Griffin Tavern

4.7
286 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Griffin Tavern is a casual dining restaurant with three cozy dining rooms, a “cheers” style Pub where friends and strangers mix and mingle and a wonderful outdoor area for seasonal dining(dogs on leashes welcome outside). We also have rooms upstairs that are perfect for private dining, small functions, and business meetings. Griffin Tavern is internet friendly with FREE WiFi access. Our menu features home-style cooked meals and pub favorites using fresh ingredients and local products: Fish n’ Chips, Shepherds Pie, Great Hamburgers, Seafood and Steak specials, as well as gluten free options, affordable appetizers, salads, and a Children’s Menu.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, English, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
Summer Hours:
Sunday 10:30-9 with Brunch served until 3,
Monday - Thursday: 11:30 - 9:00pm,
Friday and Saturday: 11:30am - 10:00pm

Winter Hours as of November 27th
Sunday 10:30-8 with brunch served until 3
Monday - Wednesday 11:30-8
Thursday 11:30-9
Friday 11:30-9, Saturday. 11:30-10

pub open later on weekends with live music and late night menu available
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Phone number
(540) 675-3227
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Rachel Rowland
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Catering
Catering available, Please Chef Rachel Call 540-675-3227
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Street parking available
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Entertainment
Live Music every Saturday night,Classic Rock,Blues,Motown, Beatles 9-12
Occasional Friday night Karaoke 8-11

Acoustic Friday nights
Trivia every Thurday night 7:30
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Special events & promotions
Tap takeovers by local breweries

Beer Dinner

St. Patty's Day party

80's Night
Halloween Costume Contest
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 286 People Are Saying
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JJ
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Very few restaurants in the area. The atmosphere was good and the service was great. The appetizers were good the steak was not the right choice. No flavor and not prepared well. Would recommend the restaurant as one to try while in the area.

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B
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A terrific dining spot. It was a great meal, outstanding service, and great ambiance. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice place to stop for a pub lunch in gorgeous countryside. Loud football game played over stereo at outdoor tables was not so nice. Food was good.

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JE
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We used to come here often, but haven't been in a couple of years. It was really nice coming back, as they have a very good dinner menu and still have their awesome bar menu, just noticed no more pizzas? But the burgers were still amazing! Looking forward to coming back more often!

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HS
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a nice dinner with friends after activities in Little Washington. We were able to have a nice conversation, as the noise level was not too high. The waiter was very attentive.

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BW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good ambiance. We all had something different & all dishes were fantastic! Sumptuous peanut butter cake for dessert! We all enjoy eating here.

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MP
New England
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ate there twice and delicious both times. Chicken and salmon excellent. Casual dining

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DB
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a delicious dinner and then moved to the bar for outstanding live entertainment. The Tavern is comfortable, the staff is very friendly and the food is great!
Highly recommend it!
PS- the bar crowd is nice and friendly,too!
Our friends, who had never been, loved it,too!

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d
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Recently my wife and I dined at the Griffin Tavern twice. One time was much busier than the other. The service was fantastic both times. Meals ranged from shrimp and grits to fresh fish prepared with vegetables in parchament to hanger steak. All entrees were prepared perfectly. Appetizers, desserts, wine and beer were excellent as well.

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G
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always great food and service. Music on the weekends makes it fun after dinner. Food was exceptional this visit. We eat here about 8 tines a year.

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m
Raleigh
35 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WoW! The food was outstanding. My wife says she has never put a better tasting brunch in her mouth! It made her taste buds Happy!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night! Food, music & atmosphere all were awesome. One of our favorite places!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Live music on a Saturday and the food was great. Great views on the drive.

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LG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always a treat to go to Griffin. The owner and staff are so welcoming, the food delectable and the atmosphere great.

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BD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a Gem!!!!
Located in Rural Flint Hill, the menu has something for everyone. From Red meat, to fish, salads, and English staples. The food was fantastic, the service was top notch, and the porch dining was great for a late summer evening. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience.

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LI
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a perfect evening! We ate outside on the front porch on a gorgeous nonhumid, not too hot, clear summer evening. That was lovely. The food was excellent. The crab cake is excellent,and even though called a “small plate” it is a very full,small plate and very tasty. My husband loves the shepherd’s pie. The service we friendly and attentive without being overdone. Great place!

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GA
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After visiting the nearby winery, my wife and I took the short drive to Griffin's tavern. We truly enjoyed the experience! The food was fantastic the service excellent in the wine recommendations top drawer. The shrimp tempura appetizer was wonderful as was the chicken entree. We also enjoyed some country music in the bar afterwards. A great Saturday evening in the country! Highly recommended.

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S
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food - fish and chips were great as was the ploughman’s platter. Don’t miss the brownie sundae - one of the best we’ve had ! Lovely servers and they operated as a team so limited wait and always some to help. A really nice time and we’ll definitely be back!

