Hunter's Head Tavern

4.4
1042 reviews
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$30 and under
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Gastro Pub
Experience our English-style Pub that serves traditional pub fare, fine dining cuisine and mouthwatering homemade desserts. Entrees and appetizers feature local farm meats (Certified Humane® and Certified Organic) as well as local produce. Our main ingredients come from farms dedicated to maintaining the health and well-being of their animals as well as the land. Domestic and imported beers are available on tap along with an excellent wine selection including local and organic choices.

Cancellation Policy: Parties of (6) or more are asked to leave a credit card on file, at time of reservation. Reservations cancelled with less than 24 hours notice, will be subject to a 30% charge of the total estimated bill. A gift card reflecting the 30% charge will be issued to the guest at time of cancellation, and made available for pick up on a mutually agreeable date at Hunter's Head Tavern.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, Organic, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Open seven days a week.
Monday - Saturday 11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Brunch), 2:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. regular menu
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Phone number
(540) 592-9020
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ayrshire Farm
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Private party facilities
Hunter’s Head Tavern welcomes your private party reservations for 10 to 35 people. If interested, contact the General Manager at 540.592.9020.
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Private party contact
General Manager: (540) 592-9020
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Catering
A custom menu can be designed specially for your occasion. Please contact the General Manager at 540.592.9020

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Neighborhood
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Cross street
just west of the Citgo Station
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Parking details
Private parking lot, an easy coming from either direction on route 50, security lighting at night.
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Public transit
We are located on the north side of Route 50.
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Entertainment
Dogs (and cats) are welcome to dine with you on the patio. For your convenience a Furry Foodie™ Dinner maybe ordered off the menu for your pet.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1042 People Are Saying
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RD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Basically good. Salmon fillet over cooked. Smoked trout served cold vs room temp therefore smoke flavor came through very little.

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

Wonderful time as always!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful outdoor seating area. Excellent selection of beers on tap. Good combination of entrees and pub fare.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

We love this place normally. This time, we felt more rushed to eat and leave by the staff than ever. Apps came out within minutes. Entrees came while we were eating apps. They were clearing plates before we were finished. Kept asking us if we wanted the check. We just wanted a relaxing family dinner. I’ll definitely go back because the food and ambiance is fantastic. But the staff this night was not on their game.

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GS
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I loved the feel of this place. Although it was our first visit it felt like home. The food was fun and there were many items to choose friend. The staff were super friendly and very very helpful. Everyone seemed knowledgeable about the restaurant and the menu. Visit this place soon!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around place. Menu selection is quite extensive and so are their drinks at the bar.

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O
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We went to Hunter's Head Tavern to celebrate a friend's birthday in a relaxed, cozy environment that brings you back in time. I have been there before, which is why I returned. I love the pub experience with thick wooden tables, a fire place, ordering our food at the bar, having wonderful selections of both traditional pub grub and more sophisticated dishes made with attention to fresh, local ingredients. The lemon cheesecake with fresh berry coulis was divine! The wait staff is very professional and attentive, the environment is friendly and convivial and they have outdoor seating on their patio. I will keep returning to Hunter's Head Tavern.

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BS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Great ambiance. Good food but small portions and some items had no seasoning whatsoever. Service left something to be desired.

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a
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Genuinely old and charmingly appointed rooms, beautiful walled garden for outdoor dining, superb cuisine consisting of updated and expanded pub fare, friendly, attentive service. Harp beer on tap! Set in the gorgeous Virginia countryside within an hour of the metropolis.

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A
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful Tavern in picturesque setting
Imaginative menu
Great service (Jackson shout out) and friendly staff
We will be back - 90 minute drive through lovely countryside

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RL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

The staff was rude, unhelpful, and the ordering process is very odd. There are much places to go in the Middleburg area with better service. It was a big disappointment.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Over priced, under seasoned food that you have to stand in line to order. If you want to stand in line, go to McDonald’s.

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BM
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A group of friends toured England a couple of years ago and when I read a nice review of your restaurant I called 4 of my friends who live in the area about going and we knew it would be fun to experience the English atmosphere and the sticky toffee pudding! It brought back memories that we shared at lunch. Food was excellent, service was great even tho they were very busy.

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JG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Hostess was rude when seating and taking order. Food and waitstaff were great.

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B
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The summer menu featuring heirloom tomatoes was delicious.

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G
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and wonderful food. Glad to see more vegetarian dishes on the menu. We sat on the patio, lovely ambiance and not noisy.

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A
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time as always. The food is always amazing. Best chicken pot pie ever and desserts are awesome! We loved the outside seating and it is a beautiful setting when the weather is nice like it was Thursday night!

