America Eats Tavern

4.1
202 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Renowned chef José Andrés offers a new take on American classics, celebrating iconic American dishes and incorporating a delectable array of barbecue dishes. The restaurant offers a vibrant setting for any dining experience, including Georgetown's best outdoor patio.
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Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Very average food, I had higher expectations considering the owner. Won’t be going back again, it’s more of a tourist trap.

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Charleston
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fun lively place. Dishes are outstanding, with recipes from America EATS COOKBOOK. We will be back. You have to get the cornbread!

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

Our table was a little cramped by the front window, but we had a nice view of Georgetown. The drinks were amazing and they had an incredible selection to choose from. We went for brunch & had reservations, but the wait was a little long - about 40 minutes from the time we ordered our food. The brisket chili hash & chicken and waffles were both really well done and delicious. The portion size was great and there were a lot of good flavors happening. Overall, it was a good experience!

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JO
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Creative food, reasonable portion sizes, save room for desserts.

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a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We love ribs but this experience was disappointing. Baby back ribs were mediocre, hush puppies were undercooked, fries were disappointing, and lobster roll was skimpy but tasty (bun was overwhelming because not enough meat - recommend that AET uses a smaller bun or include more meat.) Server did not know the food well and incorrectly advised that cole slaw did not have mayo.

Staff were friendly and accommodating.

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N
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Went for a holiday celebration with a friend and had a pretty bad experience. Though the drinks and the mac & cheese were fantastic, my hamburger was plain and overcooked and my friend's food had hair in it! When we brought this up to our server he apologized and had a new plate made for her, but the whole experience was ruined, and they just did not seem concerned with making up for it in any way. The price was just not worth the low value of the meal we had.

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k
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I don't make recommendations to friends...we all have different tastes and priorities. At a quiet weekday lunch, things weren't up to par for a Jose Andres restaurant. Our burger and barbeque sandwiches arrived 45 minutes after we were seated. The manager justified the delay by saying that 5 tables had arrived within a short time. Hard to believe an experienced kitchen staff cannot handle 5 orders competently. Service was also in need of polishing. We were still finishing up eating when our server dropped the check on the table, not asking whether we'd finished, and not bothering to ask if she could first clear our plates. The whole experience implied that this restaurant is relegated to tourists - they don't really expect any returning customers when residents know there are so many other options at this price range which offer top-notch service and great food.

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Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was a good lunch in Georgetown. The house made pickles were good, as were the roasted meats - we got ribs, pulled pork and brisket sandwiches. The fried okra was not what I’m used to - whole pods unbreaded and fried - but OK

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RH
4 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

we liked the wait staff and management. our table was right across from the single restroom and had a barn door and was used constantly and kinda gross having to stare at toilet all the time and imagine the odor issue could have been much worse. Food was good but not outstanding. Happy to support an owner who has given so much back.

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a
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Fried chicken was disappointing. Skillet cornbread good.

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VH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

food was very bland and lacked flavor. was excited to try but got disappointed.

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c
Denver
94 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Jose does it right and this is yet another example. Great staff, who connect to patrons and make them feel a “part of the family”

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Missed the mark on service and food quality. Cheapening the Jose Andres brand for sure.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The servers here are fantastic. The food is often staple dish, but innovative, well-executed, and flavor-balanced. I love the menus connection to food culture and history.

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L
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here on a date and it's a great place to come for some great food and a casual vibe! Service is fantastic and ambiance is equally as great.

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MP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food has been good/fine, but I have had trouble with decent service both times I have visited.

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NB
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Food was just not good. 5 people and no one liked what they ordered. Had little to no flavor. Hard to even discribe bc so unimpressive.

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K
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic time celebrating our daughters engagement. Service was excellent and the food was simply delicious! We will come back!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I chose this place because Jaleo can do no wrong. The food quality isn’t there yet.

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KE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service. All the staff made sure we were happy with our meal!!

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

America Eats has yet to disappoint. After three visits in the last few months, the food and service continue to wow us. The servers are attentive and offer great insights into the menu. Don’t miss the Hoppin’ John or fried okra. The shrimp and grapefruit dish is also wonderful if you’re on the fence about ordering. We usually don’t have room for dessert, but we were advised to try the lemon meringue pie— let me tell you, we won’t be skipping the lemon meringue pie ever again- it was divine. Already looking forward to our next visit!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was disappointing- very heavy.

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EV
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I had great expectations - I love Jose Andres and I wanted so much to love this restaurant. The staff were fantastic - they were great about making accommodations with the menu to adjust to our tastes, and I can't say enough good things about them. But the food was just not that great.

