About Barking Mad Cafe

We told people we offer super premium coffee and scratch-baked sweets and savories in north Gaithersburg, and they assumed we were crazy. We told them we cook in a wood hearth, and they said we were batty. We paired food with specialty cocktails and house infusions, and they thought we were nuts. We revealed the on-site aeroponic, organic garden where we grow vegetables, herbs and edible flowers, and they whispered we were mad as a hatter. And as the lights sparkled above a 100+ seat outdoor patio, they declared us Barking Mad.

Here’s to the mad ones - Jack Kerouac

239 Spectrum Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Cafe
Mon 7:00 am–8:00 pm
Tue–Fri 7:00 am–9:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am–9:00 pm
Sun 8:00 am–8:00 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 9:30 am–2:30 pm
Bar
Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Happy Hour
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(240) 297-6230

Website:
http://www.barkingmadcafe.com/

Parking Details:
Free street parking and structured parking available in the retail lot under Majestic Apartments.

Additional:
Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Barking Mad Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.3

service

4.3

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4.3

value

4.1

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (9)
Afternoon Coffee (6)
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Casual (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Fun (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Healthy (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Cozy (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Live Music (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Hot Spot (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Business Meals (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Authentic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Romantic (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

I was disappointed in both the food (the butternut squash soup had an unpleasant, almost sour taste, abandons the salad was quite small for the price) and the coffee, but plan to give it another try at some point since I've read so many positive reviews.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great experience. Love this place! Their eggs benedict is awesome and love the beignets!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I went for brunch and thoroughly enjoyed it. I snap chatted our meals and a few of my followers asked about the venue and went to check out the place for themselves "-)

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on November 26, 2017

A++++ service, food, atmosphere - everything was absolutely amazing. They made my husbands birthday brunch very special.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 24, 2017

I introduced this place to lot of my friends and so far I haven’t had any complaints. So I would like to Thank everyone of you for making every visit special.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We had a reservation for a large party (12 people). We asked for happy hour menus at our table and were provided but after receiving the menu, we were told that we could only receive the happy hour prices at the bar. Our service was slow but tolerable. Some of the food was good while the rest was less than ordinary. The taco salad and fig pizza was enjoyed by the guests in our party but the Caesar salad and the fish tacos were less that satisfactory. The highlight of the evening was a guest at our table ordering a sausage pizza but only had 4 small pieces of sausage on the pizza. When we brought it to the attention of the server, she told us that she would check with the kitchen. The server told us that the kitchen ran out of sausage but instead of asking her if she would like something else, they simply brought out her pizza without telling her it only had some of the ingredients. We can only assume they were hoping that she did not notice. Unfortunately this was not the only person this happened to at our table. Another guest ordered the Charcuterie Board only to receive the meats. The kitchen did not prepare the cheese or olives - we had to ask for those items. While we understand that things happen, the restaurant showed a lack of concern for the customers.

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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Great food and friendly staff. will come again, highly recommended.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

The food was really well prepared. Our waitress was really nice and attentive. Ambiance had some music in the background but not loud enough to be too loudly. Will definitely be coming back in the future.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

When we arrived we were told they were busier than expected. The outside patio was packed, it was wonderful weather and there was a live performance. The inside was completely empty. Our food took so long that even our waiter was shocked. When I received my plate the food was put together haphazardly, I was told they had fallen behind so I guess that means just throw it on a plate and get it out there. I might go back to sit outside on a nice night but would probably stick to pizza, I had the tacos, all the pizzas around me looked amazing.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2017

What a find! I took my 9 year-old here for dinner and we both loved the food, the outside seating among the lights, the live music, the food and the great service.

Tags: Casual, Live Music, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Very nice place especially with good weather for outside seating. Delicious menu.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Afternoon Coffee, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

The food was good, but the service was terrible. The wait staff was not attentive to the tables that were seated.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We sat outside with live music. Wonderful evening. Food here is very good, but full menu is not served every day. We were there on a Friday evening, so the full menu was available.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Breakfast pizza was awesome as we're the chicken and waffles. Get the burbon syrup with them,yummy. Very fresh, excellent service and food. We will be back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Decided to give it a try. First the good... well decorated and warm environment. Although it was a little more than half full it was easy to have a quiet conversation. Server was attentive and really tried to make up for the shortcomings of the food. Now the downside; my first menu choice was not available because they did not have the pasta noodles it was paired with. Really, did not have pasta... inexcusable. So I settled on a shrimp dish which was really quite good. But it literally came with four pieces of shrimp. This was an entree dish... but then it got worse, my wife ordered fish tacos. The fish were essentially "fish sticks" on soft taco shells. That is wrong in so many ways. So disappointed that this didn't work out but they need to get ownership/management in there who understand the restaurant business... when they do, we will give it a second try.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great service and great food.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We have been here many times and it keeps getting better. The Crab cakes Benedict were great. The Bloody Marys are excellent also.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We love coming here. We pretty much come every weekend for brunch. We love the chocolate cold brew, iced latte and the Barkachino is amazing. Can't wait for the interchange to be done so we can walk here from our house!

