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Birch and Barley
Birch and Barley

Birch and Barley Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.birchandbarley.com
  • Phone: (202) 567-2576
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Thursday: 5:30pm-10:00pm
    Friday-Saturday: 5:30pm-11:00pm
    Sunday All Day Brunch: 11:00am-8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Kyle Bailey
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact for more information.

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Birch and Barley
If you are unable to book a reservation through open table please feel free to join us at one of our non-reservation tables. We hold several tables for walk in guests, including all seating on our patio, weather permitting. Please be advised that we serve an All-Day Brunch Menu on Sundays through 8:00pm, with a couple supplemental dinner items offered after 5:00pm. Our normal bread service, dessert menu and Chef's Tasting Menu are not available at this time. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We came from out of town and tried to research good casual dining for our anniversary. We got the worst table (right next to the host stand) which made conversation awkward. No lighting, awkward and uncomfortable all around. Our server was good but she was the only decent staff. And she seemed confused that we came just for the food (we don't drink). We left feeling miserable even though the food tasted good (even though it was too dark to see what we were eating)."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "I just had my third meal at Birch and Barley and it almost seems to surpass itself each time. It's such a well rounded experience -- interesting, innovative and seasonally fresh food, and servers with encyclopedic knowledge of what they're serving you, including the beer. The amount of thought that obviously goes into each detail (for example, the beer pairings for their extensive restaurant week menu) is truly impressive."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Best food I've had in dc! Only complaint was it was a little dark, but otherwise amazing"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I've dined here a few times and was disappointed with restaurant week. The scallops were bland and rather unappetizing. The fish wasn't tasty. I also couldn't see what I was eating outside, there needs to be some light. Our server was also somewhat unconcerned, not friendly at all. I love Birch & Barley but think may have been my last visit."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I loved each part of the evening, but I have to say that the service was notably great. I expected great food, but the kindness of our server and every member of the staff we encountered was top notch."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Dining at Birch and Barley sets the bar for a food experience in DC. Everything was on par, from the servers' explanations of the food and beer pairings, the timeliness of the service, and the excellent quality of the dishes. We went for Restaurant Week and were pleased with the amount of choices we had and the appropriate portion size of each course. This is my special occasion spot - it really feels like a treat to dine here!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our evening at Birch and Barley during Restaurant week. The offerings were diverse and we could not resist the beer pairings option. The wait staff know their stuff, and were very responsive to our needs dining with a 4 year old. The octopus appetiser was 'the best I've ever eaten' according to my husband. My duck entree was very well balanced with the dark beer pairing (something I would never choose if left to my own devices). We had the cheese platter and confections for dessert. Do not miss the caramel corn ice-cream - it is swoon-worthy! The internal setting is a little dark but with all other aspects of the experience being so good this definitely wouldn't deter us from a return trip."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I took my boyfriend here for his birthday and we had a fabulous time. The service was great, and our waiter was extremely friendly and helpful but not overbearing. He paired a great beer for my boyfriend's meal! The food was absolutely delicious and the atmosphere was upbeat. It was dark but it fit the style of the restaurant. We enjoyed a small taste of an appetizer on the house and their bread plate (also brought out on the house) was awesome. A great date place or small group place for dinner! Prizes were reasonable especially considering the excellent service and quality of the food! I highly recommend!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "This locavore restaurant has a very meat-centric menu with great flavors, side veggies, cheese, and breads were great. Most items were warm and on the comfort food side of the palate, well suited to winter fare, but good for summer too. Terrific beer selection. The wine options weren't extensive, but provided nice variety and were well suited to the menu options. The service was excellent - efficient, attentive, and unobtrusive. Very pleasant evening."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The menu was very interesting & appealing. Food was fabulous & service was superb"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Fresh ingredients, prepared exceptionally and really amazing quality and variety of beers. I will certainly come back and recommend that everyone visit. Price was not cheap about $130 for two people with apps, entree, desert and two beers each, but certainly reasonable considering the high quality and perfectly sized portions. I will be back."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Brunch was delicious and I would definitely go back there again! The only comment I had was I felt that restaurant was a bit dark in lighting indoors for weekend brunch"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Came for Sunday brunch -- Very loud, very dark unless you are seated in the back by the kitchen or outside. Food is great, brunch deal is worth doing. Have also been for dinner and feel the ambiance is better suited to late dinner and drinks."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Birch and Barley can always be counted on to deliver first-rate cuisine; however, their service is also impeccable. They were incredibly patient with our many dietary restrictions, and when someone in the kitchen made a small error, they went above and beyond to remedy the situation."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The depth and layers of flavors in each dish is amazing. Craft beer snobs, you'll love this place."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Took three lady friends out for dinner They loved it! So did I"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I saw Birch & Barley listed by Food and Wine as a best brunch in DC. We both had the boozy brunch. The rum punch was refreshing, the duck eggs (scrambled with hash browns) would have been a sufficient breakfast on its own, but we had it as a side to bing cherry french toast and chicken and waffles. took the donuts home as the food coma prevented us from eating any more. The only disappointment was the wait staff kept forgetting we'd signed up for the boozy brunch, so we had to keep reminding them what came next. I'll definitely visit again next time I'm in DC."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The "Boozy Brunch" deal ($30 each) cannot be beat. Donuts, Tea or Coffee, TWO cocktails and one of over a dozen amazing looking entrees. We were happy (and stuffed). Loved the ambiance, we got seated earlier than our reservation time and had fantastic service!