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c
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Griffin Tavern is consistently a great place to enjoy fabulous food and great service. We try to celebrate all our special occasions there and are never disappointed.

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BR
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited Griffin Tavern for lunch to celebrate a family birthday. We had the fish and chips, and burgers. The food was excellent. The service was very attentive and pleasant. We love the ambiance of the place, especially on a nice, breezy day (for summer). Great experience as always. Will go back the first chance we get.

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b
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Griffin Tavern was a lovely old building with a great ambiance and pretty views in Flint Hill, Rappahanock County. Good for lunch after a leisurely drive in the countryside. Food was cooked fresh and was delicious. The service extremely friendly.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful meal in a great ambiance with terrific friendly service as always!

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DH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place so clean and well kept they were also so patriotic.Their windows were absolutely the cleanest windows I have seen in a business.Congratulations for all the hard work this restaurant rocks!!!!You have NEW customers for sure.Also loved the band Sat June 30th.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great restaurant. The staff is attentive, but relaxed and the food is very good.

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JZ
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was just right, seating was perfect ( not too crowded), food was terrific. The portions were reasonable, and the crabcake I had was the best I've ever eaten
It is our new favorite restaurant.

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BD
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful British Gastropub in the Virginia countryside. Sat on the patio and enjoyed spectacular food for brunch. Good beer on tap. They didn’t hurry us at all, and it was 90 minutes for the meal. Kids meal was close to regular prices, but a great portion. Plenty of parking.

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WS
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Griffin Tavern is our go-to spot for an anniversary or birthday... ok, for an everyday dinner out, as well. The service is friendly, prompt, and efficient. The variety on the menu is great for indulging whatever "food whim" you might have on a given day. The buttermilk-brined, fried calamari is wonderful, especially the sweet-spicy dipping sauce. My coconut-curry chicken dish was excellent... tasty without being over-spiced. My wife's half-chicken was equally tasty and well-prepared. Whatever your tastes, they will have something on the menu that will attract you.

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ML
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time watching the Belmont and an exceptional burger. Waiter was extremely friendly and personable and live music was a plus

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EG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My girlfriend and I had a wonderful dinner here after a day-long hike in Shenandoah. The food was great — we both got burgers, and they were excellent, as was the warm, lightly seasoned bread that they brought us. The service was prompt but not rushed. The restaurant also had a great vibe — there was a nice mix of local regulars and people from out of town, and while there was a healthy amount of background conversation, it was never annoyingly loud. Many of their two-person tables are currently on their fenced-in porch, which gave us a nice view of the street.

I have to separately mention our wonderful server, Raegan. She was fantastic: very friendly, attentive to our needs for water and more bread, and happy to accommodate our food requests. If you eat here and get her as your server, you are in for a delightful time.

We would absolutely eat here again. We're already thinking about another Shenandoah trip and will definitely return to this restaurant if we stay in the same area again.

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SD
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

The food is always good at Griffin Tavern, but we were seated right next to the bar, separated only by a glass door. There was live music on Saturday night (and also on Fridays), so we could barely hear each other speak. Dining at Griffin Tavern can be very nice, but the sun room next to the bar is noisy on weekend nights and extremely cold in the winter. They even offer blankets. So my advice is to go weeknights or for lunch, or reserve a space in the other dining rooms. Management and staff are great.

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CJ
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great spot to land on a cycling trip through the area - lively scene, delicious food, great service (we sat in the bar area), live band - and the Caps playing in Stanley Cup match on TV. Impressed that the 2 bartenders made sure we were well served despite our being at a side table.

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SS
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Griffin Tavern is a gem! I always come here after wine tasting at one of the many wineries in the area. I appreciate the fact that the menu is constantly changing and the food is always wonderful! There are plenty of gluten free options too which makes me happy. Service is always wonderful too!

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was excellent as always and with friendly wonderful service.

And the dessert was great!

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JA
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Andy was a fantastic server- she was very attentive throughout the night.

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PJ
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a delightful find! Griffin Tavern is definitely worth the drive from DC (though be respectful of local residents when on the road). The atmosphere is so relaxed and welcoming. The hospitality and service are warm and genuine. I loved the food, from authentic fish & chips and a righteous burger, to creative, delicious, and satisfying salads and fresh fish and seafood. I look forward to coming back!

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j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice restaurant. British style menu with excellent dishes. The porch was a nice setting to eat outside and enjoy the landscaping with flowers.

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PK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice country tavern with lots of local food, wine and beer on the menu. The food, wine, beer, service and ambience are excellent; it's a super place to go for a special night out or just a quick meal in the tavern.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is amazing. We have great reviews for the food, drink and the atmosphere, in doors and on the patio. We have been multiple times and have never been disappointed. We will absolutely be back and will bring guest when they visit.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious uncomplicated but fresh and wonderful food, cheerful prompt service. Love it!

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TR
Birmingham
21 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

All three of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Shrimp and grits were fabulous and scallops were amazing!

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