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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. Led by our Executive Chef Bill Williamson and 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

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Great Beer (22)
Fit for Foodies (14)
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Great for Brunch (13)
Fun (10)
Good for a Date (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Cozy (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Authentic (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Romantic (5)
Business Meals (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Organic (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
People Watching (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 13, 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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 (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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 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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·Dined on November 9, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We had an awesome time with my clients at Birch and Barley. The beer selection was great, the service was superb. I nice local place to eat that had great value.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The Birch & Barley kitchen was very accommodating to my friend's garlic allergy - even sending out a specific amuse-bouche that she could try. The food was fantastic, our server friendly, and of course the beer was great!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Loved the baked eggs and mussels as well as bread that accompanied these dishes. Very good. Our table was not ready for our 12:15 reservation so after5-10 minutes we asked to sit at one of the high tops since we had a flight to catch. My one complaint: it was too dark in restaurant. Not so easy to read menu.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Absolutely amazing. We had the tasting menu and optional beer pairings to go along with it, and I was honestly blown away by some of the pairings. Typically you'd think of wine as the drink of choice for this sort of thing, but Birch and Barley is dedicated to showing that beer can do the same just as well, if not better. The Carbonara paired with a Doppelbock was the highlight, but all six courses (including the optional cheese course) and their beers were phenomenal. I cannot say enough good things about this restaurant. Our server, John, was knowledgable and gregarious and I wish he could be there for all of my meals. The noise level is definitely high, but that was expected and the ambiance of the restaurant works with noise. Legitimately the only thing I'd knock is the slippery acrylic chairs that really only let you sit one way, but that's SUCH a minor complaint.

No question the best dining experience of my life. Fine-dining level food in an atmosphere that is the exact opposite of stuffy.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Visiting DC!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Excellent service. We enjoyed the chef's tasting menu with beer pairing. Would come again.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Excellent service, even during a busy Sunday brunch time. Tasty lobster roll. Delish "Muddy Blarey". Only complaint (becoming more and more common all over D.C.) too LOUD. Hard to talk to companions.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Let me start by saying the service was amazing! Everyone was so friendly. Our server even gave us some sightseeing pointers. With that being said, the food can be described as “meh.” We went for Sunday Brunch. Started with the deviled eggs. They were interesting but nothing spectacular. They had a bit of a spicy bite but they had an overwhelming taste of vinegar. For entrees I had the steak and eggs and my husband had the chicken and waffles. My husband loved the chicken and waffles but said the chicken was a little dry. My steak was cooked well but once again had a vinegar sauce over it which took over. My eggs still had runny whites which I specifically asked not to have. The tots were amazing! If I could go back in time I would have just ordered them because they were delicious. I had such high hopes for the food but I was definitely let down. With so many brunch options in DC I’m not sure I will find myself back here.

Tags: Cozy, Quick Bite, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Accommodated my party of 7 even though seating sits 6 people as well as the fact that I was running 15mins late. Nice ambience and very friendly wait staff.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Fun, Quick Bite
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We were a little late for our reservation and the host was super accommodating and nice. We were sat in a table that was directly in the sun and had to all move to one side to avoid it, but it was unavoidable and hot. We asked to open the garage door so it would be less warm but were told no. We ordered drinks and each one of our glasses were dirty with dried water spots (which we understand, but still don't like to see) but three of our glasses had noticeable lip marks on them. We sent them back and they brought us new drinks, would have been nice to get a round on the house or some sort of acknowledgement. The bill didn't capture the brunch experience. Cool place, but overall not a great experience.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Service was good, but food was under seasoned and overpriced. It was a disappointing meal. Would not reccommend for brunch, dinner menu may be better.

Extensive beer selection is a plus! If you like beer and want to try all sorts of brews, I’d definitely recommend B&B for that.

Tags: Great Beer, Casual
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Friendly service, nice casual environment and yummy fresh food. It was a good evening! I would recommend Birch and Barley to anyone in the DC area.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Organic, Casual
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Our brunch food and service were fantastic. We mistakenly ordered the apple fritters as an appetizer (overlooking the gelato in the description 🙄) and thoroughly enjoyed our dessert first!

