ask me. The bottle prices are iffy, but not much higher (if at all) than anywhere else around here. The service was friendly and willing to help, but, as per usual, I rebuffed them. I need no service! If you're in the area, make it a point to stop in and see what they've got to offer!

Photo of BurkeBeerGuy
4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Guys:

Whole Foods Fair Lakes is now filling growlers. Yes, you read that correctly. Ten taps -- two at the seafood bar, two at the BBQ bar, and six at the cheese bar. All high-end craft beers; a couple of weekends ago, they had (sigh) Oskar Blues Gubna! Had Hemp Ale Organic Brown Ale last weekend; the beers switch VERY frequently (the Gubna was gone in three days; word must have gotten out), so you know it'll be fresh, even if your chances of finding the same thing twice aren't that great. For the Fairfax beerheads, the world is now a brighter and shinier place.

A new center of the universe; go early and often.

Photo of qchic
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped off of I66 when I remembered that I'd heard incredible things about this place that is visible from the highway (actually I had passed the exit already so I got off at the next exit and went back). Whole Foods Markets tend to have at least decent beer sections, but this one is clearly well thought out and respectfully displayed. On a sunday night, I didn't expect any of the resident gurus to be present, but their efforts were obvious. One could find bigger selections, but I'll take quality over quantity. With many seasonal offerings and a few growlers, I'm assuming there is quick turnover. Since I was continuing my drive I also couldn't take advantage of the reasonably priced beers on tap, but the fact that they're available is amazing. I could see making a field day out of a trip to this whole foods and I'll at least make this a regular stop when passing through.

Photo of BierRobvocate
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A must visit for the beer lover in Fairfax.

The selection... while not all inclusive of the beers I love... is immense and beautiful. I frequently find all the beers I want to buy for a 2 week period with one stop to Whole Foods, where as a trip to Total Wine usually leaves me in need of another stop (usually by Whole Foods). The prices can be a tad higher than what I would pay at Total Wine or other local beer/wine stores, but I have found some good bargains (especially on the displays throughout the store). I don't tend toward imports very often, preferring to live my beer-life amongst American Craft Brews... but when I do decide to venture abroad, Lee (the beer buyer/guru) has excellent recommendations.

Overall... one of my favorite places to buy beer in Fairfax County (including anything I've found in Loudoun County)

Photo of PortendingEnnui
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I originally stopped by because I had a beer on hold, but it wasn't there when I went to pick it up. This may be resolved in the near future (they couldn't find it in the back at the time) so I won't let it negatively impact my rating.

I spoke with the wine guru Kyle, because the beer guru Lee wasn't in. He was very, very nice and helpful.

The store is massive, and well designed. Their wine tasting room is awesome. Kyle informed me that this store is in fact the MID-ATLANTIC FLAGSHIP (capped for visibility) and that is the reason for all the experimental designs, setup, etc.

As mentioned by others, the restaurant with the craft beer on draft looked amazing, though I didn't stop by. It's completely open air, along with the other little restaurants. I get the feeling people are making the place a habitual hangout for dinner, etc.

There is maybe 40 feet of chilled beer cases, and a pod with about 15 feet per side with single bottles in cubby holes. I rated the selection a 4 because of the lacking number of individual bottles, though there were some VERY rare (compared locally) brews. Lee, the beer guru, probably orders beer based on BA ratings...

I snagged an empty wine box (of course) for my selections no problem, along with a handful of Unibroue table coasters that were sitting by a register. They also have a selection of beer chalices and glasses, of which I bought one.

Overall - besides the few super-specialty alcohol stores we have in NoVa, this place is probably the best overall in my opinion.

Photo of BeerSingh
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

One of the good places to go for beer shopping in case you're in and around Fairfax. Beers available on tap to go with all kinds of food - pizza, bbq and seafood. Great atmosphere and people to help you choose. Good selection of international beers as well as both East Coast and West Coast craft beers available.
It is a place where you can go for a haul with your family, lots of stuff there to keep them busy. I had visited the store about a week back when they were just about to host the German beer festival - German beer, food and music, voila !!

Photo of bernardus
4.95/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This place is probably the best regular food store that carries beer I've ever been to. It's a pretty new location, and one with built in resaurants in the back. There are 4 taps total which serve up full pints for $3.66 each (has to be the lowest prices in the DC area for craft beer pints) of a wide variety of beers. Last time I was there was Duck-Rabbit Schwarzbier, Terrapin Rye Pale, Terrapin Indian Brown, and Weyerbacher Merry Monks.

The selection is outstanding with the US craft brews being well represented (Southern Tier, Founders, Bell's, Green Flash, Smuttynose, countless others), but also some great Belgians, and even Mikeller and Dieu du Ciel for good measure. Every Saturday and Sunday, the beer dude Lee, sets up a free tasting of around 6-10 beers that are regularly all outstanding with some seasonals usually mixed in. The prices are right on par with what you would expect in the area.

Every other Thursday, in the restaurant area to the front of the store, from 7-830, Lee hosts a beer class in which around a dozen beers are selected depending on the night's theme. My wife and I went last time when ales were showcased which had everything from Fullers ESB and Founders Porter to Piraat Ale and Terrapin Rye Pale. Food is served as well.

For the selection, prices, taps, and the events, this place is not to be missed. Check it out if you're in the Northern Virginia area.

Photo of BierAdvoNikk
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

My husband and I love this Whole Foods (which is actually in the "East Market" shopping center in Fairfax). We used to frequent Total Wine but find that Whole Foods carries all of our favorites. The service is great...the beer guru of the store, Lee, knows his brews...from experience. He hosts tastings on most Saturday afternoons. Many beer lovers in the are must frequent the store because keeping items in stock can be a bit of an issue at times. On the flip side though, Lee can always tell you when more beers are coming in, when new beers are being released, and even about beer events in the area. The store is full of foods that are great with the beers they sell and the prices are comparable to Total Wine.

Enjoy but leave some for me!!

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Whole Foods Market in Fairfax, VA
98 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.