Joe Theismann's Restaurant

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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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TS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a reservation and were seated immediately. Service was friendly & efficient, attentive but not rushing us. Food was delicious.

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Responded 12 hours ago

Thank you for the kind words, Teresa! We look forward to hosting you again soon.

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Colleen was wonderful!

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for the review! We will be sharing the kind sentiments with the team. We hope to see you again soon.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Valentine’s Day - very nice foods... service was good. Way too much noise

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for the review! We will share the information about the noise level with the team. We hope to see you again soon.

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FT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I always recommend for people to come here and enjoy a great spot that has great food

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Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for the kind review, Felicia! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

We had reservations for 7:00, and didn’t get a table until 7:40! Then it was in the bar, very noisy. Didn’t get to enjoy the company we were with for all the noise and bar activity.
We’ve come here for the last 5 years for a conference and Alway eat Valentines Day Supper here! Not again, sorry it just didn’t measure up to the cost of the evening.

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded 3 days ago

Hi, we appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review. We are sorry that our we did not meet your expectations during your recent visit. We take all feedback very seriously and are very appreciative of loyal customers like yourself. We will share this information with our management team in hopes of bettering our dining experience. Allow us the opportunity to rectify this bad experience and accept our invitation to dine during your next visit to Alexandria,by emailing Lerone@theismanns.c.om

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TS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

So, we decided to try a new place and made a reservation for Valentine's Day 2020 – Unfortunately, Joe Theismann’s fell short.

Greeting & Atmosphere: A busy night so we expected to wait. Reservation for 6:45 – seated at 6:58. "Waiting area" very cramped and not designed for such a crowd. Hostess staff was very friendly and efficient. Atmosphere is more of a sports bar than a nice restaurant.

Wait Staff: Waitress was nice enough, but nearly every encounter contained "excuses". "I'll try, but wine glasses are hard to come by tonight." "I told the bartender what you wanted." "The kitchen is probably overworked."

Food Quality:
- Crab Dip appetizer - OK - but nothing outstanding.
- Wedge Salad - good - hard to mess up cutting a head of lettuce into 1/4 pieces.
- French Onion Soup - soup tasted good. Presentation - not so much.
- Salmon with red potatoes and grilled asparagus - Salmon was good although a little overdone. Potatoes were simply boiled and placed on the plate – had no flavor. Asparagus grilled but pale in color and lacked any flavor. Best part of this dish was the roasted tomato-dill butter.
- 8oz Filet Mignon w/ grilled asparagus and substituted a loaded baked potato without bacon. Asparagus pale and lacked any flavor. “Loaded” baked potato (minus bacon) just had a large scoop of sour cream down the middle – no cheese, scallions or anything. Worst part – the potato was brown as if it had been soaked in beef broth giving it an odd/salty flavor. Filet was ordered medium – came extremely rare. Sent it back – well done on the outside and rare in the middle with extra demi glace. I just asked for the salmon instead – it came overcooked.

Spoke with the waitress and manager. Both apologize and the manager took everything off the bill – but we would’ve rather had a great meal at a fair price. We tipped the waitress and left.

Unfortunately - Joe Theismann's fell short on this occasion.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Sat very quickly, food came out fast and was very good. Perfectly cooked steak

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for the review! We are happy to know you enjoyed your Valentine's Day with us. We look forward to hosting you again soon.

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a
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Took my wife there for Valentines Day dinner. I liked the interior change that was made some time ago. The place looks nice. I had made a reservation for a certain time and we ended up waiting for about 15 minutes until we got seated. Of course I went to the bar to get a couple of drinks while waiting and wouldn't you know it....The table was ready. The food was quite salty all around with everything we ordered from the Calamari to the French onion soup. The Short ribs were nothing special. It was basically a pot roast... Salmon was a bit on the tiny portion size...The asparagus and green beans were fantastic. The roasted potatoes were great as well. Just needed some sour cream or a drizzle of something to cut the starch.
Highly recommend the vegetables.. Waitress was very busy so we waited for drinks during the meal for quite a while before she came back to ask us if we needed anything else. All in all it was just OK. Wish it had been better considering it was Valentines Day after all. Just Saying....

LF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I would suggest this restaurant for a fun night out if you like sports and are going with friends. Not a romantic atmosphere

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded 4 days ago

We appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review, Linda!

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DL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Valentine’s Day and super busy! Our waitress was excellent and the service was great! The food was delicious as usual, especially the pastrami appetizer! We had a wonderful time!

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Denise, we appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review! We are thrilled to know you had an excellent time during your Valentine's Day and we hope to see you again soon.

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JH
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food5service5ambience3

Reserved the Valentines Day special and the food, wine, and price were fantastic. Being shoved into a small table crowded between two other loud couples...terrible. I’ve been there before and had no idea they had such a bad table and we were the unlucky couple stuck there. Really sad dinner given that seating!

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Jason, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We are delighted to know you enjoyed our dishes and wine selection. We will be sharing the information provided with the team as we do hope see you again soon.

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JS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Valentine's dinner! Thank you.

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for the kind words, Jacob!

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s
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and good food. The new layout is great for mingling with people on a Friday/Saturday night.

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for the kind words, Scott! We hope to see you again soon.

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SH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine at Theismann’s a lot, and decided to come for their special Valentine’s Day menu. It was excellent food, as always, and a great value. Our server was fantastic.

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for the lovely words, Savannah! We look forward to hosting you again soon.

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DL
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Probably would recommend an evening dining experience. We went for lunch and this place is known for its steak. We ordered prime rib and frankly, we've had better. I think it was definitely not something that should be ordered for lunch. Each of us compared notes and we have concluded that the pieces we were given were reheated leftovers from the previous night. The service was good and our waitress engaging.
We saw other orders walked by our table and they looked good. We were disappointed with what we ordered.

LC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Burgers were terrific
Fish & Chips excellent
Crab Cake sandwich - not too good
Potato fries - trying hard but did not come off well on our 3 dinners

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Lou, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We will be sharing the information provided about our Crab Cake Sandwich and fries with team. We do hope to see you again soon.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Too noisy to have conversations

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We will share this information with the management team.

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DH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent, tasty, and good prices!

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thank you for the kind words, David! We hope to see you again soon.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, good food and drink! Love it here since the renovation and menu overhaul. Manager was visible and working hard!

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on February 14, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave us the kind review! We are happy to know you enjoyed your service and dishes during your time with us. We look forward to hosting you again soon.

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NM
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

our waitress did not know a lot of details regarding the menu. not a problems. but it was weird that she swiped our credit card at the table and handed it to me to add a tip. I don't like to do that in front of the wait staff.

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on February 11, 2020

Hi Nalin, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We will be sharing this information with the management team. Thank you again and we do hope you come in to give us another try.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails and portion size

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on February 11, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review!

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MB
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly staff and remodelled bar area for an open atmosphere.

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thank you for the lovely words, Marianthe! We hope to see you again soon.

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t
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful refresh of an old favorite. New owners have pumped new blood into Theismann's with a complete renovation - now a real sports bar with plenty of TV's but great food & service, too...

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on February 10, 2020

Hi, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We are thrilled to hear you love our renovations just as much as we do and look forward to hosting you again soon.

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r
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Very good food, large portions, great value
Extremely loud

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thank you for the review, Richard!

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M
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was very good. Food was tasty and brought out quickly. Enjoyable evening out thanks to the staff.

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on February 4, 2020

Thank you for the kind words, Mitch! We look forward to hosting you again soon.

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F
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

This restaurant has not been the same since change in ownership. Went from great food to average restaurant

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on February 3, 2020

Thank you for taking the time and leaving us a review. We will make sure to pass this information along to the team.

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JB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time! Good service food and drinks.

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on February 5, 2020

Thank you for the review, Justin!

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WR
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for food, drinks and to watch the game! Highly recommended!!!

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on February 5, 2020

Thank you for the kind words, William! We hope to see you again soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time there is a each time was perfect

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on February 3, 2020

Thank you for the lovely words!

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TH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The restaurant was beautiful. They brought out a dessert menu for my fiancé to pick out what he wanted for his birthday. The service was great and the server corrected a mistake that was made with my order. However, I was sad to see that the menu had changed and the prices were significantly raised. We may return for a date night but that’s about it.

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on February 4, 2020

Hi Tanisha, we appreciate you taking the time to leave us the review! We hope to see you again soon.

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t
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Ordered French Dip -Horrible!! Extremely Fatty Also has
Strings in my sandwich - did Not eat
Service was OK but told me sandwich was very Lean!!???
Very Bad Experience

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on February 3, 2020

Hi Tom, We appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review. We are sorry to hear that the dishes you ordered did not meet your expectations. We take comments like this very seriously and have shared your feedback with both the management and culinary teams. Thank you again and we hope you’ll give us another chance to impress you.

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G
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

JT's offers a diverse menu; comfortable booth seating; and well-prepared food. Our server, Aaron, was attentive and customer-friendly.

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on February 11, 2020

Thank you for the five star rating!

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c
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Went for Alexandria's restaurant week and they didn't want to honor the last day of the event. Crab dip hardly had any meat in it and the burger was so big I had to eat it with a fork (really messy because bun didn't hold two patties). Not enough ketchup was served for the huge portion size of fries that came with the meal.

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on February 3, 2020

Hi Cindy, Thank you for taking to the time to share your experience. We are sorry to hear that the Restaurant Week promotion was not honored and that the dishes you did have did not meet your expectations. We have shared your experience with the team and hope you’ll give us another chance to impress you. Thank you again.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall1food4service4ambience1

We are regulars at Theismanns and typically enjoy every visit. However, this particular visit we were told after sitting down at our table, and having to ask a staff member, why it was so

KT
Washington DC
120 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

There were six of us and everyone enjoyed their food. It was half off wine Wednesday, so we took advantage of that. We had fish tacos, fish and chips, salmon entree, and the grouper sandwich. Our server, David, happily switched out fries for other items and brought several kinds of hot sauce. We had asked for a quieter table and were accommodated, so thankfully our hard-of-hearing members could follow the conversation easily.

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on January 31, 2020

Hi Kate, thank you for taking the time and leaving us the kind words! We are thrilled to know we met and exceed your expectations during your time with us with our dishes and our service. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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R
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was attentive and had a great personality.

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on January 31, 2020

Thank you for the kind words, Rodney! We hope to see you again soon.

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S
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Went for Restaurant week and to watch football.
Food was luke warm and nothing special. Server was mostly not there, didn't get a spoon with my soup nor fork for my dessert. Manager (checked on tables but not us) was the hardest worker besides Wilson the food runner.

GO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my second time to Joe Theismann's. The atmosphere is great and I love seeing all the football paraphernalia from Joe's football days. It's a great atmosphere and a great place to enjoy a meal or watch the game from the bar. The menu is unique and the food is delicious. It's become one of my favorite places to celebrate special occasions.

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on January 31, 2020

Hi Glenn, thank you for taking the time and leaving us a review! We are delighted to know you had a wonderful and love our atmosphere just as much as we do. We look forward to hosting you again soon.

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M
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were very friendly. Food was very tasteful and service was quick.

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on January 31, 2020

Thank you for the kind words, Mitch! We hope to see you again soon.

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J
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten here before and enjoyed it every time. Service is excellent. We arrived during an NFL playoff game, so it was noisy. All in all, a good experience.