Ramparts Tavern

4.5
277 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
A local Alexandria restaurant since 1978. Recent renovations make this neighborhood spot comfortably elegant. Chef Jermaine Keys offers spectacular specials every lunch and dinner. Pair your meal with wine from our list of over 80 or beer from our list of over 100. Our brunch menu is available Saturday and Sunday. We also offer a private dining room for any occasion. Come enjoy a great meal with us!
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1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great service and cozy atmosphere.

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EC
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Sadly- husbands chicken wings were pretty cold an my meal was lukewarm. Late on a Friday nights, but they were not busy. Not been great recently

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D
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was much better than I expected. Nice neighborhood gem.

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S
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved it! Such a nice place with incredible food. Highly recommend the Jack Daniels Eggs and the Belgian waffles with apple pie topping--yum! And it was a reasonable cost for our large party of 14 for my son's sweet 16. I would definitely come again.

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EC
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We go all the time- chicken special was very dry, but edible /

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WC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Absolutely the best ribs we have had in the DC area. The place is very welcoming and friendly. It can be quite noisy as it is ver popular with locals. We are regulars and always look forward to returning.

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JD
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Funny setup. Tried to put us at small table. Ate at the bar. Bar tender was great.

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JG
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Good food and nice place to
Meet friends for meal....

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EC
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Usually reliable and good - 25 minute wait for what is usually 5-10. Had to ask if there was a party and apparently there were 2. Okay, but since we know the waitress and the side we we on had 3 other tables, it would have been smart to tell us there would be a delay. My crab cake was warm, not hot and neither were the vegetables. The fries were hot but seriously !

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QL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food good service

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TK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Servers were always available, meals arrived even earlier than I expected, our group of ten were unanimous in our rating.

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EC
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always reliable and good neighborhood place !

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J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We arrived early for our reservation and the hostess was extremely accommodating. She came over to see if anyone had taken our drink order. When we replied “no” she took our order and the bartender quickly fulfilled it! She continued to check on us throughout the evening. She is a jewel!
Food was very good and we will be returning.

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OT
Richmond
44 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Ramparts offers a delicious grilled burger that I loved...service is also very attentive and fast.

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S
Pittsburgh
20 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I arrived 45 minutes early and alone as my cousin cancelled at the last minute. The hostess seated me at a two-top near her stand, which I agreed to. Five minutes later she came over and moved me to a booth near the back -- quieter and more comfortable. A solo woman doesn't often get that kind of consideration. Will definitely return and recommend. Oh, the the shrimp taco, daily special, was outstanding.

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BT
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I love Ramparts for brunch. The food and service are terrific, and the prices are very reasonable.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was great as always, we are fairly regular patrons and I am a fan for sure.

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JA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent, so was the wine. The sandwich I ordered was just so-so.

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EC
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a tried and true neighborhood place...Very good innovative food and regular staples !
We go weekly ~ Highly recommend

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EC
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always reliable and good~ great basic and innovative specials too- staff terrific !

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice brunch menu. Food was good, coffee plentiful. Wait staff managed special requests well. Will add this to our list of regular places, as brunch is our preferred meal out.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for restaurant week food was good.

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TR
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Ordered hamburgers well done. First burger was okay but second burger was almost rare. I tried to eat some but it was more rare closer to center. Waitress took it back and chef tried again - this time it was well done inside but black charcoal on the outside. The manager took the price of one burger and one drink off and apologized.
The staff were nice and professional but If your kitchen has that much trouble with a hamburger, I can’t imagine how they can properly prepare any other dishes.

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EC
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always great interesting specials and tried and true menu ! Our go to place as have wonderful friendly staff too~

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OT
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My favorite restaurant, food is always excellent.

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KW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We mark our calendars for September as September is Rampart's "Scallop month". They grill scallops perfectly!

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JB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice place. No one asked us when we entered whether we had made a reservation on open table.

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CM
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Service was decent, but I sampled one liked it, but was brought something different. One of our party didn’t get the correct side dish, but it was remedied. Overall pretty good, just minor flaws.

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MC
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Ramparts is one of those places that satisfies both the spontaneous "let's go out for dinner tonight" as well as the "the kids will be up next weekend; let's reserve a table". There is something on the menu for all of us (including a vegetarian or two), and the monthly specials, while often very good, are sometimes spectacular. The beer and wine selection is decent, and the service is always excellent. The "signature burger" holds its own against any burger competitor. Even if it weren't across the street and a 10 minute walk - making it a "neighborhood gem" - it is well worth a visit from metropolitan DC.

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PS
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very relaxing place the service was exceptional. The food is always great. We try to go at least once a week. It is a nice quiet place to socialize with your dining party.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We like this place as a local sports bar with decent food. We enjoyed brunch a little while ago, but tonight things were just off. The guacamole with the quesadilla was gross, my burger was undercooked and their club sandwich was meh (and they forgot the tomatoes). They recooked the burger, but my husband was done eating by the time it came out.

The server was great, despite the bar being busy/noisy, just didn’t love our food this time. We’d give dinner another chance when it’s earlier/less chaotic.

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Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We go for dinner all the time. This was our first time having brunch there. It did not disappoint.

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G
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We were a party of 5 dining to celebrate my husband’s birthday. Four out of five meals were great. Unforteunately, it was my husband’s meal that was less than satisfactory, wich was the burboun chicken. The chicken lacked flavor and the brioche bun was not as soft as it should be.

But service was excellent.

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LB
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ordered the Reuben and vegetable sandwiches and they were terrific, as was the cold slaw. Our waiter was especially great!

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Was top notch as usual!

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JD
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Ribs were good; French fries were soggy; neighbor bar with booths and tables.

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EC
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Late dinner after stressful night...
Good as always... Tie very nice and attentive with great attention to detail

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Solid food, great service, homey atmosphere

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CG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Father's Day. A very comfortable place with good food, generous portions, a variety of dishes, and friendly, responsive service.

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R
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

They have a pretty large menu, but I keep coming back for the burgers - they are incredible! The best around town.

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