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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
  • Email: Info@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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "We were looking for a place with BBQ as a main menu staple, and the food here was terrific. We went on a Monday at 7 so it was empty when we arrived and only filled to maybe a third of capacity. We ate right at the bar, had a great bartender/server, food came quickly, and there was a nice beer selection. There are trivia nights and live music on other nights of the week, will definitely go back to see what it's like with a little more activity."
    Dined on 11/18/2013
  • "It was very apparent that they were short-staffed in the kitchen & on the floor. We waited FOREVER for our food to come out & when it did, it was cold & incorrect. I ordered a chicken "biscuit" that was served on an english muffin. My friend & I had home fries with our meal and neither of us got them. When we did, they were ice cold and had to send them back. Instead of bringing us fresh home fries, it was obvious that she zapped the old ones in a microwave. Also, my friend had to ask for syrup SEVERAL times for his waffle sandwich because the server would never bring him as much as he asked for. She was unnecessarily stingy with the condiments. This experience was surprising and EXTRA disappointing. It will be a while before I visit again."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "Nice venue music. The stage area isn't a fit in, the place was designed around the stage. Food was simply bad. Not sure what the pulled pork had for sauce, way too sweet and kind of a nasty after taste. The cornbread was cold as though it just out of the 'fridge. and who ever heard of mushrooms in shrimp and grits??? The place itself was very cold too, must not have any heat. We shivered through dinner. Discovered on the way out that it was actually warmer in the porch bar with overhead heaters. Service was slow; the server was just plain rude with a totally inappropriate comment about one of the drink orders. We came to see "The Keens," great band by the way. If not for the band, we would have walked out during the drink order."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Taken for what it is, this is an excellent location for a few beers or glasses of wine with friends. This is not high-class food, no fancy silverware. But excellent salads that are big enough for a meal, and wonderful sandwiches. My favorite was the pulled pork. Neighbors who got the BBQ ribs also were thrilled with their meals. The choice of many sides was fun, and the mashed potatoes and cornbread rose to the top as sure winners. For dessert, be sure to enjoy the peanut butter pie!"
    Dined on 7/27/2013
  • "Everything we tried was delicious! Can't beat bottomless mimosas in a location so close to a metro stop!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "The food here is great (change of chef did them very well), but service was slow and off. It took 20 minutes to get drinks and they were out of clean coffee mugs and coffee for half of our meal. The food came out over 15 minutes, which left some folks without food ans we kept having to remind them what was missing."
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "I've been to Acre 121 many times. They've changed their menu - my friends and I think for the worst. First of all, they no longer have iced tea. At a southern restaurant, no iced tea. Second, they've gotten rid of the bloody bar at brunch. Lastly, the menu has changed. Some of the food is the same. Some is different. I got a new menu item (Kentucky hot brown) - it wasn't that great."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Acre 121 attempts BBQ in a setting like Columbia Heights. Sauces could be spicier and thicker but the meat is cooked well and is tasty. Chicken orders appear to include dark meat only. What is it with Maryland/DC restaurants skimping on the white meat? The sides are great and can make a meal of those alone. Two fire trucks and three ambulances in one hour make for a noisy dining experience on the open air patio but the people watching is grand."
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "I've been wanting to try out Acre21 for a long-time. My focus was on the BBQ. I ordered the Brisket Sandwich with Cheese Grits. For $16, both servings were small. The brisket had a lot of gristle and fat. It was like chewing gum. The grits were nothing to write home about especially since the were room temperature as it arrived to the table. My friend had an unforgettable experience but not in a good way. His Mac & Cheese was similar to what you make from Kraft White Cheese Mac outta the box for $1. I was told the food was off because they were adjusting to the new menu. Maybe they should have displayed a sign out front before welcoming you to dine in."
    Dined on 10/11/2013