American Tap Room - Clarendon
American Tap Room - Clarendon

American Tap Room - Clarendon

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.americantaproom.com/
  • Phone: (703) 312-9080
  • Hours of Operation:
    Mon - Wed: 11:30 am - 11 pm
    Thurs: 11:30am - 12am
    Fri: 11:30 am - 2 am
    Sat: 11:30 am - 2 am
    Sun: 10 am - 11 pm


    Open 7 Days a Week!
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Steve Mannino
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Come share your special event with us. We offer many options and locations to host your event. We have our "Allagash Green Room and Martini Bar" to host your private cocktail reception, "The Stella Room" for a fireplace cozy event, or the Lucky U Lounge and Patio with sofas and a fire pit for ambiance. Host your holiday party, office luncheon, Continental breakfast, Dinner cocktail or dinner party. Please email our event coordinator for more details including event brochure, diagram with seating capacity and sample menus.
    We look forward to making your event special!
  • Private Party Contact: Melissa Kirkpatrick at events@americantaproom.com 571-383-1315x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N Highland St.
  • Public Transit: We are conveniently located across from the Clarendon Metro stop on the Orange line.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Off street and metered parking are available for a fee before 6pm. free street parking after 6pm and anytime on Sundays.
A word from American Tap Room - Clarendon
This is American Regional Cuisine at its classic, pub-inspired best. The food is fun and what we like to call “approachable”. You’ll also enjoy some twists on the classics with taste-inspired ideas like our Dirty Caesar Salad and Greek Turkey Burger. At the American Tap Room we believe in using local ingredients as much as possible and, yes, everything we serve goes well with beer.

Ranging from weekend brunch, to a casual lunch outing or an after-work gathering in our bar, each dining experience is uniquely enjoyable.

