Barley Mac

4.4
467 reviews
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Barley Mac is an American tavern fare restaurant using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, and with an extensive bourbon selection and fresh handcrafted cocktails. We're also known for our Saturday and Sunday brunch. Best of Arlington voted Barley Mac as a top vote getter for best brunch in Arlington. You'll be sure to find our 3 egg omelettes, 4 different styles of eggs benedict's and our homemade mimosa flavors!

Don't forget about our Happy Hour Monday to Friday from 3-8pm! Call and ask us for our daily specials. All happy hour and event inquiries can contact macnacgroupevents@gmail.com
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JL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my family here for dinner after having eaten here only for happy hours. It was fantastic and the wait staff was very accommodating.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints

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M
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food. We had a booth which made it quieter. It was a lively place at the time we went. The waitress was very busy and as attentive as she could be with the number of tables she was serving. Food was good.

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LL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Barley Mac is a great venue for cocktails and dinner. I was a disappointed with service this particular night, but that’s not been my experience in the past. Restaurant was busy, but not so busy that some servers were hanging around chatting with each other. I will definitely return and encourage others to go, too!

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Service was so slow. Took forever to get food.!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 5

Food was good, but poor service resulted in a disappointing experience. Our food took a very long time to come out after ordering, and when we asked our server for the status, she left and didn’t come back with an answer. We then asked for a manager, who did not apologize, but instead immediately was defensive and said the restaurant was busy. The server then basically refrained from interacting with us the rest of the evening. Never once offering an apology for the delay. This situation could have been handled better.

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

loved the donut appetizer and our waiter was fantastic . we were a party of 4 and half way through dinner others wanted to join us and they moved us to accomadate 10!

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BO
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was good as was the drinks. It's a little noisy. The service was great.

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DR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food, but everything feels 2-3 dollars more expensive than similar restaurants.

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TF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The restaurant itself is a nice casual spot, but my prime rib seemed like a low quality cut and was underseasoned. Can’t say I was impressed with the food. The coccoli appetizer was really delicious however. I’d give it another try and try something else maybe. Prices were good.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for brunch and was blown away by the service and food selection. The Mac & cheese is to die for and the brunch drink specials are unmatched.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Went for a low key brunch with two friends. Good service. Atmosphere was good too. BUT...

I ordered a burger “medium.” It came out a little too rare for me and the bottom half of the bun was so soggy I could barely pick up the burger for more than a bite! I had to eat the rest with a fork and knife. The overall taste wasn’t anything worth writing home about, but the fries were good! My fault for not saying something to the server, I’m sure she would’ve been cool about it.

Also, mimosas tasted great and I loved that they were only $3. BUT when the glasses came out they were only half full! Sort of deceiving, we thought, but otherwise they were delicious.

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Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. The food was fantastic, our server Derek G was wonderful and we were happy he convinced us to take home the chocolate gnocchis.

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FN
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I've been here before and remembered that the food was good. This time everything was under seasoned. I asked for a blue cheese topper and was brought blue cheese dressing. The brussel sprouts were dried out, clearly reheated and not fresh. The polenta was this and tasteless. The steak was fine but nothing to write home about. This is not a restaurant for foodies. I won't be back.

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SG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! Will definitely go back again! I especially liked the Barley Mac N' Cheese.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great quality food. Perfect for a variety of tastes.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We came on a Saturday night. Our drinks were good, but our meal was mediocre. My roasted chicken (with bone-in) was extremely dry and the brussel sprouts were barely seasoned. At $22 for the chicken, this was a huge disappointment. My husband enjoyed his burger, however. The design interior is lovely, but sets you up to expect better quality dinner.

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CG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for brunch! The food was fabulous along with the service and price!!

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MH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Too loud, much too loud. Outdoor seating experience ruined by construction noise

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Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

Service is lacking. Food made up for it slightly.

