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Girasole Restaurant

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4244 Loudoun Ave, The Plains, VA 20198-2222
+1 540-253-5501
17:30 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 16:30 - 22:00
Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Attended a dinner there with a large and diverse group. Great selection for everyone's taste. The smoked duck salad was excellent. Also had the breaded veal with lemon. Service was fantastic - all staff had a great attitude and were knowledgeable.

Thank ER_Travel2
Bethesda, Maryland
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We returned to Girasole for the first time in awhile and again enjoyed a very good dinner -- in particular, excellent fish entrees (branzino and salmon). Great range of Italian wine choices, especially from Piedmont region. Dessert options unspectacular. Pleasant atmosphere and nice to support the family ownership.

Thank Eric B
Kibworth Beauchamp, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Bar CLOSED on Saturday night...."because it gets too busy, we just don't have the staff". Evidently that's the normal routine. Nowhere to sit and enjoy a cocktail with friends (or while waiting for friends) before being seated for dinner. Four occupied tables in the restaurant when we asked. With that ridiculous "reasoning", we won't be back. I've eaten here before,... More 

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Lydia P, Owner at Girasole Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for letting us know about this issue. We're sorry for your experience. In fact, we do have a bar that services those that are with us for dinner. We try to always ask those with reservations if they would like a drink in the lounge if their table isn't ready or if they'd just prefer to start their... More 

Bristow, Virginia
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93 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Finally tried this restaurant with my husband and was not disappointed. There could be more vegetarian options, but that is not unusual. I had something I could not pronounce that was kind of like ravioli that was very good. I don't remember what my husband had, but he enjoyed it. The bread was fantastic. We will definitely be back.

Thank HappycuriousWanderer
Joppa, Maryland
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

We had high expectations when we booked our reservation for dinner on a Saturday night. However, we were quite disappointed. The food was just average, but the prices were expensive. When you spend $100 for dinner for two, you expect to be wowed. We were not wowed! And we won't go back.

1 Thank zimmerang
The Plains, Virginia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Since Girasole came to The Plains it has been one of my all time favorite places to go. The food never disappoints. You can always order from the menu but the daily specials are where it's at. Don't even get me started on the warm fresh baked bread. You'll be tempted to eat it all but pace yourself for the... More 

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32 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

The hidden gem. The prices are not cheap, but food was extremely delicious. We had a group of 11 men, came without booking, but the managed well to seat us all.

Thank Elnur B
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016

Girasole has lost much of its appeal of late. The main courses are overpriced and the service was mediocre. It is a shame but now that there is competition in the form of The Whole Ox and Field and Main both of which are superb and a much better price , Girasole will have to seriously up its game.

3 Thank PamBDc
Alexandria, Virginia
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

Brunch at Girasole is bound to be enjoyable. The setting is sunny and bright. The menu is eclectic with a dash of creativity -- such as the crab benedict with avocado and a touch of curry in the hollandaise sauce. The wait staff is efficient and knowledgeable. Put it all together, and you have a delightful occasion.

Thank Richard S
Front Royal, Virginia
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

I go to Girasole whenever I have a chance! (and I drive 40 minutes to get there.) Great food (love the homemade pastas!), great service, friendly, reasonably priced, great Italian wines, the real Italian family experience!

Thank JWilliamK

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 18 - US$ 34
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4244 Loudoun Ave, The Plains, VA 20198-2222
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  The Plains
  • Phone Number: +1 540-253-5501
Chef-owned and operated, Girasole uses only the freshest ingredients to create authentic, regional Italian menus. In the picturesque village of The Plains, Virginia, you'll experience exceptional service, a relaxing European atmosphere, and the highest quality food and wine.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?