The opening act for us was the cornbread - that was delicious. I'd get it again in a heartbeat.
Then my husband and I had salads - the salad options were great if you like bitter greens. If you don't like bitter, then don't order a salad. I wanted a Caesar salad, which is usually a safe choice. But it is made with kale (which I abhor). I told our waiter I didn't like kale or bitter tastes in general - he said they could use mixed greens (which would be fine), or iceberg. Great! I just wanted cold and crunchy. They brought a salad made with Little Gem lettuce - which is...bitter. And I tried. But I really really don't like bitter. The waiter noticed I wasn't eating it and said, "Can we make a new one with the mixed greens?" Sure. And they did. I appreciated him making the extra effort to make me happy. (For the record, my husband loves bitter tastes and he loved his salad, so this is really just a matter of preference.)

Next was the entrees. I had the ribs. They were, again.... fine. They were not melt-in-your-mouth tender, which is what one comes to expect for ribs. They definitely took a little work to eat. The taste was fine. The root veg side was just meh. Overcooked and bland.

My husband had the shrimp and grits. He really liked it. Were they the best S&G I've ever had? Not really. They were about average. Not bad, but nothing to stand out.

Both kids had fried chicken. It was good! It was two legs and two thighs, and that's fine for me, but I have a kid who only eats white meat. Not their fault and I should have asked.

Desserts - mixed. Ice cream - fantastic. "Hot Chocolate" - Unbearably sweet.
Will we go back? Alas, no.

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Omaha
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great atmosphere with a southern vibe. The fried okra was amazing and the lemon meringue dessert is a must have. I’ve decided this will be the new drinks and dessert location when I travel to DC.

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G
West Virginia
16 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very noisy.Trout was excellent.

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JH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was slow, we waited a long time for apps and then had entrees show up pretty shortly after appetizers. I waited so long for my drink I canceled the order. Our server was nice and was working hard, I think they were just overwhelmed and had too many tables in the same stage at the same time.

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TA
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food. Love the historical aspect

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Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite possibly the best bbq in DC. Come hungry!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

The food was not as great as I would have expected being the restaurant from a renowned chef. Service was fast but our waiter was sloppy

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AI
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Was nervous because it's a jose Andres place but loved it. It's great for a friend group.

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PB
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 1

Great menu and the food met our expectations. 'Amelia' cocktail, brisket dinner and chocolate cookie dessert all excellent. Kudos to chefs. It was REALLY LOUD and the booths are not very comfortable.

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Dallas
100 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience from start to finish. Food was superb and tasty. our server was professional and very knowledgeable. The restaurant is very charming and clean. Can't wait to go back. Highly recommend.

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

Great waiter

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DC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Hostess was friendly and seated us quickly. Was nice to sit in the window and people watch. Server took awhile to come to the table and drinks and food arrived slowly. Noisy overall, but tolerable in the window seat. Food was disappointing for the price.

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S
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was excellent. They had too few waitstaff for a Saturday night and the kitchen got backed up. It took forever to place a drink order and even longer to get our main course, one of which was missing (although they comped it when it finally came 15 minutes later). The restaurant needs to do a better job staffing weekends so that dinner doesn't take almost 3 hours. The food was good enough that I would be willing to give the restaurant another try but certainly not when I have anywhere that I needed to be. The restaurant is very noisy.

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ML
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! The BBQ , the corn bread, Hotdog and Hamburger, all amazing!

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F
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We read about the restaurant in a newspaper article so we made a res for a late lunch. We were greeted immediately by a friendly person & seated at a table for 2 in the back of the restaurant which was quiet. The menu was so interesting because of the history of the food as far back as 1775. We ordered the Cornbread w/butter & honey which was incredible. The butter had a Smokey flavor & the Cornbread had pieces of corn for added crunch. My husband had the Burger & Fries which he said was excellent & I had the Mushroom Soup which also had a smokey flavor with Goat cheese to add creaminess with large pieces of Mushrooms. Wonderful flavors & can’t wait to visit again for dinner next time

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Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Pulled pork was exceptional. Drink service was bad—this is an issue that needs to be fixed. It takes way too long for drink orders to be delivered and it has been this way for months.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Great menu and low key ambiance, we enjoyed the meal. Unfortunately our server was in need of much, much more training. Could not explain the menu. Our entrees were brought out before appetizers were finished so the table was crowded and we felt very rushed (not the intent for sure because we had an early reservation). She seemed to be very introverted so maybe this is not her thing. Another server working this section did a great job with the other tables so this seems to be a one-off issue.

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1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was incredible. It’s clear that everyone shares a passion for their food and it is evident in how they conduct business. The food was also top notch. While a bit on the pricey side (which is average in Georgetown), it was definitely high quality. It’s also nice to see intent with a menu; many restaurants in Georgetown are just a copy/paste menu with little character. It was neat to see how they drew on old recipes for inspiration, yet adapted them for a more modern feel.

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