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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

This place has changed a lot!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Great experience, and even better service!

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 (Omaha)·Dined 4 days ago

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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·Dined 5 days ago

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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·Dined on January 7, 2018

The food was amazing and the severs were on point.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 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 January 1, 2018

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 31, 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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·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 2, 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 30, 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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vip
 (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 23, 2017

Great for family!

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 23, 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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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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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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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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