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
154 reviews since July 28, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelEnergetic
vibrant bar scene (80)fit for foodies (71)good for groups (68)neighborhood gem (62)hot spot (59)great for outdoor dining (44)great for lunch (29)great for brunch (23)special occasion (23)romantic (13)late-night find (13)scenic view (10)kid-friendly (6)notable wine list (3)Show More
- Good food, great beer, fun industrial ambianceGoodHomeCookDined on 11/24/2014Ignore all those reviews about bad food and slow service but good beer. Blue Jacket (at Arsenal) is wonderful. The food is delicious -- the fried chick pea starter surprises, the mains are well executed,(in particular the rockfish and pork loin, not to forget the extra side of brussel sprouts). The portions are reasonable (not minuscule as some grouse). Prices are high-ish but not unreasonable (this is Washington DC after all). The beer selection is inventive and wide, and may awaken your interest in that undeservedly plebian libation. The ambiance is high-ceiling industrial; fun. And last but by no ways least, the wait staff is knowledgeable, efficient, and very helpful. We may be on Social Security (go Monday or Tuesday evening -- less noise), but our younger friends introduced us to a very enjoyable venue in a seldom visited (by us) part of the city. We loved it. Do yourself a favor and go.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lunch With FriendsJimmyDined on 11/11/2014I had lunch with 3 of my friends. The professionalism of the staff was quite refreshing. I was further impressed that everyone took part in ensuring that our meal was totally enjoyable. Thank you Bluejacket!!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Go for the beer at the barCeciliaDined on 11/8/2014I had family visiting from out of town: my cousin who has Celiac's disease and her husband who is a beer aficionado. I had the shrimp & grits (pasty grits & overcooked shrimp), and the burger--which was unremarkable. They offered my cousin the burger on GF bread which was a tough biscuit like bun. She ordered sorbet for dessert after asking our server about GF dessert options. The sorbet was brought out on a bed of graham crackers (not GF!). My cousin did not realize this until after several bites. Our server seemed distracted and overwhelmed. There was a large party of 12+ people in his section. Beer was great.Special Features:
- Just a couple bright spotsKrissyDined on 11/2/2014A couple food items were big hits (e.g., cinnamon buns, loco moco, tater tots), but everything else was non-noteworthy and took awhile and was cold. The dining room didn't have enough servers but plenty of bussers. The place is beautiful and the beer is great and the menu is perfect. They just need to work on execution.Special Features:
- HORRIBLE FOODLjF00dVIPDined on 11/1/2014Do not eat here. The service was good but the hostess was incompetent. The Shrimp was extremely salty. The beef heart tartare tastes like pickled meat, I think it must be the pickled mustard seeds that overpowered the beef heart, very sad. They were out of duck meatballs for the Gnocchi dish and were out of the rotisserie chicken. The oxtail cannelloni had many bones. The tile fish had no flavor. The Rustic Gemelli did not taste like shrimp at all. All said and done extremely disappointed! Beer was good but not worth going back.
- Tasty & EnjoyablebigburgerDined on 10/29/2014I ordered a mixed beef/lamb burger and a beer with chocolate, vanilla, and other flavors--both had lots of flavor and were presented very well. The service was a bit slow, and the ambiance is fine for what it is--a restaurant built within an old factory. Since I had googled for a "pub", I thought it would be somewhat different (although I still enjoyed it).Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Go for the beer, skip the foodJasonVIPDined on 10/25/2014This was my second time going to The Arsenal at Bluejacket and each time we've found the food to be mediocre. Our first visit was when the restaurant first opened and the food reviews at our table were split. This visit everyone found their dishes to be a let down. The lamb burger was tiny and the buns were a bit stale. Other dishes had little flavor or were just "ok" as summed up by people in the group. With that said, the service was great each time we went and - of course - the beer list is fantastic. Some in the group went the mixed drink route and were very satisfied as well. So, like the title says, maybe skip the dining and head straight to the bar.Special Features:
- Awesome beer; food missed the markJasonDined on 10/25/2014Really awesome beer, but the food for the price missed the mark. I ordered the carbonara pasta, which tasted okay, but was a bit dry. The "full" portion was more like an appetizer size and I went away still a bit hungry. Next time, I would eat elsewhere and just come for the beer.Special Features:
- Great AtmosphereCapHillResidentDined on 10/24/2014Dismiss the negative reviews - which made me think twice about trying BlueJacket. Great atmosphere, friendly staff, food is good but different.. had roasted chicken, mac/cheese. Crowded on Friday, no-game nite: bar section is seat yourself, best to make reservation for dining. Will definitely return.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not worth itFairfaxmanDined on 10/18/2014It's easy to make beer, but it's difficult to make interesting beer. I applaud the brewmaster's efforts and the selection, but of the 8 beers sampled by me and my wife, none were especially memorable. On a more positive note, the upscale pub food was fresh and reasonably priced. The server was pleasant, but service was extremely slow. The popularity of this restaurant is confounding, especially since there are so few residences in this part of town. People obviously need to travel to get to Bluejacket, and they would be well advised to try something else closer to home. I went in with low expectations based on other reviews, and I was still disappointed.
