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Martin's Tavern

1264 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-3238 (Georgetown)
202-333-7370
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As featured in 3 days in Washington DC
Ranked #269 of 2,626 restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $24 - $24
Cuisines: American
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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Visited on a Saturday evening and yes the place is atmospheric, but don't expect a nice leisurely meal on a weekend... The place is packed with drinkers spilling out into he dining area and it seemed like the food took second fiddle. The food was ok, nothing amazing and overall the experience was average. More of a local boozer than... More

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Valatie, New York
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47 reviews 47 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Martin's Tavern is Charming and full of History. Our recommendation is the Martin's House Benedict: "Fried green tomatoes topped with crab cakes, two poached eggs, hollandiase, fresh fruit and home fries". Delicious doesn't even begin to describe this breakfast! The biggest dilemma we found here was the long wait before we were served and the lack of professionalism of the... More

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Aiken, South Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We were on the DC trolley in the Georgetown area when the driver told us about Martin's. JFK proposed to Jackie in a booth there. We were close to the ending time for the trolley and knew we wouldn't make it back to where the vehicle was by trolley. Since we would have to pay for a cab anyway, we... More

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plano, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Booth 1, yummy food, great ambience! Historically interesting :D Hostess was a little young. Nice :D

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Baltimore, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We just visited, and finally walked out. The host was rude telling us we could only sit outside if we were both ordering a full dinner even though most of the seats were available, and after 15 minutes after being seated (the servers were too busy watching soccer), we finally walked out. Our waiter never even came to our table.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The service was shocking first trying to get someone to take an order and then trying to get served. We went in for a drink and nearly walked out twice.

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Cherry Valley, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We went here on our first night in Georgetown with our 7 and 12 year olds. Every booth was linked to a president somehow and the staff was incredibly friendly and accommodating. One of the obvious "men in charge" came and sat with us for awhile explaining the historical significance and background of the tavern. The food was delicious! French... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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89 reviews 89 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Went there upon recommendations from a Georgetown DC by Foot Guide. It was nice from the historical perspective (Pres Kennedy used to eat there with Jackie) and it has a nice atmosphere. I ordered the corned beef and cabbage (one of their specialties) and was disappointed--almost no flavor at all. MY husband ordered a hamburger and it was OK. There... More

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Wallingford, Connecticut, United States
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57 reviews 57 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We stopped here for lunch on a Saturday with our 2 big labs in tow and we were immediately seated on the patio. Our waiter brought out water containers for both dogs which was much appreciated. The bison burger and the roasted toasted turkey sandwich were excellent, as was the fried shrimp and calamari. Our pups even got some french... More

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Germantown, Maryland
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37 reviews 37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This is the last old-fashioned tavern left in Georgetown. Food is excellent in an old style. Portions are good. Wait staff is attentive. Drinks are delicious. A place to go if you'd like to have a relaxing American meal and drink. Been around forever. And you can sit in the same seat were President Kennedy proposed to his wife Jacqueline... More

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