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Tenley Bar & Grill

It was a brisk and sunny Saturday as I headed to brunch with my boyfriend, Rich, to Tenley Bar & Grill. We were graciously invited to dine on the house by the new co-owner and General Manager, Miguel, who just joined existing owner Margarita Lisi at the casual, comfy  American restaurant in Tenley.

I haven’t spent much time over in Tenleytown other than for the occasional babysitting adventure–as I am a George Washington University alumna. However, I have to say that I quite enjoyed this part of town for my lazy Saturday and what turned out to be a very productive trip to The Container Store. Tenley Bar & Grill is conveniently located within walking distance to many stores, a Starbucks, and the metro. A top notch locale for any Millennial, in my opinion.


We were greeted by a friendly hostess upon arrival at this spacious sports bar. Tenley Bar & Grill has two large floors, a patio, and two rooftop spaces. It was quite the hidden gem–the perfect spot for football Sundays, cheap happy hours, and a solid no-frills brunch.

We started off with some brunch cocktails. I chose the cranberry mimosa, while Rich ordered the bacon Bloody Mary. My drink came with dried cranberries and was very strong. Rich’s Bloody Mary was spicy, thick, and loaded up with olives, lemons, and limes. The bacon was actually blended into the drink, which was very tasty. We both enjoyed this breakfast beverage and thought it would be even better with a stick of bacon for garnish, because you can never have too much bacon. 


The bottomless deal deserves a special nod. It’s only $15 for bottomless drinks! They have cranberry and orange juice mimosas, Bloody Marys with and without bacon, and Bloody Marias. We were also offered pitchers! I left brunch feeling great and without a hangover throughout the rest of the day. Let it be known that this is a great deal.

For my entrée, I ordered the breakfast burger with bacon, fried onions, and a fried egg on top. Rich chose the steak and eggs with a side of sausage. My burger was delicious and my side of rosemary tater tots hit the spot. I ordered my burger medium and it came out perfectly pink. The bacon was super crunchy and not greasy at all–a delightful change. The onions could have been crunchier though. They didn’t add much. The fried egg was gooey and oozy, as it should be. My rosemary tots were crispy and light. I would have liked them with more rosemary.  


Rich’s steak, eggs, and potatoes were the ultimate “boy” breakfast. Never have I ever seen a full on flat iron steak be served with steak and eggs. Needless to say, Rich fully enjoyed the portion control. The steak wasn’t as pink as he ordered–medium rare–but I had been taking pictures for about five minutes which I’m sure the kitchen staff hadn’t taken into account. So, we shall forgive them. Rich thought his meal was delicious and just right. The potatoes and eggs were cooked and seasoned perfectly. Rich enjoyed the side of sausage, whereas I prefer more flavorful sausage patties. To each his own.


For dessert, we were deciding between the French toast and Belgian waffle. Our lovely waitress told us that the waffle was her favorite, so we followed suit. The waffle was simple, crispy, and piping hot. We enjoyed ours with whipped cream and plenty of syrup. (Pro-tip: ask to have your syrup warmed up!) It was served with a side of fruit that wasn’t that thrilling. We didn’t think it added anything. We scarfed down the waffle without much conversation which is the tell-tale sign of a good meal.


Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our time at Tenley Bar & Grill. We would recommend this spot for bottomless football Sundays with large groups. We loved how affordable this menu was–you forget how inexpensive the world is away from 14th Street. Am I right, people?! My only suggestion for the restaurant would be to upgrade the menus and champagne flutes.

The Bitches say: B. A perfect spot for an affordable, entertaining brunch with a big crowd. This is the spot for you if you want to get out of hustle and bustle of D.C. for an incredibly reasonable no-frills meal.

Brunch is served from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. (202) 237-1783


Tess enjoys all things D.C. and food related. You can find her pursing a marketing career during the week while brunching and boozing all weekend. Will work for truffle potato chips.

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