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Lost Dog Cafe - North Arlington

Not Rated.
Lost Dog Cafe - North ArlingtonLost Dog Cafe - North Arlington
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

32 Ratings
Ratings: 32
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 7.43%
Taps: 15
Bottles: 225
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

5876 Washington Blvd
Arlington, Virginia, 22205-2924
United States
phone: (703) 237-1552

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countrybat, May 20, 2014
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4.41/5  rDev +5.8%

I went to the Lost Dog Café with family after a soccer match in NOVA on 2920 Columbia Pike in Arlington (not the North Arlington), but figured it should be about the same. Nice low key-laid back sandwich shop atmosphere. Huge bottle options and decent 20+ draft options. I opted for a 5oz pour of Boulevard's Rye on Rye (12%) because I had to drive home. I liked the different size options (5oz/14oz/22oz) offerings and pricing right on the menu. Nothing hidden and nothing you have to ask about. Very nice to see that for a craft beer establishment.

Food was decent and the menu was extensive and could please anyone. Again this isn't a fancy place nor anything quaint but a pizza/sandwich shop with a catering to the craft beer crowd.

bubseymour, May 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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razorsdescent, Feb 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

BillRoth, Nov 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

billab914, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of vahughes
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

I love that right when you walk in you can see the selection of beers they have. Its easy to pick and choose bec you have access to the fridge. Its nice to be able to buy and leave or to drink there and enjoy it there with a Phoenix (their best sandwich)

vahughes, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of Sludgeman
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%

A - Sort of a fancy sandwich shop. Nice booths. Open and well lit. Clean. A entertaining dog motif. Good for a couple or a famliy with kids. Has take out and a small bottle shop in the front.

Q - Be careful on bottled dates for the hoppy beers. Food is of a high quality.

S - The wait staff at the tables is excellent. Friendly, attentive and quick. The wait staff are not necessarily well schooled in the beer they serve, even in a cursory manner. BUT worse, the bar can be at the best, hit or miss. Sitting at the bar can be very frustrating. The bartender I have had a couple of times ignored me for 15 minutes (not even a menu). Thus my average score in this area.

S - A wide variety of beers on both tap and in the bottle. But nothing too rare or unusual. Did find a Bruery Tart of Darkness in the coolers out front once.

F - Not a fancy restaurant, but all the food from the pizza to the sandwiches are fantastic. A wide selection. Something for everyone. Meat eaters to vegans. Picky to not so much.

V - Great value on food. Beer is average value.

Of special note - Lost Dog has a big selection of bottles, but no bottle menu that I have ever seen. So if you are not sitting at the bar you are at a loss. Lost Dog would do itself well (and sell more of their higher priced beer) if they had a beer menu.

Sludgeman, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of claspada
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

Stopped in while visiting my Virginia friends for some lunch/kill time, while I waited for them to get off work.

Smallish cafe, upscale diner atmosphere. I sat at the bar area because who sits at a table by themselves.

Bartender was Johnny-on-the-Spot with getting me a beer (Bells Pale Ale) and getting me a menu. Took my order quite quick as well, food came really quick. Made my own sandwich that came on super fresh quality chibatta roll (good bread is so important for a sandwhich/pizza place which is why I mention it).

Had around 10-12 beers on tap, all quite different. Local offerings, different styles but all above average offerings (I had a Goose Island Nut Brown as my second beer).

They also have a decent to go selection but I was skeptical because it is right in the front window and the light damage can not be good for that inventory.

claspada, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%

I have gone to the Lost Dog several times as. I find it somewhat repulsive that the beers being sold (for non-diners) are at almost half price at what is being sold at this no-frills sandwich/pizza cafe if you choose to dine there. The smart thing would probably be to order take-out and buy the beers at half-price to go. However, there is a small selection of beers on draft that you can enjoy there. The staff are really nice there and customer environment is cozy. The extensive food menu can be a bit too much and overwhelming but it is nice to have options. There is just one TV - I would probably frequent this place a bit more if they had better side dishes to go with their food (their fries aren't that great and chips are standard), appetizers are mediocore at best, and especially if their dine-in beer prices were lower (heck, I'd accept a 10% mark up over what they were selling for take-out customers). Overall, a nice restaurant in a neighborhood that doesn't offer much. It is right across the street from Westover Market which is a nice opportunity to compare prices on some beers on your wishlist.

