Judging Restaurants – Mr. Henry’s

Mr. Henry’s is located at 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Their Web site says:

Opened in 1966, by Henry’s Yaffee, Mr. Henry’s Victorian Pub is a Capitol Hill tradition. Henry’s is a a place to relax and meet with friends, soak up the local atmosphere.

During the summer our patio is humming. It is the place to see and be seen.

The menu is full of great burgers, sandwiches, and salads. We offer dinner specials and tasty soups. Try our London Broil Dinner or Marta’s Meatloaf.

Roberta Flack began singing at Mr. Henry’s in 1968 to sold out crowds.

You can see their menu here.

Any fans?

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  • Always been a fan of brunch at Mr. Henry’s. I kinda like the dingy old-school feel of the place. Also in my experience, all staff have been unpretentious.

  • I have always loved this place but do think it’s about time for a menu upgrade or clean up inside.

    Well worth the visit though.

  • One of the worst restaurants I’ve ever been to. I know a lot of places survive on how good their food was 10-15 years ago, but their food was borderline inedible.

  • I love Henry’s. But I don’t mind if other people don’t and it stays a low-key, divey, mellow place 🙂

  • Not a fan. Only eaten lunch on the patio, but I remember it was really sub-par bar food.

  • Is it still an awesome bar for those under 21?

    • Wrong Mr. Henry’s..the one you are thinking of is/was near Foggy Bottom. I used to spend a fair amount of time there and at Maggie’s during the early 90’s drinking pitchers….with my HS letter jacket on…Gee Whiz.

  • it’s a dive bar folks. you like old school dives? you’ll love it.

    you like dives, but only ones with fancy foods? this isn’t the place for you.

  • Yup. Dive bar with requisite dive food. The dive food is much better at Tune Inn.

  • Food is horrendous. Stale potato chip crumbs as a side. Gee, thanks.

  • Mr Henry’s Tuesday Kids Night: Heaven for parents; Hell on Earth for non-Parents (and servers).

  • I don’t think it even qualifies under the category of “dives”. It’s the type of restaurant old retirees go to for the “before 5pm” special because they lost their teeth and taste buds 30 years ago and their eyes can’t tell how run down the decor is.

  • I remember when there was a Mr. Henry’s in Georgetown…

  • I’ve only been for brunch, but they have a waffle station. What more could you possibly want?

  • This was the place where Roberta Flack played and sort of got noticed.

    As for the place I don’t eat there much just because I don’t.

  • The bartenders are incredibly rude. I once witnessed one of them cuss out a customer right in front of everyone sitting at the bar.

    Granted, I haven’t been back there in a few months, but every time we went we wondered why we would go to a place staff by jerks when there were so many better options nearby.

  • My understanding is their regular crowd is very similar to that of Nellie’s.

  • This restaurant is third-world dirty and the food is inedible. It only survives because people call it an “institution.”

  • Tori Amos also started there. The menu does need to be updated. But Half Price burgers on mondays rocks.

  • Mr. Henry’s Georgetown, Yes !!
    Back when Washingtonians went to Georgetown, and the Pub fare was good at all their locations. There were 4 at one point: Gtown, Cap Hill, Washington Circle, Adams Morgan.

    I think the Hill location is just waiting for Comfort One to make an offer – LOL

  • Amazing chicken tenders.

  • Yeah… gross food that is pretty pricey. Nice patio, but that’s about all they have going for them.

  • I just talked to the former manager of Banana Cafe which is owned by one of the owners of Starfish Cafe. I was told Starfish Cafe is closed 🙁

    • Banana Cafe’s next I’m sure.

      • whyousaythat?

        • Like Starfish, Banana was an okay spot 5 years ago when the options on 8th street were pretty limited, but now that some solid restaurants have come along I don’t think they’ll succeed much longer. The food’s not very good and the interior feels tired.

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