Birch and Barley
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.
This was a blow away experience. I was seated by myself and the hostess was more than accommodating moving tables around for me. There were two tastings brought out from the kitchen. I ordered the roast chicken which was the best I have ever had! My only regret is I was on company reimbursement so couldn’t go all out with the tasting menu - which has a vegan option by the way! I will return!
Delicious food! Great brunch deals! I would go again.
Great food and excellent, attentive, service. We live three hours away and we will definitely be back! We each had a veggie starter - the sugar snap peas and the mushrooms. Both were perfectly cooked and deliciously flavored. We also had a smaller plate - soft shell crabs with an escabeche of peppers and onions and sea bass on a bed of mixed beans with a gremolata that set the fish off. Both were perfectly cooked and were exquisitely flavorful and expertly prepared. Kudos for both recipe development and execution. The beer list was almost overwhelming in its depth but was helpfully organized by flavor profile. The whiskey list was similarly long, although less helpfully organized, but we found delicious options from both. Definitely recommended.
The food was pretty good..the scallops were phenomenal and the pork was great flavor but a bit more fat than expected. The foi gras toast was too butter, not a whole lot of Goose liver. Our waiter was fabulous so overall was a good experience! Would go back!
Stopped in for dinner before a concert. The ambiance and service were great, we had an enjoyable time. HUGE beer list, tons of different draft options and then some crazy number of bottles on top of that. Pretty solid wine/cocktail collection as well. We ordered a few different appetizers and that actually was enough food for us. The flatbread pizzas were good and I highly recommend the deviled eggs.
Lovely experience except it was a little hot inside. Towards the end of our dining experience the A/C started to crank up!
This place is much improved since my last visit last year. Food was delicious, service impeccable. Highly recommended.
We had a big table for Mother's Day Brunch and everything was amazing.
Food was creative, delicious, and well-proportioned! Wines available by the glass could be improved.
Really fantastic all around. We had a large group seated near the front of the restaurant by the patio. Everything was excellent. The smoked chicken was one of the better dishes I’ve had and the drinks & desserts were likewise great. Highly recommend
Ok experience, bad tables, good food
Made a reservation here last minute when my mom swung through town on a Saturday and we really enjoyed ourselves. We each tried a different "flight" which meant we got to to taste a number of items and felt truly stuffed by the end. Everything was really delicious and the wait staff was great - even giving us a free "extra" dessert that we certainly didn't need after bringing the wrong dessert initially. We're also not big beer drinkers -- which I know is this place's thing -- but I must say the cocktails were also lovely for the non-beer folks out there.
Lovely brunch with outdoor seating. Tasty, innovative cocktails and fresh, delicious food. Wonderful beer list. Helpful service. Recommended.
Great food and dining experience! Appetizers were delicious! Server was really helpful in picking out beer tasting.
Food was excellent, beer selection amazing and our waiter was fantastic. Knowledgeable, engaging and fabulous.
Prepare yourself for a crisis of choice - the book, yes, book of beers will make your head spin. We had excellent, knowledgeable service, tho, to help us through and you can order small glasses if you want a taste. The menu is inventive gastro pub style. We ordered a couple apps and shared the smoked chicken and it was more than enough food - generous portions. The cauliflower app and the charred sweet potato were good but very heavily spiced. The shaved Brussel sprouts were clean and freshly flavored. The smoked chicken arrived with the prettiest, glossy skin but it was overcooked. Tasted like it was left in the brine or sous vide a bit too long. The chef clearly likes strong flavors.
Always a good choice.
Amazing service from Alli. Loved the tasting menus!
Wait staff is a bit short. Food was great, drinks are
If you like eclectic dining choices and craft beer, check out Birch and Barley. The deviled egg appetizer was on point, and the short rib entree needed no knife, it was so tender. Servers were very attentive, yet not overbearing. Wonderful dining experience.
Excellent evening. Food, beers, and service all top notch. It was REALLY DARK inside, tho. Hard to read menus!
Excellent! Our server, Megan, was incredible - efficient, friendly, and able to provide perfect recommendations regarding the menu.
