Essy's Carriage House
Essy's famous jumbo lump crabmeat recipe, deep fried or sauted
Baked jumbo shrimp stuffed with Essy's signature crabmeat
A 16-ounce Milkfed Veal Rib Chop, Pan Roasted and Served with Potato and Salad
Essy set up outdoor dining and it's great. So glad because we were missing his crab cakes and filet mignon. We tried the house sauvignon blanc and really enjoyed it. It was great to eat out again and being at Essy's is always like being with friends. He makes the evening fun and the food is always top notch.
A local favorite with good wholesome food, white table cloth ambience and friendly service.
Very pleasantly surprised by Essy's Carriage House. The food was delicious, excellent service and friendly atmosphere. I will definitely go back.
I have been wanting to try Essy's for a while now, but every time I drive by it always looks empty. Last night I decided to go. The restaurant had only a few people dinning. The menu choices were good and the filet that was ordered was well prepared and delicious. It was served with a house salad and potatoes and vegetable. Essay was our server and he was attentive. The meal was excellent. As the prices are more reflective of fine dinning, perhaps that is why the restaurant was empty.
Essy's is a landmark institution in North Arlington. Can't believe it took us years (decades) to finally check it out. Traditional old world fare in a comfortable, very quiet environment. Disclaimer: we went to dinner on Super Bowl Sunday, so most of the population was at home eating nacho platters or hunkered down in sports bars. Service was exceptional: cordial and incredibly welcoming. Looking forward to returning to explore the menu further.
All in the party were very satisfied with the food, service, and the restaurant overall. We would very definitely go back again.
We had a completely delicious dinner in a lovely atmosphere. The calamari appetizer was fantastic. We really loved the homemade cornbread! And our garden salads were fresh and tasty. Being from Southern Maryland, I know my crab cakes. And these are the ONLY ones I’ve found outside the state that pass my test! Perfect mix of jumbo lump backfin with just enough mixture to hold it together. Fabulous flavor! The daily special lamb shank dinner was huge and fell off the bone. The noodles and vegetables were a excellent match. We will be back often and being friends!
This is elegant dining in a simple quiet atmosphere. The service is timely, but never rushed. The food, from appetizers through dessert & coffee, was simply superb. The food presentation was simply elegant and delicious. This is definitely a neighborhood gem that requires several follow-on visits to partake of a broader experience of the available menu items! Would definitely recommend Essy's Carriage House for any occasion that required a well prepared and presented meal.
Found a new regular spot. Good food at a fair price, local owners, friendly. Definitely an addition to the night out but not over the top dinner out evenings.
Don’t know why we hadn’t been back sooner. Always great food and a great time. Plus parking!!
We had Christmas dinner here. The food was good. My husband had the prime rib which was okay. I had the duck which was fantastic! They were careful with my gluten free needs. Servers and staff were friendly and outgoing!
It was fantastic! Great food in a wonderful atmosphere!
Essys - is the quintessential charming neighborhood restaurant. You can tell the small team and owners take such pride in their service, entree selections and delivery of delicious home cooked meals. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Five stars from Scottsdale Az. Thank You 🥰
Ate for the fixed Thanksgiving dinner with spouse, daughter, nephew. The food was uneven. While the pumpkin soup and salads were excellent, the turkey and potato’s and gravy were dry, not much gravy and the sweet potatoes were spiced like pumpkin pie. The pecan pie was huge, but not wonderful. It was nice to stay in our neighborhood but not a memorable experience.
Very nice dining experience. Essy was our server and his sense of humor made for a memorable delightful dining experience. The food was excellent worth the value. We had the fried seafood platter and French onion soup appetizers.
Wonderful choice of menu items. Food was very good and service was excellent. The owner, Essy, is delightful and has a wonderful sense of humor. No loud music to distract from conversations. My friends and I will definitely return.
We were greeted at the back of the restaurant awkwardly, and the staff were not aware of our reservation even though we called ahead to confirm. Once we were seated, the waiter grabbed the inside of my glass with his fingers and had a dirty bandaid wrapped around one of his fingers. I was instantly repulsed! With closer inspection, none of the dishes looked as though they were cleaned properly. We stayed at the restaurant was only because we battled traffic from the airport to get to our reservation in time & wanted to give the restaurant a fair chance. Each plate was priced at $30, so I expected some grilled options. Instead, I was served fried shrimp and a dash of stale french fries, which tasted of overused frying oil. My husbands coleslaw smelled of rancid mayo and his crab cake was so salty, he could barely stomach it. The mixed drinks were weak. All questions to the waiter were countered with crude remarks. The food tasted like a fast food restaurant, should have been valued at $10 per plate. Needless to say, we won’t be dining at this establishment again.
