The Liberty Tavern

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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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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Good food. Way too loud.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

c
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Very disappointed with the service, food and overall ambiance. Went on Friday during restaurant week. Only one waitress for over 50 people upstairs. Service was slow and food was OK, nothing like I had expected seeing all the reviews. While it has atmosphere - it was very noisy and not very clean. Floor and handrail going upstairs were sticky. Food service door to the upstairs kitchen and elevator door looked like it hasn't been cleaned in several months. I was glad I went there on restaurant week and got a good deal on the meal but I would be hard pressed to go again during the normal restaurant week.

H
Seattle
49 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whoa, that was delicious!! It's been awhile since we'd eaten at The Liberty Tavern and I'd really forgotten how excellent it is. The vibe, service, wines and cocktails are always really great, but the food was off the charts! We shared Aroncini (and could've ordered 4 more plates), burratta with roasted acorn squash, and grilled octopus starters, then were knocked out by the Amish chicken, seared tuna and pork chop entrees. The dessert menu looked amazing, but we just couldn't, after all that. Way to go, Liberty Tavern!! We can't wait to come back for more!

OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don’t let the word “tavern” in the name fool you, this is not pub food. Consistently excellent food across diverse dishes.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Bar seating was very uncomfortable

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Liberty tavern is pretty busy on Friday nights, so I made a reservation for a table by the bar. When I showed up, they said they are busy and theirs no tables available for a while... Isn't that the point of the reservation?

We ended up going somewhere else.

M
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, from pre arrival, to post! Staff is super pleasant, helpful and welcoming. Food was very delicious as were the drinks, coffee, and cocktails. Superb experience. Highly recommend and I will return!

TJ
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional. The atmosphere was very pleasant (upstairs dining area is better if you plan on having a conversation). The table attendants were on point all night. I'm from Pittsburgh but ill definitely come back when I'm in the V.A. area

PR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Have been to Liberty Tavern several times over the last few years and once again found the experience outstanding for our group. Food offerings covered range of interests for our group, ranging from kids' means to seafood, pasta, steaks. Rave reviews for the filet as well as the flat iron steak. Less enthusiastic review for rigatoni and meatballs. Service was excellent.

DW
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great. Food was delicious and although it was a busy day service was fast and food was fresh.

a
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance in a beautiful & colonial setting. Service was impeccable. Our waiter was friendly & attentive. The food was delicious, starting with the bread, all the way through to desert, but the star was the turkey pot pie. The best pot pie ever. So much turkey &?flakey pastry topping. Ate the whole thing & it is big. Wasn’t hungry until dinner the next day.

MC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The New Years Day brunch was excellent. A wide variety of breakfast and lunch items to choose from and they were all delicious. I recommend the brioche French toast and the meats from the carver station. Service was quick, efficient and friendly. Definitely coming back.

B
Charleston
26 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Saw waiter only two times, to take order and bring check. A very busy night but crowd was extremely loud. Table next of 22 was very loud loud and profane. Had to ask three times for drink refills came at the same time we got our check. Fillet was raw, never got water refills or bread. When the waiter finally came to ask if it filet could be redone partner was already finished and it was too late.

H
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to the Liberty Tavern before and the service was good and the food tasty. It did not disappoint when I went back a few days ago.

I stayed for the New Year's Eve countdown and it was a fun, festive atmosphere.

I would definitely recommend the Libery Tavern for someone who wants to get a delicious meal with good service.

b
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Went to dinner for New Year’s Eve. It was a great experience. Ambience was lively and people were having a good time. The one down side was the price on the New Year’s Eve special menu was a bit high for the food served. Don’t get me wrong food was delicious, but still not really worth the high price. And also parking was a bit difficult but that’s given taking into account the area the restaurant is in. Overall definitely a good experience and would definitely recommend the restaurant

H
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

We were four persons. We ordered four different items. All four were considered sub-standard. We were very disappointed. Service was friendly and helpful. Upstairs dining room is a good idea since downstairs bar is very noisy. Upstairs was moderate in sound levels. Food was really bad.

