Joe Theismann's Restaurant

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1358 reviews
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Joe Theismann’s Restaurant, “Comfortable, Convenient, Classy & Established” is unique in character & difficult to categorize. For 35 years, it has melded the venues of fine dining, neighborhood grill & sports viewing. Implementing its original concept as a comfortable, friendly dining spot with great food & good value Joe Theismann’s offers what many restaurants don’t, character & personality. Patrons return for food quality, consistency & excellent staff. Although on the cutting edge in TV technology, the high score is for an exceptional dining experience. Not a chain/franchise, menu items are not stamped out, but prepared from scratch for seasonal freshness & customer preference. The range of offerings, Sea Bass in Tomato Basil Butter & Filet Mignon to hearty sandwiches, has survived the competition. The loyal following encompasses daily customers, tourists & local residents. Stop in. Celebrate an event, meet friends for lunch or just drop by for happy hour. Become a regular.
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Genuinely friendly staff and great service. They have an updated menu with enough choices to satisfy anyone. Comfortable seating options at the bar, table, high top or booths. Great food unpretentious atmosphere.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We are frequent diners here and are always satisfied with the food. However, The last few times that we have eaten here we have noticed that the food is extremely salty. Yesterday, the nachos, salad dressing, tomato soup were all extremely salty. Perhaps , the chef could leave the extra salting to the diner.

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

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LN
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We have been here several times in the past. Unfortunately, this time was not as enjoyable. our reservations was for 12:30PM on Saturday. First, parking was a real problem. My husband drove around for 15 minutes looking for a space. The garage where there is usually parking available was closed. There is construction in the area and street parking was impossible. There were four of us. I really enjoyed the bowl of crab and corn chowder. My husband was disappointed with the Tuna Poke bowl. It was more salad than there was tuna poke. He wished he had ordered something different. The other couple had waffles and the crab cake entree. They both enjoyed their meals. So, we will probably come back again but not until they finish the construction to the metro and maybe pick a different day and time.

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SH
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited for our son’s early 21st birthday. Victor was our sever and he was on point! Everything was timed perfectly and his menu suggestions and knowledge was most appreciated!

We would also like to give a special shout-out to Ruth, the server assistant. She always remembers us and always has a kind word!

Thanks so very much!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I chose to take my family to Joe Theismanns for our first night out in Old Town Alexandria. We had never been there before and my son loves the Redskins so Theismanns seemed to fit my family of all boys.
It was so hot in the restaurant that we were all uncomfortable and when we got our food my youngest was disappointed with his steak it was not easy to cut. We are not sure if it was the knife or cut of ribeye. He eats ribeyes quite a bit. My other son had the crab cakes and they were so small he needed a few more(not for the price though) The frosted mugs were not frosted they were chilled wet!!! Our waitress said they do not come any other way than the way she brought them to us.
We ate as fast as we could so we could get out of the heat.

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PF
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got the fish and chips and the fish tacos. The tilapia was cooked to perfection. Just a really good restaurant

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RA
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood restaurant, Food was great. The noise level was way up with the crowd that came in when I was there-great for business; but, not for conversation. Otherwise, always good-great food.

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BM
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was great. Food was great. They were out of my Scotch but life’s full of little disappointments. Overall a great experience!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Birthday dinner. Very loud hard to even hear across the table. Food was good after they got it fixed. Decided to take the piece of cake home (to go). Got home and found it was not what we ordered

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SC
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Thiesmans needs a face lift. Material on seating is worn.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughters birthday

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b
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

This was a solid option for brunch with my (rather picky) nieces and nephew. Lots of options with a bunch of solid standards to satisfy everyone. Our waiter was super friendly and did a decent job. The food was fine and did the trick; it's just nothing amazing overall. I'd be back here with my picky eaters, but not sure I'd see a reason to be back here for any other reason.

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AC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crab cakes never fail at Theismans! Service was also excellent. A very enjoyable evening. Wish the noise level was a bit lower though.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant. Attentive wait staff, good food.

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MP
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First the restaurant is in a great location in Alexandria - just outside of the train station. The seating at the restaurant is varied - outside under an building overhang, inside at the bar, 4 person booth, 2 or 8 person tables, and larger seating areas. The service and staff are great - helping with food choices and making sure you are happy with your meals and drinks. Speaking of drinks - the Mississippi Martini is the best!

