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Cheesetique - Shirlington, Arlington, VA

Cheesetique - Shirlington

4.3
4.3
364 reviews
$30 and under
American
Cheesetique, established in 2004, is the go-to neighborhood spot for fine cheeses, food-friendly wine, and an eclectic, cheese-centric menu.

We’re a specialty cheese and wine shop. We’re a comfortable, cheese-centric restaurant. We’re all things to all cheese lovers, so join us to shop, dine, or both!

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2 people

19:00


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Wine Bar, Comfort Food

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 933-8787

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    We offer many of menu items in large format. Just give us a call to inquire!

  • Private party facilities

    Cheesetique Shirlington evokes a nostalgic sense of the Old World with modern touches. We offer two private dining rooms with state of the art A/V capabilities. Full buyouts are also available.

  • Private party contact

    Shirlington Events: (844) 258-9344

  • Area

    Arlington

  • Cross Street

    S. Randolph St.

  • Parking Details

    Lots of metered street parking as well as multiple lots and garages with free parking.

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

Experiences

  • Saber Sundays - Saber Your Champagne

    23 Oct - 25 Dec 2022
    Sabrage is a technique for opening a champagne bottle with a long knife. Slide the saber along the body seam of the bottle to the lip to break the top of the neck away, leaving the neck of the bottle open and ready to pour. Our team is "Saber-Certified" and ready to personally walk you through this exhilarating (but easy) process. The sabering is ALL you! Your choice of sparkling wine, ranging from $35 to $85 (price includes saber instruction).

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What 364 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Notable Wine List

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Notable Wine List

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    One of my favorite places to eat. Would like for them consider bringing back the full cheese board.
  2. AS

    AvraS

    Washington DC

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Really low key vibes, staff was super nice, good varied wine selection, cheese plate cost was a bit high and the decor is a little stilted/not super welcoming but it worked perfect for a little Saturday afternoon drink and snack time. Glad we could get in easy and quickly.
  3. CS

    ColShag

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on 12 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food and wine with a wonderful ambiance!

    Cheesetique - ShirlingtonResponded on 15 November 2022Thank you so much for the kinds words! Hope to see you again soon!

  4. GC

    GloriaC

    Washington DC

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on 12 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We come back here time and time again. Food is delicious and staff are always amazing! Thank you

    Cheesetique - ShirlingtonResponded 6 days agoThank you so much, Gloria! We look forward to seeing you next time!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 November 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Waiter didn’t know the menu, couldn’t answer questions, forgot to put in drink orders, he was probably new but if really affected our experience.

    Cheesetique - ShirlingtonResponded 6 days agoHi there and thanks for your feedback. We do have some new folks on the floor, but their knowledge should be stronger than what you're describing and we'll look into it for sure! I'll also reach out to you directly for more details. Again, thank you! -Jill (owner, Cheesetique)

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food!

    Cheesetique - ShirlingtonResponded on 13 November 2022So glad you enjoyed it! Come back soon! Jill (owner, Cheesetique)

  7. N

    Nicki

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience for my birthday. The wine was fantastic, the cheese delicious, and everyone said they loved what they had ordered. A friend had brought a cake for me, and the restaurant was kind enough to store the cake, then add the candles, light them and bring it out. There are suggested wine pairings for their meals directly on the menu, and I enjoyed the suggested wine for their pot pie so much that I purchased a bottle to take home with me. You get 10% off wine and cheese purchases when you dine in.

