Restaurant Week 2013: Passion Fish

Passion Fish BreadLast week was one our favorite weeks in Washington, DC – Restaurant Week!  This is a glorious time when over 200 restaurants in the District, Virginia, and Maryland offer a 3-course dinner for $35.23 or a 3-course lunch for $20.13.  As recent college graduates and lovers of food, we love this opportunity to try new restaurants at a discounted price.

California Rolls from Passion Fish


This year, we chose Passion Fish, a seafood restaurant in the Reston Town Center.  Some of the restaurants have a limited menu for restaurant week, but Passion Fish let us choose from all the entrees on the regular menu. (The lobster and steak options would run you an extra $10, but we still thought this was a deal you could not miss.) When we arrived, we were seated outside under some lovely hanging lights. Before we ordered, we were greeted with crispy bread pieces and a unique butter spread.  It is worth noting that the Reston Town Center has a lot restaurants with lively happy hours.  However, Passion Fish is somewhat tucked away so we weren’t bothered by all the chatter.

passion fish crab cakes
Crab Cakes from Passion Fish

We started with two different appetizers – the California Rolls and a Blue Crab and Corn Chowder soup. For the entree, we both ordered the crab cakes with macaroni and cheese, aka “Mac and Jack.” The macaroni and cheese was topped with lightly browned bread crumbs, a nice crunch that gave the side that extra oomph. The crab cakes were absolutely fantastic –  our favorite part of the meal. Our meal concluded with the Chocolate Bomb, a delicious chocolate mousse covered in a hard chocolate coating that topped everything off.

Passion Fish is a great place for a special occasion or night out. Business Casual seemed to be the popular attire, but we also saw plenty of casually dressed groups as well.

Mac and Jack from Passion Fish

Good For:
Fancy dinners, seafood lovers


11960 Democracy Drive
Reston, VA 20190

(In The Town Center)

Where did you guys go for Restaurant Week 2013? Did you try any new places or visit some old favorites? For those that may have missed out, Alexandria Restaurant Week  is this week, August 23 to September 1.  Many popular spots in Old Town are featured including Bugsy’s Pizza that we hit up in February and Obama favorite, Union Street!


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I'm Kelley Smith and I love sharing tips on how to best explore Washington, DC. I love pretty much anything I can eat plus really good beer and whiskey served by story telling bartenders. I also like sassy museum guides, photogenic architecture, and colorful urban gardens.
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