A Georgetown fixture since the early 1930s, Martin's Tavern leans decisively towards the historical - rather than the trendy - aspect of this ... More
A Georgetown fixture since the early 1930s, Martin's Tavern leans decisively towards the historical - rather than the trendy - aspect of this neighborhood. The former New York Giants baseball player William G. Martin opened this neighborhood pub in 1933. Today his grandson, Billy Martin runs the family business. Dark wood paneling and touches of hunter green make for an attractive interior. The menu features American and continental classics - steak and seafood as well as pasta served with marinara or alfredo sauces.
I've been here many times, both with family and friends for dinner. There was one time I went and the service and food were both rather bad. However, other than the one time the food is wonderful, and the service is great. Everything from their pasta to their sandwhiches are great. They have a great menu and are not very expensive for the area. The location is also great. I've been to many restaraunts in Washington, DC and Martin's is definitely one of mine and my family's favorites.
Martins is not for out of towners unless they want a sense of real DC; food is not the reason to go there but the food is fine; it's one of the few neighborhood taverns left (Nathans also qualfies) where you can get a buger or a light meal and enjoy the comings and goings of Georgetown; You will no dobut meet mostly Washingtonians, many of whom have been going here for years. Our family tradition is to go on Chritmas Eve among other times; I recently took a gorup of six from out of town for luch who loved the amibience and friendliness.Please leave Martins for the natives who want to stroll home after a beer there.
I was very unimpressed with my meal at Martin's Tavern. We had guests from out of town and wanted to take them someplace unique with an interesting history. I was embarrassed at our meal. The quality of food was similar to a cheap frozen dinner. Considering that most entrees (including salads) start around 14 dollars you do expect a little more. Service is at best passable. Our waitress wanted to take our order the second we sat down and could not be bothered to check in with us to see if we needed more drinks, food, etc... once our orders had been placed. I will give them credit for their host staff who were extremely friendly and welcoming. The setting is a step above a cheap bar, and hardly has any semblance to its historical roots.
I would definately not recommend this establishment to people for dinner. For the money, service, and location I think you can do much better for a nice evening out in Georgetown. Martin's Tavern does have some potential rooted in its history, but until its wait staff, kitchen, and management get up to speed with today's standards it will continue to flounder.
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