Birch Kitchen & Bar

3.8
49 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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Birch Kitchen & Bar is a farm to table restaurant located in Bristow, Virginia in Bristow Commons. The upscale, family friendly restaurant utilizes fresh local produce and meats from local farms in all menu items.

Birch Kitchen & Bar offers brunch, lunch, dinner and carryout. Brunch at the restaurant features such fare as chicken and waffles, steak and eggs, breakfast burger, buttermilk biscuits and gravy, eggs Benedict and bananas foster French toast. Lunch and dinner fare at Birch Kitchen & Bar consists of such fare as bison short ribs, New York strip, crab cakes, grilled chicken sandwich, salmon, hamburger, mahi mahi tacos and cabernet filet.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Brunch:
Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Lunch:
Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm

Dinner:
Sun-Thu: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Fri-Sat: 4:00pm-10:00pm
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Phone number
(703) 468-4630
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Chef's table and private dining area is located in a quiet nook of the restaurant seating 10 customers.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Linton Hall Rd
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Parking details
Shopping center parking lot of Bristow Commons provides adequate parking for patrons.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent dinner on a Saturday evening. Noise level was good, primarily because we dined early...6:00pm Little pricey but meal was very good. Had to ask for bread and butter and glad we did as it was warm and just added to the meal experience

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H
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Waited 60+ mins for food with zero apology or explanation from anyone. Food was cold when it arriced. Very cool inside and menu with lots of potential but clearly the staff is overwhelmed and can't handle it.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Had a reservation for 1130am for brunch, seated at 12, food arrived at 110pm. The manager and waiter kept telling us that the food is "made to order" so that was what was taking so long for the food to arrive. Not sure what restaraunt isn't "made to order".. Food was decent but certainly not worth waiting over an hour for. The table behind us left after waiting about the same amount of time and before their food arrived. Very disorganized.
We will try this place again but if there are more than 4 or 5 tables being served we will go elsewhere.

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T
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2016
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food remains excellent. Service is spotty

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Y
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The menu is small but it is a good variety. I got the steak and it was cooked perfectly. The chocolate pot with ice cream was great too.

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MR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the second time we've been to Birch and they did not disappoint. The food and service was outstanding! They are getting ready to change over the menu, so we will definitely be back to try out the new offerings.

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T
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful surprise! Extremely warm and cordial atmosphere, rustic but comfortable decor. Service was exceptional, and the food ( fresh and local) was delicious

With an expansion outdoors underway, this will be a wonderful spot

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Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Decided to try out Birch last Friday night and was not disappointed.
Great service, great food, wine and atmosphere. My chicken was cooked
perfectly and the stuffed mushrooms were fantastic.
Highly recommend giving them a try!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We visited this restaurant with a group of friends (we were a group of six people). We were seated promptly. The decor and interior design had a contemporary-rustic feel to it, and the crowd seemed to be enjoying the food and conversation. The service was very down-to-earth - in fact, maybe a tad too much...The server was jovial but slightly unhinged, he did not have much to say to describe the dishes, and removed glasses without asking if done. We did appreciate some of his casual banter, to distract us from how long the food was taking to arrive...although we had shared a bread plate - not exactly substantial - we asked from some more after 45 minutes had passed. The host who had been helping out advised us that the food would be right out, and no bread was needed. Pre-empting a request for bread is a little out of tune to me - especially when the food took yet another 20 minutes to arrive.
The food, once delivered, was nothing to write home about. The seasoning and preparation were neither interesting nor did they remind of old-world home-cooking.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A friend and I dined at Birch recently for the first time. We were pleased with the experience. The food was good (pasta with chicken and pulled chicken sandwich). The menu is not large but is varied to appeal to a variety of tastes. We arrived for an early dinner and were initially the only ones but several tables were in use by the time we left. Service was good, maybe even a bit too attentive. Serving staff was friendly and eager and readily answered our questions. I will return and recommend Birch to others.

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The main meal was great but overly priced and the service was extremely slow. Took an hour to get our food. Also, the restaurant ran out of bread by 8 on a Saturday night. We tried the bread pudding with berries for dessert but it was completely dry and hardly had any berries in it. Disappointed because we were really excited to have a farm to table restaurant pretty close to us but the restaurant failed to deliver. We may try it for lunch or brunch and hopefully have a better experience.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The look of the place is good when you enter. The wait staff is attentive, but I just didn't feel a warm welcome. My daughter's salad had some sort of paper mixed in with it and the dressing was awful. The waiter offered to replace it, but didn't offer to comp it. Overall, a slight disappointment.

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LR
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I found this gem by accident -- and am I glad! The food was really good -- fresh. The downside is that they ran out of two of my picks before I ordered. The upside is that my third choice was exceptional (trout). Stuffed mushrooms for appetizers were hot and fresh. The soup was fresh made. We had a really nice time. I'll return soon.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Went there for an impromptu Valentines Day dinner and had a good time. Started off on a slow note as they switched waiters on us, but that turned out for the best. I enjoyed the white bean and sausage soup, had a good amount of spice. My wife got the trout and she loved it, and that's saying something as she's picky about fish. I got the Jeffersons Chicken which I greatly enjoyed, the cream sauce with apples and mushrooms was good. Both of our dishes were cooked very well, and our drinks came from a good selection. Our only complaint wasn't directly us but others around us. The waiter (originally ours) for the other tables around us was scarce to be found, drawing loud complaints from our neighbors. We could also hear other tables complaining about their food. I will attribute this to how busy it was, as we had no issues at all. Will definitely return, the menu is varied and left us wanting to come back to try something different.

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T
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We were attending a covert at Hylton center and decided on early reservation on Saturday of Valentines weekend. Got the 5:30 and was greeted cordially by the hostess. Wasn't crowded at the time and our server was very friendly and informative. Unfortunately, he called us "guys", which is such a casual inappropriate greeting especially for the fact that I am old enough to be his grandmother and prefer a more appropriate greeting such as "folks" or "how are you two tonight?" Food was better than average and prices were fine. My husband had the rib eye, which he enjoyed but accompanying spinach was too salty. My braised beef was excellent. Cannot believe there was not a Pinot Grigio on the menu!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Hospitality of the staff was great but was disappointed that a number of items listed on the menu were not available simply because they had depleted their serving portions for the day. Food was fresh and very tasty as promised but wait time for a small crowd during the dinner hour seemed unusually long. If time and variety is not a concern, then Birch Kitchen & Bar is a great place to eat!

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M
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2016
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Way to expensive for food and service. Bar didn't even know how to make a margarita... Food was okay, but not worth the price.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Birch Kitchen and Bar was all right, but not better then that. The service was terrific and our group enjoyed the ambiance, but the food was no better than what I can make at home. The menu was very simple, with nothing extraordinary and the taste was fine but not amazing.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Keep in mind this is a farm to table restaurant so the menu is small. I advise you to arrive early (before 6pm) evening if you'd like your choice of menu options. Two of the items that I selected were already sold out. Overall the food was good and presented very nicely.

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GB
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice new restaurant feature s farm to table menu. Food was excellent . They were out of the fish special but let us know immediately. Server was very nice and took good care of us. If you in this area give this restaurant a try.

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DM
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This was my second visit to Birch Kitchen and the menu selection has improved. The Quality of the food is good. The Wait staff still showed signs of inexperience, but they are very friendly. The ABC license is now active and that makes for a more pleasurable experience as well. I hope this restaurant is permitted to grow and improve.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Salad dressing was very spicy. I think everything is spicy but even my husband said the same thing. Waiter seem new he didn't know some of answers to our questions but he did find out the answers quickly for us. We had to ask him to refill our drinks 😞.
But it was nice.

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J
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

There's no way to tell when you walk in if you seat yourself or wait to be seated. Hostess finally greeted us, then gestured for us to precede her to the table (which table?). Apparently they were short-handed. Our service was a little slow, but not to the point of wanting to leave. Then they were out of the dish my husband wanted, so he ordered something else. We both enjoyed our entrees (boneless beef short ribs with polenta and steak with some kind of potato). Then they were out of the dessert my husband wanted (just not his night). This is kind of a new place, so maybe it's just growing pains. Salad costs extra, most sides cost extra. I want to try Birch again to see if we have a better experience. The food was excellent.

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p
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was very good. It was the weekend, and the server seemed a bit stretched. Perhaps they were short-staffed that evening. Dimming the lights a bit would add to the ambiance.

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2015
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was very good. The service needs to be fine tuned. Our waiter was trying but it was purely about training.

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b
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband, daughter, mom, dad and I were heading out to celebrate my birthday. We wanted something that was as loud as the corporate places and something unique. Birch just opened up near our house and their menu looked appealing being farm fresh. WE LOVED BIRCH! The ambiance, the staff, the food...everything was perfect! We will def being going back for lunch, brunch and more dinners. LOVED BIRCH!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The Food was good, there was a lack of flavor, but I will assume that is because they don't use a lot of salt. You should not go here if you are starving. The portion sizes are very small. If you are trying to eat healthy, this is most certainly a great option. The wait staff was good and attentive. A bit pricey for the amount of food, they should consider lowering their prices or adding food. The menu is very limited.. As a vegetarian, it was a little difficult to find something, but in the end I settled for the beet salad and the potato pancakes... Not bad, but lacking in flavor. If they offer more vegetarian options in the future, I would consider trying it again

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G
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Birch Kitchen & Bar is the place for great food and excellent service. The farm to table concept not only supports the local economy it provides fresh food that is amazing. The chef creates amazing dishes and was very accommodating for one of our party who is gluten intolerant.

We have been twice and the service each time was perfect.

Don't let the outside fool you. The shopping area construction and small strip mall doesn't draw your attention but the restaurant is like an oyster with a pearl inside.

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BH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The Wife and I went here for our weekly date night and were super excited to try a new place especially since it is relatively close to our home.

Parking: This should not be an issue in the far out suburbs but who ever designed the parking lot should have been fired, lots of "space" but there are only a few spots and they are shockingly small. Recommend driving the small car not a truck or SUV.

