The Liberty Tavern

4.5
3218 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
The Liberty Tavern offers rustic, locally sourced, modern American cuisine. Featuring an inviting street level bar and an intimate dining room on the second level, The Liberty Tavern offers an affordable, diverse wine list, creative specialty cocktails, and a great selection of premium draft and bottled beer. The comfortable, timeless ambiance will be enhanced by warm, hospitable service. Whether you’re joining us for a round of drinks in the bar, a casual midweek supper with your children, or a special evening with friends and family, you’ll be sure to feel at home. Liberty To-Go offers a separate carry-out entrance on Irving Street where wood-fired pizzas, grilled panini, fresh salads and other specialties will be conveniently offered for enjoyment at home.

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Liberty Tavern is Clarendon’s utility restaurant - use the American spot for dates, dinner with the parents, or a meal at the bar.

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The brunch had a wide variety of food, and it was delicious.

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B
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was National Pizza day so we both had pizza. Was great.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Every few months there are four of us that get together to catch up on what is happening in our lives. This time we were celebrating a birthday. The restaurant was really busy that evening and the waiter had three tables all at once. One of the fiends asked if we were too indecisive and he said no. He did mention the three tables all at one time. The comment may have made him aware he looked frustrated. Soon we received a complimentary appetizer. We were very grateful and it was unexpected. I would still go back to Liberty Tavern. The food was good and the service was good too.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great overall

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CQ
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, great service in a friendly atmosphere. Highly recommend

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FZ
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for Brunch. Good food good value. Would go there again

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M
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Didn’t get the brunch buffet today but it looked amazing! We had the grapefruit cocktails and the grilled cheese with tomato soup. Delicious! Surprisingly, the noise level was down which was a great chance from years past.

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k
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

With expectations that service for brunch is not so attentive, for more coffee, juices, etc.

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D
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. A bit loud but great experience as always!

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TT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The Liberty Tavern's as a restaurant its menu is very limited. As a bar Liberty Tavern is good. They have good beer and wine selection.

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S
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The service was extremely slow since there was one waiter on a Friday evening. My wife ordered the eggplant parmigiana, and we agreed that the frozen one at whole foods is much better. I god the seafood diovelo and both my sauce and my wife’s sauce had large pieces of uncooked celery it it. Not sure why two completely different dishes would both have the same bland sauce with uncooked celery pieces, but the cook from Range has defiantly not brought his quality cooking with him.

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The food and service was good. My cappuccino was cold.

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KB
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch buffet. Lots of choices and well stocked

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OT
Washington DC
143 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I sat upstairs for the first time. I liked the room but it was close quarters and I could hear ALL the conversations!
Crispy lamb ribs were fantastic! Swordfish was excellent, too, although it was a bit of a small piece and was overwhelmed by the accoutrements (potatoes, wilted endive, tomatos -- all delicious). I took my Red wine chocolate cake home, so I'm not sure I got the full effect as it is served at the restaurant but it was also good.
Service was excellent -- I had time constraints and my server got me out on time.
Overall, a great experience and I'll be back!!

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LG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great value for Restaurant Week. Entire menu is available for choices.

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R
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was exceptional - we sat quite awhile & no pressure to leave. I had a couple of questions about menu offerings, waiter was pleasant & got answers immediately. Great food. A bit noisier than we would have preferred.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Met friends for brunch on the weekend because a weekday lunch was excellent. The waiter claimed they didn’t have certain types of espresso drinks, although we’d had them during the week. Refills were hysterical—waiter put half a cup of coffee in my mug, told me he’d go get more, and came back a half hour later. I literally could’ve walked to Peete’s two blocks away and back quicker. My omelette was burned and they tried to hide it by putting it in the fold instead of the outside. My partner’s pizza was good, but ridiculously high priced for what was received. Seems like they want to maximize their margin by forcing customers to their buffet. All in all, well below average outing. There are much better places for brunch.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The buffet was great! There were a few items that needed a little seasoning but overall very good. Service was okay. Everyone was very friendly but we had to ask for drinks a couple of times and waited a bit too long for cocktails and lattes.

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R
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

good food and good service - i would return if in the area

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g
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Pleasantly surprised at the variety and tastefulness of the buffet brunch. My friend had mussels and she said they were great. I tried just about everything and all was very good, though I wish the gravy that goes with the biscuits was a little thicker. Unfortunately I was too full to try the desserts. Will definitely return.