- Good beer, okay fooddcfoodieVIPDined on 10/5/2014I really had hoped the food would be better. I ordered the short rib hash, and found the portion to be minuscule, potatoes raw (which I kind of liked), and eggs overdone. The service was good, but not great. She showed promise early on with her knowledge of both the beer and food menu, but delivery of the food was off. The venue is beautiful, and has a great feel to it. The menu had a few sour beers, so I enjoyed that. I would recommend it to a friend and I will return, just not in a hurry for the food.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- First Time Beer and Food ExperiencescienceoffoodDined on 10/4/2014The beer was good, IPA's hoppy aroma with solid malt balance with a resin/extract character (Wet Hopped Mosiac was the favorite) 4/5 stars overall, Brett-style ales were not very tart, much more on the funky side and I could only tolerate the Brett Peach IPA on regular tap 2/5 stars. The food was weak in my opinion. The menu has all the right categories and adjectives of any foodie destination, but just doesn't deliver the quality or flavor profile expected. Oysters were great, pork rinds were a waste (semi-puffed, non-uniformly spiced) but cool concept, pork cheek was a good dish, but probably try something else next time. Mains, mussels 12 count = not a meal, Burger = tiny patties not worth $14 anywhere. Lamb/pork burger = 4/5 stars.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Servicekld2VIPDined on 10/4/2014Coming from the Midwest, I am usually disappointed in DC service. But not at Bluejacket! We were excited to show some out of town guests our new neighborhood favorite, but they were stuck in terrible 95 traffic. Even though it was a Nats game day, Bluejacket held our reservation until we got there. Amazing! Also, Mexican Radio is back!Special Features:
- ELTELT85Dined on 10/3/2014We had a great lunch prior to a Nationals game. Service was excellent considering the place was packed. Food is great but very complicated, it would be great to simplify the menu some. The beer is amazing.Special Features:
- Great beer, but more than that, toogb33Dined on 10/1/2014I've been to Bluejacket for beer many times now and the beer list cannot be beat! But this week was my first having dinner and it did not disappoint. We had a dinner of nearly all of the appetizers, all of which were well-prepared and flavorful. And the service was friendly and we received a few complimentary dishes that were also incredible. The scallops were my personal favorite, but the pork cheeks with polenta were a close second! I already made another reservation for next week when my boyfriend's in town and I'm sure the entrees will be great. I cannot wait!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- HORRIBLE SERVICE/EXPERIENCEOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 9/28/2014Four of us waited over an hour for 2 salads, 1 hamburger and 1 veggie burger. No explanation from server/hosts/manager besides "we're busy during brunch." Food arrived with burger missing and took another 10 minutes to arrive (and the veggie burger was barely warm). They did take the burger off of the check but only after I said not to bother bringing (they did). (Full disclosure, after about 40 minutes, complaining to the waitress, and asking to speak with the manager, they did bring us beignets and donuts, which we didn't want -- we wanted the food we ordered!) While the outside and bar were full, the dining room was, at best, 3/4 full. We were so frustrated that, even though we like the beer a lot, we will NEVER GO BACK.