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FL
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the service outstanding. It was a wonderful experience for a friend's birthday. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group of friends get together every month for a meal. We often meet at Hunter’s Head because of the great food.

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RG
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great horse-country atmosphere combine with locally sourced comfort food.

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MP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great old place, nice ambience and good food. Great setting for friends or romantic dinner.

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RO
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Service was good. Most of food was good except for my Dry Aged Ribeye ($36) which was tough, so tough that I, at first, thought the steak knife was dull. I should have sent it back but didn't want to delay the festivities while waiting for another steak. For quite a number of years I've been very pleased with the Dry Aged Ribeye but this year was a disappointment. Without mentioning my displeasure with the steak, the restaurant didn't charge us for the 4 deserts we ordered, which was classy. I will continue to return to Hunters Head, but may order the pub fare as everybody really enjoyed it. I recommend this restaurant to all people interested in good food, wine and beer.

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JM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Maybe it was a bad day, been here before and food has been much better. Was not impressed with the pork chop. Also sit outside during the summer. Restaurant was hot and muggy.

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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The best. A lot of history. Should be listed in AAA.

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g
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The chopped kale was woody to the point of non-chewable. All other food was good.

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MW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hunter's Head never disappoints! The ambience and service was great, and the food was yummy!

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Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I have eaten here twice for lunch. I find the food perfectly fine and the service is adequate after you get accustomed to placing your order as you enter from the menu board. It's not that this is all that unusual in a fast food restaurant but it is unexpected in an upscale location and it makes it extremely difficult to introduce newbies to the menu board without causing a people jam of sorts.

If you come here for the first time definitely look over the website and make sure your guests look it over when possible.
Flies: They were everywhere inside. It was very distracting and seemed as if they take this for granted.

Patio: Charming in nice weather. Definitely bring deep woods off.

Lunch with no cocktails and two desserts equaled about $85 with tip.

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PJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Brunch with the family on Sunday. I made a reservation for 4 but we had 6. They were gracious to accommodate. Had the Blueberry pancakes, side of breakfast sausage and a sweet potato biscuit. All the food was top notch, but only came with two pancakes, so slightly disappointing. Biscuit was tasty as was the sausage. Home fries were also served, they were fine. Nothing too exciting about that.

Would recommend to others.

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P
Washington DC
163 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Great ambience and nice courtyard seating in a historic setting. Food is ok. The crab cake contained a lot of bread filler, the Cobb salad was an extremely large portion of food with brand chicken. Service is slow, price is hefty for pub food, but it is easy to over look due to the fun atmosphere.

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RS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. Would definitely go back!

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AB
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Hunter's Head Tavern for dinner a few times, brunch once, and afternoon tea for my mother's birthday. Their food is delicious and their staff is beyond helpful and attentive. I am particularly impressed by the spread for their afternoon tea. Very fun and authentic for any foodie to enjoy!

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MF
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love this place. Great food locally sourced expertly prepared. Eat here often

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e
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Love the patio and great service.
The chilled carrot soup was yummy.

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C
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

I have been to Hunters Head many times & it is truly one of my favorite places to dine, which is so hard for me to write this review. I took some friends for their Advertised Afternoon Tea. Made a reservation with Open Table AND called to confirm. Upon our arrival, there was no Afternoon tea available. The wait staff was unprepared, snarky, & unapologetic. We stayed nonetheless & had lunch, the food is always good. However, various mistakes were made on the check, overcharged for items we did not request. All in all a mess, they aren’t prepared for Afternoon Tea. Will still return as we have never encountered this situation in the many times we have frequented. The manager was courteous & attentive.

Do not go for Afternoon Tea. Do go for lunch, brunch & dinner.

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CH
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Hunters Head Tavern is one of our favorites. We so enjoy the food , the ambiance, and the atmosphere. A great place🌝

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J
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great stop for lunch after winery visit.

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c
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great outdoor dining experience. Terrific service. Excellent food.

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SG
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place for victuals and libations. The veggie garden quiche with salad is absolutely scrumptious. Love their golden balsamic vinaigrette. Just to switch things up, we ordered the quiche and the heirloom tomato, bacon and pimento cheese sandwich with a side order of the mushy peas. It was a great meal and we sat outside under the trees in the shade. We had so much food, but could not resist the complimentary bread and butter. Beyond! Perfect place for lunch or dinner in the country! Honestly one of the best meals I’ve had in awhile. Staff are lovely, attentive and helpful.

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RT
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I would not recommend the Tri Tip Steak it was very tough. It was semi-flavorful from the marinade but very hard to chew. Not worth the money. I've had better at diners. My wife had the shrimp over the vegetable pasta and it was much better.

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KB
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

I’ve always loved this venue but the food has been less than stellar recently. Stick to burger and salad.

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