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Was it the room so dark we couldn't read the menu? Or the tasteless food? Or the duck ordered medium rare that came well done and cold? Or the cold pork? Or the likelihood both had been cooked long before ordered? Maybe it was host asking a couple sitting next to each other to leave. We finished, tipped (20% staff needs to live), and went across town for cheese and dessert. To Bernaise. Where they get it right."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I have long been a fan of Birch & Barley, so I'm hoping that this review is the exception to my general impression of an excellent & friendly neighborhood restaurant. The Meal: my soft-shell crabs were over-battered & soggy, the asparagus salad should more aptly be described at "frissee salad with a few asparagus shavings." The Service: The WORST! The waitress never came by to ask how the meal was so I had to flag her down to let her know the crabs were sub-par. The asparagus salad had only 3 thinly shaved slices of asparagus so I sent it back but the server tried to charge me for it anyway. The manager was appropriately apologetic. The Ambiance: We sat outdoors on an atypically beautiful summer evening -- it was delightful!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Had a great first visit. The chef sent out some dishes to try when the server found out I was a chef. It was a really great time and I will definitely bring friends and family. The restaurant does get very dark and difficult to read the menu."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The food was amazing, beer list (Church Key) is expansive, almost daunting but the waiter knew his stuff and walked my group through it. It's a little pricey but well worth the ocassional visit and I'll go back."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We went with the six course tasting menu and it was so good! Started off with complimentary risotto balls. Didn't love all of the beer pairings but the food was absolutely delicious. I would highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I look forward to returning and having dinner outside!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Birch & Barley is a great combination of an amazing beer menu and great food! I am not a beer drinker but enjoyed their wine list. Our server was terrific, giving great care to my dairy allergy, being extremely knowledgeable about each dish and gave excellent recommendations! We live in this vibrant neighborhood and will be back again!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The octopus appetizer was amazing and the waiter described it so well that most of us ordered it. The desserts are amazing, they have one of the best desserts chefs!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I made a reservation at this location because it had a notable beer list and my bf looooves beer. Well, let me say that the beer list is quite long, but since I'm not a huge beer fan, I opted for wine. The food is another thing. I was NOT impressed at all. Not sure if it's a DC thing to make all things "organic" or "free-range whatever", but really I couldn't figure out half of the menu. I don't care for all the fancy wording or fancy chickens (none of which they had) but just give me real food. I saw our neighbor's plates, and the amount of food is quite minimal. We had a few beers and a flat bread appetizer and left to go eat somewhere else."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This was our second time eating here and this time we opted for the sampler menu. All the items were delicious and the proportions were great for both of us - and as before, the wait staff was wonderful. Attentive but not intrusive and knowledgeable about the food and beer items on the menus."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Been many times and gotten the tasting menu which had delicious food with beer pairings that were excellent but this time the tasting menu was medicare and the pairings did not go. (liked the beers but the didnt go with the food well) It was quite a disappointment. Would have to try one more time before I write it off."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "After reading other reviews --- excited to go hear. But the food was mediocre and a bit overpriced. This is a fancy upscale beer location. So if you like trying different beers this is the place to go --- For dinner, not so much…."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We had a beer upstairs at Church Key and went downstairs for dinner at Birch and Barley. Both have impressive beer menus and we had stuff we had never seen on tap (and we are beer snobs). Flat bread for an appetizer which was nice to pair with the beer. Server seemed new and didn't know the menu very well but was pleasant and attentive. It was an early evening on Tuesday so probably a good time to get the new help trained. Main courses were a pasta with pistachio pesto, pork loin and trout. All were good although the portions were small. Trout dish had a surprising lack of actual protein on it but the taste was there. Small pour (available for all beers) of another unique beer for dessert. Overall good experience and we will be back."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Went for a later dinner and the restaurant was still very busy. Our server provided us extra beer pairings with our dishes, which was unexpected but much appreciated - especially since she did an excellent job with the pairings. We were quite full of food and liquor when we left. The chef even sent out an extra complimentary dish for us to enjoy. We were treated very well and will tell everyone to go to Birch and Barley. Excellent food, drinks, and service!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food was expensive but excellent but the service was truly outstanding! I have a couple of food allergies and the staff was knowledgeable and so helpful. What a wonderful dining experience and we will certainly come back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Huge selection of draft beers. Comfortable pleasant ambiance. Wonderful service from friendly knowledgeable servers. But the food is their crowm jewel."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Great menu. For anyone who likes grits, come here and order them as a side--they are the best grits I've had. The beer choices are extraordinary, and the cookie dessert plate was delicious."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We went excited about the beer selection and appetizing menu. However, the food was just bland and not good. Totally not worth the money. My pork and sausage dish tasted like it had been reheated, plus it was a really small portion size. I wouldn't have minded that it is was amazing. I tried the other dishes in our party and everyone agreed it was nothing spectacular. Just another bland DC restaurant. Only thing they got going was the beer list. Eat somewhere else and drink beer there."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "parking difficult; they should offer valet beer selection great"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "What a wonderful quirky restaurant! The food was great, even for my husband who isn't always thrilled by "new" things. The server was well versed on the menu and wine/beer pairings. Just lovely!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I consider myself someone who does not choose restaurants by here-say. I search out exquisite menu's. Birch and Barley is on the list of restaurants that has a menu of gold."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I brought my boyfriend here for his birthday. He is much more a beer connoisseur than I, but we both enjoyed ourselves with the tasting menu and beer pairing. The place isn't quiet, but 2 or 4 can carry on a conversation easily. Give yourself plenty of time if you choose the tasting!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014