- My ReviewDmdRvwDined on 9/27/2014Door attendant and hostess were not very friendly and did not make us feel welcome. We were seated at the time of our reservation. Server was nice but moving too fast, almost knocked over a glass of water on our table. Beer was good.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Blue Ribbon For Blue JacketitsmemeghanVIPDined on 9/27/2014The morning of my reservation, I called to ask if I could add 2 more people. Even though it was a busy day for them (A Saturday with an afternoon Nats game and unusually great weather for September), they shifted around a few reservations and were able to help me in a pinch! Then upon arrival, everyone was friendly and courteous. Server was very relatable and humorous, but also knowledgeable of the entire beer menu... which is at least 20 at any given time. She sent out a complimentary order of hushpuppies to welcome us for our first time, and then continued to provide excellent service throughout. You have to get the homemade tater tots! And I have to come back to try Sunday brunch!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Trying to be all things...JasperdinesDined on 9/26/2014They make some great microbrews here (the Tinderbox brown ale is my favorite of those I've tried so far; a very extensive collection). There are some "hits" on the menu using locally-sourced and organic ingredients--in the bar, the kale Caesar sounds like it would be a fail, but the Tuscan kale is mild enough to be the featured green on this take of a classic. But the Arsenal swings and misses as much as it makes contact--the bar atmosphere before a game is loud and a bit raucous--great atmosphere for some pre-game brews, but the dining area and bar are hardly separated at all, making a casual dining experience on a game night near impossible. Food suffers as well on game night, coming out a little rushed and cold.Special Features:
- Date spot during a Nats crowdNotoriousPATDined on 9/24/2014My gf and I went there to celebrate and ended up being part of the Nats rain cancellation crowd. Even with the huge line out front, we got sat to our reserved table really quickly. Even more impressive was the attentive staff and great service. As always, really fun beer selection. Food is solid, as well. Nothing was out of this world but very good. Would totally go back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Selection of BeerDinersVIPDined on 9/24/2014Great selection of beers for all tastes and a wonderful assortmant of small plates!Special Features:
- slvacahVIPDined on 9/24/2014food was not as ordered, porchetta more fat than pork, chicken/pork burger was extremely salty, out of four people at our table, only one thoroughly enjoyed the meal
- Beer is the highlightNeighborLadyVIPDined on 9/21/2014I've eaten here twice now, and both times have enjoyed the ambiance and the beer much more than the food (which is passable, but nothing special and overpriced). The service can also be slow. I'll come back, but for beer and bar snacks only.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- great brunch experienceOutwoodDined on 9/21/2014Our party of 3 was greeted nicely and professionally, seated immediately, and approached by waitstaff very quickly. Our waitress thoroughly described the brunch choices, made recommendations, and was attentive to our questions. Nicely paced service, good food (wouldn't say it is a "foodies" destination, but nicely prepared and flavorful). It was early on a Sunday, not crowded, so noise level was OK, altho I would imagine it would rise dramatically with a full house. Enjoyed our experience; cost/value is very fair.Special Features:
- Great BeerdinerDined on 9/20/2014LOTS of choice in the very good beers. Great options for hop heads and malt fiends alike. We stuck mostly to the appetizers and there were gems: crispy chickpeas, oysters, marinated sardines, beef heart tartare; a near miss: seared scallops, cold charcuterie; fail: simple salad. The cheese selection was fabulous. Service was very, very good.Special Features:
- Welcome addition to the Navy YardRichardDined on 9/18/2014Good selection of beers. Waiters knowledgeable about all of them. Menu has a good selection although a little pricey for lunch and the food needs a little more seasoning. Overall great location and atmosphere.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good for beer, not for foodQueentut8Dined on 9/13/2014We chose Arsenal at Bluejacket to celebrate my husband's 45th birthday. We were pleased to get a reservation for our party of 9 on a busy Saturday night. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable about the beer. We enjoyed many small pours of all the beers. All was good. Until we got to the food. All I can say is overpriced and under portioned. The waitress was very honest about the small portions, but we were shocked when they arrived. Plus, due to a busy (Snallygaster) day, they were out of many things we wanted. Restaurants should never be out of regular items on the menu. We may go back for beer before a game, but we'll plan to eat elsewhere.Special Features:
- Exceedingly loudCapitolHillResidentVIPDined on 9/12/2014This restaurant is housed inside a huge glass shed with no sound-absorbinbg surfaces. With multi-level seating and a crowd its not a place for conversation. The beer was mediocre at best- something I hope they improve owing to the wonderful location and character of the place. The food was average to good.Special Features:
