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Lost Dog Cafe

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1690 Anderson Rd, McLean, VA 22102-1610
+1 703-356-5678
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11:00 - 23:00
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Durham, NC
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246 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I was pleasantly surprised by how wonderful Lost Dog Cafe was. I went on a recommendation by a friend who lives in the DC area. She said the lost dogs cafes work in coordination with a local animal rescue group with the same name. Being an animal lover, I was sold on trying them as soon as she said that.... More 

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washingtondc
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Working nearby, Lost Dog use to be my go-to place for lunch or after a late day. With a group the service is average, but if you're alone you're quickly forgotten. The "greeters" at Lost Dog simply stare at you when you walk in the door. They don't greet, speak or smile. They offer no service for until you speak... More 

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James B, Owner at Lost Dog Cafe, responded to this review

I am sorry about your experience. We take this feedback very seriously and it has been passed on to management in efforts to continuously improve quality and service. If you could email me your email address by emailing me at jimbarnesiv@gmail.com, I will email you a gift cert for $20 to give us another try. I look forward to hearing... More 

2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

The best sandwich in Northern Virginia. The Redskin! The pizza and salads aren't bad either. My favorite lunch place!

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James B, Owner at Lost Dog Cafe, responded to this review

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Great Cacapon, West Virginia
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Stopped in for dinner. Very attentive wait staff. Salads were very fresh and varied. Great pizza. Large number of beer selections.

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James B, Owner at Lost Dog Cafe, responded to this review

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Washington DC
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50 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

It wouldn't take much to move this (and, I suppose, the whole chain) from mediocre to great. It's nice they help out dogs. This location was also quite dog friendly (you get a bowl with water for your pooch). They also have a great beer selection and the service is above average -- attentive and friendly. However, the menu is... More 

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Germantown, Maryland
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106 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Had lunch with a friend and we ordered subs. The buns were fresh and flavorful and the meat and cheese ingredients were likewise top notch. The selection of beers was good. Both craft and popular brands and pale ale and pilsners through dark beers.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Great place for a casual business lunch. Pretty extensive menu focusing on sandwiches, pizza, and salad. I had the National with Italian fries. It was delicious. It is a combination of roast beef, turkey, and bacon. The service was quick and friendly which is really appreciated during the lunch hour.

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James B, Owner at Lost Dog Cafe, responded to this review

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Georgia
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88 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

Found their website when I was researching for our DC trip and knew it was a must try. They have an extensive menu of sandwiches, appetizers, and pizza. I'm so sad it so far from Georgia because the food was decently priced and delicious. We tried the Dog Collars (aka onion rings) for an appetizer. They were thinly slice and... More 

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James B, Owner at Lost Dog Cafe, responded to this review

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

My personal favorite is the "the Phoenix." It's in a pita wrap, with mozzarella cheese, lettuce, and chicken. It looks odd, but tastes amazing every time. Great beer selection as well. Waffle fries excellent as well. Be sure to plan a jog or bike ride after..

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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

This place is really good. I went out to eat with my boyfriend and staff were friendly and nice. Our food was delicious, it came out really fast and you can't beat the prices

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 15
Cuisine
American, Pizza
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:00
Thursday
11:00 - 23:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1690 Anderson Rd, McLean, VA 22102-1610
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Fairfax County  >  McLean
  • Phone Number: +1 703-356-5678
Description
The Lost Dog Café has been serving up great pizza, hot sandwiches and beer from around the world in Arlington's Westover neighborhood since 1985. Well known as a place to get great food at a great price, the café also serves up a hefty slice of compassion with each pizza. Café owners Ross Underwood and Pam McAlwee have been rescuing stray dogs and cats almost as long as they have been in business and the effort continues. Since 2001, Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation has saved the lives of over 18,000 dogs and cats, helping them connect with loving families and forever homes. In May 2009, long time employees of the original Westover location, Jim and Mike Barnes, Wes Clough and Michael Danner opened additional locations South Arlington, Virginia in May 2009, Mclean, Virginia in January 2011 and Dunn Loring, Virginia in the summer of 2012. The latest addition to the Lost Dog Café franchise family is Alexandria, Virginia (opened in December 2015), owned and operated by franchise owner Pam McAlwee's cousin Matt Sisk, also a past employee at the original Westover location.

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