The Arsenal at Bluejacket
300 Tingey Street SE
Washington, DC 20003Neighborhood:
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $30 and under
The Arsenal at Bluejacket
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.bluejacketdc.com/
- Phone: (202) 524-4862
- Hours of Operation:
Bar opens 4 PM, Dinner Service Begins 5:30 PM Daily
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: Kyle Bailey
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
- Catering: For those who have enjoyed dining at The Arsenal and wish to have us cater your next event, we are pleased to partner with 550 Events & Provisions, a chef-driven, full-service catering and events company. As a member of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s family of award-winning restaurants, 550 possesses an unparalleled depth and breadth of experience, as well as culinary talent. For inquiries and more information, contact 550 Events & Provisions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Special Events: Our brewery, Bluejacket, is pleased to offer brewery tours on Saturdays, including a Beer & Food Experience tour. More information & tickets for brewery tours can be found at http://bluejacketdc.com/tours.htm.
A word from The Arsenal at Bluejacket
The Arsenal is the 200-seat restaurant & bar housed within the brewery, Bluejacket. The menu, crafted by Executive Chef Kyle Bailey of Birch & Barley and ChurchKey and Chef de Cuisine Dan Hahndorf, updates, refines and extends the classic fare of beer halls and public houses by featuring the best locally sourced products available and highlighting house-made specialties such as charcuterie, fresh pastas, alongside whole-roasted meats, hearty grains and seasonal vegetables. A menu of gourmet sandwiches, house-ground burgers and bar snacks is the perfect accompaniment to a signature Bluejacket brew.Continued
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The Arsenal at Bluejacket reviews from OpenTable diners
156 reviews since July 27, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelModerate
vibrant bar scene (81)fit for foodies (71)good for groups (68)neighborhood gem (63)hot spot (60)great for outdoor dining (44)great for lunch (29)great for brunch (24)special occasion (23)romantic (13)late-night find (13)scenic view (10)kid-friendly (6)notable wine list (3)Show More
- And the food is good, too!Momof2VIPDined on 12/14/2013Obviously, the interesting and ever-changing beer is the main event, and that's what we liked best. I do wish they would get tasting size glasses and those wooden holders -- if you order more than one tasting at a time, it's really confusing to patrons and waitstaff about which beer is which, and the table gets full of glassware really fast. It's super-loud, and the service is good but a little slow, at least on Saturday night. And the food is kind of interesting, good bar food. The biggest difference is that the deserts are really delicious and there's a big selection, which is not the norm for a brewpub.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- I've been here twice now -betsparkVIPDined on 12/14/2013I've been here twice now - the first time was a few weeks after they opened, and I was not impressed with the food. It was overly salty and lacking in general. I recently went back and was pleasantly surprised - the kinks had been worked out and the food was greatly improved! My husband loves the beer selection and being able to try several different kinds. They also have a great wine selection (great for me since I'm not a beer drinker!)Special Features:
- Great food, drink, and ambiance. Ga22aVIPDined on 12/14/2013Great food, drink, and ambiance. Go during lunch and avoid the long dinner wait.Special Features:
- Worth the wait?SEdinerDined on 12/12/2013It's not easy getting a reservation but I think that will change once the newness is off. Bar is loud and very busy. Waitstaff knows their stuff. Menu? Too complicated. Lots of meat.Special Features:
- Great Experiencebds0121Dined on 12/11/2013My wife took me here for my birthday this year. The restaurant has an amazing selection of beer brewed by the adjoining brewery, Bluejacket. We made a point to do samplers, and got through 10 of the 25 offerings. All in all, great beers. The food was excellent. My wife had the carbonara and I had the sweet potato gnocchi. Both were really wonderful. For dessert, we had the apple piggie pie (pie with apple and bacon, side of whiskey ice cream). Absolutely perfect finish. The ambiance is great, and it's a beautiful building. Maybe a five minute walk from the Navy Yard metro, so super accessible as well. Not a super cheap night out, but well worth it. I highly recommend it to anyone who asks. We'll definitely be coming back again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good but not greatDCDinerDined on 12/11/2013The place looks really cool. The service was friendly but a little pushy about hurrying us along to seat another party. The food was delicious. While they have a large number of decent house draft beers, they were not memorable in taste.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- bluejayfoxylVIPDined on 12/10/2013food very nice; portions quite modest size. lovely server Maria. sweet and gracious; informative. front of house not really friendly. quite noisy --- wines too limited for non beer types.Special Features:
- fantastic beer !Shanghai1999VIPDined on 12/8/2013The beer is truly outstanding! The first impression was not great. We arrived with a reservation but were told that all the tables away from the cold doorway were "reserved" for other parties. We finally shamed them into giving us a table in the far corner, though we really wanted a booth that was nearby. We were told our party was too small to be seated at the booth. Not long after we sat down, they sat a smaller party than ours got seated at the booth. Then, it took extremely long to get served. We were there on a snowy night, with all the roads freezing up, and when it got to be pretty late, we got frustrated. We had to ask for two more bread baskets just to stave off hunger!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Brunch and Beer!Georgette84VIPDined on 12/8/2013Great service with Nena. The beer list has great descriptions. And the server gave good recommendations when we told her what kind of beer we liked. Biscuits and Gravy were amazing! Definitely get the French toast too.Special Features:
- cool atmosphere, skip the rockfishSaraVIPDined on 12/6/2013Pros: great atmosphere, delicious chickpeas and soft pretzel bites, good service, great beer selection. cons: my rockfish was dry and tasted very fishy. they don't have hard cider. if you don't like beer, not worth going, which is a bummer because a lot of restaurants have hard cider on tap now.
