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“Higher hopes...” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Speakeasy Bar

Speakeasy Bar
401 West Main Street, Luray, VA 22835
800 296 5105
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Ranked #7 of 34 restaurants in Luray
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Maryland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Higher hopes...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Ok. So let's break this review into two separate parts; food and drink.

Food:
I had read some of the previous reviews concerning the food coming from the kitchen of the Speakeasy. I will admit I was apprehensive, and to my relief, I found the negative reviews to be mistaken. I enjoyed my prime rib, correctly cooked to medium rare, and served with whipped potatoes and green beans. My girlfriend also enjoyed her fish, cooked perfectly and served with asparagus and wild rice. Paired with a $10 bottle of, so-so red wine, it made for a nice dinner at a reasonable price. Our waiter was prompt, polite and attentive. In all, the dining experience was enjoyable.

Drinks:
I am not, nor do I pretend to be a pretentious liquor snob. I am just as likely to drink a Miller Lite during a sports game, while at the same time I enjoy a well made and proper cocktail while dining out. With this in mind, I was slight surprised when a bar that fashions itself after an era where drinks were made properly and with the correct ingredients.

Now granted, I did not expect Speakeasy to be a mecca for mixology, however I do expect that a bartender know that a Manhattan should be made with rye (which they had on hand), served neat and not drowned in both vermouth and ice. When it comes to the classics, presentation and proportion count almost as much as the ingredients. And why mess with the classics?! A drink menu featuring a "new" old fashioned? The ingredients immediately screamed an overly sweet, sickly concoction.

Bottom line, had just a minute of extra time been spent to property prepare a drink, a proper drink, in the correct fashion, this place would have not only received a higher review, but also made the entire stay at the Mimslyn Inn a top-notch event.

Visited April 2013
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English first
Alexandria, VA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Time to Unwind”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This place has great food and a relaxed atmosphere. Good wine list and full bar. The Jager Schnitzel is particularly good, and the onion/garlic dip with chips is really worth the sacrifice of giving up the "I'll never eat potato chips again" pledge for at least one day.

Visited April 2013
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Richmond, VA
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81 reviews 81 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Great late night dinner!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

We had the special of the night and it was wonderful! There was a wait to get a seat as the restaurant is in the basement and not very big but I was very pleased with the quality of the food.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Average”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

The food was pricey for what it was, and not that great. You could skip this experience. The live music on Thursday night was pretty good though- acoustic covers were nice to hear.

Visited March 2013
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Richmond, Virginia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Mingle with the locals!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

We stayed in the Mimslyn Inn and the lovely Circa 31 restaurant was closed (off season, they only open for dinner on weekends) so we ventured downstairs to the Speakeasy and were glad we did. The food is typical bar fare. We got fish and chips and our meal of plentyful and reasonably priced. There was live acoustic music which was enjoyable and the locals were friendly and entertaining.

Visited March 2013
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