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    We tried the brunch and I apologize for not taking any photos.    What really caught my eye about this place was the bloody mary bar AND that they have free wine tastings on Wednesdays (not sure if I'll ever make that).

    We had the mimosas (refreshing), western omelette, andouille sausage dish and the chicken and waffles.  All dishes came with their version of home fries, a small 'cup' of fruit and frisee salad.  There wasn't anything that really stood out for us - it was all good enough to finish off our plates, but nothing to make us want to eat here again and again.  The one thing I found interesting was that the coffee was self serve, but yet they only had a couple of options to choose from.  We have no problems with serving ourselves, but at least provide us with more of a selection.

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    What's a girl to do when craving grilled meat and an outdoor dining experience when her deck has just been demolished - head out to eat of course! It was a beautiful night - great temperatures and not a cloud in the sky. Parallel Wine Bistro was not our first choice this evening, but the other restaurant we stopped at first would not accommodate outdoor dining due to inclement weather. Hmmmm....looked outside - blue skies, no clouds AND a group of people devouring food at an outdoor table. Hostess' response - "Oh they aren't supposed to be out there". Ok - no seats in the bar area, lackluster service from hostess so off we go to Parallel Wine Bistro.

    We arrive at Parallel and no one is seated outside. I start to think we are doomed to an indoor dining experience after all, but when we ask the friendly hostess if we can sit outside. her response is "Sure, but the cushions may be damp, let's check".  Cushions are dry so we grab a high top and settle in. Meagan comes out to greet us and take our drink order. We start with a sparkling margarita made with Patron silver. It was refreshing and didn't taste overly strong.

    My husband ordered the Bistro Burger with duck fat fries. The burger was cooked medium, smothered in cheese and topped with grilled portabella and onion. The duck fat fries were some of the best fries I have ever tasted - crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside and seasoned just right. The dish came with three dipping sauces; house made ketchup, chipotle aioli and bistro sauce. My favorite with the fries was the chipotle aioli.

    I ordered a hangar steak medium rare with crispy smoked cheddar grits. The steak was cooked perfectly and extremely flavorful. It also came with three dipping sauces; chipotle aioli which I found too salty with the steak, bistro sauce and blue cheese sauce. I am not a fan of blue cheese, but the flavor of this sauce was not overwhelming and perfectly complemented the steak. Surprisingly, the blue cheese sauce was my favorite. The crispy smoked cheese grits were just ok. I thought they lacked flavor compared to the steak and lost a bit of crispiness because they were served under the steak.

    Meagan was a doll, friendly and personable. Service was great and she checked on us numerous times although we were the only patrons seated outside. Kudos to Parallel for not only providing great food and service, but accommodating our request to dine outside. Next time I am ordering the burger....or anything else that is served with those delicious duck fat fries!

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    Great atmosphere...they have a great beer selection and well as wine.

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    Great music, wine, and service! What are you waiting for?

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    I've only had brunch here, but it was very good. Portions are not huge, but are just right. Scones are amazing and cooked in house.

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  • 0

    A quality upscale establishment in Ashburn all around.  First, it's too small, which just hurts the ability to really relax since you're right on top of your neighbors.

    But, that is the only draw back.  The wines are terrific, rotated quite often, and the wine dispensing unit is A+!  Food is superior to your average restaurant and while it may be tapas plates, they are pretty sizable.  Everyone ordering one dish will easily feed you all.  Little tip: the lamp shank is HUGE and hard to share.  It's literally a hock of lamb, so most might be put off by pulling off hunks of meat in front of others.  I loved all the staff members, who are quite plentiful.  Always talking to you with a smile, knowledgeable, and give you lots of ideas for food pairings.

    If you're wondering, you get a card and just go up to the wall and buy your small, medium, or full glass.  You pay your balance at the end of the meal and it's not prepay like it used to be.  I love the new way!  Fantastic restaurant I'll frequent often.

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    Loved this place! My boyfriend and I went last night because we've never been and wanted to try something new.  We told the hostess it was our first time, and when our server came over she understood it was a first time as well.  She explained the menu and the wine machines carefully and made sure all of our questions were answered.  It can get a bit pricey, but everything was delicious and complemented our wines perfectly.  Very pleased!