Service: The entire staff was polite and very energetic. I can say the entire staff since in the course of our meal we had 3 different servers and 2 other people ask if we needed anything. While it was nice to see such a motivated staff it was a bit confusing since we were not sure who was going to take our order.

Food: The meal was good, not great but good. I had the short ribs and the Wife had the steak. The ribs were tasty and the sauce was magnificent. The only complaint about the ribs would be the quality of the meat. Since the ribs come pre cut and in a sauce I was not expecting small bone flakes however I had 3 in my dish. My Wife's steak was well seasoned and perfectly cooked, no issues. We also shared a Beet Salad and a side of Spinach, it was good but once again not great.

Wine List: Style point... If you build your menu and wine list to compliment each other then you are forced to change them both if either one changes. For example the wine list only paired reds with lamb (COOL, lets eat lamb) but the menu had recently changed and there was no lamb on the menu. The wine list made no mention of beef or venison.

Price: The price is a little high but on par with other small niche restaurants in the area.

Overall: I'm sure has the team gets used to having a mostly full restaurant and the staff matures into their roles this place will be a gem. I will not be back this weekend but in the future I will be sure to give them another try, maybe in the spring when the local produce start showing up.

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P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is sourced from local farms and is extremely fresh. Being a newer restaurant, the servers still need practice. A cozy little place with nice decor distracts you from the slow service at times. The chef still is learning the hot spots on the cooktop as well so maybe stay clear of the steak for another week or two.

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A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We (husband and wife) were there on a Tuesday, early evening, and there was a children's entertainment show going on with the restaurant guests' tiny tots dancing, singing and playing along with a costumed guitar-playing, singing gentleman. Apparently this happens every second Tuesday. It was fun to watch while we sipped our wine. One of us had French onion soup, and one had the potato/cabbage soup. We shared and both felt the onion soup was more bread than anything else, so wouldn't order that again. The open-faced pork roast sandwich was tough and the bun over-charred. We will probably try Birch again, in case this was just an off-night.

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L
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food is fresh and well prepared although the menu is limited. The wine list was satisfactory but expensive. I will probably try their lunch menu soon.

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m
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Ambiance and decor made the restaurant seem very promising, but the sub-par service and average food means we won't go back. The food was decent, but the risotto was too salty and the ratatouille was too oily. Both dishes can be much more subtle than we experienced. My daughter loved the chicken soup though. The main problem was the service: slow, flighty, and disorganized. We sat for about 20 minutes before anyone came to our table and it was 5:30 on a Saturday night--not busy. When our order was taken, she took it all at once, drinks, appetizers, and main dishes. Server forgot my husband's tea and he had to ask for it twice. He finally cancelled and ordered a different drink. Food items came out at different times. No one ever checked on us and we had to flag down the waitress to ask for bread. We had to flag her down again to ask about dessert. Then she gave us dessert menus and came back a few minutes later with the check and never asked about our dessert order. We told her we wanted dessert and she brought one of the desserts, but forgot the second. And twice during the evening the server brought other people's food to our table. We had to tell her it wasn't ours. We haven't experienced service that bad in a long time. And we watched her mess up the order at the table next to us as well. Luckily we had a lot of time, because the whole meal took about 2 hours.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was great. Wait staff is still coming up to speed but with a bit more experience the ability will surpass their enthusiasm.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our second visit to Birch since they opened and the quality of the food and service has been consistently very good. Our first visit was just the two of us (before the restaurant received its liquor license) and this time we shared dinner with another couple. The flavors of the appetizers and entrees were outstanding and the bottles of Rioja were a perfect complement to the evening. Looking forward to their outdoor dining once the shopping center's construction is completed and the weather turns nice again. Our only concern was the volume of the musician -- a solo electric violinist with his accompaniment captured on his iPod/smartphone. Outstanding level of musicianship, but was at times overbearing and impeded dinner conversation. Not a significant enough distraction to prevent us from returning! A very European-feel to this restaurant which is sure to become one of our regular "go-to" experiences in the neighborhood.

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service were excellent. Tuesday night was kid's night with a performer, which I did not know ahead of time. If you don't have small children and want it a little quieter, pick another night.

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Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great fresh food, attentive service. This was my second visit and plan to come back. Lamb chops have wonderful flavor, also had the mushrooms appetizer - also excellent. Had cobbler for dessert and definitely the best I have.

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FO
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I like the farm to table concept, the food was good and the service was great. I will definitely be returning and can't wait to see how the menu changes per season.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is spectacular. My wife and I loved the food! The seasonings were perfect and the chef's are truly gifted.

I highly recommend this place!

Chris Cobb

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g
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2015
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

we had a 7pm reservation...got there around 6:50...seated quickly because there were empty tables...got water (found out they don't have their ABC license yet, although no word of that on the website)...waited...ordered salad and dinner...waited...salads came around 8...then dinner around 8:45

food wasn't to die for, but wasn't bad either, just underseasoned

will give them another chance once they have time to work out the kinks

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