Lost Dog Cafe - North Arlington
Taps: 15 / Bottles: 225
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 23 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Sludgeman:
District of Columbia
3.89/5 rDev -6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$
A - Sort of a fancy sandwich shop. Nice booths. Open and well lit. Clean. A entertaining dog motif. Good for a couple or a famliy with kids. Has take out and a small bottle shop in the front.
Q - Be careful on bottled dates for the hoppy beers. Food is of a high quality.
S - The wait staff at the tables is excellent. Friendly, attentive and quick. The wait staff are not necessarily well schooled in the beer they serve, even in a cursory manner. BUT worse, the bar can be at the best, hit or miss. Sitting at the bar can be very frustrating. The bartender I have had a couple of times ignored me for 15 minutes (not even a menu). Thus my average score in this area.
S - A wide variety of beers on both tap and in the bottle. But nothing too rare or unusual. Did find a Bruery Tart of Darkness in the coolers out front once.
F - Not a fancy restaurant, but all the food from the pizza to the sandwiches are fantastic. A wide selection. Something for everyone. Meat eaters to vegans. Picky to not so much.
V - Great value on food. Beer is average value.
Of special note - Lost Dog has a big selection of bottles, but no bottle menu that I have ever seen. So if you are not sitting at the bar you are at a loss. Lost Dog would do itself well (and sell more of their higher priced beer) if they had a beer menu.
02-12-2013 20:42:00 | More by Sludgeman
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4.1/5 rDev -1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
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)
09-20-2013 17:07:08 | More by vahughes
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in while visiting my Virginia friends for some lunch/kill time, while I waited for them to get off work.
Smallish cafe, upscale diner atmosphere. I sat at the bar area because who sits at a table by themselves.
Bartender was Johnny-on-the-Spot with getting me a beer (Bells Pale Ale) and getting me a menu. Took my order quite quick as well, food came really quick. Made my own sandwich that came on super fresh quality chibatta roll (good bread is so important for a sandwhich/pizza place which is why I mention it).
Had around 10-12 beers on tap, all quite different. Local offerings, different styles but all above average offerings (I had a Goose Island Nut Brown as my second beer).
They also have a decent to go selection but I was skeptical because it is right in the front window and the light damage can not be good for that inventory.
09-17-2012 19:05:52 | More by claspada
3.95/5 rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
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.
02-17-2011 20:13:52 | More by CuriousMonk
4.1/5 rDev -1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I really enjoy this place. The atmosphere could be a bit better. It feels like a normal pizza joint, but it happens to have a great selection of brews. The food is very good, and extremely reasonably priced. The menu is mostly pizzas and sandwiches, but not just typical offerings. They have high quality ingredients like crab and tuna (not from a can) and can put just about anything on a pizza or sandwich.
The beers selection is very good. Not a huge selection, but definitely carefully put together. I will say that I wish the tap list was more consistently impressive, as they take up most of their taps with brews that are very very good but standard (Allagash White, Arrogant Bastard, etc.)
Overall, a very good place to go for reasonably priced good food and brews.
10-01-2010 18:43:04 | More by HURTemHIZZY
4.38/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
02-20-2010 12:56:26 | More by Applesauce1
Lost Dog Cafe - North Arlington in Arlington, VA
92 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.