CuriousMonk, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

I really enjoy this place. The atmosphere could be a bit better. It feels like a normal pizza joint, but it happens to have a great selection of brews. The food is very good, and extremely reasonably priced. The menu is mostly pizzas and sandwiches, but not just typical offerings. They have high quality ingredients like crab and tuna (not from a can) and can put just about anything on a pizza or sandwich.

The beers selection is very good. Not a huge selection, but definitely carefully put together. I will say that I wish the tap list was more consistently impressive, as they take up most of their taps with brews that are very very good but standard (Allagash White, Arrogant Bastard, etc.)

Overall, a very good place to go for reasonably priced good food and brews.

HURTemHIZZY, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of Applesauce1
4.38/5  rDev +5%

I've been to the Lost Dog Cafe twice now. This is a great neighborhood restaurant/bar in the Westover area of Arlington. It's sort "off the beaten path". By that, I mean it's not near a Metro stop on the Wilson Blvd. corridor.

As you walk in, there's a large selection of craft brews to your left on shelves and in some fridges. As you go straight ahead, you see the kitchen. Off to the right is the bar section first and then further is more of just a restaurant area.

The bar has a very nice selection of brews on tap. Just some that I remembered: Founder's Breakfast, Thirsty Dog Old Leghumber, Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, Racer 5 IPA, and I remember some Rogue and some Stone beer I think. Anyhow, it was about 15 taps I think. Also, they had a decent bottle selection.

The food here is very impressive also. Their sandwiches all have fresh veggies and tasty meats. All at a reasonable price for Arlington. Overall, this is a great place for a sandwich with some friends or the g/f or family.

Applesauce1, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev -4.1%

minor updates since the remodeling - the interior is a bit nicer, but the bottle selection seems to suffered a minor reduction in quantity

located in a small strip mall, Lost Dog has been packed and noisy both of my two weekend visits, entrance is through the store and to-go pizza counter that's always heavy with the odor of burnt crust, with the restaurant and bar just around the corner

great bottle selection with a huge representation of American micros, if nothing of particular rarity, everything is available as a single, the draft list occasionally has some gems along with some more standard stuff

food is good - with a huge range of specialty pizzas and sandwiches to be had, I found the Pound Hound to be delicious - "Three layers of french toast, turkey breast, hickory ham and melted Swiss cheese, served with strawberry preserves on the side", the vegetarian sandwiches tend to be pretty flavorless

service has been acceptable if without any reason for comment, prices are reasonable for the location

blackie, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of BZero007
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%

A friend that lives down the street suprised my girlfriend and I to this great place. The place has a nice chill and have a good time atmosphere to it. There are two entrances, one for the restraunt and the other for the pizza deli. The pizza deli is a wet dream as you can order some of the best pizza I have had in VA from it aswell as other items on the menue. The Pizza section is a little cramed because of the intense Beer and Wine selection!!! This place actually has the most refrigerators I have seen in Northern VA or even VA. They seem to take good care of there beer and wine wich is great. Food is just out of this world good and the service was great. I think honestly the fact that they deliver their food with Beer and Wine made me cry. Value was fair I think for the food as to the quality of the ingrediants. Will be coming back even though I am located in Annandale. Recomend to anyone to give a try.

BZero007, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of Jimbo87
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%

I like the atmosphere. It's a pretty small place. Has a cozy feel.

They have some great brews here. The last time I was there they had on tap Oskar Blues Gordon, Lagunitas pils, Sierra Nevada Celebration, and I don't remember what else.

Service is good. However, my waitress was unsure of whether their Lost Dog Ale was just Old Dominion Ale or a different recipe. My dad told me it was just OD ale, so I was hoping to verify this, but she didn't know.

