About Capitol City Brewing Company - Downtown

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.

1100 New York Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am

Cross Street:
on the corner of 11th and H street NW

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 628-2222

Website:
http://www.capcitybrew.com/

Entertainment:
Large Screen Flat TV's showing your favorite sports teams.

Parking Details:
Public Lot - Entrance off 12th Street. (Corner of 12th and H St)

Public Transit:
The Metro is in walking distance of Capitol City Brewing Company! Metro Center is the closest metro stop to us and its only 2 blocks away.

Executive Chef:
Douglas Cruz

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Plan your special events: Please contact Matt Clarendon 202-628-2222.

Private Dining

Whatever the occasion, let our friendly, seasoned event staff make party planning as easy as enjoying one of our cold brews. Our flexible, professional servers, chefs and event specialists provide individual attention to the requirements of each event.

Capitol City Brewing Company - Downtown Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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3.9

service

4.0

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3.9

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

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Great for Lunch (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
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Pre/post Theatre (3)
Good for a Date (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Cozy (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

In town for a volleyball tournament and on a Friday night. We were seated upstairs and asked to be moved downstairs for better atmosphere — staff was kind and accommodating. Also changed the TV station so we could watch the Olympics. Great drinks and food and very very nice people!!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 2 days ago

Horrible service. We had a reservation and it still took them 30 minutes to seat us. Once we’d been sitting for about 20 minutes the waiter finally arrived and he didn’t even bring menus, we had to specifically ask for them. Once we ordered food took about an hour. Food was very mediocre but the drinks were good.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Fun atmosphere! Great place for a casual group dinner right downtown in DC. Good and affordable food, fabulous service.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Our server Jessi was great. The food was ok but not great. Pieces are decent for DC.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Not bad...would be better with more beer selection. Food was average, service was good.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Sports
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Great spot for craft beer and a lively atmosphere. Too noisy for conversation, but that's part of the fun. Food was OK - not really a foodie sort of place, but plenty of variety and something for everyone. Excellent service!

Tags: Live Sports, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

little different from last remember server was great food a little greasy

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

This was a solid spot for a casual evening dinner, with a few board members. It was incredibly loud, but didn't interfere with our table's conversation or enjoyment. Good spot.

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

This was my first time going to this restaurant. A friend was staying across the street, which influenced the decision to go. We went at dinner time on a Friday night. The restaurant was busy, but we were seated right away. The food was very good and our waitress properly attentive. Food was served promptly and was a good temperature.

Located a block from Metro Center Station, it is convenient for the Metro dependent. I don’t think I would drive there, as I am unsure about the parking situation.

I would gladly go there again when I am in that part of DC.

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great server. Fast. Always nice staff.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 21, 2018

We had a great time watching the pats vs jaguars game!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Loved this place! Only thing that annoyed me was i made a reservation a week in advance and they tried to give us a terrible table up against a railing in the bar area. They did move us right away when we complained tho and manager was awesome. Food was terrific! Fast and delish and reasonably priced.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Casual, Fun, Comfort Food
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Terrible service and the food was barely edible. Waited 15 minutes at our table to get a waiteress. Don't go for brunch! Crab cake Benedict was a disaster and the bottomless mimosas were pure orange juice. We inquired about the contents of the drinks and we were told that the mimosas were half and half but they looked to be as dark as freshly squeezed orange juice.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 13, 2018

It was freezing the restaurant! We had on our coats, gloves and hats! Not sure what happened to the heat but we couldn’t wait to finish and leave! Very uncomfortable!

Tags: Late-night Find, Fun, Quick Bite, People Watching, Live Sports, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The food and service was outstanding. I use a wheelchair and had enough space at the table I was put at to move freely. The server was exceptional. She was pleasant and patient. I will recommend you to everyone.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The places has a lot of potential but the issue with the heat not working properly to away from being able to enjoy the restaurant. Its was beyond cold in the restaurant, the waiter tried to give his best explanation but it was not his fault. Basic the heating unit is to small for the restaurant

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The server Paul was excellent, sadly, the food wasn’t. The ribs were tender, but the crab cakes needed a different chef. We reordered the special to replace the crab cakes, which was a mixed grill. It appears that the kitchen staff can cook meat but not seafood—the shrimp were over grilled and burned, so there was nothing except a burnt taste.

The other staff/servers were kind, caring, and attentive as was our exceptional server Paul. Ask for him and beware ordering seafood!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Food was okay. A little bland. Service was slow and it wasn't busy. I’m hoping the server was off his game, and not usually that bad. Overall atmosphere was good.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We arrived at the time of our reservation and were seated immediately. The server was friendly but might have been new as he was unable to tell us the house wine label, or if the homemade root beer had caffeine. He didn't even know they offered home made root beer until my son asked for it.
My son ordered the kids macaroni and cheese with fruit, my husband ordered the crab cake platter and I ordered a salad with seared tuna. The food was served quickly despite the restaurant being quite busy. My son's macaroni and cheese was obviously kraft or an equivalent. My husband's crab cakes were over seasoned and dry. I removed the tuna from my salad as it didn't taste right, it looked perfect but it was just "off". The salad itself was good and I enjoyed the wasabi dressing.
While I could have said something to the waiter, I felt it wasn't worth the trouble. He only checked on us once and seemed to be more interested in flipping the table.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 16, 2017

When we arrived our reservation was not in the system, even though I had confirmation from open table. Our server was nowhere to be found for 20-30 minutes.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Excellent service. The funnel fries were an unexpected dessert treat!

