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The historic service, authentic ambiance, and savory comfort food at Martin’s Tavern has remained a Georgetown favorite for nearly a century. Locally owned for four generations since 1933, the oldest family-run restaurant in town, Martin's is a long-standing and beloved local landmark. Come see why scores of Georgetown regulars, Hollywood icons, baseball hall of famers, and the District’s elite all say, "Meet me at Martin’s!"
PRICE RANGE
AU$15 - AU$83
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
CUISINES
American, Bar, Pub, Fusion, Gastropub
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Dog Friendly, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I went to Martin's based on reviews we had read and we are so glad we did. This place was bustling! We made reservations and had to wait a little while (we did not mind) and sat at the bar. The bartender...was terrific - sorry I didn't catch his name - very attentive and helped me select a terrific wine. Our waiter, Solomon, was great! He hooked us up with some killer oysters! He was very professional and super friendly. Our food was terrific. You can tell this is definitely a "go-to" for special occasions. We're really glad we came!More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 January 2023 via mobile

Great server, very decorated for the holidays. Food was good value. There was as an outdoor area with awning resembling French outdoor cafes. The restaurant main level indoor seating was a lot smaller than I thought it would be. Food was prompt and delicious.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were a couple. The service was fantastic. The food was very very average. Disappointing for the price. Maybe i ordered the wrong thing as the menu was heavily weighted towards red meats and steaks, which we avoid. Beers were great. Atmosphere great. We ordered...the tavern treat which was crab and béarnaise sauce. The carb was fake, tasteless and extremely dried out. My husband ordered the tuna steak. It was ok. Certainly not memorable. There are so many restaurants on this street so why choose average. However as i mentioned if you’re looking for steak it probably is good. The place was packed so something must bring them back, possibly steak.???More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the food was great, the service was great, but the GM was unbelievably rude. I rarely leave reviews, but I was so insulted, that I feel like i have to. We made reservations weeks in advance. The hostess was escorting us to a table, towards...one of the famed booths. but a waiter complained to her that his table in the middle of the dining room , had all gotten up and left, so she said “ok! this is your table!” and dropped the menus and walked away. my husband walked over to the host station and asked if we could have the booth, they said yes. as we were moving the GM yelled at me,”Mam, that table is not your table, that is for reserved customers, you need to go back to your table.” My husband clarified that he asked and it was ok, and that we did indeed have reservations. We had a lovely meal despite his absolute rudeness. i’m still kicking myself for not saying something to him on my way out. nobody deserves to be spoken to that way.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 17 April 2024

My partner and I have been eating here for a few years now. They make probably the best Breakfast I’ve had. Legitimately the best restaurant..

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 14 April 2024

Service is poor, waiter is surly and does not even look at you. Very busy. Basically rides on historical fame! We came here on Eyewitness guide recommendation and hopefully eyewitness will remove them from their list!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 2 April 2024

This place is as great as it seems. Excellent steak and service. Martins has an amazing history, with many events happening there. Don’t skip this

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 20 March 2024

Having missed out on dining here on our previous visit to Washington we made it our aim to get back and try the food. We were not disappointed as the food we enjoyed was very good. No it is not fine dining but is good...quality American gastro pub food. We enjoyed the Potato skins and a rich welcoming French Onion Soup to start. To follow we shared the Bison Burger and the Chicken Parmesan which were both very good. I had a very good Manor Hill IPA and my wife loved her Cabernet Sauvignon. The service from Oscar was perfect and we had a chance to have some memorable pictures of the historic spots in this Washington legend. Well worth a visit was just over $106 with everything included.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 26 January 2024 via mobile

We live in the area and used to go to Martin’s at least once a week but then stopped because quality took a nose-dive 20 years ago. Went back this month because friends wanted to go there for atmosphere. And the atmosphere is nice—Christmas decorations...still up in late January, place was packed by 7:00, and there is definite energy. But the food was less than mediocre. Cobb salad full of brown wilted letter, etc. And food is incredibility expensive for amount and quality. Then they sneak in a 5 percent charge on the bill—but for what? Do not waste your money here! Go a block away to Peacock Cafe, where quality of food is extraordinary and items are reasonably priced, and hospitality is warm and sincere. Martin’s is overrated and always has been. Stop there for a drink if you want atmosphere, but go elsewhere for dinner. So disappointing!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 19 January 2024 via mobile

Great place. Just to be close to the history. J.F Kennedy use to eat there. You van see a lot of pictures and heard different stories while you wait. Try to get a table outside and you will see all around the place. The food...is ok, very Américan options. It is. Food place to drink a beer after georgetow tourMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 14 January 2024 via mobile

On a quick trip to DC, I had the chance to take my niece out to dinner. She was staying in Georgetown & I had her pick where. Martin’s was so amazing…and not just because of the history. The atmosphere in the small restaurant is...great & you’ll definitely want a reservation (it was packed on a Friday night, as expected). The staff was super friendly, patient when we didn’t both arrive at the same time, & really helpful with recommendations. She’d been a few times & had to have the chicken strips! I went bigger on the waiter’s recommendation & had one of the best prime rib meals I’ve ever had! The crab cake appetizer was exceptional too.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 5 January 2024 via mobile

On a visit from the Netherlands we loved this tavern. Delicious drinks, delicious food and above all a wonderdull service and atmosshpere. We will be back!

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 3 January 2024

Crowded, busy, but everything was wonderful. Service is excellent, food was excellent. Three of us had different dishes -- shepherd pie with lamb; fish and chips; blackened salmon -- each very good. Tables are close together but waitstaff moved smoothly among the diners. We arrived...before many others, which was good (not sure if they do reservations). Gorgeous interior (no pix; did not want to have strangers in the photos), and an additional room to the rear, past the beautiful bar, that could be used for private gatherings. Will definitely go back, next time we're in town.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 30 December 2023

Very nice food. Table we were given for 6 people was at the very back on the right and very small even though I had booked a few weeks ahead . Would have liked a better table. Service was good.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 24 November 2023

We were there for dinner on Thanksgiving day, and the place was absolutely jammed. There was a ton of energy, and it felt like you were in the right place. Professionally run restaurant, and their teams work well together, providing the diner with a fine...experience. Excellent dishes included the angry mussels appetizer, and the steak salad.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Good question. Did walk by Martin’s the other day at lunchtime during a light rain and it was not covered.
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Martin's Tavern is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5