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Martin's Tavern

1264 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-3238 (Georgetown)
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As featured in 3 days in Washington DC
Ranked #294 of 2,634 restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $24 - $24
Sun 8:00 am - 1:30 am
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 1:30 am
Fri 11:00 am - 2:30 am
Sat 9:00 am - 2:30 am
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Georgetown
Description: At Martin's Tavern, every sitting president from Truman to G.W. Bush has dined. Ask your server to point out the booth where JFK proposed to Jackie.
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78% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Excellent food, warm service and tons of history in this great Georgetown tavern. For history there's the obvious booths named for the people who frequented them before rising to historic fame (JFK, Nixon, LBJ, etc.), but there's also the local history of being in an established neihborhood for decades. The lambchops with mint jelly are fantastic as is the shephards... More

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Washington, DC
2 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

There seems to have been a lot of recent criticism about Martin's Tavern that we didn't think was perhaps a fair ...... bearing in mind that the attitude of the diners can go a long way as to how cooperative the restaurant staff are. The table allocated was not going to work for our group - we wanted a quieter... More

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Appleton WI
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Overall, this well-known tavern is merely average in all aspects. The atmosphere is from days ago, but that adds a little charm to this establishment. The tap beer selection is poor, and the food is merely "okay" but expensive. Not sure I would return.

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San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This restaurant is in the perfect location, and it is delightful to sit outside on a nice night. I had the Delmonico steak special ($34.95), which was very good, but served very rare, while I ordered it medium rare. The onion soup ($8.95) was delicious. The filet mignon ($34.95) was over-cooked, but still tasted good. The Chocolate Awesome hot lava... More

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Port Glasgow, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Well to be honest, it was a bit of an anti-climax for us. The food was nice but I think we had too high expectations. The service was really good and it was kool to see the jfk proposal booth but that's about it.

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Heeze, The Netherlands
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

Food was ok, but the sauvignon blanc was flat, without taste. Bill was incorrect, but corrected upon request. Service was slow and incorrect, from uninterested personnel, nothing special, despite that Nixon might have liked this treat.

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Newbury, England, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The French toast and bacon with maple syrup was superb. Kids enjoyed the pancakes. Friendly service and reasonably priced. So good we went back the next day.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We came for the ambience and were bowled over by the service and cuisine. Welsh rarebit starter felt like decadence on the left bank and the dish of the night - fish and chips - best we've ever had. Old school style with a contemporary feel for what the crowd want - such a great way to end the night... More

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Little Rock
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58 reviews 58 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This place could be charming but ends up just an overpriced meal with suboptimal service. I was with a group of ten diners which was a mistake because this place is meant for maximum parties of four or five. We ordered calamari & shrimp and potato skins as appetizers and for dinner had an assortment of dishes: Chicken Parmesan, Chicken... More

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Top Contributor
124 reviews 124 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 via mobile

We were excited to visit this restaurant we didn't have second thoughts. We didn't even get to be seated the famous corner where JFK proposed to Jackie Bouvier. We had burger, onion soup, meat loaf, chicken pasta, chicken with Marsala and slow cooked porkloin if I remember it right. Burger was ordinary. Onion soup was ok. The one who ordered... More

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