America Eats Tavern
The fried chicken and fish & chips are excellent, as is the cornbread. We also had a burger (meh) and caesar salad (tasted like a bagged salad kit). The beer & wine selection is mediocre, at best, but the two cocktails we tried were delicious (Blood & Sand, Cropping Rope). The service is friendly enough, but so laid back it's almost comical. Bottom line - I can't figure the place out. Not sure why I'd go back or why I'd avoid. It's just ... there.
I love the relaxed feel of this place. The food reminded me of my southern roots and their hush puppies are INCREDIBLE!
The entire staff was very friendly and attentive. Our server, Kevin, was terrific, catering to a fussy three-year old. We could not have been more appreciative.
Delicious food on the restaurant week menu and generous portions.
We went for restaurant week, but decided to order off the menu because we wanted a different salad and a different dessert. Well, the wedge salad was absolutely delicious, so that was a great decision. We both had the fried chicken, we got corn bread and grits, and they were all delicious. We were too full for dessert, and there were still plenty of leftovers. The service was fine, and we sat for 4 hours chatting without feeling rushed. The place is loud, and the one bathroom has a sliding door that opens to tables, which was kind of awkward.
The restaurant was accomodating about our food restrictions, but the restaurant was a huge disappointment and we won't be going back anytime soon. The waiter took forever to take our order, food which should have been hot wasn't, and we had to ask for desserts multiple times. The manager came by and gave some reason for the delay but it took a half hour for the dessert to come out. He did comp a few of the drinks. It's not a restaurant for adults looking for a nice dining experience.
I enjoy Andres' tapas locations and was looking forward to this. Unfortunately, we had to stare 10 mins at our drinks sitting unpicked up at the bar so my BF went and got them. Ribs were average with uncharred sauce on top. My salad had just lemon juice and ranch dressing was forgotten. Polite but unacceptable slow and bad service w/maybe five tables occupied. Disappointing and $100 for a meal worth about half that.
I have eaten here about 15 times and have never been disappointed. Well maybe once when we had a green server, but the food is always excellent. I order things here I would not usually order elsewhere because they way they prepare it and the quality of the ingredients make it special. Example - fried okra - its terrific here and the smoked yogurt sauce! Oh my. Everything is good, but make sure you get the lemon merangue pie - its one of the best bites in town.
If you like good service this is not the place for you.
We went for brunch and the hash, eggs, grits, and parsnips/carrots were delicious. However, the veggie omelet had undercooked, crunchy, unseasoned veggies with eggs laying on top. The coffee was amazing and the service was mediocre. A 3 star Jose Andres restaurant, but probably a 4 star restaurant overall. A bit pricey for the quality.
I normally don’t write reviews but feel a moral obligation to do this. The service here is the worst I have experienced anywhere. I would rate a self serve cafeteria better. The waiter never offered us food or drinks. Just disappeared after taking the order for our children. I had to get up each time to hail down someone for anything we needed. The waiter didn’t mind or apologize ever. In addition the food is really underwhelming and tasteless. This place is for someone that has only eaten at Burger King or McDonald’s and thinks this is an upscale experience but is to ethnocentric to try anything that might have a “foreign flavor”. I don’t know what we were thinking going here, other than trusting the Chef’s general reputation with other restaurants of his that we like.
Fantastic food. Great prices. Delicious cocktails.
We went for New Years Eve! Everything was fantastic- the surprise was the pecans and pickle appetizer! Don’t pass on that!
America Eats was by far the most surprising Jose Andres restaurant I've visited, and for a good reason. Jose Andres has done many spectacular things for the DC restaurant scene, all among small plate cuisine. By contrast, America Eats gave me what I often desire in DC dining: large plates of food for a great price.
My fiance and I ordered hush puppies and the vermicelli mac and cheese for appetizers. The hush puppies were delightfully sweet and salty and the mac and cheese deliciously creamy. I ordered a slap of pork ribs for $19 and received a massive plate of ribs (end rib meat included!) with a fantastic savory, smoky flavor.
Even though that was more than enough given everything else we had, we ordered baked beans and fried okra as sides. The baked beans were fine but I didn't think I would enjoy okra as much as I did here. With Cracker Barrel fried okra being my go-to mental image, these were whole okra lightly fried with a smoked yogurt on the side. Everything worked perfectly and my taste buds were delighted.
The cookie we shared (think of a pizookie from BJ's Brewhouse) was admittedly not as impressive as I was hoping for, but still tasted great and the perfect end to a fantastic meal. 5 out of 5 stars for America Eats!
Had such high hopes because I love his other restaurants. Food was mediocre, space was nice. Worst part was the service. Made a reservation, got their early so said we’d get a drink at bar to wait. They said they’d get us when ready. Open tables were just waiting and 15 min after our reservation time we went to ask and they had completely forgotten us. Wait staff was nice but didn’t go above and beyond. Won’t visit again likely.
Food took an hour to arrive and was ice cold.
