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Explore the Cuisines of the World on One Arlington Street

The Columbia Pike corridor in South Arlington is one of the most diverse areas in the region. Often referred to as “the world in a zip code,” the area is home to residents that speak more than 100 languages. It is also home to numerous small, locally-owned restaurants. This winning combination creates the ultimate international foodie destination for those of us who desperately miss traveling during the pandemic.

And, luckily for us, the restaurant community here has not seen mass closures that several other areas have succumbed to. While they are all still struggling with capacity restrictions and other COVID-19 regulations, the Columbia Pike community has banded together and worked hard to help these local gems survive and preserve the corridor’s identity and diversity.

Stay warm while dining outside!

The Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO) has supplied a handful of restaurants with blankets that are sold for $20 each to outdoor diners. With the costs covered by CPRO, the entire purchase price directly supports the restaurant. You can even bring your blanket back on your next visit for a FREE hot beverage!

Many of the restaurants have also been able to implement TOSAs, Arlington’s Temporary Outdoor Seating Areas, that allow you to dine safely outdoors at those restaurants that previously did not have patios.

Here are the top spots to visit along the 3.5 mile stretch of Columbia Pike in Arlington County for a whirlwind culinary experience of over a dozen countries across six passports required!


Dama Ethiopian Restaurant (Ethiopia)
1503 Columbia Pike, (703) 920-3559
Outdoor Seating: NO

Other African Cuisine: Ethio Cafe, Idido's Coffee & Social House


Photo courtesy of Rincome Thai

Top’s China (China)
2520 Columbia Pike, (703) 486-8277
Outdoor Seating: NO

City Kabob and Curry House (India)
3007 Columbia Pike, (571) 257-8816
Outdoor Seating: NO

Boru Ramen (Japan)
2915 Columbia Pike, (703) 521-2811
Outdoor Seating: NO

Rincome Thai Cuisine (Thailand)
3030 Columbia Pike, (703) 979-0144
Outdoor Seating: NO

Other Asian Restaurants: Andy's Carry Out, Bangkok 54 Restaurant, Ginger Beef, Good Fortune Chinese Restaurant, Mrs. Chen's Kitchen, Panda Bowl Restaurant, Takohachi Japanese Restaurant, Thai Square


Photo courtesy of Los Chamacos

Los Chamacos (Mexico)
922 S Walter Reed Dr, (571) 257-5894
Outdoor Seating: NO

Sofía's Pupusería (El Salvador)
3610 Columbia Pike, (571) 483-0487
Outdoor Seating: YES

Other Central American Restaurants: Abi Azteca Grill & Bar, Atlacatl Restaurant, Burrito Bros, Restaurante El Salvador, Taqueria el Poblano, Tortas Y Tacos La Chiquita


Photo courtesy of Pupatella

The Celtic House Irish Pub & Restaurant (Ireland)
2500 Columbia Pike, (703) 746-9644
Outdoor Seating: YES

Pupatella (Italy)
1621 S Walter Reed Dr., (703) 647-9076
Outdoor Seating: YES


Photo courtesy of Café Sazón

Pike Restaurant (Bolivia)
4111 Columbia Pike, (703) 521-3010
Outdoor Seating: YES

Café Sazón (Multiple – Colombia, Perú)
4704 Columbia Pike, (703) 566-1686
Outdoor Seating: YES

The Café by La Cocina VA (Multiple – Perú, Argentina, Americana)
918 S. Lincoln St., (703) 596-1557
Outdoor Seating: NO


Atilla's Restaurant (Turkey)
2705 Columbia Pike, (703) 920-4900
Outdoor Seating: NO

Caspi Restaurant & Lounge (Multiple – Mediterranean)
2901 Columbia Pike, (703) 566-4173
Outdoor Seating: NO

Not looking to travel that far? Check out our top picks for local Americana fare.

Photo courtesy of Rebellion on the Pike

Lost Dog Cafe
2920 Columbia Pike, (703) 553-7770
Outdoor Seating: NO

Rebellion on the Pike
2900 Columbia Pike, (703) 664-0297
Outdoor Seating: YES

Ruthie’s All-Day
3411 5th St S, (703) 888-2841
Outdoor Seating: YES

William Jeffrey’s Tavern
2301 Columbia Pike, (703) 746-6333
Outdoor Seating: YES

The Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO) is a partnership of businesses, residents, property owners, and the Arlington County Government dedicated to serving the 3.5-mile-long stretch of Columbia Pike from Arlington’s border with Fairfax County in the west to Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon in the east.

Author: Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization