Going to Signature? Try these dining spots

Signature Theatre comes by its reputation as an outstanding regional theater honestly. After operating out of a renovated garage in Arlington, VA for over ten years, Signature moved in 2007 into an impressive two-theater complex in Shirlington Village. The modern structure stands as the area’s cultural centerpiece staging innovative new works and reviving forgotten gems. Over 80,000 patrons a year visit the Tony Award winning Signature. Whether you are a DC area theatre goer wanting to see a new play or musical or an out-of-towner curious to see what Signature’s national accolades are all about, make sure to visit these restaurants in and around the Village at Shirlington.  If you drive, the Village has numerous free parking lots.

Shops and restaurants line the main street through Shirlington Village in Arlington, VA leading to Signature Theatre at its end

Shops and restaurants line the main street through Shirlington Village, Arlington, VA ending at Signature Theatre

The Curious Grape

Lovers of wine will appreciate the Curious Grape’s menu which suggests wine pairings for each item listed. As a wine retailer, café and restaurant, the Curious Grape cultivates its chosen areas of expertise with well-chosen labels, ingredients and constant reinvention. Patrons-on-the-go will appreciate the Pre-Theatre Menu that includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert $29 with half entrée; $39 with full. Check out the full selection here.

Open Monday-Friday 11AM-9PM;
Saturday-Sunday 10AM-9PM
Price $30-$50
2900 South Quincy Street
Arlington, VA 22206


Busboys and Poets

Since you are already going to a performance, you may as well start your evening off in an artistic setting. Busboys and Poets, whose name is a homage to D.C. native son Langston Hughes and his humble service-industry beginnings, combines a thought-provoking environment with an eye-popping menu. An in-house bookstore, lecture series and community events make sure diners can flex their brain while filling their bellies. Menu items tend towards the gourmet veggie prepared in a mass-appeal way for diners of all dietary preferences.

Open Monday-Thursday 8AM-11PM;
Friday-Saturday 8AM-1AM; Sunday 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
4251 South Campbell Avenue
Arlington, VA 22206
Price $25 and under


T.H.A.I. in Shirlington

T.H.A.I. in Shirlington brings the peanut sauce and drunken noodles. A long-standing favorite with the locals, T.H.A.I. serves perfected Thai cuisine within a well-decorated and elegant setting. Pad Thai, Green Curry Chicken and Spicy Eggplant- all the favorites are here and all are regarded as paragons of their dish. The cocktail menu comes with a Thai twist like with the Bangkok Sunrise (Gold Tequila, Creme de Cassis, OJ and Grenadine). With each drink selling for under $8, you can put that saved baht toward a dessert of Sticky Rice and Mango to finish the meal.

Open Sunday-Thursday 11:30AM-10PM;
Friday-Saturday 11:30AM-11PM
Price $25-$30
4029 Campbell Avenue
Arlington, VA 22206


Samuel Beckett’s Irish Gastro Pub

Though Samuel Beckett the Irish playwright was known for his black, absurdist humor, Samuel Beckett the Irish Gastro Pub is identified by its lively, convivial spirit. Signature Theater has produced several Becket plays, and the nearby pub which shares the writer’s namesake expands on the neighborhood’s theatrical tradition. Live performances by Irish musicians occur every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and Emerald Isle beers like the old favorite Guinness and the hard to find Kilkenny Beer are available on draught. The authentic Irish pub atmosphere makes Samuel Beckett’s a perfect spot to grab a cozy nook and a cold one after the performance.

Hours: Monday thru Sunday, 11AM to 2AM
Price $30 and Under
2800 South Randolph St,
Arlington VA 22206

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