Capitol City Brewing Company - Downtown
Capitol City Brewing Company - Downtown

Capitol City Brewing Company - Downtown

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.capcitybrew.com/
  • Phone: 2026282222
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Douglas Cruz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Large Screen Flat TV's showing your favorite sports teams.
  • Special Events: Plan your special events: Please contact Matt Clarendon 202-628-2222.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: H & 11th
  • Public Transit: The Metro is in walking distance of Capitol City Brewing Company! Metro Center is the closest metro stop to us and its only 2 blocks away.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public Lot - Entrance off 12th Street. (Corner of 12th and H St)
A word from Capitol City Brewing Company - Downtown
Capitol City Brewing Co. opened its doors in 1992 as the first brew pub in our nation's capitol since prohibition, thus giving its citizens and its many visitors the freedom to enjoy some of the finest hand-crafted beer in the country. On the front of our menu is the symbol of freedom, the Lady Liberty, a statue found atop our namesake, the United States Capitol. Nestled in the heart of Washington's rejuvenated downtown, this location has become a local landmark for celebrating great beer and food with family and friends. We have always taken great pride in our beer so come in and enjoy a cold pint of our very best and match it to one of the many menu selections tailored to the brews we serve.
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Capitol City Brewing Company - Downtown reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelEnergetic
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (24)good for groups (22)kid-friendly (13)vibrant bar scene (10)neighborhood gem (7)fit for foodies (6)hot spot (6)late-night find (3)great for brunch (3)special occasion (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Delicious
    TheMitten
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    One of my favorite DC spots and have been here many times! Great beers, great food, great place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    Dissatisfied
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Reese our waitress was great. Food was pretty good and put me in the mindset of miller ale house in PA.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Beer
    Dcb700
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The food was excellent only out done by the delicious beer. All brewed in-house so quality and taste were very high. Wait staff did well not much above average however. The hostess left a lot to be desired looking the other way when we pointed out that the table was rocking and lop-sided. Fortunately that was remedied with a napkin by ourselves.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I celebrated my birthday at this restaurant and I had a great time! We had a party of about 10 people so they gave us seating upstairs which was better for us because the first floor was really noisy (but this would probably be great for families with loud children.. Blends the noise right in). The food... Was fantastic! Had the jambalaya and my husband had the capital brewer burger and they were both delicious! They had plenty of comfort foods but also a wide variety of food to please our very diverse group :) overall I liked everything! Will plan more dinner events here!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for groups
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Had a group of 12 and received great service. Plenty of space for large groups. Brews beer on site.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediocre
    RWFavoriteVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Mediocre in every sense. Notwithstanding, it will always have decent business, due to its name, location, and the tourists who don't know any better. This is now my second time trying it for lunch. Both times, the food, service, and ambience left a lot to be desired. Not the worst, but there are dozens of other nearby restaurants in the same price point that are much better.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great brew, good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Their custom beers are great. The food was good, too...nothing to write home about, but good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authenticity At It's Best
    Sharid
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Capitol City Brewing Comp was great! Food was really well cooked, the atmosphere for a weekend was very chill and the staff was knowledgable. There were lots of exciting menu options and the homemade brews were even better. Will return soon!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wasted beauty
    Onlygoodfood
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The restaurant has a beautiful interior. We made reservations in advance for brunch and were disappointed by the limited options and when the meal arrived, the food was bland and of questionable texture. Our server was indifferent. It served as the explanation for the lack of customers dining mid morning on a Sunday. One redeeming quality was the well brewed coffee.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unhappyclient
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    the waiter was too slow and keep forgetting my orders. I had to constantly remind her of my order in order to get what I had asked for.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing Food and Service
    Drbking
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The beer and the calamari and hummus appetizers were quite good, although calamari sauce should go beyond marinara. But 4 of us had burgers and we agreed the burger tasted like a frozen patty. Very little flavor. We ordered 3 appetizers after telling staff of an onion allergy. 20 minutes later, one was missing because it did contain onions. Why bring the other food without offering us the chance to order another appetizer? Bigger problem. The burgers are served with lettuce, tomato, pickle, and, in this case, hidden onion. 2 of us were unable to eat our meals. Allergic is not the same as "I don't like it so please don't serve it to me". The server apologized, but that was it. They even tried to charge us for the appetizer they didn't serve
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Efficient and very accommodating.
