Barley Mac

4.4
451 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
21 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
2 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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OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Great drinks and atmosphere.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Ordered meatballs.... the meatballs was still cold on the inside

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S
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good brunch pizza and Coccini

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S
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good value food and service

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NP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Desert was awesome. Highly recommend the smores. Main dishes only okay for the high price. Service was good.

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BF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great service and food!

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VA
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great for business.

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G
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Kelcie was an awesome server. Disappointed to hear the calamari is no longer available.

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MM
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service was fantastic. Got great recommendations. Overall a great meal and first time for the majority of us. We will definitely be back!

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CG
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Overall pretty good, but the chicken salad sandwich was disappointing with too much bread and not enough chicken.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time at Barley Mac. We split the Black Walnut Risotto which was so delicious (and rich!) we also had the Duck Confit Angel Hair. The the pasta was good, albeit it was like eating separate dishes on the same plate. Still good though. Great atmosphere for a date.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was top notch. Food was delicious.

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JY
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Considering there aren't too many happy hour spots in this area this one is a great option. The happy hour deals are good and the food is even better! Sat at the bar but service was great. A bit loud so don't expect to have quiet conversation between prime hours if you're not seated at a table.

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B
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here to celebrate a birthday, and had a wonderful time. The food was excellent, and the service was outstanding. We'll definitely go back.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Russian server was extremely cold and inattentive. Probably stopped by maybe once every 40-50 min. At the end of dinner we probably waited at least 30 min with no drink and food in front of us before we could even request our check. I was a server for years and can't imagine treating my customers the way she did.

Ordered a few appetizers and the truffle mac and cheese came out and was not only Luke warm, but extremely bland tasting. We had to wait almost 30 min for our waitress to even realize something was wrong with the food, since she never bothered to even come by and check how everything was when it was delivered (delivered also by someone else in the kitchen). When informed that the mac and cheese was less than desirable, she acted like it was our problem. Not only was there no apology for the cold and bland food, we asked if we could replace the item with something else. When we finally received the replacement item, it was brought out by yet another person, who again made so effort to remedy or apologize for the earlier situation.

Overall the food was so-so at best, but the service was honestly some of the worst service I have experienced in this area. I ate here a while back for brunch and gave them benefit of the doubt that they were busy, but I see now that this is the rule here, not the exception.

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