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“Good beer, bad food and service” 2 of 5 stars
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Union Jack's British Pub
4915 Saint Elmo Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-6019
301-652-2561
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Ranked #170 of 296 restaurants in Bethesda
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
Birdsboro, PA, USA
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139 reviews 139 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 56 cities Reviews in 56 cities
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
“Good beer, bad food and service”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

Friday night dinner. Place 25% full and the noise level was incredible. The young wait staff was more interested in making out at the hostess stand than taking care of their tables. The shepard's pie was mediocre and my New Castle fall off the bone ribs were terrible to disgusting. The fat to meat ratio was three to one. There was no BBQ taste. The chips were over sized fries with so much sea salt on them I could only eat half and I like salt. They have 12 beers on tap so if all you want is a beer go for it. But don't order the food.

Visited June 2013
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Germantown, Maryland
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50 reviews 50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Nice, but noise level is high”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

Great selection of British beers, which you would expect. Typical bar food, but done very well. The onion rings we had were outstanding. We were glad we were seated in the pool area because the noise level in the other areas was very high, no doubt due to the industrial, non-acoustic sealing. We also had the ribs and bread pudding for desert. The bread pudding was very good, but the ribs were over done, but it's really hard to keep ribs from over cooking in a bar type setting.

The staff was very friendly and attentive, yet not objectionably so.

All-in-all a very pleasant experience.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Seven Corners, Virginia
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314 reviews 314 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 94 cities Reviews in 94 cities
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
“Not a place to be on Sunday Night”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

I've reviewed this place before for Saturday nights, but this time we've decided to have a few drinks on a Sunday night. It's a completely different experience and not for the better. We were hoping to watch a game, but the place has "Live Music Night". They band seemed to think that the louder they play the better it sounds. Even though they were in the adjacent room we couldn't keep the conversation seating at the bar and had to leave after just one drink. Needless to say, I was disappointed.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Madison, Georgia
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16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“English?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

Lots of big screen TV's with some EPL and Champions league games if you want it (I do). The food is generally good and a decent selection of draft beer including London Pride. They get pretty close with the bangers and mash to real UK pud food too. Younger crowd generally but pretty quiet mid week unless there is game on when it get's busy. Last night they had $1 Miller Lite bottles all night if drinking colored water is your thing. The staff are attentive and service is good. Bethesda has loads of choices for places to eat but if you're on a budget and want some atmosphere I'd recommend Union Jacks.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Seven Corners, Virginia
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183 restaurant reviews
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110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
“Happening Place on Saturday Night”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

We were looking for fun place to hang out this Saturday night in Bethesda and came upon this little jam. This place is favored by a rather younger crowd, so you're almost guaranteed to get good deals on drinks. Bartenders are awesome and work their butts off serving fast drinks. There're a lot of people on a dance floor and about the same amount around the bar, so it might take some time for you to get some service. I haven't noticed any altercations or overt unfriendliness among patrons, but there was a cop hanging by the door.
All-in-all, I would recommend this place for great time on Saturday night.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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