Ramparts Tavern

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304 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
A local Alexandria restaurant since 1978. Recent renovations make this neighborhood spot comfortably elegant. 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
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Good service, pretty mediocre food.

QL
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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

s
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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

JH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!

D
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

GG
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

S
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
19 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

OT
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

MD
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Tiffany is the best!

TH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

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
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

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
73 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

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

BO
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

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

R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

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.

r
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Ramparts was perfect for our family special event. The staff was very accommodating to our ever changing needs. The menu was great and provided options for our teens, mothers and fathers.

MH
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The French onion soup and the grilled vegetable wrap with Brussel sprouts was very good. They were out of some craft beer s on draft but they have a good selection of cans to choose from.

AN
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ribs and house sauce delish! Steak salad was delicious with ingredients and seasoning perfect. Have always had great service and food at this restaurant!

J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good selection. Exceptional friendly service. Great location with plenty of nearby parking.

BB
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always great for brunch! Friendliest staff in town.

WT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Local favorite

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OT
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great service and cozy atmosphere.

EC
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Sadly- husbands chicken wings were pretty cold an my meal was lukewarm. Late on a Friday nights, but they were not busy. Not been great recently

D
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was much better than I expected. Nice neighborhood gem.

S
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved it! Such a nice place with incredible food. Highly recommend the Jack Daniels Eggs and the Belgian waffles with apple pie topping--yum! And it was a reasonable cost for our large party of 14 for my son's sweet 16. I would definitely come again.

EC
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We go all the time- chicken special was very dry, but edible /

WC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Absolutely the best ribs we have had in the DC area. The place is very welcoming and friendly. It can be quite noisy as it is ver popular with locals. We are regulars and always look forward to returning.

JD
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Funny setup. Tried to put us at small table. Ate at the bar. Bar tender was great.

JG
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Good food and nice place to
Meet friends for meal....

EC
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Usually reliable and good - 25 minute wait for what is usually 5-10. Had to ask if there was a party and apparently there were 2. Okay, but since we know the waitress and the side we we on had 3 other tables, it would have been smart to tell us there would be a delay. My crab cake was warm, not hot and neither were the vegetables. The fries were hot but seriously !

QL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food good service

TK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Servers were always available, meals arrived even earlier than I expected, our group of ten were unanimous in our rating.

EC
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always reliable and good neighborhood place !

J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We arrived early for our reservation and the hostess was extremely accommodating. She came over to see if anyone had taken our drink order. When we replied “no” she took our order and the bartender quickly fulfilled it! She continued to check on us throughout the evening. She is a jewel!
Food was very good and we will be returning.

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