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“Nothing reason to come back”
Review of FirstWatch

FirstWatch
Ranked #28 of 422 Restaurants in Fairfax
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$10
Cuisines: American, Diner, Healthy
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch
Description: First Watch specializes in delicious creations freshly-prepared to order. Their fresh, award-winning Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch dishes are made using only the best ingredients without the use of heat lamps or deep fryers. The best part is their creative menu features traditional favorites like omelets, pancakes, salads and sandwiches.
Fairfax, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Nothing reason to come back”
Reviewed 20 December 2013

Went for breakfast and got dry,tasteless omelets and home fries that had been under a heat lamp for hours.And all this for a high price!Perhaps it was just a bad day since the reviews are generally good.

Visited December 2013
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Thank 51Bob
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Jessica R, Guest Relations Manager at FirstWatch, responded to this review, 22 December 2013
51Bob - We are very sorry this is the first experience you had with us. We pride ourselves on serving fresh, made-to-order meals with only the best ingredients. The visit you describe here does not meet our high standards and we will address your concerns.

Jessica, First Watch Customer Service
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English first
Fairfax, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
76 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“You Can't Get a Better Breakfast in Fairfax!”
Reviewed 5 December 2013

Tucked into center of the Fair City (strip) mall sits FirstWatch, the best breakfast restaurant in Fairfax, and maybe the best I've been to anywhere if I don't count an all-you-can eat buffet at a hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark this past summer. FirstWatch is just so much more convenient...and surely a lot healthier!

When it opened a few years back I wondered how a breakfast and lunch only place could possibly survive. Then I had to deal with the crowds, especially on Sunday mornings, even on some weekdays, so I guess they're doing fine. I hope so. The food is great, the servers are friendly, and the ambiance is bright and cheery. If I wasn't worried about my caloric intake (and my wallet, though the prices are reasonable enough) I could eat here every day. My cardiologist would have a fit!

  • Visited November 2013
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Jessica R, Guest Relations Manager at FirstWatch, responded to this review, 6 December 2013
Thank you, Stratford64! It is an honor to be one of your favorite breakfast places of all time! While we understand you can't come see us every day, we do hope to see you again very soon!

Jessica, First Watch Customer Service
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Fairfax, Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Healthy and tasty”
Reviewed 26 November 2013

The healthy menu at First Watch includes a nice selection of breakfast and lunch options including a variety of pancakes, omelets, salads, soups, sandwiches and a delicious warm quinoa dish. The décor is pleasant and the design is well planned - there is room between the tables and unlike so many restaurants, it's possible to actually carry on a conversation at your table. Service is friendly and fast.
It's a popular place so you may have to wait for a table but it's worth it.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Terri A
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Jessica R, Guest Relations Manager at FirstWatch, responded to this review, 29 November 2013
Terri A - Thank you for coming in! We are very happy our fresh, healthy menu and friendly service have left you with such a wonderful impression. Hope to see you again soon!

Jessica, First Watch Customer Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 6 Contributor
171 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Great No Frills Restaurant”
Reviewed 17 November 2013

This is the place to go for a variety of excellent breakfast and lunch dishes! Daily and seasonal specialties keep the variety up. On a recent visit the quinoa and squash was terrific, and there was plenty to take home for a second meal!

It's hard to stay away from the cranberry orange pancakes, but there are lots of great alternatives!

Staff is pleasant, helpful, and service is appropriately quick. Go early as it can get crowded! Also, crowds build quickly on weekends. Not open for dinner.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Soars37
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Jessica R, Guest Relations Manager at FirstWatch, responded to this review, 18 November 2013
Thank you! Wonderful to hear how much you enjoy our extensive breakfast, brunch and lunch menu. We are very happy you like many of our filling specials and signature favorites, like our pancakes. We hope to see you again soon!

Jessica, First Watch Customer Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 6 Contributor
248 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
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“Efficient service - Quality food”
Reviewed 26 October 2013

This place is crazy busy on the weekends, but when you think about it, there are few places in this part of Fairfax County that offer a varied breakfast menu. Here's the secret, but this is between you and me... get here by 8:30 a.m. and you won't have to worry about a wait. But even if you're not an early riser, the service is very efficient, so the crowd turns over quickly. Some of the smart things that this restaurant does to speed up service are carafes of coffee and water on the table so no waiting for refills. For breakfast, I prefer the healthy options such as eggbeater omelets, wraps, etc. but you can't go wrong with whatever you get. A+ for service and A for food. Well done, First Watch!

  • Visited October 2013
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