Hunter's Head Tavern

4.5
1624 Reviews
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Outdoor patio and indoor seating is now available for reservations. Hunters Head Tavern is an English-style Pub serving 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 Hunters Head Tavern.
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AmyG
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great experience at Hunter’s Head. We were a little early for our reservation, but the hostess went ahead and seated us.

Our service was impeccable. The young man was always “there” at the right time, but never, ever intrusive. My water glass was always full (even though I had a “mocktail” on the side. He was polite, knowledgeable about the menu and delivered bread, appetizers, and entrees right on time! (This is an art that seems to be lost these days, so I deeply appreciated it!)

They had a nice variety of bourbons for my husband to choose from and I enjoyed the Cranberry Spice “mocktail.” It was nice to have something to sip on that wasn’t alcohol, but a step up from water, soda, or tea. I appreciate that they’re on the menu.

The wedge salad (according to my husband) was perfect and my calamari appetizer is, without a doubt, the best calamari I have ever had. (And that’s saying a lot.) The breading was light and crispy enough to give it just the crunch you want, but without being so heavy that it hides the calamari completely. The dipping sauce (served on the side) is delicious, but I barely used it since the calamari itself was so delicious.

My husband enjoyed his country fried steak from the “Pub Fare” menu and said that it was delicious; that the meat was tender and flavorful. His only criticism was that he wished they’d placed the gravy atop the steak rather than just the potatoes. Not a big enough deal to ding them for it, though!

I ordered the Chicken Tandoori from the seasonal menu and it was very, very good. It was served with saffron rice, a nice cucumber/yogurt (tsaziki) sauce on the side and little naan bread. I liked the naan, but I found myself using the delicious bread they serve you prior to dinner. It’s perfectly crispy on the outside and warm and soft on the inside. So delicious.

Lastly, despite the fact that I was absurdly full, I ordered then Belgian Waffle Sundae. Delicious!

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vipBruceinMD
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Was expecting so much more from my friend's prior experience. The service was average. The salmon was overcooked. We moved inside to have dessert (the bugs were biting). Give the height of peach season, we ordered peach pie. It was the worse ever. The pastry was bland and doughy. The peaches were as if they had been dehydrated. Was not a good experience.

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vipDaleC
Memphis/West TN
112 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely outdoor brunch at Hunters Head Tavern. The service was excellent from the time we walked onto the patio. The ham steak and eggs was delicious and generous. The quiche with salad was fresh and tasty.

We are looking forward to going back for dinner.

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Jill
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This is my new go to place. The setting is on the patio is perfect during the Fall weather. The food is very good. The drive there and back on route 50 is historic and lovely. I take all of my out of town guests there and they love it.

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Robin
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful birthday dinner on the terrace for my husband. Haven't been there in while and it did not disappoint (never does)!

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Tiggywinkle
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent — well prepared and abundant — the terrace setting was glorious (especially if you travel with a dog), and our server was what you always hope for in a server but rarely get. Be sure to try the fried green tomatoes!

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BrendaJ
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Reservation was not correct. Hostess was less than welcoming. Server made a questioning face when I asked for a kids menu for 9 year old granddaughter who is tall and looks older than her age and was not very attentive and the room was not that busy. Maybe the server was helping other guests that we could not see. My meal was nice, spinach and strawberry salad and Sangria. Hubby did not enjoy his salad, not enough dressing. There were many flies around our table, very gross.

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DrJacqye
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We often come, as a couple, to the Tavern at the weekend for lunch or brunch. On the 27th , we were a family group of eight. All our family were from out of state, and we wanted somewhere we loved and outside. Hunter’s Head is popular and was busy. None the less our server Gary made us feel welcome, brought water immediately and was the type of server all servers should aspire to be! Everyone loved the food, the drinks and the setting. The fish and chips were particularly popular. Thank you for making our family reunion such a success!! Special kudos to Gary and the chef! Great team!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food in a relaxed atmosphere, and I was able to bring my doggy!

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Sunshine
Naples
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The patio area was very nice and is dog friendly. The food was not up to standard for the price. My friend had the lobster dish for $35, very small portion. My husband had the tandoori chicken, which he said had no flavor. His rice was very, very dry. Naan was good. I had the blood orange salmon which was on the rare side. If we go back, we wil try the burgers/fish and chips (pub food). I would recommend this restaurant with reservations to a friend.

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Glenn
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Hunter's Head's inclusion of humanely and sustainably grown food on their menu (though they have room for improvement) is exemplary and what moves us to drive 45 minutes to dine there. It is also located in a beautiful and peaceful setting.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The setting is nice for outdoor seating, service and servers on point. Food - not so, especially what we paid for in return. Asked for medium rare for the steaks and came out “well done”… seasoning was not good at all. Salmon meal was on point… appetizers sub par… we where celebrating with friends our anniversaries… Most likely would not recommend going and waisting money and or recommend going… First time going and most likely our last, sorry… disappointed for sure… Rating it a hard C-

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was great, the staff attentive and wine pairing suggestions were very well done. Lovely evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, as always.

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MichaelG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good assortment of British-themed gastropub food alongside more American offerings. Really liked both presentation and flavor of fish and chips. Would come back with my English relative to provide an elevated taste of home. Service was friendly and efficient and provided a welcoming country vibe.

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Foodie
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was very good. Service weak- staff needs more training.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food; great service; beautiful room;will be back

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vipstevef
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both excellent. Fish and chips were great. My wife had the dry aged New York strip and it was cooked perfectly. Nice night for outdoor dining.

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viplynnsreview
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Love the expanded patio and the table service. But miss the old bar menu with favorites such as chicken fried steak. Entrees are now more varied but just OK. Sometimes you would go to Hunters Head just to get comfort food. I miss that

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Regs
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

A favorite spot in the VA countryside for a satisfying meal and relaxing experience. Employees are always a pleasure to chat with. Food is organic and local. Pricey, but nonetheless, we are regulars.