Wine by the glass is not very appealing.
Quiet comfortable relaxing with good food and service
We had friends visiting from Chicago who were staying in Balston, so we checked Open Table to see restaurants close to their hotel and decided on Essy's because of the reviews. We were pleasantly surprised! The food, atmosphere and service were all outstanding. Two of us tried the beef short ribs and two had the crab cakes. You did not need a knife to cut the beef, it was so tender. The crab cakes were also delicious, not too much filler mostly crab meat. And Essy, our host was great! We will definitely be going back.
We returned to Essy’s after a long time because a friend raved about the crab cakes. We shared the mini crab cakes as an appetizer and they were indeed very, very good - full of jumbo lump crab. Salads were crisp and fresh and the house dressing was excellent. Entrees were well prepared and enjoyed. We will return in a much,much shorter time.
What a great dining experience! Food was great and Essy made us all feel so welcome. Highly recommend if you are looking for great food in a nice setting with a casual atmosphere
Essy is our neighborhood restaurant and we have always enjoyed the service, food and ambience.
Tried Essy's for Father's Day Brunch for the first time, excellent as always. Great selection of Brunch classics, everyone enjoyed their selections (french toast, ham/cheese omelette, eggs benedict, quiche).
Been going to Essy's for many years, meeting one of my best and oldest friends. The service is friendly and prompt, and the food, as I'm concerned is some of the best I've ever had.
Friendly, quiet and lovely food!
The food are made to order & it’s good. But I did not enjoy the ambience and the smell of the restaurant.
Excellent food and friendly service. Highly recommend.
Excellent menu options Everything tasted fresh and enjoyable
Such a great little Cherrydale gem! Essy is quick to crack a joke and always so friendly.
Wonderful! Great neighborhood, locally owned and operated restaurant! Tried and true for many years!
Great food, very good ambience! Will definitely go back there.
Such nice people. Good food. We love supporting local businesses and will be back!
Read really good reviews and can see it would be a nice place for the folks in the local area. Very nice people. Nice white table cloths and flower on the table nice touch. Salad of lettuce, tomato and cucumber was fresh and crisp. Had the seafood platter - which was very disappointing especially for the price. The scallops and prawns were dark deep fried - hard/over cooked. The fish breading was not dark, but was very ordinary. The crab cake which I did not have friend was good. I'm sorry to say based on what I had I would not go again. Really nice people though.
Great food; great value. Would go back there for future celebrations.
We have always seen Essy’s but never stopped in until we made a Valentine’s Day reservation. It is a charming restaurant with FABULOUS crab cakes (apparently their specialty). Also enjoyed the double-thick lamb chops. We weren’t in a hurry but things were slow with only one waitress who was supported by Essy himself. His wife was in the kitchen and probably had her hands full with the busier-than-usual night so there might have been some pacing in even getting orders back to the kitchen. But we weren’t in a hurry so we just embraced the moment. Wished my surf ‘n turf crab cake/filet mignon had a sauce available for the beef (bernaise would have been ideal) but nothing offered or apparent on the menu. The lamb was enhanced with mint jelly but we had to ask for it. We will return on a non- holiday night.
Excellent service! Perfectly sized portions. Excellent food
Their crabcakes are pretty good! Jumbo lump with no filler. Don't know many places who use only crab meat in their crabcakes, so A+ with the main course. There was a small salad provided, but for the price I wish they offered some sort of vegetable along side of the small amount of potatoes on the plate.
It was nice to be able to communicate with my date, and not have to compete with crowds of people on a Friday evening. It was definitely slow, but enjoyable. The server was very personable, and attentive while meeting our needs. Also, you have to try the chocolate cake for desert!
I had a very enjoyable evening at Essys with my folks and sister. We have lived in Arlington a long time but had never tried it. Everyone was pleasantly surprised! The salads were lovely and fresh, the bread was yummy, and the main courses were all very good. It is a quiet place with only about 10 tables, so not the kind of place to go for a hopping evening, but very pleasant all around, with great service. We will be back!
Essy's Carriage House offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 525-7899.
Essy's Carriage House is rated 4.4 stars by 162 OpenTable diners.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.