Welcome to 2019. Let’s get this thing started! Chef Owner Jon Krinn
An Important Teen Cancer Charity Event on Sunday Evening January 27th. Cancer touches all of our families, and teen cancer strikes with nightmarish frequency (see ESPN – Tyler Trent Passes). I have a special ask for Sunday evening January 27th – to help a family friend and local Princeton University junior. I do not have the time to participate in external charity events throughout the year – this one is extremely close to my heart. Please carve out 45 minutes between 4pm and 8pm to join me at Clarity to eat, drink and raise money for StillBrave Childhood Cancer Foundation and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Standing event with small plates, boutique wine tasting and an auction drawing for a private Wine Paired Tasting Dinner for 10 in the my Kitchen View Wine Cellar. Check or cash donations are appreciated as you arrive (asking for $75+).
Private Event Rooms. My three rooms celebrate their one year anniversary this month, and what an amazing year it was! Work directly with me to organize a custom business, social, and family events within your budget, and thank you for all of your engagement and support!
2019 Foodie and Yoga Retreat in Lang Co, Vietnam. July 26th – August 5th. A private Greek Island in 2017, Charleston SC and Brach Island, Croatia in 2018, and now Lang Co, Vietnam in 2019. My wife Antonia, Cowface Studio owner, and I are hosting 18 guests for my cooking and drink, her yoga and excursions July 26th – August 5th at Angsana Lang Co Resort in central Vietnam on the beautiful East Sea. Cost is $4,500 per guest for the week of not including airfare. If you ever wanted Vietnam, food, culture, and relaxation, this is the trip! (golfers, bring you clubs).
Cooking Class at My Kitchen Counter: Three identical Hot and Cold Sauce Making classes for you to choose from. I will demonstrate multiple innovative and classic sauce techniques for meat, fish and vegetables and cook you a 3 course, wine paired tasting dinner. 10 seats available for each class. No deposit needed, but please commit to the class if you get a spot. Take home one of my signature bespoke cooking aprons. I worked on the design for a year with a good friend / tailor in Vienna, and it’s the only apron you will ever need. The stretch denim gets better with washing and age ($85) — Monday January 21st (SOLD OUT) |Monday February 11th | Monday March 25th. 5:30 – 7:15. $110 plus tax and gratuity ($142 total).
‘Michelin Style’ Tasting Dinners. Four sold out dinners during holiday season ‘18. Two already sold out in January ‘19. This is officially a thing! I’ve added more dates for my private ‘michelin style restaurant in a restaurant’ tasting dinners. My thought is that if Michelin isn’t rating NOVA then we will create the scene for ourselves – a luxury, out of the box culinary, wine and amber spirit journey for a special occasion. $160 tasting menu / $85 optional wine or amber spirit pairings. 7pm – 10:30pm. Friday January 18th – sold out | Saturday January 19th – sold out | Friday February 15th | Saturday March 23rd | Saturday April 13th | Saturday May 4th
Amber Spirit Dinner on Saturday Evening February 9th – Clarity barrel picks, Lottery Winners, all unique, hard, or impossible to find spirits. I’m loving bourbons, scotches and whiskeys, to say the very least (146 bottle Clarity Collection, and counting), and I am eternally grateful that you all are enabling me to be bad!! Umami-centric Six Course Tasting Menu paired with Best in Class spirits. 630pm – 930pm. $160 plus tax and gratuity.
Local Oyster Dinner on Saturday Evening February 16th. If you like oysters, I have an Oyster Centric Tasting Menu Dinner for you, featuring dishes utilizing oysters from Mr. Jack White, Master Oyster Cultivator in New Point, Virginia and the foremost oyster ‘cleaner’ of the Chesapeake through oyster farming. Jack will host the dinner with me and tell us all sorts of interesting facts and philosophies about raising his wonderful, silky oysters. Five Course Tasting Menu paired with champagne, wine, and spirits. 630pm – 9pm. $135 plus tax and gratuity ($175 total).
‘Your Friendly Neighborhood Wine Dinner’ Series with The Vienna Vintner Saturday Evening February 23rd. My 6th in the series of collaborations with my great friend Victor Mendes, Owner of the Vienna Vintner. A little different, and innovative format this time. Throughout the dinner, Victor and I will let you in on our ‘working’ wine and food tasting sessions that led to our pairings. Super fun, and educational to boot! Five courses of food paired with wine, and always a quickly sold out party!!! 630pm – 10pm. $145 plus tax and gratuity ($188 total).
