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Acre 121
Acre 121
  • Address:
    1400 Irving St NW
    Washington, DC 20010
    Neighborhood:
    Columbia Heights / Brightwood
  • Cuisine:
    Barbecue
    Price: $30 and under

Acre 121 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.acre121.com
  • Phone: (202) 328-0121
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner Hours:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm

    Brunch Hours:
    Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, Low Country, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Chef Michael Sanfillipo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We have casual barbeque menu for all size groups and have low country themed menu also available for takeout.
  • Entertainment: Acre 121 features weekly live music, which includes area artists performing a mix of traditional bluegrass, alt-country, and folk rock, among other genres.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 14th and Irving
  • Public Transit: Acre 121 is conveniently located right off of the Columbia Heights Metro on the Green & Yellow Line in Washington, DC.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Garage parking can be found at the Target garage at Hiatt Pl or Park Rd.
A word from Acre 121
Acre 121′s barroom and low country bistro brings the full flavor of southern barbecue to DC’s growing restaurant & bar scene. The coastal cuisine is complimented by weekly live music, which includes area artists performing a mix of traditional bluegrass, alt-country, and folk rock, among other genres, for a low country flavor with local fusion.

Acre 121 brings Southern food traditions, craft beers and cocktails, and an approachable wine list in an old-line Washington barroom just steps from the Columbia Heights Metro. Our pledge is to be an attribute to the community and to celebrate the unique events marked here. Welcome to the neighborhood!
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Diner Reviews
  • "Never been here and enjoyed it very much. Offer a combination platter so you can pick 2 meats and 2 sides. All meats and side dishes were excellent. Also happy hour included discount drinks including a red and white wine. I tried both house wines and they were very good. Only disappointment was happy hour advertised 1/2 appetizers and starters. When I arrived they had just changed it to include selected appetizers at discount. Still enjoyed my meal and wine!"
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "The ambience didn't seem to match the menu, it seemed like an attempt at fine dining BBQ, a bit of a clash. The food was good (not great) and bountiful, though sometimes the plates seemed the wrong size for what was on them, especially with the apps and dessert. The dessert, the peanut butter chocolate pie, was dense and entirely too large. All of this would have been OK but the service was all but absent. For me the whole point of dining out is the service, without it, there is no point. The waitress was regularly nowhere to be found, the drinks were always empty - TERRIBLE!"
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "While in DC we walked by, liked what we saw and made reservations for that evening. Out of all the good restaurants in DC we were not disappointed with our choice. We arrived during happy hour and enjoyed a delicious discounted cocktail before we sat in the dinning room for dinner. The food from appetizer to dessert was outstanding! Our waiter had a constant smile on his face that made us feel welcomed. The service was perfect. As to the ambience; I design restaurants for a living , so I was in my glory taking in all the design features and interesting elements of the decor. A very warm, yet transitional design mixing old with new. Definitely, will be coming back each time we visit our daughter in DC. So glad we stumbled upon it!!"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "It was eyeing an IHOP across the street and wished I ate there for brunch instead. It was a couple next to us who said the 3 years ago when the restaurant opened was great but it isn't so great now. Server also kept disappearing and most employees were texting, lack of management. I would suggest the crab benedict. The chicken and waffles were mediocre and it was the first time I saw it served with a leg and thigh....who does that."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "quickly becoming my favorite place in the District. Friendly attentative staff, great food, fantastic outdoor patio."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Three of us went to this place to hear life music and grab dinner. The blues/ blue grass band "Stick Mob" was fantastic! We got there at 7:30pm. We did not get our dinner until 8:30pm! The service was extremely slow.. The restaurant was not that busy so we did not understand what the problem was. The manager did come by our table to apologize for the delay. But 1 hour wait was ridiculous! The food was great when it finally arrived.."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I went out on a limb and ordered the chicken biscuit with egg and bacon on it with sweet potato fries. My food came out in about 5 minutes, considering how hungry I was, I dove in. It was room temperature and the biscuit and chicken tasted like it was pre-made. It was a big disappointment. The server asked how the food was, I said "ehhh! It's okay" most would pick up on the hint, but he didn't. Had I not been so hungry I would have sent the entire meal back and ordered something else. The sweet potatoe fries were good though :/ I most likely won't be returning to Acre 121 for a while."