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    Went to Parallel last night for the first time, as a surprise with 4 other couples for my hubby's 50th birthday.  Our waiter was excellent, the food was really good and we liked the wine selection.  Jason, the owner, even came over and said hello after I tagged them in a Facebook photo.  They did not get 5 stars for a few reasons.  1. We thought all the wine cards were being set up individually as we were told, but most showed up on my tab which was awkward.  2. We were crammed into a little corner and couldn't move around the table to chat with eachother as it's quite loud in there (especially being right next to the wine tasting machines)...and when they brought out my hubby's bday cake they took it to the wrong end of the table because they couldn't even get to his side.  3. Several comments from my guests about the size of a "half glass" pour from the machines...even I paid $17 for a really nice 1/2 glass of wine and it was gone in 4 sips.  Would expect more of an actual half-glass, not a teeny amount more like a normal tasting pour at a winery!  4. The waiter's helper kept taking away our half-eaten dishes, plates and napkins.  We felt rushed by them so they could turn our table until I finally told our waiter for them to back off.  He said it was so we could keep freshening up our plates, but after they were taken, new ones did not appear so that theory was mute.  All that complaining aside (I just had to get it out!!) we know we'll go back, but not as a group of 10.  It would be perfect with girlfriends or 1-2 other couples...it just wasn't the right venue (my fault) for a birthday party.  

    As for the food, the fried risotto balls, ahi tuna sliders and homemade chips with blue cheese dipping sauce were the big hits and we kept the orders for them flowing. The pulled proscitto flatbread was extremely salty, and the olive/hummus tray would have been better for a smaller crowd as it was slightly awkward to pass around.  A few people ordered plates for just themselves and really seemed to enjoy the burger with duck fat fries, the baked brie and the bruschetta, although I didn't have a chance to taste them.  Like I said, we'll definitly go back and try all the other dishes!!

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    All around great place. My girlfriend and I try and go as often as possible. The service is great and there hasn't been an item on the menu that we didn't enjoy (and we have tried a lot!). We love the live music and they have great specials during the week. At times its busy, but its worth the wait. Outside sitting is great in the summer!

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    Great place for a date night or a girls night out!  We stopped by here while we had our kids at the Little Gym for a parents night out for an after dinnter drink and to check it out.   It was really neat.   I ordered a flight of sparking wines and my husband got a glass of port.  The waiter gave good recommendations and told us how the wine dispensing machines worked.  We got a dessert which was pretty good too.  There was also a guitarist playing that night as well.   Overall, a great stop...wish we had gone when we had a sitter and not had to pick the kids up so we could have stayed longer...but it just means that we will be back soon!

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    Parallel has grown into our favorite Ashburn restaurant and hangout.  My wife and I stumbled upon this place in the summer of 2011 and went there off an on.  The past year we have made it our main restaurant for our nights out.  The food is always wonderful even though they change the items after I get used to them.  The wine and beer selection is continuously changing and always has a decent selection for all price ranges.  The weeknight specials are an added bonus such as 1/2 price bottle night.  The wait staff for the most part has always been very helpful and the owner Jason is usually around to chat and check on how things are going.  We will definetely be going back time and time again.

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    Went here on a Friday night around 8:00pm, not crowded at all.  Our server came over and upon finding out it was our first time there, he proceeded to explain how everything worked.  He was very nice and informative.  He told us how to use the wine dispensing machines.  They were very convenient!  You can get a taste, half glass or full glass of a nice variety of different wines.  You don't have to wait for your server or go up to the bar, you are able to get your drink whenever you want without waiting.  At one point, I was pouring myself a full glass from the dispenser, and it ran out of wine.  I told my server, and he promptly changed the bottles and brought a full glass right to my table, without asking for my wine card.  So I got that glass for free, which was nice!  My sister's card also stopped working later on, so our server used his own card to pour her glass, which he also did not charge us for.  

    We ordered the olives and hummus platter which came with a variety of crackers and bread.  Not a lot of food, but it was great!

    They also have a nice variety of beer and our server was great about recommending different beers.

    It's not a very big space, but it's very cute and I will definitely come back.

