A Historic Spot in the Heart of Georgetown


Nestled in the Washington D.C. neighborhood of Georgetown, Martin’s Tavern is a historic hot spot. Since 1933, the tavern has been famous for its down to earth décor, food, and service that attract famous folks, presidents, locals, and visitors alike. If you’re lucky, you may be seated in the booth where John F. Kennedy proposed to Jackie! 

As it was my mom’s favorite restaurant growing up, Sunday brunch at Martin’s was a tradition whenever we visited the city. A few weeks ago I visited with friends and returned for a delicious and well-priced meal. The tavern was crowded, but the wait was no longer than 10 minutes. The hostess was very welcoming, and sat us in the Truman booth in an area towards the back called the “dugout”.

The dishes on the menu have been passed down for four generations, but the daily specials display the chef's varied skills. As always, I ordered the Martin’s Benedicts (there are four variations to choose from), a brunch specialty. The Tavern Treat was a favorite at our table — the sautéed crabmeat and sliced mushrooms over an English muffin topped with Martin’s famous hollandaise sauce was a creative, flavorful, and satisfying dish.  

The comfortable atmosphere, friendly and fast service and, most importantly, the remarkable food make an afternoon at Martin’s a special treat for anybody from the experienced local to a naïve passerby.