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

A fun place that is casual yet nice at the same time. A good variety in terms of menu. Comfort foods with an original touch. Sports on the monitors if you are interested. Convenient to King St Metro. I will definitely be going back when I am in the area.

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SS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the fillet, grownup grilled cheese, and strip steak. Prices were excellent, especially for the area, which is otherwise expensive. Quality was exceptional, the fillet and strip were so tender and flavorful that they neared Wagyu quality. Staff was attentive but not in your face always interrupting seeming to time things when there were pauses in our conversation. Sides were spot on flavorful and portions were right for a satisfying meal. In short, worth a visit and return visits are planned!

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JK
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

Thiesmann's has changed their menu. Ten of the people who I work with were very happy with the old menu, but don't like the new menu. Because of the menu change, 10 customers have been lost.

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

Always one of the great restaurants to go to in Alexandria. The food and service are always above average with an ambience that is comforting and pleasant.

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BF
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sierra our waitress was fantastic, our food was excellent great evening

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M
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at this restaurant and my date and I had a great time. While waiting for our table we had a glass of wine; there wine list was plentiful and prices were reasonable. Overall meal was delicious and the server checked on us multiple times.

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DM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was pretty good. The atmosphere is casual. The ambiance was good and the service was great! I would recommend.

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SH
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Peter is an awesome server! He had excellent menu knowledge and even better suggestions!

Please thank him for us!

Sheila & Tim

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SS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent! The waiter seemed a little uninterested and checked on us "just because."

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LC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Menu was noticeably different from the last time I visited. Was deeply disappointed that they no longer serve nacho, quesadillas, chicken Dijon, Louisiana Pasta, and pork chops as they were my favorite under the previous ownership. The red Sangria was delicious. We were a party of 6 and the responses to meals were All American burger, beef stroganoff, and fish and chips were very good. Jambalaya was okay. I had the salmon and it tasted more like chicken than salmon. I’m pretty sure it was farm raised and certainly not the best quality. Service was great.

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t
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was ok. Very loud restaurant. They sat a couple with a dog next to me after my meal arrived. They didn't have the common courtesy to ask me if this was ok. It's not.

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OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the Best!

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P
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The only reason I didn't give five stars is because I didn't think the carrot cake was that great. It seemed dry and too many nuts. The Zinfandel I had and our dinners were really good. Our waiter was great.

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RW
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I travel to DC area regularly and when I stay in Old Town Alexandria I am always excited about Theisman’s as my first meal of my trip.

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JP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I used to eat at Joe Theismann's all the time, as I enjoyed the vibe, the high-quality casual food, the range of options on the menu, and the offering of "complete" dinners (meaning rolls and a starter salad included with your entree). But the menu has changed dramatically. It is much more limited, with all of my favorite dishes having disappeared (e.g., the original lasagna, the California chicken, the turkey burger, the grilled banana bread dessert). Meanwhile, the prices have gone up and the complete dinners are gone -- you now have to make a specific request for rolls, if you know they exist(!), and entrees no longer come with starter salads. My most recent meal there was okay, but too expensive, and certainly not exciting enough to tempt me back. I miss the old Theismann's. Sigh.

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CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We have eaten at Theismanns many times before. We were very disappointed in the new menus and the food. The bread was stale and tuna excessively salty. We hate to lose our go to place and will give it one more chance before moving on for good.

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A
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, JT's hits the spot, never disappointing. Great restaurant, tucked away from all the hustle and bustle.

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MP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wine selection for the Valentine's menu was wonderful. The mushroom croquettes were to die for! My husband had the steak. He said that it was very well cooked. Everything was very nice and well worth it. I would definitely recommend this restaurant!

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DJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Valentine’s menu! Great service and food

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r
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

I had a tuna poke salad that was nothing more then chunks of tuna in heavy sesame oil on wilted lettuce. My husbands steak salad was equally un appetizing....how can you mess up a salad? It used to be a really good neighborhood spot. We won’t be going back!

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N
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent seating. Convenient parking makes for an enjoyable experience

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E
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food!!

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R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding ambience, service & food on a special ( & crowded) night. Congratulations to all the staff which made the night go flawlessly. Thanks

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L
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Despite it being Valentine's Day, we were seated promptly at the time of our reservation. The food was excellent with large portions.

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