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Birch and Barley

4.5
2109 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Top Tags:
  • Great Beer
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
Birch & Barley is a ground-breaking Washington DC restaurant dedicated to an unparalleled collection of 555 artisanal beers.

Located on 14th Street near Logan Circle, the restaurant delivers a completely unique food and beer experience celebrating a full spectrum of styles, traditions, regions and flavors. A destination for beer lovers with a collection of 555 hand-picked labels meticulously curated by Beer Director Greg Engert., Birch & Barley is made possible by a passionate team of professionals relentlessly committed to their craft.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday & Saturday Dinner: 5:30 - 11:00 PM
Brunch Served Saturday and Sunday 11 AM - 3:00 PM.
Sunday Dinner: 5:00 PM-8:00 PM

If you are unable to book a reservation through OpenTable, please note that we hold several tables for walk-in guests, including all seating on our patio, weather permitting.
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Phone number
(202) 567-2576
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Bill Williamson
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Rhode Island Avenue NW
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Public transit
15 minute walk from the U Street Metro Station or the McPherson Square Metro Station.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 2109 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.5
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4.1
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 4 days ago

The food menu was limited for brunch but the food was great. They had drinks listed on open table that was on the menu I really wanted to try. I am not sure why they couldn’t make them if they have a bar. Also the menu items that you see listed for brunch didn’t match the resturant menu really either.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The service was terrific and food delicious. I had chicken and waffles. It was a tad bit pricey though.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Deviled eggs had just the right amount of spicy heat. Burger was quite good. Chard salad and lemon dessert were only ok. It is a bit too dark in the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Service was great! Everyone was kind and accommodating. Parking was easier than expected. Food, cocktails, and beer were very good.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

I wanted to get brunch somewhere last minute before I had to go to work myself (I work in the service industry) and Birch & Barley had the quick fix I needed. I got the chicken & waffles which didn't change my world, but it hit the spot. What DID change my world was the Early Spring cocktail. Mamma Mia that was the most refreshing cocktail I have ever had, and I will be returning just to taste that again, considering it's probably seasonal. I also had the Irish Hello-- it was like a coffee old fashioned. Also great, but early spring was the big winner this brunch. Great service, good food, amazing drinks.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

All I can say is AWESOME! I wish they had seated us in a booth, but other than that the food was Great! My "drinks" were also Awesome 😉👍 can't wait until next time

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Beer selection is, of course, amazing -- truly, outstanding. Menu a bit limited, food ranged from good to very good -- nothing mind-bending, no real clunkers. A nice place to eat good food and explore the world of beer with friends.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I loved this place and the server was attentive with our drinks, but for some reason, our food took FOREVER to come out. We looked around at one point and no one had any food on their tables- even tables that were seated before us. Everything else was great and the food was delish!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

My husband and I had dinner before a show at studio theatre. We greatly enjoyed the service and food. I had the 3-Star beer with toasted pecan and it was yummy. We ordered beets salad to share. I had spaghettini Nero with clams that was really good and my husband had the ribs that was also excellent. We loved the desserts of pie and cheesecake . The service was top notch. We will definitely go again

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Service was excellent They have a changing menu, but we all found food that we all enjoyed.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Good location before Studio Theatre. Sucking pig for table of 4 is excellent deal and plenty of food.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Best brunch experience in DC! Knowledgeable staff and exceptional service. We cannot wait to return!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Cool atmosphere, incredible beer list, and very good food.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Came here for a Birthday Brunch on Sunday. The food was good and service was great, but the table we were at was a little dark. Best spot is definitely by the window!

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

New Yorker foodie snob here - very impressed. We had the chicken, the short ribs, a flatbread and two apps... plus great beer... worth having to eat early because there were no later reservations. Totally fresh and delicious, and reasonably priced for what you get.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The food was delicious! We all ordered items to share but also shared entires and I didn’t have anything I didn’t like. Our service was terrible. The waitress seemed very annoyed and irritated with us. She didn’t smile once; hardly greeted us at the table and constantly forgot stuff we asked for.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Few options but all very delicious sounding and my meal was great!

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Server was offputting and no birthday celebratory on behalf of the resto was made despite advanced notice.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Loved eating here! The boozy brunch value was great, and the biscuits and gravy were to die for! The atmosphere and service were excellent as well, and I’ll be returning and recommending to my friends

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Food was good, not spectacular. The brunch cocktails were very good.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Initially, my friend and I were really excited to visit this restaurant. The pictures of the food and location looked great. When we arrived, we were sat in the back of the restaurant which instantly changed the love of the ambiance. It’s separated by a wall from the main dining room, dark, and only receives light from the kitchen. Service was poor & extremely slow, and the food was overpriced. I will not be back.

