The Liberty Tavern

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3441 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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The Liberty Tavern offers rustic, locally sourced, modern American cuisine. Featuring an inviting street level bar and an intimate dining room on the second level, The Liberty Tavern offers an affordable, diverse wine list, creative specialty cocktails, and a great selection of premium draft and bottled beer. The comfortable, timeless ambiance will be enhanced by warm, hospitable service. Whether you’re joining us for a round of drinks in the bar, a casual midweek supper with your children, or a special evening with friends and family, you’ll be sure to feel at home. Liberty To-Go offers a separate carry-out entrance on Irving Street where wood-fired pizzas, grilled panini, fresh salads and other specialties will be conveniently offered for enjoyment at home.

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KB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Terrific food, ethically raised, served with grace and a positive attitude, and at a reasonable price

GP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Food was good. Slection for a buffet was limited. Service was poor.

OT
Dorset
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and huge selection on their brunch buffet. All stayed piping hot and were constantly being replenished. Staff were friendly and attentive without being intrusive. Great atmosphere - really glad I chose this place!

CS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Outstanding in nearly every way! The weekend brunch here is going to be right at the top of my list from now on. The selection and presentation are both impressive. Service could not have been better. Tables are close together, so don't expect to have a confidential conversation, but noise level was acceptable. The one thing I'd suggest improving was the dessert selection, which was not particularly appetizing and, even though I had three small samples, none were memorable nor did they create a desire for seconds (unlike several items on the main buffet). Of course, we were pretty well satisfied from the main buffet, so it wasn't a huge issue, but for those who are looking for an amazing dessert selection like some other weekend brunches in the area, it would be a disappointment.

k
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for a la carte brunch. Steak and eggs are always amazing. We also ordered French toast, which was a perfect size and great taste. 3 egg omelet was a little salty but good size. Will definitely return for brunch!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

As always a great visit. The food was not my personal best this time, but that's mostly due to my choice to try something new.

DS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

Liberty Tavern is usually one of our safe bets. The food was good but the service was very slow. Perhaps the bar was backed up but we didn't get checked on very often. While I still like Liberty Tavern it is starting to show its age. It is starting to look much more like a bar than a restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Pros: Nice staff. Nice decor
Cons: Slow service - didn’t take order for 45 minutes. Food did not arrive until 1 1/4 hours after arriving. Poorly run kitchen and poorly managed wait staff.
Overall: nice people doing a poor job. Better to eat elsewhere.

SB
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

I went there for brunch. It was an amenable experience overall. The food is good and fresh but not outstanding.

A
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great experience. Service was quick and the food was outstanding.

S
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Wonderful ambiance with very good casual dining with a unique menu offering.

AC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, waiter and very attentive and food is really good

CB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Service was horrible. Had to wait over 30 minutes just to get our bill. Food was good

S
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fun for Gal-entines Day with friends. Appetizers were creative.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience3

Good food. We were there during happy hour so it was very crowded and noisy. On some occasions this would’ve been fine, but I was trying to catch up with a relative over dinner. Not the restaurants fault so no hit against them. It’s a popular place for good reason. The service was really good considering how busy it was. Great place to go after work for mingling. I’ve been there for a Sunday Brunch before and it was really good then too.

KR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

the food was delicious and it was a fun atmosphere.

AC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Always a good experience very at Liberty Tavern.

DM
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best brunch I’ve ever had, I always go to Liberty Tavern when in Washington DC. I highly recommend eating there...

OT
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Went out to dinner with my sister for NYE! The service was exceptional!

CJ
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Outstanding dinner with imaginative preparation. Trendy spot so a little noisy but the food was well worth it.

A
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place to get together with family!

MH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good service and food was great and very quick. Good service and selection at the bar.

S
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Good food. Way too loud.

