Capitol City Brewing Company - Downtown

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$30 and under
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Located on the corner of 11th and H street NW, Capitol City Brewing Co. opened its doors in 1992 as the first brew pub in our nation's capitol since prohibition, thus giving its citizens and its many visitors the freedom to enjoy some of the finest hand-crafted beer in the country. On the front of our menu is the symbol of freedom, the Lady Liberty, a statue found atop our namesake, the United States Capitol.

Nestled in the heart of Washington's rejuvenated downtown, this location has become a local landmark for celebrating great beer and food with family and friends. We have always taken great pride in our beer so come in and enjoy a cold pint of our very best and match it to one of the many menu selections tailored to the brews we serve.
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  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSteve
Baltimore
154 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Slow service mid-day Sunday. Decent pub food but nothing exceptional. If you are a beer or ale drinker this could be the place for you.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food was nothing spectacular. It was our first time trying it after driving past for many years. We realize that due to the bounce back from COVID, many establishments are bringing back staff or training new staff. Unfortunately, no one could answer or would answer questions about the food or drink menu. Our food was made incorrectly twice - it was a burger with no bacon as I don’t eat pork. I am almost positive they simply plucked the bacon off of the top instead of remaking it. We don’t go out often so I certainly regret our first night out being here. We won’t return.

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KimL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We had issues with ordering on their system. There was a QR code for the menu and ordering, but only half the people at our table were actually able to order through the program. The waitress spilled my cocktail and offered to bring me another, but never did. There are too many better restaurants options in Center City to put up with this kind of dismal service.

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MungoLikesCandy
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and attentive service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

The pretzels were stale. We ordered tacos, pizza and calamari. The tacos had brown guacamole on them and the calamari and pizza both tasted like they were frozen and reheated.

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PoTN
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Beers were great and food was delicious. Loved the off-street seating area!

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ChrisB
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! Service was excellent! The only thing that we would change is a selection for a beer flight instead of a set few for the flight, but the waiter explained it gets crazy at times, so we can understand the need for speed and less confusion. Overall, it was awesome and we will be back!!

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Swasa
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Online system was great for ordering, but we ordered appetizers and meals and everything came out at the same time. Would have been nice to have been told to enter them as separate orders. Only reason why I can't give 5 stars

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bigstack
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Beer is great but food leaves a lot to be desired.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cap City is one of my favorite places to eat near my office. I was soooo glad to see it opened back up when I went in the other day! My friend and I sat outside at a picnic table and it was very comfortable. The service always sets this place apart—I hadn’t been there in 14 months and the staff remembered me and even brought out my Diet Coke (they know I’m a fiend for it!) without my having to ask. The meal was as good as ever and oooh those crispy lovely sweet potato fries! Thank you for a great experience!!

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vipBarbarap
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were very accommodating in helping us dine outside & very attentive

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LetsGoCaps
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had to order from our phones, cause of Covid and no handheld menus. Everything came out so fast we asked them if they just stared at the computer waiting on our order to come through. It was crazy fast. But we weren't rushed at all.

A little pricey but that's some places in DC. Try the club sandwich

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toyab
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

the online menu and ordering is not user friendly and no one at the resturant seemed to care enough to fix it. the bartender was extremely rude and only served us one drink when he acknowledged we ordered two. My partner and I mainly visited DC to eat at this place because of the food and service we received in the past. However, this one visit was definitely disappointing and we will never ever visit this place again.

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Chucx
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service and great food

Big burgers and very good drinks

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MikeL
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful place. I have been here several times on my travels to DC, going out of my way to come here. The food is wonderful. The crab cakes are exceptional. They have 2 brewed beers and multiple guest brews as well as artisan whiskies. I will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a very nice meal here. Loved the pretzels and Dijon dip.

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vipJonathan
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great place to watch sports, drink beer and have a good meal. Reasonably priced for the geographic location. I like the Porter the best.

