Barking Mad Cafe

4.4
188 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Cafe
Mon 8:00 am–7:00 pm
Tue–Fri 7:00 am–9:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am–9:00 pm
Sun 8:00 am–6:00 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 9:30 am–3:00 pm
Bar
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am–3:00 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
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Phone number
(240) 297-6230
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Free street parking and structured parking available in the retail lot under Majestic Apartments.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 188 People Are Saying
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food
4.3
service
4.3
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4.2
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Service was friendly but very slow. Food was decent, but nothing to right home about. Outdoor space is fantastic!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

It was date night and we’ve tried this place already so we decided to back because the food was excellent and without a doubt the second time was still amazing. The best was the duck bacon dumpling was the most delicious thing I ate from there.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Inventive meals in a casual atmosphere. Really enjoyed salmon and cocktails. Kids were happy too. Definitely return.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Really good food but the service leaves a lot to be desired. Our server was almost never there and it took a while to flag someone down for something as simple as putting our orders in. Still worth trying because the food is great, especially the chicken and waffles!

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Unique and creative Open Table description caught my attention.
Delectable food

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Good brunch place to hang out with friends! We were there on Sunday, the food was good and the service was nice. I would encourage friends to hang out there.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

We went there for brunch. Food is delicious, and drinks are fun. Very noisy, but that might be because it was raining and no one could be outside. Will definitely go back on a nice day, and maybe eat outside.

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3.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Service was slow to get started, but way better than last time I was there, so improving. Once we got service, it was good for the rest of the time. Finally will start going back.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Beautiful spot. Tasty food. We got the chicken and waffles (jalapeno-cheddar) and avocado toast and both were absolutely delicious!! Friendly and accommodating staff. Couldn't ask for anything better!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

We had a great family brunch yesterday and despite the hot weather, we all enjoyed our time together.

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Food is very tasty and fresh! The homemade burgers were delicious. The battered cauliflower was yummy with avocado sauce! I will be back for breakfast and homemade dessert (too full to try tonight :-)!

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Lovely place for breakfast and lunch! Only complaint was the coffee. I’m pretty certain that it’s the blend not the method. Other than that, had a great meal.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

I wanted to go to brunch with friends on the 4th of July, and I was in Gaithersburg pet/house-sitting for a friend (I live in Washington, D.C.). A few friends that I'd wanted to catch up with were in the area, and it was more convenient for all of us to go somewhere for brunch in/around Gaithersburg than in D.C., and I remember a friend raving about this place. We booked it for 5 people for brunch, and there was plenty of space for all of us to sit and eat comfortably. We sat inside (it was very hot outside), and it was cool and bright, with lots of windows allowing for the natural light to make the entire space feel open and light. I ordered the eggs benedict pizza and added bacon, and OH. MY. LORD. It was incredible! So many textures, flavors and scents! Amazing :) The pupaccinos were also delicious. This was a fun brunch that I'd recommend to anyone in the area!

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2.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Notwithstanding the following statement on the menu: "OUR EXTREMELY HOT-WOOD BURNING OVEN PRODUCES A GOLDEN PIZZA CRUST W/ DELICIOUS CHARRING AND BLISTERING." The pizza that was served at our table was so undercooked that it was possible to roll-up the crust all the way to edge...yes, that soft. Not a char nor blister in sight!

Even the 2nd chance pizza was unispiring and disappointing. The crust WAS better, but still lacked the crispness that was advertised and expected. Where was the sauce? Bland pepperoni ... no sausage ...

We will not return.

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

We had a reservation for noon and had to wait for almost 15 minutes even while the party ahead of us (party of 5 and we were a party of 4) who did not have a reservation got seated before us. The hostess was very overwhelmed and only after I approached her for a second time did we get seated. It did take awhile for the server to come to the table but once we ordered the food it did arrive in a timely manner. Food was OK. I did like their tea very much.

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4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

We had great service for our lunch. We needed to change tables to sit outside due to the noise inside. It was a beautiful day but hot and bright sun. I can't be out in that kind of bright sun. I had brought a hat just in case but the server moved us twice as tables with better umbrella coverage came available. Food was good but not amazing. They had GF and Vegan options which was great. I would go back though.

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4.0Dined on June 28, 2018

This restaurant was recommended to us by some friends who live in the area. It is unpretentious, the staff is informed and friendly, the food well-prepared and with some nice individualized touches (ex: the fried chicken sandwich had their own slaw topping, which was nice and tangy without being vinegar-y). My partner said it was the best BLT she had ever had, and she is over 90 years old! If I lived out in that part of Montgomery county, I would certainly return. As it is, I am in northern Virginia, so the chances are slim. I do encourage the locals to check this place out!

