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The 15 Best American Restaurants In Fairfax

Updated: August 22, 2022

Looking for Fairfax’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 Fairfax.

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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

Artie's

American, $$, FairfaxAmerican, $$Fairfax
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
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Coastal Flats

American, $$, FairfaxAmerican, $$Fairfax
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Dogfish Head Alehouse

New American, $$, FairfaxNew American, $$Fairfax
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Capital Ale House Fairfax

American, $$, FairfaxAmerican, $$Fairfax
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0

Hamrock's Restaurant

American, $$, FairfaxAmerican, $$Fairfax
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 3.5

703 bar + kitchen

New American, $$, FairfaxNew American, $$Fairfax
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 3.5

Lost Dog Cafe - Dunn Loring

Pizza, $$, FairfaxPizza, $$Fairfax
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 3.5

Ted's Bulletin

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

Captain Pell's Fairfax Crabhouse

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

California Pizza Kitchen at Fairfax Corner

Pizza, $$, FairfaxPizza, $$Fairfax
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.5

Crazy Crab

Creole, $$, FairfaxCreole, $$Fairfax
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.5

Oh George! Tables & Taphouse

American, $$, FairfaxAmerican, $$Fairfax
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.5

How was this list created?

Figuring out the best American restaurants can take awhile. We analyzed 16302 Fairfax restaurants on Yelp and Google, 823905 Fairfax restaurant reviews, and 518 lists and articles – looking closely at what Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life had to say – and applied our boam magic. The restaurants you see have been featured in Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life - 2022 Best Restaurants for Brunch in Virginia Suburbs (DC) Area and Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life - 2022 Best Mother's Day Brunch Restaurants in Virginia Suburbs (DC) Area. Our engine uses real-time data to only show restaurants that are open and their updated available services, so you can actually enjoy the food we show. Since boam gets no payment for showing these restaurants, you can trust the restaurants in this list. These ten options are sure to delight.

Frequently asked questions

The Capital Grille, Chef's Cafe, and True Food Kitchen are the highest-rated American restaurants for a quick lunch in Fairfax.

The Capital Grille, Chef's Cafe, and True Food Kitchen are the highest-rated American restaurants for take-out in Fairfax.

The highest-rated American restaurants for delivery in Fairfax are Chef's Cafe, True Food Kitchen, and Ocean Paradise Restaurant & Bar.

The Capital Grille, Chef's Cafe, and True Food Kitchen are some of the highest-rated late-night American spots in Fairfax.

The Capital Grille, Artie's, and Ozzie's Good Eats are the highest-rated upscale restaurants for American cuisine in Fairfax.

Drink pairing tips

  • Margarita with your grilled burger

    When considering how to best enjoy your grilled burger, we would highlight how well a glass of Margarita complements the dish as it balances the spice and salt of the burger.


  • Pair Vieux Carre with heavy meat dish

    Experts would recommend a cocktail as a pairing to your heavy meat dish, specifically Vieux Carre because it cuts through the heaviness of the dish.

  • Take barbecue to the next level

    Experts recommend pairing a barbecue with a glass of Zinfandel, a popular red wine.

Interesting facts

  • A big feat in 2011

    A little hot dog never hurt anybody! The size of the longest hot dog might surprise you, coming in at 668 feet 8 inches! How big of a kitchen do you need to make that?

  • A day about hamburger

    It’s International Hamburger Day on May 28. You better not forget! Grab your hamburger and celebrate!

  • A classic dish

    A trip to The United States is incomplete without having tried the local hamburger, a national classic!

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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