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The Loudoun 20 for 2018 was compiled by a panel of local restaurateurs, writers and people passionate about the dining experience. The list was initially unveiled in the summer issue of LOUDOUNER magazine, a Loudoun Times-Mirror publication. (Click here to read an introduction to the list.In order to be eligible, a restaurant had to be open for a year as of April 2018. Honorees are listed in alphabetical order -- they are not ranked 1-20.


1947 Indian Restaurant

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1947 Indian Restaurant in Sterling

46300 Potomac Run Plaza

Sterling 20164

(703) 429-1994

Lunch: Monday–Friday, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Lunch: Saturday–Sunday, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Dinner everyday, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Voted “Best of the Best” by Northern Virginia Magazine in 2017 and named for the year India gained its independence from the British, 1947 Indian Restaurant is Loudoun’s spot for subcontinental cuisine. Tuck into some dal over rice, spicy vindaloo, or one of their signature curry dishes like Doi Maach, a fish curry prepared with coconut, yogurt, ginger, garlic and cilantro. There is plenty of flavor bang for your buck, and live Indian music on weekends. Go online to make a reservation or to order something tasty for delivery.


Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm


Clyde's Willowcreek Farm in Ashburn

42920 Broadlands Blvd. 

Broadlands 20148

(571) 209-1200

Monday–Friday, 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.

Saturday–Sunday, 10 a.m. - 2 a.m.

Kitchen closes at midnight

Clyde’s serves up classic American dishes and cocktails in Ashburn, just minutes from Dulles Airport. Open daily for lunch and dinner, plus a weekend brunch, Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm is housed in four antique buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries. The rooms are filled with a variety of antiques from weathervanes and signs, Audubon prints, even restored 19th century carriages and sleds. Part museum, part upscale pub, Clyde’s has created a classic Virginia hunt country dining experience at Willow Creek Farm. There is also expansive outdoor seating when the weather is nice, and several rooms can be booked for private events. 


Döner Bistro

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Donor Bistro in Leesburg

202 Harrison St. SE

Leesburg 20175

(703) 779-7880

Monday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Tuesday–Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Winter, 9 p.m.)

Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Sunday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Winter hours October through March

A German style counter-service restaurant, Döner Bistro sits across from Market Station where the Mighty Midget Kitchen once was in downtown Leesburg. The popular happy hour spot specializes in the Döner Kebab — the “No. 1 Hand Food in Germany”— which is flavorful, Turkish-style Döner meat stuffed into a flatbread with salad and sauce. Döner Bistro also offers vegetarian falafel, numerous German beers and a selection of German candies. Sit inside in the casual, brightly decorated dining area with German pop music setting the ambiance, or grab a picnic table out on the front deck.


Fireworks Pizza

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Fire Works Pizza in Leesburg is known for its fresh, wood-fired pizzas.

201 Harrison St. SE

Leesburg 20175

(703) 779-8400

Open daily at 11 a.m.

A hip and casual member of the Tuskie’s Restaurant Group family, Fireworks Pizza serves up creative, wood-fired pizzas and craft beer. It also offers a great half sandwich and cup of soup lunch special, and gluten free pizza and sandwich options.


Jasmine Cuisine Restaurant


Jasmine's in Leesburg

110 South St. SE

Leesburg 20175

(703) 737-2288

Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Closed on Sunday

This casual eatery is a Leesburg favorite for its classic Chinese dishes and extensive sushi menu, plus beer and wine. Sit inside the spacious but cozy dining area, or enjoy your meal al fresco in their outdoor seating area under Market Station. They also offer catering services for parties and corporate events. Go online to check out their menu.


Leesburg Public House

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Leesburg Public House

962 Edwards Ferry Road NE

Leesburg 20176

(703) 777-6333

Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Friday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Sunday Brunch, 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Sunday Dinner, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Leesburg Public House is the brain child of Mark Marrocco, former chef at Magnolia’s at the Mill, and Dogfish head alums Kim Ross and Marty Ryan. Housed in the “cursed” restaurant building in the shopping center off of Fort Evans Road—the one with Walmart and IHOP— where past restaurants didn’t make it, Leesburg Public House appears to have broken the curse. Leesburg Public House is serving up classic American pub grub with a spin in a cozy, sports bar setting. Open daily, watch the game and dig into some fish and chips and a beer. Brunch is on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Lowry’s Crab Shack

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Lowry's Crab Shack in Hamilton

420 W. Colonial Hwy. 

Hamilton 20158

(540) 338-2348

Open Wednesday-Sunday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

A local staple, Lowry’s specializes in fresh Chesapeake seafood. Look for the low, wood paneled building with thatched umbrellas shading the picnic tables out front in the middle of Hamilton on the side of old Route 7, pull off into the parking lot and tuck into some fresh crabs, oysters, fried seafood dishes and po’ boys. Gluten free options are also available.


