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Martin's Tavern

Martin's Tavern

American Restaurant, Bar, and Breakfast Spot$$$$
Georgetown, Washington
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    Taylor W.
    "Hot brown and Brussels are awesome!"(5 Tips)
    JL
    "The oysters in the oyster stew were the best I've ever had."(2 Tips)
    Isa L.
    "Their crab cakes are perfect & the steak salad is surprisingly good."(7 Tips)
    Melody C.
    "Don't get the chopped steak - it is just a hamburger patty!"(2 Tips)
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  • Byron W.heart icon on user image
    Byron WilkesDecember 18, 2015
    Nice and classy place. Personally I like knowing the history of the place, such as all the presidents who've eaten there.
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    Food NetworkMarch 20, 2013
    Try the Welsh Rarebit - a cheddar sauce enriched with lager and spices. Enjoy it as an appetizer or order it with the Martin’s Delight, the house version of a Hot Brown. Via CityEats.com Read more
  • Aaron S.heart icon on user image
    Aaron SmithMay 13, 2015
    Delicious! Get the crab cakes. The steak salad was good but average. Don't miss the booth where JFK proposed to Jackie!
  • JL
    JLJanuary 3, 2016
    The oysters in the oyster stew were the best I've ever had. Brunch served every day and, like everyone else has said, full of history. What's not to like?!
  • Christopher F.
    Christopher FlossJune 13, 2015
    Honored to be at Martin's in Georgetown. What a great place to celebrate the rich history of our Country!!! The atmosphere is great!!!
  • deenuhfoowadheart icon on user image
    deenuhfoowadOctober 17, 2014
    their hot brown is quite famous! my friend had it and loved it. we were there for brunch. a chill place to have brunch!
  • Derek F.
    Derek FromsonNovember 11, 2013
    This nostalgic tavern is cramped and crowded, with decent comfy food but mediocre service. Kids options if you ask, but not conducive for tots. Try salmon salad, seared tuna salad, burger or meatloaf.
  • Enriqueheart icon on user image
    EnriqueOctober 8, 2017
    The burger was amazing and I enjoyed the Ambassador Cocktail. Great service and atmosphere!
  • Saeedheart icon on user image
    SaeedNovember 11, 2019
    tavern burger with avocado & bacon was tasty 😋 but the chicken sandwich was not so good. prices are little bit high, service was slow and at the end they told us we can not split the check☹️👎🏻
  • Tiny J.heart icon on user image
    Tiny JFebruary 23, 2020
    Been here 25+ times
    Everything is great, but especially love the chowder. Excellent bartender and staff, be sure to make a reservation.
  • Mattheart icon on user image
    MattApril 29, 2021
    Social distancing and other COVID-19 practices are excellent. Food and atmosphere are comforting. Service is top notch.
  • Karen T.heart icon on user image
    Karen ToxtleSeptember 12, 2018
    I love the food amazing with all@the explanation from one of the owners. Great place
  • Anna J.
    Anna JohnJune 2, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Brunch for me on the weekends until 4pm and plenty of outdoor seating, so tourists on Wisconsin Ave can pet my dog.
  • John D.heart icon on user image
    John DicksonMarch 21, 2018
    Truly just a fantastic restaurant with wonderful historical value and superb staff who will share stories.
  • Audrey A.
    Audrey ADecember 22, 2012
    EXCELLENT bar service! Get to know Damon and John; they'll definitely take care of you!
  • Isa L.heart icon on user image
    Isa LaraJune 28, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Their crab cakes are perfect & the steak salad is surprisingly good.
  • Michael J.heart icon on user image
    Michael JenkinsJune 17, 2020
    Been here 10+ times
    If you don't like a place with this much history, move to a local forest.
  • Behrad Eatsheart icon on user image
    Behrad EatsFebruary 15, 2016
    Order the great pesto-crusted lamb pops.
  • Jameson H.
    Jameson HuckabaMay 28, 2013
    Awesome old-school feel, and the oldest family-owned restaurant in DC.
  • John B.heart icon on user image
    John BoothJuly 15, 2016
    Like stepping back in time. Decent, hearty pub grub at a reasonable price.
  • Samantha D.
    Samantha DredgeDecember 23, 2010
    As Bennett R. put it, the Hot Brown is a deli delight on steroids. For brunch, add a fried egg on top to take it one step further...
