Hamrock's Restaurant (fka Choices by Shawn)

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855 reviews
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American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Outdoor Eating
We are located in an historic home built in 1840, located in old town Fairfax City. Hamrock's Restaurant makes American food, using fresh ingredients and whenever possible our dishes are made to order. We have a great wine list with many selections to enhance your dining experience. We also always have a special wine flight available. About 80% of our menu is or can be made gluten free, we use only canola or olive oil in all of our cooking. We have fried chicken, meatloaf, fried calamari and crab cakes all made gluten free. Other menu favorites include: Deviled eggs, stir fry shrimp, fried green tomatoes, warm beet salad, roasted pork tenderloin with Dijon cream, shrimp and grits and penne pasta with Andouille sausage and shrimp. Sunday brunch is one of our customer favorites, so when the weather is permitting come sit on our wrap around porch and enjoy our Sunday brunch and when the weather doesn't permit enjoy one of our cozy dining rooms
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time! The staff was amazing and made my birthday extra special! Thank you so much Sebastian!!! ❤️

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FF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The brunch menu featured some Southern classics (chicken & waffles, deviled eggs, fried green tomatoes), along with yummy vegetarian selections and an awesome crab cake benedict. I love the historic house location. The dining areas are divided into small rooms, and we unfortunately had patrons with extremely loud voices at a table in our small room, which made brunch a bit unpleasant. If the weather is nice, opt for the porch!

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SP
Adelaide
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had Sunday Brunch and the menu was a little thin in selections. We opted for the Breakfast items. The popover and lemon and blueberry muffins were a nice accompany with our eggs and sausage. The restaurant was very busy. Housed in a 19th century historic home in the center of the City of Fairfax provides a nice ambiance. I look forward to trying the full menu on a week day.

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E
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

This is a very “cozy” place that has the fell that your eating in the home of a colonial family from days past. We were there for brunch and the menu had nice selections. Prices are really reasonable too. Our waiter was a very young male who checked on us frequently, but wasn’t one to converse with customer. The food was mix however. There were three of us. We all ordered the brunch plater. We all really enjoyed the French toast, pancakes and sausage, but the eggs and potatoes were very bland with little to no taste. The French toast was the star.

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N
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal. Wobbly table and the chairs were a little hard, but most other chairs had padding. The waitress was friendly and helpful.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch restaurant

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CG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great dinner at Hamrock's. We had been before when it was Choices and the menu is still excellent-perhaps even a bit better! Food was excellent and our server, Sebastian, was wonderful.

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MI
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service.

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RT
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

We have been to Hamrock’s three times. The first two were good except service was slow but we decided to bring friends there for dinner. Took too long to get seated. Too long to get service. Food was not prepared well. Four adults who eat out a lot and all said the same thing. Will not be back.

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BJ
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Hamrock's is our go to neighborhood restaurant for relaxed fine dining. Service is always attentive and pleasant, the setting is conducive to discussions and comfortable, and the offerings are both sufficiently diverse and interesting enough to provide options for everyone. I had the ribeye, which was wonderfully flavorful and cooked only a little over my requested medium rare. Others in my party had the filet mignon, chicken limone, and southern fried chicken. We sat outside on the historic home's covered porch and everyone enjoyed their choice. The chicken citrone came with angel hair pasta and marinara, as described, and had less of a citrus character than we expected, which was something more akin to chicken limone or piccata. Nevertheless, the chicken itself and the sauce were both well prepared and tasty. We recommend Hamrock's to anyone looking for a pleasant, moderately priced, upscale lunch or dinner. Still haven't tried brunch there, but we plan to.

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N
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed a delicious meal in a comfortable setting. The noise level is a problem..I guess with wood floors and nothing to absorb sound from the other tables in the room. We were seated right on time when we arrived. The food took a little longer to arrive than I have experienced in the past.

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LJ
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing ambiance, friendly service & incredible food.

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JA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were good, but the kitchen seemed slow. The time between when we finished our appetizers and when we were served dinner was longer than normal.

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J
New England
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Our favorite spot in the area for special occasions.