    Cheesetique - ShirlingtonResponded on 13 November 2022Hi, Nicki. I'm so happy to hear that your birthday was made even better by celebrating with us! Thank you for choosing Cheesetique... and we hope to see you again soon! -Jill (owner, Cheesetique)

  8. HD

    HungryDad

    Nashville

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on 18 October 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    There’s a reason the pimento cheese is included with every board. It’s amazing! Great selection of cheeses. The grilled cheeses are also excellent and the burger of the moment was delicious. We really enjoyed our dinner :-)

    Cheesetique - ShirlingtonResponded on 24 October 2022Oh yes, we do love our Pimiento Cheese - and I"m glad you did, too! Thanks so much for visiting and we hope you come see us again soon! -Jill (owner, Cheesetique)

  9. P

    Principessa

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 14 October 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Sadly we experienced poor service between the host seating us, our first server who left his shift and our second who was trying to pick up from the other. Our food came out haphazardly, they missed one entire meal. The food quality has declined - even the soups were not hot or tasty. I had company from outside the country and was very happy to take them there, I was slightly embarrassed and glad they understood the circumstances were out of my control. I frequent this location and would hate to not return, but our bill was over $160 which I would gladly play for food service and food - for what we experienced I can’t justify another visit.

    Cheesetique - ShirlingtonResponded on 18 October 2022I'm so sorry that your visit did not go well. To start, it seems there was confusion about your outdoor/indoor seating request. Then, with a person arriving and ordering later, we should have asked whether you wanted to hold all entrees until the last one was ready. I wish we had known so we could have fixed your concerns during your visit, but I'll reach out directly to make it right for next time We appreciate your long-time support and hope you'll come back! -Jill (owner, Cheesetique)

  10. LW

    LeeW

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 1 October 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The food was very tasty and worth the visit. The restaurant, like so many, seems to be suffering the effects of the pandemic in terms of service. We waited about 5 minutes before someone appeared at the host station to check us in and seat us. Then it took quite a long time to get water, glasses for the water, and silverware. The fried cheese curds were a revelation - surprisingly light and accompanied by 2 different sauces, tomato and aioli. Olives with manchego cubes also were tasty. The wine list was interesting and a good value, offering different sized pours. We each had a sandwich for our main - one of their signature grilled cheese and a roast beef sandwich. Both yummy. For dessert, we had the key lime bars and chocolate mousse. Both delicious. Only flaw for dessert -- no decaf coffee, let alone decaf espresso or cappucchino. Restaurant design is nice and we had a table by the window. Perfect date night setting.
  11. O

    Olive

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 5 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best cheesesteak ever! Best chocolate mouse ever! Many other excellent menu items and nice wine menu. I always buy Parmesan and St Angel cheese here. Nice variety of crackers and other specialty items plus you get a discount if you dine-in. One of the best places in Arlington!

    Cheesetique - ShirlingtonResponded on 25 September 2022Many thanks! So glad you enjoyed both the restaurant and the shop. Come back soon... the Cheesesteak will be waiting!

  12. TW

    TimW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 September 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    First of all the food was fantastic! Unfortunately, the service left much to be desired. They weren't unfriendly or anything like that. They just weren't very attentive. There were patrons at about 6 tables in the entire establishment when we arrived for our 6 pm reservation. We were seated right away but once we were able to finally order, our wine glasses sat empty for nearly 10 mins after finishing our first glass. Our appetizer dishes and dinner dishes weren't cleared in a timely manner meaning we sat having dinner conversation at a table crowded with dirty dishes. These truly aren't a big deal for us in the grand scheme of things but was ultimately a knock on the restaurant that wasn't very busy at all. Ended up preventing both of us from ordering a 3rd glass of wine or dessert. Would likely go back for a lunch meal but wouldn't recommend for date night on your anniversary.

    Cheesetique - ShirlingtonResponded on 25 September 2022Hi there, Tim. I'm sorry to hear that our service game was off when you visited, especially on such a special occasion! I'm going to reach out to you directly to make it right for next time. Best, Jill (owner, Cheesetique)

  13. R

    Rcepuch

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on 3 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It had been several years since my last visit, and I like the enlarged space and outdoor area.

    Cheesetique - ShirlingtonResponded on 25 September 2022Thank you so much for visiting us again!

  14. JC

    JorgeC

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding. Looking forward to going back.

    Cheesetique - ShirlingtonResponded on 25 September 2022See you next time! Thank you for your support!

