Restaurants on Columbia Pike

Restaurant Row - Town Center

Updated February 2017
Town Center: Arlington Heights


Walter Reed <figcaption>and Columbia Pike Intersection

North Side

view South Side
Covers one block west from Walter Reed at Columbia Pike
This short block going west from S. Walter Reed Drive on Columbia Pike has a very high concentration of businesses in particular restaurants. On the North side of the street it is all restaurants even the Cinema has one and there is another round the corner on Walter Reed. This block is part of the Town Center. The Town Center covers the area from South Courthouse Road to South Oakland Street and a couple of blocks either side of Columbia Pike within that area. The main square for the Town Center is Penrose Square which is one block east.

Bangkok 54 Columbia Pike

Bangkok Restaurant & Market

The Bangkok Restaurant & Market at 2919 - 2927 takes up most of the block. The restaurant specializes in contemporary Thai Cuisine and the market specializes in Asian Groceries.

Boru Ramen Restaurant

The Japanese restaurant, Boru Ramen at 2915 Columbia Pike is between Bangkok 54 and Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse. Boru Ramen opened in the fall of 2016. It replaced Markos-Sushi which had closed earlier.

Boru Restaurant, Columbia Pike
Bangkok 54 Columbia Pike

Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse & Mazagan Restaurant

The Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse and the Mazagan Restaurant  are housed in an Art Deco styled building at the intersection of Columbia Pike and South Walter Reed

Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse at 2903 Columbia Pike: has a full restaurant and a variety of entertainment including movies, comedy and festivals. It hosts many well known comedians including Trevor Noah who replaced John Stewart on the Daily Show later this year.

Mazagan Restaurant at 2901 Columbia Pike: features Modern Moroccan Cuisine.

Trevor Noah at the Cinema 'N' Drafthouse, Columbia Pike
Walter Reed and Columbia Pike

Update May 24 2017

Tortas Y and Tacos La Chiquita is going to open next to Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse. They were originally in a food truck in the parking lot of the old Food Star on the Pike & George Mason. They had to move all business had to move from that lot in order to make way for the new Village Center which should open in summer 2019.

Cinema 'N' Drafthouse Columbia Pike
Tortas Y and Tacos La Chiquita

Mazagan Restaurant
Mazagan Restaurant , Columbia Pike

Art studios, S. Walter Reed

Columbia Pike Artists

There is another entrance on the S. Walter Reed side of the building at 932 and on the second floor you will find the Columbia Pike Artists Studios which periodical has an open house, the photo above shows Margaret Panas backed by her paintings in her studio during the open house in April, 2015. On the third floor there is U.S. Tae Wkon Do.

Margaret Panas, Artist
Margaret Panas (right) in front of her work
Art Studio, Walter Reed and Columbia Pike
Entrance to Artist Studios & Tae Wkon Do

Art studios, S. Walter Reed

Classic Image and Cantina Mexacana

Next door at 930 S. Walter Reed door is Classique Image a Salon for Hair Nails and Skin Care.
At 922 Walter Reed is Cantina Mexacana , offering Tex-Mex food specialties.

view South Side of this block


Walter Reed and Columbia Pike intersection

South Walter Reed & The Pike

The intersection of Walter Reed and Columbia Pike
The Arlington Theater building was later built on the north-west corner of Columbia Pike. photo; Arlington Heights Civic Association
Columbia Pike at Walter Reed

Site of Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse

1909 :C.F. Burner's Emporium
Was on the site of what is now the Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse

photo: A History of Arlington County And Columbia Heights

Columbia Pike at Walter Reed

M. Sher & Son General Merchandise replaced the Burner Emporium and later moved the South side of Columbia Pike.

The photograph shows the Sher family outside their store.

photo: “Courtesy of the Center for Local History, Arlington Public Library”
Walter Reed and Columbia Pike Intersection
1939: The Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse was originally know as the Arlington Recreation Center and also the Arlington Theater and in addition to a cinema it housed a bowling ally, commercial stores along with a soda bar. The cinema opened with the movie My Favorite Wife staring Cary Grant and Irene Done.
Historic Resources Inventory - Arlington Drafthouse