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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.
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
Food was extremely slow despite being very few people in the restaurant. Food quality was not good value for the price paid. Ordered Chicken and Waffles and waffles were flooded in syrup making them too sweet and hard to enjoy. Hamburger was undercooked and very messy to eat. Just an overall disappointment. Won't be back.
Mimosas we're brought out at room temp. Requested new ones and was told they had to make a new batch - took 15 mins to come out. Canceled the drink orders and a lackluster apology from the server followed. No other drink concession from the staff was offered. Food was good. Service, not so much!
My first brunch experience here was so great, but this time really disappointing. The portions were excessively small for the price. For example, I ordered avocado toast with an egg - and it was literally a crispy piece of wonder bread with two small pieces of avocado - for $14!
I've been to Birch and Barley for dinner at five or six times and I was never disappointed. However, this is my second time there for brunch and both occasions were unacceptable. The first time my partner and I ordered chicken waffles -- our waffles were blah and the chicken was poorly seasoned. However, I would prefer that over what I got yesterday. I ordered the steak and eggs -- who can mess up steak and eggs! Well, the kitchen did a darn good job screwing it up. My steak was cook to the temperature I requested (medium rare), but it was super salty. No high quality piece of meat requires that much salt. If that were it, I wouldn't be writing this review. Unfortunately, it was not. The tots were also extremely salty and had a strange texture (like mashed potatoes), though I'm sure that was by design. What frustrated me most were the eggs. I ordered them "scrambled light," which a typical request. I received eggs that were scrambled hard, with brown crust akin of being cooked in diner, and with enough salt and pepper to season three or four orders. I expect so much more from Birch and Barley.
This was a pre-theater dinner, and we were concerned about having time to eat. Thus it was wonderful - and astonishing - to be served so quickly after we placed our orders. I have special diet needs, and the wait staff were extra helpful in modifying the normal menu to accommodate me. The food was wonderful, and the service superb. We will definitely be back.
Arrived for the boozy brunch that I'd read about in DC Eater "35 Essential Brunches in DC" and was initially disappointed that the doughnuts were no longer included in the brunch deal. For $12 on top of my entree for two cocktails and bottomless coffee, however, a lack of doughnuts wasn't going to change my decision to eat there. My date and I arrived for the first reservation of the morning on Saturday and were able to request a seat outside to enjoy the pleasant weather. The waiter was attentive enough, at least initially, but the service was rather slow overall and it took about 20 minutes to even put in our drink orders. You get what you pay for with the cocktails, but the coffee was surprisingly good. My date is a bit of a coffee snob and he even agreed that it was well made! We both enjoyed our chicken and waffle entrees, but the tater tots really stole the show. The tots must have butter in them because they actually melt in your mouth. At the end of our meal, our credit card accidentally got switched with the table next to us, but this was only a minor annoyance in the grand scheme of the dining experience. Despite some bumps along the road, the experience at Birch and Barley was positive overall and definitely a good deal if you're the 2 brunch drink type of person.
If you're a beer enthusiast you HAVE to come here! With over 500 bottles available and a huge draft list, this place doesn't disappoint. The waiter was super knowledgeable about everything on the menu and got me to try some beers I normally wouldn't have. The food is outstanding as well.
Food was creative and tasty. Staff was very friendly and made great recommendations. I don't think the cornbread and chickpea spread was on the menu, but we were given a complimentary huge portion and it was delicious. Also highly recommend the spaghettini!
Inconspicuous from the outside, the Birch and Barley offers a vibrant atmosphere in darkly atmospheric lighting. The list of beers is not only extensive but really rather good, both in cask and bottle. The food was superb, and the service friendly, efficient, and attentive. A great evening's meal.
Went here for brunch with friends. Our waiter was great, the food was great, and the brunch drink special is definitely worth it. Only complaint is that it's super loud in the restaurant, though the noise level is a little lower if you're seated in the back room.
This place is a great combination of good food and good beer. The kitchen makes the effort to accommodate everyone, asking us for dietary restrictions before providing our table with complimentary amuse bouches. Most everything we ordered was delightful (charcuterie and cheese boards, cauliflower, burger, flatbread, lamb chops, scallops), but there was a consensus that the spaghettini was a bit too acidic to enjoy for more than few bites. The cherry tart dessert was also a very pleasant ending to our dinner.
During our service, there was an issue with a tap and we didn't get some of our drinks until we were well into our entrees (though it's understandable that these things happen). However, in addition, the waiter seemed visibly stressed throughout our meal, explaining to us that he wasn't "getting the support" he needed and so wasn't able to attend to us as well as he wanted to. Not sure if this was an exception out of the ordinary or a common occurrence.
It was a lovely Sunday afternoon brunch. The servers willingly and quickly moved us from an outside table which was just a tad too sunny to a more comfortable table inside. They answered all the questions we had about the menu and the drinks list. When we ordered our second glass of wine and asked for clean glasses they easily accommodated .
Had a very nice dinner in the smaller back area closer to the kitchen. Wonderful staff from walk in to walk out including our knowledgeable and patient server. All of the food and drinks were amazing, but the menu changes often so be prepared for a new dining experience when you return!
We were sat in the back section of the bar where we were promptly forgotten. We were the only party seated in this separated section despite there being open tables in the main room. When our waiter eventually came over, we ordered the boozy brunch and started with bloody Mary's which were genuinely disgusting. Unless you love fennel seed and the taste of black licorice I would strongly recommend against it. Overall the food was pretty good. The tater tots were the only redeeming item. I would skip this place all together.
It is really sad to see how far this restaurant has fallen. We have been there a several times in the past (but none in the past couple of years) and were quite happy, but this trip was really disappointing.
The menu was uninspiring, the food was ridiculously salty (some dishes to the point of being inedible) and while our server was attentive and well meaning, he and kitchen made multiple mistakes throughout the meal. Based on this we shouldn't have been surprised to see the restaurant nearly empty at 7pm on a weekend.
To their credit the restaurant did give us more than one item on the house to try to make up for things, but that is not a recipe for success. I really hope they implement some major changes and get back to where they were (great beer will only get you so far).
Had brunch on Sunday and despite being one of the first seated tables, every waiter greeted and took orders of the tables around us before our waiter even said "hello". Our drink server came by more often than our actual waiter. For brunch, they do a "boozy brunch" and my wife ordered 2 house made cocktails which were tasty. We had an order of the smoked trout, which was prepared like lox on a bagel and after having the excellent smoked trout dip and smoked trout hash on previous visits to Hank's Oyster Bar, this version @ B&B needed a lot of help. The cauliflower and shishito pepper was nice although the dish could've gone a little lighter on the creamy siracha sauce. The $20 chicken and waffle was literally a normal belgian waffle doused in maple syrup (probably Mrs. Butterworth's) so that it was soggy and extra syrupy and one skinless boneless fried chicken thigh which was excellent, but for $20, this dish had a lot to desire. Between the bad dishes and bad service, this is not a place I would be recommending.
Had the tasting menu paired with beer with 2 peers from out of town. We had a great time; the food delightful, the beer choices played well with the food pairings. A little loud, but we could still hear each other speak! Very nice wait staff explained the beer, origin, how it was made and what flavors we would taste. We all had a lot of fun and we will be back.
We ate late on a Sunday night, so I suppose that explains the relative lack of attention. However, the food was my real issue: my pasta was overlooked and coated in oil, with congealed cheese. My friends lambchops were almost raw, and unfortunately she had to argue with the server to get them thrown back on the grill for a few minutes. I will say, however, the appetizers and cocktails were delicious. But for the cost, overall it was a poor experience.
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