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About Birch and Barley

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.

1337 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American

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.

Cross Street:
Rhode Island Avenue NW

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 567-2576

Website:
http://www.birchandbarley.com/

Public Transit:
15 minute walk from the U Street Metro Station or the McPherson Square Metro Station.

Executive Chef:
Bill Williamson

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Birch and Barley Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great Beer, Seasonal
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

High quality beer selection and ambience but that’s where it stops. Food was mediocre at best but service was solid. Would go back for a beer or a charcuterie board.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great brunch during restaurant week!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We had the tasting menu with beer pairings and was wonderful. The combination of flavors were spot on. The service was perfect. Highly recommend it.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Robyn was a pleasure to have during my dining experience. The food! Two words: Prime rib! Also the Testa Tots are a must. Both were too scrumptious. So much so, that I didn't want dessert! This is from a person who lives for baked goods and treats! NEVER has a main course been so fabulous that I did not desire the finishing touch of dessert. I have found my new favorite spot in DC.

Tags: Romantic, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great starters, the pasta was waaay al dente and too heavy.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Visited as this restaurant was rated quite well. We were seated immediately and our server was over with menu and suggestions quickly. We enjoyed the beer selection which was quite good and fairly expansive. We both order an appetizer which ver quite good. Portions of dinner were just right. The place was quite buys and seating is close to others. That makes the noise level a bit higher than I like. Overall a very good experience and service was outstanding.

Tags: Great Beer, Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

This place has changed a lot!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great experience, and even better service!

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 (Omaha)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Went on a Friday night prior to an event at the Kennedy Center. Friday appears to be for dining only during the dinner rush. Incredible and slightly overwhelming beer menu. Food was creative and tasty. We had the cauliflower which was amazing, the short rib which was rich and succulent, and the pork belly flat bread which had great flavors, but the flat bread itself could use more attention. Service and ambiance was great, middle of the road as far as value in DC.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Fantastic all around

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Beer paired taste menu was fun! Enjoyed the variety of food items and tasted beers that we wouldn’t normally experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great Beer, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The food was very good, service was good and the cocktails were great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The food was amazing and the severs were on point.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Excellent beer and food that goes great with the beer. Helpful and friendly staff. Great evening.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great Beer
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We dined at Birch & Barley for New Years Eve and had a four course meal with beer pairing. Everything was OUTSTANDING. The food was incredible, portions were generous, and the beer pairings were thoughtfully selected and presented. Definitely will be returning for a normal dining experience!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food menu is VERY limited- and it’s just okay...
and they change menu very often- so it’s really hit or miss...

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food and a truly excellent beer selection, along with good service made for a great date for mu wife and me.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Casual, Romantic, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Food and service were great! It's a mellow ambiance suitable for a lunch or evening date. It was nice to go to brunch and not yell over loud music. I went with a group of girls and we joked how the lighting made it feel Romantic. Overall it was a good dining experience.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Ordered the Steak and Eggs with Tots. Was not disappointed. An extra two thumbs up for those tots, too.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Been there before and will go there again. 'Nough said

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Casual, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Wonderful service! The chef gave us complimentary appetizers and wait staff was very attentive.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

B&B always nails it on all fronts. I go for the best beer menu in town, but love it for the food, service and value.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Came for brunch with 4 friends from out of town. We took advantage of the special that comes with two cocktails, bottomless coffee, and an entree. Not typically a huge fan of gin but, the "Punch Below the Beltway" was a fantastic mid-day cocktail. I also highly recommend the cauliflower starter, as well as the carbonara - I was literally licking my plate!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We would have ranked the restaurant service higher if it weren't for the fact that many of the food runners were the ones that presented some dishes and they didn't have enough english proficiency to be completely understandable. So at some times, we didn't know what we were eating. Everything on the tasting menu was good but not great. The octopus was oversalted and a little tough, the gnocci was good but not great and the duck breast (they didn't ask us how we wanted it cooked) was medium to medium well. What makes this place stand out is the beer pairings. They matched the flavors of the food really well and were exceptionally thought out. I would say come for the beer and stay for the beer, the food is good, but not great.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Generally very good. Attentive and considerate staff, very knowledgeable about the menu options and especially the beer selection. The environment is dark, but not in a bad way.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

I was disappointed with the food. I had chicken and waffles. The chicken had garlic on it - which didn't go very well with the waffles. The waffle was just OK. We haven't been in a while and won't bother to go back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Great for family!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Ate here over Thanksgiving weekend. It may have been our favorite meal of the weekend. Our waiter was awesome and helped with ordering beer (they have many). The atmosphere is amazing. We had the cauliflower appetizer and mussels. Both delicious. Our table had 2 bucatini - amazing, short ribs - unbelievable, and a burger. Everyone loved their entrees. We would definitely go back again and again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Good-what we had was tasty (tater tots and beet salad). The biscuits were really yummy. The chefs tasting menu looked great and I️ wished I️ could have ordered something from that menu but those dishes were not available individually.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Never disappoints. I’ve been coming to B&B for years and the food/service/overall experience is always fantastic.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot
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 (London)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food here was good however the brunch menu did not have much selection and you had to order everything a la Carter. The boozy brunch was not really worth it as it was only two drinks and you had to ask for basic amenities that should automatically be provided. The fresh baked bread, bacon and charcuterie was amazing. Basically good food but brunch does not seem to be their specialty for hard core brunchers.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

All in all a good experience. The wait was a little long even with a reservation. Server forgot I had given her my card for the table as it was a special occasion and dropped the check in the center of the table. Food was great from top to bottom.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great vibe. Great beer list. Really good food and an amazingly knowledgeable and fun server made for a perfect evening with co-workers.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Fun
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