Fairfax has bee ranked the third-best place to live well in the USA, and with many fantastic restaurants, it is not hard to see why. The city, formerly known as Providence, has one of the best selection of restaurants in northern Virginia. From NoVa (North Virginian) seafood to fresh Indian food, Fairfax has it all. A diverse group of restaurants has been feeding locals, college students, and their parents for decades. Given below are some of my favorite places to eat American food in Fairfax.


Artie’s is an American restaurant located at 3260 Old Lee Hwy Fairfax. Artie’s is a nautically-themed restaurant (think yacht club and model boats) serving legendary prime rib and lobster bisque that make this spot a must. Artie’s has superb service. This 40-year-old spot remains packed from open to close.  Some of my favorites include the short smoked salmon salad, brick chicken with grilled broccolini, smoked beef ribs, and blackened prime rib.

29 Diner

29 Diner is also an American restaurant located at 10536 Fairfax Blvd Fairfax. This iconic restaurant is on the National Register of Historic Places. But that’s not the only thing which attracts the customers. Its longevity is due to the all-day breakfast plates (steak and eggs, corned beef hash, biscuits, and gravy), assorted comfort foods (chili cheese fries, patty melts, fried chicken), and owner John Wood’s passion for smoked meats.

21 Great American Bistro

21 Great American Bistro is again an American restaurant located at 10427 North St #102 Fairfax. This family-run restaurant in the heart of the city has amassed a strong following in nearly four years of business. Three chefs with more than 80 combined years of experience man the kitchen, including a Watergate Hotel alum. Their fine dining background is evident in impeccable presentations. “Teasers” like baked brie and beef lollipops are joined by heartier fare like sous-vide duck breast, racks of lamb, and crab cakes. I suggest this restaurant if you are looking for great service combined with great food.

Coastal Flats

Coastal Flats is an American, seafood restaurant located at 11901 Grand Commons Avenue, Fairfax. It is a local favorite. This beach house-themed restaurant serves coastal classics, bringing the best of a beach vacation right to its Tyson’s Corner Center shopping quarter location. Quirky fish sculptures hang from the ceiling, bringing a fun sea vibe perfectly aligned with the seafood on the menu, including all the classics such as crab cakes, clam chowder, and lobster roll.

Properties in Fairfax

11615 Leehigh Dr

Great Location!! Awesome 4BR/2BA single family home on a large 1 AC lot in a sought after Community in the heart of Fairfax County! Close to Wegmans, Fairfax Corner, and surrounded by million dollar homes. Beautiful Hardwood floors, Crown Molding, Gas Fireplace, lots of Natural Light, Updated Kitchen with Granite , Heated Floors & Nice Appliances with Double Electric Ovens. Two Car Garage with ample parking on driveway. Large Deck with steps leading to a Well Maintained Yard. Totally Fenced in yard Backs to Trees & Tree House & Very Private. Prime location on a Quiet Street just mins to Public Transportation and NO HOA! Must See! [Leehigh Village - $689,900]

10506 Center St

Lovely Renovated 1 level living masterpiece for sale near Fairfax, one of best location near future development area, close to shopping and restaurant. [None Available - $799,950]

9700 Kingsbridge Dr #101

Walk to the Metro! Just over a mile to the Vienna Metro! Well maintained, roomy condo with a touch of vintage charm. Updated recently with a fresh coat of paint and ready for you to come in and make it your own! All new windows installed wihin the last 2 years. Both bedrooms and bathrooms are generously sized. The spacious balcony is perfect for Al fresco diining or having your morning coffee while overlooking the beautiful landscaping. Condo fees include A/C, Heat, and Water! This wont last! [Hawthorne - $241,000]

3705 Freehill Ln

Welcome Home to this beautiful Colonial in highly sought after Century Oak with 3 finished levels - 3800sqft & tons of upgrades. Main level Master with remodeled Master Bath and a huge Walk-in closet. All Bathrooms remodeled in 2019. Beautifully remodeled Gourmet Kitchen with granite counters, & Stainless Steel appliances. Dine-in kitchen opens to a 2 level family room perfect for entertaining your guests. Fresh paint throughout, new carpet in Master Bedroom. Fully Finished Walk up basement with a second kitchen. Convenient location, easy access to Rt 50, 66, & Fairfax County Pkwy. Great School pyramid with Navy Elementary, Franklin Middle & Chantilly High. This one won't last long. [Century Oak - $699,900]