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LindseyS
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salad was on point

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Food wasn’t good. Bland. Service was slow. Had to beg to get our drink orders and this is a “brewery”

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Michael
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service and good food

TJ
vipTomJ
Washington DC
152 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Terrific meatloaf dinner.....just like Mom used to make. Each time I come to Capitol City Brewing, I have the meatloaf more often than not. I enjoy it. Also, my friend had the brats and he said they were outstanding. The veggies that accompanied both meals were cooked just right. This place is VERY consistent.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service & fun atmosphere!

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vipMatt
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good beer selection including their homemade brews. Reasonable prices, fairly loud but overall good dinner

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HectorR
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at the restaurant and everything was very smooth ! .Po ably do recommend getting a reservation before caps games . That seemed to make it very easy to get seating right away
Thanks !... will definitely be back !!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, amazing food. Perfect atmosphere for pre Capitals game dinning

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Mike
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The atmosphere is great. Very sports oriented. Not much of the "brewery" to see. THe beer is good but it did not make me step back and say "wow". Our server seemed sluggish and I was not sure if he could not hear me because of the background noise. It was not a terrible experience but it was not a blow me away experience either.

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HannahM
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a happy hour with friends or a date night. The service was great and the food was delicious.

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vipBrooklygirl
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great place to come and have a good meal in a fun, relaxed environment.

TJ
vipTomJ
Washington DC
152 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Best Meatloaf in Town. The meatloaf is pretty darn close to what Mom used to make. Just a great comfort food....accompanied by great mashed potatoes and some delicious vegetables cooked just right. All at a very good price.

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GlennR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great attentive but not helicoptery service, nice variety of selections on the menu for herbivore and carnivore alike; will be back during an after-work scenario to try your brews!

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GreenGoddess
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was great and the service was very good too!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

There was a private event which I wasn't informed of and they didn't let me in.

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TaylorL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Although it was on the less expensive side compared to some of the restaurants in the area, the food lacked flavor and it just wasn’t really worth it. It was a nice place and the staff were friendly and but they food and flavor just really missed the mark and was kinda disappointing.

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NaomiA
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I met for lunch yesterday at Cap City where we had a wonderful time catching up. Our waiter (sorry we didn’t get his name) was excellent and made sure that we were well looked after. The food was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Waiter was slow and not attentive. Terrible service. Had to ask for everything and we waited long time to even be addressed upon being seated. Burgers were really bland with almost no flavor. 3 people at my table got burgers all said same thing.

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vipTomJ
Washington DC
152 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Very good service and the food is a good value, especially for downtown Washington, DC. We go there before Caps games and we always enjoy our meal. Last night I had a burger and my friend had tacos. The burger was terrific (as was the cream of asparagus soup). My buddy said the tacos were very good, as well.

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DeanW
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was slow, not enough wait staff for the volumes. Food is ok, typical ‘American’. Is reasonably close to Capital One Center.

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MarkS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Consistently good. This is a brew pub, don't expect fine dining. Took a little while to get our drinks but our server surprised us with a free appetizer! Unfortunately our food came out about 2 minutes later. While they have a nice selection of local beers it would be nice if they had more of their own. Overall a worthwhile dining experience.

TJ
vipTomJ
Washington DC
152 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I had the meatloaf and it was pretty darn close to Mom's. The vegetable medley (broccoli, cauliflower and carrots) were cooked perfectly--al dente. My friend had the salmon and he was totally delighted with his meal, as well. We were going to the Caps game so we were looking for a good meal and quick and efficient service--and Capitol City Brewing hit it on all counts. I will definitely be back.

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vipMichaelP
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Capitol City is an old reliable. You know you're going to get good food at a good price. The downtown location is in a great spot for me. If you want a good meal without a lot of frills at a good price, I highly recommend it.

FAQs

Capitol City Brewing Company - Downtown offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 628-2222.

Capitol City Brewing Company - Downtown is rated 4 stars by 578 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.