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“Great food and a nice atmosphere”
Review of The Tombs

The Tombs
Ranked #251 of 3,213 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $20
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Georgetown
Description: Situated on the edge of Georgetown University's campus, The Tombs is a neighborhood restaurant by day and a popular gathering place for Georgetown students by night. Along with 1789 and F. Scott's, The Tombs rounds out a trio of restaurants built in a Federal-style townhouse dating from the mid-1800s. When Georgetown alumnus Richard McCooey founded The Tombs in 1962, he named it after a mention in T.S. Eliot's poem "Bustopher Jones: The Cat About Town." Whether its students watching a Hoya basketball game, Georgetown alumni sharing a pitcher of lager or neighbors enjoying Sunday brunch after visiting Holy Trinity Church, The Tombs traditions run deep.
Buffalo, New York
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22 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great food and a nice atmosphere”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

The Tombs is located right in the heart of Georgetown. Many places will claim it as a "college restaurant" and while clearly that's the locale, I think anyone would find this a great, fun place to eat. The atmosphere, as many others have pointed out, is what it's all about. But the food is also great! I tried the Hoya salad (which is basically a salad served on a pizza crust). Delicious. Go for dinner and then wait in line at Georgetown Cupcake for dessert!

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Melissa K
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English first
New Orleans, Louisiana
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46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“I laughed out loud at someone's St. Elmo's reference...”
Reviewed May 27, 2014

...but only because it's a great (80's) comparison. Definitely more about the atmosphere than the food - but the food is great just the same! A must-dine for those lovers of all-things-Georgetown!

Visited December 2013
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83 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“OK food, slow service”
Reviewed May 1, 2014

Came during lunch, and though it seemed there was plenty of waitstaff, the service was very slow, fries were past cold when the ketchup came. The milkshakes were excellent, very sweet. Waited 45 min for a burger and a salad. Serving sizes small, asked for bread that never came.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank kmc95
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Atlanta, Georgia
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49 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“DC classic”
Reviewed April 3, 2014

Fun Georgetown hangout. Wish the menu offered more for brunch. Go early or you will wait! Wait staff was very friendly and helpful.

Visited March 2014
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Dunedin, Florida, United States
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“College flashback!”
Reviewed March 25, 2014

We needed to kill some time waiting for the rest of our large group to finish their activities in the area and simply asked a small group of students near campus to recommend a "pub." They told us we "had to go" to The Tombs, which was right around the corner from where we needed to meet our group. The beer was cold, the bartender was friendly and attentive (she served me a drink with Blue Moon, Grand Marnier, and St. Germain's - OMG delicious). We watched college basketball surrounded by college kids, noshed on yummy wings and nachos, and had a generally great time. Some members of our group even went back for burgers and said they enjoyed tasty "bar burgers." You are in the basement, so not for the claustrophobic!

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Joe H
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