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
202 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (132)neighborhood gem (70)great for brunch (70)special occasion (62)hot spot (56)romantic (52)vibrant bar scene (40)great for outdoor dining (35)good for groups (27)notable wine list (18)great for lunch (15)late-night find (12)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Excellent, excellent food
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 1/19/2010
    Excellent, excellent food at a very reasonable price, with great service and a fun environment.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perhaps the best dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/17/2010
    Perhaps the best dining experience I've had in DC. The food was an absolute treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent service and ambience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/17/2010
    Excellent service and ambience. We were seated promptly for our dinner reservation for restaurant week. Our party of five was offered complimentary appetizers, and we enjoyed the large platter of German style home-made bread which was quite filling. The beer selection was also impressive. Interesting selection of dishes fit for foodies from pork cheeks, sweetbreads to bratwurst burger. The food is quite heavy and rich, which works if you are drinking. The restaurant could add a fresh salad as a side menu to balance the meal. The flatbread appetizer is the best deal in the house.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant tasting menu was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/17/2010
    Restaurant tasting menu was wonderful, great service, and the atmosphere is amazing. Good wine selection for a "beer" place too. We went upstairs for a drink after dinner and the service is not as good but still a nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was interesting and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/16/2010
    The food was interesting and good. The waiter was very knowledgable attentive. The kitchen, however, was too slow in getting out the dishes. We had a three-course Restuarant Week meal, and we didn't get our entrees until 1 hour after putting in our order. We ended up rushing through the entree and the desserts so that we wouldn't be late to the theater. We will try it again.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing food and fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 1/16/2010
    Amazing food and fantastic beer pairings--a definite must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was ok nothing special.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/15/2010
    Food was ok nothing special. My party had to wait 15 mins for our table to sat empty for the entire time we were waiting. Also, the hostess ask who we were many times, and then thought we were someone else, and tried to set us with another party. Food was ok, service was good, and the beer selection was one of the best I have seen. Thought the hostess good improve their service thought it was lacking for the type of food place it was trying to be.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great beer and cider list.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/14/2010
    Great beer and cider list. Went for restaurant week (RW). Breads, rolls & rice balls - outstanding. RW Menu: Appetizers - salad w/french onion dressing (not so good), scallops (only 2), sweetbread(only 1 in a pool of parsnip puree) - overall very average. Entrees: taglialette pasta w/seafood in a lemongrass sauce (not so good), skate w/meager diced itsy bitsy pieces of yukon potatoes(more would be more) and gnocchi w/lamb - ditto. Only dessert worth mentioning was glazed doughnut w/ice cream. Go for the beer and cider menu, breads, bar appetizers (rice balls) and the doughnut.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, great beer, incredibly
    Jessica
    Dined on 1/14/2010
    Good food, great beer, incredibly noisy. Restaurant did a lovely job for Restaurant Week, with an excellent special menu including beer pairings. BUT it is very very very noisy. The main room is much nicer looking than the backroom, but the backroom is somewhat less noisy. Still, highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely outstanding. Dan
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/13/2010
    Absolutely outstanding. Dan was our server and was superb. Do yourself a favor and request him to serve you. Mandy was also helpful. Megan Scott, the manager that evening, was endearing, cute, very welcoming, and gave outstanding attention to the restaurant and our table. Absolutely fantastic service. Great staff. The food was delicious. I had the Plum Flatbread and the Brat Burger. Both were tasty. The burger specifically was very juicy and scrumptous. I also had the chocolate donut for desert. It was not a traditional donut. It was a little too crispy, but still tasty. The beer list is a spectacle in itself and worth a look. GO TO BIRCH & BARLEY NOW! It'll make your day.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had the Restaurant Week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/12/2010
