American Tap Room - Reston, VA

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$30 and under
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This is American Regional Cuisine at its classic, pub-inspired best. The food is fun and what we like to call “approachable”. At the American Tap Room - Reston, VA we believe in using local ingredients as much as possible and, yes, everything we serve goes well with beer.

Ranging from weekend All You Can Eat brunch, to a casual lunch outing or an after-work gathering in our bar, each dining experience is uniquely enjoyable.

Enjoy your time with us on our outdoor patio, inside by the fireplace, or by booking a private event. For Private event information contact us at the store number (703-834-0400) We do Corporate Luncheons, Happy Hour mix and Mingle, Sit Down dinner parties, Birthdays, Wedding Receptions and more! We can book up parties up to 200+ guests!
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3.7
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3.9
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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ATR is my go-to place for business lunches, roomy, not too noisy, and great food. Service was excellent (as usual).

MW
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Waited 45 minutes and still didn’t even have a drink.

LS
New England
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

too loud, live music pumping in background snd hostess tried to sit us next to the speaker when the whole dining room was empty.
fairly expensive for a non-fancy bar - $18 burger.

f
Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience3

My reservation was at 6:15. They were already out of the entre I wanted. I could not find any other entre that sounded appealing, so I ordered Maryland crab soup and a garden salad topped with grilled chicken. The soup was almost completely devoid of crab. Instead of crab, the soup consisted of whole corn kernels, tomato sauce, and Old Bay seasoning. I ate two spoonfuls and pushed it to the side of the table.
I could only eat about half of the chicken on the salad because it was so tough that a table knife could not cut it.

This place is not a restaurant - it is a bar with bar-like food quality, service, and noise level.

D
Washington DC
99 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Good food and service. Free garage parking close by for 1 hr, $2 next hr

T
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

For being a Tap Room its' selection of beers should of been embarrassing for them. Went there for the beer and they only had a few beers on tap. Very disappointed in the lack of selection

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We have been to American Tap Room several times and it was excellent but Mother’s Day was a different story. Despite having reservations we were seated in the bar at a high-top and told if we wanted a regular table we would have to wait an additional 30 min. We chose to go ahead and be seated at the high-top. Our food took at least 20 min because we ordered from the menu instead of having the buffet. On two occasions I had to get up to get items I had requested or were supposed to come with the meal and were never brought to us. Plus, the item portions were quite small. Not sure what’s happened to this restaurant but it’s not what it used to be!

w
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The brunch is really mediocre. Not a good value. Will not be returning.

CA
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

We should have known something was wrong when the restaurant was practically empty on a Saturday evening. It took forever to get our food. The crab hush puppies appetizer was terrible. They crumbled in your mouth and tasted like pure cornmeal powder. My wife’s salmon entree was so salty she couldn’t finish it. We had been there a few years ago and remember it being a nice experience. Never again!

RG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Sunday brunch was a disappointment. Selection was average, but nothing special beyond the usual. Roast beef was tough, waffles in a steam tray rather than made in front of you, deserts tasteless. For $28.2=50, definitely not a value for the money and we will not try it again.

J
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We were intrigued by the “Best Brunch in Town” sign so, we tried it out. There was nothing special or even remarkably “the best” about this $28 Buffett. Average at best, potatoes and bacon were cold, and many more lunch items than brunch items. We will stick to this a strictly a drinking place for sure.

m
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Absolutely horrid brunch. Nothing was fresh and barely anything was hot. Some food was stale. Very disappointing. Definitely NOT the "best brunch in Reston" as advertised

MM
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Farewell lunch for a coworker was very enjoyable. We were well attended to and appreciated the surprise ice cream sundae finale.

RD
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had a great time to watch the super bowl! Only suggestion: 4 our 5 of my party were vegetarian, and we didn't find that many options for us. Besides that we had a great experience!

s
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Went for quizo. I like the fire place

ES
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice Place to Dine and have some good conversations

KW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food with a warm atmosphere and a few TVs so we could watch the football game.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Horrible Sunday buffet. Cold carving station food, lumpy cold gravy, stale salad, literally hard cinnamon rolls. Will never go back.

JE
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall1food3service1ambience3

In the past I've had good experiences at ATR. However this most recent time, a group of us went for a business lunch. We arrived a little after 12pm and were seated promptly. We ordered by 12:20 and our appetizers came out quickly by 12:30. But our lunch entrees didn't arrive until after 1pm! There were other tables that ordered after us which got their food before us, including both smaller and larger parties. They did take 25% off the bill, but that's not very helpful since most of us needed to be back for a 1pm meeting. They apologized, but never explained what had happened, even when asked. I won't be doing anymore business lunches here.

R
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Tried giving ATR another try and was disappointed. We came in after the parade and although seated quickly, nobody came to our table for 15 minutes. When the server did, she acted like we were a bother and putting her out. Ordered the calamari as an appetizer, it came out Luke warm. Ordered 3 burgers, 2 at medium and 1 at med rare. The end rare one and one of the medium ones were both well done while the third was ok. Overall, disappointed all around and will choose other dining options in the future. The ONLY great part was the fireplace for ambiance.

E
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Bad, disinterested service/servers... food with no finesse. Orders were timed poorly, wrong, missing condiments etc.

