Ramparts Tavern

4.6
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323 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
A local Alexandria restaurant since 1978. Chef Jermaine Keys offers spectacular specials every lunch and dinner. Pair your meal with wine from our list of over 80 or beer from our list of over 100. Our brunch menu is available Saturday and Sunday. We also offer a private dining room for any occasion. Come enjoy a great meal with us!
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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local go to spot.

JG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

My wife and I reserved dinner for Valentine’s Day recently at Ramparts and we had a great evening. This is the first time we ate at this restaurant and we were pleasantly surprised. It’s an older restaurant with a small front lobby that virtually spills into the dining area. We ended up sitting at the bar while we waited for our table since it was away from the main door to shelter us from the noise, foot traffic and the cool draft from the door continually being opened. We had such a great time talking to the bartender that we ended up staying at the bar for our dinner. The Valentine’s special meal selection was excellent (4 courses) and the spirits were equally enjoyable and reasonably priced. The wait staff was friendly, fast and courteous. The only potential dings were the small waiting area while you waited for your table and parking is a challenge. We found out that the Burke & Herbert Bank across the street allows restaurant patrons to park in their lot after regular work hours. I wished we knew that before we came. OpenTable should add this to the Ramparts’ narrative on their website.

HK
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, food, beverages, and service were excellent, in general, as well an overall excellent value. There was an additional “plus” this evening. One member of our party - there were two of us - is allergic to citrus fruit. In ordering a dish which included a citrus-based sauce, we asked the waiter to have the chef prepare the dish without the sauce. When the dish arrived, however, it looked like it was sitting the sauce. The waiter noted the error and asked if we would rather have the dish taken back. We indicated that it was not a matter of taste but an allergy - which we had forgotten to mention earlier. The waiter was very apologetic was sorry he hadn’t realized that an allergy was involved. After finding out that the dish routinely included a citrus component, we ordered a different dish which (1) was excellent, (2) served more quickly than would have been usual, and (3) delivered by the waiter with both his apologies and a free refill of the cocktail previously served to the guest with allergies.

OH
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening. Great meal. And that bartender, Buster, is simply phenomenal!

LT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food were excellent, as always. They have a great tap list as well! We make sure to come in for their monthly specials, which are always amazing!

RR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food at a good price, and very nice service staff. We’re lucky this is our neighborhood pub!

RJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Second time we have been there. Nothing special to write home about.

l
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We first visited Ramparts in 1980 and had countless meals here for many years. We hadn't been for nearly two years, however, when we made this visit for dinner on a Friday night. Our server was very attentive, but the food was just okay. The brussel sprouts in the wrap sandwich were cold and hard: large sprouts that were cut in half, not chopped as the menu indicated. They were more than just crisp, they were very difficult to cut and to chew. The salmon salad was also satisfactory but not worthy of ordering again.

S
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great beer list Friendly staff Fantastic nachos and ribs S’mores dessert was awesome Worth a visit!

R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food and reasonable prices - a little noisy but great local spot to just grab dinner out - try some of special nights for very reasonable dinner out.

IV
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good place overall. Good service and good food. Seems like a neighborhood gem with lots of families coming in for dinner for New Year's Eve. They had a special menu, which was generous and delicious and upgraded from the regular menu we looked over. The ambiance could have been better if the lights had been dimmed a bit for dinner and a hostess be available to greet and seat guests. Service could use a little attention, but overall it was a good experience.

KD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We go to Ramparts often. Food and service are consistently good. And the prices are very reasonable.

v
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great go to place!

HG
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our luncheon!

j
Savannah
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did a holiday cookie exchange brunch there and they had it set up nicely. Our waitress was great and the food was amazing. We look forward to hosting our next get together with them shortly.

BR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Ramparts. I have never, ever gotten food there that wasn't excellent.
They have a knack for seasoning food to perfection!

S
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Ramparts is a great neighborhood restaurant with very good food. It is a great place to have dinner with friends. The food is fresh with interesting preparations. The salads are great. The salmon is great. It's not too noisy, so a good place to talk.

EC
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We come often and it is always reliable. Food is good with excellent specials ! Our waitress Katie is outstanding and always remembers what our drink orders are !!

D
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Ramparts has really upped their game on the past year. The food is excellent and the menu offers a great selection. The bar offers nice craft cocktails and an extensive wine list. Definitely will return.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Good service, pretty mediocre food.

QL
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A lovely lunch, we all ordered the Jack Chop. We will certainly return.

s
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A good meal and great service every time. I really enjoy my dinners here.

JH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!

D
Richmond
24 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ramparts has really ramped up their whole operation. The interiors ha ebern.ipgraded and modernized. The food is definitely several steps up than a year ago.

J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice place, friendly and efficient service, and quality food. A little noisy, but manageable.

GG
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great ambiance and service. I was disappointed in my fresh tuna which was quite ordinary.

J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Tim was our waiter and he was just terrific.

S
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I love this neighborhood restaurant. The food is always very good to excellent - I had very good crab cakes this time. I usually order the salmon, which also is delicious. The service is good. It is a good place to socialize with friends over a good meal and good drink.

CG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Father's Day brunch. They had a nice, varied brunch menu plus the regular menu. Food was tasty and not overpriced, atmosphere is neighborhood-friendly, servers are friendly and helpful.

MD
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Ramparts was a low key Sunday brunch. No lines to wait in or traffic to fight. Our server was very attentive. The food was tasty and a good value- it’s always exciting to get breakfast potatoes and bacon with your French toast’

AP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great tavern with excellent food. This is not upscale dining, it is really good food for a reasonable price in an environment that has a nice local tavern feel to it. And the staff/service seems to always be excellent.

ST
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I took a friend for lunch. Everything was excellent. Great food, service and very tasty mimosa.

OT
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Another reliable, go-to, comfort food, neighborhood favorite.

MD
Washington DC
87 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Tiffany is the best!

TH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Went for mother's day and was seated right next to front door on a cold day which bothered my 71 year old mother. We asked for another table for this reason prior to being seated for this reason but were told by the hostess that her supervisor assigned the tables and she could not change them. We didn't argue the point because it was Mother's Day but the restaurant never got more than half full and two identical booths to ours remained open and unoccupied next to ours the entire time we were there. I was a little perturbed a minor request like seating an elderly person one more both away from the front door couldn't be accommodated given the number of empty booths in the restaurant. Other than this, server was very nice and food was good.

MA
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I have been a patron of Ramparts for over 25 years with my recent visit on 05.10.19. I ordered the salmon with cucumber sauce and brussel sprouts on the side. The salmon was good but the brussel sprouts were under cooked. My friend order a chicken wrap with a side order of brussel sprouts and her
brussel sprouts were undercooked as well. The waitress took care of the issue by replacing the brussel sprouts but they came after we had completed our entree. I would like to see more variety in the menu.
I'm hoping the chef can come up with some new options for their menu.

S
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Always a favorite neighborhood restaurant known for comfort food, particularly hamburgers and other sandwiches; daily lunch specials Are a good deal.

BO
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Terrific local pub restaurant. Homemade corned beef hash was excellent.

R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I love Ramparts, but I didn't love that they automatically added a 20% gratuity - for a party of five! I didn't notice and wound up tipping twice...and the service wasn't that great to begin with. Buyer beware!

JK
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Easter brunch was pretty good. Set up was awkward but ok. Service... don’t go with a group of women. Won’t clear table, won’t offer refills, have to chase down for check. Guess they didn’t see $$$ signs when 3 older women came for brunch. I work in the industry and usually tip above the going rate.