The Dock at Lansdowne

19286 Promenade Drive, #P-101
Leesburg, VA 20176

CUISINE Modern American, Seafood

PRICE $$ ($13-$20)

HOURS Open for lunch and dinner daily, late-night dining, Thursday through Saturday, brunch Sunday.



NVM AWARDS Best Restaurant 2008
Best Bargain Restaurant 2008
Best Restaurant 2009
Best Restaurant 2010



Happy Hour
Late Night Dinner
Outdoor Dining
Live Music
Accepts Credit Cards

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NVM Review

(November 2010)

By Warren Rojas

Food: 7.0 Ambiance: 7.0 Service: 6.9

“This is a very important lunch with my granddaughter” the beaming octogenarian announced to her Dock server as the well-composed ladies slid into their cream-colored booth for an afternoon of gossiping and good cheer.

Hats off to Nana.

Though still focused on all things marine, the Dock is shoring up its come one, come all persona with more turf-y options as well.

Grilled portobellos are the foundation for a garden medley of scorched asparagus (conveyed smoke and grassiness), red and yellow tomatoes (flooded each bite with summer juice) and zucchini, all smothered in chunky-style tomato ragout (a peppery wash).

Parmesan-crusted trout filets bear dissolves-on-the-tongue skin on one side, bronzed cheese-crusted flesh on the other, while the corresponding beurre blanc seals everything in fat-encasing brush strokes.

Herb-kissed jumbo shrimp, scallops and mussels keep the focus on the sea in a protein-packed linguine pescatore.

(November 2009)

By Warren Rojas

Food: 6.6 Ambiance: 7 Service: 6.7

With a name like the Dock, your seafood catalog better be above board.

Mission accomplished.

This bustling neighborhood attraction hangs its hat on fresh fish—boasting static offerings of rainbow trout, mahi mahi, swordfish, sea bass, yellow fin tuna, jumbo sea scallops, salmon and black grouper prepared to-order—but makes no bones about experimenting with land-based offerings.

Stick with what you know.

Overly hyped pork ribs—“I’m waiting for my break to try them myself,” one effervescent server preemptively gushed—were pleasant enough (fair amount of appropriately tender meat) but suffered from totally lackluster saucing (barbecue blend was downright ordinary; keen mustard-spiked slaw was too little, too late).

Lobster bisque proved much more satisfying, revealing a swirling cauldron of heavy cream, cheery sherry and heaping spoonfuls of lobster meat—and was made all the more special by fluffy popovers whose destiny was to sweep up every last savory rivulet from the bottom of the bowl.

Seared sea scallops and marinated tomatoes punch tangy-hot holes though a mass of al dente noodles matted together by delectable lobster sauce.

(November 2008)

By Warren Rojas

Food: 7.0 Ambiance: 7.1 Service: 6.9

A welcome port for post-work revelers, The Dock appears to be a hands-down favorite among Lansdowne residents.

The restaurant originally built up a loyal following with its happy-hour specials (discount snacks, cut-rate martinis) and has since solidified its base with rotating nightly specials (pasta, prime rib, lobster).

Perhaps more importantly, staff stays alert when menu items seem to falter—as was the case when one server instinctively struck a half-eaten bisque from our bill “because it didn’t seem like it was up to par” (my guest later confided that it was a tad cold).

Fried shrimp arrive drizzled in tangy-fresh chili-lime sauce. Homemade crab cakes taste of jumbo lump, eggs and a touch of baked cheese (quite tasty). Grilled pork chops, on the other hand, are big, but terribly plain.

(May 2008)

By Warren Rojas

Head out to sea with a bowl of tender mollusks ($8) swimming in a savory tomato-herb sauce decorated with grilled ciabatta quarters. Press on with a lightly charred-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside salmon steak ($13) propped up by a lush spinach-and-peppers risotto and tomato ragout (they call it tomato fondue).

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