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“So good we went back 3 nights in a row!”
Review of Present

Present
Ranked #4 of 364 Restaurants in Falls Church
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$30
Cuisines: Vietnamese
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Description: Present Restaurant is home to a melting pot of tasty regional authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Most of the best Vietnamese food can be found at a humble-looking street stall and from the inside of a home kitchen. Present Restaurant is your guide to favorite Vietnamese foods in the Fairfax Co area. Enjoy a quiet dinner with friends with a glass of wine. Present restaurant offer an ambiance of tranquility with our indoor cascading pond that allows our guest to enjoy a quiet dinner with friends with a glass of wine. We also cater to special events and occasions. Surprise your quest with a catered and elaborate Vietnamese buffet.. Thank you to Mr. Tom Sietsema of the Washington Post for the kind review: Editorial Review 2009 Fall Dining Guide By Tom Sietsema Washington Post Staff Writer Plenty of Vietnamese restaurants serve green papaya salad. None that I've sampled makes a better impression than Present's. Freshly roasted nuts give the dish an edge, and so does a "bowl" of purple cabbage, although the crowning touch is lavished on the surface: matchsticks of rich liver instead of the usual beef jerky. Other Vietnamese restaurants are welcoming, but few more so than this place. Need a recommendation? Want to know more about an ingredient? The servers respond with enthusiasm and intelligence, and they make top-notch guides for novices in particular. I've eaten in this serene dining room at least half a dozen times now, yet I always find something new to appreciate.
Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“So good we went back 3 nights in a row!”
Reviewed 20 September 2013 via mobile

We regularly eat Asian food and have tried many restaurants but I cannot recommend 'Present' enough. Delicious food very reasonably priced, very friendly, fantastic, attentive staff and a beautifully decorated restaurant. During our stay in Washington we were so impressed we ate there 3 nights in a row (I have never eaten at the same restaurant 2 nights in a row let alone 3.) Highly recommended.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank ellie255093
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Armin F, Manager at Present, responded to this review, 6 September 2015
It was our honor to have you as our guest.
The night was more rewarding for us when you came to visit Present Restaurant.
We look forward seeing you again and being part of our family.
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Springfield, Virginia
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261 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“A gift to yourself”
Reviewed 20 September 2013

A group of us went to this restaurant for a celebration lunch and it was amazing. The menu is excellent, the staff very attentive and the chef willing to work with those who have dietary issues. The strip mall it is in is very unassuming but once inside the atmosphere is completely different. The seafood is exceptional, the seasonings perfect. There is a good selection of vegetarian options as well as beef, pork, chicken, etc.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Robin B
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Armin F, Manager at Present, responded to this review, 6 September 2015
It was our honor to have you as our guest.
The night was more rewarding for us when you came to visit Present Restaurant.
We look forward seeing you again and being part of our family.
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long island
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“better than average but short of very good”
Reviewed 29 August 2013

The service is attentive (but our waiter was hard to understand) and the price is right.
The food is uneven and not as good as other Vietnames restaurants, I agree with another reviewer, they had "americanized" their cuisine. The spring and autumn rolls are nice and crispy, the spring rolls have more flavor. I ordered beef (Cow in the Open Fields I believe), which was very tasty. My wife had a seafood dish (forgot the name), rather flavorless. We had banana fritters for dessert, good but standard in many asian restaurants.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Michel S
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Armin F, Manager at Present, responded to this review, 6 September 2015
It was our honor to have you as our guest.
The night was more rewarding for us when you came to visit Present Restaurant.
We look forward seeing you again and being part of our family.
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Neighborhood Secret”
Reviewed 20 July 2013

Great Vietnamese restaurant in an unlikely strip mall. Attentive wait staff, huge portions, and lots of leftovers graciously packed up to take home. I was visiting family in the area who shared this little gem.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank eastcoastali
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Armin F, Manager at Present, responded to this review, 6 September 2015
It was our honor to have you as our guest.
The night was more rewarding for us when you came to visit Present Restaurant.
We look forward seeing you again and being part of our family.
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Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Delightfully delicious in an unexpected locale”
Reviewed 4 June 2013

Located in a non-descript mini-strip mall, is located a wonderful Vietnamese restaurant. The decor inside is nothing like it's outside surroundings, with a pond and waterfall in the center are flanked by esthetically appealing wood walls and nice tables. The food was likewise pleasantly decorated with attention paid to detail - such as edible flowers. Each dish we ordered was fresh, very tasteful and well portioned. it was one of the better Vietnamese restaurants I've visited,

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank nutrinut
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Armin F, Manager at Present, responded to this review, 6 September 2015
It was our honor to have you as our guest.
The night was more rewarding for us when you came to visit Present Restaurant.
We look forward seeing you again and being part of our family.
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