CB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for brunch with the family. Food for every age. Everyone enjoyed themselves.

LM
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

After waiting 15-20 minutes for our reservation (which we completely understand) it took 45 minutes-hour to receive our appetizers. We flagged our waiter down to ask about them and he was not aware that they hadn't been delivered. A manager did come by to apologize. Then our side vegetable did not arrive with our dinners. They were not on top of the kitchen.

TR
Birmingham
33 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Burger was rare and missing egg

Restaurant was not very busy but we had to look for our waiter for our check.

Steak and cheese sandwich is $23

Will try other restaurants in Arlington before coming back.

KB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The downstairs was excruciatingly loud, but upstairs was just right

DB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food good. Really busy.

BW
Philadelphia
102 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

When we arrived they had our reservation but also they said they had blocked open table and were not taking reservations from them. That was strange and has not happened before. It is always crowded and loud there. There is a busy bar scene downstairs with dining up the stairs. Service was great. The food hit or miss. My Arancini appetizer was good. My burger was undercooked. My wife's red pie was good. The tables are too close for my comfort. We have been there 3 times on Friday night's and it is always full.

AC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Liberty Tavern for a birthday brunch. Food was great: nice selection of both breakfast and lunch options on the buffet. A good time had by all!

KT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We made a reservation later than I meant to but we were able to JUST squeeze into the main dining room (not bar) since my daughter has a leg injury. The staff was very accommodating and only asked that we wait a little longer. The food was incredible!!

i
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good Thanksgiving buffet. We are going to go back to try the regular menu.

KM
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service for Thanksgiving Dinner

EM
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Thanksgiving buffet was great. Food was wonderful, great selection. Our server was great and finished plates removed promptly.

AS
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and there was a wonderful variety of it. The buffet table was constantly being refreshed -- we never saw an item run low. It was impressive.

HH
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of our favorite places for a nice dinner out.

CL
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was good, but for the amount of money we spent I would expect it to come with a salad or side. Other tables received table bread and we did not although we had the plates for it. The table next to us was also visited by the manager and received a dessert because it was their first time, but that may have had more to do with two women vs our group of five.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great Vermont pizza...delicious!

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a surprise engagement dinner at Liberty Tavern for 7. Meal was great. Staff was incredible and very understanding of the occasion. Favorite restaurant in Arlington. Great place all around. Meatballs are my favorite dish!

M
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great buffet and excellent service.

F
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We were a party of 8 and just about everyone had something different from the menu. Every person love what they got and the service was excellent. Thanks!

F
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service!!! Love Liberty Tavern.

PB
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit--we had reservations for 630 on Saturday night, and it was a great time. We met another couple there and sat upstairs. The restaurant was packed. Seating is open and close, so it is loud, but we were able to have a great conversation without any issues. The seasonal menu had changed, so while the entrees were the same, the sides were more fall-oriented...fall vegetables, soups, etc. Service was fantastic, as were the food and drinks. Awesome place, and now one of our "go-to" places either as a couple or to bring people to. A little pricey, but for the food, service, and ambience here in the metro DC area, it is on-par. Definitely will go again.

r
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu choices, friendly and knowledgeable wait staff...the pizza I ordered was excellent. Only downer was we had to ask for dinner rolls which took a long time to get to the table (we were told they had to make some).

LM
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We met friends there with two children on a busy Saturday night. We were appreciative that they sat us in a really nice booth with a few chairs at the end which was perfect for fidgety kids. The service was excellent, and the atmosphere was very lively. We will definitely go again when we are in town!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As always, Liberty Tavern doesn’t disappoint. I’ve been here many times and I’ve always enjoyed my meal. I went for brunch on a Saturday morning, which is one of my go to brunch places. I love the assortment of foods that are available. However, my favorite thing for brunch is the chocolate mousse. I had moved to Boston for a few years and am back and forgot how much I missed the mousse. From the first bite I was back in heaven.