Barley Mac

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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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PS
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great brunch items

a
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Damn the food was good and price was relatively cheap (spoken as a New Yorker). Definitely have the truffle Mac & Cheese.

MK
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We ended up staying for over 3 1/2 hours. I know that is a long time, but there were plenty of tables available. The server stopped refilling coffee or water after about two hours. I left a very generous tip even so.

HW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barley Mac was really tasty and had great ambiance. The staff was friendly and there is a good variety of options on the menu. The waiters were knowledgeable about the menu and everything came out pretty quickly!

OT
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

I don’t often leave negative reviews, but my fired chicken sandwich was really unfortunate. Rock hard and tasteless other than the oil. The fries were also limp and flavorless. Patio seating is the only redeeming quality here.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff was friendly, the food was good & everything was delivered on a reasonable timeline!

BR
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The food was tasty, however, my mac & cheese was cold (or at best lukewarm), as was my Mexican Street Corn. My colleague ordered the truffle fries and they were also cold. If the food had been warm/hot, I would have increased my rating greatly.

As for value, I am visiting the area so can't compare very well to other restaurants in the area, but I thought $12 for 2 small street corn cobs was pretty pricey.

C
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Enjoyed our brunch at Barley Mac - really delish crab cake benedict - and I was very happy they were able to hard cook my eggs as I like them. Only negative was my 2nd cup of coffee tasted really strange/very watery so I didn't drink it -but I didn't have to pay for it either so that was appropriate. I also love their octopus dish at dinner and they have really tasty fish tacos and great pizza.

JK
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and service!

BM
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was great, and the restaurant is clean and inviting. The value for what you get doesn't seem quite there, however. I had the french dip sandwich and while tasty, it should be half the price due to the overall size and amount of meat included. Lots of places overcharge for sandwiches so it's not too out of the ordinary unfortunately but it's enough that I won't be coming back for lunch. I would come back for dinner, though

KW
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Took a couple new hires to the restaurant on a Monday, and while the food was good, the service was a bit slow. Not to the fault of our server who was excellent, but the lack of staff that was staffed that day slowed our service.

LB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

It was a lovely day to have brunch outside. The food was excellent. The service was very slow, and the waiter failed to turn in one of our meals so we were finished before our friend. It was also difficult to get refills on drinks and water. The inside of the establishment was not busy so it seems strange to me that of the 5 tables outside that we had such an issue. You never know if it is the waiter or the kitchen. The food, I will have to say, swayed my vote.

j
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My husband and I shared for small plates. They were all wonderful.

OT
Little Rock
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Barley Mac. Consistently delicious food with a menu that they update thoughtfully, and the servers are best in class. Easy going but very professional, they connect with their diners, and they provide excellent service. We love bringing friends and family from out of town to BMac, as we lovingly call it. I also love how kid-friendly and dog-friendly they are!! I highly recommend this restaurant, and we will always keep Barley Mac on our circuit of restaurants we frequent. A+!

CR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Food was very bland. Service was ok. Wouldn’t recommend for brunch.

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Noisy at times, but great metro accessible location.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Chicken was bad, very dry and flavorless

LB
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A bit pricey for what you get, and too many bacon forward dishes, but overall not bad at all. Nice sized portions and a very large outdoor section made for a very pleasant evening.

AF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Menu is all over the place. Inside was too loud - clearly challenging even for the staff. Short ribs were generous, juicy and tasty. Tomatoes in Caprese salad could have been riper. Rice in poke bowl seemed to have been pre formed.

VM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Entertained my grown nephew here and we agreed that the next time he visited we would come back. The food was great, the noise (at lunch) was fine, we had bourbon, our waiter was great, I don't know what might have been better. (I had the Barley Burger and he had the Au Jus)

U
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was fast, food was good

BG
Anchorage
14 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive staff, nice decor, quality food, and easy access from the metro. We had the calamari as an appetizer and fig and prosciutto pizza for our main and both were good. The fig pizza nicely balanced the sweet of the fig with the salt of the prosciutto and the tart of the balsamic.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Average food at average place. Nothing stood out good or bad.