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The food was heavily sauced masking what could have been ok food. The grits were quite good. The wait staff was very sweet but a bit inexperienced. We had a sizable check and thus expected a little more finesse with the service."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "met friends there for brunch on sunday. bottomless mimosas rock! Morgan was her usual charming self and provided us with excellent service."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "I'm a native Texan, so I'm pretty particular about my BBQ, but for DC, Acre 121 did an admirable job. The chipotle BBQ sauce has a nice smoky kick to it, and the brisket I ordered was tender and flavorful. On the appetizers, we opted for the hushpuppies (I'm a sucker for hush puppies), and they were good, but not great. They had a hint of sweetness (which I liked) but overall they were a little bland. If you're feeling like some cornbread, and really, why would you not, I'd instead recommend their jalapeno cornbread which was quite tasty. Again, they added a little sweetness to the cornbread which paired wonderfully with a little heat from the jalapeno. Finally, try and save room for desert because the peanut butter pie is a must."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "My Server was fantastic and had an extensive knowledge of the menu. I feel like my party was closing the place down between dinner and bar scene, but we did not feel any pressure to leave the restaraunt."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We chose acre 121 initially because it had an extremely attractive bottomless brunch option, for which you could choose regular orange, grapefruit, cranberry or pineapple mimosas. we went with a group of 5 so we each just got a flavor then mixed and matched. Though the drinks brought us there, the eggs chesapeake and low country benedict got it 5 stars from me. The crab in the eggs chesapeake was phenomenal and I always love pork belly, which was the star ingredient in the low country benedict. Our server was also fantastic, energetic and helpful. An excellent experience I will probably be repeating."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We came for the bottomless mimosas and they did not disappoint. The food was plain but good and the portions were sizable. The real highlight was the mimosas that our waitress kept bringing before we'd even finished the last carafe. The availability of juice flavors other than orange was a welcome change. Overall a great experience and a good deal for the price."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The service and food was good. I thought it was a lot nicer, more of a 4/5 start restaurant due to the price. The food was really good, just a bit over with the price. The overall experience was really good, however not good ambiance for kids."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food was way over priced for what we got. Nothing too special! the grilled tofu was something I could easily make at home. The Bar-b-que sauce that came with it was way too watery. The fried pickles were nothing special. We liked the outdoor seating. Not too crowded. The bar next door was much busier. The food is overpriced for what you get."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We have been here before for brunch for two. This time we tried 12. It was harder to be managed. The waiter was a bit scared of the size and didn't take care of us instantly. Maybe he was scared and stayed away? We had to rush later to be ready for our next commitment. Also they apparently "just added the steak" so we weren't allowed to order it. Last time we went, the HAD steak on there and we DID order it. Maybe just not for groups? This SHOULD not happen and if you change the menu the day before, it should still have ALL items included (or add $1 for "fancy things"). I told everyone in advance about the amazing steak and people were totally looking forward to it- Bummer! All in all food was great but drinks could have been more quickly."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I love pretty much everything about Acre121. The location, food, atmosphere, service and bottomless mimosas in different flavors. The only criticism is the food takes a little long to come out. But if you're enjoying great conversation with family or friends, you hardly notice."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had brunch. The service and environment were great. Very cool vibe, nice outdoor patio, expansive bar. But our group was disappointed with our meals. The pulled pork BBQ sandwich had overly sweet, chunky meat. The chicken biscuit was surprisingly bland. The biscuits with gravy were heavy, under-portioned, and light on the sausage. The home fries were bland and smushy. And the "seasonal fruit" was all melon. Overall, the ambiance made up for a lot, but next time we'll be going for a drink at the bar instead of a meal."