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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
The menu isn't for veggies, but the meal was delectable, both the wurst burger with most delicious fries, and the pork loin with fabulously tasty veg sides. Of course, I went for the beer and discovered a MD brewery's dubble - absolutely yummy. All very affordable, which for me makes a delicious 4 star meal a 5 star meal.
The entire experience was pretty much outstanding. If you enjoy fine beers and great food this is the place for you! The service is first class and I have to say I was a little skeptical with pairing beer with food but the servers were extremely knowledgeable without being snooty. I highly recommend making reservations...my wife and I made reservations for a Tuesday night and it was packed...glad we made them and can not imagine getting in without one on the weekend. My one complaint it that we were seated behind the hostess counter; the high traffic by our table a little bothersome and with the dim lighting every time the hostess grab menus it blocked out my visibility of my menu...yeah that dark in there. But that's luck of the draw.
I really want to love Birch and Barley. The whole concept is fantastic. The seemingly endless beers on tap and chic atmosphere are delicious and fun. The food, however, always seems to fall short. Everything is good - very good, even. But this place could and should be phenomenal. I think it tries a little too hard to have so many "out there" menu items that it overshoots and misses on execution. As for service, it's usually quite attentive. I think our server was new, nervous, and overburdened. Hence the service was slow and at times irksome. She was the exception and not the rule in my experience at B&B. Always a fun place to take friends.
Besides the excellent ambiance, my immediate excitement arose with hearing there were 50 beers on tap and another few hundred in bottle form. Yes, the main courses were delicious but the sides and desserts were exquisite. I would recommend going here to anyone but expect to pay for the high quality service, food, and experience.
Delicious meal, not a ton of vegetarian options, but great ambiance and friendly service from the moment we walked in. Our waiter was a bit of a bumbler, though he was earnest and kind which I think always helps. Dessert might be the best part here, an absolute must.
B&B has quickly become my new favorite restaurant. Service is thoughtful, and the food more than rivals their extensive beer offerings. A recent dessert called "Ants on a Log" – a riff on the classic children's snack – elevated an already wonderful meal to the level of a real dining experience...
My only (mild) complaint is that I went with two different friends and we ordered the tasting menu both times, but although the two visits were about a month apart, almost nothing on the tasting menu had changed. It was still delicious, but a little more variety would be nice if I'm going to keep coming back and back with more friends...
The food was awesome - there were terrific touches like an amuse-bouche of fried risotto with a puree of peas, and a selection of three breads to die for. The snow peas with preserved lemon showed little evidence of preserved lemon; otherwise were fine. The food was quite good overall, nice and homey. I'd give the service a higher rating, but the waitress kept having to scurry off to the kitchen to answer ingredient/preparation questions; on one occasion when she tried to answer on her own, she had to come back and tell me she'd been wrong. We ordered dessert at 7:20, and it didn't arrive until 7:40, although the waitress knew we had an 8:00 curtain. So we had to scarf our dessert down with the check on the table.
Want a truly delicious and unique dining experience? This is the place! Meals aren't just cooked, they're beautifully constructed, and each just for you. From the moment you walk in, the warmth of the ambience embraces you and the smells of the food immediately entice you. With a beer listing unseen anywhere else - over 500 choices, they say, and rightly so! - and select menu choices and combinations that conjure images of elegant dining, but in a wonderfully more casual and comfortable setting, if you love exquisite food at regular prices, this is the place for you. I"m not an owner or an employee or a neighbor or a personal friend, just a customer who dined on a recommendation. Twice - Sunday brunch and Tuesday dinner. Glad I did.
Went on a Sunday night. Be forewarned that the menu is limited...there was nothing on the menu that appealed to me for a Sunday night dinner. Many of the brunch items were too sweet or breakfasty for dinner. Also, the place is SUPER loud. So don't go if you are hoping to have a meaningful conversation...
