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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.
Washington, DC 20005
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.
Rhode Island Avenue NW
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
15 minute walk from the U Street Metro Station or the McPherson Square Metro Station.
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Birch and Barley Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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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