Enjoy your time with us on our outdoor patio, inside by the fireplace, or by booking an event in our private room.
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American Tap Room - Clarendon reviews from OpenTable diners
21 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (6)vibrant bar scene (5)great for lunch (4)neighborhood gem (3)good for groups (3)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (2)romantic (1)hot spot (1)special occasion (1)fit for foodies (1)Show More
  • We were in town for the MCM
    NYGracieVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2011
    We were in town for the MCM and had a couple very hungry marathoners after the race. The menu has a good selection...something for everyone...steaks, seafood, burgers, flatbread pizzas all in a modern but comfortable environment. Good for sports fans with alot of TVs in the bar without being too loud. Server was excellent, attentive and efficient.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Room, GoodService, So-So Food
    FlamingoFallsVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2011
    This was our second visit, and although we had great service, thanks to Michael, the food was a little disappointing. Apps were good, but the entrees came with COLD mashed potatoes that tasted like instant, instead of real. We called the server over, who in turn called over the manager. Both insisted they were real, but one of our guests, whose mother owns a restaurant insisted they were instant. No matter what, they shouldn't have been COLD (not warm, but cold). Overall, food is mediocre; just doesn't stack up to Liberty Tavern, Eventide, Circa, 3, etc., which are all a little pricier, but much better. ATR has invested a fortune in the space, so I hope they'll invest more in the menu and food quality to match.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible service, food is ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/28/2011
    Very disappointing experience here. We had a group of 8 coworkers for dinner celebrating a baby shower on Friday at 5:00 PM. Upon arriving, they were concerned with how long we were going to take with our table. What kind of restaurant asks a large group in advance to not try to take longer than 2 hours? BY 7:10 they were asking us to clear out (we had just asked for our check). What a terrible experience! We were so irritated that our boss actually talked directly to the manager and we got some gift cards to use for a future happy hour but honestly, who would want to go back there?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An impressive beer list makes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/23/2011
    An impressive beer list makes ATR a decent target for a night at the bar, but unfortunately the cool lighted menus and new, well-designed dining room isn't enough to offset the mediocre food. Burgers arrived as cooked to death patties that looked like they came from a warehouse club freezer pack. We should of suspected something when "how would you like that cooked" was never asked. A salad with "Phoenix Chicken" left us asking what was "Phoenix" about it (seems like plain cubed chicken breast), and a turkey burger, while tasty, was about as plain and non-unique as possible. I was hoping the Clarendon location had stepped up its menu over the super-typical Reston Town Center location, but it looks like both are competing for most mediocr
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot for a business lunch.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/20/2011
    Attentive friendly staff, consistently good food - what's not to like? It was a great choice for a business lunch. Our server was attentive without interrupting our discussion and she made some great recommendations based on our likes/dislikes. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2011
    We went for brunch on Sunday. They brought me the wrong entree while forgetting part of my husband's meal; he was half way finished when mine arrived. After the error, the waiter did not come back to check on us or apologize. It was also bothersome when I watched groups of the wait staff inattentively huddled together ignoring the customers. Perhaps it was an off day, but I will not be in a hurry to return to ATR. There are many other better options in Clarendon.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Incredibly packed and way
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/14/2011
    Incredibly packed and way too noisy. I had to lean and yell to each of my dinner mates. The dining area near the bar, where we were, is open and the acoustics are terrible (in that it is too noisy). The food was excellent. Each of us was very happy with the appetizers, entrees, and desserts. The bartender, however, was an utter disaster. My fiance and I ordered mojitos, which came with raspberries. Clearly the bartender was putting his own twist on a mojito. I'm all for creativity, but the raspberry didn't work. I asked for a regular mojito, and it came without rum (!!!). When I asked for a new one, the bartender just poured rum into the one I had returned. Our waitress was great, but I felt bad for her.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • definitely not "foodie" food,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/10/2011
    definitely not "foodie" food, but not bad. Service was good but entrees came out while we were all still in the middle of soup/salad/appetizer. Lobster mac-n-cheese was nothing special - the scallions and tomatoes were warm but not cooked and the sauce wasn't very thick or creamy. Slider trio didnt taste bad but the buns were very hard/dry.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love the menu here. Even
    AllysonVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2011
    We love the menu here. Even better is that it's actually "backlit" so that's it's easy to read. Our kids love to come here as well. We love the "grownup" atmosphere, the varied menu and the excellent food. Service has always been very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An okay brunch option in Clarendon.
    KevinVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2011
    Another good brunch option in Clarendon. I'd go back. The omlette was just okay. I think they just cooked a plain omlette and then put it on top of the filling on the plate. The flavor wasn't really part of the egg. It was okay, but i've had better (who messes up an omlette anyway). The grits were pretty awesome!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food and associated cost
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/8/2011
    The food and associated cost were good. Portions were large enough to share. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The restaurant was good. The
    DPinVA
    Dined on 10/7/2011
    The restaurant was good. The portions were great. The service was OK. The atmosphere is lively. I did not have a drink at the bar but it seems like a good time. My only real issue was Clarendon/Arlington has a lot of restaurants with similar cuisine. It is hard to stand out in Arlington.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thoroughly enjoyed our first
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/6/2011
    Thoroughly enjoyed our first ATR experience. The food exceeded our expectations. The menue was surprisingly diverse. The server was hospitable and knowledgable. Lighted menus are a cute, innovative, welcome treat. The only drawback is the noise level. While greatly improved over the previous management, it remains loud. Dine on the earlier side of the dinner hour to avoid the enthusiastic bar crowd. Kudos to the kitchen. There's something for everyone on the menu. Fun & yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent steak. Need to
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2011
    Excellent steak. Need to work on timing food delivery. Wasn't done the appetizer when the entrees arrived.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nearly a Neighborhood Gem
    ellekaseyVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2011
