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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

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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Great for Brunch (13)
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Good for a Date (9)
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Comfort Food (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Cozy (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Authentic (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Romantic (5)
Business Meals (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Organic (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Great food and a fun place to meet friends for brunch. Amazing beer selection and interesting cocktails.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch
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 (Berkshire)·Dined on April 16, 2017

The starters were amazing. The mains were too salty unfortunately - fillet of beef & pork flatbread. Dessert was amazing too!

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 (Miami)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Although I am from Miami, Florida, I have been visiting DC once a year for nearly ten years. I have come to either the Churchkey or Birch and Barley on every trip. It is always one of the highlights on my trip. While I do enjoy the food at the Birch and Barley, the beer is king for me. I have done the tasting menu twice, and I have really enjoyed the beer pairings. On my last visit, my family ordered a la carte. Still, each of the beers we selected were home runs.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 12, 2017

Service was excellent. The spaghetti nero was delicious. And the list of craft beer alternatives has no rival in the District.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 9, 2017

We came here for my birthday dinner with 3 kids in tow. The menu on Open Table said brunch was served all day, so we figured the kids would have plenty of things to choose from. And there were several reviews saying it was kid friendly. Walking up to the restaurant we saw a family with 2 strollers so we figured this was a good sign. That's where it ended. We were sat and the waitress said they didn't have anything for the kids to draw with. No big deal. Then she told us the brunch menu was a mistake on OpenTable that they've been trying to fix. This was a big problem because their regular menu is very limited. We would have left at this point but it was almost 7pm and it was a 30 minute wait at other places we called. Hungry kids couldn't wait and waitress said they could make some kid friendly meals. So we stayed. Bread came out and I asked for butter... again 5 minutes later, again 10 minutes later and again 20 minutes later. They either kept forgetting or had to run to a grocery store to get it. Our water glasses were also constantly empty and we had to beg to get anyone back to fill. Annoying. I got the rockfish and my wife got the petite filet. Both weren't anything great, but fine. Got a regular (single patty) burger and regular flatbread pizza for the kids. $18 for the kids burger, which randomly had Cole slaw and was same price as the double decker burger. I would have said something but our waitress basically never stopped at our table again to check on us. I hate to do this, but had to bother other servers that were walking by for any help. Recommendations: fix the open table menu immediately, charge reasonably for kid version of menu items, and get a new waitress.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 9, 2017

I went there for their brunch to try their allegedly infamous chicken and waffles & these people RAN OUT OF WAFFLES. Can you believe that? People literally review them just for the chicken and waffles & they ran out. I couldn't eat anything else because all they had were beef & red meat options. Such a disappointment. I will not return.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Loved our table near the open window. Servers were awesome.

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 (Miami)·Dined on April 8, 2017

I came here for brunch based on the positive yelp reviews. Great food and service! Drinks were tasty and strong. Will definitely come back.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 7, 2017

A bit pricey for what it was, but overall a good experience

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 5, 2017

The food overall was excellent. The double burger with marrow was decadent and delicious. I really enjoyed the "crispy Caesar" salad. I had a very nice salmon dish - my only suggestion would be to cut down on the salt in the dish. The pro belly flatbread was also really interesting but the blue cheese on it was a bit overpowering. The beer list is terrific and we had great service. I would definitely have dinner there again.

Tags: Great Beer, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Hill Farmstead event--amazing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 29, 2017

Lamb chops were amazing!!

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 (New England)·Dined on March 29, 2017

Good grasp of gluten free options.
Tasty food but filet side dishes were a little on the small side.

Tags: Casual, Organic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Birch and Barely was a great find and had wonderful food and a lovely atmosphere. My boyfriend and I went just for our weekly Sunday brunch exploration and will definitely be going back for other meals. It was a bit pricey, but we got two entrees, their cinnamon bun, a coffee and a cocktail and it was $50, not bad for DC and the quality of the food at all! Definitely recommend to locals and visitors alike!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on March 25, 2017

I've been to the bar above Birch and Barley, ChurchKey, a few times before because I like the extensive beer selection. However, ChurchKey doesn't take reservations and is SLAMMED on weekends. So, here's a pro-tip: Reserve a table at Birch and Barley and get a guaranteed spot with the same ChurchKey menu while avoiding the congestion upstairs. I can't comment on the food because I just went for drinks with a friend. In my opinion, the alcohol selection is the real draw , so I don't know if I'd actually come back for the food. I think that's enough of a reason for someone to check this place out. That, and you get the more mature Logan Circle crowd, which I greatly prefer to the rowdy, still-in-college-mode kids over at places like 18th Street and Adams Morgan.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 22, 2017

The beer menu is outstanding, 18 draft choices plus dozens of bottled brands. The food is also very good.

Tags: Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 22, 2017

John WIlmot is an excellent waiter and makes every visit to Birch & Barley special.

