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The Liberty Tavern
The Liberty Tavern

The Liberty Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thelibertytavern.com
  • Email: info@thelibertytavern.com
  • Phone: (703) 465-9360
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 9:30am - 2:00pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Liam M. LaCivita
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Irving Street
  • Public Transit: On the corner of Wilson Boulevard and Irving Street in Arlington, The Liberty Tavern is easily accessible from downtown DC, Route 66, Route 395, and is across the street from the Clarendon Metro Station.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Liberty Tavern
The Liberty Tavern offers rustic, modern American cuisine in a historic 1907 building that has been beautifully restored and updated. 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "Liberty Tavern continues to be a favorite place. Always great food and atmosphere! The owners take pride in every aspect of the restaurant. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Liberty Tavern is not alone in situation we find execrable (sp?). The infernally high decibel level ruined most of what we thought would be an enjoyable evening. We couldn't have asked for a more personable or attentive server - when we could hear him. There were no "misses" in the food."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Menu, preparation, presentation, waitstaff and attitude are all benchmark setting standards at a reasonable price. A wonderful experience."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We celebrate tons of family member birthdays at these two Clarendon establishments. Food at Liberty is always creative, fresh, and well prepared, and cocktails and drinks are excellent!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I was a little disappointed in my lobster tortelloni. flavors were absolutely there, it was definitely delicious, but the lobster was sparse. i guess i had pictured bigger chunks for the price. i also thought the serving size was just a bit small given the cost. but it was still very good, and with an appetizer and complimentary house-made breads, which are delicious, i left very full. my date had the braised pork gnocchi and it was fantastic. plenty of food too. overall the experience was great. it was my second time at liberty tavern, they always do a great job!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I submitted a review some months ago with high praise for this restaurant. On a subsequent visit it was not as good - but all restaurants have off days from time to time. This last time, however, was indeed the last time. The chef and menu have changed - not for the better. It wasn't terrible. It just wasn't good . The food was at best pedestrian and the braised short ribs had an off taste - the wine reduction tasted scorched and unpleasant. Beer and service were good. So was dessert. There are simply too many restaurant choices to waste an evening at a place that earns a c or c minus. Restaurants come and go. Liberty had a pretty good run, but it has stumbled and may be in decline."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "When you add the noise of people having to shout at each other because of the background noise, the excellent albeit limited menu is almost totally undermined by not being able to have a reasonable dining experience. Given that the neighborhood has a diverse choice of cuisines and ambiance, The Liberty Tavern has been taken off our list. The decor could also use upgrading considering that there is only a view of traffic and building construction."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Had an incredible brunch with one of my best friends. The food was great! Service was friendly. While there were not as many food choices as I would have lived, the choices available were excellent and I definitely left satisfied! I will definitely return!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food and drinks were very good. The staff was friendly. My only complaint us that the service was a little slow."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Great place for a cozy gathering of friends or family. Creative comfort foods and diverse beverage selections make it easy to please a group."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Book ahead if you are coming with a group. Weekend brunch includes a great spread of items and is all you can eat. Ala carte options available - though we rarely take advantage because the buffet is so great."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I was actually expecting a better selection of food. But what was available was good and tasty. The service was excellent. Once the brunch crowd started rolling in, it go very loud."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "At one point The Liberty Tavern was one of our go-to restaurants for interesting local food. In fact, we would take friends for particular dishes that rivaled the best we could get anywhere in the DC area. They've since changed chefs and the dishes, while competent, weren't particularly exciting. The lone exception was the pizza - we ordered one as an appetizer and it was unexpectedly complex and tasty. The wine list was ... well, nothing interesting at all. It's now just another one of a competent set of restaurants on that stretch of Wilson Blvd. Next time we want to dine in that area we'll probably head back to Lyon Hall or Eventide, or head down the street to where Ray's the Steaks relocated to."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "One word - BRUNCH. It was amazing and so worth it."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Great happy hour specials - Half off glasses of wine until 7 pm. The food is always delicious and you can't go wrong with the Vermont pizza. The outdoor dining is nice, but it can be kind of busy right on Clarendon Blvd - just don't expect anything quiet. Servers were very friendly. I come here at least once a month and it's always a great experience."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Hands down some of the best Short Ribs I've ever had. The cheese plate we had was delicious and the lobster mascarpone and pesto tortellini was to die for. Our server was extremely knowledgable and recommended a wonderful bottle of wine and choose 3 cheese for us based off our tastes. Best meal I've had in Arlington by far."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Had a great lunch and a wonderful time at the Liberty Tavern. The staff was extremely friendly and the food was really good. I would go there again for lunch or dinner."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "My six year old picked this restaurant as the one place he wanted to celebrate his birthday dinner with our family. Great food options for kids (and adults!). They have healthy, kid-friendly veggies and fruit with each dinner. Dinner options for kids include things like sliders, homemade hot dogs, plain pasta, pizza, and some more sophisticated options, too. They'll expedite the kid food, so antsy little ones aren't waiting too long. Great customer service. For adults, we love the beet salad, the short-ribs, and the homemade cheeses. And, especially the cocktails. :)"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Excellent brunch. Perfect selection of breakfast, lunch and dessert foods, affordable and fresh!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Love this place. It's so hard to find fresh fish in the DC area - Liberty Tavern does it right. Also, although their menu doesn't specify it, all their meat is organic! The Liberty Tavern burger is delicious. Definitely going back here"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My favorite place! LOVE Jacki, Todd and all the wait staff. Love the downstairs best. Good is delish! Brunch Pizza is amazing!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "First visit to Liberty Tavern. The server was in way too much of a hurry - reservation was at 7, there were only a few tables seated upstairs upon our arrival. My guest and I wanted to have a relaxing dinner, order a few courses and some wine and enjoy a mid-week dinner out of the house. Our server was much too aggressive to obtain orders yet when we wanted another round of wine with entrees she couldn't make it to the table. Atmosphere is lively in e bar, but very conversation-friendly in the dining room. I would go back to try more menu items, hopefully the service will be more "read the guest" paced."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Liberty Tavern continues to be a restaurant with very good food; good service and reasonable prices, including a well considered but affordable wine list. The only significant issue I have with this restaurant is that the noise level - particularly for those tables near the stairs leading up from the bar - makes conversation, at times, a challenge."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Great fresh food you can't get anywhere else. Smoked blue cheese on the cheese platter is amazing! Love the pork roast."