Magnolia’s at the Mill


Magnolia's at the Mill

198 N. 21st St.

Purcellville 20132

(540) 338-9800

Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Sunday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Legend has it that the late Bruce Brownell approached Kevin Malone, owner of Tuskie’s Restaurant Group, with the idea of opening a restaurant in the old mill in Purcellville. Malone’s Tuskarora Mill Restaurant in Leesburg had already established itself as the go-to farm-to-table fine dining spot, and he wasn’t totally sold on the Purcellville location. "It's an amazing building, so much potential,” he told Brownell. “Call me back when Purcellville has more people than cows.” Soon Brownell came back, and said "I counted. There are more people than cows." Located just off the W&OD trail, Mag’s has become another Loudoun favorite since opening in 2003. Go online to view their seasonal menus and daily specials.


Market Burger

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Market Burger in Purcellville

145 W. Main St.

Purcellville 20132

(540) 751-1145

Open Tuesday–Sunday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

For western Loudoun burger enthusiasts, Market Burger Fries & Shakes on Main Street in Purcellville is a quaint, counter-order restaurant serving up local beef hamburgers and old-school milkshakes. Also on the menu is a falafel veggie burger, sweet potato fries, a gluten free burger bun option and a “puppy shake” for canine patrons.


Market Table Bistro

Market Table Bistro

Market Table Bistro in Lovettsville serves inventive Southern dishes using local products.

13 E. Broad Way

Lovettsville 20180

(540) 822-3008

Tuesday–Thursday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., 5 p.m. -9 p.m.

Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

This comfy eatery in Lovettsville specializes in elevated, locally sourced farm-to-table fare, wines and craft cocktails. Market Table is on a mission with their seasonal menus, partnering with local growers, vintners and culinary artisans to offer locally produced food, with vegan and gluten free options. Brunch is every Sunday, and patrons can book Market Table Bistro for event catering too.




Melt Gourmet Burgers in Leesburg

Bellewood Commons

525 East Market St. J 

Leesburg 20176

(703) 443-2105

Monday–Thursday 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Sunday 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Melt Gourmet Cheeseburgers, owned by Debbie and Steve Hancotte, quickly became a local fave after opening in 2012. Located in the Bellewood Commons shopping center, the casual dine-in or take-out spot’s ambitious menu features beef, lamb, seafood and veggie burgers with gourmet toppings and home-style sides, as well as salads, gluten free buns and “bunless” burger options. Come hungry, these burgers are serious, delicious business.




Mokomandy in Sterling

20789 Great Falls Plaza No. 176, 

Sterling 20165

(571) 313-0505

What happens when a Cajun woman and Korean-American man get married? Great food, obviously. Located off of Algonkian Parkway in Sterling, this Korean-Cajun fusion joint serves up multi-cultural blast of flavor, from their signature kimchi to shrimp etoufée along with handcrafted cocktails celebrating the uncommon union of food and drink. Visit their elegant Sterling dining room, or spot their food truck on the road and on social media @mokotruck on Facebook and @mokomandy on Instagram.


Parallel Wine & Whiskey Bar


Parallel Wine and Whiskey in Ashburn

43135 Broadlands Center Plaza No. 121

Ashburn 20148

(703) 858-0077

Monday-Thursday, 3 p.m. - midnight

Friday–Saturday, 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Sunday 10 a.m. –10 p.m.

Saturday brunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday brunch, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Voted “Best Wine Bar” 5 years in a row by Northern Virginia Magazine, Parallel Wine & Whiskey Bar is one of Ashburn’s favorite watering holes, boasting a $3 Crazy Hour at 3 p.m. before $5 Happy Hour at 4 p.m-6 p.m on weeknights. Parallel has 80+ wines, 100+ craft beer selections and over 170 bourbons and whiskies for patrons to choose from, along with an American pub-style eats menu, live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, plus brunch on weekends. If the weather permits, definitely take advantage of Parallel’s outdoor seating area, and keep an eye out for their food truck @paralleleats on social media.


Passion Fin

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Passion Fin in Ashburn

42780 Creek View Plaza

Ashburn, 20147

(703) 858-1118

Lunch: Monday–Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Dinner: Monday–Thursday, 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Friday, 4:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Saturday, 12 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Sunday, 12 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Located in Creek View Plaza in Ashburn, this contemporary Asian restaurant and bar has an extensive sushi menu, plus hibachi, noodles, rice, sake and signature cocktails. It also made the #1 spot on the Loudoun Times-Mirror’s Best of Loudoun in 2016. Dine in, or order online.


Petite LouLou Creperie + Bar à Vins

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Petite Loulou Creperie + Bar à Vins in Purcellville

713 East Main St.

Purcellville 20132

(540) 441-3135

Monday-Friday 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Can’t swing a plane ticket to Paris for the weekend? Petit Lou Lou’s got you with their casual, counter service creperie in Purcellville. Setting the scene with Parisian inspired decor, Petit Lou Lou believes in the French joie de vivre and invites patrons to slow down and enjoy the finer things in life, offering sweet and savory crêpes, steak frites and croque monsieur, carafes of wine and coffee. Open everyday, check their website or Facebook page @petitlouloucafe for special teas and events.


