The other day I met my friend C for dinner in Ballston. She had heard about Vapiano and saw that they had a happy hour so we decided to give the place a try.
They give you these little cards to keep track of everything you order and then when you are about to leave, you give the hostess back the card and then you pay for your meal/drinks.
The restaurant was very aesthetically pleasing and has fresh herbs all over the place so I decided to sit near the wall with fresh basil and rosemary(?).
I decided to go to the hostess stand and ask about the bar situation "O you wanted to order a drink" "no...I was just standing up at the bar because I wanted to." <--don't worry...I didn't say that. She wandered off to find the bartender, which ended up being the guy who made my pizza...understaffed I guess?
By the time I was brought the wine, C had gotten our pasta and we ate our meal.
I can't imagine going here with more then one person, especially at a busy time. I don't know if they get more efficient if it gets busier, but it just doesn't make sense if you come here to eat with other people. You will not get your food anywhere near the same time. At least the guy that was making the pasta was cute, something to look at when you are waiting in a ridiculously long line.
Mediocre food, uninteresting happy hour, poor time-management skills...I will not be back here. And the restaurant was empty, something I haven't come across in the Ballston/Clarendon/Arlington area any night of the week, especially if they have a happy hour.
4401 Wilson Blvd