LH
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed their happy hour with a couple of friends. It's a terrific deal and the service was excellent. This was my first time sitting outside at Barley Mac. Typically we have a full dinner inside and, though the dinner selection is first rate, it's typically very noisy. It's a totally different feel outside and I really enjoyed that. Also, I've always found the staff at their host stand to be first rate, whether in person or over the phone.

AN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Sent back onion soup: tepid, flavorless broth with no onions. Fried calamari and grilled octopus were over-salted. Fried brussel sprouts were overcooked, dry. Someone in kitchen does not know what s/he is doing. Service was fine.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server, Derek, was terrific. Loved his recommendations! Also appreciated his patience.

KM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great. Only dispointment was a few whiskey choices and food choices weren't available but is was a big list and they went above and beyond to accommodate us. A+

T
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was delicious and worth the price.

LA
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice ambience. Food and service was very good. Large drink selection.

WI
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We had an awesome waitress who made our wait time for the food bearable. We had the calamari which was great . I had the pappardelle which was fresh but the ragu consisted mostly of red onions instead of meat. It was the closest restaurant to where we were staying , and the food was good. It just wasn’t great — and the wait time for the food was way too long , even though it was July 4th.

KW
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Great happy hour deals. Food was good, but the kitchen couldn’t get our steaks medium rare. First time it came out so rare that it was still cold in the middle. They took it back to cook a little more, but the same pieces were still pretty rare when they came back out.

N
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The waitress wasn’t very attentive. & the burger was really wet and messy. I couldn’t enjoy it due to the bread falling apart.

B
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had apps and pizza. All quite good. Sangria a little sweet we thought, otherwise outstanding! Nice friendly service.

l
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Met for lunch Nice outside dining And the sandwiches were good and a good value

SN
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We were able to get service sooner than our reservation which was great! We were coming from a family funeral service in Arlington Cemetery so we were happy we could get in right when you opened at 11:00. A friend of a relative recommended this place which was close and convenient, all of our party was not familiar with the area or restaurants near by. Overall, the food was good and service was great. I looked at the menu online ahead of time and saw there was a really good brunch menu but we were only given the lunch menu to choose from, it would have been nice to be given the whole menu and not just the lunch menu. I had to ask about certain speciality drinks too, it was online but not on the drink menu, they could accommodate but if you didn’t see it online you wouldn’t have known to ask.

RP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pizza and sandwich selection. Also, the service was fantastic! Definitely recommend.

TO
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

I’ve dined here many times, today service was just off. Server didn’t take drink order, after food was cleared we couldn’t catch a waiter for the check for over 30 minutes. space was also louder than usual and hard to hold normal conversation.

BA
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

Although the place was empty, they sat us next to the only other occupied table which was very loud and disruptive.

C
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I enjoyed my meal at Barley Mac - except for one thing. My elderly friend had asked for no salt on her scrambled egg whites - and she said they were extremely salty - but she didn't want to say anything. Plus they didn't look scrambled and very badly presented - much to large and just basically a slab of white. She would never complain - and so we didn't say anything but when you don't eat salt because of your health - it's a shame when they can't make sure the order doesn't have salt. We probably won't be going together again - I love their pizza and my omelette was delish - if not too large.

AL
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We sat at our table for at least 30 minutes or so before we were even acknowledged. A waitress brought us some water at least. My daughter who was tired and is pregnant just wanted to leave at that point. Finally our waitress came to take our drink orders. We were ready to give her our entire food order but she seemed in a rush and quickly turned her heels to go before we could finish ordering.

The food was overdone and cold when served. The coccoili (sp?) that the waitress suggested was terrible. The doughnuts were hard, perhaps stale and the prociutto didn’t taste fresh. The Brussel sprouts were overdone. The Korean Tacos extremely salty. And our pizza was cold and we had asked for it to come out after the tapas as an entree but arrived shortly thereafter the tapas and cold.

The only thing I enjoyed was my drink. I will never recommend this place to anyone. So very disappointing.

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