Hunter's Head Tavern

4.6
1136 reviews
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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.
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a weekday lunch. It is styled as an authentic English Pub in an historic house. We were seated at a window table off of the Pub room, so the noise level was likely less than in the larger dining room. Service was excellent - very nice waitstaff. The food was delicious overall - the warm sticky Toffee dessert was yummy! We are already planning to return again for dinner.

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TG
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived about 10 minutes ahead of our reservation and the friendly staff immediately engaged us when we walked in. Had a great imported beer at the bar and soon we were show our table. Nice loaf of fresh baked bread was placed before us a we mulled over our menu choices. Order taken and food arrived in good time. Excellent fish and chips, corned beef and a Sheppard’s Pie for our table. The whole time our waitress kept checking on us while making us laugh. Excellent dining experience in an old English feeling setting. After spending 6 years in England I should know.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Staff is uninformed and unhelpful. I was trying to buy a table dinner, buy decorations, buy special attention and I met roadblocks at every turn for one week. Th3 night of the dinner not one staff person knew about it and my guests had to inform them of the procedures!
I would not pay those people to work for me!

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p
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a terrific place! Bangers & Mash a must, followed by Sticky Toffee Pudding! Visit Sky Meadows Park before or after!!

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FM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always enjoy a trip to Hunter’s Head... good food and relaxed cozy atmosphere. I like the small dining spaces where each seating area is charming; definitely an old pub type feel. Good variety and quality of menu options to choose from. One of my favorite go to spots!

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PT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Hunters Tavern has great atmosphere and truly goes the extra mile to recreate the English Pub experience. We all had the Baked Brie and Fish and Chips and a desert and all was good. Unfortunately the hostess was a little lacking in good customer service. Expecting to be shown to our table with menus in hand the Hostess ignored us until we asked the question about proceeding to the table.

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PS
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and food, I recommend, thanks for everything 🙌🥋🙏🏼

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

It's always a great meal here. The waitress this time was new, I suppose; she didn't bother to check drinks until we were almost done the main course.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places to bring out of town guests.

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VA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We love Hunters Head and go there often - generally for dinner. This was an early lunch and less crowded so surprised that the service was slow and not very attentive without us flagging someone down. I really wish they would just put condiments out on tables or bring them with burgers as it's also frustrating to wait for someone to go prepare that (and perhaps get stopped with other duties) once the food is served. We love the uniqueness of HH and don't object to the ordering system at the window but this one innovation - being willing to bring condiments before or with food would really improve things.
And someone checking more regularly to refill water and ice tea would be great too. Thanks

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CS
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 4 celebrating a birthday on Sun. Eve. We loved our back room table by the fireplace and just had a great time!
Thank you !

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BE
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

We have been going to Hunter's Head for years - we have NEVER had a bad experience. Sunday was awful - the noise level was unbelievably LOUD you could not talk - the food was greasy (this is eggs) - we drive 1-1/2 hours to get there so we were truly disappointed - we were wondering if there is new management - if so - they have a real problem

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NB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful experience. I appreciated staff allowing my grandmother to order from the table rather then the customary order at the cashier window. We got the benefit of ordering from the table because of her and it really made the experience even better for all of us. Great staff and excellent food.

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EH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is excellent and the service was spectacular! Our go to place! Always a treat.

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CH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love this place and have been coming for years. The ingredients are fresh and local and everything is delicious. The ambience is relaxed and comfortable, but not loud. Over the years there have been a few misses, like the spinach and strawberry salad or the three salad plate I just had this weekend, but overall the food is usually delicious. Their Welsh rarebit is my dads favorite and my mom loves the chicken and mashed potatoes. Chicken pot pie is always a good choice. If there is pork on the specials, order it. Their pork entrees are always amazing. The sticky toffee pudding is my go to dessert but the chocolate cake is just as good. It’s predictably good, a great place to go in the winter where you can cozy up to the fire and in the spring and summer when you can eat outside and bring your pooch. Highly recommended!

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DH
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat, ordering at the window was a little different. All in all, a great experience.

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KC
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service. We love the bread. Wished they would have had beef stroganoff.

