"Smart and unexpected. The Liberty Tavern has a winning model for neighborhood dining in Clarendon."
–Todd Kliman, Washingtonian Magazine
The Liberty Tavern, established in 2007, is a popular neighborhood restaurant and bar located in the heart of Arlington, VA. The first floor of our restored historic property houses an inviting bar and lounge that remains vibrant all hours of the day. Our upstairs dining room offers sincere, professional service and a warm ambiance, where guests can be equally comfortable enjoying a sophisticated multi-course dinner or a casual weekday meal. Our cuisine features the best of fresh, in-season ingredients, carefully prepared by Executive Chef Matt Hill and his team to emphasize memorable flavors. We are devoted to in-house production: we bake over a dozen varieties of breads and rolls on a daily basis, we make all of our pasta, sausages, and desserts, and there is always something creating an irresistible aroma in our hardwood smoker. We complement our food with a wine list, beer menu, and bar that focuses on quality, variety, and value.
The Liberty Tavern was founded by two Arlington families, the Fedorchaks and the Normiles, and remains proudly locally owned and operated. Our restaurant has consistently been recognized as a leader in the Metropolitan Washington hospitality community, and we are flattered by the critical acclaim we’ve received, including designation as a Washington Post Editor’s Pick and inclusion in Washingtonian Magazine’s Top 100 Very Best Restaurants for seven consecutive years- every year since our inception.
We are very appreciative of your interest in our restaurant, and we look forward to welcoming you soon.
We feel fortunate to be in the hospitality business in Arlington, and we are passionate about offering our time, goods, and services to those fellow members of our community who are in need. We have generously supported numerous local non-profit organizations, and have especially strong ties to Virginia Hospital Center, Doorways for Women and Families, Arlington Free Clinic and Leadership Arlington. We also have consistently given to public and private schools, various neighborhood associations, and national organizations like Share Our Strength and Heart’s Delight. We are especially grateful to have a team of managers and staff members who share a sincere commitment to community service; our colleagues have donated countless hours of their personal time to facilitate our restaurant group’s charitable efforts. If you have an interest in learning more about our approach to community involvement, please contact us.
EXECUTIVE CHEF: MATT HILL
Chef Matt Hill most recently served as Chef de Cuisine at Range in Washington, DC, where he worked with his longtime friend and colleague Chef Bryan Voltaggio. Matt was an instrumental part of the opening team at Range, and directed seven distinct kitchens at this innovative modern American restaurant. Matt considers Range’s 3-star Washington Post review in March 2013 a career highlight. Prior to working at Range, Matt worked from 2003 through 2012 with the Charlie Palmer Group, beginning at Chef Palmer’s flagship restaurant, Aureole, and culminating with a successful five year tenure as Executive Chef at Washington, DC’s Charlie Palmer Steak. Matt’s time at Charlie Palmer Steak resulted in many awards and accolades, including three stars from Washingtonian Magazine. Matt continues to count Chef Palmer as a strong influence and valued mentor.
Matt is a 2000 graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.
GENERAL MANAGER: SEAN LOWDER
Sean Lowder serves as General Manager of The Liberty Tavern. Sean joined the restaurant prior to our opening in 2007, and over the course of the past seven years has made significant contributions to our growth and success. In his current role, Sean welcomes guests with a warm smile, and focuses on leading a staff dedicated to memorable service. In addition to his passion for food, wine, and the restaurant business, Sean maintains a lifelong love of music of all kinds; he’s widely respected DJ who saves some of his best performances for staff parties. Sean’s management team at Liberty includes Ariel Valdez & Stella Sklar.
METRO and PARKING
We are conveniently located one block west of the Clarendon Metro stop, on the Orange Line. If you drive to The Liberty Tavern, there are numerous metered parking spaces on Wilson Boulevard, Clarendon Boulevard, Irving Street and between Northside Social (our cafe and coffee shop) and St. Charles Church on Fairfax Drive. These meters are only in effect through 6pm Monday through Saturday. You don’t have to pay the meters after 6pm, on Sundays, or on federal holidays.