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“Nice atmosphere, good menu” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sam Snead's Tavern

Sam Snead's Tavern
Homestead Resort, 7696 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs, VA 24445
+1 800-838-1766
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Cuisines: American, Pub
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Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: This gastro-tavern blends modern techniques with traditional recipes while providing house-made comfort dishes qith a quality approach.Selections include Tavern Slammers, chicken pot pies, sauteed Allegheny Mountain trout, Sam's selection of grilled steaks and fun desserts such as our famed cinnamon doughnut bread pudding and apple cobblers. Wash it all down with a vast menu of wines and regional brews that complement savory dinners and a unique setting in the village of Hot Springs. Enjoy viewing the pictures recapping the life of the late legendary golfer, Sam Snead. Sam Snead was born here in Hot Springs and always made it his home. Sam's professional career spanned nearly seven decades, and he amassed at least 185 tournament victories, more than any other player in the history of the PGA Tour.
Bristow, Virginia
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45 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Nice atmosphere, good menu”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Only open for dinner. I wish we had sat in a different place. We got the booth next to the exit. Wasn't very warm and inviting. The bar looked nice though. Food was good. Same price as the main dining room, but this is casual dress.

Visited July 2014
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Portsmouth, Virginia
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Friendly Staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Food was good. Had a burger & fries. Very tasty.

We sat at the bar & the staff was so friendly. We loved talking with them. It was the best part of our night.
However, I would suggest a reservation. Or get there early if you want to sit at the bar. It fills up fast.

Visited August 2013
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Needs attention!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

There are very few places to eat in Hot Springs and this is one of them. The tavern may be quaint but it is also rather run down. It needs some serious updating and maintenance. The bar looked nice but we by-passed it on our way up a narrow set of stairs to our table. They suggest reservations but it wasn't crowded for a holiday weekend. We weren't given a choice of where to sit even though they did have an outdoor balcony and other patrons coming behind us were offered ta choice. The atmosphere was bland. We ordered drinks which came fairly promptly and were good. We got our salads in a timely fashion but after that we waited a long time. Other patrons who arrived after us were being served their food but we had to ask our waiter what was going on. At no time did he check on us after delivering the salads or inform us of any problems. We then found out the kitchen had "lost" our order and it was just being prepared. Within a short time we received our meals and they were mediocre at best, certainly not worth the wait. I had fish and part of it was still cold, the rest were vegetable and they were ok. It wasn't a large portion of food which most times I appreciate but having waited so long I was really hungry. My husband liked his food but I don't remember what it was. We ordered some dessert to fill up and they deducted 50% of the bill due to the mix up. We did appreciate the effort they made to compensate us for their mistakes but if I had a chance to go there again I wouldn't.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Leesburg, Virginia
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130 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
“Food was awful and expensive...”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We ate dinner here our last night at the homestead. We actually left the Spa garden to eat here. I was not very hungry. My husband and I ordered the Irish nachos ( waffle fries with cheese and chili). Those were Ok ... nothing special. Could be easily reproduced at home with frozen waffle fries, canned chili, and cheddar cheese.

I ordered for my meal the Spring Rolls. I was told by the server that I would get 2 spring rolls cut in 4 pieces. This sounds like enough. The Rolls were advertised with smoked chicken inside with jicama and watermelon and BBQ sauce. I received a plate with the 4 pieces. The jicama and watermelon were cut pieces in the middle of the plate ( I thought they would be in the spring roll). The entire plate was saturated in BBQ sauce including the jicama and watermelon. The chicken tasted liked leftover bits. It was minced and rubbery...not sure if canned or leftover rubbery bits of chicken. Disappointing and disgusting. I couldn't eat it. I made my husband try it to see if I was being crazy. He eats everything and said that is gross and and wouldn't touch it. He encouraged me to send it back. I witnessed another table send back their food. The night before I witnessed someone send back a dessert because she didn't like it. Now I get it.

Here is how described on menu:

Smoked Chicken and Tasso Spring Rolls
Watermelon & Jicama Salsa,
Sam's Barbecue Sauce

The manager came over and said how is your food... I sheeplishly, negatively replied..OK? but it was obvious that I was not eating it. He darted. When they took my plate no one asked if I liked it or whatever. I am sure they have stopped asking because people tell them the truth.

My husband ordered a wedge salad which stated $9. Then below it said chicken $12. So my husband asked for a wedge salad with chicken thinking it would be $12 with a few strips of chicken. These gigantic deconstructed wedge salad came out. It was on a long rectangular plate with a small head of lettuce cut in 4 pieces and in the 4 corners. Then there were a few tomatoes on the plate, two gigantic chicken breasts in the center, and a couple strips of bacon on top. This was in no way identifiable as a salad. It looked like 2 chicken breasts with heads of lettuce on the side all spread out on a long rectangular plate. My husband asked about whether he got the right meal because it looked like grilled chicken as opposed to a salad. She said, oh you need dressing. He started to eat the chicken and found all of the dressings smeared on the bottom of the plate underneath the chicken ( no where near the lettuce). Weird. Anyway this "salad" adventure was 9+12=$21... the chicken although a lot was an additional $12. That was a surprise! My husband commented there is more flavor in a Wendy's salad this salad was bare bones.

I had glass of wine. I think it was $12 but I don't recall... I just remember my husband and I commenting that is was more than my meal.

This place is not worth leaving the Homestead or the Spa. Save your money and go to subway if you have kids or eating at the Jefferson Grill Bar.... The hamburgers and Virginian is what you expect of a resort.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Buena Vista, Virginia
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Awesome steak!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We both ordered the steak, which was incredible, but sides were almost non-edible. Roasted veggies are one of my favorites, but these were very rubbery, indicating to me that they had been cooked and then left for a while before being reheated under a heat lamp. :-( Wait staff was okay.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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