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food!

c
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience1

Very disappointed with the service, food and overall ambiance. Went on Friday during restaurant week. Only one waitress for over 50 people upstairs. Service was slow and food was OK, nothing like I had expected seeing all the reviews. While it has atmosphere - it was very noisy and not very clean. Floor and handrail going upstairs were sticky. Food service door to the upstairs kitchen and elevator door looked like it hasn't been cleaned in several months. I was glad I went there on restaurant week and got a good deal on the meal but I would be hard pressed to go again during the normal restaurant week.

H
Seattle
49 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Whoa, that was delicious!! It's been awhile since we'd eaten at The Liberty Tavern and I'd really forgotten how excellent it is. The vibe, service, wines and cocktails are always really great, but the food was off the charts! We shared Aroncini (and could've ordered 4 more plates), burratta with roasted acorn squash, and grilled octopus starters, then were knocked out by the Amish chicken, seared tuna and pork chop entrees. The dessert menu looked amazing, but we just couldn't, after all that. Way to go, Liberty Tavern!! We can't wait to come back for more!

OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Don’t let the word “tavern” in the name fool you, this is not pub food. Consistently excellent food across diverse dishes.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

Bar seating was very uncomfortable

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience3

Liberty tavern is pretty busy on Friday nights, so I made a reservation for a table by the bar. When I showed up, they said they are busy and theirs no tables available for a while... Isn't that the point of the reservation?

We ended up going somewhere else.

M
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, from pre arrival, to post! Staff is super pleasant, helpful and welcoming. Food was very delicious as were the drinks, coffee, and cocktails. Superb experience. Highly recommend and I will return!

TJ
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was exceptional. The atmosphere was very pleasant (upstairs dining area is better if you plan on having a conversation). The table attendants were on point all night. I'm from Pittsburgh but ill definitely come back when I'm in the V.A. area

PR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Have been to Liberty Tavern several times over the last few years and once again found the experience outstanding for our group. Food offerings covered range of interests for our group, ranging from kids' means to seafood, pasta, steaks. Rave reviews for the filet as well as the flat iron steak. Less enthusiastic review for rigatoni and meatballs. Service was excellent.

DW
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Everything was great. Food was delicious and although it was a busy day service was fast and food was fresh.

a
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambiance in a beautiful & colonial setting. Service was impeccable. Our waiter was friendly & attentive. The food was delicious, starting with the bread, all the way through to desert, but the star was the turkey pot pie. The best pot pie ever. So much turkey &?flakey pastry topping. Ate the whole thing & it is big. Wasn’t hungry until dinner the next day.

MC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The New Years Day brunch was excellent. A wide variety of breakfast and lunch items to choose from and they were all delicious. I recommend the brioche French toast and the meats from the carver station. Service was quick, efficient and friendly. Definitely coming back.

B
Charleston
26 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Saw waiter only two times, to take order and bring check. A very busy night but crowd was extremely loud. Table next of 22 was very loud loud and profane. Had to ask three times for drink refills came at the same time we got our check. Fillet was raw, never got water refills or bread. When the waiter finally came to ask if it filet could be redone partner was already finished and it was too late.

H
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have been to the Liberty Tavern before and the service was good and the food tasty. It did not disappoint when I went back a few days ago.

I stayed for the New Year's Eve countdown and it was a fun, festive atmosphere.

I would definitely recommend the Libery Tavern for someone who wants to get a delicious meal with good service.

b
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Went to dinner for New Year’s Eve. It was a great experience. Ambience was lively and people were having a good time. The one down side was the price on the New Year’s Eve special menu was a bit high for the food served. Don’t get me wrong food was delicious, but still not really worth the high price. And also parking was a bit difficult but that’s given taking into account the area the restaurant is in. Overall definitely a good experience and would definitely recommend the restaurant

H
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

We were four persons. We ordered four different items. All four were considered sub-standard. We were very disappointed. Service was friendly and helpful. Upstairs dining room is a good idea since downstairs bar is very noisy. Upstairs was moderate in sound levels. Food was really bad.

CB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Came for brunch with the family. Food for every age. Everyone enjoyed themselves.