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Birch and Barley

4.6
2077 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Top Tags:
  • Great Beer
  • Cozy
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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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.
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Phone number
(202) 567-2576
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Bill Williamson
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Rhode Island Avenue NW
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Public transit
15 minute walk from the U Street Metro Station or the McPherson Square Metro Station.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 2077 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Brunch! The service was excellent and we were seated right away. Great experience overall.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Our server/general service was truly great! The short rib was amazing - so tender! Will def recommend :)

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

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vipMariaA (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Cacio de pepe was great! Dorade was fishy, cheese plate was fantastic.

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ChristinaG (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Overall Birch Barley was an enjoyable experience for brunch. They food was excellent, however I just wish they had a few more menu items to choose from.

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vipTPTP (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

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.

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vipCTfoodlovers (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

High quality beer selection and ambience but that’s where it stops. Food was mediocre at best but service was solid. Would go back for a beer or a charcuterie board.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Great brunch during restaurant week!

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Rdavis (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

We had the tasting menu with beer pairings and was wonderful. The combination of flavors were spot on. The service was perfect. Highly recommend it.

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PrincessFood (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Great starters, the pasta was waaay al dente and too heavy.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

This place has changed a lot!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Great experience, and even better service!

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OpenTable Diner (Omaha)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

Fantastic all around

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

Beer paired taste menu was fun! Enjoyed the variety of food items and tasted beers that we wouldn’t normally experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

The food was very good, service was good and the cocktails were great.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

The food was amazing and the severs were on point.

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Andy (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 4, 2018

Excellent beer and food that goes great with the beer. Helpful and friendly staff. Great evening.

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vipLindsay (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Food menu is VERY limited- and it’s just okay...
and they change menu very often- so it’s really hit or miss...

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food and a truly excellent beer selection, along with good service made for a great date for mu wife and me.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

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.

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RachelFa (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 10, 2017

Ordered the Steak and Eggs with Tots. Was not disappointed. An extra two thumbs up for those tots, too.

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FrankR (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

Been there before and will go there again. 'Nough said

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 3, 2017

Wonderful service! The chef gave us complimentary appetizers and wait staff was very attentive.

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BPMinDC (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

B&B always nails it on all fronts. I go for the best beer menu in town, but love it for the food, service and value.

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