Joe Theismann's Restaurant

4.3
1413 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Casual
  • Lunch
  • Comfort Food
Joe Theismann’s Restaurant, “Comfortable, Convenient, Classy & Established” is unique in character & difficult to categorize. For 35 years, it has melded the venues of fine dining, neighborhood grill & sports viewing. Implementing its original concept as a comfortable, friendly dining spot with great food & good value Joe Theismann’s offers what many restaurants don’t, character & personality. Patrons return for food quality, consistency & excellent staff. Although on the cutting edge in TV technology, the high score is for an exceptional dining experience. Not a chain/franchise, menu items are not stamped out, but prepared from scratch for seasonal freshness & customer preference. The range of offerings, Sea Bass in Tomato Basil Butter & Filet Mignon to hearty sandwiches, has survived the competition. The loyal following encompasses daily customers, tourists & local residents. Stop in. Celebrate an event, meet friends for lunch or just drop by for happy hour. Become a regular.
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MB
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it! Great food, location, and wait staff.

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AJ
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Business dinner two nights in a row (because it was so good the first night).

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AG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

I would describe the environment as a more upscale sports bar environment. Very comfortable, great service and good food.

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SH
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Ravonn, our server, was excellent! He had excellent suggestions and was a delight!

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Pittsburgh
60 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service

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JS
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We were seated promptly. The wait staff were friendly without hovering to much. This was a late mother's day dinner since we were not able to Sunday. We ordered the crab dip for an app. The strip steak with a crabcake, the KC ribs, and the fish and chips. Crabcake was all meat, steak was cooked to perfection, and the ribs fall off the bone. The fish was not properly drained of the oil. The manager promptly bought a whole new plate. Everything was good. I've been here before and will return whenever I can.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Great food great atmosphere but the service was a bit slow. Maybe because it was Mother’s Day? Overall great experience though.

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LD
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

They were 45 minutes late seating us for a confirmed 12:30 pm brunch seating. We both ordered blueberry pancakes with bacon. Only one came and we were given a plate to share this one until the other order could arrive (approximately 20 minutes later). A horrible experience with the exception of the countenance of our waitress. Also, the food was terrible. We will not be back

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

This was a Mother's Day luncheon. The food as always was very good. Also, the table service provided by our server was excellent. However, the low rating for service is based on the fact that we waited over an hour to get seated and this was with a reservation. We were not given the courtesy I was being told that there was a problem when we checked in. After waiting an unreasonable amount of time I finally inquired from the hostess as to the problem. The reason provided for the long delay was that their ordering system to the kitchen was malfunctioning. It seems that for a high-end establishment such as this, they would have a backup system in place to ensure they can provide their customers with their ordinarily very good service. Is also terribly unprofessional to not advise us when we checked in of the delay.

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MH
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best filet ever!!! and the green beans...so good. I would have given overall a 5 but they inadvertently made my check for almost twice as much by charging me incorrectly. They were nice about correcting it though and if I hadn't had to leave the next day would have gone back for another filet. Absolutely wonderful.

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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 1

Mother’s Day brunch. Can’t suggest the food because after two hours we didn’t get it, nor did anyone else in our area. Server was very nice and apologetic, and they didn’t charge us for some donuts and drinks. Hard to keep hungry kiddos entertained for two hours.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Food was great. Service was good but a little slow due to Mother’s Day rush. They also ran out of coffee cups and we got a coffee served in a pint glass. The server said this happens on regular weekends too. Maybe they should invest in a few more coffee cups. Overall it was a good experience and a good value, we’ll try them again for a regular brunch.

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AM
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, Colleen was great. The menu has changed, we really missed the lollipop lamb chops. Our table ordered appetizer wings, half old bay (too salty), half barbecue. Enjoyed the butcher burger and fries; herb roasted chicken, mashed potatoes (too much salt), green beans; Caesar salad, sweet potato fries; crab soup, loaded bake potato, garden salad. Dessert was shared, carrot cake (a little dry) and a brownie sundae. Overall not bad but clearly not what it used to be.

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RB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our service at Joe Theismann's Restaurant was excellent! Our waitress was attentive and did everything perfectly. All of our meals were really good. We would definitely eat here again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The servers were very attentive to our needs. Service was excellent and the food was prepared perfectly! Had a wonderful experience.

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DF
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

First time back after 14 years in Arizona. Still outstanding food, service, and ambience.

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a
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Menu was different again....special Fish taco was good....

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DJ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We have enjoyed Theismann’s for the past 20 years. Very disappointed in the new menu. Both entrees and value. Service was good, food ok, but overpriced. No lamb pops or other starters we went specifically to Theismann’s to enjoy.

