Hunter's Head Tavern

4.6
1655 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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BenM
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

When we arrived, for lunch, we were told the lunch menu was not available, due to staffing issues. The dinner menu was the only option. Wish that could have been on the website as an advisory, a “what if”, if there would be a staffing shortage.

Food was very good, server was excellent, ambiance was great!

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PamelaL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance, cozy atmosphere and exceptional food. The beef stew is to die for.

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SusanM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Carol was the most amazing waitress and our meals were fabulous!! The fire in the fireplace was a special touch. We will be back soon.

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BruceC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a great time . Delicious food and beautiful ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sandra took great care of us. The food and atmosphere never disappoint.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been doing our Anniversary dinner at Hunters Head since 2012 give or take a year or two somewhere else. We have come back on other occasions and have always enjoyed the ambiance of the restaurant.

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MelissaB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and will be back! The food was amazing and service outstanding!

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RicardoA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was spectacular, great service, very fast and fair prices.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Christmas Eve dinner at the Hunters Head is our tradition and we were very pleased as always the food is delicious the service is attentive and the ambiance is historic. This year they had an outdoor tent in the courtyard with heaters which proved to be toasty warm and very pleasant as well.

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lolosphotos62
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had our Christmas Eve dinner here and it was truly a festive, cozy, perfect experience!
We loved it all, thank you for making our Christmas Eve so perfect!

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vipwillcwell
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! The filet was done to perfection. The poached chicken was so tender you could cut it with a fork. The steamed pudding was beyond compare - perfect Christmas Eve dinner. Hunters Head will be our new Christmas Eve tradition!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot for pub food on a cold winter night. The fireplace crackling nearby and the amazingly friendly staff were just added bonuses.

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RLManor6
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food professional staff and rustic atmosphere

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vipElizabethR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always enjoy having lunch here...such a beautiful setting and the food and service is consistently very good!

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hntrshdgst
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time, and recommend the spiced apple pie warm boozy cocktail!

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vipMarthaM
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific meal in the perfect setting for a fall or winter day. Who doesn't love eating by the fire. Outstanding food

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The Swedish meatballs were delicious, and the lingonberry jam was a perfect complement to it. However, I would’ve appreciated more balance.

My guest ordered the Guinness beef stew which he told me was delicious!


For dessert, I enjoyed a warm apple pie served à la mode. My guess had the double chocolate cake which he said hit the spot!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience all around.

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mike
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable @ Hunters Head Tavern. Everything was Great.

Service was wonderful.
Food was outstanding.
Can't wait to return.

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Foodie8627309
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience2

Eating outside was very cold, but it was still nice to have dinner open air. The heaters helped a lot.

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PamelaL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place, especially the ambiance. It is most pleasurable in the Fall, when there is a fire going. Food is outstanding to say the least.

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CatherineP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Loved the ambiance and service but food was not great. My fish smelled strongly of ammonia and my husband's beef stew was tasteless.

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SusanneB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVED it from beginning to end. And the fireplace was the ultimate!

Susanne

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience5

First, I have enjoyed coming here for almost 20 years BUT Thanksgiving dinner last night was a disaster. Clearly, their everyday menu and service is doable for the staff BUT a special occasion is not in their wheelhouse. Especially an occasion where the check is over $350 for 3 people who barely ate any food.

Our special Thanksgiving dinner included a mushroom soup insufficiently heated, two pieces of Turkey that tasted more like ham, okay mashed potatoes, and. something unrecognised as a stuffing along with a tablespoon of spinach. Our guest had the Risotto special entre instead of Turkey but was unable to eat it.

We were part of their 5:00 seating and the staff clearly wanted to shut the restaurant down. You could hear them complaining about people with 5:00 reservations ordering items, hauling trash bags out around diners, and one server even telling a customer they couldn’t have iced tea since they just threw it away.

Bottom line is that Hunters Head is very enjoyable for everyday dining but not for special occasions. We decided it would not be wise to make a fuss with server, BUT we are going to another restaurant tonight to try and recover from Thanksgiving night at Hunters Head.

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vipAnnW
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Didn’t like sitting outside

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vipEllenZ
New York Area
268 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in Upperville to pick up our fresh, heritage turkey @ Ayrshire Farm. Always love to stop here for lunch. The Barboursville chardonnay was excellent with the warm pub bread. Smaller menu but we were happy with what we ordered. Barry had the "Build a better burger" while I had fish (cod) & chips. No room for dessert. Hoping to return soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love hunters head every time I come here. Super friendly staff and phenomenal food in a beautiful setting. Can’t go wrong!

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vipWillWatson
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are frequent diners at the Hunters Head and this afternoon’s meal was above par. We started with veal meatballs and French onion soup as starters and then moved on to the shrimp Caesar salad and bangers and mash. All was delicious!
The hit of the meal was our waiter, Gary, who was outstanding. He was attentive and prompt and volunteered to remedy the smallest problem.

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vipColinDougherty
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is just simply great, time and time again!

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MikeT
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality of food was excellent. Prompt friendly service and cozy pub atmosphere

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MATT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The food is equivalent to TGI Fridays. Stick with burgers or sandwiches. If you try to order anything else you will overpay and be really disappointed. The chicken fried steak is horrible. The Steak Frites isn't much better. I think the wait staff is nice, but the entire restaurant seemed in the weeds and simple things like taking drink orders or putting water on the table seemed to be a difficult task to achieve. There aren't a lot of restaurants near this place so if your in a jam I guess this is it, but I would encourage anyone to drive a little further and try a different place

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our 10 year anniversary. It was perfect and the food was amazing.

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RobertaO
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our server was very attentive, the food and drinks came out quickly, the ambience was cozy, the day beautiful. I highly recommend this place for its laidback vibe and the beautiful countryside drive that precedes it.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The service was great. You could tell the staff was stressed and stretched a little thin, but they were all incredibly friendly and did a great job. The food itself was disappointing. Overall under seasoned and a little boring (we went for lunch, so dinner may be different). The desserts were great though.

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CHRISTINEC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food, well prepared; actually better than I recalled from the last few times we were there - the dish I had was prepared differently than I recall, and the change was for the better. Excellent beer and wine selection. They were able to switch us from an outdoor tent table to an indoor one at the last minute so that was nice. Waitstaff attentive and courteous.

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BadDay
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience5

Great atmosphere and location. Average service at best. The food was awful, chicken was gross and cold, fish was hot but hard to find in all the batter. My suggestion is go to the restaurant but bring your own food.

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vipchrislumd
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Everything is excellent, except for some flies were on the table, which did bother us ...

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TerryE
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

First time for my wife, second trip for me. Loved the beef stew & Thai chili brussel sprouts…pork pot roast a little dry. Blackberry Old Fashioned & Spiked Apple Pie drinks superb.
“Gary” is an excellent server, very attentive & tells the truth about dishes.
This is an old restaurant but that also provides its character. We would definitely return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had made a reservation for lunch after a hike. We have been here before and although it was good enough, this time the food felt updated (and delicious!) and the atmosphere a little livelier and more relaxed. Like everywhere else, they were a bit short staffed but everyone was pitching in so we hardly noticed. I had the fish and chips with delicious fries and fresh fish which had a perfect light crispy batter. My friend had a delicious, perfectly cooked cheeseburger. We look forward to returning soon!

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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 4.6 stars by 1655 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.