The Tavern at the Henley Park

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582 reviews
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Afternoon Tea
The Henley Park Hotel welcomes you to The Tavern at the Henley Park (Formerly known as Coeur De Lion), a favorite among the DC locals. This restaurant is adorned with a stunning skylight atrium, ornate chandeliers, and a natural brick face. Our Chef offers a diverse New American menu featuring the freshest regional ingredients. For a less formal atmosphere we offer a light Small Plates menu in the Blue Bar. We also offer a Formal and Royal Tea, served in our beautiful Wilkes Room by the fireplace, or, in any of our luxurious private suites.
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Taco Tuesdays

Enjoy Tacos and Margaritas every Tuesday!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 27, 2019

Ends: August 28, 2118

Availability: Tue 4:00PM-10:00PM

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Special Three Course Menu to include all the classics with Chef's twist to be enjoyed by all. Additional information coming soon.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

What 582 People Are Saying
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OT
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are semi-locals and had not heard of this location. We were blown away by the venue, service, and food! Definitely recommend!!!

B
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an excellent meal and excellent service. I will definitely be back.

BS
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. The staff wes wonderful and very attentive. We wished the mixed drink prices were a little clearer but over all it was amazing. If I was single I would marry that chef, just for the food .

FH
Washington DC
94 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Always a quiet place to meet friends for conversation.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Afternoon tea was ok. Service took a very long time to get anything and there was a time constraint. The place was empty but they still took an outrageous time serving anything.

MR
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service was excellent. We will definitely be back on our next trip to DC with some friends.

GM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been going to this venue for more than 25 years and have yet to be disappointed. Everything comes together here.

XS
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

From the time we parked via valet until the end of tea service we were elated with the entire experience. We would have preferred sitting in the room towards the front with sun but that was a minor thing. Our waiter was so pleasant and nice. We will definitely be back.

DJ
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We were there for afternoon tea. Sandwiches, pastries and delicious scones. Very nice old-fashioned hotel but not good for those with disabilities. Too many steps up, steps down, narrow passages, corners. Attractive for the able-bodied. Service was good and I received an extra treat (cheesecake) because it was my birthday.

q
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Waiter was inattentive. Had to go to the lobby to ask for assistance a couple of times.

JN
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere and attentive service. The sandwich bread reminded me of wonder bread, and the scones were different from what I think of as scones (more like fancy biscuits) but it was tasty and reasonably priced. Tea choice was not large but very tasty/well curated.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food!!!!

MM
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful old hotel giving a wonderful dinner environment. The food variety and price is very good. Pork chops were delicious. Service was efficient, but not welcoming or friendly. Overall though it was a lovely dinner venue.

OT
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

We had a table of 14 on reserve and ended up with 16. This reservation was made months in advance, so they had plenty of time to prepare to staff accordingly. Service was extremely slow, with no apology until the end. Only 2-3 other tables in the restaurant and I’ve seen a one man show manage much more. It took 45 minutes to put menus on the tables, 1 hour to get drinks and two hours later, we got our food. Then, they didn’t even bring the bill until the entire party had left. There was no one else except maybe 1 other table, so I just didn’t understand. Some food was good, but many food orders didn’t even come and others were undercooked. Def a 2 star restaurant which is disappointing because reviews were good. Menu is not very extensive either with no app options.

RH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We were the only customers in this eerily quiet place. We had to ask our waiter for drinks other than water (which he was really pushing). We also had to pry it out of him that they serve both brunch and lunch when we were only giving the option of a lunch menu. It may have made up for this if the food was great but it was just mediocre.

OT
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening!

P
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Quiet dining room. Limited but varied menu. All items well prepared, tasty, and well presented, including the cocktails.

G
Chicago
88 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This place is truly a secret gem of DC. I typically avoid hotel restaurants like the plague, but gave it a chance because it had been a long day, we were staying at the hotel, and we just wanted dinner. We were astonished at how good everything was. The drinks, the service, the entree, and the dessert were all outstanding. The place is small, and not too fancy, but makes up for it in quality. It competes well with all the other restaurants in the Vernon Square/Convention Center neighborhood in DC.

L
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a business lunch here last Friday; we were at a conference across the street at the very busy Marriott Marquis, and we were surprised there weren't more people taking advantage of the Henley Park's very gracious and calm atmosphere. We could hear each other easily, the food was excellent and the service attentive. Why there weren't more people there I don't understand. Do try this lovely place! It reminded me of the small hotel in London where we usually stay.

