Barrel & Crow

4.6
835 reviews
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Barrel and Crow: A Contemporary Approach to Regional cuisine. Our Chef-driven restaurant relies solely on locally sourced produce and proteins. Chef John Wood utilizes these seasonal ingredients in preparing refined yet familiar comfort food. House made pastas and charcuterie offered every evening. Chef is always anxious to modify menu items to fit any dietary restrictions. Gluten, Vegetarian, Vegan and Dairy allergies are no problem. Pastry Chef Rita Garruba's dessert menu offers guests a selection of traditional desserts with a contemporary twist. Eclectic wine list which focuses on small production, boutique wines. A selection of 48 bourbons,extensive beer list with offerings from the top breweries in the Mid-Atlantic region. Full bar, seasonal cocktail menu and a wide selection of small batch spirits.Bottomless Mimosas are offered Saturday and Sunday Brunch.Owner-Laura Houlihan
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JS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious.
From cocktail, to beer, to appetizer, to entree, and of course dessert.
Zero complaints.
Soft shell crab, tuna taquitos, fried green tomato's and an amazing almond cake for dessert.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Another great meal - this is my new favorite place. I’ve been three times recently and never had a bad meal or experience.

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DG
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had a great meal at Barrel and Crow. There were six of us, and most of the group enjoyed their food. The restaurant was a bit warm because the windows were open, and the noise level was very high. Service was outstanding! Our server was Ibrahim, who did a wonderful job, as did the rest of the staff who assisted. We’ll be back!

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MC
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the food & service! My favorites were the duck, soft shell crab and crab beignets! Fun menu, cute place.

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KL
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience was lovely. My dining companion lived her Lamb Bolognese, and I think the Gumbo was my all-time favorite gumbo.

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VA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It would have been fabulous if it were not quite as noisy. I like some hustle and bustle, but at a table for 6, each person needs to be able to hear all the others, and this was not the case. With some thought and a little expenditure (not much) this problem could be easily corrected. I hope you will do this!

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c
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I felt the food was overpriced. I had the trout over saffron risotto with vegetables and it was very heavy on corn, overly sweet. Could have used a hit of acid and a touch of salt to brighten it up. The fish was thinner than cardboard and therefore deserved a bigger portion or maybe a topping of a few shrimp. The Tuscan style bread was amazing!!!!

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S
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good default place for meeting friends. Lively atmosphere with great outdoor seating and exposed bar area. Food is on the pricey side but good all around.

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EL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It had been a few years since I'd been to Barrel & Crow. I don't know what took me so long to get back. The food was outstanding especially the crab beignets (pure perfection), the Rockfish and the chicken and waffles. Can't wait to be back.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Appetizers was a crab beignet, which was very delicious but not sure why they call it a beignet...it was more of a savory dish...should have been called fried crab balls, lol.

Cocktails were well made...

The main course was very lacking. Wasn't bad, just was nothing to write home about...wife had the hanger steak and I, the fried chicken.

The waitstaff was friendly and on top of things, making sure we were attended to.

The place reminds me of a friendly neighborhood restaurant, but a bit pricey for what you get. I guess that's expected when dining in Bethesda.

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AL
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, it was a bit slow but servers were nice. It’s noisy, not for a romantic date.

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JC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

For brunch with 6 adults, food was good, but service after initial greeting was seldom seen

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JS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal Saturday night.
Started with a cocktail, the Hemingway daiquiri. Delicious, didn't taste strong, but it was....
Burrata appetizer was yummy and refreshing.
I moved onto the soft shell crab special with a side of duck fat fries. Both were the best I've ever had. A lot of times I find soft shells a little to mushy and even watery, these were perfect, very crispy with the perfect amount of salt. Couldn't stop eating the fries, crunchy on the outside with the perfect amount of soft potato on the inside.
My wife had the scallops which were cooked perfectly, not overdone, and were nice and fresh.
Unfortunately too full for desert.

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LT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This was our first time at Barrel & Crow, despite the fact that we live nearby. We enjoyed sitting just inside the bar area as it was open to the outside. The food was, for the most part, very good. It's just a bit pricey for what it is, but we'll go back.

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MS
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

It was ordinary and overpriced. The food I ordered (fried chicken with waffles) was not good. The greens that came with it was particularly poor. The complementary bread was nice.

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IL
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Chose this restaurant based on the great reviews. We came over for Memorial Weekend and the restaurant was only at 40% capacity. Our service was horrendous, we had multiple servers and it was like they were playing a game of broken telephone. Why take my order if you’re only going to tell it to someone else who didn’t even write it down? People all around us who came after were already done eating and we still didn’t even have our food. The food was so-so, nothing amazing to rave about. I ordered their crab cake Benedict which was a special and it came out over cooked and I’m not even sure if it was real crab. We should’ve known the service was poor when we saw multiple people from multiple tables getting up to look for their server. Will not come back again.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed being outside for dinners

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J
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sunday brunch was very good food and great value. They start you off with complimentary beignets, which are coated with granulated sugar rather than the powdered sugar to which I’m accustomed. I loved the change.

