America Eats Tavern

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$31 to $50
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American

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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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AM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The half chicken was cooked perfectly! I know it’s just chicken but the flavor was amazing. My boyfriend had the ribs. Said they were amazing. The perfect tavern!

HB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The food was mediocre and the service was terrible. Not up to the standards we expected.
The restaurant was also supposed to place a birthday candle on my husband's dessert which was not done.

MC
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food at a great price. The best hush puppies I've ever had and I'm from the south. It was truffle month and the trufle mac and cheese and the truffle mushroom soup was outstanding and worth the money. The barbecue was plentiful and also excellent. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone. The server was also friendly and helpful.

AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Chose this restaurant because I had a Puerto Rican friend in town, to whom I had sent Jose Andrés’ book We Fed an Island. She had, of course, lived through the disaster, and her organization was involved in small business recovery.

We were catching up on past business and lots of mutual concerns. Very pleased with the food but the service was a bit too pushy..... I felt like we were being rushed. The restaurant was not full at all, so I was wondering if this was just the “American Way” of being overly solicitous (which I hate, I am there to dine and enjoy company, not to reassure waiters and staff) in which case it may have been a cultural misunderstanding on my part.

LT
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

This was the worst Jose Andres concept we've experienced. Interesting concept but poorly executed. The service was friendly but SLOW. The atmosphere was dumpy and looked like it needed a good scrubbing. With the exception of the truffle fries, we didn't care for the food. I ordered the western omelet, which had a great menu description but was not good at all. They served an omelet on a sizzling skillet which totally burned the eggs and made me smell like I'd been working the fryer. My husband had the brisket hash dish and it was just a strange combination of flavors. We paid our bill and left.

e
London
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The size of our group kept changing and the hostess and staff were very accommodating. We really appreciated that! Thanks for a fun brunch!

J
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was great. Cornbread and Mac as and cheee were fantastic.

FR
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Overall great experience. One dish came out a little cold, but when we informed the waitress the manager came over with a replacement dish that was perfect. So I plan on returning and highly recommend. Food was fantastic as was our server.

AD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Food was okay but not worth the price. Service was very slow and infrequent

m
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food and wine were great. The Grilled Trout was absolutely amazing

NP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice staff and professional service! The food was super delish and overall a great place for a dinner date!

B
Washington DC
106 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent truffle mushroom soup. Great suggestion of the pinot noir for the wine.

TS
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was great. The staff is incredibly kind. Very home like atmosphere.

OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were there at around 11 for breakfast. There are lots of good options. Over the course of our time there the place filled up. It can be very noisy once that happens.

EN
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We enjoyed the meal very much. The price was about right. Food and drink were great. Looking forward to returning.

L
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Would not recommend. The food was lackluster to say the least BUT what really did it in for me was the horrible, horrible service. Ruined my evening.

MJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

super unsteady service and I am not sure if it was a kitchen issue or a server issue. OUr drinks came after one of our starters arrived and then we waited another 15 minutes for the next starter to show up. The food was good but I am not sure I would make a bee line to eat there again after this experience. Props on the pear cobbler.....it was great.

KK
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The fried chicken and fish & chips are excellent, as is the cornbread. We also had a burger (meh) and caesar salad (tasted like a bagged salad kit). The beer & wine selection is mediocre, at best, but the two cocktails we tried were delicious (Blood & Sand, Cropping Rope). The service is friendly enough, but so laid back it's almost comical. Bottom line - I can't figure the place out. Not sure why I'd go back or why I'd avoid. It's just ... there.

CF
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I love the relaxed feel of this place. The food reminded me of my southern roots and their hush puppies are INCREDIBLE!

AT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The entire staff was very friendly and attentive. Our server, Kevin, was terrific, catering to a fussy three-year old. We could not have been more appreciative.

JD
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food on the restaurant week menu and generous portions.

LA
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We went for restaurant week, but decided to order off the menu because we wanted a different salad and a different dessert. Well, the wedge salad was absolutely delicious, so that was a great decision. We both had the fried chicken, we got corn bread and grits, and they were all delicious. We were too full for dessert, and there were still plenty of leftovers. The service was fine, and we sat for 4 hours chatting without feeling rushed. The place is loud, and the one bathroom has a sliding door that opens to tables, which was kind of awkward.

ES
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The restaurant was accomodating about our food restrictions, but the restaurant was a huge disappointment and we won't be going back anytime soon. The waiter took forever to take our order, food which should have been hot wasn't, and we had to ask for desserts multiple times. The manager came by and gave some reason for the delay but it took a half hour for the dessert to come out. He did comp a few of the drinks. It's not a restaurant for adults looking for a nice dining experience.