  15. C

    Corin

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So excellent. Took my partner there for the first time, and he absolutely loved it! Thanks for another wonderful experience, and adored the champagne sabering!!

    Cheesetique - ShirlingtonResponded on 25 September 2022Thanks for joining us for the sabering! We plan to bring that back as a regular event, so keep your eyes peeled!

  16. GE

    GleeperEater

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 25 August 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    A wonderful unique cheese themed and wine restaurant. Decorated artfully and food presented well. Creative and delicious

    Cheesetique - ShirlingtonResponded on 25 September 2022I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit! We hope to see you again soon!

  17. ML

    MsLHill

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service were excellent!!! I went as a part of Restaurant week (RW) and to celebrate a friend's birthday. We arrived earlier than our reservation but thankfully there was a lull before the dinner hour of 6pm and we were seated immediately. We had the RW special - We shared the starters: watermelon, feta, quinoa, mint salad and a cheese truffle tray with toast. Short Ribs with mash and asparagus. We shared our dessert: cheesecake and the mousse. Roll me out the door! The servings were large! Service was great. We will go back! We really enjoyed!

    Cheesetique - ShirlingtonResponded on 24 August 2022I'm so very happy that you enjoyed your evening with us! Please come visit again soon!

  18. FB

    FabriziaB

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 19 August 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience5
    The size of the items on the charcuterie board were way smaller than what it used to be. Barely enough for three people to taste all of them. The cheese fondue was barely wine! The taste of alcohol was overwhelming and we couldn’t eat it. Way lower level than my first visit a couple of months ago

    Cheesetique - ShirlingtonResponded on 24 August 2022Thanks for your feedback, Fabrizia. We did redesign the boards to include more items, but some pieces might be a touch smaller. Overall, though, the amount of cheese is actually greater than before. Next time you come in, drop me a line (jill@cheesetique) and I'll make sure some extra cheese comes your way :) Regarding the fondue, we will investigate the extra wine flavor - sometimes a good stir mixes things better, but we'll take a look for sure!

  19. VG

    VincentG

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 August 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Stood at the welcome stand so long that the employees behind the bar were staring. But all they did was stare, rather than offer help. I finally got the attention of the young lady at the front counter, who seemed to be bagging to-go orders and working as hostess. We got our table and waited a while before the waiter arrived. He was very friendly, but that was the only time we saw him. He seemed to be the only person working the outside area; again, while multiple employees were just standing behind the bar. Our reservation was at 645pm, at 735pm we decided to leave, since the only thing we had to that point was water. I hope this place does better moving forward, but doubt I'll go back

    Cheesetique - ShirlingtonResponded on 24 August 2022Hi there, Vincent. I can't apologize enough for the weird greeting and delay in service. We had two days this week which were REALLY off and that resulted in several customers having bad experiences. The team has been adjusted accordingly, but that doesn't make your visit any better after-the-fact. I would love to invite you to dine again with us. Would you please contact me directly at jill@cheesetique so I can make it right? Thank you! -Jill (owner, Cheesetique)

  20. w

    wilbur

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 August 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    We asked to be moved outside because the tables inside were all too loud for us to be able to talk. Outside was better but still noisy. We will think twice before coming again in the evening.

    Cheesetique - ShirlingtonResponded on 24 August 2022Sorry about that, Wilbur! Next time you're in, you can always ask to sit in our back dining room, which is a bit more cozy and less loud. I'd love for you to try it next time!

  21. H

    Hannah

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 August 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Bad experience. Hostess did not ask to seat us, just glared at us when we walked in. The waiter rushed us to order because the kitchen was apparently closing even though we had a reservation. The Mac and cheese came out COLD. The sandwich tasted like the meat was freezer burned.