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G
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the evening. Fireplace was nice with the fire going.
Food was great and large portions.
Entry to the restaurant could be marked better. Went to front only to see sign that said where to go in the bask.
Overall, outstanding

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c
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was efficient and friendly.
A little disappointed at the fries (chips) with the fish. They were lukewarm, soggy and overly salted.
I have had better at this establishment, therefore my expectations are somewhat high.

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NB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I had a French dip for lunch. Au jus lacked flavor the beef was quite fatty. Fries were very good. Based on my memory from last visit I expected more of my entree so was a bit disappointed. But the sticky toffee pudding was delicious!!!

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RG
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place for lunch whenever we are heading to wine country!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We own a winery near Hunters Head. We refer our customers to this restaurant all the time!

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P
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, as always. It seems as if the seating was more comfortable than previously when the chair I had was not as comfortable. The Shepherds Pie was good, as always. The fish and chips were the best I have ever had, The fish was tender and tasty while the crust was perfect. The service was excellent.

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C
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The four of us have eaten dinner here twice. It can get crowded on weekends, so reservations are advised. Nothing disappointing, but the pork chop was a standout.

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C
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Hunter's Head Tavern. It is almost an hour away for us, but we keep going back! The food is always very good, and the historical old house is so fun to spend time in. The service staff was right on top of everything, clearing plates as soon as someone finished and refilling beverages, all with a smile. The menu is a fun change of pace, and it just makes for an enjoyable outing.

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WW
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Today, we tried the vegetarian lasagna and it was spectacular. It was served with the pub greens, which is always great (I wish I had their dressing recipe) and the hit bread - YUM!
Service was fast and professional.

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JB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It is rather noisy when we walked in, however, the room where we ate was somewhata better. Ordering at the window after looking at the menu on the wall I don't think gave us an adequate chance to really look to see what we wanted. I ordered the grilled chicken and what I got was a husge bowl of noodles in a thick mushroom cream sauce and a rather small piece of chicken. I couldn't eat much of the noodles because the sauce was so thick. My husband ordered Steak and it was marginal for the price. All in all, I don't think we would go back. Marginal meal for a not so marginal price.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Guinness Beef Stew and Bangers and Mash were wonderful.

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SK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent lunch from start to finish. Excellent bread, perfect lamb sandwich, fine fish and chips, very good mushy peas, desserts to take away, very friendly service.

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B
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always nice for a trip out from Reston, our meals were exactly as ordered & served by friendly, efficient staff. The bangers and mash and the bread are amazing!

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JP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. Very friendly, cozy restaurant.

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LL
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Really wanted to like this place, cause its kinda local for us. Went there for their special Valentines Day meal, a prix fixe 3-course affair. Greeted and seated fine. Its a cute place in a very old building. Very colonial. Out of the special draft beer first on the menu. Opted for cocktails. Took an inordinately long time to bring those given how small the place is and the number of people in the place. Hated the Manhattan. Loved the Raspberry Sparkler. The appetizer was a baked brie for two which was good. We both opted for the steak main, and there was a problem. Both were exceedingly rare, tough to cut, impossible to chew. Sent them back to be cooked some more. Came back out and were'nt too bad. Not great, but edible. the sides of collards or mustard greens and mashed potatoes were meh. Dessert chocolate fondue not bad. Overall it just wasnt really a good dining experience. The place isnt up to special occasion standards. Maybe a weeknight slopchute type meal, but not a weekend or special occasion.

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J
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been wanting to try it for years so glad we did. Loved the entire experience and we will be back. Thank you

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a really special local place. Staff is wonderful, especially bartenders Dylan and Brittany. I love the superfood salad, the burgers, steaks and chicken pot pie. Most of the meats are locally raised by owner, Sandy.

If you subscribe to the adage, go to the truck stop with all the trucks, this restaurant is one loved and attended by the community.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hunter’s Head is a wonderful establishment!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food is always good but a little over priced. Atmosphere is nice and our waitress was awesome.

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MM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great atmosphere. Always have to have a Peach Lambic when at the Hunter's Head.

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M
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very nice cuisine in a delightful log-cabin setting.

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BD
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Swedish meatballs were great -- very hot and tasty. The server graciously provided a second helping of bread, which was instrumental in allowing me to soak up the delicious sauce.

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c
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Very nice attentive staff.

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