Our server was quite pleasant and nice. But there were problems, probably out of her control, with getting food from the kitchen and to our table. As noted by other reviewers, our food (both appetizers & entrees) arrived warm, not hot. There was also a VERY long time between our appetizer and entrees.
Had dinner with my wife and kids. We enjoyed everything we had including the grilled salmon, Caesar salad and potatoes and vegetables. Service was a little slow but otherwise everything was great!
Poor service. Cold and mediocre food. Never had such bad ribs. Definitely not up to the Jose Andres reputation.
Food was amazing. We had Shrimp and grits and chicken and waffles. Comfy atmosphere and attentive staff. Can't wait to go back.
Great food, fun atmosphere! Highly recommend. Get your feed on before you come.
We went there for our 25th anniversary and the staff, and the chef Claudio, came out and wished us to make us feel special. And the dessert was delicious (as was the rest of the menu!). Thank you. We will be back, hungry for more.
The food was great fast service
The food was good. We got the cornbread for the appetizer which was very good, and a half order of the brisket and the salmon for the main course which both were very good as well although the accompaniment for the salmon didn't seem like what the menu stated and it was average at best. The biggest issue of the evening was the service which was the worst I've had in well over a year. We had ordered drinks at the bar beforehand so I still had a half of a beer in my hand when we got to the table. We asked for waters and had a couple questions about the menu. I think we finished most of the cornbread and my beer (and asked at least once or twice more for water) well before any water came. A couple had left the table next to us at least 20 minutes after we sat down. The couple that sat down after them received their food within minutes of our food. It was an hour before we received our main course. We again ran dry on our waters and I had ordered another beer and again it took at least 5 if not 10 minutes for them to serve us yet again. The upstairs balcony had some group that was VERY LOUD from time to time so that was a bit of a turnoff. Overall, it seems like a good place to hang out and have a good meal but it just wasn't our night that night.
A wonderful restaurant in a great location! Looking forward to going back.
We went for brunch on Saturday, and were very happy with the wide range of choices available. This place is definitely in the casual/comfort category, but still has the quality you can rely on from Jose Andres. We already made a reservation to come back this week for our son’s birthday. It’s got a great vibe for a family meal.
Had brunch here on a Sunday morning. Food and drinks were great, as well as, the service! The full menu also looked fantastic and we were wishing our trip was longer so we could come back for dinner.
Service polite but way too.slow
Delicious, imaginative, and educational
First time there on Black Friday. Server did not stop at the table after food arrived to see if it was ok. Had to ask for iced tea refill, refill did not include ice, asked for more ice, had to ask a second time before it arrived. Told server the bun on my pulled pork sandwich was burnt, she did not replace it. Fried okra was whole okra that had not been trimmed, no breading. Potatoes in the brisket hash were not fully cooked. For the price I expect better service & food quality.
For a long time fan of José Andres, kind of disappointing
Everything we ate was AMAZING! From the mushroom soup to the ribs... delicious!
The food was just ok and the service was kind of slow. Over all not what I expected from a Jose Andres restaurant
All around good brunch experience
Took our teenagers there for dinner while visiting DC. Both are picky eaters, but both loved their dinner, especially the skillet cornbread! We enjoyed the atmosphere. It was a bit on the nicer side, but not as stuffy as some steakhouses. Would definitely go again when in DC.
Our food was outstanding -- delicious and satisfying. The service was, frankly, terrible. We ordered cocktails from the menu and it took over 15 minutes for them to arrive...and then only one did. My wife's drink came after our food arrived. Our waiter, while friendly and helpful with menu suggestions, disappeared for long stretches. He was clearly frustrated by the issues with the bar, but we received no comped drinks or food. We ordered dessert, and beverages were again an issue. My wife's coffee came right away, while my iced tea arrived after dessert did and after having to ask about its whereabouts. Again -- we received nothing but a "Thanks for your patience." Great food and great atmosphere...but those don't quite overcome poor service and no meaningful acknowledgement that our experience was diminished by continual waiting, inconsistency and being ignored. In retrospect, we should have spoken with a manager that night. But...c'est la vie.
everything was pretty good- definitely loved the popcorn cauliflower with ranch... if you like ranch (and I don't really) the homemade ranch is amazing, the hushpuppies were GREAT, grilled shrimp was also very good.... burger was a little too pink for my taste (ordered med) but it was still good. I would def go back.
Good food, good service and fun atmosphere
Cute place, decent food...just wanted it to be so much more. We made reservations and still had to wait for a table (be sure to specify if you need seating that's not barstools). We were seated and service was slow; when someone did appear at our table, we had to ask for everything: refills, sweetener, wet naps after having baby back ribs. Food arrived with fast food speed. The hush puppies were delicious and overpriced. The baby back ribs were tender. The sausage meal was small. If we lived in the area, we might try the Tavern again; as travelers, we won't go out of our way again.
What a surprise. We really enjoyed our meal at America Eats Tavern. Although the interior of the
restaurant is not a welcoming space, we tried to ignore that part. The meal was very good. All of
the people at the table enjoyed the food. I would recommend this restaurant.