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Pema's Restaurant

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8430 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22309-2410
+1 703-619-5005
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
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Upper Marlboro, Maryland
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We found this place on our way to buy groceries. The service was great, but didn't come near to the quality of food. I had the veal parm and my husband ordered chicken parm...SO good! He said "this is the best chicken parm I've ever had." Yes, we'll be back with friends!!! New favorite.

Thank April D
Warwick, Rhode Island
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68 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were visiting the area and asked the hotel desk clerk for dinner recommendations. She suggested Pema's. I'm not an Italian food fan but my boyfriend loves it. I had an appetizer of fried cheese and it was heavenly! I could have stopped there because I also had a salad which was fresh and crisp. But I ordered chicken Parmesan... More 

Thank Lynne P
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

We stopped in at Pema's on a slow evening. The waiter was very attentive but it did take quite a long time to get my lasagna. The lasagna tasted fine but I soon realizd why it took so long. It was only warm in the middle. They were having difficulty cooking it all the way through. Still, based on customer... More 

Thank kimble1956
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49 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

My wife and ate at Pema's Restaurant tonight, in Alexandria, VA. The online menu prices looked good, and we had high expectations. I ordered Lasagne Deliziosa, and my wife Pollo Fiorentino. The lasagna was well cooked, but the meat and sauce didn't have the great flavors I was expecting. Perhaps we have been spoiled in finding so many excellent Italian... More 

Thank 4slomo
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2016

This restaurant is a family owned family style Italian style restaurant. I have been there many times and enjoyed every visit! Cheers!

Thank Oceangirl926
Garden City, Michigan
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80 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2015

After a nice day visiting in Washington D.C., my wife and I with another couple decided to look for a restaurant on our way back to the hotel and we came across Pema's. We were greeted at the door and was quickly seated. Our main man and waiter was Cesar Caballero (sound Italian?) who brought us our drinks and took... More 

Thank Robert S
Washington DC
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2015

Our group ate there today, about 20 of us. Our group had been there before, we were 'fairwelling' a coworker and had been there before for similar reasons, but this was my 1st time and I think the group decided it would be our last. 4 issues: 1st: When we first showed up, the large reserved table had been filled.... More 

Thank ScottinStafford
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2014

Pasta in Veal is one of my best food ever, i desper to go back in eat at pemas rest. again when i seat in way for my favorite bread in butter in for salad make my brain so happy.

Thank guada m
Alexandria, Virginia
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2014

This used to be a really good restaurant. I was surprised when we got run of the mill dinner rolls instead of Italian bread and more surprised when I couldn't tell that I had buttered it - then I tasted the "butter" and it tasted like shortening. Then my bruschetta came on the same rolls. I couldn't finish them. Then... More 

Thank J L
Cumberland, Maine
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47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2014

Our party of four met at Pema's for Sunday brunch, the waffle was light, fluffy and delicious. The Italian specialities were overlooked, dry, or tasteless. The meatballs were tasteless, and the sauce was forgettable. The tilapia was dry, overlooked and had a funky flavor. The sausage link pieces were burned and tough. The roulade was relatively tasty, but also dry... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
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Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8430 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22309-2410
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria
  • Phone Number: +1 703-619-5005

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?