CZ
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Enjoyed the food, service, and atmosphere. Found it comfortable and easy to have and enjoy conversations.

CN
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We met our son, DIL and grandson there for lunch. The staff was very accommodating and since we had a baby they placed us in an out-of-the way, quiet corner table and provided a very clean high chair. Roberto was our waiter, and he met every need with a smile and a great attitude. He was a genuinely nice guy and very attentive. We ate from the bar menu, fried dill pickles (scrumptious) as an appetizer, and had burgers and club sandwiches with fries. Everything was DE-licious and well prepared and presented. Along with two beers and a lemonade, the bill came to 90 bucks minus tip, so ATR is a bit pricey, but I felt it was worth it. ATR has a very impressive brunch buffet also, which our grandson enjoyed at no cost. We really enjoyed our two hours there.

OT
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Three & a half stars! Surprisingly it tastes very good, besides variety of beer selection! Like it & would recommend it!

Tap Tap Shrimp
Buffalo Wing
Tuna Salad
Jambalaya
Crab Cake

ML
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I really love their new brunch. It has a great variety of food and the omelette bar is fantastic.

CT
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Never going back. Place was virtually empty. Service was terrible. Salad came without dressing and it took asking twice to get some. Dinner was served cold. We weren’t compensated for any of the issues. Birthday dessert came but candles were unavailable. Ugh. Expensive disappointment.

LK
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

From the time you walk in you are treated well. The food is good and it is a fun atmosphere.

r
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience4

horrible service. We had to go get our own silver ware. we asked multiple times for condiments and they never were brought to us.

J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience1

I was very disappointed in the new menu and the quality of the food for the price. This was one of our go-to places in RTC, but we probably won't be going back. The service was poor and slow, which was surprising since it wasn't crowded. Wine selection was very limited and the food just wasn't very good. It's a shame.

GB
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Food was delicious. Service was very slow. I’m not sure if it was because of understaffing. Seemed that our server was a little overwhelmed.

D
Washington DC
99 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service in upscale, urban setting Ample nearby parking

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all yours can eat Sunday brunch. Good food and variety. Prompt service.

MD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Our server was good and the flank steak meal was a great quality. The burger was ok, the ribeye was good, and the steak poutine was mediocre at best. A good poutine would not be served with still cold cheese curds. The curds should be gooey and soft. Dessert was also lackluster. We had both the brownie Sunday (decent and hard to ness up) and the bread pudding (flavorless and blah).

The other problem we had was the way the tables were seated. We were put in a corner booth and then, rather than spread people out as they came in, subsequent tables were seated directly adjacent on both sides.

That would have been fine had the other corner booth party not been incredibly loud. We couldn’t hear our party speaking over the 2 men at the other table. We might as well have been seated together. I now know about the urinals in one office, how well one of the wives cooks and so much more that I might not have heard had the staff not seated both corner booths when there were other booths available.

I would urge you to only seat one corner booth or the other unless you are down to your absolute last open table as acoustically they seem more like one table.

Overall, the value just wasn’t there and we are not likely to return.

MK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Food was very bland, especially the burger. It had no flavor and was over cooked. The staff was nice about correcting the issue though.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Sat outside for a late (8pm) dinner. Food was just ok. Service was terrible and there were very few tables at that time of night on a Tuesday, so I can't even blame the poor service on the fact that they were busy -- because they weren't. First we couldn't get anyone to bring us silverware, then I ordered a drink that never came, and when my dinner did arrive my twice baked potatoe was not cooked once, let alone twice! Dinner was expensive and not worth the price.

MJ
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Went here for brunch, made an open table reservation and was seated immediately. We had our service dog with us and we got sat in this really cute table with red lounge chairs. Very comfy for my back :)

Mimosa- basic mimosa
Chicken and waffles- wii regular waffles, not the bacon and cheddar. The waffle and the honey butter were soooo good! The fried chicken was a little dry and no flavor.
Eggs biscuits and gravy- amazing!!! This is according to my boyfriend... he's happy for what he got and the price.
Kids chicken tenders and fries- let's say my son didn't share, plus he got cotton candy!

Overall, this was a nice brunch spot.. wasn't busy, but we also came at 130ish.

OT
Central Texas
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible. We were seated by a hostess then sat without anyone coming to our table for thirty minutes. I went to the hostess and told her of the situation and she responded “ oh, cool, I’ll find someone “! No apology from anyone in the restaurant. Once a waitress finally came, she was serving a section on the opposite side. I asked about specials and she replied “they don’t apply to this section, only the bar”! I understand this policy but be kind. We then decided to go elsewhere and will never return.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as usual.

T
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My wife and I dined there for our anniversary. The dinner menu had changed since we last visited in 2014, so we ordered several starters instead of meals.

The crab & spinach dip, Phoenix wings, Brussels sprouts, and salad were excellent. The tap tap shrimp and bread pudding were good, but the cheese curds that came with the chicken poutine were not what we expected. The cheese was barely noticeable.

Our server, Hailey, was outstanding, and the trivia game was fun.

s
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for quizo night. It was alot of fun. This would be a great place to watch a game. They have lots of screens.

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