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The Tav

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American, Bar, Pub
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117 W 4th Ave, Ellensburg, WA 98926-3127
+1 509-925-3939
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Ellensburg, Washington
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Back in the day, there was Barney's Burgers across from the university. At some point Barney's and The Tav merged, and the best of Barney's came to The Tav. The "Supermother" burger is OMG legendary, the onion rings are great, and everything else is up to snuff. The bare brick walls and rustic wood booths are carved and etched with... More 

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Thank TaliesinNW
Christchurch, New Zealand
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123 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were travelling from Seattle to Yakima. A local told us this place does good burgers so we went. I had Chicken fajita salad which was delicious. Others who had the burgers thought it was average. I think it's a cool place to have something to eat and a couple of drinks, if you happen to be in the area.

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Thank Max845
Burlington, Washington
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

I took my daughter here for lunch. She just turned 21 and had been wanting to try the legendary mac & cheese bites. They were good assuming you liked mac & cheese breaded and fried. The turkey Cobb salad I had was great. Service at lunch was fast and the multiple servers took great care of us. This is a... More 

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Thank Sue K
Ellensburg, Washington
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Saturday night and you are not sure what to do for dinner. Go the The Tav in Ellensburg. Have a Super Mother or a Hungry Mother or any one of the delicious items on there menu. Wash it all down with a beverage of your choice. Watch a sporting event on one of their many tv's. Put a dollar in... More 

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Thank Tim S
Gig Harbor, Washington
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

This is a fairly typical college town tavern/burger joint. Good beer selection but my burger was overcooked and dry. My buddy ordered the chicken burger and was disappointed as well.

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Thank Dennis H
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240 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

This is a college tavern that kind of masquerades during the day as a pub with grub. It could also be called a sports bar as it has several big screen tvs and a couple of pool tables. There is also a patio for eating outside when the weather permits. There is a decent selection of beers on tap. The... More 

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Thank StonecreekArabians
Ellensburg, Washington
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

Much like the university, The Tav is an Ellensburg institution. You gotta come to The Tav. They have the best burgers (like, THE best), awesome sides, great drinks, and a cool vibe that can't be missed. It's charming as all get out, you can get a great meal and a strong drink -- what's not to love?

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Thank alexisjulian
Ellensburg
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 January 2017

We eat here all the time... by "we" I mean all of us at work, my friends, my barrel racing team, and my husband and I. We LOVE the food here. The BURGERS ARE THE BEST IN TOWN. On your birthday you get a free pitcher of beer. LOVE LOVE LOVE. (: It can get quite busy and noisy but... More 

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Thank ilovetravel509
Sedona
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127 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

We went there for the nachos and tried to ignore the TV's. Nachos were OK, but all the goodies were all on top. If you ate that layer, you'd be left with dry chips. We rearranged it and it was fine, but not special. My margarita came with muddled oranges--blech!. They remade it and it was also OK. I can't... More 

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Thank suzwil67
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122 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

I love eating here. Grab a nice cold beer and order the tab burger and enjoy. If it's nice out sit in the back patio.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 117 W 4th Ave, Ellensburg, WA 98926-3127
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Ellensburg
  • Phone Number: +1 509-925-3939

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?