Bottled selection is good, but they don't have many taps. But since what is on tap is good, That's OK with me.

The food is awesome. They have tons of delicious sandwiches, hot and cold, and they're all great. The pizza's good too.

Pretty good prices. A pint of Gordon was $6.25 or something, which isn't an awesome price but not that bad.

I really like this place, even though it can't compete with the best bars in DC or anything like that, as far as selection goes. It's just a great neighborhood bar/restaurant with great beer and great food.

Jimbo87, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of jfdean
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%

Growing up in the DC area I visited Lost Dogs Cafe many times with friends and was never disappointed by the food. Lost Dogs sports some of the best pizza and warm sandwiches to be found in Northern Virginia. You can always expect a 10 to fifteen minute wait before being seated but that will give you ample time to browse the wide selection of beer and wine on display.

Available both in house and to go, Lost Dogs was ready to deliver ranging from the local Dominion Brewery and Dogfish head to Chimay, Leffe, and Delirium. If you are in Arlington and looking for an excellent place to grab some pizza and beer with friends or are simply looking to grab a few brews for home, Lost Dogs is the place to go.

jfdean, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of Pencible
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%

Lost Dog Cafe is definitely more like a deli than a sit-down restaurant. My buddy lives just down the street, and whenever I visit him we order take-out from Lost Dog. Good pizza, sandwiches, and other typical cafe foods. I've always been pleased with my meal.

But what's more important is their beer selection. They have a very broad selection of beers that you can get cold, in singles, or in packs. There's a better variety than you'll find in most grocery stores. Just don't try to enjoy your purchase in the restaurant itself, unless you really enjoy eating and drinking in small cramped spaces.

Pencible, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of guild337
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%

Imagine your favorite college pizza and sub shop, had a menage et trois with a beer bar and a six pack store. That is what you get when you eat, or shop at Lost Dog Cafe. With really good comfort/bar food, and a bottle list at about 150+ microbrews and imports, you really can't go wrong.

And if that wasn't enough, they don't just deliver pizza and subs. They will also deliver anything that they have in bottle form (including a few wines). Great local spot, who constantly gives to "lost" Dog and Cat causes (i.e. shelters).

guild337, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
3.88/5  rDev -7%

A great find in the old neighborhood where I grew up (spent a lot of time in J.W. Ayres Store across Washington Boulevard), but now this new place serves as a waystation between home and my family down in Central Virginia.

The restaurant is clean and comfortable, with with interesting, high class pub food and pizza. The service is friendly and reasonably efficient. The tap list is always interesting, though I have been frustrated to find the most interesting stuff is often mysteriously out of stock although it remains on the list of available drafts. The bottle list is amazing. The outside deli/beer shop has a nice selection of sixpacks, though I am not always sure how fresh they are.

Between this place and the well-stocked beer aisle of the Westover Market, right across the street, this is a great stop on a road trip.

Seanibus, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -4.1%

After finding the Lost Dog on BA, I stopped in with the family on a visit to the DC area. The Lost Dog is not something that stands out from the outside but it's got a lot to offer. They have a huge selection of bottled beer, 10 on tap and some pretty good food.

There are two sides to the Lost Dog. You enter into the deli area where you can get take out food and beer. The cafe area, on the other side, offers seated dining. It's small but has enough room for a bar and several tables. It's not fancy by any means but it's comfortable and they clearly focus on their food and beer.

Having only 10 taps is certainly a drawback but they do their best to make up for it in bottles. They have a huge selection of American and European beers. I had a Rogue Shakespeare Stout and a Mojo IPA (the stout was fantastic but the IPA was ordinary at best).

The menu can be a bit overwhelming but it's fun to wade through. They have 50+ sandwiches and 25+ pizzas plus build your own on each. Both the pizza and sandwiches were very good.

The Lost Dog is an interesting and worthwhile place. Check it out.

GJ40, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of beeryes
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%

If you’re a craft beer fan in Northern Virginia, you’re missing out if you don’t hit the wall.

