The Liberty Tavern

4.6
3340 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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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was friendly. The prices were reasonable for the neighborhood.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined here for restaurant week. I love that you can choose from the whole menu. The grilled octopus, Amish chicken, and cherry pie were all superb.

M
Caribbean
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It was good. I enjoyed my food. The ice cream is delicious

S
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Went for Sunday brunch, was decent. Not worth a trip but ok if you are in the area.

F
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

It was too hot and crowded! I recognize that you need to make money, but once you say a large Larry next Tom I was unable to get out of my seat to return to the buffet. Also i was under the impression that Liberty Tavern was participating in Restaurant Week for brunch. It should be made clear that you are not participating for brunch. I strongly suggest that you look into your air conditioning unit for upstairs. All in all, it was not a good experience.

DH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I truly LOVED this place!!!! The food was amazing and the service was even better. I can tell it was family-owned by the flavor of the food lol!:) I loved the fact that they have a live dj on the weekends!!!!!!! I will totally be coming back and bringing my friends and family!....

JS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We sat outside and, thus, the noise level was low. But inside it was high.

JS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I was disappointed by the quality of the food. Left something to be desired for sure.

BP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

I normally love Liberty Tavern but it was so crowded for Restaurant Week, it removed some of the enjoyment. Very noisy with tables close together. Our server was wonderful but stretched in too many directions. We were relieved to walk out.

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific upscale casual dining.

H
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Normally a good meal but today the chef overdid the vinegar and pepper I left most of it over

JC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Restaurant Week. Wonderful choices. My companion and I enjoyed everything (tavern salad, lamb burger, and white pizza). The desserts were not your typical desserts (ice box brownies with ice cream and panda cotta). Excellent! Our server was outstanding

KA
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good location for a Sunday Brunch. Buffet was well stocked for the one all-you-can-eat fan in our party.

FE
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Tavern was perfect for our purposes -- a mini-family reunion that included an infant and a toddler. Staff were VERY accommodating and patient, seated us in a relatively secluded space so that our nursing mother could do her thing, and the food was enjoyed by all!

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time with the outdoor seating! The food was really tasty and the service was great!

s
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Fun place to go with my daughter and her friends. Wine selection was a good, all our food was on point.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place to go. Food is great - especially brussel sprouts - and price is great! Good beer selection.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Upstairs portion of restaurant was hot.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, good food and great company. The noise level was high but it was a Friday night and it’s Clarendon so the noise is expected in the bar area. Liberty Tavern is a great place to go for occasion. The food is fresh and delicious.

AJ
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

The messed up my wife’s order. The Service was great.

JS
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Upstairs was like 80 degrees during brunch. Our entire table was sweating through brunch. It was a really hot day outside in general and the AC units couldn't keep up with the heat from the kitchen and outside. Food was good. Server was hard to get a hold of for drinks and the check.

OT
Stuttgart Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the food (brunch) and the service. One negative: it was REALLY hot upstairs...we were sweating up a storm!

AS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Met an old friend for brunch, we used to come here when we were younger to the bar. Brunch was yummy and pricing was right, it was a little warm/loud upstairs with all the people and buffet but not uncomfortable.

T
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, and so was our server, Olivia. She took the time to make sure we understood our options and was extremely helpful with just the right amount of attentiveness.

p
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The salmon dish was excellent and far exceeded my expectations.

l
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Delicious food! Good service. A bit noisy, and with this current heat wave, a bit warm. Overall very good.

KI
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great drinks, great service! A beautiful place to celebrate a special occasion or just have a lovely meal.

C
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Happy to come back to Liberty Tavern; it's been a while since we've dined there. We were looking for a nice easy meal on a Sunday night to entertain a guest who had just flown in from the West coast. There were a couple very large groups, but the host was kind enough to move us as far away as possible from them. Food was as good as I remember it and the service was great. Thanks!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The noise level wasn’t too bad. Now to the food. The food was delicious. They had carved meats and some sort of Mac and cheese. The potatoes were very good and the French toast wasn’t that bad. I love the liberty tavern brunch buffet.

MW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Fun place to go for brunch with friends. Server was great! It’s just a little crowded in the dining area with the tables so close together.

J
Washington DC
87 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

It was pouring rain when we were dining there and, at our first table, we were dripped on so had to change tables. Also, A/C wasn’t working well at original table, but we chalked it up to it being a 150 year old Historic Landmark building. Our server Henry was excellent. A big shoutout to him! He especially is knowledgeable about wine pairings. I picked the wrong dishes to order I guess. The grilled octopus appetizer was dry and tough though nice flavor. Then, I ordered the hanger steak rare and it was well done but I didn’t feel like wasting food and sending it back. Plus, the polenta it came with was good. I should have ordered the Mafalde pasta that my friend did. It was excellent! The brownie dessert was pretty good. Thanks so much Henry!! 👍😀

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great - we’re poor so we can’t afford this great food all the time, but good for a special treat. Pizza was excellent

TS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Pork Chop special was exceedingly good! Server was very friendly and attentive.

JN
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious brunch buffet. Enjoy coming with friends and family.

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

Get the crispy Brussel sprouts. The salmon or the lamb burgers!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Brunch was excellent! Good variety.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

We visit Liberty Tavern often for wine and calamari and normally have an exceptional experience. This time, it took 5-10 minutes for our waitress to come to our table to take our drink order. We ordered calamari and there were only 7 pieces. Definitely not worth $8. Will give it another try but if this is the quality and quantity of Liberty Tavern, we might find another local bar/restaurant for visit.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good variety of brunch foods and great music! We sat in the bar but good outdoor seating as well.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

At $23.95 for an all you can eat buffet I think Liberty Tavern is way better than many that charge $30 and up.
The food choices and quality is way better than anywhere else I’ve eaten.
I would highly recommend this place to my friends.

JW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment I walked in I was treated like royalty. The food was excellent and abundant.

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