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    Awesome small plates last night.  (Cheese & meat platter & tuna sliders). The beef stew was AWESOME!  Hearty, rich, beefy.  Perfect for a cool fall night and a nice red.  Only reason for 4 stars was that our bananas foster came out slow and when delivered to the table, the bananas were luke-warm and the ice cream melted.  Still a really nice evening!

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    My husband and I have been to Parallel so many times now that Jason and his staff have become our friends.  The food, wine, staff and entertainment are always spot on.  We recently planned an event for my high school reunion.  Jason accommodated every request and put on an amazing spread of food and wine.  Everyone loved it!  The staff did an incredible job - super friendly and attentive.  We love Parallel!!

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    I am surprised by all the bad reviews. My friends and I went tonight and the service was excellent. The smaller plates were not that small (especially the flatbread and bruschetta, they were personal meal-sized). Loved the wine machines; great way to try many different wines.

    Our server was extremely efficient and accommodating, showing us how to use the machine properly and also let us know that several of the dishes could be made with gluten-free bread and crackers. We had the shrimp and tomato flatbread, the tomato and mozzarella bruschetta, the tuna ceviche, and the cheese and fruit platter. Everything was excellent and we ordered everything gluten-free style (the bread they used was very good). The ceviche had a nice kick to it, as well.

    The happy hour specials are great and the Live music that starts at 8 was also excellent. We are going to make this a new favorite.

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    Excellent restaurant, great food, great service, great atmosphere.  Outstanding experience overall!  FIVE STARS

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    Very disappointing. We got there around 9:30pm, only to find that the kitchen is closed. No where on the website does it say that the kitchen closes at 9pm, as we were informed. So we ordered 4 cold appetizers ($50). The portions were small and way overpriced. And I have to agree with everyone else about the poor service. I will not be returning, even for the wine.

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    This review is based on my second trip to Parallel's which I decided to review officially after getting a groupon.  To be fair, my first review was four star but this trip was not so good.

    Service was weak.  It took forever to get a server to come over and you don't bring out all four dishes for two people all at once.  Besides the obvious reasons, there wasn't even enough room on the table for everything.  The waiter did take the Pork Belly off our check after noticing that it was 90% uneaten.  The first time I had the Pork Belly, it was incredible.  This time, it was inedible.

    Great patio scene, good-yet-pricey, wines.  If they can get the food quality and service more consistent, this place has a lot of upside.

    For photos and the more detailed review, check out my food blog which is accessible through my profile.

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    First off, this place had the perfect atmosphere for a wine bar - and a gorgeous (big!) patio! There was a guy and a guitar playing some great music too! The menu is small, but everything we ordered was DELISH!!! I am looking forward to trying the other dishes and specials. 4 stars due to slow service, but I'll definitely be back and can't wait to share this place with friends!!

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    Love the outdoor seating area. Great food and wine. Bad customer service. We went for happy hour but couldn't get the specials outside so when we went inside to the bar, the bartender was very rude and refused me service claiming I couldn't have 2 servers! For such a classy place, I think I should be treated with class.

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    What an overall disappointment.  The wines were good, but food and service lacking. I will not be returning to this establishment.

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    This review is in regards to the experience I had with Parallel after my company hosted a party there. I only took off a star because the food was tasty and of high quality, but it just didn't blow me away. The wine machines were pricey, going up to $75 per glass for a Cabernet, but you are also paying for the convenience of being able to taste as many wines as you'd like, which is a great experience.

    My company had its holiday party here and it went smoother than I could possibly imagine. I worked with Jason, the owner of Parallel, and he is a fantastic host. He was professional, flexible, offered ideas and was great with communicating back and forth by email. He even stuck around the evening of the party to give us a personalized wine flight presentation (he explained the flavors and history of each wine, and told us the best meat and cheese pairings), and then continued to occasionally pop into the party, long after he got off work, to see how things were going, describe different wines for us, and see if we needed anything else.

    He was charming, easy going, easy to talk to, and was very personable to each and every one of our employees at the party.  He also completely re-arranged the table set-up just to appease my OCD tendencies when I got there early and realized I didn't like it. He was also flexible with us bringing in our own cake for dessert.  

    Our server, Chris, was great too, very attentive and friendly - he even help set up the decorations before everyone got there. The service was the best part about the whole evening and motivated several members of our party to return to Parallel for a full dinner even though we don't live near the restaurant.

