Barcode

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692 reviews
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'To those of us who work a few blocks away, the opening of Barcode, in the former Fourth Estate Grille space near 17th and L streets NW, qualifies as big, huge, stop-the-presses news (at least as far as our happy hour options are concerned). Gone is the casual bar-and-grill vibe of the old place; in its place comes LED lighting, brushed steel surfaces, dark-wood paneling, lounge seating and communal banquettes. A set of turntables stand by the front door, as if waiting for a passing DJ to set them in motion. It makes sense to see them, because the bar is run by the DC Hospitality Group, which also oversees Lima and UltraBar.' - Washington Post. Come enjoy an after work drink, stay for dinner and enjoy the scene.

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1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food and drinks were way over priced servers were more concerned with dancing than working and I got sick from the grilled steak that I’m pretty sure wasn’t prepared properly

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JD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

My friend’s blackened mahi mahi in her sandwich came out raw. Pink and red. How could the kitchen forget to cook fish?! They brought her a new one, which was fine. But still....

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Loud. Food is just OK and the service was awful. Took forever to get our food and our waitress would disappear for a long period of time. No one seemed willing to be helpful at all. Terrible place.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch at Barcode is a must! I love how Barcode caters to all ages. I booked a Sunday brunch reservation to celebrate my mom's 42nd Birthday. I was a little bit nervous that her and her friends wouldn't quite blend in but, the Barcode staff ensured that everyone will be included. The Dj there was on point and very open to request. He played music my mom loved!

the brunch buffet consisted of crab legs, mac and cheese, a waffle station, fresh fruit, salad,turkey bacon, pork bacon, shrimp(of two kind),omelette station,etc. just so much to choose from. They also have unlimited mimosas and Bellini's. Not to mention this was my second experience and and they now offer hookah! be sure to bring cash only though. Overall I love Barcode and will be booking again soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful, I highly recommend this place.

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SD
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed our dinner but it was so loud. We couldn't have much of a conversation. I never thought to inquire about the type of venue because it was so convenient to our hotel.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Service was slow, it took an hour and a half to get two courses. We ended up just asking for our dessert to go. When the food did come out it was cold.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Lobster roll was mediocre at best. Chopped into little pieces and augmented with potato cubes. Steak n Fries were good, cooked accurately, and normal portioned. Kitchen was beyond slow, but waitress was nice.

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an intimate dinner at the bar

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RL
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed my drinks and meal with companion. Neat cocktail list but we opted for beer and had jumped to entrees due to time deadline. Services was very good and server checked in with us several times with no major issues and prompt service. Food was fabulous and tasty though the broccolini had a tad too much oil but were wonderful and spicy otherwise!

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YR
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent. The noise level made it challenging to have a conversation.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant was closed when we arrived. It was raining very heavy and we got dropped off by an Uber. Would've been more considerate to notify me ahead of time or not allow me to make a reservation if the establishment was going to be closed for the day.

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V
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were several giveaways advertised that were honored: free bottle of champagne, free dessert, happy hour specials...we went to celebrate a birthday, and had a blast! The food is always good, hookah added to the ambiance, and the DJ was jamming with old school 90s hits. We didn't want to leave!

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CD
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place for brunch... Hands down the service was awesome food was outstanding.

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NG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Very expensive for what we ordered...we paid alot...and they put the tip on the bill with out our permission.
So I was not able to put a tip because they put the tip down first....I did not like that...the food was good but the price was really high then most restaurants I have been. The music selection was good but really loud....

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TR
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Ordered 3 things they didn't have. Finally settled for the wings with ranch dressing. Wings were nice and hot but ranch was watery. Would go again only for the music.

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MM
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time going. I enjoyed myself a lot. Great buffett..clean comfortable atmosphere. Crab legs were on point. Mature crowd. Friendly servers.

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Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

First when you walked in it was so loud because a deejay was playing by the door. It was definitely a night club or bar vibe not a restaurant. The service was slow and you had to almost yell to hear each other. I was hoping the food would be as described in reviews. It was just ok. Nothing great.

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AF
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

My reservation was at 10:45. Arrived on time and there was no one to seat us. A few mins later we were advised the kitchen was closed! Poor customer service.

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OT
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

This was a good place if you're looking for a club scene with a restaurant... didn't expect the music to be so loud and be prepared to pay in cash if you want to enjoy hookah

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DI
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Went to a Saturday day party. Had a great time. Food was good. Drinks good. Music awesome! Only con would be slow service but I’m assuming it’s because the place was packed. Would definitely go again!

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LB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was fine, pretty standard fare. The service was very slow - the server was not attentive and we had to ask several times for water and soda refills, and had to flag people down to get it even though the place was mostly empty. The prices were steep for what you got.

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CM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Quality Service. Manager immediately corrected an oversight. Perfect customer service. My kind of place and I will be back.

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Tahoe
14 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very noisy. Server was friendly, helpful, and attentive. Food was very good.

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JS
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 1

This is my second time coming to Barcode.. the first visit was amazing, but the second visit for my Birthday was not a great experience AT ALL!!! I don’t think I will be back..

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KW
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

First time here and it was okay. The drinks were expensive and the food was okay. Noise level was very high. We did enjoy the hookah service.

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TS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

I made a reservation on Open Table for 12:15 pm for lunch. I even got a text saying that it's confirmed from the restaurant. When I called the restaurant to inform them I'm running late can I push it to 12:30pm the hostess said she can't find my reservation. So instead I went to the bar for lunch. When the bartender asked what would I like to drink I asked for a lemonade. She informed me they don't have lemonade only water. She didn't seem helpful at all. It was just one thing after another, I won't return to this establishment.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere! Food was amazing and I will be back.

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DF
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

In town for a couple of nights and blindly looked for a place near the hotel. Food was great. Place had lots of TVs with sports. It was too loud to hold meaningful conversation

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DP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We did the restaurant week deal. The food was fantastic. After the appetizer we ate half of each remaining course so we could save room for dessert. The steak was well seasoned and medium well as requested. I’d definitely visit again

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a
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The only downside to this experience was that the pesto pasta was a little bland. Other than that everything else was great.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The food was good but service was slow

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DG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Inexperienced staff. Poor service. They act like they are doing you a favor.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very loud! Food was good. We were there during happy hour time so maybe that’s why it was so loud but we had to shout to talk to each other.

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TB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I went to Barcode for lunch with a colleague. The service was great, attentive and friendly employees. The food was delicious. No complaints here!

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TT
St. Louis
23 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Service was very bad, waited 20 mins to get water and a waitress, the place was not crowded. Disappointing overall.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We went long after happy hour was over and it was still at a full roar in there. We asked to move tables but it didn’t really help much, but we instead got the evil eye from our original waitress all night. Our second server was a blast though — could have had our drinks out faster but that’s fine.

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Charlotte
19 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

We tried this place because it was near our hotel. We shared a caprese salad that was great. My husband said his cheeseburger was good, prepared correctly. I had the penne pasta with vodka sauce. I asked the waitress if it was spicy, she said no, so I ordered it. It was spicy, but I dealt with it and it tasted fine. Here was the problem - fruit flies! Lots of them. They ended up in my wine, I killed a few, we were constantly swatting them and I noticed the table beside us doing the same. Had to put napkins on top of our drinks to keep them out. It was annoying. I mentioned it to the waitress, so hopefully she passed it along to management who will do something about it. We probably would not go back.

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Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Way too noisy! We could not talk—had to yell. Hard to find entrance since address is on a different street. Excellent happy hour prices and options but bring ear plugs.

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AT
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

If you're over 30, this is not your place. Good food, great service, but super loud!

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