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LH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Liberty Tavern was noisy and crowded at this brunch time. The tables were crammed together and the floor was very slippery and I noticed several people slipping - including myself. Bathrooms overdue for a cleaning. Server not very friendly and could not offer any suggestions for vegetarian. We did not partake of the brunch buffet which looked OK, but not very imaginative. Mushroom pizza was good luckily as the only thing available for vegetarians! good meeting location near the metro, but next time I will try somewhere else.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Brunch Buffet area is a bit congested between people bringing food and people getting food. Otherwise I enjoy it very much.

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

Wilson was a great server, the restaurant was very accommodating for our large group.

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TD
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, great meals (steak, swordfish), provided taste of wine to help make good choices.

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j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service has always been superb and in particular enjoy special surprise appetizer the chef prepares.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch buffet on January 1st was just what I needed! Everything was fantastic. I'll be back for sure.

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F
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Almost perfect. We had brunch buffet. Everything was delicious. The waiter split the check incorrectly and gave the drink to the wrong person in my group. We resolved the issue among ourselves.

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JS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We have been coming here since the restaurant opened, and have always loved it. We went for New Years Eve, and found that the food wasn’t as good as usual.

I was so excited to have the Lobster Fra Diavolo but it was SO spicy that it was almost inedible (and I LOVE spicy food and eat it frequently).

The octopus appetizer was just OK.

The drinks we had were excellent though!

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KL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Good food and service

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M
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Downstairs is a sports bar attractive to hyper-noisy millennials. For a quieter dnner - where you can easily talk with your fellow diners - sit upstairs.
During our last visit, the kitchen was so fast our food arrived almost before we ordered it.

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A
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ari Valdez, the Manager, does and outstanding job training and motivating the responsive staff, the kitchen crew and ambiance of Liberty Tavern overall; the quality and high standards set from the very start; have been sustained and fresh menu items introduced from time to time. my go to place.

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SC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and we were delighted to find a Uruguayan Tannat on the wine list! My husband had the fra diavolo which he said was fantastic, and I had the hangar steak which definitely hit the spot! We’d gone to Liberty Tavern for the brunch buffet several times but this was our first time heading there for dinner- what took us so long?!?

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F
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Tried this restaurant based on Yelp reviews!!
I don’t usually write bad reviews. But this place needs a chief intervention.
The food was average at best!!
The cook needs training.
The wings weren’t fully cooked and was covered in a sauce.ugh...
The lamb burger was dry and un-season , zero flavor. Worst lamb burger.
The short ribs and the risotto has no flavor.
I Was charged an extra $1.00 for piece lettuce. An extra $1.00 a slice of tomato
An extra $1.00 for jalapeños which I never received.
The lemonade tasted like tap water with too much lemon and not enough sugar.
GOD the food was just awful and I still have the waitress 18% tip because she was pleasant. Didn’t hold her responsible for the GOD awful subpar food.
My daughters ate their burgers because they were hungry.
We Just moved to Arlington, and seeing that it’s the holiday and I have family in town, thought we’d try out some new restaurants on yelp.
This one gets 1 Star...

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food and drinks were great. Very noisy with extremely loud Christmas music seemingly competing for attention over the loud voices of the patrons.

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I
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 5ambience 3

Had 6pm reservation and there was no table ready and the host was not in the least bit concerned. 30 minutes later we went to bar got seats and our dinner with a great bartender. Food over cooked

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

This was our first time dining at Liberty Tavern. Loved the location and the atmosphere. There was a big party in there when we were there and as a result our service was slow. My dinner was not hot. I loved the menu and the environment as well as the attitude of the servers so I would give it a second chance.

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j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, impeccable service, great ambiance, in what is undeniably a popular, happening place very near the Clarendon metro and with ample parking garages in this teeming, night spot area.

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EB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Place was empty but parties were packed together for server convenience it seems. No sauces for a steak salad were given or known of. Post-lunch fare was not offered by the servers though the place remained empty. Have a 20% tip for the holidays but we will not be back.

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BD
Washington DC
257 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great environment...Makes for a great meal. I love going to Liberty Tavern for lunch!

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CL
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It has a very limited lunch menu -- basically sandwiches and pizza. I was looking for a bit more.

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