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The Tombs

€€ - €€€American, ,
1226 36th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-2627
+1 202-337-6668
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good49%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
1226 36th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-2627
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1 - 10 of 189 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I have been to this venue many times. As an academic at Georgetown University, I find it very convenient to go to it. But more than that, the food is tasty, the service is friendly and efficient, and the price is very reasonable. You don't...More

Thank ClaudeRakisits
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Looking for lighter fair near GU, this companion of the above ground fancy restaurant, provided us with what we needed We were promptly greeted and fairly quickly seated. The place was over half full and busy with cheers and conversations of the young patrons, certainly...More

Thank GoeieWitte
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Okay, I will admit, I am biased. I went to Georgetown and the Tombs was a big part of both my undergraduate and law school experiences. The "greatest college bar" designation comes from others, but I would not dispute that. That said, I think I...More

1  Thank Greg M
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

Had dinner here Friday night. The place was busy but we got a table right away. Atmosphere is dive bar/ student restaurant/ club bar, and the patrons were a mix of students, families and suits. We sat in a booth in the main room. The...More

1  Thank Nathan K
Reviewed 26 July 2017

Down a steep set of stairs, The Tombs was absolutely delicious. The wait staff are SO friendly and helpful. Food was very good and affordable. If you're there with some friends looking for a good night, the area around the bar is best. However, if...More

1  Thank Jtries
Reviewed 21 July 2017

The food was excellent! I had a burger (phenomenal) and the fries were just WOW! Our waiter was extremely nice as well. This place was definitely a hidden gem, but we found it after asking our tour guide from a Georgetown University tour. The atmosphere...More

1  Thank mleggt
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

Happened upon this way with my husband, 2 teenagers and 3 year old. We all quite enjoyed our food. The kids meal was great and prices reasonable for the area. Great service and neat atmosphere.

1  Thank StaceyLew
Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

We found this place on our first day in town. Such a nice environment in the dining area! Good prices and mica beverages! Thank you, The Tombs!

Thank Valdemar W
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

In town to drop my daughter off for a summer internship and one of her roommates - a recent Georgetown graduate recommended this place. We got there just as they opened and thank goodness as they were packed by the time we left. Brunch food...More

Thank Bunnion
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

While in town wife wanted to stop in and bring back memories from GU undergrad years. Had brunch with friends. One Steak Salad one with Chicken, One Hamburger, a Salmon salad and one Cheeseburger. Arrived by 1230 had a table in 5 minutes on a...More

Thank Mark C
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 03:00
10:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1226 36th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-2627
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Georgetown
  • Neighbourhood: Georgetown
  • Phone Number: +1 202-337-6668
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Situated on the edge of Georgetown University's campus, The Tombs is a neighborhood restaurant by day and a popular gathering place for Georgetown students by night. Along with 1789 and F. Scott's, The Tombs rounds out a trio of restaurants built in a Federal-style townhouse dating from the mid-1800s. When Georgetown alumnus Richard McCooey founded The Tombs in 1962, he named it after a mention in T.S. Eliot's poem "Bustopher Jones: The Cat About Town." Whether its students watching a Hoya basketball game, Georgetown alumni sharing a pitcher of lager or neighbors enjoying Sunday brunch after visiting Holy Trinity Church, The Tombs traditions run deep.
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