Roots 657 Cafe and Local Market

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Roots 657 in Lucketts

42301 Spinks Ferry Road 

Leesburg 20176

(703) 779-9657

Tuesday–Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Closed on Monday

Roots 657 is Chef Rich Rosendale’s eat-in and take-out café and market located in Leesburg at the intersection of Routes 657 and 15. The cafe and locally-inspired market offer the chef’s regionally curated products, featuring local artisans alongside our own house-made soups, salads, sandwiches and fresh-baked goods.


Thai Pan Restaurant

Thai Pan

Thai Pan in Leesburg

2 Harrison St. SE

Leesburg 20175

(703) 777-9487

Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., 5–9:30 p.m.

Saturday, 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, 12 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Ever pull into the Liberty gas station on the corner of Loudoun and Harrison Streets in downtown Leesburg and think, “Huh, is that a Thai Restaurant attached to this gas station?” Next time stay for some grub – Thai Pan specializes in familiar favorites to fill you up after you fill up the car. And if you can’t stay after you top up the tank, don’t worry, they deliver.


The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm


The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm

42461 Lovettsville Road 

Lovettsville 20180

(540) 822-9017

Thursday–Saturday, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Monthly Sunday Supper, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

“Our fields are the chef’s pantry” is the motto at this upscale farm-to-table restaurant in Lovettsville. Chef Tarver King, a 2017 semifinalist for the James Beard award for best chef in the mid-Atlantic region, builds the New American cuisine-style menu daily depending on what produce is available. The dining room is housed in an elegant, all glass former conservatory boasting an expansive view over-looking the Potomac River valley. Call or go online to view the day’s menu, to make a reservation or to inquire after hosting your next event at Patowmack Farm.

The Wine Kitchen
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The Wine Kitchen in Leesburg

7 S. King St. 

Leesburg 20175

(703) 777-9463 

Tuesday–Thursday, 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Friday–Saturday, 11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Sunday, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Closed on Monday

“Wine was made for food and food was made for wine” is The Wine Kitchen’s philosophy, “Eat, Drink, Simply” its mantra. Owned by Loudoun locals Michael Mercer and Jason Miller, The Wine Kitchen was founded about a decade ago in Leesburg. Specializing in seasonal New American bistro-style grub with a range of wine pairings, The Wine Kitchen has expanded to two other locations as well: The Wine Kitchen in Frederick, Md., and WK Hearth in Purcellville. The Leesburg location has also recently added hand crafted cocktails to its offerings.


Tuscarora Mill Restaurant

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Tuscarora Mill in Leesburg

203 Harrison St SE, 

Leesburg 20175

(703) 771-9300

Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. – midnight

Sunday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., with brunch until 2 p.m.

A Loudoun icon, Tuskie’s has been serving up delicious New American fare in the old mill at Market Station in Leesburg for more than 30 years. Kevin Malone, owner of Tuskie’s Restaurant Group which operates Tuscarora Mill, South Street Under, Fireworks Pizza - all in Leesburg - and Magnolia's at the Mill in Purcellville, has been on a mission to establish the Tuskie's reputation for quality, fine dining American cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients. The menus are always built to highlight the freshness of the ingredients.


(7) comments


It's a shame that Blue Ridge Grill in Ashburn did not make this list. It is a wonderful restaurant with great, tasty dishes and fantastic wait staff. It is our new favorite restaurant and we sure keep going back! Every single dish we have tried there has tasted wonderfully delicious, and the special they have occasionally with scallops, shrimp and mussels on pasta is like you were eating it fresh from a seashore restaurant. I even ate the mussels which were quite good, even with me not liking them in several various venues of tasting them. Go, eat, and enjoy. You won't be sorry!

Duncan Idaho

Feel the burn, MIddleburg.


Ford's Fish Shack is garage food. There is nothing special about dropping battered fish into oil. Patowmack Farm being on this list, clearly gives this list credibility. That is the best place in all of Loudoun.

Chris McHale

I agree with several members of the list but not sure how Leesburg Public House made it. I've dined there twice and was truly disappointed on each occasion. Service was as bland as the food.


Sorry to see Dos Tequilas Grille in Leesburg missed. They are a local place with consistently good food, a friendly welcoming atmosphere, polite staff, and great margaritas. The Salvadoran Carne Asada is the best grilled steak in the county

John M

Ford's Fish Shack should be on the list. It's a travesty that it isn't. Ford's specials are fantastic, day in and day out. I would certainly rank it about half the restaurants on this list, and I've tried 16 out of the 20!


That's a good list. One that I was disappointed did not make the cut was O'Faolain's, at Regal Plaza in Sterling. It would have added some more geographic diversity to the Western Loudoun-heavy list, but also given more of a presence to the "gastropub." (They don't refer to themselves as such, but I do, as a way to distinguish their menu from the typical "pub fare.")

I would put O'Faolain's fish 'n chips against those of any place in the DMV (though they have great onion rings, which I usually substitute for the fries.) Other must-tries are their lamb burger and especially the Guinness brie starter.

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