    ZeeeeM301
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The servers and host knew we were there for a special occasions so they were very attentive to the mother to be. Pretzels were delis!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre Food and Service
    dclonghorn512
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    After we sat down, we did not see our server for about 10 minutes. After we had ordered, the food came quickly, but was mediocre at best. My crab cake sandwich was so intensely salty that I was unable to finish it. Upsides: the drinks were good, our server was friendly, and it was convenient that they take reservations on busy Friday evenings. But I wouldn't rush to go back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 260 reviews are from the Capitol City Brewing Company - Downtown reviews archive.
  • Good beer, good casual dinner out.
    JMVO
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    We were meeting up with friends that we hadn't seen in years and chose Capital City as we'd all been here before and it was close to halfway. The beer and food were good, as was the service. The only real problem is we were wanting to catch up and the noise levels made that a bit more challenging. Would still go back, but just with a smaller group.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh.
    mensan98th
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We chose Capitol City Brewing because of its proximity to the Post Hunt (it was an easier walk than a number of other places). Our server was very good, but the food was only so-so. Not worth going again, and if there were other options available, I'm sure I wouldn't pick it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good times, Good food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My family and another family enjoyed a great dining experience at CCBC. The atmosphere was great for adults & children. The food selection was good and our food arrived in a timely manner. My only complaint would be that we didn't have enough time to enjoy our appetizers before our entrees arrived...need better timing of courses.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good times
    luv2eatout
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The food was great and the service was excellent. The location is awesome. My only comment (and it isn't a complaint) is that it is VERY loud in this restaurant. Just don't plan to go there and carry on a conversation with someone across the table without having to raise your voice.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good casual dining
    jared
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Food was good, although the service was a little slow.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unlimited Mimosas
    TamieLVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I choose this location for my post-graduation brunch celebration; specifically due to the unlimited mimosas and blood marys. The service was prompt and attentive. The food was pretty standard brunch fair at a decent price. If I lived in DC I would def frequent here for weekend brunch or to watch a sports game in the evening and have a beer.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Beer and food
    FoodIsGood
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great selections of specialty brews and very good American Fare.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Team Lunch
    DCRegular
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Had a group of 12 for a business lunch and the food was excellent, the service was quick and friendly, and everyone enjoyed the meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easy, flexible
    Bywayz
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Good for groups of 4-20. Diverse menu -- salads, sandwiches and burgers. Enjoy the free pretzel app with sauce.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasteful
    Friendly2dine
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The atmosphere, service and food was good. Good relaxed casual setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day
    2014CelebratingMothersDay
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Celebrating Mother's Day with my mom and sister at the Capital City Brewing was such a great treat for use. We was able bond as mothers and daughters. Our waitress was very pleasant and helpful. We had made reservations so we were seated right away. We came at the right time because it wasn't crowded. We were served our meal in a timely manner since we had to go to a 3:00 p.m. show afterwards. It was a great day for us and a blessing to spend that time together.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food at good price
    Jenni694
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We had good food, great service at a good price. Pleasant Atmosphere bar and grill type restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy Hour Surprise
    ChristieBHicks
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised when we got the check for 4 people having drinks and appetizers at Happy Hour. Very inexpensive, and really good beer too! We will definitely go back again. Glad we used Open Table. The place was packed, but we were ushered straight to our table. Happy Hour.....makes for a happy start to the weekend.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor quality food
    Keith
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The food at Capitol City Brewing Company was clearly an afterthought; mediocre would be more than they deserve. Barely edible.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Serivce
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Our group of eight was handled in a superb manner. The service was great from the time we walked in until the time we left.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service and good food
    DJRR2014