Cheese, Wine, and Whiskey Tasting Menu Dinner on Saturday Evening March 2nd – With up to 15 cheeses from around the world on my menu at any time, I am a certified cheese freak! For all you other freaks out there, this dinner is for you! For all my selections, I collaborate with the cheese queen of dc / nova, Jill Erber, Owner of the Cheesetique cheese centric bistros. Jill is joining us to meet you and discuss our food / cheese pairings for my custom Five Course Tasting Menu. 6pm-9pm. $135 plus tax and gratuity ($175 total).
Chef Owner Jon Krinn
Our Mantra: Be the best part of everybody’s day, including each others. We are friends cooking for friends.
My Culinary Vision: Create excitement through a commitment to change and “at the moment” creation – utilizing our access to the best products from around the corner, the country, and the world.
Dinner at 5 every evening
Lunch at 1130 Tues | Wed | Thur | Fri and we stay open throughout these afternoons for custom late lunches and drinks
Dress Code: wear anything you want, but if you’re asking, let’s call it sharp casual
Clarity in the News
Northern Virginia Magazine’s Top 50 Restaurants 2018 – November 2018
Virginia Living Magazine “Finding Clarity” – October 2018
Winner of a RAMMY Award for Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year – June 2018
Yelp’s Fine Dining Deliciousness February 2018
Washingtonian Magazine Top 100 DC/VA/MD Restaurants February 2018
Northern Virginia Magazine 10/17 – Clarity’s Sous Vide Studio, Booze Tasting Menus, and New Private Rooms
Washington Post Date Lab, May 7th 2017 From the Table to the Kitchen Counter
Washingtonian Magazine’s Top 100 Restaurants 2017 – Clarity top in NOVA)
The Restaurants Tom Sietsema Loved the Most in 2016 – Washington Post Weekend Guide December 2016
Northern Virginia Magazine’s Top 50 Restaurants 2015 – Clarity #5
A Note on Allergies – Please don’t feel like “that person” – allergies and dietary restrictions are a part of life. Please give us as much information as possible, as well as some time to adjust and create, so we can attend to all the details of your needs. We will tell you exactly what can and can’t be done in the kitchen, as we handle over 175 products
Happy Hour Menus available on site Monday through Thursday!
HOURS & RESERVATIONS
If you want to hang out with us on a whim, come on in! If we can’t get you a table in the dining room, which is often the case in prime time, we serve the full menu at the bar and Chef Jon Krinn’s Kitchen Counter – a cooking show in real time! You might have to wait for some seats to open up, but the turn time is normally not toooo long.
Dinner: reservations highly recommended, but walking in works too (see info above).
Mon – Thurs: 5pm – 10pm
Fri – Sat: 5pm – 11pm
Sun: 5pm – 9pm
patio dining during good weather
Lunch: reservations or walking in is welcome and accommodated. Tuesday – Friday: 11:30am – 2pm, remaining open throughout the afternoon for open seating, snacks and light custom lunch.
Our online reservation system is Seat Me. Also, you can call or text us at 703-539-8400 with your request. We use “google voice message to text app” response system, which is actually more efficient than being put on hold. Please don’t hang up – listen to our entire 20 second message, then leave a clear voice message with your reservation request or ask us to call you back if you are on a landline. We see all messages, as texts, in real time and will text respond within 10 minutes. We monitor messages between the hours of 10:00am – 9:00pm Monday through Friday and 11:00am – 9:00pm Saturday and Sunday. Thank you!
A note on parking….
Parking in front of Clarity fills up fast, but we have another parking lot just steps away. Take a left from East St onto Church St and take another quick left (200 ft) at the Clarity sign into the lot. Park, walk across the bridge straight into the building lobby door and into Clarity.
THE CLARITY TEAM
“Don’t let the bubble burst” Chef Owner Jon Krinn
Main Dining Room
Our 70-seat main dining room faces the open exhibition kitchen and 12-seat bar. Framing the kitchen is our 8-seat Chef Jon’s first-come-first-served “Kitchen Counter” where you are right in the middle of all the action.
Our patio is open for full service at lunch and dinner for walk in guests. Apologies, but because seating is weather dependent, we can’t take reservations.
We have 3 Private Rooms: email Chef Jon at firstname.lastname@example.org for private dining reservations
“Raid Your Cellar” dinners are really popular in the Cellar: gather a group of friends (10-12 recommended), send Chef Jon a list of wines that you gather from your cellars, and he will create a special multi-couse tasting menu uniquely matched to your wines. Bring as much wine as you want – WITH NO CORKAGE FEE!! (Tasting menus are $140 per guest). Email me at Jon@clarityvienna.com to schedule a date.