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "All mealtimes are good here. Brunch was the best we've had in the area, although not quite as terrific as the previous time, about a year ago. Good variety and selection; hot dishes kept nice and hot. I wish there was something as good in DC."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We were sorry to find a chef change at Liberty Tavern. The noise level is intolerable for an after movie 9pm dinner. The food mediocre. We probably won't be going back after looking at this place as a solid VA resto in Arlington for years. They checked my ID at the door! Not a good sign for a couple of tired parents looking for a nice dinner out."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Half club and tomato soup hit the spot. Fresh bread and good service--waiter removed one meal without a second thought after he learned the wrong order came. Nice work LT."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "had some food,.. had some drinks,.. all were very good. The waitress couldnt have been any better. Great place."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Monday night "picnic dinner" of fried chicken with kale, potato puree, and jalapeno biscuit was to die for! Steak entree was cooked perfectly, well seasoned, and beautifully plated as well. Congrats to the new chef! Additionally, our server Coery was stellar - professional, friendly, there when we wanted him to be and gone when not, extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the dishes and the wine list. What a great ambassador for the Liberty Tavern!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "We visited Liberty Tavern for their all you can eat brunch buffet for the second time. We loveee their french toast! The grits and pizza is also a favorite of ours. Overall their food is excellent and the all you can eat part makes it even better! We will definitely be returning again for a third or more time!!!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Our incomplete party was seated (thank you!), wine and appetizers served right away, the latecomer was promptly recognized and tended to. The waiter was very nice to the somewhat raucous middle-aged ladies - for that we are grateful! Only two things brought down the score - first, the noise level made some lip-reading necessary, but more importantly - all of our food was oversalted. Including the salad. We all tasted our meals - four different items - and then looked up at each other: "Mine... yours too?" It's one thing to overdo one or two items, but to oversalt ALL of them means there's a salt fiend in the kitchen. Find him/her and reeducate! The food was still edible, but the wine bill sure went up. (Hmmmmm)"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "I always love Liberty Tavern. This last visit we brought some out of town friends who were looking for a farm-to-table restaurant. LT didn't disappoint, and we had salads, pastas, and pizzas that made us feel good about what we ate while we happily enjoyed every bite. Despite being incredibly busy both downstairs in the bar and upstairs in the dining area, we were promptly seated with our reservation, and had excellent service. Drinks were good, appetizers (grilled caesar with white anchovies and parma ham, roasted beet salad) were fantastic, and the entrees were amazing, especially the gnocchi with a citrusy pork ragu. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite restaurants in Arlington, if not a favorite in DC."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "In what has become an annual event, my wife and I dined with our two grown children to celebrate my birthday. As usual, menu choices were excellent, wait staff was superb, and food was very good. Only complaint is the noise level. We came early, but by the time we left, it was difficult to carry on a conversation, and that was upstairs. I don't know how anyone retains their sanity in the bar downstairs."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "It was a pleasure to return to eat at Liberty Tavern after a long time away- the food, wine and service were just as you want them - very good, and a good value. The cheese selection is outstanding and the waiter's recommendations were spot on. The wine list had a nice selection at affordable prices. The pizzas were excellent; especially appreciate the kitchen's flexiblity in making a vegetarian version of the mushroom pizza. The waiter was attentive without being intrusive, and knowledgeable on the menu and options - pitch perfect."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Dined in a lounge area just off the bar. This was my 2nd time at Liberty Tavern, and I had no idea they have this cool lounge area. Lobster roll was so-so, but the brisket sandwich was outstanding. The server was great,and had lots of recommendations. This was a lunch meeting but it was more laid back and fun!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "During our visit, the server was very attentive as we were trying to make a 7:30 p.m. curtain call. Despite the unruly child at the table next to us who was out of her seat a dozen times or more during our meal, the noise level was moderate upstairs. Obviously, the bar downstairs is a popular locale based on the crowd and noise volume. The server was very excited about the new chef and the new appetizer offerings. New entrees will follow and then desserts. Some of the menu offerings were a bit adventurous for our taste and we were concerned they would take time to prepare, so we opted for a pizza and a cheese plate which was just enough and very tasty."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "disappointed with menu choices.. not enough selections for lunch even though we got there at 2pm still brunch going ( all you eat) but very little on lunch menu ... lots of pizza choices. should have gone to CAFE DELUXE for my bday brunch celebation."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We dine at Liberty whenever a special night out is in order. We love it for the food as well as the reliability of the whole experience. Recently had a great night with our party of 6."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Had an amazing experience. The waitress saw my friend opening gifts during dinner so when we ordered dessert she took it upon herself to put a candle in my friend's dessert and took the dessert off of our bill. We were very pleased with our service, the experience and the food. This has always been one of my favorite restaurants and I come back time after time. It's good for brunch, dinner, and late night going out."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "While visiting from out of town, we returned for another evening at Liberty Tavern. The service and food was as memorable as our first visit. However, we missed the prosciutto flatbread on the menu. It was a perfect appetizer for a party of four. The grilled octopus appetizer was stellar!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014