Duck fat fries, which came with my grilled chicken sandwich, are outstanding here.

Nice twists on traditional brunch fare.

Also, our waitress was attentive and accommodating. Excellent service. I look forward to returning!

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MB
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great brunch!

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CS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant. Everyone from the owner, to the server, to the bartenders make you feel welcome and a part of their family!

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k
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall it was “meh”. We went for Mother’s Day dinner, it was not a full dining room but the service was mediocre as if it were packed. The chicken and waffles reminded me of shake & bake. Nothing about it makes me want to come back.

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LA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find for Mother’s Day. Truly enjoyable with great menu items.

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SC
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great mother's day brunch experience

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FB
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent small menu. They know what they do well.

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M
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The restaurant was adorable and super modern. The service was great and the food was delicious. I would highly recommend to anyone especially for brunch.

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RC
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, charming staff, great ambience. A great place to spend an evening with friends and family. The menu is diverse and delicious. Loved their take on Southern Grits and Shrimp.

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SK
Washington DC
147 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We haven't been to Barrel & Crow for a while and met some friends there who had never been before. We all really enjoyed our meals! The flounder was really delicious! Our server was friendly and helpful. We look forward to returning.

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SP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time dining at Barrel & Crow and must say that this is truly a hidden gem.

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DM
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Front windows open the inside to the outside dining room - very pleasant on a nice evening! Nice selection of appetizers and entrees, and the quality and creativity of the dishes are excellent (boasting local/regional ingredients). The timing of the appetizers and dinner could have been better...main course came out immediately after, but there was some mix-up that they rectified later so all good there (hence the slightly lower star level but it's not a deal-breaker in my opinion). The draft beer menu is excellent - a mix of local brews - we will definitely be back and hope to come for the happy hour too!

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J
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

We tried the restaurant together with regular dining companions after reading a positive review. Our experience was mixed. The food was very good. The house specialties ...duck breast and lamb bolognese... were excellent. Two of our party enjoyed the trout. Service as friendly and enthusiastic, but a bit erratic. We could go for quite some time without any attention from the server even though the restaurant was not overly busy. However, when we did connect, he was helpful and responsive. The desserts were very nice and coffee was excellent. We had a pleasant experience overall. The food was excellent, the service friendly but a bit uneven for a restaurant of this sort and price range. We may have been there on an off night. We are likely to try it again some time. It is worth a visit.

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GD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed brunch at Barrel and Crow. Liked the free beignet. Fried green tomatoes were great with OG pimento cheese. Good hash browns. Tasty all around. Service was good. Prices are decent for quality of food and Bethesda

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SW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch. Accepts reservations, very quiet even at peak brunch time. Complimentary beignets to start. Excellent service. Food was great!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was OK but service was terrible. As they were not only understaffed but assumed we were walk-ins (we had a reservation but they did not ask) and ignored us as they seated larger parties who arrived after us.

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G
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

This was my second time visiting during happy hour. Food selections are delicious, and good value on drink specials. Regular menu pricing is consistent with Bethesda pricing. Service was a little slow due to being overwhelmed, but a reasonable person should expect that during a good happy hour.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Easter Dinner , they do a fine job . Exceptional service and food . Presentation and execution of food was top notch without being over . They know how to cook duck . Fun cocktails nice wine list , not pricey and a good variety. Crab beignets are full of crab and Duck tostados you cant go wrong . The Napoleon with passion fruit is delicious.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

REALLY great service and delicious food.

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S
San Francisco
120 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

There should be a "maybe would recommend". We've had great meals here, but Wednesday night fell short. Maybe an off night? Service was pretty bad. Ordered a starter salad to be shared. It came with the entree & on one plate without a plate given to the other person. No apology or anything. Very noisy. The person who I think was the manager was very apologetic for the large group/s who were "out of control". He sat us at what was probably the quietest table near the door & closed the door so we wouldn't be uncomfortable. Very thoughtful of him. Still, not the pleasant dining experience we hoped to have for the 4 of us.

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CG
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I typically come here on the weekend when it is very noisy so it was a nice change to visit on a quiet weeknight. As always, the food and service were fantastic. Our server went above and beyond to accommodate my food allergies and answer all of our questions. We ordered crab beignets, oysters, a charcuterie tray, Parisienne gnocchi, sweet corn agnolotti, and rockfish to split. For dessert we shared a piece of almond cake with candied orange pieces and strawberry sauce. The cake was amazing, it tasted like marzipan and fruit punch in the best way possible, but a bit small.
I can't recommend this restaurant enough, although maybe I shouldn't so I can keep getting a table here.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative menu for brunch , great selections of bourbon and beer. Duck tostados, crab beignets and fried green tomatoes, that pimento cheese is yummy. Oyster Benedict was also a favorite . Natalie was our server , very sweet . Live in Silver Spring, a new find .

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a great brunch among friends with bottomless mimosas. Highly recommend if you’re in the area!

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