Dublin native, Chef Cathal (silent “t”) Armstrong, his wife Meshelle, and partner Todd Thrasher have created a restaurant based on gracious service, supreme ingredients and resolute focus.
Restaurant Eve has one intention: to bring everything together in perfect harmony—ingredients, cooking techniques, presentation, and that ephemeral, indescribable characteristic that we call soulfulness. We purchase from farms that share our values of quality and sustainability, and showcase the best hand-fed, farm-raised, organically grown bounty Virginia and the surrounding countryside have to offer.
Herbs and fruits are gathered from our own garden and everything on our menu has a story, every ingredient is special. From the various offerings of house-made products (which include 7-9 various breads baked daily and artisanal cheeses); to the roster of craft cocktails, by cocktail authority Todd Thrasher; to our carefully chosen ingredients, everything signals a seriousness and reverence for the farmers, crafters, and all the culinary professionals who wish to bring you beautiful food.
Restaurant Eve, named after the husband and wife duo’s first child, is located in Old Town, Alexandria, listed by many travel sites as one of the most romantic towns in America, 10 minutes from Washington DC, Restaurant Eve is housed in a late 1800‘s historic warehouse that has been converted into a charming and sophisticated destination. The cobblestone path leading to the restaurant’s entrance is lined with candles that set the tone of what is to come. Inside, the space is simultaneously stylish, cozy and refined—a place where special occasions are fondly remembered.
Chef Armstrong is a Best Mid-Atlantic Chef nominee by the James Beard Foundation in 2011, 2012, 2013; selected as both Food & Wine magazine’s “10 Best New Chefs 2006” and honored in Food & Wine magazine’s “50 Hall of Fame Best New Chefs” and Best Chef Award Winner by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington DC.
Four years after the opening of Restaurant Eve, Armstrong’s Tasting Room received a four-out of four star rating by Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema.
National Magazines have featured Armstrong’s commitment to culinary excellence and Irish “farm to table” style in prominent stories in Oprah, Food and Wine, Cookie, Parents, Southern Living & Martha Stewart. The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, BBC World News, NY Times, and The Irish Times have taken note of his culinary prowess and his dedication to ending childhood obesity.
Rave reviews continue as Armstrong stretches out with complex, thoughtful cooking that knits together his Irish upbringing, his French training, and his grasp of the American culinary moment.
Todd Thrasher, a native Virginian, is a lover of many things—scuba diving, the island of Bonaire, playing golf and cooking. Most importantly, however, is his love for the creation of the perfect artisan cocktail and his knowledge of wine.
His expert wine lists and trend setting cocktails for Restaurant Eve, Society Fair, and PX that have earned him acclaim and garnered him highly coveted awards.
“I strive to do things differently. I want our guests to remember what they drank just as much as what they ate - I want them to experience it the way I do,” - Todd Thrasher
His passion is evident from the wine pairings he creates to accompany the Restaurant Eve tasting menus to his highly coveted Edenesque Cocktails. Created with exceptional and unique ingredients. Known as one of the best mixologists in the nation, many, including Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema, have applauded his specialty cocktails and creations:
“Sipping "Peaches and Herb" through a thin metal straw, I'm reminded that sommelier Todd Thrasher is also one of the best mixologists anywhere.” - Tom Sietsema
Interior images: Ken Wyner Photography