It takes a lot to get me out of DC and into Virginia to eat. One thing that'll get me there is a friend's birthday celebration. My friend's roommate planned the surprise at the Arlington Rooftop Bar & Grill. Little did I realize that this place is a sports bar -- not my favorite.
We were in good spirits when we arrived and luckily we were not actually sitting on the rooftop because it was chilly this evening. We were on the second floor where there was a huge bar area and many tables. They gave us the entire corner of seating. We all started with a round of drinks. The server initially seemed nice, but soon got overwhelmed. The bar became packed pretty quickly and soon it seemed that we had many servers although none came by very often. They'd take our order and disappear...for a long, long time. I must say it was about the worst service I've ever had in a big party.
As far as food, I ordered the hummus and pita. It tasted like cheap store-bought hummus and cold pita right out of the grocery store. When I told the server I was vegan, and mentioned I was allergic to eggs and dairy (just as a precaution), she responded with "Well, that sucks." Wow! Talk about insulting. Who the heck responds to dietary preferences or restrictions by insulting the customer? I must say I haven't been that insulted in a long time. I could have responded with a rant about how her diet sucks by sucking the life out of animals, but I refrained.
Eventually, I placed an order for the Quinoa Salad, which ended up not being a quinoa salad at all. It was a spinach salad with a little bit of quinoa and they forgot the onions.
Considering how much money we spent there on food and drinks and how crappy the service was, I almost feel like asking for a refund! I got a $12 salad that was worth about $3 and chock full of insults. Not to mention that place was so loud between the people and televisions that you couldn't even talk at a normal volume. I can say with utter assurance that none of wish to return to this establishment. There are like 500 better places to eat in and around DC. Don't patronize this place.
Arlington Rooftop Bar and Grill
2424 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201