Härth – #35 Northern Virginia Magazine’s Top 50 Restaurants

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 Tinsley’s Take:

When we arrived at Härth, I was completely wowed. Finally, a restaurant that is noteworthy of being on Northern Virginia Magazine’s top 50 list. I am not going to hide it – I loved everything about Härth – from the ambiance, to the décor, to the food. The atmosphere was warm, intimate and cozy. The food was decadent and sexy. Tucked away in Tyson’s Corner at the Hilton hotel, Härth is the perfect setting for a romantic date night.

I started my meal with a Salted Roasted Beet Salad. It was crisp and salty with creamy goat cheese notes and a hint of spice from the walnuts. I was almost tempted to lick the plate clean; incredible start.

Jason and I are both pizza lovers and seeing wood fired flatbread on the menu made us very happy. I went bold and tried the Fig and Gorgonzola pizza. And I was not disappointed. The dough was perfectly crisp with big pieces of fig baked into every bite. The pie was piled high with crunchy, salty prosciutto. I was really excited to box up the leftovers so that I could eat more for lunch the next day.

The dessert was the most impressionable dish that came out of Härth’s kitchen. We opted for the Apple Tart, and it was glorious. The puffed pastry flawlessly circled a pool of caramelized apples with a scoop of homemade vanilla bean ice cream. It literally melted in our mouths. I normally don’t gravitate towards apple desserts, but I could eat this every day for the rest of my life and be happy.

I am already making up excuses for Jason to take me back for a romantic date night. Härth gets my first 4 out of 5; I think I might have found a new favorite.

Jason’s Judgement:

Härth turned out to be a beautiful restaurant, with marble, glass fireplaces and birch tree art throughout. We couldn’t recall a restaurant’s ambiance since Lightfoot’s that wowed us as much as Härth.

My Hearts of Romaine starter salad was pleasing while my main course of Slow Roasted Pork left me wishing I had chosen something else. It wasn’t bad, just not great. The pork after awhile seemed like a large pile of meat and the sizes of apple cider braised cabbage and spaetzle didn’t add much to it. A very German meal in ways; one I wouldn’t necessarily repeat. Dessert truly stole the show as Tinsley mentioned. We must have looked like a starving couple while eating it, not leaving a speck left on the plate.

I’m surprised Tinsley didn’t mention the service given she’s the service stickler. Again, it was just okay. A few times we had to wait awhile for drink refills or to get our check.

All in all, a good place to have dinner in an amazing atmosphere. I give it 3 out of 5.

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