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Anoldtrout
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Starters a little limited but all of their featured entrees are first class (fish & chips!, bangers and mash) and don't miss out on the sticky toffee pudding.
Quaint setting, nice, friendly staff.
Well worth a trip

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Mena
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was phenomenal. We will be back soon. Our favorite place.

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NickH
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and atmosphere were amazing. Be sure to get a reservation as it is typically full.

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KimberlyP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is delightful! Many outdoor tables in a beautiful courtyard area. It is the perfect place for lunch or dinner on a nice day. We will return!

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KeithW
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The brunch was wonderful. Hash and French toast were huge hits. Great service. Patio is perfect.

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LoudounExpert
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

The two girls working the hostess station were not welcoming or even polite. I clearly was interrupting their conversation when I arrived, and they were not happy about it. Dining room was full of cheap, crummy "vacation cabin" furniture with dumb little framed hunting scenes on the walls. All in all very much an all-you-can-eat buffet vibe. This is NOT what an English pub looks like.

Sat for 20 minutes before anyone offered us a drink. We ordered the brussels sprouts as an appetizer; they were very good and I thought that things were looking up. Sadly, the rest of the meal was a real letdown. They need to serve salted butter with the bread; the unsalted butter made the bread bland and greasy.

The "famous" fish and chips were just AWFUL. Much of the cod was brown (??) and the breading was greasy mush with no flavor at all. The chips--skinny shoestring fries--were disgusting: greasy, limp, and tasteless. The "smushed peas" had a gross texture and were stone cold. I don't usually order dessert, but I was still so hungry after eating almost none of the greasy fish, so I got the completely unremarkable sticky toffee pudding for dessert. No flavor other than cloying sweetness. I didn't even get a clean spoon with it. Everything was SO overpriced! I seem to remember the sticky toffee pudding costing more than ten bucks, which is obscene.

All of the waitstaff seemed to be teenagers. Service was glacial. We got some items we asked for eventually; others we had to ask for twice; a couple of things never arrived at all. There were huge houseflies everywhere; we had to keep waving them off of our food. There was no salt or pepper on the table, but we figured if we asked for it we'd be through eating before it arrived, so we didn't bother. To top it all off, I had indicated that our meal was for a special occasion when I made the reservation; not one member of the staff mentioned it.

If my friends ever want to go here again, I will do my best to talk them out of it.

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Longandwrong
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The waitress had no personality. When she first arrived at our table she just stood and looked at us. Usually, your server introduces her or himself, welcomes you to the restaurant and offers to take drink orders. She just looked at us for about 2 seconds, which is a lifetime in that situation, until I said we would like a drink. She recommended a Virginia red wine for my wife and it was terrible. My beer came with no head on it. A beer should be served with a head of foam about 1/2” to3/4”. This is not unusual in a lot of restaurants. Most bartenders think they have to serve a beer filled to the top with no head. Big mistake.
My wife’s pork chop entree came with the side of corn and okra that was room temp. It went back and was returned several minutes later, hot and with a different pork chop. The pork chop had lots at fat, that my wife cut off. When we mentioned the fat content, the waitress said the pigs they source are free range, no drugs and eat all natural food products, which makes the meat more fatty. Not sure about that. But it could have trimmed a little better before cooking.
I ordered steak frites and the waitress asked if I wanted ketchup for my French fries, which I replied, “yes”. The ketchup never made it to the table.
I’m not sure how much steak I got in my entree, but for $42.00, it could have been more, or a better cut of meat. It may have been about 6 ounces, but it never said on the menu.
On a positive note, the dessert of Sticky Toffee Pudding was very good.

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SarahF
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was excellent and we had great service. The waiter was pleasant and very efficient. It was the first time dinning at Hunter's Head Tavern and plan to return in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always terrific! I love sitting inside to get a taste of an English pub as I remember in England. Love the variety of food choices too. Our waitress was excellent!

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vipPamela
Washington DC
259 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third time eating here this trip. Great ambience, terrific service along with tasty food!

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richardl
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a great place with a varied menu from light to a lot and with tastes that will satisfy even the most difficult diners. Love the atmosphere, the food, the drink and the service.

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CarolD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very helpful staff and good food despite a very busy restaurant!
Will definitely go back!

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JoanH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was excellent. Food was good. Our server was The flies were terrible!

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LynneP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food at Hunter’s Head is always fresh well prepared. We received outstanding service from Gary and we appreciated the change in how food is ordered.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love eating here! The outdoor area is beautiful, lots of trees and plants with sturdy tables and chairs. Pretty plants and flowers everywhere. The food is really good. We both had the fish and chips which were appropriately crunchy. The cod was thick and flaky and the fries were crispy. We will return again soon!

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Brad
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a good time at dinner Would return anytime. Don't miss.

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DianneR
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The three women in our party were promptly seated on the patio as we had a reservation. The wait staff was attentive and our drinks and food came promptly. The food was nothing to write home about and somewhat disappointing. . My pork chop was a bit tough. My friend's salmon was good but only came with a few small pieces of asparagus and the other friend has the moroccan spiced sirloin which had lots of gristle.

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Brits
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The appetizers were really good. The entrees were not. You can tell the food was frozen or not fresh.

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1234
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food is consistently good, especially the traditional British fare.

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Andy
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Good food with a quaint British vibe. Best on a nice day when you can sit outside.

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You can order delivery directly from Hunter's Head Tavern using the Order Online button. Hunter's Head Tavern also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (540) 592-9020.

Hunter's Head Tavern is rated 4.5 stars by 1624 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.