- Worth the waitElNerdVIPDined on 12/4/2013Very cool space -- great job restoring the old Lumber Shed at the Navy Yard -- great beers (esp. Figure 8 and Butcher), and very solid food. Churchkey and some of the others probably win out for the food, but the ambiance and beer can't be touched. Had the wolf fish, which was cooked perfectly, but some of the garnish, especially the artichokes were a little bland. Side of Brussels sprouts were very tasty, but way too salty. My wife got the Merguez Burger which may have been the highlight of the night. Others in our group got the short ribs and the gnocchi -- good reports on both. Pickled sausages, fried chick peas and pork rinds were all great as "snacks."Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good Beer + Good Food = DeliciousSeanVIPDined on 12/3/2013While the food is good, it's all about the beer. There are 25 different styles available, plenty for anyone's tastes. As for the food, it complements the beer. The house-made pickles are both sweet and sour. The lamb and pork burger is flavorful and not too filling (means you can drink more beer). The house-made pasta carries sauces so well. The restaurant is located in a big, open space. Above, you can see the vats and pipes where the beer is brewed. My only qualm is that it's a little dark. It was hard to read the menu.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Beer and AmbienceJakeDined on 12/3/2013The beer (all brewed in house) is outstanding. There are several options for each beer style, so everyone will find something to enjoy. They also serve all their beers in taste or glass sizes, so it's easy to try everything you are interested in. The waitstaff was very knowledgable on the beer menu, and assembled a fantastic flight of "crisp" beers for my girlfriend. The dinner menu is all killer no filler, which I appreciate. Everything we ordered was delicious. Drink Highlights: Forbidden Planet (Dry Hopped Kolsch), The Ingenue (Lavender Gose), Bitterschon (Rheinischer) Food Highlights: Gnocchi was awesome, the Gemelli was good as well.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- For beer buffsAidanDined on 12/3/2013Great restaurant with great food and an extensive range of beerSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good foodbex11VIPDined on 11/30/2013The kale salad was great! The sweet potato gnocchi were so flavorful that a small portion is enough. I wish you could get the pretzel sticks in the restaurant and not just at the bar. The beer is ok, but I would rather go to Church Key and drink beer. I was happy I tried it but I would rather eat at Birch and Barely.Special Features:
- Working out kinksCvilleVisitorDined on 11/30/2013Restaurant has potential, as beer list is outstanding. But service was slow, and I only rated food as good since you do not get a lot for your money. Additionally, we ate lunch in the restaurant on a Saturday, but could only choose food from the limited bar menu.Special Features:
- Worth the drink, not the eatskjrichardDined on 11/27/2013I highly recommend Bluejacket to anyone interested in beer. They have an excellent selection of beer brewed in-house and I have yet to be disappointed in any of the brews I've tried. The atmosphere is just as good as the beer and fits perfectly with the Navy Yard character. However, I recommend skipping on the food. It's basically classy bar food and nothing worth noting. All in all, I am so glad Bluejacket came to the neighborhood and I recommend everyone to go for the beer.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- MehXandraPiDined on 11/26/2013A bit overrated because it's so new. The food is fine, but not worth the two week in advance reservation you need. The way to really enjoy Bluejacket is by going to the bar. The restaurant itself is very middle of the road.Special Features:
- Satisfying first trip of many!ColbyDined on 11/24/2013I was eager to check out Bluejacket and their twenty-five craft and cask ales. All of our beer tastings (twelve total) ranged from "interesting" to "delicious," and the stand-outs were the Bird of Prey, New Zealot, Lost Weekend (all cask ales), the Wake, the Panther, and the Stowaway. I can't wait to go back to try some of the others (though I don't know if I'm yet up to the challenge of the Ingenue, a gose that allegedly smells like cheese). The style of the place is impressive ("industrial chic"), the staff were very lovely, and the food held its own. I nearly died of mouth joy upon eating the sweet potato gnocchi with duck meatballs, and my partner's brisket burger was also mouthwatering.Special Features:
- Lived up to the hype, and then someJasonVIPDined on 11/22/2013My friends and I were excited to try Bluejacket's beer selection and the food at Arsenal. Neither disappointed! Our table sampled 18 tasters off the menu, with a few making multiple appearances. There is a beer for everyone... no, there's multiple beers for everyone at this place. The IPA's were a big hit, I enjoy a good dunkel or schwarzbier - and both were tasty. The beer selection is wide-ranging and yet each one was very well done. One member of the table said the wine was good as well. The food was great. Try: Crispy chickpeas. The standout was the sweet potato gnocchi with duck meatballs my wife got. A friend and I split the lamb&pork and brisket burgers - a great way to get two meals for one. Our server was fantastic.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Brewery > RestaurantOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 11/21/2013I think that the brewery side of Blue Jacket is more our scene than the Arsenal. It took a VERY long time to get our beers and there were a number of mix-ups. The food was fine, but not great. I preferred the snacks I had in the bar to the Lamb burger I had at the restaurant. The Juicy Lucy was pretty good, and I LOVE the bread. Service was friendly but slow.