DB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I enjoy Andres' tapas locations and was looking forward to this. Unfortunately, we had to stare 10 mins at our drinks sitting unpicked up at the bar so my BF went and got them. Ribs were average with uncharred sauce on top. My salad had just lemon juice and ranch dressing was forgotten. Polite but unacceptable slow and bad service w/maybe five tables occupied. Disappointing and $100 for a meal worth about half that.

BV
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten here about 15 times and have never been disappointed. Well maybe once when we had a green server, but the food is always excellent. I order things here I would not usually order elsewhere because they way they prepare it and the quality of the ingredients make it special. Example - fried okra - its terrific here and the smoked yogurt sauce! Oh my. Everything is good, but make sure you get the lemon merangue pie - its one of the best bites in town.

JZ
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

If you like good service this is not the place for you.

AE
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We went for brunch and the hash, eggs, grits, and parsnips/carrots were delicious. However, the veggie omelet had undercooked, crunchy, unseasoned veggies with eggs laying on top. The coffee was amazing and the service was mediocre. A 3 star Jose Andres restaurant, but probably a 4 star restaurant overall. A bit pricey for the quality.

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I normally don’t write reviews but feel a moral obligation to do this. The service here is the worst I have experienced anywhere. I would rate a self serve cafeteria better. The waiter never offered us food or drinks. Just disappeared after taking the order for our children. I had to get up each time to hail down someone for anything we needed. The waiter didn’t mind or apologize ever. In addition the food is really underwhelming and tasteless. This place is for someone that has only eaten at Burger King or McDonald’s and thinks this is an upscale experience but is to ethnocentric to try anything that might have a “foreign flavor”. I don’t know what we were thinking going here, other than trusting the Chef’s general reputation with other restaurants of his that we like.

P
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food. Great prices. Delicious cocktails.

P
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for New Years Eve! Everything was fantastic- the surprise was the pecans and pickle appetizer! Don’t pass on that!

R
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

America Eats was by far the most surprising Jose Andres restaurant I've visited, and for a good reason. Jose Andres has done many spectacular things for the DC restaurant scene, all among small plate cuisine. By contrast, America Eats gave me what I often desire in DC dining: large plates of food for a great price.

My fiance and I ordered hush puppies and the vermicelli mac and cheese for appetizers. The hush puppies were delightfully sweet and salty and the mac and cheese deliciously creamy. I ordered a slap of pork ribs for $19 and received a massive plate of ribs (end rib meat included!) with a fantastic savory, smoky flavor.

Even though that was more than enough given everything else we had, we ordered baked beans and fried okra as sides. The baked beans were fine but I didn't think I would enjoy okra as much as I did here. With Cracker Barrel fried okra being my go-to mental image, these were whole okra lightly fried with a smoked yogurt on the side. Everything worked perfectly and my taste buds were delighted.

The cookie we shared (think of a pizookie from BJ's Brewhouse) was admittedly not as impressive as I was hoping for, but still tasted great and the perfect end to a fantastic meal. 5 out of 5 stars for America Eats!

J
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Had such high hopes because I love his other restaurants. Food was mediocre, space was nice. Worst part was the service. Made a reservation, got their early so said we’d get a drink at bar to wait. They said they’d get us when ready. Open tables were just waiting and 15 min after our reservation time we went to ask and they had completely forgotten us. Wait staff was nice but didn’t go above and beyond. Won’t visit again likely.

RH
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Food took an hour to arrive and was ice cold.

DC
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Our server was quite pleasant and nice. But there were problems, probably out of her control, with getting food from the kitchen and to our table. As noted by other reviewers, our food (both appetizers & entrees) arrived warm, not hot. There was also a VERY long time between our appetizer and entrees.

g
Richmond
53 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Had dinner with my wife and kids. We enjoyed everything we had including the grilled salmon, Caesar salad and potatoes and vegetables. Service was a little slow but otherwise everything was great!

JT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Poor service. Cold and mediocre food. Never had such bad ribs. Definitely not up to the Jose Andres reputation.

EH
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. We had Shrimp and grits and chicken and waffles. Comfy atmosphere and attentive staff. Can't wait to go back.

LS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fun atmosphere! Highly recommend. Get your feed on before you come.

AK
New England
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for our 25th anniversary and the staff, and the chef Claudio, came out and wished us to make us feel special. And the dessert was delicious (as was the rest of the menu!). Thank you. We will be back, hungry for more.