    The food was definitely good; I especially recommend the Ahi tuna sliders and the cheese and charcuterie boards that had lots of variety. The best way to describe the food is "fresh." Jason mentioned that they don't even have a freezer on premises, so everything is as fresh as possible. I love their tasting menu because there are so many amazing dishes and it was nice to nibble on a little bit of everything.

    All of the wines I tried were great too. I tried so many that I cannot even remember which ones were the best, but the tasting machines were great entertainment and I loved that I could have a sip of a wine before committing to a whole glass.

    I would HIGHLY recommend having any type of function or celebration here. They will make you feel taken care of and you will have a wonderful experience, whether as an employee party like us, or an intimate dinner with your spouse. I, and everyone else from our corporate party, highly recommend Parallel.

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    This was our first time at Parallel even though we live within a mile since its opening. Wish we had tried this sooner. It may just become a weekly spot for us! We arrived for an early dinner and sat at the hightops in the restaurant area. It was very cozy even though the restaurant area was practically empty. There were others in the bar area. We had thought we might try the wine machines, but didn't have the time we'd like to sit and taste, so opted for a glass of Creme de Lys Chard which was just right. Not a huge chard lover, but really liked this one and would get it again. Next time we'll plan to sip from the 7eleven machine :-) If you text their number you get a free $10 wine card, which would be useful with a higher end glass. we went light on the menu since we weren't that hungry for a full meal. Calamari appetizer was good. Dipping sauce was nice and light. We both opted for the Roasted Red Pepper soup which was excellent! Great flavor, just enough spice without ruining flavor. We each got a couple of the steak sliders which were $1 each during happy hour. Cuts of meat were great and they were served on a sourdough type bread with other toppings that complemented the steak well.
    Service was top notch! I wish I could remember the name of our server. She was very knowledgeable about the wines but not pretentious. Very friendly and informed us of all the specials. She checked on us regularly but not in a hovering way.
    We had to leave before the live music guy started, but looking forward to returning. The outside seating area looks perfect for a warm night out.
    Cheers!

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    If you like to be surprised for a Sunday brunch, then this is a place for you. The one star is not related to the taste of the food (3.5 stars).

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    Been here twice so far and both times have been great! The menu seems to change often. I had pork belly the first time and loved it but it wasn't there the second time around. :( Also don't remember the name but the bottle of wine that tastes like cherries is awesome. Owner was there both nights, seemed to really care and be really involved with everything... cute too. I hope this wine bar is here to stay!

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    Visited awhile back...the food was okay but pricey. The staff was not attentive nor did they seem to understand they were working at a wine bar, i.e. they were not knowledgeable of the wine....Parallel has a pricey menu but not the service to match.  Not impressed with the wine bar overall. As far as wine themed restaurants go, there are better choices in Leesburg.

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    Grab an energy bar and some water ladies and gents, this is gonna be a long one.

    Living and working in Loco, we were well aware of Parallel and had been meaning to try it for months. It wasn't until a Specialicious coupon (Groupon clone) popped up that we finally managed to get around to doing so. We opted for a recent Tuesday, hoping the lack of crowds seen on weekend nights would afford the best experience possible. Well, if what we got was the best experience possible, then most everyone else who's written a review here are doing some pretty fantastic drugs.

    The problems started when we were seated. After spending enough time with the menu to notice they spelled "wine machine" (you know, their whole schtick) wrong (see pic), we waited. Then we waited. Then we waited more. We spent at least 10 minutes, if not more, sitting at our tables watching two waitress spend their time talking at the bar and walking right by our table to service the other three tables that were occupied. No greeting, no water and not so much as an acknowledgement of our existence. I'm no math guru (hey wait, I kinda am), but I'd think two servers for four tables leads to some pretty good odds of getting noticed.

