The Liberty Tavern

4.5
3288 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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had friends in from out of town and our group of 6 went to Liberty Tavern. We were seated upstairs at a nice round table and were able to converse easily without battling a lot of noise. Two of us split a grains and greens salad and the maitake mushroom/kale pizza, others had hangar steak, roast chicken and chicken sausage/broccoli pasta. Very tasty, nice presentation, and a good wine selection.

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CL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I took 7 out of town colleagues here for dinner on a Sunday evening. They loved the food (it's always solid) and enjoyed the place. I had the salmon and it was nice and light - really amazing. Some of the others had the halibut and really enjoyed it. The only downside was that the server was not as attentive as I would have liked. Several of us would have liked to order wine with dinner (after having an initial cocktail when we arrived), and we had to track the waiter down in order to get the wine list.

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AS
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second time having brunch at the Liberty Tavern and we enjoyed it greatly. The food was delicious as always and the service was fantastic.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time dining here. We did brunch “all you can eat”. I really enjoyed it as I did the first time. Hubby liked it as well. Our waiter, Billy (I hope I’m spelling it right) was very attentive and had a great personality. The food choices are good. I really liked the Mac-n-cheese and French Toast! We will definitely come back again. Two thumbs up!

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BQ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Our party of four all have very different meals which were unique and very tasty. Our waiter was sort of green, but the food made up for the average service. I'm sure he'll do fine as he gaims experience and confidence. We are looking forward to returning

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CP
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience and food. Our server was amazing too (Hannah P)

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A
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience and service. Savored every bite of the yellowfin tuna. We'll be back soon.

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M
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great place for late Brunch on Saturday in Clarendon. The food was ok but at a great price and the service was very good.

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RS
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took the wife and kids out for an early Mother's day. The food was incredible, service was perfect, and it was a really good value. We plan to eat there again soon.

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Caribbean
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tables were a little too close together

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Steak sandwich was literally a medium rare steak on bread. (I wasn't asked temperature.) I had to cut it into edible bites myself, and it was mediocre and cold after all that. The fried brussel sprouts were a highlight.

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BB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food, and wonderful service. We went early so we had the place to ourselves for most of our meal. Towards the end it seemed like every table was full! It was a great place! Will definitely go back

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing selection of food provided. They have something for just about every diet. You definitely get your money's worth! Brunch is all you can eat for about $25.

Mimosas are not bottomless, but they aren't crazy expensive. $6 for regular and $8 for Bellinis.

Service is great. I'll definitely return here.

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DB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Were seated at a perfect table for an active 4-year old.

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Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Liberty is such a neighborhood treasure. Locally owned and invested in neighborhood (they have 2 other local restaurants) shows in how they treat guests and prepare outstanding food.

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c
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Love the food and the service. Great attentive staff. Food was replenished and fresh for most of the items. My only problem was it $32 for brunch, but on website it says $24.

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DF
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great for brunch. Very friendly and attentive staff. Brunch bar was just right---not too huge, but had all the delicious essentials. Dessert bar was the only lackluster part of the meal, but otherwise, a good value for a delicious meal. Atmosphere was great!

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M
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food options limited, the food is still good but not necessarily brunch!

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F
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff went above and beyond to make this occasion memorable. Grateful to their wonderful service. Also - try the fried chicken and the Mac and cheese. Stupid good.

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J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends from out of town and I return to the Liberty Tavern for lunch every year because we enjoy the food, the friendly and efficient service, and an atmosphere where we can easily share stories of our latest adventures. This time we had the wonderful Brussels sprouts followed by clam soup and the smoked turkey sandwich. All were ample and excellent. Our selected IPAs went well with everything. We were full by desert, so we just had coffee. No question, we will be back next year.

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I
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best pizza I have eaten in the USA.
Excellent service, attentive yet not overly obsequious, just right !
Will be returning often. This was a real discovery for me.

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GT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was great with the exception of my daughter’s order. Our waiter warned us that it wasn’t his favorite but she decided to order it anyway. As it turned out the waiter was right, it wasn’t very good. We chalked it up to a learning experience but the general manager came out and gave her a free order of her second choice and gave us a free dessert!!! They went above and beyond and I will be a customer for life!

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OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Need to change variety in food . The meat was too dry otherwise everything is good

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l
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall we enjoyed the Liberty Tavern. It's a little bit too noisy at times. The hangar steak was too well done and too chewy. The other dishes we got were fine. And they brought us some extra appetizers for free, so that was nice.

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TR
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great lunch! Will be even better once the city finishes construction on their sidewalk. Will certainly be back. Ann our server was very hospitable, courteous and professional! Food was delicious.

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CM
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have a 5 month old and the staff was very friendly and accommodating. We all had the breakfast table and it was delicious. We are definitely going back.

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HL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Overpriced buffet for brunch. Ordered a la carte. Two of us ordered French Toast. Both came out cold. Second time slightly warmer. Unsatisfying dish. Batter barely penetrated the surface so interior was tasteless. Apple topping was good. Other diners enjoyed their omelette and pancakes. Good service and good volume level.

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B
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

On the first floor, there was a foul smell near the elevators. My husband commented that it was probably musky beer. We were very hungry and decided to enjoy our dinner despite the fact that everything, starting with the bread, was very salty. Add to that, a waiter with absolutely no interest in taking care of us - once we decided not to have wine and he had to remove the wine glasses from the table. We tried to shrug it off thinking that he was just tired... but then saw him downstairs extremely happy with another table. Will not be back, nor do we recommend this place.

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OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted to sit outside and enjoy the weather, took our pup with us. The service was friendly, prompt, check up on us often. We had the calamari, white pizza and a negroni. It was a great way to end the weekend.

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L
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good beer, good salad. Outdoor seating on a sunny day was great. Could have used patio umbrellas though. Would definitely go back

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CJ
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was good but service was lacking. It took about 20 minutes to get my first refill and I never got the condiments I asked for twice.

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DD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was a brunch buffet, but we had one guest order a la carte. It took a very long time to get his order. The peach Bellini, which is redundant, did not taste anything like peach. If you want lots of food, this is a great deal. I wouldn't go again.

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NM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had the brunch buffet. Everything was good not great

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W
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

good food and wine and we were able to eat dinner outside on a beautiful spring evening.

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FP
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing brunch experience. Can’t beat the price and the $5 mimosa were worth it. We will definitely come back.

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BC
Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Delicious food. Welcoming environment.

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s
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was pretty good, but not outstanding. The buffet area is very tight and if it is crowded, it is difficult to enter the area because it is a compact area without a line to join. That being said, there is a good variety of dishes, including a carving station. The beef at the carving station was quite good, but they only give you one small slice at a time. Be sure to ask for a second slice because, like I said, it can be tricky entering the buffet area. My husband said the mussels were good, and I enjoyed the tomato soup. The French toast has a good vanilla flavor and the syrup was nice and warm. We all had Bloody Marys and they came with a large shot of beer. If we happen to be in the area again, we would consider going back.

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C
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had te best brunch. We absolutely enjoyed ourselves. We will be back. The food was so amazing.

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BR
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service & food.

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RC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great buffet brunch on St. Patricks Day. The vibe was fun and despite the crowds for this special day, we were able to enjoy ourselves without having to yell at each. And most importantly, the food was spectacular.

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