The Liberty Tavern

4.5
3184 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food and drinks were great. Very noisy with extremely loud Christmas music seemingly competing for attention over the loud voices of the patrons.

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I
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 5ambience 3

Had 6pm reservation and there was no table ready and the host was not in the least bit concerned. 30 minutes later we went to bar got seats and our dinner with a great bartender. Food over cooked

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

This was our first time dining at Liberty Tavern. Loved the location and the atmosphere. There was a big party in there when we were there and as a result our service was slow. My dinner was not hot. I loved the menu and the environment as well as the attitude of the servers so I would give it a second chance.

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j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, impeccable service, great ambiance, in what is undeniably a popular, happening place very near the Clarendon metro and with ample parking garages in this teeming, night spot area.

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EB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Place was empty but parties were packed together for server convenience it seems. No sauces for a steak salad were given or known of. Post-lunch fare was not offered by the servers though the place remained empty. Have a 20% tip for the holidays but we will not be back.

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BD
Washington DC
254 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great environment...Makes for a great meal. I love going to Liberty Tavern for lunch!

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CL
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It has a very limited lunch menu -- basically sandwiches and pizza. I was looking for a bit more.

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G
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took family here for Sunday Brunch and everyone was impressed! Many options to choose from but I thought the buffet option for 23.95 was worth the value and some. Definitely recommend! We had to wait a bit for our table (not too long by any means) so the hostess offered us complimentary mimosas. My parents are not normally fans but loved theirs.

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DF
New England
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent meal, best I have had in a while. Hanger steak was outstanding, melt in your mouth!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food quality and choice for Bruch was fantastic. The price of the food and drinks were reasonable. Our server (Wilson) has zero personality and was mediocre at best. Other then that, we had a wonderful experience.

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J
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Sunday brunch! Always filling and delicious.

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CL
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We stopped going to LIberty Tavern after they changed management in 2013. Had heard the food had gone downhill. We decided to go back again for our Thanksgiving buffet (which we had done for 3 years in a row, pre-2013). Were pleased to see that the food was back to what we remembered--hearty, comforting, varied, delicious. With the exception of the dessert table which was lackluster, at best. Also best bargain in town. We shall be back LT. Thanks for a delicious thanksgiving--especially for us who do not like turkey.

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D
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Not as good as previous Thanksgiving dinners

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LL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We live in the neighborhood and come here on a regular basis. This was the most disappointing meal we have had here. Our waiter was not very good. He appeared to be unhappy about something and did not do a great job with us. The manager and other waiters picked up the slack which was nice. They also ran out of one of the dishes which is always surprising. However, the manager did give us an appetizer as a thank you and also came to our table when someone had cancelled the order for the dish we wanted. Overall the experience was fine but it didn't feel like the place was running as smoothly as it usually does.

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M
Adelaide / SA
49 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed the restaurant but my main course salad was bland and the chicken was dry.

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DC
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really appreciate the friendly, helpful staff ad the great food. Liberty Tavern has the best brunches in all of Arlington.

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AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The brunch buffet on the weekend is great and very comprehensive. Anything you could want!

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K
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

My fiancé and I love coming to Liberty Tavern for brunch. The buffet is amazing - tons of great options and they don't skimp on expensive items. (Last time we were there, they had mussels on the buffet and they were great.) They also always have one drink on the buffet - mulled cider when we were there last - and dessert. At $24, it's not cheap, but it feels more than worth it. I've seen other diners order brunch dishes off the menu, and they also look great - but are the same things as what's on the buffet, and why get one when you can get them all? My one complaint is the service, which can be inconsistent at brunch (and last time was really quite bad). But, I can handle mediocre service for a great buffet!

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DC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We have been a few times and sat downstairs at the bar. This time, we reserved upstairs at the restaurant. Very pleasant, easy and good tasty food from scratch. Service with a smile. We had a lovely meal.

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SS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here with a group of 7 midday - we were in and out in an hour and fifteen minutes. Everyone was happy and no one was late for their 1 o'clock. Can't do better than that!

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AJ
Mexico City
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Perfectly acceptable if everyone in your party is in the mood for different stuff. The beef at the carving station was super dry, but the fried chicken was good. Seemed a little pricey for the quality, but clearly a popular place.

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LT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Sunday Brunch is definitely worth the drive!

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JH
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here twice now, once for brunch and once in the evening, and have been really happy with the food and the service both times. We will go back again!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

New menu good but not as good as the previous offerings service is very good and the place is noisy but always has been

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H
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pizza was excellent, as were the warm crusted rice ball appetizers

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ZG
Nashville
90 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Stick with pizza and pasta. Pizza very good. Squash gnocchi was interesting. In contrast, Steaks were not if highest quality. Bread was mediocre.

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AP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Hard pass. Brunch food was mediocre and service was awful. Waiter did not check in on us even once. We had to flag him down and repeat our request for hot sauce, and then again try getting his attention for 5+ minutes to receive our check. It was breakfast buffet time so he was not that busy - just standing around chatting with the other staff. The fried chicken sandwich was bland and the burger was underwhelming.

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B
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was only ok. The swordfish was a bit dry. We also had the arancini and the beat salad. Nothing too outstanding excepting the fried donuts for dessert which were delicious and unique.

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s
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for brunch. Love all the choices. Make sure you get a reservation and you will be good to go. Been here many times and it is always outstanding. Great value for the money too.

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b
Wilmington
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

nice to walk in and have reservations accepted immediately. nice to have the request for seating done perfectly nice to have the waitress know you and know the type of wine you like.

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CL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

This was an ok place, nothing exciting though. Most of the buffet was overcooked and dry, the fried chicken was soggy. Weirdly enough the carving table had rare beef, I would've expected well done beef considering how overcooked the rest of the food was. I chose this place for brunch because a member of my group has a gluten allergy, I saw Liberty Tavern as a suggestion. Nothing was labeled as certified gluten free, but there were a decent amount of options between fruit and some salads that appeared gluten free.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Brunch menu was exceptional, including some items (like PEI mussels) I hadn't expected.

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OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch Buffet=Amazing

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C
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made reservations for three for a special occasion of our nephew coming from Denmark. What excellent food and service. The outstanding teamwork was noticeable. The chef sent an appetizer to the table for the special occasion. Have highly recommended to friends already to visit Liberty Tavern. We were there 2 nights ago.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Drink refills are few and far between every time I come here. Food isn’t bad and atmosphere is good.

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AS
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ari is outstanding as the Manager. He motivates the staff effectively. His stamp on all aspects of the restaurant makes Liberty Tavern my favorite go to neighborhood restaurant.

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OT
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Food was yummy. Desserts need improvement: Maybe less choices and higher quality. See Season's 52 for inspiration.

Service is friendly, but spotty.

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J
Pittsburgh
76 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A nice restaurant with a excellent serving staff. Had the steak sandwich. It was good. Mixed drink of a moderate portion and good. Pretty noisy on the second floor dining room, with noise coming up loudly from the bar area. Otherwise a very nice venue. Best attribute was the table service. Excellent waiter!

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OT
Washington DC
148 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Solid brunch.

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JJ
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always solid. Sometimes a little loud.

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