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We came in with a very large (18ppl) and, admittedly, rambunctious group for brunch on Saturday. They were excellent. The chef worked with one guest with a food allergy to make a dish that would work for her. The food was all very good and everybody left fat and happy. The server, Chris, did an excellent job of keeping everybody fed and carafes of mimosas flowing. The manager was also very nice and helpful when we were checking out. As an added bonus, she comped my husband's soft drink because he does not drink alcohol (he gets so happy when establishments do this!). Thank you, Acre 121! We will not hesitate to make a reservation here the next time we have a large group for brunch!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We came for dinner and had a ball! The patio was open and not too crowded. The server advised of us late night happy hour that was starting shortly. We ordered and had a ball. The music on Sunday was GREAT!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Brunch at Acre 121 is always a great experience. Morgan our server was delightful and very attentive to our needs. The Chesapeake Benedict and the bottomless mimosas really are a great combo. Perfect place to people-watch too with the hustle & bustle of the Mount Pleasant neighborhood."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We reserved a table outside for brunch. It was close to the live music, but the music wasn't so loud that we couldn't hear each other, so that was good. Our server was really nice and kept the bottomless mimosas flowing. My friends ordered the chicken and waffles and seemed to like them a lot. I was a bit frustrated that they wouldn't do an egg white omelet even though they have eggs any style on the menu. Just seemed like they didn't want to accommodate that request, which was annoying. If it had been really busy, I'd have understood, but it wasn't. One of my friends also had to get up and ask for condiments because the server didn't bring them out when we asked. Little things, yes, but they take away from the overall experience. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "After enjoying the WONDERFUL food I gave this restaurant a poor score based entirely on the service. My guest and I arrived at 630pm on a Saturday. I observed that only one server was covering the entire restaurant. Not surprising that our order came out incorrectly, and the only beer I ordered came to the table 30 minutes after I ordered it. When I offered my thoughts to the manager she said " what are you going to do, you can have one person make a $100 or 5 people make $20", her answer as to why only one server was staffed. I pointed out that Yelp and OT reviewers panned her restaurant for its service she said "I don't put much stock in those reviews". I asked what she did put stock in, she said "we are more of a brunch place". Shameful."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Was excited to try out this BBQ place in DC, but was disappointed. I ordered a meat platter which consisted of two slices of nearly inedible beef brisket, and about a cup of pulled pork that was cold when I took the first bite. The brisket was so chewy, I could barely finish one piece. They took the plate back and brought out a new one with the pork hot, but the brisket just as bad as the first go around. I did enjoy the Southern greens with pork and the cheddar grits as my sides, but the entree was weak! Too bad as the service, ambiance, and location are very nice."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "We waited for 45-60 minutes for our food which was terrible. I had the eggs benedict and it wasn't cooked correctly the eggs werent even running. Waiter never came back to ask us if we need anything else or how the food was. It took almost 15 minutes for him to ask my husband if he wanted more water. The quickest service we received was when we asked for the check. I will not recommend or go again."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "I had high hopes for this restaurant after reading other reviews and looking at the menu online. However, the service was bad: it took 10 minutes after seating for anyone to offer water. In addition, after taking our order, our waitress never checked on us. It took another 5-10 minutes after finishing our meal to find someone to bring the check. The food itself was okay, but nothing special. Nothing to recommend making any effort to go back to this restaurant. The pricing is also confusing; there are 2 prices for the mimosas. I ordered 1 carafe to share with a friend. I was told the higher price was for the carafe. On the bill, I was charged for 2 carafes. I was told this was the per person price for the "unlimited" mimosa option. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "I really enjoyed brunch here on Easter Sunday. The restaurant is conveniently located (steps from metro) in Columbia Heights. I'm guessing this place is either relatively new or a hidden gem because it was relatively easy to get a last-minute reservation on Easter Sunday; yet the food was fabulous! There was a nice, diverse crowd -- steady business, fantastic food, and great staff! And it was comfortable. I'll definitely be back sometime to try the dinner and catch one of the live music acts one evening!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "This is my second time going to ACRE 121 for Brunch and both times were so great. I will be returning more and more as the weather continues to pick up!