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CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This was our second time at Hamrock's and it was on a busy Saturday night, so we were glad we had reservations. We were seated immediately and our waitress was very attentive and took our drink orders right away. The rolls were awesome. I ordered the shrimp risotto dish and it was okay - a little soupy and could have been more shrimp for the price. The others were pleased with their entrees. The main complaint we had is that the tables are so close together and with everyone talking, it was hard to hear the people at our table. Not sure how to fix that?

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N
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time here but will not be my last-it was fantastic!

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CR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food!!

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BB
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

A nice place for a quiet dinner, but the food was so-so. The calamari and cauliflower appetizers were great, but the main courses (stuffed shrimp risotto) were sub-par.

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VD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Would have loved a Bloody Mary. Deck needs shoring up. Felt every footstep when people walked by. Wonderful setting.

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LH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The restaurant and service was great. Fairfax is paving the streets so noise level was extremely high.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about our experience!

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K
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful resturant in historic home.
Sat on porch food is very good

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KT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant is an adorable old home. The staff was great. Many of the items on the menu were GF which was important to me. I had the southern fried chicken. It was good, a bit bland, but good. The chocolate cake (GF) was very, very good!

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M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good services; good food choices especially to have gluten free choices. Will definitely return.

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TL
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Father’s Day brunch at Hamrock’s. We’re all looking forward to a return visit.

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R
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Father's Day brunch was excellent and my son was thrilled it came with homemade ice cream.

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CM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice Father’s Day brunch on Sunday. We enjoyed our food and our server was very professional and kind.

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LP
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This our first time going to the restaurant for Father's Day and we absolutely loved it. The atmosphere is beautiful with that old look, service was perfect, food delicious.

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JD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very quaint. Lots of gluten free options. A fun place to go.

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SS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food is cooked very well but really needs seasoning. The porch needs a good power wash - it’s cute until you start looking at the railings.
Service is always really nice. I feel likes some subtle changes would make a massive difference.

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p
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought out of town friends to Hamrocks and were extremely pleased with our experience. The appetizers were especially fun (the brussel sprouts and the firecracker shrimp) We look forward to our next dinner at Hamrocks!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Nothing special. Overpriced and not great service

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TR
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Food came to the table cold. Some dishes were over-cooked while others were under-cooked. Chicken was tough and chewy. Server was inattentive even though
It was not particularly busy. Disappointing dining experience.

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BR
Wilmington
15 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for a birthday dinner and our server couldn’t have been nicer or more professional

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent experience. This was no exception.

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BJ
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out of town friends asked to take us to our local favorite so we suggested Hamrock's. We enjoy the historic and inviting setting and the always interesting menu options. I had the scallops while others had a variety of dishes. The scallops were excellent - a surprising number of medium-large scallops in a wonderful creamy sauce with al dente summer vegetables. Everyone was pleased with the presentation and taste of their choices. Portions are generous without being excessive. We particularly appreciated being able to maintain a conversation without shouting at each other! No reservations about recommending this local favorite.

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OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our first time at the restaurant. We had a great table on the porch, under their towering tree and away from the street. Very peaceful, felt like we were in the country. Good food and service. We’ll be back.

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B
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Sat us outside and mosquitoes took us over. My chicken was very greasy, my daughters food was cold. The Calamari was delicious Only other disappointing thing was it only serves beer and wine

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KH
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

My wife and I celebrated our two year marriage anniversary at Hamrock's recently and expected a lot more. To start, I will lead with the positives of our experience. The two only positives were the host, who was a very nice young man, and the aesthetic of Hamrocks - great feel and beautiful grouds. Now on to why I gave Hamrock's one star. Food: the food was overcooked and both my wife and I had what we could only describe as grains of sand in both of our very different meals. Waiter: Our waiter was nice to start, but she was not attentive by any means of the word and I actually had to get up from the table to find assistance. All in all, I do not think my wife and I will be returning to Hamrock's and will also be informing all those we told to go to select a better option or just get drinks.

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JR
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent restaurant for celiacs or anyone who requires GF food. I recommend the fried chicken, which I rarely can find prepared GF. It was excellent as well as the shrimp and grits my wife ordered.

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