    We had the Restaurant Week menu, but were excited to find that every night they have a Prix Fixe 5-course dinner with a Beer-Pairing supplement. We will definitely try that another time, because the Restaurant menu was fantastic! The service was lovely. The breads before dinner were delicious and we really felt like we were getting the royal treatment when we got tasters of a couple different appetizers as well. The pastry chef is really something, but everything I ate was delish. Dessert was really cute - I had a meyer lemon merengue tart, but the outstanding presence on that plate was the huckleberry sorbet with basil. Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent beer themed restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/9/2010
    Excellent beer themed restaurant in DC - and the country. Food and upstairs bar (Church Key) offer everything a beer lover - and non-beer lover - needs.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • With 50 draft beers, a good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/8/2010
    With 50 draft beers, a good wine list and great food this place is very popular. The best way to go is with a dinner reservation. Otherwise, you will be standing in line outside waiting to get in. Just make a reservation three or four days in advance. We ate there in early January when the temperature in the 20s. There were still 20 or 30 people in line outside. With a reservation, we walked to the front of the line and were let right in for dinner.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/8/2010
    Outstanding food and service and ambiance. Menu is limited, but creative, with options for various types of eaters, and extremely well prepared. Only criticism is they need to do something about the door - if you are near the front when the weather is cold, you fell the blast everytime someone comes in.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I did not expect the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 1/6/2010
    I did not expect the food to be this good! I kind of thought of this place as more of a bar, but I was very impressed with the restaurant. The duck breast was absolutely phenomenal, the octopus appetizer was tender and delicious, teh oplenta appetizer with mushrooms was delightful. And the four different kinds of warm bread they bring out...I could have eaten just that. The only thing I don't recommend is the flatbreads - the crust was a bit flavorless. But overall, I was very impressed and would go back in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Since it was NYE also our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/31/2009
    Since it was NYE also our first trip to Birch and Barley, my boyfriend and I didn't know what to expect. They offered a special five course menu and listed beer pairings from their extensive list of brews. Each course was delicious and came out with the perfect complementing beer. The ambiance was exactly what we were looking for: low key for a romantic evening but a friendly feel overall. The staff was very accommodating to us, even when we didn't expect it. We were initially seated by a group obviously having a great time. Our server (great and knowledgeable) offered to move us to a booth farther away which we took him up on. At midnight, the beer director gave each table a tall glass of beer and toasted each patron. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The beer list along with the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/30/2009
    The beer list along with the beer related knowledge of the staff is impressive and worth the trip (or several trips) for any beer lover. The food at Birch and Barley is good but not great. Certainly not nearly as impressive as the beer. Birch and Barley wouldn't rate too high on my list as a food destination. Nothing terrible, just nothing incredible. I dined with a party of 8 and this opinion seemed to be the consensus over the many different appetizers and entrees we ordered. Stingy portions at non-stingy prices was one common complaint. An example would be the scallop appetizer for about $11. This was literally one scallop. A big one...about the size of a silver dollar...but only one scallop...$11. To top it off the scallop was bland.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The marriage of a good restaurant
    Tjch
    Dined on 12/27/2009
    The marriage of a good restaurant with a beer lover's emporium is unique to say the least. Cocktails (beer) at the upstairs Churchkey and then dinner downstairs at Burch and Barley makes for a different and very fun night out. B&B is a moderately-sized restaurant with very good service and way above average food. The duck and the skate were two of the entrees we tried. Both were well prepared and presented. Skip the wine menu at B&B and stick with the proposed beer matching recommendations for the dinner menu - assuming you haven't been spending too much time at Churchkey beofrehand.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dreadful menu. I will eat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/23/2009
    Dreadful menu. I will eat almost anything and was hard pressed to find something that I wanted to order. Beer choices were interesting.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, service needs
    Dd421VIP
    Dined on 12/18/2009
    Great food, service needs work. Seated by the front of the restaurant. We were celebrating a birthday. The table across from us was a larger party who was also celebrating a birthday. It seems we were "forgotten" many times. I had to ask other members of the staff besides our server to replace our drinks. I let the server know my dining companion was celebrating his birthday, and he told us at the end of the meal that a free dessert was coming out for him, which was very nice. They brought the dessert to the table next to us first with a candle lit on top. When the dessert was brought to us, the candle wasn't lit! I told the hostess about the birthday first and would have appreciated if she didn't make me track down our server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went there for the beer list
