Birch and Barley

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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.
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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went for restaurant week! Had the best service. They accommodating all 10 of us. Food came out quickly, and waiter made good suggestions. The cookies for dessert with milk are AMAZING!!! Highly recommend the chicken and waffles for brunch. All over wonderful experience.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice evening of great food and beer. All the staff were great. Would certainly recommend and will certainly go again.

MH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I went here for restaurant week and the food was okay, the aesthetic was nice, the service was great. I think that it's a great place to try. I think their things on their regular menu were better because we did order some stuff from there too. The food wasn't bad at all, ive just had better, especially during restaurant week. Also I just had a glass of wine but my friend had a cocktail and she said that they weren't good at all. my wine was good though! I think that they have a great menu, a wide variety of selections, they are known for their beer so if you like beer this is the place to be! hope this helps!

LS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was great, as well as the service. However they took super long ( like 25 minutes) to bring desert which was ice cream

c
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! My friend and I went for restaurant week and the three-course menu was divine. Everything is seasoned so well, nothing was bland! This is my second time going to Birch and Barley in the span of a week and the customer service has remained consistent which is a plus. It's slowly becoming one of my favorite places to dine in DC. The only con was that the cocktail prices are a little ridiculous for how little they give you, but I can look over that since the food was terrific.

OT
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Waited in the aisle for 10 minutes, even with a reservation and no other traffic. Menu did not have anything that particularly interested me. Was not offered a salad or any side. Left hungry. Waitress was largely absent. Waited 10 minutes for desert menu, then another 10 for waitress to take order. Finally left without desert. This is primarily a drinking establishment, not a significant restaurant.

A
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, unusual preparations, lovely service.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Arrived 30 min early, seated at the bar until a table was ready, bartender was nice but fairly busy. Seated at our table 10 min late, waiter was nice and very casual, ordered 2/3 fixed menu items and repeatedly received the wrong dish even after notifying our waiter. Food was very good and tried some new and interesting things. Cocktails and beers where fantastic

LC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Not great service. Our server was heavy pushing the NYE menu when we were just in for a regular dinner. We waited a long time for drinks and the check was dropped without asking if we were finished.

MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is glorious, the staff is friendly and attentive, and the room is lovely.

RO
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

If you want beer you have hundreds of choices. If you want food, you have three options to share, about six entrees, and something that is misc — not tapas or appetizers. Had the chicken and it smelled and tasted smoke (but not much else). The smell lingered on me for hours after. Sauce was — perhaps — chicken grease without much flavor. Service was friendly, room was nice, and it was quiet. But I’d rather have spent the money we spent for dinner in a restaurant with good food.

t
Washington DC
142 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance, but far too loud. We were a party of four and had trouble hearing one another.

OT
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date spot! We had the prix fixed brunch. Recommend avacado toast, fried chicken waffle (note that it’s dark meat, however), and cookies with bourbon milk

AK
Phoenix
98 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic brunch spot with delicious traditional and creative cuisine. Highly recommend the brisket hash and the crab Benedict! The hostess was so welcoming and accommodating, she was the perfect first impression for the restaurant. Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable about the food. It was our first time but we will be back! Thank you!

AS
New England
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of five had an enjoyable dinner at Birch & Barley. Our food was delicious and the selection of whiskey is fantastic.

K
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Whole Porgy fish was excellent. The salad and shaved brussels sprouts were really disappointing. Food was over-salted and didn't care for seasonings/dressings. Service was attentive but a bit slow. Not sure I would return given the prices.

SP
New Mexico
18 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

This is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is always outstanding. We loved that the chef brought our main dish out and came back to see how we enjoyed it. Only complaint is that there aren't good choices for red wines by the glass. Great whites though.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! As per usual the food, wine, ambience, beer and service were amazing!

FF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Birch and Barley. It is a fun atmosphere with a great menu and even better service!

JR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food really too salty, choice if beer is good, service is just okay

B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a large group in town for work and they were spectacular to us! Our server was exceedingly patient and helpful walking our table through food and drink options ( multiple times) and provided some great recommendations. She encouraged a few of us to stray from our comfort zones on the beer list and she did not disappoint. I loved everything I had, and our group had a great night, but for me our server made this a 5 star night. I just feel bad that I can’t remember her name :( Birch and Barley will definitely be on my short list for future visits.

