About Samuel Beckett's Irish Gastro Pub

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.

2800 South Randolph Street
Arlington, VA 22206
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Gastro Pub, Irish

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Luncgh: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Campbell Avenue

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 379-0122

Website:
http://www.samuelbecketts.com/

Entertainment:
Call for Entertainment Schedule

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.

Public Transit:
Direct bus service to and from Pentagon City Metro station with rush hour service to Pentagon City Metro Station

Executive Chef:
Climaco Quispe

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Samuel Beckett's Irish Gastro Pub Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

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3.8

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3.7

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3.8

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Moderate

75% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighborhood Gem (5)
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Bar Seating (3)
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Authentic (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Cozy (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
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Creative Cuisine (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Authentic, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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·Dined 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.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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 😮.

Tags: Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Great Beer
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 15, 2017

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

Tags: Late-night Find, Casual, Live Music, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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 :)

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Great place

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 25, 2017

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

Tags: Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Organic, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 18, 2017

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

Will definitely go back.

Tags: Live Sports, Happy Hour, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Fun, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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 (Charleston)·Dined on March 25, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 20, 2017

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

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Cozy, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 10, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Live Music
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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!

Tags: Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2017

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

Tags: People Watching, Authentic, Special Occasion, Great Beer
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 28, 2017

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

Tags: Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Casual, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Very surprised how much I love the food at this place!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Excellent place near Signature Theatre. Very mush like a true Irish pub. Only prob is when rugby is on the TV is VERY loud - too loud to hear each other. We were in the main dining hall and it affected the lunch. Other than that excellent.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 17, 2016

One of my favorite places to go

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 11, 2016

Very convenient for Signature matinee. Service was poor today. French toast was good. Fruit should not have been offered today. Not ripe--tasteless.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 1, 2016

We had a good burger and Happy Hour appetizers. Would go again.

Tags: Bar Seating
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 27, 2016

Mark has a great place here. Home away from home pub for Irish and a good local for Americans. Great food, ESPECIALLY the Irish fry-up for breakfast/brunch. Good beer and whiskey. But I especially like the fact they show Rugby like the Irish league, Six Nations, and the Rugby World Cup. Also they organize a great annual festival--Irish dancers, bands, merchants, food, beer... a must attendance.

Tags: Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Fun, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Live Sports, Great for Brunch, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Casual, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2016

Had probably the best Irish breakfast in the USA! (I'm Irish, and I've done the research) Good staff, great bar. Definitely would recommend.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2016

This Pub is fantastic. Great for friends and families getting together for lunch, dinner and a good sport event. The food is delicious and the service superb.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Outstanding Value, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Great dining experience. Our waiter John was very friendly and knowledgeable about any food items we asked him about. He recommended the scallops and my friend LOVED them. I got the rib-eye meatloaf which was excellent!! Will definitely go back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Great Beer, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 31, 2016

LOVE their $7 burger nights on Mondays (happy hour only until 7:00pm). Good quality food, attentive service and nice atmosphere. We come frequently any day of the week. Free live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday is a nice treat.

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