Capitol City Brewing Company - Downtown

3.9
585 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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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  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience

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Biff
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

not enough servers, wait stuff polite but undermanned, long time in between drinks, order and meal

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MelindaGT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a traditional brewery setting. Everything from fried somethings to a NY strip steak. A beer selection that covers most varieties & craft cocktails to boot! Happy hour is 4p-7p with $5 basic draft selections(2) & cheap apps. The fried chicken sandwich was delicious & the fries were perfectly fried!
The only issue was outdoor seating, not super inviting but know that there is space outdoors in/out of under a tent.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Service was okay! She didn’t do a bad job, but she never came to ask if we wanted another beer or more water. Just brought the bill when we were done eating. I would’ve had another beer, but felt rushed out. Wasn’t like the restaurant was busy or anything either so just a little weird. Otherwise the food and beer were both amazing!! Would definitely come back and hopefully try a few different beers.

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vipDCdiner
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

They may close the patio for possible inclement weather even though it never shows (but forgot to remove the option for Open Table).

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gorgeguy
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place rocks! Good selection of beers, pleasant surprises in terms of the menu, and the preparation/taste was excellent!

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vipLeoDC
Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Just another good experience at one of my long time local favorites. I'm glad their doors are still open!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food was terrible. Definitely not the place to go.

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vipMaracaibo
Richmond
91 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Service was great but place just did not feel clean. Tables were not well wiped down and there were crumbs on our booth seats. Food was just ordinary....

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DanL
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Ok beer, food average at best.

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BillRath
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service and food were outstanding! Very quick from order to table. Great beer selection.

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Momof3
Pittsburgh
20 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The outdoor seating option was helpful. Kids liked the food. Server was super friendly.

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ChellsieS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was awesome!! Our appetizer came out in two minutes and our meal came out five minutes after that. Everything was hot, clearly served as soon as it was done. The food was absolutely delicious. Great atmosphere, very reasonably priced, great service. When I visit DC, I will definitely eat there again!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Service was remarkably bad, weak drinks, and tasteless food. Nothing special, sorry we wasted a dinner here.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good food. Nothing fabulous. Just like any other restaurant.

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vipSteve
Baltimore
157 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
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
4 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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vipChrisB
Washington DC
14 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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Jonathan
New York Area
44 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

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vipTomJ
Washington DC
153 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

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 3.9 stars by 585 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.