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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
  • Email: info@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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Warm and cozy. Really enjoyed the Shepards Pie. Was able to conduct business over lunch. Very room and lots of seating."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "Always reliable food and service. Very convenient to Signature Theater."
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "It's not advertised to well in the area but we are glad we found it!"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "We had 15 people prior to a concert . I reserved the mezzanine area and it work ed out very nicely. We only got held up getting the checks divided and paid for. It was handled but they need a computer system upstairs To accommodate for faster service. Food and drink all wonderful."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Great bustling Irish pub with a vast lineup of delicious beers on tap and very good food to go wth it. The perfect place to go before or after the movies around the corner. Try the lamb burger topped with Cashell blue cheese, absolutely wonderful."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Unexpected gem of a find. Drooled over the online menu choices and made a reservation for lunch. When we arrived we were informed that brunch was still being served. (Re-checked the site and still don't see the brunch times.) No big deal, brunch it was. We both ordered the Traditional Irish Breakfast, two bangers, rashers, black & white pudding, eggs and potato cakes and a cup of coffee. The coffee is a bit strong but drinkable. The wife substituted and extra banger for the black & white pudding. The meal was as authentic as it gets. The individual items were tasty, including the potato cake, and the eggs were cooked to order. We weren't rushed and lingered over a final cup of coffee. Pub look. Quiet on Sunday afternoon. A must visit."
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "With many of staff being from Ireland the food satisfies the locals of both Shirlington and the Emerald Isle. Typical Irish staples such as beef stew and shephard's pie are mixed in with more modern Irish options such as curry chicken and risotto cakes."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "The setting is gorgeous--you are transported to a high-end Irish pub! A beautiful, comfortable decor. We all tried starters: delicious corn-crab chowder, and the mussels with delectable fries that were soft and fluffy and not greasy. The multigrain bread served wit ht e soup was divine--they should sell it for take-away! There are many traditional Irish menu items--lamb stew, shepherd's pie, roasted lamb shack (our party had all of these, and there was so generous a portion, two of us packed half to take home. The third diner ordered the pork and cabbage dish, but preferred the taste of ours. No room for dessert!"
    Dined on 10/9/2013
  • "Have eaten here many times and it's always good. The service is always prompt and polite. The dishes a flavorful, varied, and interesting. This isn't heavy pub food. It's generally robust but healthy, and some of it fits into any diet. The prices are reasonable, too!"
    Dined on 9/1/2013
  • "My husband and I dined here simply because it was close to Signature Theater. However, the food was really good. I will say, however, that the portions are HUGE--big enough to share--so plan ahead!"
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "This is a classic faux-pub atmosphere with pub grub."
    Dined on 8/31/2013
  • "We enjoyed a pleasant early Sunday supper just before a show at Signature (they offer a discount for Signature patrons). The menu is well balanced and reasonably priced. The pork short ribs looked more like a shank - it was a very large portion, and prepared deliciously. The blackened cod was also a large portion, nicely presented and very tasty. Our waiter looked and acted bored but was reasonably efficient. This isn't haute cuisine, but it is very good pub food with enough choices to satisfy everyone. And being just one block from the theater makes it our favorite alternative to the crowds up the street."
    Dined on 8/18/2013
  • "We again had dinner at Beckett's before attending a show at Signature Theater in Shirlington. We sat outside and had very good wine and beer and above average salads, burger, and veggies. We always appreciate the wide range of healthy and delicious items on the menu. And we have excellent service every time we visit. Oddly, the only disappointment is the choice of beers. My husband likes a really hoppy IPA and I like a light hefeweisen, but neither is available on tap or in the bottle as far as we can tell from the list. We wish the wide range of foods, atypical for an Irish pub, would be matched by a wider range of beers, including American micro-brews and German classics. Just a suggestion from regular ciustomers who shall return."
    Dined on 7/31/2013