  • Pablo A.heart icon on user image
    Pablo AymerichAugust 24, 2018
    Some small things kept it from being great. One was a weird smell in the area they placed us which was the absolute back of the restaurant. the fries that came with my burger tasted cold and soggy
  • Peter B.heart icon on user image
    Peter BlumbergJanuary 3, 2020
    Been here 5+ times
    Burgers and sandwiches (French Dip etc) are excellent. Festive atmosphere especially during the holidays.
  • Diane L.
    Diane LuongJuly 23, 2013
    Great service and history... don't miss it while you're in town
  • Close G.
    Close GitmoJanuary 11, 2012
    Jan 11(right now!): the National Day of Action Against Guantanamo & the NDAA! Join us at 1130 in Lafayette Square across from the White House. The program and march will run from Noon-2:30pm EST
  • Pat D.
    Pat DenglerJanuary 19, 2013
    Don't order crab cakes; fishy and shell bits left inside. Waste of $30. Burger is ok, med was a little dry. Greasy onion rings. Ambiance is awesome. Great place to come for the history, not the food.
  • Tim B.
    Tim BradshawOctober 6, 2013
    The Presidents' favourite booths: 1 for Kennedy, 2 for Nixon, 3 for where JFK proposed to Jackie, 6 for Truman, 24 in the Dugout for LBJ.
  • Takis V.heart icon on user image
    Takis VougioukasOctober 18, 2016
    Don't miss the very tender and juicy ribeye ... 😍
  • Rich G.
    Rich GallagherSeptember 7, 2011
    Have a beer where every sitting U.S. President has patronized since Truman. On one of JFK's visits, he proposed to Jackie in one of the booths.
  • Bryanheart icon on user image
    BryanFebruary 10, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    The burger and prime rib were fantastic
  • Taylor W.
    Taylor WidmanJuly 2, 2013
    Hot brown and Brussels are awesome!
  • Angelina Z.
    Angelina ZeppieriFebruary 11, 2015
    fun place for lunch in Georgetown. sit in the JFK booth!
  • Amy C.heart icon on user image
    Amy CummingsNovember 14, 2017
    The perfect cozy bar for a cold-weather pint.
  • B R.
    B RabbittAugust 18, 2011
    If you like lamb dishes, try the shepard's pie. Absolutely delicious!
  • Emil C.
    Emil CaillauxFebruary 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask to be seated in Islam's or Solomon's section. They will take excellent care of you.
  • Robheart icon on user image
    RobJuly 26, 2012
    Had the pork chop. Could not have been better. Ate outside and enjoyed the neighborhood
  • LaTishaheart icon on user image
    LaTishaDecember 10, 2013
    The BEST hot cocoa w/ extra cream!
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RoszakNovember 27, 2012
    Booth two on the right is the Nixon booth. Booth three is where JFK proposed to Jackie
  • Mandy F.
    Mandy FatemiMarch 19, 2012
    A truly American establishment. Classic choice would be meatloaf.
  • Майя Б.heart icon on user image
    Майя БакланMarch 13, 2017
    Very local bar with good dishes
  • Patty R.
    Patty RodriguezJanuary 23, 2013
    Try the oyster stew, rich but delicious!
  • Summer H.
    Summer HoyaApril 6, 2012
    The restaurant where JFK proposed to Jackie O. Second booth on the right. Bonus points if you're able to get a picture sitting there!
  • Didi M.heart icon on user image
    Didi MarieApril 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The crab cakes are the way to go!
  • Jen B.
    Jen Burch McEvoyFebruary 2, 2013
    Aniko the bartender...amazing!! One of the best I've seen!!
  • DJ R.heart icon on user image
    DJ RydeenOctober 31, 2019
    This place is more about the history than the food.
  • Philip T.
    Philip TJuly 24, 2013
    Food was okay, would recommend checking out the history, see where the presidents like to sit, then go to the bar have a drink and eat somewhere else.
  • Didi M.heart icon on user image
    Didi MarieJanuary 30, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The crab cakes never disappoint.
  • Bobbie C.
    Bobbie ChipmanMay 16, 2013
    Delicious puff pastry Monte Cristo
  • Omar a.heart icon on user image
    Omar al-D 🇶🇦April 18, 2015
    Good breakfast menu!
  • Delphine V.heart icon on user image
    Delphine VLSeptember 4, 2014
    Bison burger with french fries
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