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AL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Wonderful, attentive staff---sense of humor, too. Appetizers especially delicious, especially the prosciutto and "donut" dish recommended by our waitress---who knew the menu and the wine selection well. Kudos.

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CJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food was food. Watch out for the Manhattan’s because the drinks are half pours and very sweet. We had to order side pours of bourbon to mix in for the drink to be acceptable. Then food was fine and service was better.

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M
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around EXCELLENT!

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CK
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I normally come here for lunch or happy hour. I noticed all the good reviews for brunch, so I decided to give it a shot. I wanted a more relaxed feel for my birthday brunch and this place has that vibe. I had the truffle mac and cheese as a starter and it did not disappoint. I followed that up with the mushroom and spinach omelet. I'm not normally a big fan of omelet’s but this one was delicious and filling. Service was friendly but not very timely, it was a busy Sunday and we were a group of 6 so that might have been the issue. Overall, I would come again and would recommend to a friend.

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CC
London
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The atmosphere was great, food was delicious and I had a really great time. The service was excellent and staff very attentive.

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GS
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Wish I lived closer—would go more!

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TN
Las Vegas
21 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First time visiting for brunch. Service was incredibly good and the food was delicious. I especially liked the kale salad and brussel sprouts. The breakfast pizza was okay - could have been more flavorful - and the pancakes were just the right amount do sweet. But, above all, our waiter was friendly, helpful and entertaining. Would definitely recommend this place.

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ME
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Restaurant is ok but nothing spectacular. Pizza was good.

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NY
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

I am pretty sure my companions chicken sandwich was precooked or old. Definitely not fresh. The fries were lukewarm, to coolish. The only shredded cheese in the kitchen is mozzarella? No grater? The special steak tacos were very grisly and sinewy, not to mention devoid of steak. No one came to check on us to see how the meal was. Quite disappointing. The restaurant was less than 1/4 full so not sure why a loud table of 4 was seated next to us when there were about 10 other empty tables.

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AG
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

There was nothing off-putting about our experience at Barley Mac. We had a great meal, with great service. And i do not intend to knock it at all with a 4 star rating... people just give out 5 stars too easily. You should definitely check this place out if you are in the Rosslyn/Courthouse area. So many of Arlington's restaurants along the metro-line are either sports pubs, or trying to be chic, and move into small plate-style dining... Barley Mac was refreshing in that it is a traditional restaurant that doesnt try to do something that its not good at. My family and I will definitely be going back. Try the Ahi Tuna Bruschetta - quite a delicious appetizer.

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DG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

First of all, the place was way too noisy. We could barely speak to each other. The food was just OK. The prime rib was ok but not awesome, and wasn’t even very hot.

The salad with salmon was again just OK. Nothing spectacular.

Service could have been more attentive.

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Came in with 10MM acq offer, party countered 17, closed at 11.2. Wife claims “worst valentines ever”, account’s senior partner begs to differ.

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RW
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Met a coworker here - decent but a bit loud for conversation. Decent happy hour deals, but wouldn't pay full price outside that range. Waitress was nice and friendly. Food served fast.

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JA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food, excellent service. A great place for dinner

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a nice lunch with an old friend. Food was very good. Walnut coffee cake dessert was exceptional. A bit disappointed that brunch menu items were not available (such as Eggs Benedict).

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JW
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were excellent. I can’t believe I haven’t discovered this until now. And very reasonably priced!!

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T
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I was looking forward to trying this restaurant, and overall had a fair experience.

They sat us in the corner by the restrooms, and I asked to be somewhere else..but they didn’t seem to have anywhere else. Apparently the empty table Ina better location was saved for someone?

Our waiter gave us great service overall. The food was fair. The truffle Mac and cheese had too much truffle, and I love truffle. It also had no flavor other then too much of the truffle.

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b
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Their mimosas were three dollars!! Definitely recommend!

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great for a business meeting

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JB
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and very welcoming. I enjoyed the drinks and the food

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