By Olivia Overman
Even with the multitude of dining options in Prince William, the new Bonefish Grill in Woodbridge has enjoyed a steady stream of customers. Conveniently located near Potomac Mills mall and I-95, the nationwide chain’s new restaurant at 2680 Prince William Parkway has quickly become a local hot spot since it opened last November.
Dinnertime finds the new eatery, the second Bonefish in Prince William, bustling with patrons, many interviewed saying that they are glad to finally have a local Bonefish. Todd Hewitt of Occoquan said that he and his wife Robin Hewitt have been to the Woodbridge restaurant “umpteen times since it opened.”
He said the couple has visited all Bonefish’s eateries from Gainesville, the franchise’s other Prince William location, to Springfield and are excited to have one so close. The Hewitts named the chain’s “Baja Fish Tacos” and “Bang Bang Shrimp® Tacos” as their favorite Bonefish fare.
Other Bonefish fans include Woodbridge residents Steve Turl and Linda Johnson, who live less than two miles from the new restaurant. “We were just here last Tuesday night for [Johnson’s] birthday when we had the Valentine’s Day special: steak and lobster. It was really good,” said Turl. Bonefish’s prices for seafood and quality steak are reasonable, he commented. Johnson added that she also likes the crab corn chowder. The two said that before the restaurant in Woodbridge opened they drove to Bonefish’s eateries in Springfield and Fredericksburg.
Opens with Charity Fundraiser
Two days before it officially opened on Nov. 11, Bonefish Grill Potomac Mills hosted a charity fundraiser benefitting The Arc of Greater Prince William/INSIGHT, a nonprofit organization that provides services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The charity raised more than $10,000 through the event. “We are thrilled to be the recipients of such a wonderful event,” said Karen Smith, executive director of The Arc.
The fundraiser was the “perfect way to kick off our opening in Woodbridge,” said Anna Bennett, managing partner at the eatery. “We look forward to many more opportunities to help support greater Prince William and to [welcome] the community to the restaurant.”
The building, previously an Uno Pizzeria & Grill, underwent extensive renovations before reopening as the new restaurant, which sports Bonefish’s signature look: a streamlined, khaki stucco exterior with interior decor designed to be upscale, yet also comfortable.
Savory, and Sustainable
Bonefish has gained popularity for its savory wood-grilled seafood dishes, which include “Ahi Tuna Sashimi” and the eateries’ signature “Bang Bang Shrimp®.” Additionally, the growing chain, which started in St. Petersburg, Fla., in 2000, promotes fish sustainability, supporting fishing regulations and laws designed to curtail overfishing.
Bonefish’s menu extends beyond seafood, however, with fare that also includes beef and chicken dishes. In addition, the Woodbridge restaurant offers lunch as well as dinner, which helped the eatery rank within the top five in sales among Bonefish restaurants throughout the country, according to Bennett. It is among only 15 Bonefish eateries out of about 200 nationwide that are open for lunch, she said.
Lunch choices, served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday, include mix-and-match entrée salads and soup-and-salad combinations starting at $6.90. “New menu items such as the ‘Lily’s Chicken Wrap,’ with goat cheese and artichoke pesto, will appear alongside Bonefish Grill’s tried-and-true favorites like the ‘American Kobe Burger’ and the ‘Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos,’” Bennett said.
She added that there are always a few seasonal dishes, too, providing patrons with fresh, innovative dining choices throughout the year. The menu also includes “Sir Will’s Fish and Chips” and other customer favorites, as well as richer fare, such as “Imperial Longfin,” baked crab stuffed with shrimp, scallops and crab meat.
The local Bonefish also serves brunch on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. “[We have] traditional breakfast favorites, like the classic eggs benedict, and other new menu items, including three new benedicts: The ‘Surf and Turf ’; ‘Huevos Benedictos,’ with crispy corn tortillas and chorizo; and ‘Spinach and Mushroom,’” said Bennett.
Drinks with a Twist
But innovation doesn’t stop in the kitchen at Bonefish. The bar, which Bennett said has the feel of a “big-city bar” at the Woodbridge location, serves drinks with a twist, such as a glow-in- the-dark “Hpnotiq Martini.” Another is a Bloody Mary garnished with a provolone cheese-stuffed red pepper. Virgin drinks also get a creative touch, such as the “Blackberry Splash Cocktail,” with blackberries, coconut water and a hint of mint. These fresh ingredients complement the Bonefish philosophy of making everything from scratch that restaurant staff serve. (So go ahead and eat the fruit at the bottom of the glass!)
The restaurant offers drink specials from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. nightly, including half-priced cocktails made with popular brands, Bennett said. “We also have $5 hand-crafted cocktails available all day, every day. [The menu] includes premium red and white wines, and four featured cocktails of the day,” she said.
Customers sitting in the bar section can order from the full menu as they watch the bartender stir up concoctions. “We like to come sit at the bar or at the bar tables so we don’t have to wait for a table and because the bar staff here are fantastic,” said Todd Hewitt.
The Woodbridge restaurant is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday for dinner. It’s open Friday 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. for dinner. Weekend hours include 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. While walk-ins are welcome, reservations are suggested and can be made at www.bonefishgrill.com/PotomacMills or by calling 703-490-3693.
A graduate of American University’s School of Communication, Olivia Overman is a freelance writer who has composed articles for a number of online and print publications. She can be reached at [email protected]