The Liberty Tavern

4.5
3131 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
The Liberty Tavern offers rustic, modern American cuisine in a historic 1907 building that has been beautifully restored and updated. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 3:00pm Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(703) 465-9360
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Matt Hill
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Irving Street
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Public transit
On the corner of Wilson Boulevard and Irving Street in Arlington, The Liberty Tavern is easily accessible from downtown DC, Route 66, Route 395, and is across the street from the Clarendon Metro Station.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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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5.0Dined 2 days ago

3 couples went to your restaurant. We sat upstairs at a round table. Our waiter was great. 3 of us went for the fried chicken special, 2 for sword fish, and 1 for pasta. The food was very good. Our waiter was great. We did go kind of early, 6pm on a Monday, but that worked for us.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Sunday brunch buffet had good amount of choices and was tasty. Service staff was very nice and attentive. Seating was a little tight.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

ALWAYS enjoy the brunch. There is such a wide variety of food. Something for everyone.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The food was good, though a bit overpriced. The server was wonderful in accommodating us, especially with a small child and a friend who was late.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

As always, the food was amazing along with the service! Liberty Tavern continues to be our favorite date night spot!

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

I’ve been here many times with great experiences. Yesterday, the service was either slow or non-existent for some reason.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Nice wine list and attentive service.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Been here several times. Never disappoints. Brunch was crazy good. This time was just a quick casual diner. Fried chicken. Boom

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Great meal for a date. Upstairs is more quiet better for a date or family dinner. Downstairs is more of a bar scene with high tops. Great food at reasonable prices

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

We head over to Liberty Tavern's brunch pretty regularly because the buffet is always excellent. However, on our most recent visit, one decided to skip the buffet and order from the menu. The sirloin steak she received was not hot and the potatoes tasted as if they had been under the heat lamp for awhile. Also, the service - which is usually excellent - was a tad slow. They were very busy that day and perhaps the kitchen was more focused on replenishing the buffet than on turning out individual orders.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

I love this place both for brunch and dinner. The food is excellent every time I go. The value for the brunch far surpasses anything in the area and it’s great for adults and kids alike. This is my go to spot for brunch!

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

A friend and I went to the Liberty Tavern Sunday Brunch Buffet, which is typically very solid. While the food met our expectations, our particular server was very poor. On multiple occasions we had to put in requests via the busboys for coffee refills and even the check. Our check with the payment disappeared for the longest time and we had to make sure our credit cards were actually coming back to the table. Food was solid, the standouts are the deviled eggs and the mac n cheese. An otherwise good experience spoiled by subpar service.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Keith was an awesome server. Food was great... particularly liked the Salmon!

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2.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Freezing, loud, terrible service and over priced food. We sat upstairs, I think the lower level is probably better. I have a dairy allergy so I asked if the chicken and potatoes were cooked in butter - the waiter looked at my like I was crazy and was like “yeah okay no butter I guess”. Excuse me? It took him 40 minutes to take our order and we had to flag him down. He never came back again until we flagged him down 30 minutes after our plates had been cleared. He was rude all night. The food was good though. It’s a much better happy hour spot than dinner location

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

This restaurant was recommended to me by some locals and they were 100% right. Great, scratch made food combined with top notch service meant it was a hit.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Great food - one of best pizzas around. Only drawback is price, but it is Arlington afterall...none the less, it is a go-to place for us.

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4.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Their food was very good except a little bit salty. Their wine didn't meet our expectations. (We ordered one from Washington and one from California.)

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4.0Dined on July 23, 2018

From New York and make it a point to eat here every time I’m in town.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

The Liberty Tavern is awesome. I am new to the area, and will definitely become a regular at this restaurant. I went there first with a group of my friends, who also loved the Sunday brunch as well as the cheese pizza. I went again for my boyfriend's 21st birthday yesterday and the service was awesome. The food is great and there is a huge variety for a $22 buffet.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

As a person with food sensitivities, I have a difficult time finding restaurants that can accommodate my limitations. At Liberty I was able to enjoy a delicious meal that met my restrictions, and a pleasant evening with family and friends. I also like the upstairs dining room that allows for conversation at a normal level.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

The food was great and our waitress was wonderful. Very accommodating!

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2018

The food is solid. Downstairs is very loud, but upstairs you can have a decent conversation. I ordered the tuna burger without a bun and it came with, and it also costs to change sides from fries to anything healthier, so both of those are issues for me, but the drink I had was delicious.

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3.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Nice dinner, but there was only ONE vegetarian option available. This needs to be increased.

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Huge portions. Wife had the steak sandwich and I had the shrimp and crab jalapeño pesto spaghetti. Both were delicious. And bonus ... wife could only handle half of her sandwich so I had lunch for the next day!

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Great meal as always. Favorite plates are the pasta and meatballs and their pizzas.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Great place to meet for drink and light fare for a business meeting. Love the ambience. Was a bit loud hen we arrived/happy hour then quoted down. Enjoyed the appetizers/small plates of tuna carpaccio, especially and a pizza with several meats (prosciutto et al). Have been there before for lunch, first time at this hour. Will return!

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We were VERY pleasantly surprised by the buffet and the amazing taste of everything.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Excellent service, good food. Not quiet and intimate, but fun, friendly and never a bad experience.

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3.0Dined on July 4, 2018

I live nearby and like to come here for brunch often. I have to say that I am very disappointed in the fact that their cappuccino machine seems to have been broken for at least two months now. We always request cappuccinos at brunch and are not planning to go back until we know the issue has been resolved. Besides that, the food and service were good.

I plan to take my brunch plans elsewhere for the time being.

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4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Delicious food.

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Made brunch reservations for 2pm coming from a long, hot day in D.C. with family from NJ. Was expecting this to be a better selection and better quality of food for the price. Was seated right away upstairs near the buffet (which is of a few in the DMV that’s why I chose here, we like a variety) and the a/c was broke so very uncomfortable to sit and enjoy the food to it’s full extent.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

The food and service were excellent but it was too hot. The air conditioning wasn’t keeping up with the demand.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Wonderful dinner, as always. Great food and they always make the perfect Old Fashioned.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

The food and service were great. It’s a great neighborhood gem

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2.0Dined on June 19, 2018

This was not my first time at Liberty Tavern, but it was probably my last.

The food (octopus and tuna carpaccio appetizers, and halibut entree) were very mediocre. The service, too, was sub-par. In fact, the entree arrived long, long after we had been sitting, nursing our appetizers and wine--~will over an hour, about the time we were deciding that we no longer even wanted the entree and were getting up to leave. So when it came and the waiter apologized for the very long delay, I said that we no longer cared to have it. He took it away, but then brought it back ten minutes later. (Apparently, he had the kitchen "re-fire" it. He let it, we had it boxed to go, and we left.)

Wholly disappointing!

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4.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Food was pretty good - we had pizza and fries brussel sprouts. Our waiter was unfriendly but maybe it was an off night for him - we all have our days.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Father’s Day

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2.0Dined on June 14, 2018

I usually enjoy Liberty a lot, but I went with a group of 4 and the service when sitting outside was horrendous

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

We had a wonderful graduation lunch celebration. The whole staff was very accommodating and the food delicious!

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Sunday brunch was great. The all-you-can-eat buffet was quite good...and filling. Service was friendly. Restaurant was filled but we didn't feel cramped at all. Will return again soon.

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