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

I loved this place & the food was great! This was my first time, and I'll definitely be back soon!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Service was great and the place was busy. Food was ok, nothing received a wow from the table. We tried meat and cheese plate, flatbreads, chicken and burger. Drinks were a bit on the smaller side. Good beer selection, of course.

Tags: Great Beer
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Birch & Barley was such a wonderful place to dine. The food recommendations were great from our server. When visiting D.C. We will be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

My friends and I did the "boozy brunch" add-on where it's $12 for two brunch cocktails and unlimited coffee. The pours for the mimosas were pretty small, and they rarely offered us coffee refills. The food was good but overpriced.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The drinks lists are great and it's a very nice space. But the food was so-so and the service was worse. Our waitress spilled water on us multiple times; less problematic but still not ideal she forgot a glass of wine one of our party wanted and didn't bring sugar or milk with our coffee. As to the food, the fish dish was really, really, really small - as in a "you've got to be kidding me" small. The mussels were excellent; the rest was fine. Although the drink selection is great and the atmosphere are both good I wouldn't go back.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Delicious!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We had a wonderful server who brought us champagne for our anniversary. The food was delicious, especially the meat and cheese tray. The short ribs were a bit dry, but overall wonderful experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2017

My significant other and I went there for our 1-year anniversary. They gave us a quiet table as requested and then brought out complimentary sparkling rose and an appetizer compliments of the chef since they knew it was our anniversary.

The overall experience was fantastic. We had the chef's tasting menu with the complementary beer pairing. I had never experienced such a wonderful dinner. The waiter explained each dish and beer in full and elaborated as to why they were paired together. The food was outstanding. The beers were perfectly paired and added to the experience of the dinner.

I look forward to going back for another wonderful dinner!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Excellent service and ambiance. Our waiter did a great job making us feel welcome and taken care of.

Tags: Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Scenic View
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 (Mobile)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I went here for my birthday brunch and the service was fantastic, my food was delicious and since I don't like a big fuss over my birthday they dropped off the birthday cake quietly. I wanted to go back the next day. Absolutely delicious and for all my veg-forward eaters try the avocado and eggs.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

A lovely dinner at a great venue with rich but delicious plates. A great beer list and lots of recommendations for pairings. We go at least once per year!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

I got the pasta carbonara and a muddy blary and they were both great! I went for my birthday lunch and it was a great atmosphere for my party of 5.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great beer options, interesting menu that complements the beer, knowledgeable and attentive wait staff

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 16, 2017

That was a very nice place with very original offerings. The only downside is that it was a bit louder than what we would prefer.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Excellent meal, helpful servers. A lovely and fun dinner out. We had the chef's selection and the food/beer pairings were spot-on.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Great location but overpriced. Food and coffee tasted good for brunch but I expected more for the price. Very dark inside.

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Enjoyed trying new beer from the extensive draft beer menu.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Good variety of food (even with a short menu). Perfectly sized portions. Great Service.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Great Beer
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We used to frequent Birch and Barley all the time when we lived in the neighborhood. Unfortunately for us, we haven't been able to go since moving across the city a year ago. We finally made it back for a date night under the new chef's menu. We did the tasting menu and it did not disappoint! Usually when having so many things, we can pinpoint a favorite, but we couldn't! The mozzarella dish was amazing, gnocchi so delicious, and panna cotta was luxurious! (Not to mention the other dishes we had) And don't forget about their extensive beers on draft. We got a couple different ones which was great, and the waiter we had (blanking on his name- sorry!) was very knowledgeable and lovely. Looking forward to going back soon!!!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 25, 2017

We went during DC craft beer week and had an enjoyable time. Service was outstanding as was the food. The selection of beers is extensive and remarkable

Tags: Authentic, Casual, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

The flavor of the food was good but the portions were very small. Paid $12 per person for two mimosas (that was on special) and they were about a quarter of a glass. Two of us ordered steak and eggs and the steak was the smallest I have ever seen. It was listed as petite but since it only comes with tater tots for $25, I was expecting quite a bit more. The breakfast bagel sandwich and the burger were sized well. Our waitress did a good job and the restaurant is very good looking. We had a loud table behind us which made it difficult to hear others at the 6-person table we were at.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Get food and service.

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