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Samuel Beckett's Irish Gastro Pub

Samuel Beckett's Irish Gastro Pub Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.samuelbecketts.com
  • Phone: (703) 379-0122
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Luncgh: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Gastro Pub, Irish
  • Executive Chef: Climaco Quispe
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for your private dining options
  • Private Party Contact: Manager (703) 379-0122
  • Entertainment: Call for Entertainment Schedule

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Campbell Avenue
  • Public Transit: Direct bus service to and from Pentagon City Metro station with rush hour service to Pentagon City Metro Station
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Randolph Square Parking Garage is one of many parking garages open to the public in Shirlington. Customer for Shirlington Village may enter the garage by taking S. Arlington Mill Drive, Left onto S. Randolph Street and taking your first right after crossing over Campbell Avenue. 200 Spaces. Ground & 2nd Level for Retail Parking Upper levels open for Retail Parking after 5pm, all day Saturday, Sunday and Holidays.
A word from Samuel Beckett's Irish Gastro Pub
Welcome to Beckett's. We have taken a great deal of time and effort to try and create an authentic Irish Pub. Our menu is a collaboration of items from old Ireland to modern Ireland. We are trying to present to you an example of what we loved to eat growing up in Ireland and what is now popular from some of our favorite haunts back home. We promise to offer you the freshest produce, and source as much as we can from local suppliers. We have a mixture of staff from local talent, to staff that we brought over from Ireland. We would like you to think of us as your stepping stone to Ireland. Our ambassadors will try and answer all your questions on Ireland while serving you great comfort food and premium drinks in a warm environment.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "Nice wait staff and nice ambiance, get you out in time. Food perfectly pleasant but unremarkable. Did what we wanted."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Risotto appetizer and bangers and mash were delicious."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "We go to Becket's so often that I decided to branch out and try the blackened cod with salsa. Good choice! Excellent fish, very spicy preparation, huge portions. A very satisfying meal and a lovely evening to sit outside in Shirlington and watch all the couples, families and dogs stroll by. This is the most reliable place."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Beckett's was not quite up to the challenge of the Thursday night outdoor party in Shirlington. The food was just a good as always but the service was disappointing. We are usually wowwed by all the staff at Beckett's, from a friendly greeting upon arrival to extra measures of service from the waitstaff. Thursday night was noisy and crowded, overwhelmed by loud and sub-standard "jazz" (not Becketts' fault), and the hostess was cold, uncooperative, and argumentative even though we had a reservation. The server was not one of the knowledgable and professional Irish charmers, and he just could not keep up with demand. One ordered dish was missing and beverage delivery was slow to failed. We'll be back - but not on a busy night."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Samuel Beckett's Irish Gastro Pub has become one of our regular go-to places for dining before a show at Signature Theatre. The service has always been good, and the food is good and works whether you're really hungry or just need something to tide you over."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We regularly visit Beckett's with a group of co-workers. The staff and table layout accommodates our group of 6--12 people comfortably in the back bar. Beckett's has a very good wine list and there is a varied selection of Irish dishes on the menu in addition to great 'burgers. The parking garage is conveniently close."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We have enjoyed our pre-theatre dinners here all season. Looking forward to a new menu for the 2014-15 Signature season."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The beer was great, and lots of brands on draught. The food was good pub food...bangers and mash, Shepherd's Pie, as well as good appetizers and entree salads. A great experience!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "If you are looking for a great bar to hang out in with good appetizers this is the place for you. The food is really good and the wait staff was great. If you are looking for a quiet corner to chat in or be romantic this is NOT the place. We went there for a group outing with the bowling team so this worked for us. The wait staff was outstanding and the food was great. The appetizers were good and the entrees were outstanding. Even though we were at a table together it was still hard to hear each other with the bar noise. The bar sort of flows into the restaurant area but this did not bother our group. I would highly recommend this place. The food is imaginative and the atmosphere is fun."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Chose Becketts specifically for Father's Day because my husband likes pubs. Good choice. Menu was a bit limited but I had Joyce burger and he had pheasant salad and both were good. We will be back for other events."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Beckett's is a wonderful place to relax with friends, celebrate, or just hang out--always welcoming, great food"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The single best part of my first visit to Sam Beckett's was our server, Sydney. We had a group of seven, all with a wide range of tastes and preferences. Sydney never missed a beat. Her recommendations were on target; her personality was welcoming and professional; her smile genuine and infectious. A+ service like she provided to us makes the entire experience just that much better."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We were a group of 9, and the orders came out correct and in a timely fashion. My husband's salmon in pastry was especially lovely and delicious. My steak was cooked as requested and quite good. And they kindly separated the checks for couples and individuals in the group. We'll be back."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This place is nice, the staff is friendly, and the food is delish. The only problem is the amount of foot traffic outside. If you eat outside, sit on the side of the restaurant as there will be less people walking by and driving you nuts. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I enjoy Guiness and Smithwick's and Harp on draft, and the classic Irish pub menu. The food and service are quite good, the ambience enjoyable. The noise level is high unless you are in the back room."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We made a reservation on the advice of a friend for dinner prior to a show at the Signature Theater. The restaurant had a special for the theater crowd which was welcome, food was excellent, and service was flawless. We'll definitely be back!"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We had reservations for a group of 8 people. We were seated at a table in quiet corner that allowed conversation. The waiter was patient with the sporadic drink appetizer orders. All of the main courses arrived at the same time and everyone's meal was excellent. We had dessert and coffee and were allowed to linger a bit as the group was having a good time and does not get a chance to visit often. The service and food exceed expectations Everyone enjoyed the experience at Samuel Beckett's. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This is our third year running going to Beckettt's for Mother's Day Brunch. We all love the menu (Shepherd's Pie, Irish Breakfast and seafood chowder all very good), and there's always a soccer game on the big screen. It's not a sports pub per se, but if you want to glance at the screens, they are there. Service was very friendly and prompt. I really appreciated the hostess reading and accommodating my "OpenTable" reservation request for seating (main room, within site of big screen for our two soccer fans). "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Shepherd's pie was awesome; best in town. Chowder was good but a little watery. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "There was a group on the 2nd level having a private function---playing music and videos---make it virtually impossible to carry on a conversation at times."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Solid service, but food left much to be desired. Clear the fish isn't fresh. Tired, wilted battering on the fish too. Still, the pint was nice and cold and a quiet venue to watch footie on a Sunday afternoon. Definitely wouldn't go out of my way to come back."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I was thrilled to find an Irish place that took reservations on St. Patrick's Day. The crowd was exactly as expected. The food was authentically Irish as they were serving off of a special St. Patrick's Day menu. Even the service wasn't bad considering how busy it was ... It was a fun night out."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "The waiter did a great job of taking care of us. We never had to search for him, and he was even well equipped and receptive to our request for 12+ separate checks. Drinks and food were good. Our only hiccup was that our table wasn't ready at our reservation time so we all had to stand around a smaller table for about 45mins to an hour. The hostess did call me a couple of hours ahead to let me know this was a possibility, since it was the Saturday before St. Pat's, so we were prepared. A note to future late night reservations, the hostess leaves at 10, so if you aren't sat by then you are kind of on your own."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "No table until 20 minutes after reservation time, with children in tow. No offer to comp anything due to the wait. Slow kitchen. "Pork spare rib" is a misnomer. It is what I would call a pork shank or pork knuckle. Not what I was excepting. Should have asked. It includes mashed potatoes and boiled potatoes. The boiled potatoes were still somewhat crunchy. My least satisfying visit to the restaurant to date."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The food was really, really good. Old Irish favorites with a level sophistication. Service was great as was the atmosphere. Went there with my wife for Valentines Day and had to bring our son b/c of no babysitter. Waiter was great with him. Just like a family owned pub in Ireland, very welcoming."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I like Beckett's but it's not for everyone - this time it was a little too much bar scene & not enough dining, but we were eating late on a Saturday night so it was to be expected."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "My friend and I went to watch rugby and have lunch. We were given a table right by the television and no one tried to hurry us away. We were able to watch the whole game and eat some very tasty comfort food. Thoroughly enjoyed it."