City Tap House - Penn Quarter

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City Tap House boasts one of the area's most extensive local, national and international microbrew line ups, including over 40 draughts and an extensive bottle collection, with seasonal and rotating options, as well as a house made specialty cocktail and beer cocktail menu. Complimented by our American regional cuisine and gourmet brick oven pizza menu, City Tap House offers guests a rustic, comfortable dining and bar setting adjacent to our spacious open kitchen.

Currently open for lunch and nightly dinner service as well as for weekend brunch, City Tap House looks forward to having you join us for any occasion! Enjoy happy hour in our bar area Monday - Friday from 5:00pm - 7:00pm. Seasonal patio dining available.

Please inquire about large group accommodations and catering menus for happy hours, cocktail receptions and seated functions as well as full venue buy outs. We offer both semi-private and fully private event space.
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Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, great service, great location.

JB
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food. Great Atmosphere. It was a very nice evening so we were able to eat outside. Being able to make a reservation was a definite plus!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service. Our server was friendly, attentive, and elevated our experience. Thank you! We will be back!!

AS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was good when we first arrived but slowed down when it got busy to the point we waited about 10 minutes for our check. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was great. Overall a great experience and I would definitely return and do recommend it!

a
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had brunch on a Saturday, during a lunch break at the Convention. The location is perfect. The food and service were excellent. It is a little noisy as it is a sports bar, but the four of us were able to have a nice conversation at a booth. I'll definitely come back if there is another convention in town.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

This is my go to place when I have an event in the area and want a quality meal. The food here is great. Big portions and comes out relatively fast. My the crab max & cheese is to die for. The chicken sandwich and burgers are also great. The service is incredibly rude and unprofessional. I won’t be returning

c
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, casual atmosphere so good place to go for a bit after spending time on the Mall at museums. The staff was simply outstanding—friendly, helpful, and fast.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The restaurant had happy hour specials on beer. But when we sat in the dining room and ordered food, our drinks were MORE$$! We asked the server and she said, yes, the bar has different prices on drinks than the dining room!

BR
Cleveland
28 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit to City Tap. We split the ahi tuna and pretzel (odd combination I know) and they were both wonderful. I had the pork shoulder fajitas which were well seasoned but not overwhelming and the meat was perfectly cooked. Service was excellent. Whole dinner was a fantastic experience. Highly recommend.

JP
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

MY
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and selection of menu.

LD
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing night out with friends....the vibe was awesome! Our waitress, Missy, was top notch and attentive! Highly recommend!!

DD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

City tap is a really nice place for happy hour. The ambiance was really chill. The food was great. A little pricey but good for the area.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch as always. Excellent service

OT
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Thursday night special which was the meatloaf. It was outstanding and the portion size was very generous. Certainly enough for 2 meals.

SS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, very good fries and appetizers - mussels were a little underpowered, but the beer selection was very good as well. Very handy to attractions and hotels in the capital district.

N
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food.
Just a bit noisy, bar level.
You are not gonna be whispering sweet nothings in your date’s ear.

MC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Server literally disappeared during lunch. Manager was apologetic but it clearly was not this servers first offense. I would recommend City Tap House as I have stopped by there many times before a Caps game and not had this problem.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Staff was excellent! Food is good, too

R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 3

Even though we repeatedly told the server about food allergies and he went back and forth to the kitchen several times my daughter had an allergic reaction. This caused her to miss the Shawn mendes concert. So frustrating

FC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Natalia was excellent!

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the perfect brunch venue. The menu is diverse and amazing and the staff goes above and beyond to ensure everything runs smoothly. 10/10 would recommend!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. You can't go wrong with any of the food choices.

WH
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone loved their food choices. Shrimp & Grits were a hit with two people. Another guest had fried rice with the short ribs and said it was delicious. I loved the classic Abigail mussels. We also had the broccoli that was out of this world!! Be sure to “add the bacon!” We will recommend City Tap to others and look forward to dining here again!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was amazing! Manager really knew how to cater to kids!!

Great place!

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was good, service seemed understaffed, and the air conditioner didn't work well. That said, food was a good value, and it's a nice environment.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service from Tiosha. Food was great.

AM
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

sadly our rez was during a corporate function who had rented out the bar area... they wldnt seat us anywhere else but a long banquette that backed onto the bar area - b/c we were only 2 ppl... so during our meal... ppl from the corporate function leaned or hung over the back of the banquette with their food and drinks... we were constantly distracted by the people and by the constant threat of a knocked drink or plate of food... it was unsettling...

our meals were two different temperatures... mine a burger - was lukewarm at best and the fries cold... I could tell it had sat for a while b/c the juice from the meat had soaked into the bottom half of the bun and made it soggy and fall apart... my friend had the crab mac + cheese... it was so hot - it took 10 mins to cool down for her to even attempt to eat...

our waitress took our order and was not seen again except for a check-in from the drink station on the other side of the banquette... she waved at us to ask how the meal was... as if she could hear or care how it was... at the end of the meal we had to have a busboy find her to get our check... and then he had to cash us out as she disappeared again...

maybe under different circumstances it would have been a better experience... but in this instance their focus was on the corporate function and for us - left a bad taste in our mouths...

JE
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

The staff is super friendly and hardworking, despite the high volume of people coming from the adjacent offices and convention center. There was a slight error in filling my order but my server was very apologetic and quickly made the correction. The manager came over and also chimed in. He even gave the kids some free popsicles which was a nice touch. The selection of beer was excellent. The nachos were excellent. Everything else we ordered, was your typical American bistro fare, which would be my only critique. However, considering the cost of the neighboring restaurants, it’s a good value and was worth a second visit during our stay. Make your reservations, City Tap is popular and walk-ins were waiting at the door.

OD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was good but the service was what really made this a great night. Our waitress, T, was engaging and attentive and completely tuned in to our table’s needs. She made the night.

U
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Upbeat atmosphere...energetic but noisy. Service was great. Burger was good. Fries were poor (overcooked). Beer selection was good. Broccoli appetizer was very good! Would eat here again.

FC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The only reason that all sections didn’t get 5 stars is due to the 90s Trivia that was held on 7/21/19 specifically. The host wasn’t that good and the 90s trivia was very one sided.

DL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Needed a place close to the hotel friends were staying at. Food and service were great. Freezer pops offered to the youngest 2 at our table by the manager was amazing!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

One of the servers was so rude, it overshadowed any good that happened during the evening. Another server wasn’t exactly great either. We left feeling like we wasted our money on a really disappointing dinner out.

DP
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good!

MD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was really good. Great beer selection. Handled our group of 7 without any problem. We did have to hunt down our server to get the check, but otherwise the service was fine.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent food and an extensive beer menu.

SS
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was amazing. Nicole went over and beyond to make my 7 year old feel special for his birthday dinner. Food was great, awesome atmosphere.

CA
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, service prompt and attentive, we liked the ambience. Highly recommend for a fun night out.

f
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

beer drinkers would be very happy with the choices available. food is goods, nothing to rave about, although those who had ribs were very satisfied. servers could not have been nicer, particularly dealer with the young child in our group. the scene is noisy, don't go to have an intimate conversation.

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