- A little disappointingRoastbeefVIPDined on 11/21/2013I had the 18 hour short rib. It was good, but the portion was small and there was a lot more fat then I would have liked or expected. My girlfriend had the rockfish and she enjoyed it but it was a little dry. The service was good, but definitely could have been better. I expected more for the price and the hype.Special Features:
- Awesome Saucemy2cents500Dined on 11/20/2013We enjoyed a perfect evening of terrific food, flawless service and amazing beers. Our waiter, was friendly and knowledgeable suggesting excellent beer pairings with the hot charcuterie plate, roast chicken and short ribs. We will definitely be back!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice Place!ModestVAfoodieDined on 11/18/2013Loved the atmosphere and looks of the place. The food was tasty and I enjoyed the beer selection. It's a bit pricey though for what you get: portions were small, sides are extra, and you get two slices of bread which seems skimpy. Still, worth going to for the ambiance and to try the beer selection. We'll be back but will eat at the bar instead.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great beer list, service wasOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 11/17/2013Great beer list, service was a little slow at the beginning, but the waitress was very attentive later on.Special Features:
- The food and beer were outstandingOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 11/17/2013The food and beer were outstanding and the space is really cool. The only complaint was that we had to flag down the waiter a few times when our drinks were empty and drinks were slow to come to the table. I'm assuming that was just due to the fact that they haven't been open for very long and are still working out the kinks. We will definitely be back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Beer is an A+! 25 taps ofZepMcDined on 11/15/2013Beer is an A+! 25 taps of fresh made beer, including 5 on cask of which we tried 9. Each was very good to outstanding in its class Tastes are 4 ounces but unlike many breweries/brewpubs, instead of crammed into a 4 ounce tasting glass, poured halfway up a tall snifter-style glass to enjoy the aromas and see the beer. Service was A+. The whiskey ice cream (not on the menu alone but noticed served with apple bacon pie) was another A+. Burger and shrimp burger were a B+ (more pickles on burger? both a tad small). Shaved brussels sprouts (ie, slaw made with sprouts!) was an A. Fries were a C and could be served with a more creative sauce than ketchup. Tap water an F (DC tap water). Overall A.Special Features:
- Great BeerDCFoodieVIPDined on 11/14/2013The beer are great at this place but the food did not deliver. Overall good to try once. Too bad about the food.Special Features:
- Excellent SpotOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 11/13/2013I went to the Arsenal a few weeks after it was open for an anniversary dinner with my boyfriend. The service was exceptional, the food was delicious and the beers were outstanding! DC is so lucky to have this new dining experience.Special Features:
- Only one problemOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 11/10/2013We dined upstairs in the loft area of the restaurant and it was fantastic except for one glaring--or lack thereof-- problem: it's so dark up there that a guy at another table actual stood on his chair to try and readjust one of the lights because no one at his take could read their menu.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- GREAT Beer and ServiceDCGREENMAMADined on 11/10/2013Let me start by saying the service and beer were amazing! The waiter took time to explain brew options which were almost overwhelming. The Founders Ale was my fav, creamy, spicy and not to heavy. We are vegetarians so there were not a ton of options for us food wise. The veggie pasta with chard, cannelloni beans, and herbs was good but the portion was a bit small. The veggie burger is solid and inventive (farro, chickpea and black beans). It is a bit mushy and crumbly though. My kid had the mac and cheese (a side) the don't have a "kids menu". He didn't really eat it because it had green stuff (herbs). It was yummy though. In conclusion, we'll be back for beer and fries!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Ok,but could be betterAjb3333Dined on 11/10/2013Beers and brews are pretty good. Most not my style but my husband liked his sampler. Food looked really interesting on the menu. Had potential . BUT! Way over priced for small portions! Pickle app was yummy but tiny tiny portion. They give you tiny pieces of bread, never offer any more and clear the plates away to fast. Food lacked real flavor and super salty. It's a shame that they sacrifice flavor by ramping up the salt content. I think it will be a neighborhood hit for the navy yard especially in the summer, but not sure if I will return. Also way too noisy in the dining area. They tried to seat us at group table when there were entry of singles and ther was Just 2 of us! Also lighting was too dark - I barely could see a thingSpecial Features:
- Worth a tripSamWDined on 11/8/2013Excellent food, knowledgable wait staff, good luck getting a table! The have gluten free brioche buns available for their delicious burgers and my date very much enjoyed their house-made pasta (no gf pasta or beer option currently available)Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Go for the service, not the foodOpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 11/8/2013The restaurant is dark but beautiful. My husband and I sat at a table that wasn't on the perimeter and therefore had no direct lighting above. We had to pull out the flashlight on our cell phones to read the menu. The food was just ok. I got the crab deviled eggs as a starter and the lamb and pork burger. Both were disappointing. The redeeming quality was the service which, for a new restaurant just a few weeks after opening, was remarkable, five star. My friends and I like to try new restaraunts but I'm glad I tried this one alone since I will not be returning and wont be suggesting - at least not for the food!!Special Features:
- Paced the Hypeclipper86Dined on 11/4/2013After weeks and months of anticipatory interviews, articles, and energetic Facebook posts, The Arsenal at Bluejacket is finally open. I was pleased with food and beer selection, shocked to find that the wine list is nothing to pass over, impressed with my server's level of knowledge, and (as expected) disappointed that the prices were on the high side (versus portion size). Ended up seated in the upper loft area near the windows... resulting in donning my jacket and scarf through the back half of dinner. Go for the shrimp burger and the gnocchi, Panther and Seersucker. Chai latte was too milky, but The Wake was superb. Overall a really pleasant experience. I'll be back, even if the locale doesn't exceed expectations -- only paces the hype.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent!HoneymoonerDined on 11/3/2013Wonderful beer selection, tremendous food. Are there on Sunday, and will be back tonight!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Bluejacket: new & needs some workNigel21Dined on 11/3/2013The beers are definitely the reason to visit - 20 of their own on draft plus 5 casks. We tried about half and although I'm partial to the IPAs (Bird of Prey, Imposter, Duel) everything was tasty & quite quaffable. Beer samples (2oz "tastes") are served in flute-style wine glasses which I found an annoying shape & difficult to sip beer out of without your nose wedged half in the glass. We had to wait 15 minutes for our reservation but this was a sign of things to come - service and the food were very, very slow. The overly ambitious menu did not really do the food justice, simple gastropub fare would have been preferable. Hopefully the restaurant side will eventually find its footing, meanwhile go for the beers.Special Features:
- Overall a good start, foodChefmikeDined on 11/2/2013Overall a good start, food needed to be tweaked......the burger with Dijon had way to much Dijon, and not enough burger. Wasn't edible. Beers were good service was great. Will definitely be back, hard to judge a restaurant just from opening week.Special Features:
- Really enjoyable experienceDinerDined on 11/2/2013I was able to secure a reservation for dinner on The Arsenal's first Saturday opening. My reservation was for 6:45pm, which means I should have not been surprised by the Northern Virginia stroller brigade occupying my entire section, but I was. "This place is great, so much diversity," said the young NOVA mom as she left her table...a part of me died inside. Took me about 10 minutes to get over this, but after I did, I had a fantastic time. My wife and I sampled 9 delicious beers over 3 decadent courses and went hope extremely satisfied. Plus, our server Nena was the best. Can't wait until the hype dies down so I can actually enjoy the bar.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A Must for Beer Lovers!fgmtheatreDined on 10/31/2013I've been waiting for bluejacket to open up every since I moved to navy yard in the spring so the anticipation as been killing me, but it definitely lived up to my expectations. Loved the food, especially the deserts from buzz bakery next-door! So many choices of beer we had a hard time picking so we had several tasting. There are 25 beers on tap (5 of which are kask) of which were no more then $3 a pop and the full beers are just as cheap ranging from $6-8 which is pretty good for DC. My only complaint would be that the restaurant was a little to dark for my taste. It set a nice atmosphere to have candles on the tables and around the restaurant, but i shouldn't have to use them to read my menu. Can't wait for my next visit ,Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.