    We were pleased with our first visit to the American Tap Room in Clarendon. It was comfortable, there was a nice selection on the menu. Service was acceptable if not overly attentive. A burger came out with a tiny ramekin of ketchup, no pickle, no mustard or mayo. I felt like these traditional accompaniments were being unnecessarily withheld. It felt stingy. A lava cake had little sense of "lava" and seemed straight from a box. But it was a good meal almost on par with the Great American Restaurant chain in the area.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still being a new restaurant
    Emmett
    Dined on 9/28/2011
    Still being a new restaurant I think they have some kinks to work out. They brough my friend the wrong meal twice, took quite a while with drinks and forgot my side order until I had already finished eating my meal. However, they were very helpful and apologetic and even took a few items off our bill. The effort they put forth to keep us happy will ensure I try it one more time...maybe in a little while after they work things out!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very pleased with the evening.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/27/2011
    Very pleased with the evening. Our waitress was very good, as noted above. However, the message I put on the online reservation about it being my wife's birthday either never got transmitted to ATR or they failed to mention it to our waitress. The ideal would have been that upon being seated - if not before, the hostess or waitress would have greeted us and extended birthday wishes. That didn't happen and so when the opening came, I made mention of it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The American Tap Room is a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2011
    The American Tap Room is a nice addition to the dining scene in Clarendon. It is a redo of the space that used to house Setto Bello. ATR makes a much better use of the space, which feels larger and more open. My wife and I were seated at a table, which in some ways is preferable to the booths, because the tables' chairs were large, comfortable leather wingbacks. There were a good number of screens showing the various football games (we went on a Sunday), but this definitely is not a noisy sports bar. The selection of draft and bottle beer is excellent, and there is a decent list of wines by the glass. While the food is pub style, there are small twists that take it more upmarket. The service is a bit slow, but should improve.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Canceled Our Reservation!
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2011
    The food and service at American Tap Room in Clarendon are average, at best. But be careful, because they may cancel your reservation - and then not tell you when you check in. We went there for brunch this weekend, making a reservation to get my points. We showed up, checked in, and ate. When I checked my email later, I saw ATR had canceled my reservation without explanation. The food, service and ambiance are not good enough to make up for not getting my points. I wouldn't waste your time. We won't be going back.
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  • Appealing ATP!
    FlamingoFallsVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2011
    Went with a group of 6; a little cramped in the booth, but great service, super selection of beer and wine. Loved the light-up menus! Very good appetizers, especially the spicy crispy spring rolls, which wer excellent. Bruschetta and crab spinach dip were very good. I had the sea bass, which was very good. Lobster mac and cheese was very good, as I was told the burgers and chicken were. Great, lively ambiance, and super service from a helpful server. Overall, a great addition to Clarendon's dining scene.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall very disappointing,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/22/2011
    Overall very disappointing, food was of lower than expected quality and very unimaginative, service was decent, restaurant was uncomfortably warm and loud.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Find!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/20/2011
    I was pleasantly surprised visiting this restaurant which is new to the Clarendon area. It is the very best I have found in this area and the quality is supurb. Anyone will be pleased by the service, the quality and the overall performance of this operation. It is a great location for a business meeting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I've been there for a happy
    Buck
    Dined on 9/18/2011
    I've been there for a happy hour, a birthday party and for Sunday football. All three times have been fantastic. I've told many people about it. They have a great back bar area that works well for groups.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great bar to catch sporting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/17/2011
    Great bar to catch sporting events. Plenty of TV's spread around the restaruant that do not interfer with the dinning experience. Really enjoyed the beer menu could have slighty more draft selections but good choices listed. Perfect location in Clarendon, will get alot of traffic for the local crowd.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for families with kids
    LyonVillager
    Dined on 9/16/2011
    We went with our two kids, ages 3 years and 6 months. They are very accommodating to families with children. The ambient noise level is quite high, which is great since we did not need to worry about our kids disturbing anyone. The decor is quite elaborate and likely the fanciest place could comfortably go with kids. The food was very good, primarily "up-scaled" American comfort food. I had lobster mac a cheese, which is made with asiago, and it was very good. My wife had the rib eye steak, which was very good and decently priced. They have a kids menu, and our 3 year old got the mac and cheese and buttered corn. She polished off nearly all or it. For $1, she had their "make-your-own" sundae, which she found just about the best thing ever.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent experience. Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/15/2011
    Excellent experience. Food was terrific. Our server was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Spotty Service
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2011
    Excellent food, but service and timing need a lot of work.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We visited American Tap Room
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/9/2011
    We visited American Tap Room during their first week of opening. I don't think they have nailed down the service logistics yet for peak times, but the food and restaurant itself were great. We will definitely go back, looking forward to the service being a bit quicker next time once they have ironed out the kinks.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went to ATR three nights in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/9/2011
    Went to ATR three nights in a row for dinner the first week they opened. Excellent service, great food/variety (turkey burger is delicious!), awesome atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not on a par with other Clarendon
    BillVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2011
    Not on a par with other Clarendon eateries. Severe growing pains?
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still getting the kinks out...waite
    MartyR
    Dined on 9/9/2011
    Still getting the kinks out...waited way to long to get served...great beer selection...let's hope they do well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great business lunch spot.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/8/2011
    Great business lunch spot. Service was spectacular and food was a good variety and everything tasted fresh. Notable beer selection, over 30 on tap! Definitely recommend it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate