Welcome to our personal guide to Woodbridge, VA, and the surrounding area! In addition to the popular and well-known local places, this also includes our personal favorites: places we've been going to for years, places that have personal meaning to us. We took great care in writing this so that you can share in the experience. We want you to have a great time while you're visiting, so please contact us if you have any questions!
Love, A & J
Woodbridge is a suburban town in Northern Virginia. If you are not local or driving to the event, we recommend renting a car if you plan on getting around locally. The Courtyard by Marriott, where we have reserved a hotel block, is in a shopping area with nearby restaurants. However, to go beyond that, the best way to get around is by car.
Alternatives include the Metrobus system, or a taxi service, but unfortunately, we cannot make any personal recommendations about these.
The Metrorail ("the metro") connects parts of Northern Viriginia, DC, and parts of Maryland. This is a good option if you wish to go into DC, but you will still need transportation to the metro station.The nearest metro stop to Woodbridge is the Franconia-Springfield station on the blue line. This metro stop is about a 15-20 minute drive from the wedding venue.
Bungalow Alehouse: This place has excellent, friendly service, the food is usually superb (Try the wings! 3-Mile Island Hot if you are feeling brave...), and you can choose to sit in the dining area, which is basically an excellent sports bar with good atmosphere, or at their proper bar. They have all kinds of interesting and exotic beers on tap, darts, pool tables, sometimes a DJ in the bar area...
2840 Prince William Pkwy
Woodbridge, VA 22192
Taste of Tandoor: Very good Indian restaurant with many vegan and vegetarion options. They even have a delicious vegan mango lassi made with coconut milk!
13836 Smoketown Rd.
Woodbridge, VA 22192
Nando’s Peri-Peri: Amazing Portuguese chicken place that also has a variety of good vegetarian options. Check out their website to get a better idea of what makes this place special. Awesome every time!
15001 Potomac Town Place
Woodbridge, VA 22191
(571) 659 6340
Lakeridge Pizzeria: Somewhat of a non-descript little pizza and Italian fare restaurant in a tiny strip mall in Woodbridge. But their pizza is EXCELLENT! Strongly recommend ordering your pizza with extra sauce on it (it’s free, and it’s just right). They have a pretty good deal to get an XL 1-topping pizza for $10 (and it’s gigantic), but it’s for carry-out only. This place is perfect for carryout/delivery.
Tackett’s Mill Shopping Center
2229 Old Bridge Rd
Woodbridge, VA 22192
Potomac Mills outlet mall: Huge mall with lots of outlet stores.
Potomac Town Center: A newer development with upscale restaurants and shopping.
Occoquan: A small, quaint town right by the river, with artists, restaurants, small shops, and a great view of the water.
Daikaya: Excellent ramen place in Chinatown. Somewhat small and crowded, and usually has a wait, but the wait is worth it. Unique atmosphere with a global, urban feel.
Busboys and Poets: This restaurant has multiple locations, including one in Arlington, VA. One of Amy's favorite restaurants. Great options for a variety of diets (including vegan and vegetarian). Wonderful weekend brunch, great coffees/teas, appetizers, entrees, desserts, everything.
Teaism: Asian fusion. Multiple locations in DC, and one in Alexandria, VA. This place is more known for its tea, but they also have great options for lunch or a light dinner.
The National Mall: Very popular place to visit. Within walking distance of a lot of famous landmarks, including the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the White House, and the Smithsonian museums. Some of the popular museums are: Air and Space Museum, National History Museum, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
These places are a bit further from the wedding site, but should be all within a 45-minute drive.
Sweetwater Tavern (Falls Church/Centreville): Jeremy's favorite steakhouse! A Feder family favorite.
Lotus Vegetarian (Chantilly): Awesome Asian vegetarian restaurant, with vegetarian takes on Asian dishes popular in America like General Tso's chicken and Kung Pao Chicken, as well as harder-to-find Taiwanese specialties, like beef noodle soup and rice noodles (mi fun). We love the sesame burdock, the sizzling beef noodles, and pretty much everything here.
Rosemary's Thyme Bistro (Clifton): Where we had our first "real" date! (And have returned many times since.) Excellent Mediterranean food: bread, hummus, pasta, pizza, pides (kind of like a pizza but with the sauce on the side to dip it in), wraps, and weekend brunch. Also has a DC location.
Jireh Bakery Cafe (Centreville): Korean bakery that has pastries (plenty of samples to try!), Korean-style bubble tea, sandwiches, wifi, friendly service, and personality. A great place to get a drink and snack, and just chill.
Air and Space Museum, Udvar-Hazy Center: This is right by Dulles airport. It's cool because it's bigger than the other Air and Space Museum, so it has a lot of real spacecrafts and aircrafts that are too large for the other one. Be aware that while there is no museum fee, there is a $15 parking fee.