- GreatDmdRvwDined on 9/12/2014Great food and atmosphere, I will definitely go back again!Special Features:
- all around greatOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 9/10/2014The food, beer selection, service, and atmosphere were all excellent. I have already recommended the place to multiple people and would definitely return.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Disappointing in all phasesOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/6/2014In brief, I have to agree with the Washington Post review - service is neglectful, if friendly, despite the numerous water-pourers and others circulating among the tables. Our group of 10 had trouble getting our (one) waitress' attention to order beers - in a brewery - which sells 4 oz. samples of its many beers...which themselves were middling, sometimes over-spiced, and not distinguished. The food was mediocre, per the Washington Post review, and very overpriced. Seems nothing has changed since it was written. The place is noisy and very dark. For a brewpub whose beer had more identity, whose food is better, and where the atmosphere is more enjoyable, try Dogfish Head in Falls Church, VA.Special Features:
- beer lover's heavenvivianeDined on 9/5/2014We had a fantastic dinner with beer flights. Our server was very attentive and had many great suggestions. Fantastic neighborhood.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good ExperienceDinerNumber3Dined on 9/2/2014My father was in from out of town and likes beer, so I took him here because they have unique beers brewed on site. We sat in the dining room and my one critique was that we were at one of only two tables without an overhead lamp, which made it pretty dark at our table. We had a few starters and a few entrees. Highlights were the oysters with excellent mignonette sauce and the merguez burger. We shared a flight of the cask beers, which weren't actually very memorable except for the darkest of them, which was made with coffee. We both had a couple other house beers which were very good.Special Features:
- Wonderful!OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 8/30/2014Everything about our meal was awesome. We will definitely be back and I can't wait!
- Enjoy some funk with lunchKeema87Dined on 8/28/2014First and foremost, this is not your typical brew pub (not that there is anything wrong with that). The beers challenge style conventions with various ingredients, yeasts and ageing processes yielding a certain funky style. The beers our table tried focused on the wine barrel aged, coffee and straightforward IPA. All were well done and it was good to have some standards to fall back on for the more traditional beer drinker. The food was also very good, made from scratch and ample in portions. The staff was well informed and attentive to our group. With good parking and Metro accessibility, this is a keeper for folks who like handcrafted local food and drink.Special Features:
- Most perfect birthday for boyfriendMegsVIPDined on 8/27/2014The Arsenal was the absolute perfect place to host a birthday party for my boyfriend. They were incredibly kind and accommodating to our large party of 15 (on a Wednesday night). Our friends had a blast sampling lots of delicious beers. Even those who typically opt for wine or mixed drinks rather than beer were converted. The mac and cheese might be the best I have ever had in my life. Wonderful food, great service, awesome interior and ambiance. Perfect place for beer lovers. Great for breaking out of our usual neighborhood and trying something new. I will certainly be coming back and taking visiting friends here.Special Features:
- Great beer selectionOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/25/2014The best thing about this place is the ambience and the fantastic beer selection. Food is priced a bit high for the quality of it, but it was good.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 8/24/2014Our server was VERY knowledgeable about the beer menu and had great recommendations. Food came out quickly and was good. Didn't like that we could only order off the brunch menu (it was Sunday @ 1pm; would've liked lunch & kid menu items), but it was still a great place!Special Features:
- time limitsdcmarinewifeVIPDined on 8/23/2014was very disappointed upon arriving for our reservation at 6p on a Saturday that we'd need to let go of our table by 8p. we were hosting out of town guests and not on a normal every day outing, so told them that info was not posted as part of their reservation process. hostess then seemed to have changed our table to a large communal table in the center of the room. not wanting to make a scene with our out of town guests, we agreed to the seating arrangement and were again told of a time limit -- this time we had until 9p. the whole exchange was odd. we ended up cutting our evening short at that location because of it. the beer selections were interesting, but the policy and the food were not enough to bring us back.
- Nats Pre-GamePinchyDined on 8/23/2014Great place to try beers before a game. The food options are very eclectic and you can find lots of things to try but the reason to go here is for the beer. It can get very busy before a game and the service gets bogged down, but its a nice place for a pre-game outing. The beers change all the time and every week there are changes.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.