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Merrifield is a suburb of Washington, D.C. in Fairfax County, Northern Virginia.


In past years, Merrifield was mainly a warehouse district, with some scattered ethnic (Latino and Asian) shops due to its location at a highway intersection. Nowadays, mixed use developments are popping up where warehouses and open land used to exist. Merrifield is located at one of the crossroads of Northern Virginia, at the southwest corner of the Beltway (I-495) and I-66. It is centered at the intersection of Lee Highway (US 50) and Gallows Road. Commercial development extends out roughly 1/2 mile in each direction. Immediately southwest of this intersection is the large mixed-use Mosaic District, the 2nd largest mixed use living/dining/shopping area in Fairfax County, behind only Reston.

Note that various local establishments may have addresses with a city of Falls Church, Fairfax, or Vienna, yet all be geographically located in Merrifield.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

From the West: Take the VA-243 Nutley Street Fairfax (Vienna/Fairfax Metro) exit South. Turn left onto Lee Hwy and drive for 2 miles. From the South: Take the Gallows Road (51) off of I-495. Turn left, and drive for 1 mile. From the East or North: Head South on I-495 to the Arlington Blvd. westbound exit (50A). Take the sub-exit for Merrifield, and turn right on Gallows Road.

By metro[edit]

The Dunn Loring/Merrifield station is located between the Vienna/Fairfax/GMU station to the west, and the West Falls Church station to the east on the orange line. If you are looking to go to the Mosaic District, there is a shuttle during weekday commuting hours that makes its stop in front of District BBQ and BB&T Bank.

By bus[edit]

Bus 2A operates service between Ballston station in Arlington and Dunn Loring/Merrifield station. For more information on riding the Metrobus, see Washington DC#Get_In.

Bus 401 & 402 operates service from Tysons Corner metro station to Franconia/Springfield metro station, making stops at Dunn Loring/Merrifield station and Mosaic district. 401 runs northbound (Franconia to Tysons), and 402 runs southbound (Tysons to Franconia).

See[edit][add listing]

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Angelika Film Center in the Mosaic district. Watch a movie from a selection of Western Hollywood movies, and foreign and indie movies.

Buy[edit][add listing]

There are numerous grocery stores in the area. In addition to the usual Harris Teeter (next to the metro station), Target (inside Mosaic district), and Aldi (northeast of the Gallows Road and Arlington Blvd interchange), there is a Great Wall supermarket and H Mart for Asian groceries, and a Mom Organic grocery store inside Mosaic.

Inside of Mosaic, you can find retail shopping, including Neiman Marcus Last Call, Anthropologie, West Elm, The Shade Store, and Great Gatherings.

Diagonal across Mosaic is the Merrifield Garden Center, one of the largest garden centers in Fairfax County. You can get expert advise on landscaping needs, or take classes to learn more about gardening.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Adjacent to the Metro:

  • Burger 7 Organic Burger Chain. 2670a Avenir Place. [5]
  • District BBQ. 2670a Avenir Place. [6]
  • District Taco. 2676o Avenir Place. [7]
  • Spice 6. With a tandoori oven on site, they make fresh naan, used to make naap wraps and naan pizza. The curry sauces are slow simmered. 2674i Avenir Place. [8]
  • The Halal Guys. 2 670 Avenir Place. [9]

In Halstead Square:

  • Jimmy John's. 2750 Gallows Rd. [10]
  • Passion Fin. Asian Bistro and Sushi Bar. 2750a Gallows Rd. [11]
  • Punjabi By Nature. Punjabi food from the Northern Indian region of Punjab, including tandoori chicken and stewed lentins. 2750 Gallows Rd. [12]
  • La Favola. Handcrafted Italian Cuisine. 2727g Merilee Dr. [13]
  • Lost Dog. Hip cafe serving up pizzas and sandwiches with funky toppings, and a large selection of bottled beers. [14]

In The Mosaic District:

  • Choolah Indian BBQ. 2911 District Ave. [15]
  • Cyclone Anaya's. Mexican Kitchen. 2911 District Ave. #170 [16]
  • Four Sisters Restaurant. Vietnamese mainstay with pho, noodles, and grilled meats. 8190 Strawberry Lane #1 [17]
  • Jinya Ramen Bar. 2911 District Ave. #140 [18]
  • Requin. Casual French fare. 8296 Glass Alley #110. [19]
  • Sea Pearl Restaurant & Lounge. 8191 Strawberry Ln. #2. [20]
  • Sisters Thai. Curries, flat noodles, and some surprises from its jungle menu. 2895 District Ave. #130 [21]
  • True Food Kitchen. Healthy, chef-driven, seasonal food restaurant. 2910 District Ave. [22]

Elsewhere in Merrifield:

  • Elephant Jumps Thai. Large jungle menu with authentic Thai dishes. 8110 Arlington Blvd. (Entrance is on Gallows Rd.) [23]
  • Silver Diner. Diner setting, but serves locally sourced fare. 8150 Porter Rd. [24]
  • Trio Grill. Sophisticated, traditional American spot with steaks and seafood. 8100 Lee Hwy [25]
  • Uno's Pizzeria & Grill. Chicago style pizza, steak, burgers, and more. 3058 Gate House Plaza. [26]

Drink[edit][add listing]

Next to the metro station:

  • Black Squirrel. 2670 Avenir Pl. [27]

Halstead Square:

  • Blackfinn Ameripub. 2750 Gallows Rd. [28]


  • Sweetwater Tavern. 3066 Gate House Plaza. [29]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Courtyard Dunn Loring Fairfax, 2722 Gallows Rd, 703-573-9555 (fax: 703-573-6266), [1]. 2 blocks from the station  edit
  • Hyatt House Falls Church/Merrifield, 8296 Glass Alley, 571-327-2277 (fax: 571-327-2281), [2]. Located inside the Mosaic District  edit
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton Falls Church - I-495 @ Rt. 50, 8130 Porter Rd, 703-560-6644 (fax: 703-560-2121), [3].  edit
  • Residence Inn Fairfax Merrifield, 8125 Gatehouse Rd, 703-573-5200 (fax: 703-573-8100), [4].  edit


Get out[edit]

Go to Washington DC.

Routes through Merrifield
BethesdaPotomac  N noframe S  Tysons CornerSpringfield
MiddletownVienna  W noframe E  Falls ChurchWashington, D.C.
WinchesterFairfax  W noframe E  ArlingtonWashington, D.C.

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