Griffin Tavern

4.6
267 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Worth the Drive
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 267 People Are Saying
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BR
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
2 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
44 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
14 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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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined here on few occasions and have not been disappointed , everything has been exceptional every time. The food , service and ambience are exceptional. We will defiantly be back.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service as always! The best!

We love the choice of seating- outdoor, indoor, or bar.

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L
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for our 40th anniversary and were treated to a private room with fresh flowers and the most accommodating waitress! The food was delicious and we had a lovely and memorable evening!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We have historically made this our annual Father’s Day dining spot for the past 10 years. My hubby loves their Fish and Chips and the plethora of fresh British beers on tap. An unexpected trip brought us to an opportunity to dine midweek and boy what a difference! Slow service, cold food and an inattentive wait staff showed us a completely different side of this restaurant. In a largely empty restaurant, it made zero sense. Very, very disappointing!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service & atmosphere! Will be back often!

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LI
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always the food was excellent. I love the crab cake and tonight the colcannon and string beans that can with it were also very very good. My husband had the Guinness Stew and liked it a lot. The portion was so large he brought some home and has his lunch for tomorrow too. Our service was attentive and quick. No complaints. We will be back!

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CO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

My wife ordered the omelet but she could not eat it because it was full of salt. It had to be sent back and she ordered two eggs over easy which came in a timely manner. While we were not charged for the omelet, no one apologized for the inconvenience.

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WM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Wonderful meal and reasonably priced. The room got a little noisy, but the service was great. Very friendly wait staff and beautiful building.

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S
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great spot for dinner after a visit to the Little Washington Winery and Wine Loves Chocolate. Delicious meal, good wine and beer selections, attentive service. Lovely atmosphere in old farmhouse with wrap-around porch and cozy dining rooms.

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DR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love the service at Griffin Tavern. Best food and the nicest crew. Love it every time we come!!

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BD
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious dishes: squash ravioli, shrimp and grits, sea scallops with polenta, mahi mahi. Save room for dessert!

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DM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always . . . . FABULOUS. We always enjoy Griffin Tavern

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

We love eating at the Griffin. In addition to Griffin being my family name, the food is excellent, we know the chef! It's a friendly neighborhood tavern and restaurant near where we live in Flint Hill, VA. The prices are very reasonable for the quality of food and service. Good beer selections and local and other good wines. Music on the weekends. Try it you'll like it. Plus a visit to Rappahannock at one of the wonderful B&Bs is addictive and you'll want to return often.

Gwen

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LI
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic dinner. Admittedly it was a relatively late on a cold midweek night so we may have gotten extra attention given the few customers, but the service was top notch and the food was excellent. We enjoyed the meal immensely and hope to go back soon.

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A
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always as well as friendly service.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the Griffin Tavern. The food is always good here.

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OT
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I’ve had! Incredible chef, prompt service, beautifully done meal.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner. We will definitely be back to check out the lunch scene.

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G
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

We've always had a great meal here. Last night was just an off night. Felt like different chef but same food. We'll go back.

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