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MC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Every was terrific. When arrived we we’re immediately seated even though we were early. The service and the food we’re outstanding. The saracha deviled eggs hit the spot. My NY strip steak was perfectly cooked and melted in your mouth. The entire experience was awesome!

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KL
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Selna was an amazing server. Food was fresh and great value. Best brunch I have been to in a long time

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OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Theismanns will always be a restaurant of choice for my family and business partners. Nothing like a cozy booth at JTs. Food is always good.
The restaurant needs an upgrade though - the leather on the booth banquets is cracked and catches on clothing as you slide in. The whole place seems a bit tired. Time for a fresh make over.
Please train the servers to read the customers. If I’ve already decided but you haven’t bothered to ask, I don’t want to hear the long essay on specials. Don’t come back and talk about anything. I’m there to visit with whoever I am with. I tip the highest for the waiter who says little and delivers fast.

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M
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

In town for two days. Met up with an old friend for dinner.
Wonderful experience at Theismann’s!

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RA
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Grownup grilled cheese is tasty but too loaded with cheese.
Food took way too long to arrive.
Prices appear to be higher than before Theismann sold to the new owners.
Still a decent place to eat, but perhaps losing some of what was good before the sale.

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YM
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Most of our dishes were extremly salty, especially the plain chicken wings, and other dishes my staff had.

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KS
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my first time visiting Joe Theismann‘s. It did not disappoint!

I was immediately greeted by a friendly hostess who promptly showed me to an open table. My server, Bill, was phenomenal! He was friendly, prompt , And knowledgeable of the menu.

The food was amazing as well! It was brought out quickly and the flavor was excellent! The burger was juicy and the fries crispy and Well seasoned. Bill recommended the raspberry sorbet for dessert and it did not disappoint!

I highly recommend Joe Theismann‘s and I can’t wait to return!

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RD
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good food; Attentive service; Convenient location. What more could you ask for!

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P
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

The restaurant has many good qualities. Would recommend it to people visiting Alexandria for value and the quality of food and service.

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LA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was great the food was amazingly great.

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JD
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great Easter brunch! Love this place!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 1Food 5Service 1Ambience 5

Normally, I go to JT's for Happy Hour (awesome); dinner (fantastic); or to watch sports (no better place). But, this was the second time I went there for brunch. In both cases, the service was far below what I have expected, with the most recent trip one of the worst dining experiences ever due to the service, not some really delicious food. In fairness, the manager did what was right in compensating for the poor experience. I'm not giving up on JT's because it really is a great place, but one more bad experience and we're done. Many other great places in Old Town!

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HF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

We went for Easter. Ordered from the brunch menu. Appetizer came with two dirty plates. Water glass had lipstick on rim. Fork was dirty. Waitress was annoyed we kept asking for clean dishes. Did not think having clean dishes and clean flatware was a lot to ask in a restaurant. Food was average. Would not return. Over priced sports bar.

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A
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The location is great, walking distance from major distance from major hotel. We were seated promptly. Service was wonderful. Our waiter Ray was amazing and the food was phenomenal.

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D
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great happy hour!!

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U
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We really enjoyed our evening,,,,it was a perfect location, our waiter was beyond helpful!! I wish I could remember his name. Had an outstanding version of a Manhattan, I should have gotten the recipe, if anyone can help and email it to me would really appreciate it,

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DS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Chicken and Meatloaf dishes arrived cold. Chicken was very dry and meatloaf was too salty. Won’t be back.

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D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The only reason I rated the food a 4 was the crab dip appetizer had very little crab and weird color (gray), and just not flavorful. Around here, people expect great crab dishes or leave them off the menu. All other dishes were wonderful.

They ran out of the wine we had after we ordered 2 glasses. They tried to steer us to another but we wanted the Winter Hill. I've seen other restaurants send someone to a store when an item is gone - it is great customer service.

Waitstaff was excellent.

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PS
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

The service was terrible. I could never find my waitress. Braised short ribs with a baked potato. It was hard and had no butter. I asked for butter. It took 1/2 hour to get it. The butter was hard as a rock (frozen), potato was cold -- They did give me another baked potato, but who wanted it at this point. The braised ribs were good. We then ordered a brownie sundae. Again brownie was hard as a rock. I threw a piece and it bounced off the plate. They removed it from my bill. I told them they should take it off the menu until they get fresh brownie. I was given 2 $20 gift certificates, but I am not sure I even want to use them.

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DS
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Joe Theismann's isone of my favorite restaurants. I really enjoy their Friday night special (the cowboy rib eye). While the steak is a little pricey at $45.00, I've never been disappointed.

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KD
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food and service!! I will definitely be recommending this place to anyone who is visiting the D.C. area!

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KP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Good restaurant and the filet was great but the shrimp scampi was not very good...it had no real taste and the shrimp were tiny. Service was excellent and the drink menu prices were reasonable.

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