Cheesetique - Shirlington

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$30 and under
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American

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Cheesetique, established in 2004, is the go-to neighborhood spot for fine cheeses, food-friendly wine, and an eclectic, cheese-centric menu.

We’re a specialty cheese and wine shop. We’re a comfortable, cheese-centric restaurant. We’re all things to all cheese lovers, so join us to shop, dine, or both!

Special Offers

Restaurant Week

Celebrating DC and Alexandria Restaurant Week

$35 Dinner for Two
$22 Brunch for One

Reservations encouraged

Menu & Details: https://www.cheesetique.com/event/winter-restaurant-week-2020/

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 13 January 2020

Ends: 27 January 2020

Availability: Sun 11:00-15:00 16:00-22:00
Mon-Fri 16:00-22:00
Sat 11:00-15:00 16:00-22:00

What 185 People Are Saying
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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was a great experience!

KW
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience4

The service was awful. Our server ignored us, didn't clear the table, brought out the food for a party of 5 at different times, didn't take our order for ages, didn't ask if we wanted more wine. I love Cheesetique and this is the first time I have been to the new location. This was almost like we were being punked with service beyond awful!

1
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Noise level a bit much oven away from the bar. This interfered with normal table convo

V
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We went to Cheesetique this weekend for Brunch. After hearing great things and reviewing the tempting menu, my party was excited to try this restaurant. Unfortunately, our experience was not great.

Service: The Service was not great. While our server and his trainee were very nice, it took awhile for anyone to come over to us while when we arrived. I will say they were diligent about refilling our water (a big plus in my book), but that was the only highlight. The biggest issue with the service was that everyone’s meal did not come out at the same time. Three meals came out at once and the fourth came out 5 minutes later. We all politely waited for the fourth meal to come out before eating. Neither the server or the trainee communicated any delay in the fourth meal and others’ meals (for tables that arrived after us) streamed out of the kitchen ahead of our party’s fourth meal (a salad and sandwich).

Food: The food was okay. Having the food sit for 5 mins before enjoying it definitely impacted the experience. Our group ordered the breakfast tacos, green eggs and ham, pearschutto and Brie sandwich, and the classic breakfast sandwich. Nothing was bad, but nothing was great.

Overall, I would not recommend this location or return to Cheesetique. I know they just moved to this location (from down the street), but it seems like they still have a lot of work to do.

JS
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Our meals were good but the restaurant was extremely loud and we had to speak quite loudly to hear one another.

O
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The new location is larger and easier to get into but has lost the french bistro ambiance that the previous location had. It seems more like a diner now and that back room has no ambiance whatsoever.

RW
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great lunch. Everyone was very friendly and attentive. We loved all the food and it was a cheese lover’s dream. Can’t wait to go back and try something else but you can’t go wrong with grilled cheese and tomato soup and Mac and cheese. Even the rosemary chips were tasty.

JE
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the service was excellent and we had a fabulous brunch!!

JF
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent wine selection. Good gluten-free onion soup choice of breads and sandwiches. Light dinner before the theater and lunch

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service. Very noisy and a baby was seated next to us in spite of the fact that we were one of the first seated. That group could have been seated in any of many empty places. Maybe that could be improved. That said , it’s a fine place and I would recommend it.

LW
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely decor. The food is delicious! Service was good and we had a wonderful time

VA
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal at Cheesetique's new space on Shirlington! Terrific cheese boar, as always! Thank you Cat, Edwin and Edmin for amazing service!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the new location in Shirlington and expanded menu. Food & service were excellent. Highly recommend this restaurant

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Surprisingly loud in there for such a small place, even though it was only half full. Food was delicious, service was good (took awhile to close our check, but our server was training someone new, so, forgiven). We got some meat and cheese to go to make a board the next day and it was damn delightful; good advice and good food!

PJ
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was, as always, excellent. Our server was also really great. However the hostess was a nightmare and a liar.

I arrived a few minutes ahead of my friend and was shown a table for two, which was adjacent to and very tightly arranged to the two tables on either side. There were two other two-tops in the same serving area that were not occupied and not as tightly configured as the table I was shown. When I politely asked if I could have one of those two tables I was told they were "reserved". I mentioned that I too had a reservation and was not aware that individual tables could be reserved. I asked again if I could have one of the two more comfortably configured tables and was again told no, and the hostess asked if i wanted to speak to the manager. Not wanting to start the evening off with additional confrontation I declined and seated myself at the original table.

When my friend arrived and our server came by we asked if we could move to one of the more comfortable tables, which were still not occupied. He graciously agreed to move us. I asked him if individual tables could be reserved and he said no, he was not aware of such a policy. The rest of the evening went smoothly, our sever was exceptional. However his tip did suffer a bit due to the unpleasant interaction with the hostess.

The hostess flat out lied to me about reserving individual tables. I don't know why and won't speculate.

I have been patronizing Cheestique since they were simply a cheese shop in Del Rey. I will continue to consider dining at Cheesetique, but never again at the Shirlington location.

LB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dale is a terrific server! Everything was perfect. Thank you! I’ll be back on 12/14 😊.

JK
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience4

We had a horrible experience so I cannot recommend this restaurant. I won't be returning. For our party of four we ordered one appetizer and four entrees, what I would consider a standard order. We received three entrees about 20 minutes after placing our order. When we realized that the fourth entree wasn't coming we asked about it and our appetizer. 10 minutes later the appetizer came. Another 15 minutes later (25 minutes after the other entrees were delivered) my friend got her entree. I had already finished eating and my plate had been cleared when my friend finally got her food. It was very uncomfortable to eat in front of my friend and it tainted the entire meal. We asked to speak to the manager and he seemed to not really know what was going on. They comped our appetizer which was the absolute least they could do, as it was the least expensive thing we ordered. I cannot trust them and won't be returning. It's a shame, because the food itself was great.

P
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Too loud for enjoyment. Menu limited but offers several good choices. This is casual eating, not a fine dining experience which meets a good niche for a reasonably fast meal of good quality. Convenient for Signature Theater and nearby movies.

AR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

:( I love cheesetique!!! But went this time and sat at a table for over 20 mins without anyone coming over to wait on us. Ended up leaving

Cheesetique - Shirlington
Responded on 16 November 2019

Hi there, AshleyR. I can't apologize enough for us missing your table yesterday. Our new, larger space needs entirely new approaches to server sections and load management. This Friday, with the significant number of guests, the need was particularly glaring. We are working on solutions as we speak. Again, so sorry we let you down. We'll do better next time. Thanks for being a Cheesetique fan and I hope you will join us again. All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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BW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the new location! More space and always a great selection of wine/cheese! Can’t wait to return!

Cheesetique - Shirlington
Responded on 16 November 2019

Thank you so much! I'm thrilled that you enjoyed our new spot. Hope to see you soon! -Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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S
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The FOOD was amazing! This was a great find.

Cheesetique - Shirlington
Responded on 14 November 2019

Thank you so much! We hope to see you again soon! All the best, Jill (owner, Cheesetique)

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AO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

It was the first week in their new location, and there were lots of logistical problems. The food was excellent as usual, and the management really stepped up to make things work. But they do have to work on their flow, getting things to the table in a timely manner, and just general staff knowledge of the menu. I will still go back, but only because I’ve been a long-time customer. If it had been my first time I might be thinking twice. The new location and drcor is absolutely fabulous though!

Cheesetique - Shirlington
Responded on 14 November 2019

Thanks so much for giving us a try in our new digs! You are correct—any new space presents unique challenges, many of which don't become apparent until full service begins. I so appreciate your support and look forward to your next visit, when we've had even more practice :) And I'm so glad you loved the decor... we're really excited about the vibe. Until next time! Jill (owner, Cheesetique)

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DC
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the new location and I can't wait to enjoy the little cabana seats in the center of the restaurant. There's much more space in the restaurant but I hope I'll be able to buy the semisweet morsels of chocolate they used to sell in the store area. Glad you all can accommodate more visitors now!

Cheesetique - Shirlington
Responded on 14 November 2019

Yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit with us! When you visit next, if you request one of the middle tables in your reservation, we can hold it for you. They are really cozy :) All the best, Jill (owner, Cheesetique)

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AO
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The server was very distracted, and we didn’t get a lot of table support. We would have definitely had an extra glass of wine had we been checked in with more. Even though it was listed as my birthday dinner, which was reinforced to the server, it took us a while to get offered a dessert menu. The one item we wanted, the chocolate mousse, we were told was unavailable. When disappointed and asked why, we were told “it was all runny and I’m not comfortable serving to you”. Within said we just be happy with the chocolate chips that came with our bill, but when the bill came we didn’t even get them!

RR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We didn’t stay because our reservation was not honored by the restaurant and we weren’t seated.

AF
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious!

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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Horrible service and knowledge of menu. Went for their charcuterie festival and was very disappointed.

LN
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall, we enjoyed the food and atmosphere. The service could have been a little more attentive and knowledgeable. We got the fondue of the moment appetizer. The server didn’t know which 3 cheeses were featured and the chef wasn’t available to advise. Had to remind we ordered a 2nd glass of wine. Little things that can be easily improved. I would return and recommend.

LG
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Cheese and wine selection are lovely, the restaurant was not at all busy, but service was terribly slow. This is the second time we’ve had this experience- nice for the shop- but not worth the pain of spending over an hour waiting for grilled cheese.

BG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

FYI, for restaurant week, you don’t get to choose the three cheeses in your cheese board. They pick for you.

OT
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Slow service, dingy interior, and mediocre food.

m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Anything with their cheese is very good - but the tomato soup was terrible. Tasted like marinara sauce. All other dishes were good.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for pre-theater.

NF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We were there for half an hour and and all they managed to get to our table was tepid water. Cancelled our order and left without eating.

J
Savannah
7 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Overall good experience. Service was a bit slow as the server mentioned they were understaffed that evening. Good food, but already missing the Ballston location!

M
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were great!

BF
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

It was okay. The service was excellent from the host to the server. However the food was a little bit different. You really need to love cheese lol. I would recommend the cheese fondue. The mac n cheese was a little rich for me. The cheese board was really good. After you eat the cheese board you are pretty stuffed lol.

WA
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice little restaurant with great food and the best cheese selection in town.

Cheesetique - Shirlington
Responded on 11 May 2019

Hi WABS, Thank you for visiting Cheesetique and for saying we have the "best cheese selection in town." That is certainly what we work towards, so it means a lot to hear customers say it! All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always have a great experience here. Food is always excellent, and they are super friendly. You can try just about anything on the menu and come way happy...

Cheesetique - Shirlington
Responded on 11 May 2019

Hi there, Thanks for joining us at Cheesetique and thanks so much for the 5-star review! I'm so glad you always have a great experience. I look forward to welcoming you back soon. All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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n
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as well as wines that pair well with each dish.

Cheesetique - Shirlington
Responded on 11 May 2019

Hi novamom, Thanks for visiting Cheesetique. I appreciate you taking time to write a 5-star review. And, I love that you appreciate both the food and wine pairings! Please come back and see us soon. All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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