    JMKtravelsalotVIP
    Dined on 12/18/2009
    Went there for the beer list and were not disappointed at all. An excellent selection of craft brews from the U.S. and Europe. The information available on the brew list and the ability to order a 4oz or full (10-16oz) pour made it possible to make a dent in the list. Plus, 5 cask offerings on one menu was unique and fun. Wait staff helped greatly navigating the offerings. Food was very good but pricey and the seating was tight, but this is NW D.C., so it was what one would expect. Plan on walking a great distance to this location as there is neither parking nor metro nearby. It is totally worth the walk. I am told that the bar upstairs at ChurchKey is excellent but I missed that on this trip (will not miss the next time)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Attracted initially by the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 12/17/2009
    Attracted initially by the cask ales and the good review in the Washington Post, we were not disappointed. The food is inventive and delicious; the chef is good at blending flavors and including unusual ingredients (like veal cheeks, or combining bacon and sweetness in the French toast dessert). The breads provided to each table were fabulous and offered lots of variety: beer pretzels (the best I've ever had), olive rolls and multigrain bread the night we were there. As a vegetarian, my choices were more limited than most, but I found a good combination of a polenta appetizer and a Brussels sprout side dish that were more than enough, given that I devoured the breads! The desserts were also quite good but more variable than the savories.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My wife and I had a delightful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/15/2009
    My wife and I had a delightful dinner experience. We had the duck breast and the brat burger. The beer menu was a big attraction and draft selections did not disappoint. Thought the prices for cask beer were reasonable.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was a great find. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 12/12/2009
    This was a great find. The beer selection could not be beat! We opted for the chef's tasting menu and beer pairing. The food was extremely well prepared and the beers paired perfectly to the food. Our favorite dish was the Arctic Char Tartare, but we enjoyed each dish. We encountered a few problems - the delivery of the food was well after the beer (4 oz serving) was delivered, so we really had to nurse the beer while we waited for the food. Our meal took a really long time overall, and we had to skip the dessert course of the tasting menu as we ran out of time (we had theatre tickets). We had told our server at the start of the meal about our time limitation, but it still didn't work out. We would defininately return despite the few issues
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We wanted to eat after the
    BexleyVIP
    Dined on 12/11/2009
    We wanted to eat after the theatre so it was good to find a nice place still serving. The menu was more unusual than I would have liked. There was no light salad or sandwich that would serve as a small meal that late. So, I had two appetizers, both of which were very good. We all stuck to appetizers or flatbreads. Everyone enjoyed the food. Service was good, but a little off hand that late, I guess. Great improvement over previous occupant of the space.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The bread/rolls brought out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 12/10/2009
    The bread/rolls brought out in the beginning are outstanding. Other favorites are the fig prosciutto flatbread, pistachio crusted cod, dessert sampler, fries. Wine selection is good and the ambiance is gorgeous. I would dim the lights a bit over the tables but other than that the experience was top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice meal, backed up by a
    SeanVIP
    Dined on 12/10/2009
    Nice meal, backed up by a really, really great beer list. Can't wait to go back...
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • been several times - great
    BandB2VIP
    Dined on 12/10/2009
    been several times - great food but uneven service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, and a fun (and
    DCdinerVIP
    Dined on 12/10/2009
    Great food, and a fun (and extensive) beer list. BUT, (1) the decor is a little too grim and monotonous (does EVERYTHING have to be black or brown?), (2) it takes the server SO long to describe all the beer options that it feels like you can't have a conversation with your dining companions, and (3) the restaurant desperately needs a curtain at the door to block cold air from rushing into the dining room and freezing the diners. We loved our food and beer, but the experience was a little physically uncomfortable, and the server tried so hard that he seemed a little invasive.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great beers, great food. The
    cmolVIP
    Dined on 12/8/2009
    Great beers, great food. The braut burger is unique and worth a try...