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I had a reservation yet upon arriving, my friends and I waited at the bar for no less than half an hour to be seated with little to no explanation as to the delay. When I went up to the hostess to ask why we did not yet have a table, she gestured to a large group seated at the table they had planned to give to us and explained that they had been there for more than three hours and had already paid. Now I get that it's difficult to get a large party moving (especially for brunch). But either politely suggest to the group that they may remain at the bar or find somewhere else for us to sit. Once seated, getting our orders in, the food, our check, etc. all took entirely too long and required constant prompting. Won't be returning."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The food was decent but could've been better. The BBQ was good but the sides could've been much better. However, the root beer float was great. I didn't stay for the live music but I hear it's good. I would try this place again."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I'm surprised to find a place where I(vegan) and my husband could have comfort food together. I ordered grilled tofu with sweet potato hash and roased cauliflower. My husband ordered a pulled pork sandwich with the sweet cornbread and hushpuppies. Our service was great. Due to a miscommunication, my order came out with ribs.I ordered tofu ribs, which was translated as tofu and ribs. **They do NOT serve tofu ribs, so just say tofu.** After explaining to my server that I was vegan and did not want the ribs, he graciously offered to remove the items in front of me. My husband ended up taking the ribs (we were paying for them and didn't want to waste food).The waiter brought out another plate of tofu.My husband loved the hush puppies!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "My friends and I stopped in on Sunday and really enjoyed the regular brunch menu and the variety of Mardi Gras specials, including the Cajun Crab Bennedict and the Beignets. Their options for Bloody Mary's and Mimosas are great as well!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "The food is creatively delicious...as is server Charles."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Great ambiance. Went for an impromptu date night and purchased as a Gilt deal but will definitely be returning for brunch or one of their theme nights. Convenient location Target parking was directly across the street and cheap. Over all great experience, food was great, drinks were great, dessert even more amazing. Purchased as a Gilt deal but will definitely be returning for brunch or one of their theme nights. Friendly staff and hands on manager ensuring everything is up to par."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Outstanding Ribs! Very Hot! Very Tender! Only negative....they needs better sides."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I ordered the full rack of ribs, onion rings and mac n' cheese. My wife had beef brisket, greens and mac n' cheese. Let's start with, it took an unusual amount of time to get our meal. When the food came, it was served in 3 visits to table (didn't have a tray). The ribs where 35% fat!The ribs were delicious because of the dry rub, I couldn't deal with picking around the fat. My wife brisket was essentially a hockey puck! The onion rings were greasy and funny tasting (old grease). The other side dishes were good with the exception that they were not hot. This something we could have told the server had she been more attentive. One shining star of the meal was, Apple Pie Parfait. The food is tasty they need to get kinks out!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I went to Acre 121 with a friend for an early New Year's Eve dinner. The entrees were well presented and flavorful, but the dessert left a lot to be desired. I ordered the apple crisp which bore no resemblance to an apple crisp - other than the fact that it contained apples. It was more like a bread and butter pudding with apples in it. Heavy and gelatinous in texture and not very appealing. I took a few bites and left it on the plate. I let the waiter know, but obviously he didn't pay me much heed as I was still charged for it. I have a sweet tooth, so will probably not be in too much of a hurry to return."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Had an early NYE dinner. Our waiter was Josh- Awesome, but the food wasn't seasoned enough for me. I got the BBQ chicken platter with mac and cheese and roasted cauliflower. The Cauliflower was the best part and had the most flavor. Would only recommend due to the beer and drinks and the fact they have pecan pie (which I skipped)."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "With 4 types of mimosas and good southern-type cuisine, this is a great spot for a boozy brunch with a group of people. Some sundays have live music. The service was prompt and attentive, the food was good and it wasnt too noisy. Its conveniently located next to the Columbia Heights metro stop too."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "Food would have been better if it was not COLD! I had to take it home because it was to cold....but after heating the food it was awesome!!!"
    Dined on 11/22/2013