About Ramparts Tavern

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!

1700 Fern Street
Alexandria, VA 22302
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 12:30am, Saturday: 10:30am - 12:30am, Sunday: 10:00am - 11:30pm; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 998-6616

Website:
http://www.rampartstavern.com/

Entertainment:
Our separate bar has live acustical music Wednesday-Saturday 9pm-1am

Executive Chef:
Jermaine Keys

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Private Dining

Comfortably elegant private dining room perfect for casual or more formal events. Room seats up to 30 people. Private party menus available for lunch & dinner sit-down and buffets. No room charge.

Ramparts Tavern Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

service

4.5

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4.1

value

4.3

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Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (5)
Comfort Food (4)
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Good for a Date (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Authentic (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Business Meals (1)
Cozy (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Seasonal (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

Awesome food and service and they were busy! Try corn beef hash outstanding.

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·Dined 6 days ago

We’re from Texas and loved the whole Ramparts vibe !! The food and drinks were exceptional!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The chef is excellent. He makes a great effort to up grade and tweek old favorites and make them new, His ability is very evident and his food is consistently good and a favorite for people of all ages and tastes.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food was excellent, kitchen was on point! My dirty martinis were good and strong , got me cock-tailed! Happy Anniversary to us!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Loved it. It had several years since my last visit. I was impressed with the update. The food was great, in appearance, and taste, add good service and you have a great dinner.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Ramparts is a neighborhood stalwart. Always a wide variety of tasty specials as well as the staples. Fast friendly service and good value make Ramparts a regular for us.

Tags: Seasonal, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 8, 2017

This was our first time here and we will definitely be back. Kevin was our server and he was very attentive and personable. We can’t wait to come back!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Where to start? One of my dining companions found a 2 inch piece of steel wool scrubber in his pasta. When we showed the waiter, who was obviously VERY inexperienced, he said...casually...oh, sorry. Took it from us and placed it behind the bar, so it could conveniently fall into someone's drink--didn't tell chef, didn't tell the manager. It was restaurant week...we were not shown that menu-had to ask for it. Half price wine was a good deal. Food was just okay. Nothing spectacular. And the topper was....the table top is too short for the booth size. We had to sit on the end of our banquette in order to get close to the food. But it still left your lap somewhat exposed, which is where some of the food ended up landing. All in all, not a great experience. Will NOT be back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Went for Sunday brunch. While you could order from either the brunch or lunch menu, and the food was good, the cocktails were extremely weak. Stick to beer or wine.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Food is outstanding! Great chef!!
Easy, casual environment. Always wins a Best in the Neighborhood Award. It's easy to see why.

Tags: Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 17, 2017

We went for lunch during July so it was not very crowded which allowed us sit at a booth and to talk easily--without overhearing others' conversations. The service was perfect--attentive but not annoying--and the food was very good. We both had salads and they got the order correct even though we both changed up items on the salad from what appeared on the menu. Ingredients were fresh and the chicken was cooked perfectly. We enjoyed the atmosphere and the food and we'll be back again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Disappointed that since I had said it was my husband's birthday in my reservations, even talked to the people at the next table with a photo about the fact~ we are regular ( like once a week or two ) we were charged for the piece of cake ~ REALLY.... did not know waitress, but thought that still was unnecessary ....

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Casual, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Great neighborhood place... go to place... we always gave a good meal at a good value

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, People Watching, Happy Hour, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Quick Bite
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 19, 2017

We had a great meal and attentive service at Rampart's. I had not eaten there in years so was pleasantly surprised with the menu choices and execution of the meals. The seafood stew was okay -- all fish, no other seafood as advertised. The Lemon Chicken Papperadelle was excellent as was the Salmon w Mustard Chardonnay sauce; steamed spinach on the side was perfectly cooked as well. Our waiter was engaging and attentive. We will definitely be back!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Dinner with friends, everyone enjoyed their choices. Drinks and dinner were reasonably priced. Pork chops were excellent, vegetables were "just done", will go back again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

I made a reservation through OT for Mother's Day brunch at 10:30. When we showed up we were told that the restaurant wasn't open until 11:00 (even though website and OT said they opened at 10:00). Instead of offering to accommodate us when they opened we were told they were fully booked and that they were sorry. Pretty bad experience/customer service on any day, but particularly disappointing on a special occasion when every other restaurant is booked.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Jermaine made some great bacon and omelettes for Mother's Day Brunch. Service could have been better since there were few people dining. I sat without any water for about 15 minutes. If I had known it was a buffet, I probably would not have come here for brunch but it was pretty good. There are other restaurants where you can get a much better brunch buffet for the same price.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Ramparts is a familiar, friendly place. It was the perfect spot for a relaxing Friday night dinner after a tough week at work. Staff is always friendly and professional. Food is great and served in a relaxing, cozy atmosphere. It's not fancy or pretentious, just an authentic neighborhood gem. Highly recommended.

