City Tap House - Penn Quarter

4.4
782 reviews
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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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MD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We really had a nice time. And our server was great! She brought my friends “surprise me” beers at their request and really seemed tuned in to our tastes and what we needed.

The only downside was the noise level. I could barely hear one of our friends across the table.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Our server was absolutely horrible. From the moment we sat down he was extremely rude, and wouldn’t give us a moment to order our drinks. He then ignored our table for at least 10 minutes walking by several times ignoring us as we tried to order drinks. After we had our drinks he then came back and dropped off the tab before we even had a chance to look at food or talk to him. He then proceeded to tell us we had 2 minutes until our “reservation was up.”

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AG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food but we did have to wait even though we had a reservation. However the hostess was very concerned that we had to wait and kept updating us. It was somewhat loud but it was also Police Week and there were a lot of extra people in the city.

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F
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience for Mother's Day. The server was attentive, food was delivered to table quickly and very tasty. I will definitely be back.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We went for brunch and the food was really good, they had a nice variety of food.

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CY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Yes.
It's good place to hang out with friends.
Appetizers and Bar food are above and beyond!!
Better take metro or Uber instead of driving in as the parking is not easy to find in that area.

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MC
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I go to City Tap house every time I come to DC for good appetizers and selection of beer.

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

Took a customer there for dinner. It was low key and very nice.

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ME
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was my second time dining at this location. The service, wait times, food, and drinks were all great and our server didn't make us feel rushed when we lingered a bit after dinner to chat. A minor hiccup was that one dish (think it was short ribs?) half of our table wanted to order had already been sold out early in the night, but that's a positive because it must have been amazing to sell out that quickly and the restaurant wasn't expecting this to happen.

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MG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The place was buzzing as we went during brunch but everyone was so pleasant. My date’s first time and he loved his food. We were visited by someone I management making sure our food was to our liking. That was much appreciated. We certainly be going back and recommending this establishment to our friends

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S
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked an large party event here and the guests were very happy. The sales manager sent me a thank you gift certificate so I came to use it with a friend a couple weeks later. The service was amazing, the food was delicious, the choices of beer extensive, and we had a great time over lunch. I'll definitely use City Tap again for my future business bookings when I'm looking for casual, upbeat, and friendly atmosphere.

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CB
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 4

Everything was fine...until the restaurant lost our company credit card upon cash out. They were unable to locate it and it really added a sour note to our business trip.

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Been a few times. Always have a good time. They have typical pub food plus some interesting twists. It can get a little loud before events at the arena.

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The food was mediocre at best and the service was atrocious.

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PP
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good meals and friendly atmosphere. Great beer selection!

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JE
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Met a friend at City Tap House for dinner and drinks. The hostess was super friendly and engaging. The service was great and the food was delicious. The mixed drinks were not the best but the beer menu was extensive. I had a wonderful time and would definitely visit again.

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HB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was great, the staff was super friendly, and we had a great dinner! We would definitely recommend it as a good place to go with or without kids!

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RM
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

You've got to try the broccoli. And the chocolate cake.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The service was slow. Our server disappeared for a while while my drink sat at the bar. The food also sat for a while before it was delivered. I expected better service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were great! It was quite noisy and difficult to communicate with the server and dinner companion.

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OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They did nm

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Y
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A colleague and I went to City Tap for lunch. I have been several times and encountered outstanding customer service. My colleague, however, had a terrible experience in the past and had never been back.

On this particular day, the customer service and food were outstanding! My colleague had a wonderful meal and the waiter and manager went out of their way to make sure that the experience was exceptional.
We both left with full and satisfied!

PS> Bring back the apple gouda salad!!!!!

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CE
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks to our server Aaron for a great experience on 4/6/19! Having reservations saved a ton of time, others were being quoted an hour wait. Great experience overall.

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t
Wilmington
15 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there to watch UVA in the NCAA playoffs. Food was good at a reasonable price. Service was attentive.

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FM
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

It was crazy busy, even with a reservation, on a Friday night. The server didn’t come by frequently and wasn’t updated on beers that were in or out of stock. My burger was supposed to be medium, but came back rare. I didn’t send it back bc it took so long in the first place, and it ended up making me sick later in the night.

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c
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We visited the City Tap House during our stay in D.C. during spring break (April 2019). We were looking for a family restaurant and this came up on our search. Even though our kids were the only kids in there, we did not feel uncomfortable and the kids loved it. The service was amazing! After my husband accidentally knocked over his water, a server helped him by cleaning up quickly and getting him a new chair. The food came quickly and tasted great. The french fries were the best I have ever tasted and the kids couldn’t get enough of them. We were asked several times how everything was and the servers were professional and friendly. If you are looking for a a fantastic place to dine while in D.C., you have to check this place out.

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JG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Pre-Caps game beverages and dinner! The atmosphere and service is always good to get geared up to cheer on the home team.

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M
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Burger is great. The rest of the food is ok. Good service and very good beer list.

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PP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We missed our reservation by 35 minutes because of traffic. Although the restaurant was very crowded, we were accommodated and seated promptly. Because we were scheduled to attend an event at the Capitol One Center, we were served quickly. Our dinners were great and the service exceptional! We would go again in advance of any events at Capitol One and whenever an opportunity presents itself.

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M
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Overpriced. Food quality was fair. Hostess was very difficult to deal with even thought I had a reservation and most tables were empty at 5:15PM. Service was OK.

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MO
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food and service were outstanding!! Will definitely make this a regular stop on DC trips

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience as always with very friendly staff! Food was delicious!

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GP
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was terrific, the price was reasonable and most importantly, the staff was OUTSTANDING!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Waiter was a little aloof but the food was good.

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NT
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We had a rude waitress who overcharged us on beer, brought us a broken pen to sign and then didn't come back. Nightmare!

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T
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went with a family of five and it was good. Service was good and the food was good.

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KS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Good pre game place before a Caps game. Lots of beer options and plenty of room.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! Great food!! Excellent service!!!

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CD
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service.

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