    Cheesetique - ShirlingtonResponded on 24 August 2022Hannah, I am SO sorry about your bad experience. Unfortunately, we were having a REALLY off night and missed the mark with you - and others. That level of service is not our norm and I feel terrible. As far as the quality of food goes, I'm not sure what happened and will investigate further. I believe we have already taken care of your bill from that night, but if you would please email me (jill@cheesetique) I'd love to do more to make it right. Thank you! -Jill (owner, Cheesetique)

  22. NL

    NancyL

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cheesetique is a fun place to shop for cheese and wine as well as have dinner. On this occasion we attended a “Sabrage Sunday” event and had a blast. Highly recommend.

    Cheesetique - ShirlingtonResponded on 24 August 2022I'm so glad you enjoyed the event, Nancy! Hope to see you again soon :)

  23. J

    Jamberry

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 11 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    overall a wonderful experience. the food was wonderful, the wine was excellent, and the people working there are spectacular.

    Cheesetique - ShirlingtonResponded on 24 August 2022Thank you so very much!

  24. T

    Teresa

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    overall4food4service1ambience3
    We have had many wonderful dinners at Cheesetique and food did not disappoint. Our service, however, was below what we’re normally used to. After we were all seated and 10 or 15 minutes went by I went and looked for someone to help us. The bartender said “oh are you all ready?” He literally came from the bar and just started taking our orders. Never introduced himself, never welcomed us, and that was just the start. there were no pleasantries throughout the dinner and we had to keep getting up to ask for assistance and then the check came. No one was even asked if they wanted dessert or coffee. As I said it’s not our usual experience but this time around it was not a good one.
  25. AZ

    AlexZanne

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you for great customer service on a very crowded evening!
  26. X

    Xtina

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    I absolutely loved my waitress. I ordered everything on Mozzarellas Fest! With the exception of the overcooked tater tot side. I loved it!
  27. R

    Rachel

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The food is phenomenal! Service seems to always be a bit slow even when they are not busy, but the food is worth the wait!!
  28. JC

    JoanC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cheesetique has wonderful sandwiches and salads. I really enjoy their various adult versions of grilled cheese which are delicious. The service is great and the prices are reasonable.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    If you love cheese in all its forms this is the place for you! Not a bad thing on the menu! They have gourmet preparations for foodies and even elevated staples for picky eaters!
  30. D

    Dino

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Sunday brunch ... Enjoyed the food and the service. Very casual and and a nice way to enjoy Sunday out.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Unfortunately they have fallen in quality of food
  32. CS

    ColShag

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is scrumptious and the atmosphere is very lively in a great part of Shirlington Village! Plus, you can buy all your favorite and new cheeses before you depart! Make a reservation now!
  33. DB

    DonaldB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely lunch with a friend from out of town. The food and service were both great. The menu is a cheese and wine lover’s delight!
  34. S

    Sara

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, great food. Always look forward to coming here!
  35. CS

    ColShag

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible lemon ricotta pancakes and bacon! Scrumptious with the bucket of mimosas! 🥂🍾🍽
  36. GC

    GloriaC

    Washington DC

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food and great service!!
  37. EJ

    EmmaJ

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Did the mothers day brunch and while the service was amazing, the food was very underwhelming. Would not go back as it left me hungry still.
  38. CM

    CindyM

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day brunch was just right. Good food always.
  39. MH

    MarkH

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience1
    Service was extremely slow. The people next to us waited half an hour just to place a drink order. When we got our check it was wrong. The food was OK, but came out in the wrong order.
  40. G

    Gootie

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Champagne flights were a great value

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Cheesetique - Shirlington offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 933-8787.

Cheesetique - Shirlington is rated 4.3 stars by 364 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Cheesetique - Shirlington

4024 Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA 22206

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    S. Randolph St.

  • Area

    Arlington

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Wine Bar, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Lots of metered street parking as well as multiple lots and garages with free parking.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

  • Phone number

    (703) 933-8787

  • Catering

    We offer many of menu items in large format. Just give us a call to inquire!

  • Private party facilities

    Cheesetique Shirlington evokes a nostalgic sense of the Old World with modern touches. We offer two private dining rooms with state of the art A/V capabilities. Full buyouts are also available.

  • Private party contact

    Shirlington Events: (844) 258-9344

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