Capitol City Brewing Company - Downtown

4.1
589 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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What 589 people are saying
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TomC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, service and ambiance. Overall, a positive dining experience.

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ChristineH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall3food4service5ambience4

The food and service at Capitol City Brewing Company was very good, but they need to update their online menus.

Two of our party were vegetarians and there was almost nothing available. Online, they show options such as an Impossible Burger but those all have been removed according to our server. In her words, "Most guests are extremely disappointed in our vegetarian options."

It's a huge issue. The online menu needs to be updated so that veggies know what they are getting into. The cheese pizza was excellent, but the options, overall, were lacking.

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vipLarryS
Pittsburgh
16 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We had a reservation at 5:30, the host took us towards a booth then stopped and ushered us to a table in the middle of the room, left 2ltwo menus for four people. Had to go back & ask for more. The server was swamped with so attention was space. We were visiting the city, if I lived here I wouldn't go back.

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AllisonG
Savannah
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Probably the best server we've had since arriving in DC. Despite having multiple tables, she did a great job! Food was really good and a nice atmosphere.

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JoyceM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were delighted to be able to make a reservation for 8 to celebrate my husband’s birthday. It was a great place to celebrate. Our grandchildren, adult children and birthday grandad enjoyed the food and ambience!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great beer selection. Service was really good too!

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vipOSUTheta
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Everything was fine except the service was terrible.

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Carol
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server - Dia if I remember correctly (it was pretty noisy!), was absolutely fantastic, friendly and professional in an ambiance that was likely pretty challenging for her (very crowded, noisy, lots of drinking going on). She's a gem.

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vipLindsayM
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was good but the service was very slow. We had already finished our appetizer before our drinks were delivered, felt like our server forgot about us. We also noticed that he messed up several other tables checks as well.

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MichaelW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Will never return due to horrendous customer service. They had option for outside seating - we took it - and we’re told the wait staff did not want to go outside. This was on game day for a Capitals game so we had limited options and found none. It was a special day that Capitol City Brewing did their best to ruin.

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GJG1234
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Overcook burger. Uncleared tables around us. Lots is tourists. On par with mediocre chain restaurants.

MC
MeaC
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good beer, good food. Service was too fast — our entrees were ready moments after our appetizers.

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MM88
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were sat immediately, service was good, food wasn't worth the price (chicken sandwich was rather small) and their signature beer was decent. We got there just before happy hour ended but our server didn't tell us about HH until after we ordered something else. But the biggest disappointment was when We ordered "pickle shots" (vodka with pickle juice) but we were brought "pickleback" shots (shot of jamison and a shot of pickle juice).

JT
JoanT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great brews, good food, reasonable service, nice menu selections. Very pleasant experience for the family.

JW
JonathanW
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service was terrible, food was decent and the beer was ok

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vipcoryh
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Brews were bitter and average . Alcohol content way too high for flavor to shine

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OutstandingOrlando
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & excellent service

JR
vipJoseRicardoR
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for the family!

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RachelL
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food options for everyone in my family. The beer was fantastic too.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Food was ok, service was well below par for a restaurant that wasn’t that busy. We see why if that’s normal service. Server took our order and never came back until we flagged her down.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
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
21 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
94 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
162 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
Washington DC
2 reviews
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.

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 4.1 stars by 589 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.