Barrel & Crow

4.5
731 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. 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.
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MS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I really like this restaurant. The people who work here are really nice and the bar is great with a good selection of beer, wine, and bourbon. The food selection is also really good. The only real issue I have is the noise level. The last couple of times we have been here there has been one really noisy person in the bar area and the acoustics in the bar just amplify the sound.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great

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AM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great Sunday brunch. The server was wonderful - offered good recommendations, was friendly and timely with the service. I recommend reservations and arriving at 11 AM for brunch to avoid waiting for a table. Bloody Marys were tasty although a bit small for the price. Good food though, interesting options and overall a great brunch experience.

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

All the food was great. Portion sizes are not huge like most American restaurants. For the first time in a long time we didn’t have any leftovers to take home but we all left with satisfied stomachs. On the way out our daughter said it feels like we’re in Europe. I wonder if that was partially due to the fact that we weren’t carrying a doggie bag.

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VD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Bethesda and as we all know Bethesda has a plethora of restaurants! I highly recommend this place to anyone who asks. A colleague of mine asked about a nice restaurant to take his new wife to and I recommended Barrel and Crow.

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r
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

The drinks and appetizers were great, but our entrees were horrible and flavorless. We couldn't even eat them, a waste of $30 for horrible steak and bland shrimp and grits. I would only recommend for drinks and appetizers. Also the fries with truffle mayo were good, but entrees not so much ):

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d
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and flavors and one of my favorite farm to table restaurants in the area. Definitely recommend the duck tostadas, tuna taquitos, and the duck fat fries. Food is amazing every time I've been.

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PT
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Went with friends. Actually wet there by accident. We thought we wer reserving at aniother restaurant. Service was superb, staff extremely ell informed, polite, and there when you needed them. Shrimp and grits was very good but not great. Fried chicken and waffles was mixed. Breat half was too dry, leg and thigh perfect. Eaffles really good. Hanga5r steak good. Wines generous.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was great and the food was awesome!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Went for brunch. The food and vibe were great. Service was great. It wasn’t quite as “cozy” as we like for brunch, but that’s really my only complaint. They have outdoor dining, so this place might become my go-to for brunch in the spring.

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ND
Ottawa
14 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The kitchen at Barrel and Crow is talented and creative. They work hard on developing the flavors and texture of every dish they prepare - we enjoyed the delicious lobster bisque special and crab beignets amongst others. The soup was rich, tasting of smoky crustaceans and spices, topped with a medley of fresh seafood, coated in a light, crispy batter. The sauces that accompanied each dish were multidimensional, balanced and elevated the dishes to another level. The service as well was friendly, informative and on a slow Wednesday night, prompt and alert B&C was a surprisingly, high end dining experience in unassuming, bar-like surrounds, but don’t let that stop you from trying it out.

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PS
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I picked it for a long weekday lunch with family from out-of-town. It worked well, because the place was almost empty (therefore quiet) and we didn't mind the slow service. The food was excellent, though not quite outstanding, I would guess that the atmosphere is very different in the evenings and on weekends.

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BA
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and service

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

A casual but nice restaurant with wonderful fish, fabulous vegetables. Service was nearly perfect. Want to take my foodie son soon.

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MA
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were here on New Year's Eve. It was busy. The service was attentive, efficient and timely. The food was interesting, tasty and well prepared.

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g
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time was an excellent one. Creative dishes, good service, pleasant ambiance AND good bread makes this restaurant worth returning to very soon. Sorry we didn't discover it much earlier. Bethesda offers quantity in restaurants but not much quality, especially without a lot of noise. For us, it seems the better restaurants are in the older area north of Old Georgetown Rd. Keep up the great cookin'--along with excellent cocktails and desserts--Barrel & Crow.

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SM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best food and experience! We had the best waiter I’ve ever had in my life. Many gluten free options and knowledgeable about gluten-intolerant needs. Nice atmosphere, never felt rushed even though it was NYE evening that we went.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved this new find! Service was warm friendly. Food really delicious. Will be back!
Thank you!

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food and service.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal. Yohansse's recommendations MADE the meal. We had the duck and ahi appetizers (soooo good). Entrees we had Shrimp and Grits and the Lamb bolognese....both were delicious. Great meal. Will definitely return.

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G
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The duck Brest was excellent accompanied by squash—fantastic!

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Xmas eve... all god except the chartreuse board was not plentiful , but everything else was excellent

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food & the feeling of being well taken care of! A very good time

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KW
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The style of cooking is American comfort food - including some of Italian provenance - done with attention to presentation and quality. All dishes ordered by our party of three were tasty and enjoyable. Service was prompt and friendly but not overly familiar. A good place and one I will visit again soon.

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here never disappoints! The staff are are fantastic!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I visited for brunch and the food was delicious. A friend and I shared the chicken and waffles which came with a side of greens (all really good!); the veggie Benedict which was the highlight; and the shakshouka which was also very tasty (and also spicy). I would highly recommend.

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NA
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. The lamb bolognese was fantastic! Service was efficient and enthusiastic!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food Was wonderful and our waiter gave us great suggestions.

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BO
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and customer service was great!

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Baltimore
34 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good southern cooking in a warm, woodsy, trendy space with extensive and interesting beer and wine selections. The owner was friendly and engaging after the rush died down, and she works hard to make her. Establishment successful. We will come back and there aren’t many Bethesda restaurants we can say that about.

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LY
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I went there with a few friends for dinner at the suggestion of one. I can't say that it was special, but I have little to complain about either. It was comfortable and quiet enough to enjoy talking to my friends. Food was good, but not exceptional - the pear salad, a nice Spanish grenache, and the flourless chocolate cake were perhaps my favorites of the evening (the apple "crisp", could add a bit of crisp and a bit less sugar.) Staff was friendly and the waiter made good suggestions...but just had the standard need waiters seem to have these days to interrupt our conversation to ask unnecessary questions. (pet peeve)

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b
Washington DC
228 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Dined with Husband and his colleagues. Calamari appetizer was excellent. the Lamb Bolognaise was outstanding, as were the ahi tuna taquetos. Our waiter also was excellent.

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s
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Hadn’t been at Barrel & Crow in a while and was happy to find the food as good, or maybe better than it used to be. I had the scallops, which were perfect. Shared fish tacos as an appetizer. They were also delicious but a very small portion. Service was relatively absent. Understaffed that night?

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SB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Got quite loud. Food was good. Burrata is excellent, fries are yum.

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B
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious 🤤

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From beginning to end , outstanding meal and service! My husband was looking for a wine bar in Bethesda and this place came up . Not to be disappointed- rustic decor , exceptional food without being expensive . Friendly engaging service . Will defiantly be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THOSE BEIGNETS ARE CRAZY GOOD! Wonderful service , Mini Tuna tacos , warm apple crisp , feels like fall. You must get the veggie Benedict- flavors are so fresh! What a treat!

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MD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was outstanding

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MH
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love dark lighting especially on a cozy fall evening, this was the perfect spot for our work dinner! The food was delicious, also great for cold evening.

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