WaPo Critic Gives Mostly High Marks to Reston’s Red’s Table

by Karen Goff November 4, 2015 at 3:45 pm 2 Comments

Outdoor Deck at Red's TableWashington Post food critic Tim Carman recently spent some time at new Reston restaurant Red’s Table, giving the South Lakes Village Center spot two stars (good).

Carman had a lot to say — most of it good — about the family owned spot that opened in early September. He liked the homegrown roots of owners Matt, Pat and Ryan Tracy, who grew up in Reston. He liked the local beers and house-made baked goods. He praised chef Adam Stein’s creativity.

Said Carman: “Your brain may feast on ethical sourcing, but your palate cares about only one thing: Is the food tasty at this farmhouse-meets-warehouse-meets-boathouse space with views of Lake Thoreau? Mostly yes. Decidedly yes in some cases. Sometimes yes with a caveat. And on one rare occasion, a fork-dropping, entree-ending no.”

Read the full review on Washington Post.com.

Carman gave high marks to the burgers; the east coast take on cioppino; and the unusual calamari appetizer collaboration.

Not faring so well: a pumpkin mornay dip; an overcooked pork chop; and a too-salty pasta dish.

Ryan Tracy says he is pleased with the review.

What’s your own personal review of Red’s Table? Tell us in the comments.

  • bjeans

    WaPo uses a 4-star rather than the more familiar 5-star rating system. So 2 really is good, not average. Hope to try Red’s Table asap.

  • Constance (Connie) Hartke

    I’ve eaten at Red’s Table several times. The latest was this past Sunday. I had a cup of clam chowder (love it – the clam pieces are big and tender and the seasoning is different and delicious). Since it was Sunday afternoon, I chose the fried oysters & grits off the brunch menu. The flavor of the oysters came through the light breading and the grits were very good. There was some sautéed kale with it. Shared all this with my mother-in-law and then we shared the chocolate tart with small scoop of espresso ice cream (or some sort of coffee flavor). In my 5 times there, I’ve had 3 different waiters. All have been very knowledgeable about the menu. Of course I love the views! I don’t think there is a spot in the place where you can’t see to the outside – excellent design work on that!


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