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
View Larger Map

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

5
4
3
2
1

4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (9)
Casual (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
See All
Great for Lunch (4)
Cozy (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Worth the Drive (1)
Business Meals (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Fun (1)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Seasonal (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Authentic (1)
Sort by
S
221 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 9, 2015

We were very happy once again with our dinner at Ramparts. Three generations of picky eaters, we all enjoyed our meal and excellent service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on April 17, 2015

Food is always good. The service is spotty at times. But we keep coming back. Its a good value. Enjoyed the meal and a nice night out.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service3

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 28, 2015

Went here on a whim since everywhere else was booked solid. I now understand why I've lived here for 8 yrs and never heard of the place. The food is mediocre at best. Very flavorless. Overpriced for the quality. A child can prepare better meals at home. Service was lousy. Had to ask for bread, server forgot the drinks the entire meal, 1 server kept running into my chair and knocking me forward, hostess is just rude, and things took awhile even though it wasn't crowded. Don't recommend unless there's no where else to go.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience4
service1

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2015

I was impressed by the tavern, I loved the mood lightong, quick service and very good food. I tried the kicking shrimp, 1/2 slab of ribs and shock top bar. Everything was very good the wait staff was quick attentive to our needs. I would go back for sure.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2015

We had a 7 pm mtg to attend, the online reservation system said we couldn't get a table until 9 pm, so I called the restaurant. The hostess said if we arrived in the next 10 min (by 6 pm) she assured us she could seat us. Thanks to the online Restaurant Weekend menu, we immediately ordered upon arrival. The food/value was excellent, the service was prompt, and the waiter, Grayson, was outstanding. Grayson noticed I hadn't made my tea halfway through the meal' he said, "I'm getting you fresh hot water." I have NEVER had wait staff notice "the water's gone cold" and that was appreciated and definitely noticed. We made it to our mtg on time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2015

Ramparts has a weekly ribs special and we have been several times with good results. During this past visit, my husband ordered the full rack and I ordered the 1/2 rack. His first half was fine. Mine was horrible. I could not cut the meat off the bones, and when I did it was too tough to chew. He told me not to complain, but then his second 1/2 must have been the other 1/2 of mine. He stopped eating. When the waiter walked by he asked if everything was OK and kept on going. He turned back when my husband said no. He asked if we wanted a replacement and we declined. He then offered us a box to take home what we didn't eat!!! We paid the full bill with tip and left, and will not be back.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience3
service1

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2014

The pork chops on the main menu were to die for same goes for steak. My teenagers found everything delicious as well

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2014

We are regulars at Ramparts. The food is great, the location is convenient, there are fantastic specials, and the service is outstanding.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2014

Great entrees! Sides were ok. Service was friendly but hard to order more of the all-you-can-eat mussels on Tuesday nights once the restaurant was crowded.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 27, 2014

Great choice of beer. The bar has a terrific happy hour. Local crowd.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 14, 2014

While we have gone past this place for a number of years we finally decided to have dinner here. The tater tots appetizer was delicious and the tomato bisque had a nice touch with a dollop of pesto added. We both had the beef tenderloin fillets over the bacon cheddar grits and it was excellent. Even the garlic green beans were done perfect. The desserts were so-so (red velvet cake and key lime pie). They also have a good wine list to select from and half-price on Saturday night on a number of bottles. But even the high end bottles of wine are reasonably priced. We would definitely go back and try the other items on their menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service2

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 11, 2014

Little local tavern that never disappoints. Uncomplicated fare that is prepared well, served promptly, at fair prices and with a smile. It is what it is -- not fancy, but reliable and imminently yummy.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 13, 2014

Ramparts is a classic, local neighborhood grill and tavern. The restaurant on one side is a warm and pleasant dining spot. The ambiance is informal, but there is nothing casual about the approach to food and service - it is professional and shows pride. The menu and wine list has good variety and interesting selections, and I have never been disappointed with a meal. Prices are fair and reasonable for what one gets overall.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Richmond)·Dined on May 11, 2014

The food and service were outstanding...this is the second time we've had Mother's Day brunch at Ramparts Tavern, and once again it was an outstanding experience.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 9, 2014

We are from out of town, went onto open table and read reviews. Food and service were good, restaurant was busy. Not fancy but looked like quite a few locals were there. Looks a little out of the way but I would recommend it for upscale bar type food.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 20, 2014

We went to Ramparts for brunch on Easter and also to celebrate my mother's birthday. There were 6 of us and we were treated very well! The service was very good and our server was very attentive. The food was great, especially since some buffets are not always the best. They kept things nice and fresh and were constantly replenishing items. There was something for everyone and even with the desserts, although we had 2 at the table unable to eat pastries, they had a wonderful fruit bowl. It was a really nice experience and we had a wonderful time! I've been here many times at night and that's always fun, but they are also a wonderful restaurant.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 28, 2014

Ramparts acquitted itself in our "we'll try you guys again" visit after a lackluster previous performance. They've tuned up the menu with some new and/or updated selections, including the pork "ribeye" for the old pork chops. Still an excellent variety of beer, and the 1/2 price wine on Saturdays always makes this an attractive option.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 27, 2014

Excellent price for the portions you receive, great service, friendly staff.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service3

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 8, 2014

We frequently go to this gem of a neighborhood restaurant. We've tried each of the regular dinner menu entrees and have never been disappointed--flavorful, well-presented and good to the last bite. Special favorite is the Jack Daniels pork chops; this meal has always been perfectly cooked and well topped with a great sauce and is a portion size that leaves a chop to go for lunch the following day!. The julienne vegetable side is sautéed al dente and is nicely flavored. Take advantage of the $10 off coupons that mail via Valu Pack..

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 2, 2014

Kind waiter, felt no rush, felt wanted there, got treated the way everyone should be treated when going out. Delicious food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 1, 2014

Excellent dining experience, except for the service. Service left a lot to be desired. How ever the excellent quality of the food made up for the service. I ordered the Kentucky Steak and Cheese, oh my god it was phanominal. Go to Ramparts they know what their doing!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 1, 2014

Very good service and everyone was really nice, but we did have a few issues with the food. Our salmon dish was under-cooked. And the jambalaya that came with the prime rib with crab cake special had just one little shrimp in there. We pointed it out to our server who quickly apologized, brought it back to the kitchen, and a manager promptly brought it back out with a properly cooked salmon and one additional shrimp, which was ok with us. And just to note, the jambalaya was EXTREMELY spicy. I liked it that way, but I could imagine lots of folks would have issues with it. I guess all that combined could be a sign of quality control in the kitchen, but for us the service was very good and the food was tasty....which is what counts most.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service4

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 28, 2014

I tried something new and wished I'd stayed with Gorgonzola mashed potatoes and filet. Prime rib was fatty and tasteles. But nice Malbec and we'll be back again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 21, 2014

Great food & excellent service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2014

I have been to Ramparts countless times. Never have I had a bad experience. The staff is always cheerful, the food is always good and cooked to order. Even on this busy night, there was no delay in anything here.....I highly recommend Ramparts !! There is a reason they've been in business so long. Stop by and see why !!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2014

A fine place for a quick meal with family or friends. The menu is a bit boring with a range of pasta, burgers and seafood. Nothing is bad, but nothing to WOW anyone. Pricing is fair. Nice to stop by if you are in the area, but I would not make a special trip.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience2
service2

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2013

We had a group of 8 that grew to 10 and they were able to accommodate us. A number of people had the brunch specials and were all very pleased with the meals and left happy and thanking me for selecting a nice place. I had a steak sandwich which was very good with chunks of steak instead of the thin sliced typical chees steak. Portions were large enough nobody left hungry. We will be back again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2013

Food was good and I would go again it is a nice neighborhood pub!!

Tags: Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service5

 
 (México)·Dined on November 20, 2013

Fuimos varios amigos para tener una reunión y la pasamos bien. La relación calidad costo es aceptable. Lo recomiendo para ir en grupo. Volveré nuevamente.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2013

Went to brunch; was surprised by the menu selection. They venture far beyond bacon and eggs. The place is inviting, the staff doting and courteous, and the food was great. Will definitely return.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service4

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 21, 2013

We went on a Sat night for the half-price bottle of wine. First indication of things being different was that the restaurant was far less busy than normal. We ordered wings (excellent) and then I ordered prime rib, wife ordered salmon, and son ordered a burger. While the burger and salmon were quite good, the prime rib first tendered (very fatty) and replaced (not rare, not great) were a disappointment. Service, though spirited and friendly, was uneven with large gaps of time with no visit. No apparent manager "prowling" the restaurant, something we've become used to in the past. The wheels did not come off the bus, but the engine was not certainly hitting on all cylinders--not the usual fun and tasty neighborhood dining experience.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service3

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2013

We live nearby so stop here often for a quick and easy dinner. The wait staff is always friendly and the tempo to the dining is fine. We just wish they'd improve the quality of the meat. I had salmon, which is my staple there. It was fine. My son ordered a steak but for the price the quality of the meat was disappointing. More fat than meat. This is not the first time that's happened. Our kids hate it when we go there and frankly if it weren't so convenient we wouldn't.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service3

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 3, 2013

The best burger I have had in a long time!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 20, 2013

Food was tasty and generous . Our waitress was attentive ,but not intrusive. She was busy ,yet efficient !

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 15, 2013

The restaurant is smallish and has a definite neighborhood feel about it. It's split with a bar at the back of it and so the noise level can be quite loud so difficult for close conversation. However, service is always very good, the menu is long and varied, complete with specials of the day. I've been for brunch, lunch, and dinner and always had a good meal.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4

 
 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 12, 2013

We went to this restaurant for Mother's Day brunch. The lunch/dinner entrees were good. The omlettes were well-prepared. However, the breakfast breads--bagels, coffe cake, biscuits--we're all store-bought, lacking any real flavor or character, and were served cold in unheated baskets. When we asked the manager to heat the biscuits and cold, hard bagels, she stated they would not do that on a buffet day. We then asked the matre'd and were told the same thing. Wow. The deserts were all tiny store-bought mini-cheesecakes and eclaires. Most were still frozen in the center. It's baffling how a restaurant can behave in this fashion and charge $25 per person. Unacceptable.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service3

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 10, 2013

Ramparts is a neighborhood favorite but Fridays dinner was nearly a disaster. Our waitress can to the table clearly flustered and it went from bad to worse. After waiting over 20 minutes for a bottle of wine our dinner arrived. Clearly the waitress was not ready to be on her own. Luckily the manager gave us a new server and comped the wine. Both The salmon and beef mafia lions dinner were delicious. The new waiter Nolan and the manager saved the night. Thank you both. We will be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service1

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 27, 2013

While we enjoy eating on the quieter, restaurant side of Ramparts, we prefer the casual style of the bar style. Sandwiches and appetizers are good, service has always been excellent, and the crowd is friendly. You don't go to Ramparts for a gourmet dining experience - you go for the neighborhood feel, the dependable and solid menu, and a fun experience - and Ramparts delivers on all three.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 7, 2013

Went to Ramparts on a Sunday afternoon around 3:30, and we were practically the only patrons in the place, so the service was quick and attentive!

My wife had the Charleston Chicken salad, and it was absolutely huge. I finished the leftovers at dinner the following day. I had the Filet and Winter Root entree' cooked medium rare. The meat was prepared perfectly and the vegetables were delicious.

Ramparts is located in a quiet spot in Fairlington. It is split between the Grill and the Tavern. I'll be going back to check out the night scene sometime.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service3

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 24, 2013

Nothing real special about the food or the atmosphere which was very disappointing. It is a neighborhood type place but of low quality overall. Very dark and out dated.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience2
service3

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.