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PRICE RANGE
$10 - $25
CUISINES
American, British
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Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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Reviewed April 17, 2023

Close to home, nice drive and hoped for great food. Ordered pork chops with mashed potatoes, salad, shepherd pie and kid meals. The $20 pork chop meal was barely edible, one thin little overcooked pork chop, a scoop of potatoes. Shepherd's pie was enjoyable if...you like "sheepy" lamb. Deserts were the highlight. Kids booster chair was broken in numerous places-I will be sure to check if we ever go back.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed April 2, 2023 via mobile

The former Griffin Tavern is now the Dark Horse Irish Pub. It played to mixed reviews with my wife, me and the two couples who joined us for brunch on Palm Sunday 2023. The highlight was an energetic server (sorry we didn’t get his name)...who was attentive and anxious to please. One friend ordered a Bloody Mary and thought he was served a Virgin Mary instead. My wife and I began with the seafood chowder which turned out to be potato soup with three miniature shrimp (the accompanying Irish brown bread was tasty). For her entree, my wife had the crab cake Benedict which was generously portioned but unfortunately slightly underdone and runny. I had the “Omelet of the Day” which was advertised as prime rib with caramelized onion and blue cheese. The prime rib was more like packaged roast beef lunchmeat and the blue cheese was under-represented. We think the Pub may overbook because service from the kitchen was slow. This did not bother us because it gave us time to visit, but a couple next to us threw a $20 bill on their table and left after waiting more than an hour for their food. The acoustics do not allow casual conversation with indecipherable music playing and loud neighbors. This site is charming with much potential, but some fine-tuning is needed.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed April 2, 2023

This is now the Dark Horse Irish Pub...and it's got a way to go to meet up to Griffin Tavern standards. Let me preface these remarks by saying I try in every way possible to support local restaurants, especially "mom and pop" ones that aren't...chains. Our server was very good, but had a lot going on (meaning too many tables). The food was fair-good, but had some issues. Think perhaps they are being overly ambitious in the menu offerings, and definitely need more staff - both in the front and back of the house! The people at the table next to us actually walked out because their order took an inordinate amount of time and never arrived. The other issue that needs to be addressed (and this was a problem with Griffin Tavern too) is the rooms are NOISY - to the point that you can't even hear the person next to you speak. Somehow they need something to absorb some of the sound. My poached eggs were nearly raw, and some of the spinach was spoiled. My husband's "prime rib" omelet had what he described as "lunchmeat beef" in it. The seafood chowder had exactly 3 very small pieces of shrimp and was mostly potatoes. So to the new owners - figure out what works menu wise, kitchen-wise, and staff-wise. You have big shoes to fill, and the potential is there, but needs fine-tuning. I wish you well.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed March 25, 2023

Glad this place has new life. Now known as the Dark Horse Tavern it feels like a real tavern, The new owners seem to understand tavern food and drink. Have eaten here a few times since the changeover and have not been disappointed. Drink prices...went up a bit but nothing beyond the industry average, The menu has grown and they promise it will get even better. There is a renaissance of restaurants in Rappahannock county and I see this as a great addition to that trend. They are not the Blue Door or the Inn and I don't expect them to be. If you want fine food go to the Blue Door, if you want to spend a ton go to the Inn. This place will take care of the pub food.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed February 8, 2023

We've been coming to Griffin Tavern since shortly after it opened. At first, we'd visit whenever we were headed to Shenandoah National Park. Later we'd visit more frequently after we moved to a property in the same neck of the woods about 20 minutes away....Fifteen or so years later, we've found that Griffin Tavern is our go-to place for dinner, lunch, whether as a couple or with family and friends. The Fish and Chips are probably the best outside the UK. We've eaten them in many places and the Griffin Tavern's are FANTASTIC! Pro tip: the portion is large, so ask for the half portion if your appetite is smaller. Check out the varied, rotating appetizers. I've never been disappointed! The Tavern Mixed Green Salad (with grilled chicken or beef) is always great. The Steak Frites or Surf and Turf will also please you. A tried and true alternative is the many burgers on the menu. The food is paired with a variety of local sines, beers and other libattions. Enjoy! Cheers!More

Date of visit: January 2023
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