Restaurants and Shopping in Prince William County
We’ve been to the restaurants listed here and feel they meet the needs for business meetings, quick lunches, dinners to remember, and happy hours with coworkers and friends. Bristow, Gainesville, Haymarket, Manassas, and Woodbridge have too many shopping centers to list here, so we thought listing major retail centers from the Potomac River to Bull Run Mountain was a better idea. We’re not a big fan of chain restaurants but there are a few here worth visiting. Enjoy our shopping and dining recommendations in Prince William County.
Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center has a collection of upscale chain restaurants and retail stores. Restaurants we recommend are Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, Firebird’s Grill, Nando’s Peri-Peri, Not Your Average Joe’s, P. F. Changs, Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar, and Uncle Julio’s. Retail options include the Apple Store, AT&T Store, Brighton, Bubbles Salon, Carhartt, Charming Charlie, Chico’s, Comfort One Shoes, DSW, Golfsmith, Gymboree, J. Jill, Joseph A. Bank, Leisure Fitness, Loft Ann Taylor, Navy Federal Credit Union, Neibauer Dental Care, Old Navy, Orvis, PNC Bank, Potomac Nail Spa, Quinn’s Goldsmith, REI, Soma Intimates, South Moon Under, Sport and Health, Sports Zone Elite, Stonebridge Dry Cleaners, Ulta, Unleashed by Petco, Visual Health, and White House Black Market. Wegman’s Food Market, Stonebridge Apartments, and the Potomac Nationals Advanced Class A Carolina League baseball stadium (coming soon) are the major components of Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center in Woodbridge.
- Manassas Mall (Sudley)
- Potomac Mills Mall (Woodbridge)
- Old Town Manassas (Historic District)
- Virginia Gateway Town Center (Gainesville)
- Occoquan (Historic Occoquan)
- Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center (Woodbridge)
The Promenade at Virginia Gateway at the intersection of Linton Hall Road and Wellington Road near Lee Highway (Route 29) offers the biggest collection of restaurants in the western district of Prince William County. Besides the usual fast food restaurants, this shopping venue offers Bar Louie, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chili’s, China Jade Restaurant, El Tio Tex-Mex Grill, Famous Dave’s, Firebird’s Wood Fired Grill, Grafton Street Restaurant and Irish Pub, Nando’s Peri-Peri, Osaka Japanese Steak and Seafood Restaurant, Panera Bread, Pizza NY Margherita, Potbelly Sandwich Works, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Ruby Tuesday, Simply Desserts, Smashburgers, Trummer’s Coffee and Wine Bar, Uncle Julio’s.
Shopping and services at the Promenade at Virginia Gateway includes the AT&T Store, BB&T Bank, Best Buy, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Capital One Bank, Charming Charlie, Chico’s, Classic Axe Guitar Gallery, Cork and Fork Fine Wines, DSW Shoes, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Fidelity Bank, Five Below, Gainesville Orthodontics, Game Stop, Gateway Dental and Orthodontics, General Nutrition Center, Giant Food, Goodyear Tires, Grace Jewelers, Gym Source, H & R Block, Hampton Inn, HomeGoods Home Fashions, J. Crew Mercantile, Joseph A. Bank Menswear, Justice Just for Girls, Kirklands, La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, Leisure Fitness, Ann Taylor Loft, Long and Foster Realtors (Gainesville Office), Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse, Massage Envy, Milestones Pediatric and Adolescent Care, Next Day Blinds, Onelife Fitness, PetSmart, Pier 1 Imports, Prince William Dermatology, RGS Title, Sally Beauty Supply, Skyview Family Medicine, Soma Intimates, Sports Authority, Sprint, Stein Mart, Stuffs! Consignment, Super Target, The Little Gym, The Running Store, Tiny Dancers LLC, TLC Laser Eye Center, UPS Store.
Bahama Breeze Island Grille (Woodbridge at Potomac Mills): A restaurant serving a taste of the Caribbean in appetizers, soups, entree salads, rice bowls, chicken, steaks, burgers, sandwiches, and fresh fish specials. Our favorites are Key West conch fritters, avocado and crabmeat salad, jumbo lump crab stack, firecracker shrimp street tacos, lobster and shrimp quesadillas, lobster and shrimp linguine, Key West shrimp and grits, mahi and shrimp with lemon grass sauce, Key West fish tacos. Bar selections feature a lot of rum (island drinks) in the signature drink offerings. There is also an extended list of mojitos and margaritas. Happy hour is from 4 p. m. to 6 p. m. and 9 p. m. to close Sunday through Thursday. Appetizers are 1/2 price during happy hour.
