Birch and Barley

4.6
2142 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience except it was a little hot inside. Towards the end of our dining experience the A/C started to crank up!

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JM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is much improved since my last visit last year. Food was delicious, service impeccable. Highly recommended.

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JW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a big table for Mother's Day Brunch and everything was amazing.

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DN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was creative, delicious, and well-proportioned! Wines available by the glass could be improved.

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E
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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Z
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Ok experience, bad tables, good food

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K
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely brunch with outdoor seating. Tasty, innovative cocktails and fresh, delicious food. Wonderful beer list. Helpful service. Recommended.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and dining experience! Appetizers were delicious! Server was really helpful in picking out beer tasting.

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MA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, beer selection amazing and our waiter was fantastic. Knowledgeable, engaging and fabulous.

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ES
Washington DC
128 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a good choice.

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a
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing service from Alli. Loved the tasting menus!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Wait staff is a bit short. Food was great, drinks are

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CS
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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f
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent evening. Food, beers, and service all top notch. It was REALLY DARK inside, tho. Hard to read menus!

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RB
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Our server, Megan, was incredible - efficient, friendly, and able to provide perfect recommendations regarding the menu.

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PN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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MC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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TT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The server was excellent and offered to correct our overly salted dishes, but in the end, it just wasn’t great.

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A
Washington DC
114 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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g
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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BC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was nothing less than perfect!

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TW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

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.

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NB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was great and the food was equally great!

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PN
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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SN
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The best food we have eaten during our holidays in USA ! An incredible choice of beers.

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CD
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great experience. Nicely done.

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice ambiance. A dark setting which made saturday night date night even more romantic. I recommend the Buratta appetizer and Strip Loin.

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J
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food and drink were good, server was very odd - would ask questions and walk away almost before we were done answering.

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SW
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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A
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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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s
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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K
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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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MH
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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e
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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