Liberty Barbecue

4.6
113 reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue
From the makers of Arlington's Liberty Tavern, a world-class barbecue restaurant. Our chef-driven menu offers not only best-in-class BBQ, but Southern fried chicken, hush puppies, collard greens, mac and cheese and much more!

For your safety and ours, please note that there will be an enforced hour and a half time limit placed on ALL diners. No one with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19, or with known exposure in the prior 14 days, is permitted in the restaurant. We ask everyone to maintain SOCIAL DISTANCING of at least 6 feet at all times. Guests are responsible for compliance with the VDH and CDC guidelines as it relates to mask usage throughout your visit with the exception of while eating or drinking. Thank You

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What 113 People Are Saying
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4.5
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipGregupstateny
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I did a midwest swing to visit our sons and enjoyed Kansas City BBQ before visiting the N VA area and eating at Liberty. It was just as good if not better than the famed KC BBQ. Better in that its served without sauce and you can add your own at the table while KC BBQ is generally served heavily sauced. The brisket was outstanding as were the grilled Brussels sproutes and collard greens. I loved the pork ribs but not as much as the brisket.
Our server was friendly and polite and the ambience was energetic - in part because of a live band playing music outside.

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gBird
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to see the band Hand Painted Swinger. Food and music was awesome.

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AuntieS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

The BBQ pork and the brisket were both good. I loved the mac and cheese and my husband liked his baked beans. The cauliflower needs work. It’s sauce was sort of nondescript—not sure what chef was going for but neither of us liked it. Tried to eat the pieces without sauce—the plain cauliflower needed salt. We gave up on that. The music was eclectic to say the least and too loud. The service was attentive and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Nice barbecue and good beer list. Staff was courteous and friendly. All in all, a very good experience.

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vipTimM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food, great service

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FCDiner
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Our experience at Liberty BBQ was hit or miss. The food came out in fits and spurts, with sides being delivered 10 minutes after entrees. Most of the BBQ was good, however one slice of brisket was pure fat. The chicken sandwich was overcooked and tough. Stick to the pulled pork and chicken.

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Bob3300
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great location; easy parking. Great interior space. Food ok; I’ve had better bbq in the area. Awesome potato salad!

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SeanP
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is consistently good here, but my wife and I are normally disappointed whenever we try fried chicken in restaurants. We both got the fried chicken special and it was fantastic. There was enough food for four people in the two person order, and the leftovers were still great. The server was great, and took special care to make sure our two year old was happy, which obviously goes a long way for us. We will definitely go back.

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DevraG
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This was a first visit. I had made the reservation via Open Table and requested a "Standard table outside." When we arrived and checked in at the host stand, the host asks us if we are okay with an inside table. The table was located in the middle of the empty restaurant next to where a manager may have been working with a laptop open. Nope, not what we had reserved. So I mentioned to the host that the reservation had included a request for outside. She asks us to wait a minute while she looks outside for availability. She returns and asks us if a "High top would be alright?" Um. No. My mother who is my dining companion is 85 and frail. Not seeing her hopping up on a stool. I asked for a standard table and we were shown to one. The host then offered a 4-top standard which was fully in the sun. I was beginning to feel like a shrew at this point, because it was again necessary for me to make a request. I asked to have a table in the shade, which was the empty table right across from where she was encouraging us to sit. Liberty would benefit from training their host to read the reservation, anticipate needs of patrons, and train the host to accommodate rather than offer suggestions which aren't appropriate to the patron. Given the current trend to not be a Karen, I was being put in the Karen role and it was very uncomfortable. The host's cluelessness was not beneficial to anyone. Training can take care of this quickly.
As for the food, the brisket was tender and well cooked however the seasoning was on the bland side. That was the issue with everything I ate, it was well cooked but lacked seasoning. Our server was very attentive and professional. The restaurant is very clean and the tables were being cleared quickly and the place was sufficiently staffed for the amount of patrons. Their barbecue sauces were also on the bland side. If one is wanting a less-seasoned barbecue place, this is excellent for that as there are people who like a less-seasoned style of cooking

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Crzy4shooz
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. Always amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great barbecue and sides

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LizF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Good good, horrible service. We enjoyed our food here and wild recommend take out. However, it seems that this establishment doesn’t care about its dine in customers. We were seated outside in the shade and the manager abruptly removed the shade putting us in direct sunlight and heat with a young infant. She did this without asking us ahead of time if we wanted to move or box our meals to go. We found this to be incredibly inconsiderate considering that we had a young child who cannot be in direct sunlight and we would not have chosen to eat outside but for the sun cover. We will not be eating here again.

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vipBillyT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Sunday brunch was great. Small plates are perfect for all you can eat. Service was good and so was the food. Highly recommended.

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JoeM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent, will definitely return next time I am in Falls Church

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Nice, good food, good service.

