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JW's View Steakhouse
Key Bridge Marriott Hotel
1401 Lee Highway
Arlington, VA 22209
Date of Visit: 24 February 2004
OVERALL EXPERIENCE (5 is Best)
First of all, I am not sure why I decided to stay at the Key Bridge Marriott...again. I was here a few years ago and it was a dump then. And it seems that not much has changed in the past few years. I could go on and on about this place, but it would be a bit off-topic. I am here to talk about their main dining restaurant: JW's View Steakhouse.
Before dinner, I sat at the bar of the View and ordered a Beefeater martini ($7.50 plus tax). I like my gin martinis very dry and a little "dirty". (For those of you who do not know what "dirty" means, it means to add a little juice from the martini olives into the drink before shaking.) The bartender, who had the personality of a rock, used too much olive juice and stirred the drink. I prefer that it be shaken, because it better chills the drink and distributes the ingredients.
Marriott Corporation has JW's Steakhouses at several of their properties. I have been to a few and the View, except for the actual view, is not much different than the others. Speaking of the view from the View, if you are in that part of Northern Virginia, then you should stop in for a drink. The View is the top floor of the hotel, and boasts a commanding vista of Georgetown, Washington DC, the Pentagon, and the Potomac River.
Ok, back to the food. Probably the best way to describe it is unremarkable. I ordered the 14-ounch New York Strip ($26.95). It was properly cooked and served over a brown sauce that tasted like it was made with lots of A1. But the sauce did have a purpose: since the steak had no flavor of its own, the sauce provided something for your mouth to contemplate while chewing. Along with little to no taste, it was a bit tough, too. I did not feel that it was a twenty-seven dollar piece of meat. To accompany the steak, I ordered a Caesar Salad ($5.50). It was small, and just a typical prepared-in-the-kitchen Caesar...with croutons as hard as rocks. Since I was not in the mood to pay Marriott's generally outrageous prices for wine, I opted to have only one glass: The Rosemount Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($8.00). I think this was the first time I had this wine. It was nice, but hard to truly evaluate because, when ordering wine by the glass, you really never know how long the bottle has been open. But the wine was drinkable, but in my humble opinion, not worth eight dollars a glass.
My bottom line for JW's View Steakhouse at the Key Bridge Marriott: Go for the great view, have a cocktail or two, and then go to any one of many VA/DC area steakhouses for dinner.
ALL RATINGS FOR JW'S VIEW STEAKHOUSE
Ambience (Because of the great view of DC and the Potomac)