5362 Anvil Ct

This Must-See Luxury Tudor is Tucked Back in One of the Most Desirable Cul-De-Sacs in the Sought-After Hampton Chase Community! With One of the Best Floor Plans in the Neighborhood and its Undeniable Charm, This Home Won't Last Long; Over 5,400 Total Sq Feet, 2-Story Foyer w/ Curved Staircase, Abundance of Natural Light, Grand Family Room w/ Wall of Windows, Gas Fireplace, Built-Ins & Access to Deck, Cheerful Kitchen to Gather w/ Friends & Family, SS Appliances, Oak Paneled Library w/ Built-Ins & Bay Window, Wide-Plank Brazilian Cherry Hardwoods, Fully Finished Basement w/ Walkout & Gas Fireplace, 2-Tier Deck, Large Fenced Backyard w/ Views of Tennis Courts & Trees, New Roof & HVAC Unit (2019), Sprinkler System & So Much More. Tree House & Water Fountain Convey As-Is. [Hampton Chase - $825,000]

5307 Richardson Dr

Unique opportunity to buy an exceptional home nestled on quiet cul-de-sac in one of Fairfax County's finest neighborhoods Kings Park West and just across the street with a view of the lake.This house has a beautiful setting and is really convenient to the local sought-after schools. Hardwood flooring throughout the house. Freshly painted, bright and natural light. Spacious TV/Sunroom addition off living room with plenty of windows & direct access to the front of the house. Plenty of closet space. Separate laundry room. The warm and inviting kitchen features a breakfast area and offers potential to renovate at your own style. What~s really special about the kitchen is that it runs immediately into the large patio with views to the skies, flowers and greenery. There~s lots of space for outdoor furniture, making it the perfect place to dine al fresco.The second level is covered with shining hardwood floors and offers an additional family room leading out to the fenced-in gorgeous back yard for those in love of nature and birds. A four season treat, you will enjoy the views from inside the family room as a cozy area to relax after work or enjoy the outside with a second paved patio, very comfy to enjoy mature shrubs, flower beds and tree views. Generously sized 4 bedrooms upstairs flooded with natural light. Upgrades include: Replaced all vinyl windows, sliding doors replaced, approx. 2015 HVAC. new gutters replaced.Amenities: Walk to the lake, it is just across the street! The community is annexed to Lakeside Park. Park trails, several playgrounds, jogging/walking trails, basketball courts. Playground, Grill area. Great transportation is nearby with bus stops to Pentagon and nearby VRE. [Kings Park West - $580,000]

12498 Alexander Cornell Dr

Motivated Sellers!Well maintained, spacious Colonial with many updates! Freshly painted, new carpeting, gleaming hardwood floors and updated windows! Family room with built in bookcases off kitchen with Quartz Countertop and Stainless Steel appliances. 4 bedrooms & 2 full baths upstairs. Walkout basement with playroom, office and an additional bedroom and full bath. Low maintenance backyard and plenty of storage even above the garage. Fabulous neighborhood with 2 playgrounds and walking paths. Pool membership conveys to new owner. Top rated schools, Navy Elementary, Franklin Middle and Oakton High School. Convenient location near RT 50, I-66 and Fairfax County Parkway. A Must See Home! [Fair Oaks Estates - $658,000]

4651 Luxberry Dr

Open House Sat, 5/25, 1 - 4pm. Open House Sun, 5/26, 1 - 4pm. Gorgeous Updated Home in Desirable Kingsberry Community! Fabulous Open Layout with Double Door Entry into Foyer, Spacious Family Room and Updated Kitchen with Granite Counters, 42 inch Cabinetry, Tile Backsplach, Stainless Appliances, Tons of Cabinets and Counters. New Range/Oven and Kitchen Blinds. Spacious Living Room and Separate Dining Room with Terrific Flow Throughout Main Level for Gathering and Entertaining. Wood Floors Entire Main Level. Large Deck Off Dining Room, Perfect for Entertaining and Al Fresco Dining. Private Powder Room. Entire Home Freshly Painted Neutral Color and Carpeting Replaced Throughout. Upper Level Features Spacious Master Bedroom with Cathedral Ceiling, Walk In Closet, and Luxury Bath with Soaking Tub, Separate Shower, Dual Sink Vanity. Two Additional Bedrooms with Wood Floors and Updated Bathroom. All Bathrooms Updated with New Counters, Light Fixtures, Hardware and Shower Heads. Fully Finished Lower Level Features Large Family Room with Raised Hearth Fireplace, Full Bath and Walks Out to Spacious Lower Decl and Patio with Fully Fenced Bacyard. All Exterior Lighting Replaced, Stained Deck and Patio, Cleaned Gutters and Windows. Recently Painted Exterior. Great Location, Convenient to GMU, Well Maintined Community, Robinson School Pyramid, 5 Miles to Vienna Metro, 4 Miles to Fairfax Corner and Wegmans, 3 Miles to VRE, Near Bus Stops, Close Proximity to Majore Commuter Routes, Wash DC, Reston. Newly Renovated University Mall within 1 Mile with Movies, Groceries, Shopping, Dining. This Home Has It All! [Kingsberry - $560,000]

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Maryam N. is a Senior Writer at Nesbitt Realty. She is an expert on Fairfax County. Maryam has also worked previously as a geologist. She is a foodie and enjoys cooking and exploring new restaurants.