Birch and Barley

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$31 to $50
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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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vipElizabethW
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Service, food, atmosphere.

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vipWB316
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Fixed price brunch, 3 courses for $25 is an excellent value. We loved the food - caesar salad and deviled eggs very good, pork belly hash and chicken with waffles excellent. The restaurant is a bit noisy, hard to hear conversations sometimes.

Birch and Barley
Responded on March 11, 2020

We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us! The prefixe brunch is definitely a great option. We would love to see you all again soon. If you ever need help making a reservation, please reach out through our phone number or email. -Lou

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vipLaylaB
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Delicious food but very inconsistent and slow service.

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vipChsfoodie
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place one of my favs. I live a block away. And keep coming back!!!

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vipRobbie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Birch & Barley brunch was awesome! Great value, plenty of food, fun atmosphere, and cute decor.

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vipScottS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Brunch hash - terrible, meat mostly fat and very chewy, eggs way overcooked, little flavor overall

Breakfast sandwich- eggs under cooked, meat portion almost non-existent

Not at all up to standards we expect from Birch and Barley

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DCien
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I used to like this restaurant right around the time it was opened. I went back after many years for brunch and I have to say I was not impressed. Between us, we tried the chicken and waffles which were ok, the hash, and the shakshuka and we were not impressed with any of the dishes. The bloody mary was really good.

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ChristopherT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birch and Barley has to be one of the best restaurants in DC. Their beer selection, combined with some of the most imaginative and delicious food combinations, make every visit a joy. My only complaint is that the lighting is far too low to read an 8 point typeface menu.

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JayC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We went for Valentines and the fixe menu was over priced and the food completely underwhelming. Their normal menu is quite good and consistent.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Have been here a few times and also been wow’d by good and service. Last evening service was sub par. Forgot the bring out dinner(long wait), didn’t know hoe to work French press...when coffee had grounds in it told us “that happens sometimes”

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EmilyG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

great food, mediocre, slow service but good vibe for the weekend when not in a rush!

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THHT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birch and Barley continues to deliver wonderful meals year after year. The reason I continue going back is due to their exceptional service which compliments their delightful meals. I always get the chef's tasting menu with the beer pairing and it never fails to amaze me.

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vipAshleyS
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a friend in town and wanted to check out this place. The service was great. The menu was a bit limited for someone gluten free, dairy free and soy free. I typically get fruit when I brunch, but unfortunately they didn’t have any fruit. I wish there were more veg and fruit options for people on dietary restrictions.
Overall it was a fun vibe and brunch drinks were great!! I’ll check them out again for dinner and maybe there will be more options I can eat. :)

Birch and Barley
Responded on February 2, 2020

Ashley, I am glad you had a great experience here with us! We have gluten, dairy and soy free dinner options for you to choose from. Feel free to reach us out directly if you need help making a reservation with us. We look forward to having you in soon. Best, -Lou

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LindaM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I ordered the ribeye steak which was not at all what I am used to. It was

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Poor table right next to the door, hit with cold drafts constantly. Kept my winter coat on the entire time. Very loud, almost like it was a nightclub. Hard to hear the people right across the table from me

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MayaH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
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!

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LauraS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
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

Birch and Barley
Responded on January 26, 2020

Laura, We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience with us and apologize for fumbling a little bit with the timing on the desserts. We appreciate the feedback as we are always striving to get better. Thank you very much for your time, we look forward to seeing you again soon, Louis

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chichi
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipAlex46
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, unusual preparations, lovely service.

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OpenTable Diner
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

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LexieC
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.

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MarthaM
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.

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RebeccaO
New York Area
8 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.

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viptoutoften
Washington DC
146 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
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

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vipAniaK
Phoenix
104 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!

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AndriaS
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.

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vipKaren
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.

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vipSaraP
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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipFitFoodie
Washington DC
7 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!

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JackR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

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

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vipBrad
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.

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

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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews