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For 2
Date
Fri, 4/20
Time
8:30 PM

Samuel Beckett's Irish Gastro Pub

3.9
401 reviews
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$30 and under
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Gastro Pub
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Pre/post Theatre
Welcome to Beckett's. We have taken a great deal of time and effort to try and create an authentic Irish Pub. Our menu is a collaboration of items from old Ireland to modern Ireland. We are trying to present to you an example of what we loved to eat growing up in Ireland and what is now popular from some of our favorite haunts back home. We promise to offer you the freshest produce, and source as much as we can from local suppliers. We have a mixture of staff from local talent, to staff that we brought over from Ireland. We would like you to think of us as your stepping stone to Ireland. Our ambassadors will try and answer all your questions on Ireland while serving you great comfort food and premium drinks in a warm environment.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, Irish
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Luncgh: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(703) 379-0122
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Climaco Quispe
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Campbell Avenue
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Parking details
Randolph Square Parking Garage is one of many parking garages open to the public in Shirlington. Customer for Shirlington Village may enter the garage by taking S. Arlington Mill Drive, Left onto S. Randolph Street and taking your first right after crossing over Campbell Avenue. 200 Spaces. Ground & 2nd Level for Retail Parking Upper levels open for Retail Parking after 5pm, all day Saturday, Sunday and Holidays.
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Public transit
Direct bus service to and from Pentagon City Metro station with rush hour service to Pentagon City Metro Station
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Entertainment
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 401 People Are Saying
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3.9based on recent ratings
4.1
food
3.8
service
3.7
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on January 20, 2018

We had dinner for 3. We were promptly greeted at the door and seated. Service after that was lackluster. Our server seemed put out by a request for a wine list, which took far too long to deliver. The food had obviously been waiting in the kitchen. Fish and chips were soggy. Vol au vent was cool and chewy. Only the pasta was hot. I’d been to the bar several times and always had a good experience. I think I will limit future visits to the bar.

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

They were having heating issues during the recent cold spell. It was very cold in the restaurant but they were very accomodating, moved us to another table away from the door. Fish and chips were good, drink menu was good too. We plan to come back when it’s warmer again!

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2018

Most American versions of the Irish Pub fall are but caricatures of the real thing. Not so at Becketts. Its the real deal! The best Irish Pub this side of Dingel.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent pre-theater (Signature Theater in Shirlington) choice for dinner. VERY good food and menus options. Service was good, not intrusive. Cozy is a good word to describe Beckett's as we went on a very cold December evening and were very comfortable. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Best soups

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

This is a lovely Irish pub with very good basic food. We enjoyed their home made soups, fish and chips, shepard's pie and crab cakes. Quick service and a pleasant atmosphere. We were going to the theatre and this restaurant was the perfect location for proximity and good good.

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3.0Dined on December 29, 2017

The food was really good. The server was average in his skills. When asked about menu items the server spoke more about his shift meal experiences and less about the quality of the dishes.

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1.0Dined on December 27, 2017

We ordered three hamburgers and fish and chips. All the burgers were significantly undercooked. The fries tasted as if the oil in the deep fryer was overdue to be changed. One burger was sent back, half eaten. The cook put the patty on the flat top and cooked it, then returned the sandwich to table bite marks and all! There are other better options in Shirlington; I wish I had chosen differently.

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4.0Dined on December 21, 2017

Took my family to dinner before going to Signature Theater, all as a Christmas gift to them. Wanted to make sure all would enjoy, since two family members are vegetarians. Everyone seemed very pleased. The service was prompt and we kept to our schedule for the theater. Definitely would return and recommend to others.

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2017

Perfect place to dine before attending a performance at the Signature theater.

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5.0Dined on December 7, 2017

This is a fu, cosy, comfortable place, like being in someone's library to eat and especially good if you are going to a show, or after a show at the Signature theater. There are some good comfort food Irish dishes as well as great salads.

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2.0Dined on December 6, 2017

Much too noisy. We could not hear the waitress clearly or carry on a conversation among the three of us.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

The staff was very friendly and cooperative. The table they had reserved for us was next to a large group, so we requested another table and, despite being very crowded, they found one for us that was perfect. The food was very good and the quantity was impressive.

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3.0Dined on November 5, 2017

We love the place but the service was not as good as on previous occasions. To their credit, other service personal filled in and stopped by to see if we needed anything.

Food as always - quite good .

A fun stop before or after the movies.

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4.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Food was delicious! I had the Shepard's Pie it was outstanding. The Pims Cup was also great! And we ate during Happy Hour so the Pims Cup was $3.00 off.

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3.0Dined on October 29, 2017

The food was great but the service wasn’t. Someone in my group ordered salad without nuts and nuts were in the salad. He’s allergic to nuts. I believe the waiter put order in correctly and that it was made incorrectly. We also had to ask for the salad after salad and soup came out for the other people dining. I asked for a wine menu. The waiter brought out the menu and a few minutes later he brought out a glass of wine that I was currently drinking . I never ordered a glass of wine. Someone else at the table took the wine. The waiter did take off a glass wine from the bill.

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5.0Dined on October 16, 2017

I continue to be impressed by the excellent service, quality of ingredients and the preparations. Seafood is cooked to perfection and everything is seasoned properly. Yes, it is a pub, but the kitchen certainly knows what it's doing. At least during the lunch hours, conversations with one's colleagues are easy. Get there before the loud crowds realize what they are missing.

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4.0Dined on October 7, 2017

Our regular, beloved dining place pre-theatre. Food is always good and service is impeccable. Only downside is it gets a bit loud at times.

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2017

The perfect lunch before a Signature play; lunch and a play!

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1.0Dined on October 6, 2017

It was LOUD, LOUD, LOUD. We turned around and walked out, out, out.

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2.0Dined on September 30, 2017

The restaurant was incredibly loud; I couldn’t even talk to my husband who was across the table from me. The service was not very good; never checked on us to see if we needed anything. Not going back anytime soon.

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4.0Dined on September 20, 2017

Too noisy in the back seating area adjacent to the bar, if your going with people you want to talk too. Very limited seating in the quieter front of the restaurant. Fortunately, it was a nice evening so we could sit at an outdoor table, albeit without the "Irish Atmosphere".
WARNING: Smoking IS allowed at outdoor tables 😮.

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5.0Dined on August 27, 2017

Every dish we had was delicious - appetizer fried tomatoes, calamari - entrees - lamb stew, scallops, fish and chips, meatloaf, vegetarian vol au Vant - dessert bread pudding.

Every dish was reasonably priced. Generous glass of wine.

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5.0Dined on August 24, 2017

Upstairs eating with separate bar, less busy. Sheppards Pie was huge and delicious, served piping hot. Several Irish beers on tap.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

Very nice bar atmosphere with outside seating. Service was wonderful and the appetizers were great. Nice beer selection.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2017

We had been here multiple times for lunch and brunch, but this was the first time for dinner (a Friday evening). We made reservations, and were promptly seated. It's not gourmet, but it is true to the claim of "gastro pub". The menu features great English/Irish classics, with some other unique comfort dishes thrown in. Very nice variety. Everything was well-prepared and presented. Generous portions of everything ordered at the table. The Crab cake/Salmon cake combo was a favorite - don't expect the crab cake to be the typical Maryland blue crab cake though - it's more of a fish cake, with crab as the fish - no Old Bay here! But very good. Another favorite was the Fried Green Tomato app. Our server, Sydney, was super cool - a real local gal who knows the area, and the menu, very well. She was prompt, professional and fun :)

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2017

Samuel's Becket's is truly reminiscent of an Irish pub, it if were cleaned-up and well-decorated. Fantastic atmosphere. The menu is very creative. Lots of lamb in a variety of presentation. As an alternative to a beef burger, try the lamb for some additional flavour. Akeem of the details are missing. I'd pay an extra dollar for a nice hard crust roll for the burger and the french files seemed to have been prepared in an oven rather than a deep fryer. All-in-all, deserving visiting again.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2017

Went after seeing a play in DC. Food was very good. I had the Irish Sausage Rolls & Chips, my wife Fish & Chips. Servings were ample and the taste very good. I liked the sausage rolls, but determined I prefer Bangers & Mash. But it is good to try something different. The fish was excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2017

Great place

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2017

Great place for a quick dinner and drinks before going to the theater. It's very close to the Signature

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2017

Hosted a post-retreat business dinner. Service was great and the food high quality/plentiful.

Will definitely go back.

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2017

We made a reservation through Open Table because Sunday lunch in Shirlington can be crazy. It was a beautiful day and I anticipated crowds. However, Beckett's was practically empty at 2PM. The decor is very nice, warm and appropriate for an Irish Pub. The service was good, but not great - maybe all worn out by that time. I rated the food "Good" because some of it was very good, such as my Dalkey Benedict, and some was just okay, such as my Crab and Corn Chowder. My companions also had mixed results. All that said, the beer was great and I'd be willing to go again, to give it a second chance.

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1.0Dined on March 25, 2017

The worst meal I have had in a long time! Food was awful, service was voting bad and I'd never go back! Huge disappointment!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2017

Excellent food! Great service! We were there with friends of all ages and loved the evening!

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2017

Great casual dinner. Great place to take family and friends.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2017

Great place to grab a meal before seeing a performance at Signature Theater. Busy place, but service was attentive and food well-prepared. Would definitely recommend!

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2017

Try the fries. Don't question it, just try the fries.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2017

Stumbled on this place last year at a conference, and made it our destinations this year. It is fantastic!! The scallops are amazing -- and make sure you order a Baby Guinness!

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2017

The food was great, and also genuinely Irish pub food and that was a nice addition.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2017

We were very pleased with this restaurant. It was so friendly and welcoming. Great place to meet up with friends!

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