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Harry's Tap Room

Has anyone been to Harry's Tap Room? A friend recommended it to me and I wonder if it is worth checking out...

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  1. Harry's in Clarendon is always dependable if not spectacular. My wife does not eat meat and she likes it as well. I think brunch is better than dinner but dinner is still solid if you like well done American food. It always has a nice feel to it as well.

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    1. re: rappel75

      Do they have outside seating? And what would you recommend ordering?

      1. re: CIAinDC

        They do have a two small outside seating sections (one upstairs and one downstairs).

        Their burger is good, as are their twin filets with different sauces.

    2. They have a small small section of outdoor seating. They have a good happy hour and a great brunch. Their eggs Chesapeake are very good. I forget all the stuff I have gotten during happy hour, but it is good and the lounge is large and roomy. Their steaks aren't bad like Sam and Harry's without the price. They have a good burger as noted above and their bartenders are great and will give you some samples of wine to try if you can't decide on one, I have always had good service.

      1. It's fine, but if want outside seating you should cross over to Wilson and go to the Woodgrill. Their burgers are better and prices generally a little lower. Harry's is, however, definitely better than Three in the next block.

        The best outdoor seating in the vicinity is at Sette Bello also on Wilson about two blocks further out than Harry's and one over...

        1. we've liked it very much, fantastic brunch with one particularly amazing summer salad. great cuban sandwich and coleslaw. good steaks in a pinch.

          1. Update: Harry's was GREAT! Thai mussels were awesome... It has been added to my list as one of my favorites.

            1. We have had such HORRIBLE service at Harrys (we even went back 3 more times, and terrible each time). Our first trip just set the tone....we had people meet at the bar for a birthday. We had about 40 people there and about 10 tabs going at the bar, with one started at a table. After a few hours as people were leaving, the waitress took the table check to the birthday-guest-of honor. The bday-guy joked with the waitress telling her it was his bday and was probably not picking up the check for everyone and the waitress said "oh i know it's your birthday, which is why i know you won't walk out on it" (not exactly sure WHAT gave her the idea anyone was going to walk out on the check, but we decided to settle it). The waitress came back after the bill had been settled and asked for a larger tip! (We'd left about 17%!!!). We wrote a letter to Harry's Tap Room and they just responded with "Sorry". We tried to go back again and this time trying to get a wait staff's attention was nearly impossible.

              It is such a shame because the inside is so nice and their food is actually pretty good. But if I'm spending $12 on martinies and $9 on beer, there are plenty of other clarendon restaurants to go to IMO.

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              1. re: pgwiz1

                I am with you on the HORRIBLE service. I actually live right above it, which makes it esp. sad. Unfortunately, I disagree with you on the food. I think it is mediocre and inconsistent which is a huge problem with their prices. I prefer Liberty Tavern any day- the owners (who are always around) and the staff actually care if you are enjoying your meal. I would much prefer patronizing a restaurant like. Plus, the food is soooo much better.

                1. re: JAC13

                  HORRIBLE SERVICE! Seriously a shame since that place has all the potential. I agree Liberty Tavern is the better call by far!

                2. re: pgwiz1

                  I was going to comment that in previous discussions about Harry's, people had complained about service and were only mildly enthusiastic about the food. Maybe it's improved recently (I believe that Sam or Harry or whoever the original owner is no longer associated with the place) or maybe not. I'm always a bit suspicious about a place that formerly got lukewarm reviews, no chit-chat for quite a while, then a few glowing reviews.

                  I've only been there twice, and only eaten once. The first time (when I ate) we had a small group of about eight meeting there. It was Sunday about 11 AM. They gave us a nice table upstairs, the food was decent, the service was decent and I put it on my list of places to try again. On my second try, it was late lunch on a weekday, about 1:30 PM. I sat (by myself) at a table downstairs, and sat, and sat, and sat, and sat. Never got anything but a menu after more than 10 minutes so I left. The place was pretty empty. Is that "horrible service" or what?

                  I went across the street to Baja Fresh, had a decent lunch with quick service, for about half the price of a drink at Harry's. But of course this isn't a completely fair comparison.