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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M
Portland
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

J
Washington DC
4 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.

DH
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Ordered the blackened grouper sandwich. The grouper came in two little pieces the size of 50 cent pieces. Looked more like two little sliders rather than a $16 sandwich. The fries and the cole slaw were good. The iced tea was very strong. It was loud with a football game being piped in overhead. Looks like a great fun place to watch s game with friends but a little tough to have a dinner date night out. I want to try a couple other things on the menu but will probably go during a Caps or Nats game.

k
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Food 🍲 was delicious and the service was excellent! The drinks were also great!

B
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great server who really knew the menu and she did not hurry us - even on New Year's Eve. Food was wonderful.

BE
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had not eaten here since the recent renovations and menu changes. Wow, the place looks great and all four meals were on point. If you are a steak eater, try the strip. It is one of the best I have ever had!

L
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The remodel looks great but the booths are very tight!

4
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Joe Theismann was great for Christmas dinner. The service was very good. The seating was great. The food was very good. And the added benefit is that Theismann had a Christmas menu with choices, as well as the regular menu so everyone could do their own thing. That was fantastic. Everyone was happy and well fed.

S
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

So it seems with the new renovation, the menu changed. I have a gluten allergy and some of the gluten free items have been removed from the menu. I have always gone there for their delicious gluten free French onion soup, but they no longer make it gluten free. My salad was just okay after having to get a new one when I found some red plastic in the first one. The sangria I had tasted like dry champaign, nothing like a sangria. My best friend ordered a moscato and got some type of fake lemon drop martini and was charged $12 for it. She didn’t even drink it. It just wasn’t the best experience and I have always ranted and raved about this restaurant. Unfortunately, I most likely will not be returning.

DG
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a good time, will go back there again.I'm not much on write reviews.

DS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Swell!
Nice that it was open for Xmas 🎄
Good food and service

TS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pumpkin soup came out cold, the 2nd cup was very good.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food Great service

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on December 26, 2019

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

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TE
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

My family and I really enjoyed our evening out, the staff was very pleasant and the food was great. We were there on Christmas eve to celebrate my mom's birthday.

RM
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Like the new look. Service was excellent. Wonderful Christmas Eve dinner with family. Thank you!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Hamburger for $16 was no good. Calamari appetizer- only sos-so. Sorry to be negative, but the family was disappointed.

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on December 26, 2019

Hi, thank you for taking the time and leaving us a review! We take comments like yours very seriously and will make sure pass along the information to the team.

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BC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great times! Highly recommend Theismann’s!

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on December 26, 2019

Thank you for the kind words, Brent!

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S
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, great company!

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on December 26, 2019

Thank you for the 5-stars, Sandy! We hope to see you again soon.

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L
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First night of dining at Joe’s the night prior (Friday) was so good the family decided to come back on Saturday. Was just as good the second time, PLUS got a chance to meet Joe in person and get a photo - my boyhood hero! My Son wants me also to mention specifically that the Salmon was amazing (and we all agreed!).

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on December 26, 2019

Hi, we appreciate you taking the time and leaving us a review! We are happy to know you came back a second time with your family and enjoyed your time with us. We hope to see you again soon.

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MD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met an old friend from out of town. e were seated in the room just before the back. The cocktails we ordered were very good. The food was tasty and well plated.

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on December 26, 2019

Hi Mark, thank you for taking the time and leaving us a review! We are thrilled to hear you and your friend enjoyed our cocktails during your time with us and look forward to seeing you again.

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d
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Place looks great after renovations but because it I'd more open it sounds alot noisier. Food and service is still good with one exception, the fries! They are, in my view terrible. Not really French fries. They advertise them as skin on fries...more like potato skins. Found them dry and tasteless. They used to have great fries, lightly battered and crispy. Why mess with that. Will continue to go though as the overall atmosphere is very good.

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on December 26, 2019

Hi, thank you for taking the time and leaving us a review! We will make sure to pass along the sentiments to the team and hope to see you again soon.

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ME
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

the food was great, and our waitress was outstanding.. however, the Managers and host leave alot to be desired. We felt rushed to leave. Because they were standing over us waiting to seat another party. We left before we were really ready to leave because it was very uncomfortable.

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on December 26, 2019

Hi Monica, thank you for taking the time and leaving us a review! We are thrilled to know you enjoyed our dishes and will make sure to pass along the information provided to the team. We hope to see you again soon.

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L
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Didn’t have Colleen this time. Her section was filled. Our server was good. We had the pretzels and beer cheese. Yummy. The server advertised to order additional pretzels as there was a lot of beer cheese. Glad we took her suggestion. I had the chicken and waffles. So so good. Can’t remember what they are called but the apple doughnut holes are to die for and that Carmel sauce so good.

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on December 26, 2019

Hi Lisa, thank you so much for leaving us the kind words! We are ecstatic to know you had a wonderful time with us and look forward to hosting you again soon.

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RG
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, reasonably priced and great location right off of King Street metro. A regular dining spot for us!

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on December 26, 2019

Wow, thank you for the kind words, Roger! We are thrilled to know you enjoy our dishes just as much as we do and look forward to seeing you again.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Fries were cut unevenly thus cooked unevenly. Calamari was overcooked. Service was good. Crab dip was good.