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Excellent food, service, and location!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Went for Sunday brunch and had the crab eggs benedict. It was delicious and a bargain at $15 for two crab cakes.

We had problems with service, but I think it was because our server had been pulled to work a table with a large party and they did not assign someone else to our table. The people that did wait on us were very friendly and apologetic for our having to wait.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Food was very fresh and nicely plated. Service was cheerful and friendly.

Tags: Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Healthy
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

Good food, great coffee & amazing service! We went there for a Sunday Brunch to try it out and it was the cutest place in the area. Can't wait to go back and highly recommend it!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 16, 2017

We are absolutely delighted to have found this restaurant! The food was terrific, as was the service. Everything we ordered was a real hit. We sat outside and watched kids play in the fountain, which was great as it wasn't too hot. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 8, 2017

I love the food and the atmosphere. Our service was really slow this night, even though there were very few people seated inside. Every table outside was full and people were enjoying the live music.

Tags: Good for Groups, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Casual, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Our new favorite spot for coffee and brunch! The avacado toast was delicious as was the fig and prosciutto pizza. My husband loves their coffee and I though they made an amazing chai!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Very good! Went for brunch and there were man excellent options. Excited to go back.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 24, 2017

This place has a good atmosphere. The food is pretty good and the coffee is fantastic. The service was great.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We have loved Barking Mad, and ho at least twice a month, but the last two times have been disappointing. We went Sunday for Father's Day. We arrived at 12:30 and were seated promptly, but didn't receive any service for over half an hour. Four other tables were helped, and they were all seated way after us. We moved tables and still received no service until my husband got up and asked why we aren't being helped at all. Then my drink was out, even though we asked prior to making order because I ordered my dish around drink, then my order was wrong. We had planned a movie we had already bought tickets for at 2:15 and ended up being a half hour late for our movie. The waitress was amazing and apologized numerous times, and said due to it being Father's Day they were slammed, but we have been there when it was a lot busier and never received the bad service we did this time. Also, everyone around us was helped and received their orders quickly so we don't understand why we had the experience we did. Again, this is the second time we have had the same experience pretty much. We don't get to go out much due to me having a chronic illness, so when we do, it's a big deal and Barking Mad had become our first choice for dates, but we will be looking for other places after this time.

Tags: Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Even though it was Fathers day the staff and service was great. It is a very convenient restaurant with good food and a simple but interesting menu.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2017

This place was adorable. Great food (eggs Benedict and frittata to die for) and adorable decor and ambiance. Apollo was the best server we could've asked for. Knew the menu great, was attentive and fun, and even found out random info my mom and I wanted that was completely unrelated. He's the best and we will keep coming back for him and the great brunch. Thanks everyone!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 17, 2017

It was just so mediocre and with so many choices, there is no reason to go back.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Really good food and drinks! Our server was running around and seemed to be handling multiple tables and the bar. it took awhile for us to get our drinks, but they were really good. Food came out hot and was very good. it seemed like they might have been shorthanded, and there were tables around us who complained that their food was not done to their order/liking, but again ours was great. I would definitely return. (one other small note, we received the wrong bill. it was corrected quickly and I was given copies of the refund and correct bill).

Tags: Spicy, Fun, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Loved the outdoor patio, decor, and food was delicious and great value for money. Kid friendly, had really nice high chairs. It seemed the restaurant may have been understaffed as seating and service took longer than expected for a number of things. However the server herself was lovely. We'll be back for brunch again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 2, 2017

We enjoyed our dinner outside with great live music. Very pleasant and friendly staff; prices were very reasonable.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Barking Mad has some interesting items on the menu and a good list of signature cocktails and beers. My wife loved her fig and pancetta pizza. I ordered the burger and it was completely overcooked, didn't;t feel like sending it back to ruin the mood...other than that the outdoor dining was nice and there was an acoustic dup laying that made the evening nice!

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 20, 2017

We immediately recommended it to one of our children and his family, which has two children under four.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Dinner lasagna was cool in middle. Should be served on a larger plate.
Avacodo dinner was not as described, should have been an appetizer.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 20, 2017

We had a party of 11. I'd had a reservation at GrillMarx in Olney for 8, then had to add three more. I called, they took their time finding out if they could make the change, finally told me no and there were no apologies. Wow! Then I find Barking Mad Cafe, and am I glad I did! Wow, they had a table for 11 all set up. It was a difficult group, my elderly mother and five teenage to young adult boys who were all LOUD. But the waiter was SO nice and accommodating and made my mother feel special. We were there for brunch, and even though the place closed at 2:30 to reset for later, no one even tried to ask us to depart. We were all having such a good time talking and catching up. And the bill was SO reasonable. And the food? OMG, I had the white pizza, and slices went to my son and a brother and were gobbled up immediately. My other brother had the salmon pizza; also delish. Everyone was very happy with the food. We will DEFINITELY be returning!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Casual, Great for Brunch, Disabled Access, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Barking Mad is one of our favorite go too restaurants!!! We haven't had a bad meal or experience' not absolutely love it!!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Authentic, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Lovely atmosphere and very friendly staff. It was a nice menu with lots of choices. I loved sitting outdoors with my family and dog.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Quick Bite
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