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Birch and Barley

4.3
4.3
2117 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
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.

Not bookable

Online reservations at Birch and Barley can only be made directly on their website.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Middle Eastern

  • 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.

  • Phone number

    (202) 567-2576

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jarrad Silver

  • Private party facilities

    For inquiries regarding private events, please contact our Private Dining Manager, Dawn Harrop at dharrop@neighborhoodrestaurantgroup.com.

  • Neighborhood

    Washington DC

  • Cross street

    Rhode Island Avenue NW

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

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

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 2,117 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. MC

    MichaelC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Pear salad had no ( or very few) pears Preferred oysters with red sauce Pizza excellent Staff needs work: brought multiple same dish orders; did not know table numbers; did not know which beer was on the menu and which was excluded White fish excellent
  2. A

    Aislin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience- so glad to be back after two years!
  3. c

    ccalderonm

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The beer list continues to be not only diverse but also impressive. The draft list includes some hard-to-find beers in DC. Service was still a little slow but friendly and attentive. The grilled octopus was tender and very flavorful.
  4. EW

    ElizabethW

    Washington DC

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Service, food, atmosphere.
  5. WB

    WB316

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    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 BarleyResponded on March 11, 2020We 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

  6. LB

    LaylaB

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Delicious food but very inconsistent and slow service.
  7. C

    Chsfoodie

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place one of my favs. I live a block away. And keep coming back!!!
  8. R

    Robbie

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The Birch & Barley brunch was awesome! Great value, plenty of food, fun atmosphere, and cute decor.
  9. SS

    ScottS

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 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
  10. DC

    DCien

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    3.0

    35 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.
  11. CT

    ChristopherT

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 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.
  12. JC

    JayC

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 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.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambiance.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    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”
  15. EG

    EmilyG

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    great food, mediocre, slow service but good vibe for the weekend when not in a rush!
  16. TH

    THHT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 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.
  17. AS

    AshleyS

    E. Tennessee

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    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 BarleyResponded on February 2, 2020Ashley, 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

  18. LM

    LindaM

    New England

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    I ordered the ribeye steak which was not at all what I am used to. It was
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    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
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    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.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very nice evening of great food and beer. All the staff were great. Would certainly recommend and will certainly go again.
  22. MH

    MayaH

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 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!
  23. LS

    LauraS

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 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 BarleyResponded on January 26, 2020Laura, 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

  24. c

    chichi

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 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.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    15 reviews

    2.0

    15 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.
  26. A

    Alex46

    Washington DC

    49 reviews

    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food, unusual preparations, lovely service.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    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
  28. LC

    LexieC

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 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.
  29. MM

    MarthaM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is glorious, the staff is friendly and attentive, and the room is lovely.
  30. RO

    RebeccaO

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    2.0

    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.
  31. JT

    JohnT

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Nice casual neighborhood restaurant. Good food & drinks. Pretty lively
  32. t

    toutoften

    Washington DC

    171 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    171 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.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 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
  34. AK

    AniaK

    Phoenix

    192 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    192 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!
  35. AS

    AndriaS

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  36. K

    Karen

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    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.
  37. SP

    SaraP

    New Mexico

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    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.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! As per usual the food, wine, ambience, beer and service were amazing!
  39. FF

    FitFoodie

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 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!
  40. JR

    JackR

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2019

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Food really too salty, choice if beer is good, service is just okay

FAQs

Birch and Barley offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 567-2576.

Birch and Barley is rated 4.3 stars by 2117 OpenTable diners.

Not bookable

Online reservations at Birch and Barley can only be made directly on their website.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Rhode Island Avenue NW

  • Neighborhood

    Washington DC

  • 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.

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Middle Eastern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

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

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jarrad Silver

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 567-2576

  • Private party facilities

    For inquiries regarding private events, please contact our Private Dining Manager, Dawn Harrop at dharrop@neighborhoodrestaurantgroup.com.

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