The Liberty Tavern

4.5
3096 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Casual
  • Great for Brunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
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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2.0Dined 4 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Food was decent but service was very slow.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Went with my mom for her birthday. There was some sort of beach party thing going on in the bar so it was a bit louder than expected, but we could still talk upstairs.

Food was good, although my pasta had to be remade because they put cheese on it the first time despite being told that I'm extremely lactose intolerant, then tried to insist it was meat when I complained.

Other than that, no problems. The bread was nice and warm, my mother's pasta was a good size, and our waiter was cheerful and polite despite the party.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

The food was really good, and the service was great! We really enjoyed our time there, and will probably come back in the near future!!

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4.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Basic eatery in Clarendon. Good spot for a burger or salad for lunch. Easy going, Popular

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Great burger and wings. If you are looking to be able to have conversation during the meal, ask to be seated up stairs. The noise level on the lower level (although it a good thing because people are enjoying themselves) makes it nearly impossible.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

This is one of my go-to places for brunch. Basics are covered, yet they also include at least of their awesome pizzas, fried chicken (so good), French toast w/ banana pecan syrup, mussels, lox with all the fixings, hand made sausage patties, yogurt parfaits, carving station, quiche, deviled eggs, salads, house lemonade, and a dessert bar. Or you can order a la carte. Either way, they also have a clever cocktail menu to accompany your meal should you choose to indulge. They never fail to please!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

We had a wonderful lunch at Liberty Tavern! We were seated right away, and our server was great! She was so cheerful and welcoming. We were a party of four and two of us had cheeseburgers and the other two had fried chicken sandwiches. They were all excellent! The fries were also done to perfection. We will definitely return!!

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Another great meal at Liberty. Had the Halibut - did not disappoint - it was delicious.

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Sat outside with our dog it was nice!

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Food was great, service was great. My only complaint is that the restaurant tries to fit too many people in too small a space.

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

My appetizer of lamb ribs were all fat. I only had two bites of meat I could find. The server told us at the end if we could hurry up after he dropped the check off because there was a large party waiting to fill the tables along the wall.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food and service here is always consistent. Consistently good. It doesn't matter if you go for Sunday Brunch, a work-week lunch or dinner with a date or the kids. My kids beg to go to the brunch for special occasions. They have a good kids menu and plenty on the regular menu that works for younger palates. The wait staff is friendly and actually speaks to the kids. In all the years I have been going I have never had a bad meal or a bad experience. Some might think it is a little pricey for taking the kids along, but it really is the best of both worlds - you get a nice meal and the kids do too.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Met friends and staff was very accommodating as we arrived at different times. Very good octopus and wine. Somewhat noisy like all Arlington restaurants, although it may have been more quiet upstairs.

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3.0Dined on May 10, 2018

I wanted to show off an Arlington restaurant of good repuetation to world-traveled visitors from Texas. The food was disappointing and I am embarrassed for having brought them there.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Food was very good. Plates cleared promptly when going for seconds. Never felt rushed. Brunch price is very reasonable. I'd definitely go for brunch again.

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3.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Food was good not stellar. 1 of the 3 entrees was excellent (skirt steak), 1 was good (pasta) and 1 was fair (pork chop was tough). I've had better food there before. Great menu though. Apps we're excellent. Wine and beer lusts excellent. I'll return though because I've experienced better before.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Great food, drink and service! From the servers, bartenders, server assistants and management, this place is great! Atmosphere is perfect for groups. Loved the octopus and the draft beer selections!

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

As always, the food was fantastic and incredibly fresh. I had the beet and roasted carrot salad, which also had yogurt -- I think -- and quinoa. It was superb. I'm vegetarian so entre options are usually limited to 1 or 2 things - usually a pasta of some sort. But, you never feel as though you are settling. I had the half-portion of gnocchi with vegetables. The portions are huge. I didn't even finish the half portion, but it was flavorful, rich and very satisfying. This is a go to place when guests are in town and you want something solid, sophisticated, but also down to earth.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Normally when you have a large party you have to wait for a table. That was not the case at least not for long. We arrived early, was seated downstairs briefly, ordered drinks which were taken upstairs to our table. Our waiter was johnny on the spot, Wilson, you out did yourself.

We had GREAT Food, Company and Service. Wilson you are a GEM!

We all left happy and vowing to return......

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Plenty of food for the Brunch Table! Definitely a good price at just $23 for an all you can eat buffet with mussels, lots of beats, breakfast french toast, pizza, salads, fresh fruits, pastries, yogurt parfaits and a lot of other stuff! Service was excellent. The servers were attentive, refilled water when appropriate and took away our plates quickly. Overall would recommend again.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

As always the food was great, I left feeling full and happy. The service could have been a bit better; despite making a reservation we had to wait a bit before being seated. Overall, great experience.

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2018

For brunch, my wife ordered off the menu instead of the buffet. Her order must have gotten lost in the kitchen. After 20 minutes she had to ask our waitress (at the bar) to check on the order.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Go on Monday for the chicken special!!

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3.0Dined on April 16, 2018

We have dined at Liberty Tavern several times in the past and the food was very good. We must have hit an off night. My salad was wilted and obviously pre-prepared; the grilled chicken on it was fatty and chewy (I had to spit out a couple of pieces that were just gristle). My husband’s pork shank also was very fatty and not heated all the way through - like it was microwaved but not enough. Service is wonderful. We will give it another try because this experience was so different than our other times here, but this time was a big disappointment.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

My aunt came from out of town for lunch with me and my mom. When we arrived for Sunday brunch the buffet looked incredible, and it did not disappoint. Some standout dishes include the southern deviled eggs, baked mac and cheese, and the mussels in tomato sauce. They were both extremely pleased with my decision and we all left full!

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Sadly the food was disappointing. We had the pork shank and the pasta. Neither of which were tasty.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Server became snippy when we asked for sep checks.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The food was excellent and a great variety. This was our first time and our server (Andrew?) went out of his way to make us welcome and feel at home. We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great brunch! Dinner and lunch are good too but brunch is a favorite. Outdoor seating is comfortable and not quite as loud. Great experience!

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Meal was just OK -- artic char had too much going on and was a little overcooked so it was more dry and chewy than it should be. Pesto sauce was good but pasta was a little overcooked so was not firm and the chicken sausage in the sauce was bland and had an unusual texture. Dining room noise was high -- difficult to hear the person across the table. Service was good at first but became less attentive as the restaurant became more crowded. We had to flag down a different waiter to give our dessert order after waiting for an extended time.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Outstanding burger (paying extra for tomato was ridiculous though). Fantastic side salad in lieu of french fries. Companions enjoyed their meals as well (tuna burger), although pasta dish was quite salty. Staircase is a little too dark -- safety issue.

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2.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Food was okay but not a huge buffet. Not a typical brunch buffet, biscuits and gravy were not traditional sausage and gravy. Sausage patties were dry, bacon overcooked, French toast okay. Several of the dishes had onions and peppers. Not recommended if you like traditional breakfast food or have picky eaters

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Great food, excellent service, will definitely go there again.

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1.0Dined on March 24, 2018

LT had been in our rotation of regularly frequented restaurants until our last experience. We were unceremoniously told by our waiter that we needed to leave so that other diners could be seated. The bus staff were wiping down the table before my wife even had a chance to get up and put on her coat. Some kind of warning would have been appropriate and appreciated. All in all, a very disappointing conclusion to what had been our usual good meal. To add insult to injury, five tables were vacant and there were only two groups waiting. They could have handled it so much better.

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