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    This was my second visit in a year to the Capital City Brewery. I love the decor and the pretzels in lieu of a bread basket. Our server Kem was outstanding - very informative, attentive and entertaining. I chose the crab cake which was a bit salty but very good in filling, texture and overall seasoning. The place was jumping but not out of control. The prices are comparable to other lunch spots in the area. The fact that a black stretch limo pulled up while we were there means that everyone of all economic standing feel comfortable at the Capital City Brewery. I will return in a few weeks to try more of the great menu.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • More than beers here
    DewRag
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    If you think they're all about the beer, you'd only be half right. Beers are pretty terrific, but the food is equally good, with a good variety of offerings and price points. Apps are also good and diverse, so there is truly something for everyone... kids too. Totally recommend Capital City when you're in DC
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Large Group w/kids
    BarbC
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Service here was great (can't say the same for many other places we tried out)! Tables for 11 of us (7 kids, 4 adults) was ready & waiting when we arrived. Waitress was very attentive. Food was great. Highly recommend using Open Table for a big group in Wash., DC as many other families at our hotel were complaining that they couldn't find any open restaurants during Spring Break week
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Service, Good Food
    funkbunny
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We recently took my husband's parents to a late-afternoon meal after a day of sightseeing in DC. Our waiter was very friendly, attentive without being annoying, and got our complicated order to us correctly (there were seven of us and he didn't write anything down). The pretzels were flowing, drinks were refilled as soon as finished, and the food came out promptly. My in-laws were very impressed with the service. Capitol City will continue to be our go-to spot for a good meal and beverages when we are in DC.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lively and fun!
    Moonwidow
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Service was excellent, food and beverages good! Fun place to meet up and share good times.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pretty Good Eats
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    We came in around noon after seeing the cherry blossoms and found that it wasn't all that crowded. We were seated pretty quickly and had a high chair for the child that was with us (4 adults 1 child) We did have to leave the stroller near the front with the staff, which was fine for us but maybe not for other people. We enjoyed that instead of bread for a premeal snack we received pretzels and dip for it! It was very fresh tasting and was a nice change. Our food came out quickly and was to order. The only thing we think could be improved on was the drink service was a little slow. We will definitely return for a later meal and perhaps a few more drinks!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place, get a reservation!
    RandyfromRochester
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Good food, quite busy. Our waiter disappeared for a bit, but other than that, no complaints. Cherry Wheat beer, which we were told was sweet was actually quite. bland. Everything else was great, but definitely get a reservation before you go or you will wait a while.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    We met up with some friends from out of town and we had a group of 9. They accommodated us with a great table and did not push us out the door as soon as we were done eating. We started with some appetizers, and the hummus was delicious! Two of the boys had ribs and they were so tender they basically fell off the bone. We all had clean plates when the evening was over, so we must have all enjoyed our meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DC Delicious
    HDuo
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    With a large menu full of choices raning from pasta dishes to an awesome cubano sandwich you can please any taste buds if you choose Capital City Brewing. The beer selection is also noteable. Surely kid friendly which is a bonus after trying to inspire and educate them all day sight seeing. Team members were friendly and attentive. We had an enjoyable positive experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday night live
    mumzy
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Enjoyed the food and fun atmosphere. Waiter was very attentive even though you all were so busy - a Saturday night. It was very loud - probably for the younger crowd.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't bother!!
    DBrown
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Was looking for a place to watch the final four games with my adult children. They are a brewing company, but were out of there own beer at 8 PM. Also some food item were already out! We ordered two appetizers, and after 40 minutes, we received entrees. Then 10 minutes later they brought the appetizers. The wait staff was running around filling waters, yet no one had beer or food. At least 5 staff hung out at the front desk. No one appeared to be assisting the wait staff. No one offered to comp our appetizers, we had to ask. Really long wait times for boring food, and no beer selection!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loud and lively
    Plum
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    High points: house-made potato chips and good beer (Sakura cherry wheat). Very obliging staff and good pub fare. I'd go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.