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The Tombs

$$ - $$$American, ,
1226 36th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-2627
+1 202-337-6668
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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good50%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (12 reviews)
“burgers” (18 reviews)
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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 196 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had eaten at the Tombs dozens (hundreds?) of times in the 1990s but had not visited in several years. My recent brunch reminded me of how well this place consistently turns out good food, well served, at a reasonable price point (by Georgetown standards)....More

Thank jeffsm5111
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Small and cozy atmosphere. Hadn't been there in years. Food was good, even better than I had remembered! The Reuben sandwich came with tater tots. It was delicious. Cheeseburger was really good too. Easy walk from Georgetown University.

Thank skicolorado2day
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Visited here with hubby and two adult son from Sydney . Had been recommended by friends and it did not disappoint. Simple American food and a fun student vibe for a quick beer and relaxed dining environment .

1  Thank Caroline H
Reviewed 9 October 2017

After an afternoon of seeing monuments it was a great spot for a cold beer and a little appetizer to "tide" us over before early dinner reservations. The atmosphere was a bit more "buffed" up and there was a new lower level addition so it...More

Thank lmk1126
Reviewed 3 October 2017

This place is in walking distance from campus and was a good place to settle in to watch football but there are much better places. Beers are expensive and you are in a basement. It served its purpose until I located some other places.

Thank Grolsh
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Cool place in Georgetown. Went there for lunch and enjoyed their burger special of the day (-50%). Staff was also very friendly. It's kind of 'in the basement' so not much natural light (only downside really during the daytime..)

Thank Lotte H
Reviewed 23 September 2017

Loved the atmosphere!! Loved the food!! The service was great. Highly recommend . You had the BLT and Roasted tomato soup and loved it.

Thank freckles__16
Reviewed 16 September 2017 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 4 September 2017 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 29 August 2017 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
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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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 3:00 AM
10:00 AM - 3:00 AM
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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