Restaurant News

Valentine’s Day in Occoquan

Posted by Lori on February 4, 2015 in Holiday, Restaurant News

Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  Even though I love driving into DC to try out new restaurants, we usually stay local for this holiday. Our all-time favorite is Bistro L’hermitage. You can’t ask for a better atmosphere on Valentine’s Day! I’ve listed a few more dining options around the Occoquan waterfront. All are very quaint, just as you would expect, and most of them come out with a special menu.

The Secret Garden Cafe

Bottle Stop – Wine Bar & Shop

Occoquan Inn

The Landing at Occoquan Harbour Marina

Cock & Bowl

Blue Arbor Cafe

Madigan’s Waterfront

The Electric Palm

Before you leave town, don’t forget to stop by our new chocolate shop, Nazbro Chocolates.

Happy Valentine’s Day!



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Local Chef Named One of 2014’s Best Chefs in America

Posted by Lou on October 6, 2014 in Restaurant News

Chef Troy Clayton, named one of 2014’s Best Chefs in America, recently held a formal ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony for his third and newest restaurant, The Landing Restaurant at Occoquan Harbour Marina. Renovated, literally, from top to bottom, the restaurant offers white-clothed formal dining and for those of you just getting back after a few hours on the river, there is more casual seating outside. Our favorite spot is the new outside “front porch” overlooking the tiki bar and deck. Check out the weekend entertainment and football specials on their website, updated weekly.

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Editor’s Pick: Bistro L’Hermitage

Posted by Lou on November 16, 2011 in Endorsements, Restaurant News, Town News


Wedged along the side of Occoquan Road, Bistro L’Hermitage is the apex of fine dining in Occoquan. The low-slung, cozy French restaurant serves up flavorful dishes in memorable style. The menu is constantly changing but the simple flavors are always delicious.

Bistro L’Hermitage is the closest you’ll come to Top Chef without traveling 20 miles north to DC and you don’t have to take my word for it. Nowadays, even veteran restauranteur Tom Sietsema from the Washington Post ventures into Prince William to dine. Mr. Sietsema labeled Bistro L’Hermitage an Editor’s Pick in his October 18th review.

If you find yourself lucky enough to dine at Bistro L’Hermitage, remember to say hi to Youssef!

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Cock & Bowl Coming Soon

Posted by Lou on March 22, 2010 in Restaurant News, Town News

As previously noted, Belgique Gourmande has been sold and a new restaurant is about to open in its stead. The new restaurant will be known as the Cock & Bowl and the new owners plan on taking the Belgium theme and running with it. In their own words, here is a tastebud teasing preview of what’s to come:

“It’s all shiny clean and brightly decorated, with an eclectic mix of Euro-Belgian-French stuff we have collected over our travel years.”

“Our concept is to be casual & fun “Mussels and Fries” joint, a variety of mussel flavors, the real-deal fresh cut & twice-cooked frites and mayo, and fresh-baked crusty bread for dipping. Other bistro fare to include salads, sandwiches, classic appetizers & waffles, and a daily special board for the chef to pull together something according to season & whimsy.”

“30+ Belgian beers, and a nice selection of tasty and affordable small production wines. Our kitchen is TINY, so our focus is very tight. Our layout is quirky, so our service is to be very casual. We just love the patio!”

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New Restaurant Coming Soon

Posted by Lou on February 4, 2010 in Announcements, Restaurant News, Town News

As previously noted, Belgique Gourmande has been up for sale. The authentic Belgian restaurant is located right in the center of town and has a very nice outdoor eating area on Union Street. My wife & I have eaten there many times (ice cream & waffles for breakfast, yum!) and although a bit dingy, the food is tasty and the location convenient.

Now comes word that the restaurant has been sold! The new owners are planning to rebrand the restaurant the Cock & Bowl. This is great news, I’m looking forward to having a new restaurant in town. Will post more details as they become available.

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