Communal table in Nonfiction Coffee
A look inside Isabella Eatery. (Photo by Greg Powers)

Washington is home to some great restaurants, but getting around to all of them can be a chore, especially for those living in the neighboring suburbs. A new food hall from local restaurateur Mike Isabella hopes to change that by bringing his acclaimed international concepts from the streets of D.C. to a sprawling space in Tysons Corner.

The project is called Isabella Eatery, and it began serving in early December. Once fully operational, it will include nine different shops and restaurants. It’ll be a mixture of established favorites and new ideas. It’s all located inside the Tysons Galleria mall (2001 International Dr., Mclean, VA)

“This project really represents the next frontier for me,” Isabella said in an announcement. “Everything my team has built over the last seven years, from Graffiato and Kapnos, to Arroz and Requin, is coming together to create a brand-new type of dining experience for Northern Virginia.”

Food halls have grown in popularity in past years, allowing for guests to eat and shop in one convenient location. Just look at Union Market, which has everything from oysters and smoked fish to barbecue and Korean tacos. But it’s unusual for a space this large and diverse to be developed by the same chef. And at 41,00 square feet, Isabella Eatery is huge. It occupies the third floor of the luxury Tysons Galleria mall.

Nonfiction Coffee
(Photo by Greg Powers)

Here’s a look at the current lineup:

  • Graffiato, serving shareable Italian plates like meats, cheeses, pastas and pizzas
  • Kapnos Marketa, serving casual Mediterranean fare like hummus, phyllo pies, and gyros.
  • Nonfiction Coffee, pouring espresso, coffee, and teas along with food like sandwiches and salads.
  • Octagon Bar, a destination for craft cocktails along with a menu of steaks, seafood, and snacks.
  • Pepita, where you’ll find Mexian-influenced grub such as salsas, burritos, tacos, and margaritas.
  • Requin, a destination for fresh seafood like oysters, lobster rolls, and crab cakes.
  • Retro Creamery, a sweet stop for ice cream and sodas designed with a 1950s-era vibe.
  • Yona, a collection of Japanese sushi and other appetizers, along with a sake selection. Unlike the Arlington location, this Yona does not serve ramen.

The final opening will be Arroz, the second location of Isabella’s Spanish and Moroccon restaurant. There’s also a cafeteria-style eatery where guests can order bites and drinks from multiple restaurants in one place. Reservations for the main restaurants can be booked online, so there’s no need to worry about a seat once you arrive.

So next time you’re out shopping and looking for a bite—or just want a taste of one of the area’s top chefs—look no further than Isabella Eatery. It’s quite the achievement, and one well worth exploring.










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