We were really looking forward to eating here after seeing so many positive reviews. The food really wasn’t that special – maybe because we ordered just before 11pm. The bread was delicious, but appetizers were only OK. My pasta was wonderful, but my husband’s burger wasn’t good at all. Really disappointing, not sure we will give this place another chance.
Great for beer geeks like myself. The list of appetizers seems very small and less accessible to the average person but great for foodies. I wanted to try the artic char tartare but my boyfriend did not. Popular shared items like mussels or calamari would be great additions. I did not feel like our waiter enjoyed helping us but I think that was only him. Other waiters seemed very lively and attentive to their guests. The hostess who greeted us was exceptional! When I mentioned the 500 beer list, she was very quick to provide the book with their bottle list. Overall, the food was very good but was left wanting a bit more without an appetizer we felt we could share.
This is an adventurous choice for those of us who are foodie wannabes but grew up with milquetoast taste. It has solid choices that you can rely on but also forces you just a bit out of your comfort zone. The braised lamb was great, and the desserts were divine.
Service was slow and water glasses went unfilled for quite a while. There were disappointingly few vegetarian options and the chef couldn't make any suggestions beyond removing the meat from dishes (in which meat was the main dish) and not replacing it with more of the veggie sides. The beer selection is amazing and my dining companions were happy with their meals, but I don't plan to return.
Marked by ingeniously simple small plates and forward-thinking specials, Birch and Barley excels at the details. A bread plate with three distinctly executed rolls (parmesan, pretzel and foccacia) shows the characteristics that make the restaurant interesting -- even the best breads are often dry or uninteresting at other restaurants. The beer list should be mentioned; it changes daily and would stretch the palate of even the most aggressively promiscuous taster. Finally, the desserts are revelatory -- a plate of small knock-offs (hostess cupcake, snickers bar, 'walnut joy' and a pudding pop among others) shamed the dowdy dessert options at competitors. Ambience: Loud, but service is prompt and attentive.
If you enjoy beer, try this place! The atmosphere is fun and much more refined than the typical pub, and the menu is unusual (in a good way). Our server was able to recommend beer pairings with each item we ordered, which was helpful since the beer menu includes hundreds of varieties. If you're not a beer fan, this probably isn't the place for you.
I went to Birch and Barley for the Nordic Food Days Danish tasting. The service was slow, and my server did not bother to explain the food as I went through the courses. My server was very nice, but I had to listen to another server at the table next to me present each dish to her table, otherwise I would not have known much of anything about the food. The food was excellent, but it was a guest chef creating all the dishes I had, so I can't attest to the normal fare. The beer list was amazing!!! I would go back if I had a craving for a unique beer, but not for dinner.
I met an out-of-town friend for dinner here, and we both enjoyed it very much. Food choices were familiar favorites well prepared and artfully served. We loved the option to taste different beers via small portions, and service was friendly and timed perfectly. Birch and Barley is definitely on the list of favorites now.
I made reservations at Birch and Barley for brunch on my husband's birthday (which also happened to be Father's Day) and it was fantastic! We started out with the fried doughnuts (delicious...especially the one topped with bacon!) and I ordered the Chicken and Waffles. The chicken and waffles were absolutely amazing - nice, spicy chicken and sweet waffle..the perfect combination! My husband ordered the huevos rancheros - it was good, but didn't compare to the chicken and waffles. I highly recommend Birch and Barley and I can't wait to try it for dinner!
With all the buzz around Birch & Barley, we had high expectations for their food & drink. The beer & wine selection was diverse & impressive. The more disappointing experience was the food. On a scale of 0-5, it was average, a 2. The fig & prosciutto flatbread was thicker & heavier than most flatbreads, with an inconsistent spread of ingredients across the top. So every bite had a different disappointing flavor. The side of mac & cheese tasted okay, but again, there was nothing special about its flavor. The jumbo hake was not cooked all the way through,& not recommended. The brat burger was ok, though it's hard to get a burger & fries wrong. Best thing about the meal: the dessert. The sorbets & panna cotta were good, light, and flavorful.
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