Bar Louie (Gainesville and Manassas): A good spot for lunch and happy hour. We’re not a big fan of chain restaurants but Bar Louie has a very good atmosphere for happy hour and late night entertainment. Specialty drinks include martinis, margaritas, and mojitos. Bar Louie has a decent list of signature cocktails and a good wine list.
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse (Gainesville): A very good selection of seasonal beers, India Pale Ales, Lagers, Ambers, Reds, Porters, Stouts, and Ciders. The menu items are consistently good featuring sandwiches and tacos, burgers, house made soups and salads, pizza, pastas, fish and chicken entrees, steaks and ribs, and desserts.
Bistro L’hermitage (Occoquan): French cuisine prepared and served by the best in the restaurant business. It is regarded by many as among the best restaurants in Northern Virginia. The menu prices reflect the quality and service. The experience will likely be unmatched anywhere else in the county.
Brixx Wood Fired Pizza (Woodbridge): Different toppings, fresh ingredients, and wood fired. It’s not like any pizza. If thin crust is your thing, go to Brixx. More than 100 craft beers and India Pale Ale selections. Earn your Masters of Beer Appreciation (MBA) through Brixx (check website for details).
Firebirds Wood Fire Grill (Promenade Virginia Gateway Town Center and Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center): This is a lunch and happy hour venue for us. The menu includes signature salads, many soups, steak and seafood entrees; fish, chicken and pasta dishes (all excellent); and burgers and sandwiches. Everything on the menu is good. There is an extensive wine selection of champagne, whites, chardonnay, pinot noir, merlot, cabernet, sauvignon, select red wines, signature and seasonal cocktails.
Fuddruckers (Woodbridge) When you’ve got 30 minutes for lunch Fuddruckers should be on your radar. Located in Foulger Square next to Carrabba’s Italian Grill, another good lunch and dinner choice. Fuddruckers has specialty burgers, exotic burgers (buffalo, elk, wild boar), chicken sandwiches, salads, and turkey burgers, grilled salmon, crispy fish sandwiches, and ribeye steak sandwiches. Stack burgers and sandwiches as high as you please with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, etc. We’ve never been disappointed here.
Katerina’s Greek American Cuisine: The menu and food reminds us of the best authentic Greek diners outside of New York City.
Dixie Bones BBQ (Woodbridge): The best barbecue and southern food we have experienced anywhere. It’s always crowded for good reason. If the menu items were any better, they would be illegal.
Madigan’s Waterfront (Occoquan): We go for the seafood and a great view of the Occoquan River.
Mama Mia’s Pizza (Manassas): The pizza turnover is still an overachiever decades later. A simple pizza joint with shirt and shoes requirement.
Okra’s (Old Town Manassas): There’s no such thing as a bad restaurant in Old Town Manassas. They’re all good. But Okra’s is unique. We have enjoyed alligator bites, cast iron catfish, shrimp & grits, seafood gumbo, and shrimp creole. If you’re in the Manassas Historic District and you’re in the mood for martini specials or Louisiana beers this is your place. The atmosphere is always fun.
Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant (Woodbridge): Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant on the Potomac River in Dumfries is a very popular attraction for the boating community in Northern Virginia. A water taxi delivers you to the restaurant where the highlight of the menu is all-you-can-eat crabs. There is an outside bar with plenty of outside seating. Tim’s has live music on weekends and special events throughout the year. The Potomac River Boat Poker Run, Jet Ski Poker Run, Not on the 4th of July Fireworks, and the monthly Full Moon Bonfire Beach Party are anticipated events. Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant is a parking lot of anchored boats during the Memorial Day, July 4th, and Veteran’s Day weekends. Landlubbers can get to the restaurant at the end of Cherry Hill Road to find limited parking.
Not Your Average Joe’s Kitchen and Bar (Woodbridge): Seasonal kitchen and bar selections, big salads, sandwiches and burgers, stone hearth pizza; chicken, seafood, and beef entrees; kid’s menu, excellent desserts, and catering. Not Your Average Joe’s has a good selection of specialty cocktails and wines.
Opera House Gourmet (Old Town Manassas) This is our favorite specialty shop in Prince William County. This business has wine tasting events for wine club members, and a variety of fine wines. Other merchandise includes gift baskets, gourmet chocolates, craft beers, and specialty coffee and teas.
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