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The 15 Best American Restaurants Near Clifton

Updated: August 22, 2022

Looking for Clifton’s best buffalo wings or spiciest chili? These are the American spots doing it best. We analyzed millions of reviews from the top local sites to compile This list of top American restaurants. If glasses of bloody mary and plates of crawfish sound like a good time head to these fantastic options in Clifton.

Find the perfect American restaurant

Trummer's On Main

New American, $$$, CliftonNew American, $$$Clifton
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
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The Main Street Pub

American, $$, CliftonAmerican, $$Clifton
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

District Eatz

American, $$, CliftonAmerican, $$Clifton
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

If you travel further

Vera's Kitchen

African, $$, ManassasAfrican, $$Manassas
Google: 4.9
Yelp: 5.0

Yorkshire Restaurant

American, $, ManassasAmerican, $Manassas
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Sam’s Southern Eatery

American, $, ManassasAmerican, $Manassas
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Battle Street Bistro

American, $$, ManassasAmerican, $$Manassas
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Eugene's Sausage & Fries

American, $, ManassasAmerican, $Manassas
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Smith & Clarkson's Cafe

American, $, BurkeAmerican, $Burke
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

George's Steak N Things

American, $, Fairfax StationAmerican, $Fairfax Station
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

The Burger Shack

American, $, ChantillyAmerican, $Chantilly
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
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The Bone

American, $$, ManassasAmerican, $$Manassas
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Ocean Paradise Restaurant & Bar

American, $$, FairfaxAmerican, $$Fairfax
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.0

The Wine House

New American, $$, FairfaxNew American, $$Fairfax
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 3.5
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Blue Iguana

American, $$, FairfaxAmerican, $$Fairfax
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5

What gets a restaurant into the top 10?

Figuring out the best American restaurants can take awhile. We analyzed 16302 Clifton restaurants on Yelp and Google, 823905 Clifton restaurant reviews, and 518 lists and articles – looking closely at what Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life and Northern Virginia Magazine had to say – and applied our boam magic. Yes, we even looked at Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life - 2022 Best Mother's Day Brunch Restaurants in Virginia Suburbs (DC) Area, Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life - 2022 Best Romantic Restaurants in Virginia Suburbs (DC) Area and Northern Virginia Magazine - Here are the 21 best restaurants in Fairfax County to pull this list together. If it’s on the list, we’ve checked and verified that the restaurant is still open and will showcase any updated hours and services you need to be aware of. This content is not sponsored by any restaurant or party, the restaurants shown are the real deal. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Recurring questions

Clifton Sports Grill, The Main Street Pub, and District Eatz are the highest-rated American restaurants that serve breakfast in Clifton.

There are 6 American restaurants in Clifton.

Outback Steakhouse and Subway are vegetarian-friendly American restaurants in Clifton.

Clifton Sports Grill, The Main Street Pub, and District Eatz are the highest-rated American restaurants for a quick lunch in Clifton.

Clifton Sports Grill, The Main Street Pub, and District Eatz are the highest-rated American restaurants for take-out in Clifton.

Drink pairing tips

  • A great drink pairing for fried chicken

    Knowing what to pair with fried chicken can be tricky. It’s worth exploring some cocktail, particularly a glass of Kentucky 75. This, vibrant, cocktail balances the fatty fried chicken.

  • Chardonnay with your shellfish

    Not sure what white wine to drink with your shellfish? Try Chardonnay. The strong and acidic flavors will pair nicely with the food and complete the meal.

  • Go for Vieux Carre with heavy meat dish

    To elevate your heavy meat dish experience, we recommend some Vieux Carre to go with your dish. This pairing works especially well because this cocktail cuts through the heaviness of the dish.

Fun facts

  • The original lobster roll

    Do you know what food came to be in 1929 in The United States? None other than the delicious lobster roll.

  • Overpriced, much?

    If you have recently won the lottery, or you just happen to have $200 lying around, why not spend it on indulging in the world’s most glamorous, and most expensive, mac and cheese?

  • Hungry for hashbrown?

    Are you a fan of hashbrown? The current record for eating the most hashbrown is 3 pounds! Do you love hashbrown enough to beat this record?

Parking information

Nobody likes to circle around the block looking for parking, especially if you’re hungry or in a rush. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen American spot.

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