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Lost Dog Cafe - North Arlington

Not Rated.
Lost Dog Cafe - North ArlingtonLost Dog Cafe - North Arlington
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

34 Ratings
Ratings: 34
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 7.42%
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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Reviews by Sludgeman:
Photo of Sludgeman
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

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.

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4.3/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of bubseymour
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of vahughes
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

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)

Photo of claspada
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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.

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of Applesauce1
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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

Photo of BZero007
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

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.

Photo of Jimbo87
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of jfdean
4.6/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

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.

Photo of Pencible
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of guild337
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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).

Photo of Seanibus
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

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Lost Dog Cafe - North Arlington in Arlington, VA
93 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.