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MichaelT
New England
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good atmosphere. First time visiting

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vipJBurella
Washington DC
146 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved meeting friends here - clean restaurant and excellent food (though one guest had an icky pudding). Tried deviled eggs and was so impressed!

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Pamela
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a delicious family birthday celebration and appreciated the great food & service. Thank you!

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vipEIN200
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Looking for great BBQ and fried chicken? Come here! Really great food, nice outside seating available.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I would give them five stars except for two disappointing things: 1. Please cut up the greens a bit more. Your should not serve it as whole leaf that must be eaten like spaghetti, and 2. What bbq joint runs out of brisket, on a national holiday, before 6 pm? Otherwise food was excellent, service was really great, I mean your servers rock! And the ambiance was downright festive. I would give the extra star if you had the brisket, that really disappointed me.

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juicebox
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The customer service was atrocious at this location of Liberty BBQ. Food took almost an hour to be served after ordering and the location wasn’t even at full capacity! We had 4 different “servers” approach our table asking the same questions about orders whether it was what we wanted for food or to drink even after ordering. Server tried to have us pay without showing us what we were paying for in the first place… that struck me as odd and I asked to see what we were paying for and we were met with resistance on having a copy of what we had on our ticket.

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Lambie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was just okay. They were out of brisket which was disappointing. They may have been under staffed as it was Memorial Day but again the food was just okay. When we finally did get service everyone was very nice but it took a good amount of time just to get our order.

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Chris
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little bummed they were out of brisket, but everything else was phenomenal!

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vipJohnC
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Went on Memorial Day, after discovering Mission BBQ was closed for the holiday. Having been to Liberty Tavern and Lyon Hall we thought this place would be of equal quality.
W R O N G!

Brisket was dry, sides were bland;Mac-n-cheese was a joke! The manager comp’d the meal. Don’t waste your time or money here.

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AbrahamP
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic barbecue, especially their brisket, and a well-rounded list of delicious side dishes (I'm particularly a big fan of their roasted cauliflower). Staff is always nice and welcoming. One of my favorite places to dine.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We had the Saturday special fried chicken which was delicious - the sides -Mac and cheese, beans, and cucumber salad- weren’t as strong. I was surprised given the quality of Liberty Tavern and Lyon Hall. The service was also spotty but we were there between shifts.

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vipBClarkeVa
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fortunately for us Liberty BBQ is in walking distance of our house. We were taking friends from Arlington and DC to experience it for first time - had the Triple Platter and Whole Bird Fried Chicken so everyone could taste everything. Agreement was that while BBQ and biscuits were good, the fried chicken was great.

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vipCatherine
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bartender was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu items. He recommended some of his favorites and they were delicious. The bottomless brunch was a great value and the space was clean and open.

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ErinA
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great way to do the Sunday Buffet safely.... we loved trying different plates and sharing. Great atmosphere as always.... sat outside. Great service. We love Liberty BBQ. Amazing Sunday Brunch!

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SarahH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service and the patio area is great

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LLBM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Their LB Manhattan is very good. The pickle brined fried chicken is delicious and crispy. Sat outside on a beautiful evening. It was 6:00 PM and sunny. They have good shade so it was pleasant. Good service. Quick service. We were happy.

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vipSlim
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No One You Know band was playing.

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CharlesM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were great!!!!!
Very nice experience!!!!!

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vipEasyE
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. Exceeded our expectations.

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vipWhositdc
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the patio area is very nice. I plan to return.

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BillD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to see the band and had a little table on the patio. Service and food were both excellent!

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erica
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service and food as always. would recommend to anyone

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vipJanine
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had exactly the type of outdoor dining I was looking for. Well spaced tables, covered but open air. Perfect. Service was prompt and very friendly. Brisket was delish. Tried a few sides and all were flavorful. Overall good experience and we will be back again!

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STEPHANIE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fabulous outdoor dining area! Fantastic food and the butterscotch banana pudding is to die for!

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vipMarionM
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I was a bit disappointed given the raving reviews I had read. We ordered nachos no meat, and two 2-meat platters. The nachos were good but not great, greasy and the cheese was cheese sauce and not actual cheese. My meat platter was pulled chicken, pork belly, crispy Brussels sprouts and tomato & cucumber salad. The pulled chicken was very good, the pork belly was OK. The Brussels sprouts were tasty but not crispy at all as announced, the salad was passable. My dining companion ordered lean brisket which was good but not great, sweet potato fries which were excellent, and crispy Brussels sprouts. The Smoke by the River cocktail was very interesting. Service was alright. Not a bad joint, but not the great BBQ place I was expecting, and prices were a bit high for the type of food and service. The outdoor dining space is great.

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You can order delivery directly from Liberty Barbecue using the Order Online button. Liberty Barbecue also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 237-8227.

Liberty Barbecue is rated 4.6 stars by 113 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.