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Live Sports, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Had quick service and great food! Perfect for a work lunch!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food was great and prompt. Nice portions And very tasty. Service was awrsome. Our server and all thr ataff were polite and pleasant. I would recommend eating here again

Tags: Cozy
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We had a 6:00 reservation. We received our first drink at 6:30 and didn’t see our waiter for another hour. All of our glasses were empty and no one ever came by to ask us for a refill. We ordered our food at 6:35 and at 7:40 still had nothing. When we asked about it someone brought out a drink that one of our party had been waiting in for 30 minutes, however it was the wrong drink...and still no food. We ended up leaving after an hour and 45 minutes and all we had to show from it was a single drink per person. We went someplace across the street and had great food and service in a very timely manner. When we told the manager that were leaving and why, he looked at us and shook his head. Very disappointed.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Not a great experience. Though the restaurant was nearly empty when we arrived, our server disappeared for long periods of time. Drinks were slow to come out, one of our guests orders a vodka tonic - tonic water was flat even after remaking the drink. I cancelled my second beer after waiting more than 20 minutes for it to come. Burgers were good, but the fish tacos had one minuscule finger-sized piece of dried out fish.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food seems to be an afterthought at Capitol City. First, the wait staff could not explain with any confidence what was in the dishes..... for example, why aren't the crab cakes listed on the menu as gluten free? And those crab cakes were poor, much too much shell in there. We were with a couple of teenage boys. When they don't finish their food it is a bad sign. Finally got to the brownie dessert and needed a knife to cut the brownie! Cardboard. Probably a great place to have a beer and watch a game. Don't waste your time as a dinner destination.

Tags: Live Sports
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Stopped by for a quick bite before Capital One Arena event and it was very yummy! $5 apps for happy hour was perfect to start - we had the nachos - plus they brought complimentary warm pretzels. We both ordered the burgers and were thick, juicy, and very tasty. Beer was matched perfectly with the meal and we left very happy. We will definitely return.

Tags: Quick Bite, Business Meals, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Food was average pub fare, nothing outstanding. Happy hour prices were attractive.

Tags: Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Perfect place to take large casual business lunch. The menu is pretty extensive so something for everyone to eat. Service was quick, correct and pleasant. Good experience overall, I will go back again.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Super noisy. Food was somewhat dissapointing. Nothing special. Wouldn't go back

Tags: Live Sports
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Ate lunch here and had a short time as was at a conference. Very accommodating and was served promptly. Great food! Came back for a beer in the evening. Sat at the bar. Great beer!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

When I'm in town to visit my son I will always make a visit !!!!!!!!!! GREAT PLACE , GREAT FOOD , GREAT SERVICE

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

had a great time there for a bachelorette party before a Caps game!

Tags: Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Live Sports, Fun, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The restaurant easily handled 12 family members as we gathered prior to a wedding in two days. Very good brew selection. Fast service and varied menus. I enjoyed my Ahi Tuna salad, while my husband had comfort meat loaf and smashed potatoes. My niece and her husband went back the next day to enjoy a football game. It was lively and fit the bill for a casual night.

Tags: Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Had a retirement party for a colleague, here. What an incredible evening.
The staff were fantastic, with special thanks to our Server, Sol.
Great food at good prices, and a lively atmosphere.

Tags: Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Food is pretty much your standard bar style...nothing wrong with it...but it is not a gastro-pub. Beer is excellent. Service always slow, takes forever for a server to bring the beer list, get drinks, and appetizers frequently come with the main course.

Tags: Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 25, 2017

The waitress had a bit of an attitude. That is not what you expect when you are celebrating a birthday. If one of the patrons ask for ice, don't tell them 'what do you expect, it came from the faucet when they indicate that the water is warm. Be nice about it and bring ice or get a new job. We were afraid to ask for anything else after that. We have been to this restaurant several times in the past month.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 17, 2017

No one liked their food. It was bland, the bread was soggy and meat was overcooked. Our service was great considering we were a large party but, food leaves something to be desired.

Tags: Live Sports
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 (New England)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Good beer, good food, great service. Wait staff was terrific.

Tags: Fun, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Live Sports, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 10, 2017

In DC for a family vacation. Came for dinner with a large group of 9. They quickly accommodated us. Service was great and half price appetizers during happy hour. We even got free soft warm pretzels. We would definitely come back.

Tags: Casual, Cozy
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