Excellent as usual. Delicious food--even things that don't sound like they'll be too flavorful are BURSTING with flavor (draft beer list impressive & good too). Waitress extremely knowledgeable about the food and the beer. She brought me samples until I foudn what I wanted. Service was high class.
My girlfriend and I came here for brunch recently with some running group friends and it's quickly becoming our favorite place! Everything about this place is awesome. We look forward to becoming loyal customers at a place where everybody truly knows your name.
The server was excellent and offered to correct our overly salted dishes, but in the end, it just wasn’t great.
Sooo, there's such a thing as Gnocchi with crispy rabbit and bacon, smh. So very good, as was our entire meal. The 'tater tots' were extraterrestrial (huge, perfectly crisp on the outside and moist/flavorful on the inside). Creative offerings as well as classic brunch staples; delightful!
Oh and did we mention how genuinely pleasant and professional Jennifer and Elise were? Made our time at B&B that much better and the host was most welcoming.
Applause for the entire Birch and Barley team.
We were at the Birch and Barley for our 25th wedding anniversary dinner. We had been there before and loved the beer-paired, six course meal. Though the menu is very "meat forward" (as the server noted), we asked if they could cater our vegetarian diets. The chef did and assembled an amazing selection of courses.
The final course was a Zabaione dessert with carmalized brioche and orange slices. Totally amazing.
Our experience was nothing less than perfect!
This was our first time going for dinner. My husband and I along with another close couple. Food was tasty but portions were small. They didn’t have 2 wine bottles that we wanted and gave something close. Our server lady was not friendly. One of our friends were celebrating their birthday this week, I had specifically mentioned in the note while making a reservation AND told her in person to see if can do something special. She promised she will put a candle in our desert AND give us beer which was on her. I was happy to hear. Then, time for desert came and no candles or promised beer on the house . We even got our check. Then I asked her what happened to the request and she was like “ohh” and went back to get us I don’t know what. I was very disappointed with the service. Our friend was not interested at this point and we just left even before she could get back. Will not go here again.
Birch and Barley continues to impress us each and every time we go. We are very much into beer, making this an obvious destination as I would put their beer list (shared with their 2nd floor bar, Churchkey) against any restaurant in the world, but the food is consistently great as well. Additionally, the service is always phenomenal and if you care to engage with them, the staff can always hold a great and often educational talk about beer. While I could talk about their brews for the entirety of this review, I would hate to leave out that they really have some exceptional cocktails as well. Also, please do not think that the drinks are at the center of the attraction here - the cuisine stands on its own against DC's best. We had their Mother's Day Brunch and each course on the menu was enjoyed by all. We look forward to returning for dinner and seeing what their new chef has in store.
We always go back when we visit DC. Great food and fabulous beer from ChurchKey above. Highlight of our trips there. We stay close by so we can walk. A tradition for us from California!
Our server was great and the food was equally great!
Affordable, high class restaurant. Stunning, creative, super tasty food; excellent service and warm atmosphere. Professionally done beer list. The food is even better. It's our favorite place. It is as if management wants everything to be perfect. That amazes me. We were downstairs; it's more casual upstairs.
The best food we have eaten during our holidays in USA ! An incredible choice of beers.
Really great experience. Nicely done.
Very nice ambiance. A dark setting which made saturday night date night even more romantic. I recommend the Buratta appetizer and Strip Loin.
Came here on a whim with a friend after not having been here for a few years. I recall being enthralled with the food the last time that I was here. Apparently since the last time there has been a change in chef.
Split a small plate and a flatbread. The smokey mushroom really called to us, however the thought was that while the smokiness was great, there were not nearly enough mushrooms or "stuff" and felt more like we were eating glorified bread. The asparagus were good, well cooked, but didn't really stand out. Basically, not a bad meal, but didn't stand out as particularly great, and certainly does not match my memories of the place.
Food and drink were good, server was very odd - would ask questions and walk away almost before we were done answering.
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.
The service was terrific and food delicious. I had chicken and waffles. It was a tad bit pricey though.