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • From the clever bread presentation
    otberburVIP
    Dined on 12/6/2009
    From the clever bread presentation to the delectable dessert (a sticky toffee pudding with a poached pear and sour cream ice cream), the food at Birch & Barley was consistently first-rate. The other dishes we ordered, including scallops with Israeli couscous, a tagliatelle with rabbit, and a beet risotto were all flawlessly conceived and executed. The beer list, which is the centerpiece of the restaurant, is exceptional (too bad there's no box to be checked for that). The restaurant space is well designed, and is nowhere near as noisy as I feared. Service was gracious but at times unpolished; the server (unbeknownst to us) initially gave us the wrong beers, but that was quickly corrected.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I really enjoyed this restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/5/2009
    I really enjoyed this restaurant. The only issue is that the front wall of the building is a large glass garage door. We were seated next to this door on a very cold night and we were very cold throughout our dining experience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An excellent addition to Logan
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/27/2009
    An excellent addition to Logan Circle. What a great atmosphere and terrific dining experience. A beer lovers paradise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was our third attempt
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/25/2009
    This was our third attempt at booking a reservation. The first two times the restaurant seemed to be empty, yet the host claimed they were booked for the evening. So right off the bat I was turned off by this place, not to mention the bouncer-like greeter they have at the front door. He treated us as if we were entering some kind of gang-banger type club where we’d have to check our weapons at the door. I recall the greeting being something like, “you goin’ upstairs?”. I had to tell him that we did, in fact, have dinner reservations. We didn’t check out the upstairs bar, but jeesh, with a greeting like that I’m not sure I ever will. Once we were seated at our table the drink selection, food and service was excellent.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a very bad experience
    Lucy
    Dined on 11/22/2009
    We had a very bad experience at Birch and Barley. We arrived at our reservation time and the hostess seated us in the bar area. It was my husband's birthday (which I mentioned) so I insisted we get a "real" table. We were sent upstairs with a pager. Upstairs, we ordered beers for under $16, and when I gave the bartender a $20, I got no change back! After 30 minutes we went downstairs, only to see 2 tables of two seated before us. 10 minutes later, we were seated in front of the door with no view of the restaurant. We had to ask for bread, waited 15 minutes for drinks and waited 45 minutes for our entree. No one apologized for the slow service until we asked. We were given sides and a dessert on the house, but this wasn't sufficient!
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is a new restaurant so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2009
    This is a new restaurant so I will have to try it again after they get have been open a bit longer. The food was not bad but the Cod was a bit overcooked and dry. My companion did not enjoy the Burger very much. They have an outstanding beer menu but they don't seem to offer up the wine list without asking. The side of squash was very tasty. It would be nice to see a green salad on the menu.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome place! My boyfriend
    FoxonWheelsVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2009
    Awesome place! My boyfriend and I are pretty serious about our beer (and food)and now finally, there's a great place for us to go in DC. Menu offerings are clearly designed to complement and be complemented by, the multitude of wonderful, no kidding, craft brew selections. Service was attentive, helpful, and clearly, the wait staff is either into, or quickly getting into, good beer. The atmosphere is clean and contemporary without being cold. I'd have enjoyed lingering by the open kitchen, but was too anxious to get back to my beer! Each was accurately described on the extensive menu then expertly served in the proper type of glass -- at the correct temperature even! Food was creative and delicious. Save room for dessert! And A#1 bread!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very tasty food and great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/19/2009
    Very tasty food and great service from waiter made dinner a really nice experience. Sat at a table back near the open kitchen, so we could see the busy preparation of food. Noise level was noticeable, but we didn't have to raise our voices to talk.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We really enjoyed Birch and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/18/2009
    We really enjoyed Birch and Barley, though there was a line out the door for Churchkey when we first came, but it died down by the time we finished dinner and wanted an after-dinner drink. They also don't take groups larger than eight, which was a bit of a challenge when some unexpected friends showed up and wanted to join us for dinner. Overall, though, the food and beer were both great.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Small menu but tasty except
    GoodVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2009
    Small menu but tasty except for pork cheeks, pricey, poor service, slim pickins but thoughtful wine selection
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic