P.J. Skidoos

Fairfax's Famous Bar, Restaurant, and Banquet Hall

Restaurant Hours

  • Mon-Sat: 11AM-10PM
  • Sun: 10AM-10:PM

Bar Hours

  • Mon-Sat: 11AM-2AM
  • Sun: 10AM-2AM

News & Events

COVID-19 Temporary Closure

Dear Valued Customers,

We wanted to share with you the recent difficult decision that we have made. Starting Sunday March 29th, we will be closing our doors until further notice. Our Governor has mandated that all restaurants/bars close until April 24th and we truly hope we will be able to re-open starting then. However, with the ever changing situation, we will be monitoring it day to day.


We tried our best to continue the Curbside Pick Up so that we could give some of our employees a job. We thank each and every one of you who supported us through this. We were really hoping this service would be successful; however, the demand is just not there to cover our costs.


We have a tough road ahead to get our business back up and running but we will get through this.


We have set up a GoFund Me account to help raise money for our wonderful PJ Skidoos employees. We will distribute 100% of the funds to employees who are in the worst need to cover rent/mortgage, food and bills. We understand each and every one of us is being affected by this terrible situation but if you are able to contribute, please see the link above.



If you would like to support our small locally owned business directly, please consider purchasing a gift card for later use. You can email pjskidoosfairfax@gmail.com and we will mail it to you.

In the meantime, i​f you need immediate assistance with anything else, please email us at pjskidoosfairfax@gmail.com.

We hope you all are well and safe. We miss you and are looking forward to seeing you soon.



March Monthly Special

Fried Flounder
Served with fries and coleslaw
For only $12.95!


Our beautiful patio is open!

Serving lunch, dinner and drinks under our covered patio.
Join us for a seat at a nice table or let our bartender serve you at our outdoor bar.
Happy Hour Specials served on our patio!
We recently enclosed the patio and put heaters so we are open on cooler days as well!

P.J. Skidoos

Our Story

P. J. Skidoos was opened the first of February 1978 by Cosmos Bells, Stephen Thomas, and Pip Thomas. It was one of the first restaurant/bars in Northern Virginia and soon became the most popular. Stephen Thomas came up with the name — P. J. came from one of the oldest bars in New York City, "P. J. Clarke's," and Skidoos was a fictitious word used on flags at carnivals around the turn of the 20th century to attract attention. P. J. Skidoos — the perfect name for this unique and transcending establishment.

P. J. Skidoos has always been privately owned. Today, Cosmos Bells and his nephew, Dimitri Paraskevopoulos, own and manage the restaurant. We never want to franchise because we want to keep our personal connection to our customers. Many of our customers met here, married, and now their children come here. We also try to have something for everyone from business lunches to family dinners and celebrations, birthdays, anniversaries, reunions, college parties, private banquet parties and any of our menu items available for carry-out.

We strive to provide our customers excellent food and service at very reasonable prices. P. J. Skidoos has won numerous awards for our food and prices, especially our prime rib. We feel our banquet prices cannot be beat and that is why so many people celebrate their rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, retirement parties, bridal showers, baby showers, christenings, business meetings, holiday parties, and many more occasions in our banquet rooms. P. J. Skidoos has a beautiful patio which is open during the warmer months. We have happy hour specials Monday-Friday from 4-8pm. We also provide gift cards in any denomination for that special gift.

We are very proud that we have served this area for over 35 years and appreciate all of the support we have received!