You can find the wall at the Lost Dog Café in north Arlington, in a small strip shopping center at Washington Boulevard and McKinley.

Just head through the main door of the Lost Dog, straight for the pizza takeout counter, hang a right into the adjacent restaurant and look to your right. And there you’ll see it: four wonderful shelves, each about thirty feet long, displaying over 200 craft and imported beers. About three-fourths of them are American crafts, including many that are rarely seen in the DC metro area, such as the excellent Colorado brews from Avery, Left-Hand, and Spanish Peaks, and selections from standout West Coast breweries like Anderson Valley, Mendocino and North Coast. Imports include top Belgians, Brits, and Germans. What a display! And they’re all chilled and ready to drink!

Not enough? More beers are listed on a “new arrivals” blackboard. Plus, there are five or six taps, typically including Magic Hat #9, Rogue Shakespeare Stout, and the Dog’s own contract-brewed amber.

For food, you can’t miss with the pizzas, which regularly win local newspaper and online polls for top local pizzas. The menu also has an impressive list of about 50 sandwiches, many of which are quite good and reasonably priced.

The service is usually friendly, and the servers at the bar generally know the beers pretty well. Some are very knowledgeable.

The Dog’s clientele is largely families, and it’s especially crowded with them around dinnertime most evenings. Since the restaurant does not take reservations, there can be waits at these times, though it rarely takes more than 5 minutes to get a seat or two at the bar. Because of the Dog’s family orientation, there’s a sign above the bar stating that three beers is the limit per person. I’ve had more on occasion, but I’m pretty low-key. If you and your pals are boisterous, expect to have the three-beer limit enforced.

The owners are dedicated to rescuing lost dogs and cats, and the restaurant is full of amusing dog paintings. The place also has a fondness for any beer with a dog in its name or on its label, so if you’ve been hankering for a Smuttynose Old Brown Dog or a Flying Dog Old Scratch Lager, or similar, you’ve come to the right bar. (The owners' other restaurant, five doors down, is called the “Stray Cat”-- a nice place, but better for wine than beer.)

People who live in the DC metro area and are considering getting a dog or cat should check with the staff at the Lost Dog, or go on their website, to find some nice pets that are available for adoption.

Now, here’s the best part about the Lost Dog, the thing that even gives it an edge over the famed Brickskeller in DC: beer to go. If you like what you had at the bar or the restaurant, just walk into the front room and grab one (or a six pack) to take home.

One last point: they deliver. If you live within a mile or two of the Dog, all you have to do is call, and they’ll be right there -- with great pizzas and beers. So what’s not to like?

Public transport access: from the East Falls Church Metro station on the Orange Line, the Lost Dog Café is about a twenty-minute walk (slightly hilly). It’s not bad when the weather is nice. Just cross Sycamore and head up Washington. Otherwise, a cab ride from the Metro station takes about 5 minutes and cost about $5. Alternatively, you can take busses number 2 C, D or E, using a free transfer from the subway. The busses take about 5 minutes to get to the Dog from the East Falls Church Metro Station or from the Ballston Metro station.

beeryes, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of LngdnAlger
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

I'll admit that when I heard about a place that catered to both beer lovers and dog lovers, I was immediately a fan, and Lost Dog was awesome until proven otherwise. That said, here is my review:

I sat at the bar and soaked in the wall of beers looking back at me. I settled on Speakeasy Untouchable Pale (x2, cuz I liked it so), Mad River Steelhead Pale, and Smuttynose Brown Dog (Lindsay, the bartender's favorite and recommendation). All of them were quite good, but I found the Speakeasy to be outstanding.

I ordered the Chicken Taco pizza and was pleasantly surprised. Lots of fresh veggies topped the pie, with great tasting tomatoes and cilantro standing out.

It's a bar/restaurant with a very large beer list and a soft heart for lost dogs plus good food. Could you ask for more?

LngdnAlger, Nov 14, 2007
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Lost Dog Cafe - North Arlington in Arlington, VA
92 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.