KJ
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply wonderful. The service and food were top-notch!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great service, great food, great experience!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic time. My mother had the best burger she's ever eaten.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Not great! I was hoping it worked have been better

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really wonderful spot. The food was great,, service great, ambiance wonderful. For sure will go back!!

AH
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Came in as a party of 2 and was very pleasantly surprised that we were able to order 2 different tasting menus (since my date was a vegetarian and I certainly am not). Chef Jarrad Silver has created an amazing offering with the Beast Menu featuring goat 3 ways and the vegetarian menu was also bright and flavorful. Such a great value and the beer pairings were a fun touch. One of the best meals I had in a while with fun flavors while still serving classic and approachable dishes. Thank you Chef!

M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I chose Birch and Barley for a brunch with some friends who were in town from NYC. We had a great time catching up in their open air seating. The food was delicious, our server was awesome, and our friends loved the beer selection (there were some from a brewery in Scotland that they had tried on a recent trip overseas). Will definitely go again!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was enthusiastic, attentive and just all around amazing. Coupled with the incredible food - it was an amazing experience. We will definitely be returning.

c
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The pasta dishes are delicious. Great beer menu. Try the Pot de Creme (such a delightul dessert)

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were able to seat us outside on a beautiful day and wake us through the menu without over explaining. Brunch entrees and sides were tasty and promptly served. Cold brew was exceptional as well.

S
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The beee parings were amazing. Very knowledgeable staff

LA
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were here for a pre-theater dinner. Everything was excellent, from the food to the drinks to the service. I would highly recommend it.

AN
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was perfectly fine but not memorable. The complimentary bread at the start was the nicest part - wonderful texture and topped with chicken fat! While my scallops were nicely cooked, the sauce and accompaniments were not remarkable. And our server was trying to accommodate our theater tickets, but she did it in a way that was intrusive, and when she wasn't hovering, at least two others were constantly coming by to fill our water glasses, swipe just-finished plates, and ask if we needed anything else.

F
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

I had dinner with my family. I've been going to Birch and Barley for many years. It's been fantastic for food. The last time we went, the menu wasn't as good but they switched it up and that can happen. This time, we had really horrible service. I understand people can have a bad day but our server was awful. He took my mother's order and forgot it 4 minutes later and asked her again. Later, our food was taking a long time and my mother, who's 79, asked our server where the food is. He got upset and grumbled under his breath and cleaned up our plates, even though, we hadn't finished eating our appetizers. He then asked us if we wanted another drink. I asked to get another and the drink that was delivered was in a glass that was disgusting. I only realized after taking the first sip. It had lip smudges and looked like it had rolled around under the bar. I didn't drink another sip. The next day, I had a sick stomach for most of the day I wrote Birch and Barley directly and called and left a VM to let them know. It's been 3 days, no response. I don't want a free meal, I'm also surprised at the lack of response...

T
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time in DC and we had a wonderful waitress that had a great understanding of the menu and helped us decide on apps/meals/drinks. The food was outstanding and the ambiance of the restaurant was excellent as well. Highly recommend, good company helps too!

KB
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience2

The door was open and it was very hot inside but the food was very good and nice staff.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the tasting menu and it was 100% worthwhile. Service, food, and drinks were all outstanding.

PG
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Well, eh, meh, sorta, left feeling, ummm, not was it once was. I dined with an old friend the other night and we splurged on the tasting menu (food and beer, the one with oysters, tomato toast, pork belly and cabbage.) As indicated all food was super great, creative and delicious. However, the guys who brought our beers didn't seem to care about the beer or actually know much about the beer or care (repeated for emphasis). Maybe they just woke up? The attention to the beer and stories about the beer this place is known for were not present. At all. Some smiles sure. A little sprinkle of kindness. Delicious food, yes. But, it wasn't what I wanted in terms of attention to detail, engagement, or frankly, level of caring about our dining experience. I was really excited to go, but probably won't go back given that apparently this place just kinda lost that je ne sais crois...lost its sparkly, interesting bent. Frownie face.

OT
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Well, they forgot to point in my order with everyone else's at my table, and it wasn't busy. They were very apologetic and provided us with a free appetizer so I call it even in my book. If you have friends that have....basic pallets don't bring them here, the whole dinner was lost on my boy, he was not happy. Otherwise it was a good night and I enjoyed the experience. When my dinner did arrive out was really nice, perfectly made.

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