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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.
Washington, DC 20036
Contemporary American, American, Contemporary European
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 2:00am, Friday: 11:30am - 3:00am, Saturday: 5:00pm - 3:00am
Entrance on L Street
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Valet Parking Available
Farragut North and Farragut West
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Happy Hour Mon-Fri 3-7pm | All Beer, Wines and Rail Drinks %50 Off
Mondays | Happy Hour Extended
Tuesdays | Bottles of Wine %50 OFF
Barcode is available for private functions, association parties, private dining, fundraisers & other special events.
Barcode Ratings and Reviews
I went for a business lunch. The grilled shrimp appetizer was good. The steak tasted completely unseasoned - not even salt or pepper - and the cut was ok, but not outstanding. With some more attention to detail, it would be a very good dish.
My guest had the grilled chicken sandwhich and seemed to enjoy it, but did remark it had too much cheese.
We had dinner at Barcode because I had had lunch the day before and enjoyed it thoroughly. The food is terrific and I love the look of the restaurant. HOWEVER, I did not realize it was such a "vibrant" bar scene and it was so unbelievably noisy, we could barely hear ourselves talk. Unfortunately, as much as I love the food (and it was really great) and the looks/decor of the restaurant, I will not go back for dinner. You simply can't have a conversation there. Too bad.
We walked in to an extremely loud Friday night happy hour crowd and to my dismay, we were seated IN the bar even with a reservation. They had to move people from leaning on our table. The menu looked good but I could barely hear the waiter speak to us or hear what my husband was having. Spicy shrimp was not spicy at all, pasta with filet tips was good and my husband liked his food. I would only try this place again if they actually built a wall between the bar and the restaurant. OR, we will just go there to drink! Looked like a fun happy hour scene...
Barcode is my new fav place in the neighborhood where I work. I love the food, the wait staff is generally very attentive, and the menu has some real gems. Try the avocado dip -- you won't regret it. Great sandwiches, salads, pasta, and creative entrees -- and always good fish and vegetarian options dishes. Their soups rock. If you're lucky you'll be there when the special is fish tacos! This is a great place to meet for a business or personal lunch -- I'm sometimes there as many as three times a week, and I don't get tired of it. Good food but not overpriced. This place has a happening happy hour. Generally younger folks, gets packed because of the fab happy hour prices.
Second time at Barcode. First time was a weeknight and the restaurant was quiet. This time a weekend, with an energetic (but very polite) group occupying the central seating area. Had not thought of it before, but the layout of Barcode indeed makes it "good for groups." Service was a bit slow this time, but the food was tasty and well presented. Reasonable prices too. Would definitely return.
Overall, our experience was marginal at best. For a trendy bar, we felt that the cocktail list was very minimal. We ordered the "spicy" mussels, however there was not a hint of spice in sight, and they were lukewarm. I ordered the pomodoro pasta which was fine, but also lacking in overall flavor. I would go back to this place again, but definitely not for the food, just to people watch because it draws quite an interesting crowd.
Asked for a booth when making the reservation and got it. Waiter was attentive and friendly but "didn't ask to shake hands". Great. My salad was good. My friend's salad had not-quite-ripe tomatoes which were 1/2 of its composition. Looked a bit disappointing. I think they would fix it if asked though. She didn't. Definitely going back.
Barcode is an awesome bar to grab a bite to eat an have some great cocktails. It is a little loud when the bar is approaching full capacity, but not so loud you cannot hear your friends. I would recommend this to anyone that is interested in starting their night out on the town with some appetizers and martinis.
My coworkers and I got all dressed up after a long day at work and came to barcode for food and drinks. I made a reservation since it was a Saturday night. I called to say I was running a few minutes late and the host was very polite and accommodating. I arrived and was immediately greeted then escorted to our table. The server came over right away and was very attentive throughout our meal. His speciality wasnt opening champagne bottles but he was new so we didn't fault him. We share an appetizer, pizza, and all had the salmon and two desserts. Everything was delicious evident by our empty plates. I would recommend barcode for a date night or a group outing.
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