    When our waitress finally showed up, with her sunglasses on her head, she apologized for the wait and told us she hadn't been informed by the hostess. I can let that slide, being an honest mistake, but the next thing she said was "What can I get you?" We'd never been there and there was no explanation of how their self-serve wine bar worked, so we asked for an explanation. Her response? "What do you mean?" Umm, those wine machines over there? Yeah, how do we use them? "You tell me and I give you a card." Uhh, are there various sizes? Do they work on debit or credit? Maybe try and actually sell me on the whole thing so I give your restaurant a whole heap of cash? I swear we earned our D.D.S. 'cause we had to pull a buttload of teeth to get the information necessary to make an informed decision. Perhaps the most ironic part of it was because it was a Tuesday and they were having a half-priced bottle special, she suggested we each order one. That's a first.

    We opted for the experience and when we finally got our cards, the flaws in the system were readily available. First and foremost, the awkward positioning of tables around the machines made it fairly difficult to move freely. We often had to step aside to let other customers pass and it wasn't uncommon to bump an occupied table that nearly sat on the bar itself. Second, and perhaps most importantly, a quarter of the bottles were either empty or the machine reported a "Check Bottle" message and would not dispense. Which brings me to my third complaint - the prices. Most of the bottles with issues were the cheap ones. Yes, I know I'm going to pay a premium for the ability to play with my wine, but I don't want to pay $12-15 for a glass of something I've never had. It's not uncommon to pay that at a nice place in DC, but this is a faux sheik bistro in Ashburn. Not. Cool.

    They do have a fairly large and pretty awesome outdoor space. It's probably a great place to hang out with friends on a cool evening and get a little lit. Don't expect to use the wine machines that easily if you do, though. Since they are behind all the tables inside, you're gonna have a helluva time getting to them... especially if you've been drinking... or are one of those sloppy girls that make a fool of themselves after a halfa glass of wine.

    I have yet to write a letter home to my mom about the food and I seriously doubt I will be doing so. It wasn't bad, it wasn't good and would probably merit three stars should it magically be served at a place that didn't make me want to hurt myself.

    The best part of the experience? A 20% service charge added to our bill of dinner for two. Yes, two. I don't know if they were trying to defend against the Groupon tipping effect or realized someone wearing sunglasses on their head wasn't getting 20%, but there it was. No mention of it in the coupon and certainly no mention of it on the menu, so we were a bit surprised. Actually, at that point we couldn't do anything but laugh. ROFL. OMG. LULZ. I love when the joke's on me.

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    I am going to start with the very end of the service and say that an automatic 20% tip added to my bill takes away any chance of a reasonable rating. Sorry but when there are only two of us eating I believe that I can be trusted to judge the service myself.

    However starting from the beginning - I have wanted to give Parallel a try for awhile. It sounded fun, sample wines that I pick myself and enjoy a good dinner.  

    Arriving we were asked where we wanted to sit - nice. Not so nice - we were placed right next to three other already filled tables, rather than at any of the empty tables that were not near the already filled tables. Not only did I then feel on top of the table next to me but we were right by the walk way for all the servers so it was a constant stream of people walking by our table and our distance from the self-serve wine made the thought of getting another glass the last thing I wanted to do.

    The hostess left us with the menus and there we sat, watched waitresses chat at the bar, check on other tables all that fun stuff. In fact we sat for a while. No water, no sort of acknowledgement and nothing to do but look at the menu. This was the next problem; I was very baffled by the menu. Nowhere was there any information as to how the machines worked and there were not entrees. Okay, so I missed the concept of the food - no stars taken away for that and I will adjust my idea of the experience.

    Someone finally came to our table - that is a good thing, seeing as walking out was starting to cross our minds.  Apparently no one told her she had a table, okay so now you have to wow me to make up for the oversight and tell me all about how the wine machines work and your specials. Nope, just start off with taking the drink order.  I will give you that it is annoying on the second or third visit to a restaurant to be asked if I "have eaten here before" however when your restaurant has something unique to their service - I expect that you are going to check.

    Okay then I will ask, "How does this work." Blank look followed by "what do you mean?" Yup, you are not gaining that star back. You put your card in the machine and press the button for a sample, half or full glass of whatever wine we would like. Okay, "how do we get a card?" "Oh, I give it to you. You just tell me how much money you want put on the card." Now, having a preset limit is a great thing for me, I have a drinking budget set firmly in place. As a business owner would it not make more sense for you to give me a blank card and let me use it as much as I want, and then charge me? The business plan is not my issue - I am sure they have a good reason for doing it that way.