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Three couples enjoyed delicious pub food and beer after Signature Theater outing. Service was attentive, polite, and pleasant. The blackened cod was really delicious -- I would order it again. Several at my table enjoyed the generous serving of delectable Guinness Burger, served on mashed potatoes rather than on a bun. Our only disappointment was the creme brulee -- the creamy custard was not as tasty as usual, and the hard caramel shell was much thicker and hard to chip through. But that was our only very small issue for a most enjoyable dinner. We all look forward to returning and trying out more of the Irish specials. Great beer selection, especially for the couple that hails from England."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Pre-theatre dinner. The food was just OK. One of the aps came tepid. Great service and good wines."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We have been to SB many times and service and food were always great. We had a new waiter this time and some things seems to be off in the service area. He wanted to charge us $1.50 fee to substitute another veggie for mashed potatoes. We did not notice any reference to this on the menu."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Beckett's provides a good assortment of traditional pub food, prepared well. Shepards Pie is always a hit with diners, and some of the specials can surprise with their variety. A good place to feed off the vibrant crowd, but can be a bit noisy for quiet dining."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Neat layout to Sam's. Noisy front bar and band area was great fun. Manager had our tables reserved just how I requested. Thanks Mark! There's a dining area in the back of the restaurant also where it's quieter. Also, theres stairs up to a bar area. There was a private party up there this night. We ordered the calamarie which was very good, and sliders which were typical bar quality. Great atmosphere, great band, and great friends. Total great experience!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We both had delicious salads so can't speak to the hot dishes but the menu had something for everyone. Our salads were fresh and delicious. The atmosphere is very lively, but not so loud it prohibits good conversation. A band was playing upstairs (great music) yet the noise level was fine. Our waiter (who was actually Irish) was friendly but not overbearing. Perfect night."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We are never disappointed at Beckett's. It's the best option for a satisfying meal before the show at Signature (e.g., Gypsy, which is great BTW) or for a relaxing evening outside in the warm weather. Burgers, salads, fish cakes, even soup are all surprisingly good. Irish beer aplenty, good wines, and consistently fine service, often by men and women from Ireland. Their charm, accents, and skills add to the welcoming ambience."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Great Irish Pub - service was excellent & the food outstanding. This is my second visit - the first was for lunch. The food was great. My only complaint is we were seated next to the kitchen swinging door & I did make reservations so next time I plan to specifically state where I don't want to sit. Didn't stay late enough for the live music but would have liked to - another time. I loved the pubs in Ireland & Scotland & look forward to having a couple near my home. There is a lot of energy & friendliness - you know you want to be there."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Fun place and atmosphere. Nice server. But the food needs a bit more care to be considered "gastro pub" food. I had the howth cakes and there was a definite fishiness in both the salmon and the white fish cake. The mussels were good and the bacon and cabbage also good. The best part of the meal was the Bailey's Bread Pudding - that was fit for foodies. I'd still go back, really like the atmosphere, and maybe try something different."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "My family and I enjoyed a round of refreshment and dinner at Samuel Beckett's in Shirlington. This is one of our most favorite areas, with lots to see and great places to eat. This Irish pub is a fun location with excellent beers to choose from. They served classic pub food with a surprisingly complete and variety menu."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "In most small Irish towns, there are two pubs: the drinking hole and the upscale place. Samuel Becketts is the latter. It does not smell like a bar, but the front resembles one. The back area we ate in was lovely. It had high ceilings, and the walls were decorated in an interesting manner. Food was served quickly and presented nicely."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "I live in a nearby neighborhood and regret that I had not tried them before. Had a group of seven and all of us ordered a different entree. Without exception, all seven of us could not have been happier with the service or the food. I travel a lot and typically dine at Irish pubs wherever I go, so don't go and expect your standard pub fare. Although the menu does have a selection for a lot of that type of food, I consider Becketts to be a step up as it had a lot of different choices than what you would usually find."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Great fish & chip's! Fun, vibrant bar & restaurant. Classy, fun bar atmosphere for 40+ singles, couples & groups. Somewhat kid-friendly... good kids menu, very loud, workable if you sit in back, don't recommend sitting in the front which feels like you're sitting in the bar & is very loud."
    Dined on 12/19/2013