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on December 26, 2019

Thank you for taking the time for leaving us a review! We will make sure to pass along this information to the team. We hope to see you again soon.

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L
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. If you go ask to set in Colleen’s section. She is by far the best server in the area. She is fun, knows the food and has great recommendation. You can tell Colleen loves her job and the people she serves. You can’t help walking out with a smile on your face with her as your server.
We will be back and setting in Colleens section.

DA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I'd never been the Theismanns in the 40 plus years I've lived in Northern Virginia. I enjoyed my food (Chimichurri Flank Steak) and felt the service was above average. Parking was easy with complimentary free parking in the underground garage...so all in all not bad and I will return.

B
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We life going there, BUT since it was remodeled they tend to turn up the music very loud in the seating area. That may be ok in the bar area, but otherwise people go there to visit with each other not listen to music. They did turn it down when we asked, and the same a previous time.

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on December 9, 2019

Hi Barry, thank you for leaving us a review! We will make sure to pass along the information to the team and hope to see you again soon.

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BC
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kerry was a great server. Food excellent

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on December 9, 2019

Hi Brian, thank you for taking the time and leaving us a review! We will pass along the sentiments to the team and hope to see you again soon.

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MB
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Have always enjoyed the brunch here. But went this past Sunday and learned there have been some changes. Most notably the Chesapeake Eggs Benedict featured the smallest crab cakes I’ve ever seen (accompanied by the largest muffins I have seen). It tasted good but it was lacking in quantity. This is a change from other times I have been there. The restaurant has also been recently remodeled- I personally preferred the wooden booths to the tables. Not sure this will remain a regular go-to brunch for me anymore.

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on December 9, 2019

Thank you for taking the time and leavings a review! We are sorry you had a less than stellar experience during you brunch visit. We will make sure to pass the information to the team and hope to see you again.

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PF
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and friendly service. We love the Ambiance and the Christmas decorations.

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on December 9, 2019

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

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RG
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. Hamburgers very tasty and menu with a wide variety.

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on December 9, 2019

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

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GW
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

The family has been to Joe Theismann’s Restaurant on a number of times two of them being Thanksgiving with them. Unfortunately, this time we’re we’re seated in the extended part of the restaurant which had no quality of atmosphere whatsoever. Always, in the past we have been seated in the main restaurant area. And considering we made the reservation in September you would think we would’ve gotten sitting in a desirable location.

My entire family felt as though we were seated at the children’s table. Our waitress seemed totally overwhelmed and uneducated. She consistently forgot various items which we consistently requested. Stating, she’s having a bad brain day. Simple request like a cup of coffee seem to be a major ordeal and we were never granted that request.

The food and portions were well received, but considering the atmosphere that we were placed in and the service that we we received, it will be questionable whether or not this Thanksgiving tradition will continue.

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on December 9, 2019

Hi Gil, we appreciate you taking the time and leaving us a review! We are sorry we did not meet and then exceed your expectations during your time with us and will pass along the information to the team. We hope to see you again.

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LG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Came here for Thanksgiving dinner around 6pm. Had been here for lunch before and had a good experience. We made reservations although there seemed to be plenty of seating. Restaurant was beautifully decorated for Christmas. Several options for the three courses. We had the pork loin and trout. Both dishes were great. Staff were prompt and friendly. Overall was pleased with the experience. Would go back.

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on December 9, 2019

Hi Leslie, thank you for taking the time and leaving us a review! We are thrilled to know you had a wonderful time during your Thanksgiving visit and look forward to having you again.

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S
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was obviously prepared in advance. Not horrible but not great. Convenient location wise but don’t try to park in lot before 5pm.... no parking validation and you will pay a $15 parking charge.

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on December 9, 2019

Hi Sammy, thank you for taking the time and leaving us review! We will pass along the information to the team.

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RR
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Ambiance , service, and food offerings on Thanksgiving were minimal. Similar to last year. In years prior to last year it was a crowded but excellent experience with both special and regular menus available . Need to improve cocktail offerings or decrease the prices.

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on December 9, 2019

Hi Rodney, we appreciate you taking the time and leaving us a review! We look forward to hosting you again soon.

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CF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten at this restaurant many times but first Thanksgiving. Food, and service has always been impeccable. Remains consistent.

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on December 9, 2019

Thank you so much for the kind words! We hope to see you again soon.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving!!

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on December 9, 2019

We hoped to you gobbled til you wobbled!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We’ve always love JT’s! We’ve come here for Thanksgiving several years. This year they put tables in by the windows instead of the cozy booths, and unfortunately the food was sub-par. In the past it was wonderfully simple & traditional. This year the appetizer choice was horrible. We went with the crab vs the spinach dip. But they were spicy & overly fried. Had to ask for rolls—but they were not delicious like before. The stuffing was a new recipe—why change? We want exactly what we would make at home, but served with no cleanup or leftovers. I don’t need pumpkin seeds on my whipped cream either! Please go back to being the old JT! You were perfect (and had more customers)!

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on December 9, 2019

Hi, we are thankful to have loyal customers who leave us comments like these as we take them very seriously! We will make sure to pass the information along to the team and hope to see you again soon.

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OT
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was great. Service...not so much.

Joe Theismann's Restaurant
Responded on December 9, 2019

Thank you for the review! We will make sure to pass the information along to the team and we hope to see you again soon.

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