Tags: Healthy, Fun, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Casual, Comfort Food, Live Sports, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Wonderful neighborhood place !

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 22, 2017

I really like Ramparts. It has a nice vibe, great beer on draft and a very reasonable wine list. On Saturdays, many of the wines are half priced. What would make me love Ramparts? Consistency. About half the time that I venture beyond the sandwich menu, I am disappointed. About one third of the time, there is an issue with speed or quality of service. I experienced both problems on this visit--despite the restaurant being only 2/3 full, it took over five (5) minutes for our server to first visit. And when we asked for some time to order our mains, we did not get a chance to order until we received our appetizer. And when I asked how the pork was cooked, the response was medium--and what I received was well done. Ramparts needs to match its performance to its aspirations--with attention to detail and true management oversight. I WANT to see Ramparts succeed, I just don't know how many times I can be disappointed.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Had been singing at church for several days ending with the Easter Sunday 5 pm Mass so walking over to Ramparts with my visiting friend was a relaxing Easter dinner celebration.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Excellent Easter Buffet !! We will definitely do another holiday here ! Such a nice selection of food. Wonderful !

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 17, 2017

St. Patricks Day. Ramparts was busy, but the staff was on top of everything. Special "St. Patty's Menu" was excellent.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 17, 2017

This is a nice, cozy neighborhood restaurant. Good good at a reasonable price. Parking is tough in that area !

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 24, 2017

One of my favorite places to eat in the area, good food, not too crowded, good staff and reasonably priced.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2017

We dine at Rampart's every 2-3 months, usually on Saturday nights where they offer 1/2 price wines from their good wine list. Everything clicked this time--we were greeted quickly and escorted to a booth. While I was not thrilled with the location (right by the kitchen and bar) as the evening progressed there was minimal impact on our dining experience. Rampart's has a number of craft beers on tap and a nice by-the-glass wine list, which we enjoyed with Jack Daniels sliders as our appetizer. My wife really enjoyed the Salmon with Chardonnay Mustard Sauce, and I devoured the March special of fried pork chops with sausage gravy (not a diet special!). I was especially impressed to see the shift manager out and about supervising and assisting the wait staff. Well done!

Tags: Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2017

Heading to a show at NVCC, we found this place for what turned out to be an excellent, basic meal. We arrived on "Rib Night" and ordered that and one of their hamburgers. Both were well prepared, tasty and perfectly sized portions. Service was swift and courteous. All in all, a great experience.

Tags: Comfort Food, Outstanding Value, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2017

We frequent Ramparts regularly and this was another enjoyable evening. The place was jammed with post-women's march patrons and other diners but we were seated immediately and served promptly thereafter.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Live Sports
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 18, 2017

The restaurant is attractive and well decorated. I ordered the ribs and they were good. My wife had a chicken dish and said it was to die for.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 11, 2017

Lovely neighborhood casual gem- good food and great staff with nice ambience...

Tags: Outstanding Value, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Healthy, Fun, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Restaurant was very nice. Seemed to be a neighborhood spot. Food was great. Our server was taken away and we were assigned someone else who was already overbooked with tables. This made for adequate service but not great.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Delicious food, great value, and really friendly staff. Great neighborhood spot for casual bar hangout or more quite meal in the dining room.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Outstanding Value
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2016

It has been very good. This night was rather off, but OK.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2016

Always reliable and good food for good price !

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2016

Had a nice dinner with friends after an Alexandria Singers concert at the Convergence Center. It's also a convenient dinner spot before the Friday night concerts at Blessed Sacrament Church.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2016

My family dined here for Thanksgiving dinner. The food was fantastic, very plentiful portions (they even offered additional helpings), and a great value. Wait staff were very busy but still in great spirits and friendly. No stress, no mess, no dishes to wash. This may very well be our new holiday tradition!

Tags: Comfort Food, Great Beer, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2016

First time for Thanksgiving dinner and had a great experience. Wonderful server, Nicole, and food was plentiful, tasty and nicely presented. We'd tried several other restaurants for Thanksgiving in past years and Ramparts was by far the best. Will be back next year!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2016

Food is reliably good and specials outstanding as my lamb chop special was !

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 2, 2016

Overall good food in a relaxed environment. Very good service !

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Great meal! Enjoyed it!

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