Hunter's Head Tavern

4.6
1152 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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ES
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything about the tavern. Will return many times with many friends. Thank you !

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MP
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice quaint spot. Our dinner entrees (beef tips and pork chop) were perfectly cooked. Great cozy atmosphere.

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BS
Richmond
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The service was great!! This was our first time there and from the moment we step in until we left, the staff was e extremely helpful and polite.
The bread service and appetizer was delicious. Our main course was a bit of a disappointment. I had the tri tip steak and it was over cooked and really tough. My husband had the curry chicken. The rice was very dry and there wasnt enough sauce to moisten it up....but the flavor was on point. We had sticky toffee pudding...it was AMAZING!! We will most likely return at some point but will probably just order something from the pub menu.

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JM
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting with lots of locally produced food, a fine selection of beers on draft and attentive wait staff

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SB
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having never been to Hunter's Head before, we booked a reservation based on their menu and pictured ambiance, and were definitely not disappointed in any area! We love old country pubs and taverns anyway, and this particular one had a very diverse menu, operating like a traditional English pub, with an old-time tavern ambiance. The food was wonderful and the service was extremely pleasant and efficient. In fact, we enjoyed ourselves so completely, we decided to return the very next evening, and had the exact same experience, only with different meal choices. We will definitely go back next time we're in the Upperville area!
Steve and Mary Brown

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L
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food selections prepared well. Service was exceptional and server checked with diners appropriately.

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SW
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience! The server was pleasant and engaging and enthusiasticly sharing the history of the establishment. We will return often!

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AT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Wonderful old historic tavern in the Virginia countryside. Sunday brunch was bustling but the staff was very attentive. Excellent bloodies. Food service was prompt and locally sourced. Very tasty. Homemade bread and house sausage was excellent. Wonderful smoked salmon plate and eggs benedict.

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RW
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really had a wonderful experience. Brought friends from out of town. They loved everything about the dining experience. Lots of choices on the menu. Love the no GMO and local sourcing!
One of our favorite restaurants.

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MT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Food was cold. Food was overpriced. Service was subpar for the prices they were charging. We were almost done with our meal and I finally asked who our server was because nobody introduced themselves to us. We will but return. Ever. It’s a shame really - we had been looking forward to this all week.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner. Our 11 year old joined us. Chicken pot pie and salmon were excellent. Ribeye was mostly great. A little tough in spots. One of the best restaurants within 100 miles.

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RH
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food is always excellent and the atmosphere is wonderful.

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R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

just love this place. we love the liver/onions and the shepherds pie

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FA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places for steamed artichokes!

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J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Hunter's Head is a short drive, so it's convenient. I like the atmosphere, and the wait staff is nice and courteous. But the last two times I was there, my meal was served tepid. First was a hamburger, second time was a pizza. I'll probably send the meal back if it happens again. I'm still willing to go there, because of a new happy hour they've introduced.

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GB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

it's a good place to meet friends, and everything was good on this visit.
the table was large enough and there was enough separation between tables
so that everyone was comfortable.

we did feel as though our server was hurrying us along, even though there were
empty tables in the room and no line as we left.

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D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
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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T
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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OT
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
Washington DC
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
37 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
12 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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