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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

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Chef sent out appetizer samples. Incredible beer selection. Great place to get a bite before a show!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 6, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 29, 2017

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!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Went for brunch. Good beer selection. Aside from that, mediocre food.

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 (Singapore)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Food portion was small and quality was unimpressive.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 16, 2017

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!

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 16, 2017

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.

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 (Portland)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Fantastic dinner when we ate there! Loved the great beer selection too.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Great Beer
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 15, 2017

One particular pet peeve was when the waiter/others kept coming to ask us if we were done with our food to clear the plates. This happened throughout our meal! Otherwise the food and ambiance were very good.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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 (Columbus)·Dined on July 15, 2017

A must try! Love the ambiance, elaborate beer menu and the food is amazing.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 12, 2017

The cheese pairing was amazing! Three completely different cheeses and three completely different beers - yet the flavors worked so well with each other.

Tags: Great Beer, Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 9, 2017

We had a wonderful brunch of petit filet, scallions, and eggs, finishing with the cinnamon bun, and strawberry panna cotta! Evelyn's service was friendly and helpful. Chef Bill made our DC trip memorable--a superb meal.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on July 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Great Beer, Cozy, Romantic, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 30, 2017

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!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Oxford)·Dined on June 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 25, 2017

The Carbonara pasta was a good portion and tasted pretty good. The cauliflower was very good. Lobster roll was small and the lobster was on the chewy side. Service was friendly and helpful.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Chicken and waffles were so yummy!! Also lived the burrata, fennel salad and avocado egg in a hole. Will definitely be back.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Great service as always. Dishes were very heavily seasoned. Very overly peppered. Beautiful restaurant.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Great Beer
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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 21, 2017

great for craft beers - most have been 500+ options. casual atmosphere, but energetic. cauliflower was incredibly good, scallops, monkfish and buccatini excellent. desserts ok, good but no 5 stars. peach melba lack lustre, few peaches, dry.

Tags: Late-night Find, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Great place for folks with accessibility challenges. My friend had on a boot for her foot so it was nice that this resturant was located on the ground floor. Even the path to the bathroom was flat (with a ramp), no stairs!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great Beer, Tasting Menu, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 4, 2017

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 .

Tags: Great for Brunch, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 2, 2017

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!

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Excellent food and a knowledgeable server to help navigate the lengthy beer menu.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 28, 2017

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.

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Great brunch!! Get the chicken and waffles and you won't be disappointed!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Romantic, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Delicious food, overpriced wine list, great setting to say farewell to a dear friend.

Tags: Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Romantic, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The food and service was excellent! Prices were very reasonable. I had a late addition to my party and Shavonne accomodated us by seating us upstairs at Churchkey. Same menu. We were all very pleased.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Lighting is awesome

Tags: Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 10, 2017

We had a great meal and they were also able to accommodate food allergies!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 7, 2017

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).

Tags: Great Beer
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Comfort Food, Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Lovely time with great food & beer!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 23, 2017

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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Not many substitutions allowed, limited Brunch menu... for example a member of my party attempted to create a meal from the "sides" list, although not listed tomatoes were not available.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Cool atmosphere and great food! Excellent spot for brunch!

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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