Tags: Healthy, Late-night Find
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 21, 2017

Birch and Barley was a really enjoyable dinner for our crew. They had a "pre theater special" which included an appetizer/salad, entrée and dessert for $40. Sign me up! The beet salad was SO good. I would eat it again and again. Pass on the cacio and pepe - just not the pure, delicious pasta dish I was hoping for. Desserts were very good as well. But the MAIN thing you should enjoy is the beer - they have a huge beer list and all of the options we tried were very good. Enjoy!

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Super speedy seating, with a cozy spot in the back towards the kitchen. The beer list is extensive, as is the cocktail and wine menu. Delicious food -- the lamb chops were the star of the evening!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 16, 2017

Hadn't been here for a few years, and remembered why we always wanted to come back. Great service, wonderful food, and a wealth of beers to choose from that i'd never think to try on my own.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 12, 2017

Even after having a reservation, we had to wait for 30 minutes before being seated. Then we were sat on bar stools overlooking the loud kitchen. Not exactly a great spot to try to have a date.

That being said, the food was delicious, although small portions for Brunch.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 12, 2017

Disappointed with the new Brunch menu. Lots of my favorites gone.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 9, 2017

My wife and I try to have a meal here whenever we visit DC.

Tags: Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 8, 2017

John, our waiter, was superior. Food-Artic Char and Beets, were as well.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 2, 2017

Food and service were excellent , good value , huge choice of beers .

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine
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 (Portland)·Dined on March 1, 2017

Our waiter was amazing. Very helpful and showed a great deal of patience as we worked through our beer choices. The food was creative and very well prepared. Outstanding dining experience! We will continue to come back on our annual DC trips!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 26, 2017

They took forever to have ready our table. We had a reservation for brunch. So we waited 10-15 min. The food was ok. They didnt provide us spoons. Its OK. Not great, could be worse. Good luck!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 26, 2017

The food and table service were good. The main issue is that I arrived a few minutes early for my reservation and was told I would be seated immediately. The host staff came back and said they were waiting on the table to be cleared. Not a problem until almost a half hour past my reservation time, I was told they were still waiting on the table to be cleared. I was shocked and asked if they were sure and even jokingly said, "wow, that must be a really dirty table!" Another person in my party approached the staff and they admitted that they were actually waiting for people to finish eating at the table as they didn't want to give us a bigger booth for four people; they were "saving" those tables. None of which should have affected us getting seated in an appropriate amount of time. Furthermore, the fact that they were not honest, kept my party waiting, and gave a half-hearted was inexcusable. This was extremely poor customer service as it completely defeats the purpose of making reservations.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 26, 2017

This review is for brunch; while the food was solid, the service was really unpleasantly slow. We were not attended to and had to wait ten-fifteen minutes to get our waitress' attention - either for the check or coffee grinds from French press spilled in the coffee...

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Had. To wait 45 mins for table despite reservation

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Fantastic tasting menu; portions are generous. Excellent cocktails in addition to the beer selection.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 25, 2017

There is a lot to love about B&B, the ambiance is comfortable and cozy and the selection of beers outstanding. The food is a bit of a mixed bag; nothing is too daring so you won't be insulted with any of the food, but it can be bland. The cast iron chicken, for example, is cooked to perfection; it's juicy without feeling chewy but lacks any real flavor. We were visited at our table because the beef for two was clearly undercooked (medium rare when we asked for medium) and though courteous, perhaps an offer of dessert would have been greatly appreciated. I would go here again, but I'd also stop short of saying the place was outstanding.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 25, 2017

we went there to celebrate a friends birthday and ordered almost everything on the menu for sharing. All the starters were very tasty specially the cauliflower , the beet salad and the Burata. the rest of the dishes were average , and all the pasta dishes were salty.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Great place for dinner on a Friday night--excellent service.

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 24, 2017

We had a really excellent experience - very knowledgeable and friendly staff and incredibly delicious food and drinks!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Romantic, Outstanding Value
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 (Western NC)·Dined on February 23, 2017

Loved the food and the service was outstanding. The beer list is amazing. Highly recommended.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Business Meals, Seasonal, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 19, 2017

The food was great but our server was terrible! He told us the restaurant was closing at 10 at 8pm. I guess as an effort to rush us out. It almost felt like they didn't want us there and everything was a chore or inconvenience. Some of the waiters or managers would come by and look at our table The service completely soured the dining experience for me.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Took my wife here for a belated Valentine's Day celebration. The food was fantastic and service was excellent. One of our favorite local spots!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 14, 2017

One of the best meals we have had in a long time. Welcoming vibe with incredible food packed with flavor. Our server was also top-notch. He knew the menu inside and out and provided attentive (but never overbearing) service. If you love beer, book a table here immediately! You will be in heaven.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Good Brunch menu with interesting food combos .Margaritas Pizza with egg and fried donuts are a true breakfast for champions. Live a little. Craft beers are endless. Employees are friendly and welcome questions. Fun for everyone.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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