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Thirsty Bernie

2163 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22207-2248
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Ranked #425 of 654 restaurants in Arlington
Cuisines: American, German
Most recent review
- Mar 25, 2014
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18 reviews from our community

38% Recommend
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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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132 reviews 132 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Thirsty Bernie is a disappointment. A prime location in north Arlington and plenty of parking. Yes, they service beer and other alcohol drinks which we don't indulge in. And, they have more than a dozen flatscreen TVs. But, the food is a different matter. It's fairly bad. The three of us - there for the first (and last) time -... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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91 reviews 91 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

It’s a loud sports bar and is smaller inside than it appears from the outside. Patrons are all ages including babies and young children. A number of large flat screen TVs line the walls and are tuned in to different sports, giving many the chance to view an event of interest. In addition to typical sports bar fare—which they do... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The service was both slow and forgetful. Necessities like silverware were left off the order, and the wait staff never asked if everything was OK. Food was fine, but overpriced for what it was.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

I've been to Thirsty Bernie (at the corner of Glebe Rd. and Lee Hwy. in Arlington) several times in the past couple years. I usually eat there with my boyfriend but have also gone with other friends and family. The restaurant is clean and cozy (a little dim, but that's not so bad) with a bar along one wall and... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Perhaps it's because I tried to avoid the typical bar fare, but based on initially visiting Thirsty Bernie Wednesday, August 7, 2013, I'd not again attempt to eat there. The place in my experience seems better suited to drinking beer while watching sports on numerous television monitors. Seating myself at the bar on a weekday during happy hour (5:00-7:00 p.m.),... More

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Arlington, VA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Thirsty Bernie is a good place to go for burgers, beer, and brunch. Nice service, good food, plenty of TVs tuned to various games.

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mclean virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

I used to love this place when it first opened and was highly praised by the Wasington Post.The Post cited the beef sandwich (Beef on a Wreck),the rolls which held the generous amount of beef,and the unique french fries.I liked it all and the fact that you could get a fountain drink of cherry coke.Then the changes started.First they switched... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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204 reviews 204 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

Thirsty Bernie struck me as a combination of a family restaurant and a bar. The food is quite pricy for the atmosphere. OK, but nothing special. We live in the neighborhood and ate once, but probably won't go back, given our tastes and the many alternatives nearby.

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Arlington, Virginia
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

We've enjoyed Thirsty Bernie's on numerous occasions and have sampled many of the items on the menu. All of them have been excellent, especially the burgers and the sandwiches. Brunch is also great despite the fact that it can be crowded and noisy.

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Fairfax, Virginia
1 review
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

Been coming here for years despite poor service because of their good food and location. German items on the menu are the best - service level is below some fast food restaurants. Slow delivery, unapologetic management, indifferent (to the point where they seem blind) bartenders...done forgiving them and leaving them good tips in hopes of better service next time. I... More

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