Birch and Barley
Birch and Barley

Birch and Barley

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.birchandbarley.com/
  • Phone: 2025672576
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Birch and Barley reviews from OpenTable diners
196 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (131)great for brunch (69)neighborhood gem (67)special occasion (61)hot spot (53)romantic (50)vibrant bar scene (40)great for outdoor dining (34)good for groups (26)notable wine list (18)great for lunch (15)late-night find (12)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Best Brunch in DC
    mjp396
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Amazing brunch menu. Who would have thought fried chicken and maple syrup would work - it does! Great brunch cocktails as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pixie1
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The flavors and presentation were outstanding. We shared a salad (marinated radish, which was rather small for the price) a flatbread (eggplant and tomato-excellent), and then the burger and pork loin-both excellent. Also loved the dinner rolls.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, great brunch
    561TLV
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We had their brunch deal and it was excellent food and a great all around deal including coffee and drinks!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and beer in Logan Circle
    FoodieLawyer
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Birch and Barley is one of my favorite restaurants in any city I've lived in. Not only does the restaurant offer an impressive beer selection extensive enough to satisfy almost anyone, but it also serves delicious, thoughtful food. I'm so happy I found this restaurant! If you're looking just to grab a drink, the attached bar Churchkey is awesome as well, and offers the same extensive drink selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicate combination of flavors
    LMCP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    It was an outstanding evening with great company and a delicate selection of dishes that combined summer flavors. The ingredients complemented each other. The grilled bluefish with a silky yellow-split pea puree, the vegetable and fig risotto, the nice and crispy pan-seared grouper, and a great mussel and cheese flatbread were our main dishes. Our beer selections and later recommendations from our nice and friendly server were right on target. From our host to our server we felt that they wanted us there. I'm glad the competition on 14th street is making easier to find reservation. We had tried the bar, but now without having to wait for hours, we enjoyed this great place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect 30th birthday!
    Serahbeth
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    A group of four of us came to Birch & Barley to celebrate my boyfriend's 30th birthday, and it went perfectly. We all consider ourselves to be adventurous eaters, so in my singular opinion the menu was less concerned with its level of eccentricity, but more so with amazing execution of the presentation, flavor profiles and innovative take on ingredients. The portions were right, the timing was right, and our server was increasingly helpful (and brought out a special dessert for the birthday man). Birch & Barley has a great venue, sources their food responsibly, and is packed with great people. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boozy Brunch - do it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Warm donut holes...mmm...unlimited (and very good) coffee , yummy cocktails (Enter the Dragon will clear your sinuses) and amazing food. I loved this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Dining Experience
    DaveT
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This restaurant has the a total package. Great beer & cocktail list, attentive service, a rustic/modern mood-setting decor, and fantastic food. I ordered the lamb leg & belly and it was cooked to perfection. I didn't want to finish the plate because it was so good. I never take the time to review any place because I usually don't care enough, but my experience here compelled me to do so. Any friends I have in DC will certainly here about this place from me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mind Blowing
    katchin05VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I love this place. The door team was cheery and genuine, and every staff member we passed offered a smile. Our server (who's name I forget - sorry!) was fantastic. He made great recommendations, and was the perfect amount of charming, and funny, without hovering.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun Venue-Amazing Beer Offerings
    samc
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The garage door is a nice touch, although be aware that the setting sun will shine in the eyes of those facing the outside for a short while. Our waiter was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The list and variety of beers are impressive. Complaint: The food is too salty. Even the excellent bread was sprinkled with salt when it didn't need it. I recommend letting the herbs and spices do the talking and keep the salt to a minimum.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the wait
    LovebrunchVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I've waited months to get a brunch reservation at a decent time and it was certainly worth the wait! I highly recommend the sausage egg and cheese breakfast sandwhich and the chicken and waffles
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great special occasion tasting menu
    NightOutVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My husband's a big beer aficionado, so this was the perfect place to hold his birthday dinner. We both ordered the tasting menu, and while I went with the beer pairing for each course (an additional $25, well worth the amount of beer we received), he ordered from the beer list (there's both a double-sided draft beer list and a huge book worth of bottled beers as well.) Though the portions on the tasting menu were very small, they were delicious, and the beers with each one were perfectly selected to bring out the nuances of each dish's flavors. $200 total for our dinner, which was appropriate for a birthday dinner, so we were very pleased!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved It
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Birch and Barley was an unbelievable experience, from the amazing beer list to the exceptionally delicious food. We started with grilled octopus, which improperly prepared can be awful, but their version was absolutely delightful. I tried one of the signature flatbreads as my meal and I would easily have it again. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants delicious food and a great environment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely Delicious.
    dancinart
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Go. Just go. The foie with pistachio wrapped with house-made cherry leather with cherry sauce was UNbelievably fantastic. Even the little breads in the beginning were delish. I wasn't Quite as crazy about my pasta with seafood sausage... maybe it was just not a good choice after the foie. Anyway, you should go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Try it
    tjor413VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Always great. Highly recommend it if you haven't tried it. Amazing beer list, but that's not the only reason to go. The food is great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Salty Food and Inconsiderate Staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Every dish was surprisingly salty. Portions were small. Different server took care of us at every turn, making consistency difficult. Complaints were unheard and after the manager finally did make it to the table he accused us of eating most of the dish before complaining about it. Not the way you handle customer service at what I thought was a top notch restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Foodie-approved
    Gracie615
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great food, good cocktails and an excellent little whiskey list. The server was snarky and maybe even a little ill-mannered, but the rest was just too good to pass up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Although the service was a little off, not usual, it was not terrible. The wait staff dosappeared for a long time between the time that the dishes were removed and the dessert menu arrives. We decided against dessert. But the food and ambiance offset this anomoly for service. I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bummer
    Bnelson
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Never disappoints
    NkssVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Best food I've had in dc! Only complaint was it was a little dark, but otherwise amazing
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LizEVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant week experience!
    KatherineVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dark but delicious
    ksmum125
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a great night here!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening out
    NorskeFar
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gayle
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The menu was very interesting & appealing. Food was fabulous & service was superb
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Farm to table and outstanding beer
    Bill
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chicken and Waffles
    JazzyT
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The chicken and waffles were great as well as the service. The hostess and our waitress were very accommodating and so nice.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Louise
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food, knowledgeable staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The depth and layers of flavors in each dish is amazing. Craft beer snobs, you'll love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The ladies loved it
    SPDMVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Took three lady friends out for dinner They loved it! So did I
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great brunch in DC
    KayeesMom
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Boozy Brunch!
    emmalooney
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Brunch Menu
    baltimorediner
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    You can't go wrong with anything you order here. I ordered the corn beef hash and it was great. Extensive beer menu as well. Service is fast and attentive. Highly recommend making reservations and showing up 10-15 minutes early to try and find a parking spot (if you don't want to spend $20 for a garage).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 175 Disappointing Dollars
    moosefoodVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
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  • bad meal & worse service
    DiscerningDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.