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The menu was confusing. The food was very greasy and similar to microvable meals. The beer list was extensive, but extremely overpriced. However, the service was very good and the layout of the restaurant was unique.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great food good service. Unique dishes. You will pay a premium and may feel like your drinks are too small, but I say it’s all good and a fantastic night out for a special occasion or to really impress a date especially if you sit at the chef’s counter.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We were celebrating our anniversary. Not only was the chef’s tasting menu with beer pairings amazing, but they brought us complimentary champagne and oysters for our special day. Food was amazing, service was amazing, whole experience was amazing. I would absolutely recommend!

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Amazing service and delicious food! Beer knowledge is exceptional!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great brunch spot. Chicken and waffles really hit the spot and their carbonara is delicious, though the pancetta/bacon could have used a bit more cooking because it lacked any crisp and the fat didn't render. Left it quite tough and chewy. Which to be honest, maybe that is what they were going for?

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Excellent service and cocktails. Entrees this time around (Buccatini and Suckling Pig) did not meet the standards set by previous visits. Still, solid place with good people working the joint.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Excellent food in a charming setting. I had the smoked bucatini, which is a variation of a cacio e pepe pasta. It was absolutely delicious. We first ordered drinks upstairs at Churchkey and we were able to take them down with us for dinner. It was a very quiet, dim setting (definitely romantic if that's what you're looking for). We were there on a Sunday night, so I imagine it's a little louder / more crowded on other nights. Highly recommend!

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1.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The food is objectively subpar and the service was slow. There are many better restaurant options in DC.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great brunch! Excellent service! Food was delicious! Will be back!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Have been to other restaurants owned by this group but first time at Birch and Barley and it was amazing. The food was fantastic and their beer selection is awesome, will definitely be back

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great food .... restaurant was too loud

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Brunch! The service was excellent and we were seated right away. Great experience overall.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Our server/general service was truly great! The short rib was amazing - so tender! Will def recommend :)

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

B&B is a favorite of mine, and has been quieter when I have been in the past, but the noise level was a big high this most current meal for what our group was looking for, and I had a bit of trouble hearing my table. There were also very few non-meat dishes available. Both the fishes had meat, as one was made with veal and the other with pancetta. However, they accommodated our restrictions by letting us order one of the tasting menu dishes a la carte, which was wonderful and quite considerate of them. And that dish (a squash risotto) was rather spectacular! Also the homemade biscuits we got to start were also excellent. All in all-great food and lots of great beer options, but a bit of a noisy environment.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Cacio de pepe was great! Dorade was fishy, cheese plate was fantastic.

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Dined here for the first time on Sunday evening with two friends, drinks were on point and with over 500 beer selections you are bound to find something to your liking, great liquor menu too if that's more your style. Charcuterie board for an appetizer was delicious, we went with the cote de boeuf as the table entree and was disappointed with it, no way was there 35 oz of meat served, the portion was quite small and quite fatty. The broccoli rabe was overcooked. The potatoes were the best thing on the platter! Overall, I would come back for drinks and appetizers, but would not have dinner here.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Service was very courteous, polite, patient, and well informed about the food and drink menu, which is sayin a lot given there are hundreds of beers available here. The tap list was outstanding and the menu helped digest the options by organizing beers by type and even further by taste, giving the reader a captivating glimpse at what they were about to order.

The food was perfect. I had chicken, date had pasta. Chicken was moist, cooked perfectly, and the pasta was rich but well balanced.

The layout caught me by surprise. Walking in, the lower seating area has great ambiance for the evening. There’s a separate upper tiered seating area adjacent to the kitchen. Tables are well spaced and you don’t feel like you’re on top of your neighbors. In this upper area, you’re able to see the excitement in the kitchen, but the light coming from here breaks into the dining space and, for me, this distinguished the vibe in the upper tier seating area from that on the lower, main floor. My date had a background working in the dining industry and he enjoyed seeing everything in action. To each their own. No harm done and it was a unique experience, if anything.

We are looking forward to circling back to Birch and Bailey for another evening together. In the meantime, I will highly recommend this restaurant to friends and family.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Overall Birch Barley was an enjoyable experience for brunch. They food was excellent, however I just wish they had a few more menu items to choose from.

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3.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Not great, not bad. Top 3 beer selection in town. They serve "Old Fashioneds" on the menu, which is a big thing in the Midwest. It was mostly just hard liquor and an ice cube. The drink was OK but it wasn't an Old Fashioned, nor was it very good. The pasta was good, not great. Salad was good, not great. Everything was just fine and OK, and a little bit overpriced for the quality and space. The space itself is OK. This is the best OK bar in town.

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