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Anniversary brunch well spent!

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Great brunch. If you go, don’t skip the beignets.

There is a great patio area, but since it was rainy, we sat inside.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We love this place. Father’s Day brunch was a little crazy but that’s expected. We will continue to eat here.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

It was the perfect spot to celebrate my friends and i’s promotion. the food was great for a reasonable price. I would come back there multiple times !

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

I had an amazing cheeseburger and Caesar salad. My cocktail was lovely. My son's salmon was excellent. The staff was super friendly, but the kitchen is a little slow. It was the first night of outdoor dining of the season, so I think a lot of training was going on. It is worth waiting for.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Everything was great from the service to food to the ambiance☺️

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Great place to bring family together. Had a dog and baby at our table outside and the experience was great for a large group!

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Food was great as it has been each time we have been there. However, the service was slow, this time. Maybe, it was because we were seated in the bar area.

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1.0Dined on June 3, 2018

If you have food allergies or intolerances - do NOT eat here! I am gluten and dairy allergic. I know they have “gluten friendly options” - but they cannot even make you scrambled eggs without dairy “because the egg batter is pre made with milk”. Even the frittata is “pre made with cheese”. Wow. They used to have GF bread but now it’s just vegetarian bread. No offense to the vegetarians...but the only item I was offered on the breakfast menu today was black coffee, two eggs sunny side up and bacon. That’s it.

Was a fan, but will never return.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Great food, stellar service!

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1.0Dined on May 28, 2018

When we arrive with a little toddler at 9.00 AM per our reservation, just to find out the the cafe is not going to be open until 11AM.
It was very strange situation...The hostess was very nice and apologizing about the system glitch, but we had to go to another place to have our breakfast...

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We had a very nice brunch. We each ordered different breakfast pizzas. They are a really creative breakfast choice. The crust was crisp without being burnt. All the ingredients were fresh. The service was very good.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Good food with a variety of options. Has improved over time!
Sam is a fab server!!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Always an outstanding experience!

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3.0Dined on May 25, 2018

fairly decent menu as well as alcoholic selections. Ate outside - super nite. However table service was far from stellar. Apparently other's who've reviewed in past have same complaint. Waited almost 25 minutes for drinks even w continuous reminders. Food slow to come out w one dish incorrect and one dish w food item asked not to be included. In both case, since waited so long, made no issue.

Food, very good -
Will return, but not anytime soon.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

We had a wonderful time! The service was amazing. Our water glass was never empty, we were always asked if there was anything more we wanted, and it was always with a smile. The food was incredible and all cooked on sight with local ingredients. Will return over and over.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Great experience.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

A group of us from work met here to wish a coworker the best on her next phase in her career. She chose the location however for many of us it was our first time. We were very pleased with the location, the service and especially the menu. The food didn't disappoint. Some ordered sandwiches (steak), others salad and a few of us pizza. I had the pancetta and fig. It was positively delish! I will definitely be back another day with the husband. Others are planning on returning as well to try the other dishes and we will spread the word!!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day! Lauren was our server. She was super attentive, sweet, and genuine. The food was hot, wait was fairly short, and the service was spectacular. We will definitely be back!!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Neat place and great food. The Sunday brunch menu is excellent (super eggs benedict and beignets) and the service was very good. I have two complaints. The first is that the background music is so loud it can be difficult to hear people at your table. The second complaint is that they hit you with an automatic 20% "service fee" for a party of 6 or more, but then give you a credit card receipt with a blank space for adding a Tip. So if you don't realize that they already charged you 20% extra, as I didn't, and give them another 20-25%, you end up paying a 40-45% add on. Technically, the service charge is mentioned somewhere in the menu, but I only realized afterward when looking at the receipt, and, rightly or wrongly, it left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I was a waiter myself, and yet I don't understand why they need an automatic gratuity for parties of 6 or more. Are large parties so inherently untrustworthy that they cannot be counted on to tip adequately? And what if the service had been terrible? You can't reduce an automatic service charge to show your displeasure. If you don't trust people to tip, then have a service charge for all parties and remove the tip line from the receipt. I just felt a bit duped, and it kind of soured me on the experience.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Busy Mother’s Day brunch crowd challenged the cheerful staff. Inside, noise level was heavy metal level. At a metal table outside, delivery of our small order took 30+ minutes. Tasty food — assorted pastries, avocado toast, steak & eggs — compensated for the wait. Overall, it is nice to have Barking Mad in the Gtown-Gburg ‘hood.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Very busy Mother’s Day. Don’t think they were prepared for the crowd. Had to wait 35 min with a reservation but meal service once we sat down was good. Rosie drink was amazing.

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