    We get a card; our server illustrates how to use it - selecting my first wine and where my money is going for me - and we order a few things. If I were basing my stars on the food and the wine alone, I may have given it three stars. I have never seen smoked salmon as part of a charcuterie before, I would possibly order the duck flat bread dish again and two of the wines I sampled were okay. In the end however, when I just could not wait to get out of the restaurant I cannot give it more than one star.

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    I had no idea Ashburn offered such a nice wine bar. I love the decor, live music, and I liked the overall shape of the restaurant. Right when you walk in, you'll see tons of high rise tables and stool, off to the side is the bar, and towards the back you'll see the wine machines. I sat close to the back near the wine machines and I loved looking at restaurant from this angle since its like a rectangle, I had a great view of people and the live performer. The menu is a small menu, fair for a wine bar... I think we ordered a bread and cheese plate and as for wine we order a waiter recommended a glass of white and a glass of red.

    Love this place! I'd definitely recommend it to those going on a first date or even just to hang out with friends. Great atmosphere and great waiters!

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    I went to Parallel for date night this past Friday. The weather was nice and the patio was open. We sat inside so we could be closer to the wine machines. It was my first time with the wine machines. Our waiter Chris was great! He was super helpful and even got on his hands and knees to fix our un-even table. He was very patient with us and explained how the machines worked and made great suggestions on which ones to try. The food was pretty and everything on the menu sounded delicious. We had a great time and will definitely be back!

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    ....And now for something completely different!  This place is one of a kind.  Great location.  Live music during the summer.  A wide selection of wine and beer and some liquor.  Whether you're in the mood to pop in for a drink or have some unique plates and just hang out all night....you can do it here.  Excellent food and great selection of wine and beer.  

    If Parallel has a downside, it is that it gets busy and can be a little cramped at times.  However, everyone is courteous and quite frankly, it's one of the ONLY places in Ashburn to meet new people regularly.  One other thing I've noticed, they tend to hire very well and just about all off the people there are very friendly and make you feel welcome.

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    I went with a friend last weekend, on a Friday night. I was anxious to check this new place out. I love the fact that there is a nice and elegant wine bar in my part of town.

    We both loved the tasting menu, the atmosphere, and the appetizers - I mean, you can't go wrong with cheese and bread :-). The prices I thought were pretty good as well. And, the servers were excellent!!! Chris was our server and he was the sweetest thing ever and very knowledgeable about the wines.

    I really did love this place and will go back, but I had to give it a 3 for a few reasons,

    1 - The bar is TINY and out of the way. I wish they would have put more planning into the size and location of their bar. The bar should actually be over by the wine machines, rather than on the complete opposite side of the restaurant, as it made for a long walk, through a tight space full of people trying to dine.

    2 - A little too intimate...I went with a girlfriend, but yet the way the restaurant is set up, the dim lighting, etc. makes it seem like a very intimate place for couples,and not so much a place to go hang out with your friends for a fun evening of wine tasting. I just suggest they brighten the lights a little bit as that would help a whole lot.

    I think it would be really nice to sit outside with the fireplace going, but they had it closed off that evening. I look forward to doing that once we get back to warmer weather.

    I definitely suggest Parallel and I will be back for sure.

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    I am thrilled that there is an adult place to go so close to home- love the tasting machines and small plates concept. I've enjoyed theit Spanish influenced tapas, the ahi tuna sliders, and several other small plates- but the highlight for me is trying so many new and delicious wines, and the fun away from home atmosphere! Adults letting go of work and home pressures and just enjoying the live music and atmosphere- it's a suburban oasis! i can definitely see room to earnt he 5th star as they improve the layout, menu items and brunch. Salute to Parallel- UN-Paralleled in Ashburn!

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    Love this place.  Went there almost weekly this summer.  Love the wine, people, live music and owners.  Terrific people.  The food is great too.  Nice, hip spot for a sleepy Ashburn town.
    I would ask that they switch up the wines on the Cruvenet system more frequently.  It seemed that most of the wines didn't change all Summer.  I thought the intention of the Cruvenet was to allow guests to experience new wines often.  
    That is my only critical statement.  Love the spot- although a bit pricey at times.  They have a less expensive by-the-glass selection on the printed menu.  Took me a while to figure that out!!!

