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“Great service, good food, okay value”
Review of Hummingbird

Hummingbird
Ranked #208 of 836 Restaurants in Alexandria
Description: A waterview restaurant. Hummingbird; is an energetic bar and kitchen inspired by the American spirit of cherished traditions: Clambakes and crab boils, fish fries and oyster roasts. Weddings and parties on the deck overlooking the water with an acclaimed chef make Hummingbird the perfect place to dine, lounge and enjoy a frozen slushee!
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Description: A waterview restaurant. Hummingbird; is an energetic bar and kitchen inspired by the American spirit of cherished traditions: Clambakes and crab boils, fish fries and oyster roasts. Weddings and parties on the deck overlooking the water with an acclaimed chef make Hummingbird the perfect place to dine, lounge and enjoy a frozen slushee!
Reviewed October 7, 2017

Hummingbird had piqued our curiosity when we walked by on our way to a different restaurant. On a Saturday evening, with lines elsewhere, we decided to give this a shot. We found the service to be attentive and friendly. We can recommend Noelle. She talked us into an appetizer and dessert, but she was not at all pushy, and I'm glad she did. They were the standouts. The grilled octopus appetizer was one alarming-looking, "bold presentation" Noelle called it, 12-14" tentacle, perfectly grilled, tender and tasty, served on a bed of capers and olives. My burger was a little dry, being grass-fed beef, and it would have benefited from being medium-well as I ordered it, rather than well done. The lobster pasta was generous, with generous lobster, but it really needed salt, some sort of spicing and some vegetable matter. We split the home-made ice cream, which was delicious and decadently rich. They have a nice wine list and several beers on draft, as well as cans and bottles. The draft was a small serving at about 9 oz., but it wasn't expensive. The decaf, freshly made in a French press, could have been stronger. With one glass of wine, one of draft, the pasta, burger, one ice cream, one coffee, tax and tip, we paid about $100 and left happy.

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Thank Randy H
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Reviewed October 7, 2017

I have been to this charming restaurant 3 times. It is the newest restaurant in Old Town, in the Hotel Indigo. The location is fantastic, and the decor is absolutely lovely. They also have a great outdoor seating area.
What they don't have is a TRAINED staff of waiters. First two times it was ok, but yesterday, a sunny nice day, they seemed overwhelmed, even though they had a lot of waiters, they weren't effective. We waited about 15 minutes for our salads, but the most irritating thing we asked for bread, a waiter, not ours, said yes we could have bread, and after a 10 minute wait, we asked again for bread, and they brought ONE piece for 2 of us. When we asked for more they said they would have to charge us, which they did, and brought ONE more piece of bread.
Old Town has recently lost a couple of restaurants for inattentive and untrained staff. I hope this won't be another one.

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Thank natty3816
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Reviewed October 2, 2017 via mobile

I had the arctic chard and a Caesar salad - loved it. The chard has a charcoal roasted flavor and texture. Price is reasonable, especially for Alexandria, which is generally expensive. This restaurant is located in The Hotel Indigo. There is also a lovely courtyard just outside the restaurant, which is part of the hotel and a great outdoor urban space to visit.

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Reviewed October 2, 2017

During a perfect stay at Hotel Indigo, the only detractor was our breakfast at Hummingbird.  Food was great - affording a rating of "3" instead of "2" - but service was tedious and absent-minded.  People who arrived after us were served before us and received an apology for having to wait so long.  Perhaps they are regulars, but delaying us while apologizing to them ensures we never become regulars. Servers didn't notice items missing from our table so that we had to ask for five different things as we needed them and found we didn't have them - each time met with "Oh, you don't have xxx?"  Then the check was delayed even longer than our food, making us really ready to get out of there. It came across as terrible service despite the servers being nice, and we doubt that's the message Hummingbird is looking to transmit.

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Thank LianneDC
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Reviewed September 26, 2017

A nicely appointed restaurant, Hummingbird is still another very echoing place with no sound masking so noise abounds. The view of the river is marred by construction. Hopefully they will not build anything across the street so eventually there is a decent view of the Potomac. I have experienced both lunch and dinner. Lunch is tunnel visioned. The salad offerings are okay. I chose the chopped salad which was very average. My husband can't eat beef and certain seafoods so chicken salad was his only sandwich choice. It didn't contain much meat but filler and too much mayo abound. For dinner they have much the same in different configurations, i.e., the lunch soft shelled crab sandwich is served without the bread for dinner. My husband was relegated to the Amish Chicken which was nicely seasoned but a bit dry. I had the octopus appetizer which was nicely prepared followed by a lobster fettuccine Alfredo, both very tasty. We won't go back for a while. Hummingbird needs some work and seasoning as well as a balanced menu that suits a larger clientele.

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Thank Bendiva
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