M
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a Wednesday afternoon tea with my mother and sister. They had a very traditional tea set up and great attention to detail. We had more food than we could eat but it was all delicious. I though it was a great value and appreciated being able to do it during the week.

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

Fantastic! Keep up the great service.

TK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice place for Afternoon Tea. Service was great, and the food was quite good. And not too expensive.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

One of four people in the restaurant at 8:30 at night on Tuesday. Tried to seat me next to the door despite no one in the room, but politely moved me when I objected. Corn and crab bisque was tepid but edible. Salmon dish well prepared, but sauce lacked any flavor. Price pretty standard for downtown DC. The Tavern is a quiet oasis in a historic hotel for those wanting to get away from the convention crowd. Have eaten here several times and it's always good.

D
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We have enjoyed many special occasions at the Henley Park. The area has gotten much more busy over the years, but the atmosphere and charming setting has remained consistent. It is a little expensive for my budget, but I truly enjoy the ambiance, the food and the understated service.

TG
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the place! Very old world charming. The food was fantastic and the service was spectacular! Will be going back.

TH
New England
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tea for a great price! As someone who wasn't able to pay for some of the more upscale tea offerings in DC, this was an awesome option. I felt it was a great value for the price. It was extremely quiet and our waiter was attentive, but not pushing us out quickly. Scones were the best.

CW
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

service and waiter were great, kitchen response time was not good and beer and wine prices were the highest we have seen in DC and we have lived here for 40+ years.

FH
Washington DC
94 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A comfortable space for a dinner center conversation with good food and wine.

ML
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Henley Park is one of my go to places for afternoon tea. They have a few seating areas in the front in a small living room -- these are particular nice for a leisurely afternoon of tea, snacks and conversation. The service is great and food is quite nice. The scones in particular, were very fresh during our most recent visit.

EW
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I treated my daughter and her best friend to Afternoon Tea and they loved every morsel. A wonderful experience for each of us.

BH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The tea (the liquid itself) was lackluster - limited selections, nothing special. The service was truly terrible, and good service at high tea is essential. We were a party of 4 placed behind a big pillar - maybe our position was out of sight out of mind, but the waiter was grumpy when he did come. The location is in the Tavern itself and it would be so much nicer in a brighter, open place, like a parlor. The food was of very high quality but limited (for the top-priced tea: 3 kinds of tiny tea sandwiches, a tiny fruit tart, a tiny piece of lemon cake, and a scone. The scone was generously sized, I must admit, and you did get 2 scones. I took the second one home as a doggie bag.) I will recommend it and I will go back, since one visit is not enough to judge a place, and it was very nicely priced for High Tea.

MB
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Although the food was good, the service was deplorable. If it was busy, I could understand, but it wasn't. Do yourself a favor and go elsewhere for a champagne brunch.

SS
Nashville
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and atmosphere!

n
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great crab cakes in a great setting, but the poor waitress was overwhelmed. We sat 1/2 hr before she took our order. We had to ask for bread, we were so hungry.

s
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Good food-very poor service.

After the waiter learned that we weren’t ordering drinks, he abandoned us.

B
Baltimore
34 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The person who seated us did so at a table in a hallway and after 10 minutes, during which time we saw no one, I went back and told him we needed to be moved. He told us the room where they serve tea was full (I’d made my reservation at least 2 weeks earlier) so I went back to our lonely table in the hallway. A few minutes later, we were told we could be seated in the dining room, whereupon things improved. The scones were definitely the high point and for those, I’d return. Sandwiches were OK. Sugar and jam should have been served in appropriate bowls with spoons, and the éclairs did not taste freshly made.

OT
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Afternoon tea was a delight! Delicious scones!

OT
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

While the cozy atmosphere was charming and the food excellent, our experience was marred after we ordered a $145 bottle of wine and it was allegedly opened out of our presence and delivered to our table in two glasses. When we explained that we ordered a bottle we were assured that they understood and the already opened bottle was delivered. The volume missing from the bottle appeared to be more than what was in the glasses. The server presented this all as if it were normal. We declined to accept the “bottle”. Eventually an unopened bottle was located some time later. Very distressing.

GS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Tavern at the Henley Park is the perfect blend of attentive—but not intrusive—service, great cuisine, and elegant yet comfortable ambience—-and quiet. It is the best place for a special occasion or date night. We are regulars there. Our host and server Jamal is the best! Juan is a great bartender. Will be back soon.

MF
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The service and food were very good, but the ambiance was tired and in need of updating.

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