    You should go check this place out.  A definite recommend.

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    My wife and I went to Parallel on Monday night for our anniversary dinner, and we weren't disappointed.  The food, wine, atmosphere, and service were all excellent.

    Most of the food on the menu is smaller dishes - tapas style, but they do have a few full size entrees.  Even the entrees you can order in a small tapas size for a lower price.  I had a hard time deciding, so asked the waitress what was her favorite.  She recommended the pork loin with apples in cream sauce, and oh my heavens it was to-die-for.  My wife and I also shared the humus and guacamole small plates.  

    There's good news and good news in the wine department.  On the one hand, if you're a wine afficionado and want to spend ungodly amounts of money on wine, they have a VERY fine selection of wine. (One was $75 PER GLASS!!!).  On the other hand, if you're NOT a wine connosieur and DON'T want to take out a home equity loan to try some of their fine selection, you're in luck!  They have a couple of great options.  They have a computerized / mechanical wine tasting bar that will dispense wine in one of three quantities - taste, half glass, or full glass, and it keeps track of each one you take on a card.  

    If you aren't feeling that adventurous, you can do like my wife and I did.  We each got a flight of wines.  For $12, a flight of wine came with three half-glasses to try.  All three of the wines in my red wine flight were excellent.  

    If you aren't into wine, never fear.  They actually had a remarkable selection of beer, too.  I was strongly tempted to try one of the seasonal ales, but the place is known for the awesome wine - so we went for wine.

    The desserts were heavenly, too.  I had a key lime sort of custard / brulee type of thing, and my wife had a chocolate cake, and both were delicious (although a little small).  

    The atmosphere is very nice and the service was excellent.  I would not recommend bringing children here.  This is perfect for a nice night out as a couple.  

    It's pretty pricey - we couldn't afford to go someplace like this more than for birthdays or anniversaries.  Even so, you get what you pay for in terms of very high quality food, wine, and service.

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    This is a great place to nibble on appetizer sized servings and enjoy some wine or beer. No attitude, attentive service. The even made a valiant effort to cater to kids, although the grilled cheese (asiago maybe?) was a little advanced for a 5 year-old. I look forward to going there sans kids. Worthy food choices for any palate.

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    Food was excellent .. entertainment was even better! The owner, Jason, is friendly and helpful when it comes to aiding in choosing a wine (for those that don't regularly drink wine). I love this place!

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    We'd been anticipating going here for a few months. When we got the chance, we came on a quiet Saturday afternoon around 5. We were the third and fourth customers present. The six employees were jaw-jacking around the bar, staring at us and each other intermittently, as we stood inside the "bistro" at the hostess stand for close to 10 minutes.  

    Once seated, the twenty-something waitress starts with "Welcome to Parallel Wine Bistro, our entire focus is wine." I actually said, "really?"

    So we order a tasting menu of wines and some appetizers. The wine was fine, the variety of choices and ways to buy it, imbibe it and present it, etc. is excellent and inventive. The food was not excellent or inventive. I know that the 'avocado hummus' they are using is probably the same sold at Wegman's.  I just bought some the other day. C'mon!
    So, we ordered two different appetizers.  We had asked the waitress for tips on the appetizers and she had little to add.  She had little to add about the wine too.  

    So, we paid our check, and took our selves down to Bonefish and spent our money there on more wine and food. Oh, well.  I think Parallel Wine Bistro has some growing to do here.  Good concept, just keep working at it.  We'll try it again in a few months.

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    Selection of beer and wine is awesome, but a tad high in price.  The food was OK, and I'd like more choices, although it is a wine bar and not a restaurant.  Atmosphere - I sat outside on a Saturday evening and it was fabulous.  Last, our service ROCKED.  I'll be back.

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    New to Ashburn - so thrilled to have it.  The owners of Ashburn Wine Shop brought us this great wine bar/bistro to enjoy.  Have been twice, always a pleasure - great wines, great food.  Mother's Day brunch was heavenly!  Small plates can be small but still delicious and definitely plan to spend more than the local pub with wine and food - but they make it worth it - the experience is a good one!  The owners (and even one of their moms!) make a point to meet everyone and make everyone feel at home.  Cheers!

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