Barley Mac

4.3
515 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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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was fast, food was good

BG
Anchorage
12 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
3 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
54 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.

H
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Barley Mac was wonderful. The atmosphere was fantastic, the food was good, and I would definitely go back. My one complaint is that we waited 10 minutes (when we had a reservation) without being helped at all. Nobody was standing at the host stand, and the rest of the staff walked by without a second thought.

C
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eating off the small plate menu, the Brussel sprouts, the Mac n cheese and the rolls with prociutto and honey are the best! The Old fashioned are made perfectly. The salmon main course was cooked exactly medium warm pink center, which most restaurants can't quite accomplish. The service was outstanding and outside seating was a pleasure on a nice Saturday evening.

NO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The name and vibe suggest a more "bar food" menu (of which there are plenty of selections) but some of the entrees are truly outstanding. The Branzino was perfectly executed, as was the garlicky risotto and broccolini that accompanied it. My husband's brisket was also superb. Drinks seem a bit overpriced but the food will keep me going back.

M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This was a very nice venue for a going away party for a co-worker. We enjoyed sitting at the high-top tables and the food was excellent. Highly recommend the fries!

EG
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very good, was finally able to eat here! I normally just go for drinks.
The brussel sprouts and calamari were amazing! Highly recommend.

n
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a group with many food restrictions coming and managed to make it work thanks to Sean. The service was great, the food was great, and my group has a lovely brunch, we fully recommend the large Mimosa (you get a bottle and two mixers).

a
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been here many times and it never disappoints. Food is good, drinks are amazing, service is always on point and you can't beat the atmosphere. Bartenders are AMAZING! Perfect spot for drinks

MC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

They were able to accommodate a large party. Bar service was very poor. Had to wait quite a while for our drinks. Manager was great! Made restitution for the poor service at the bar. Food quality made up for it!

DS
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

I'm not sure if I would recommend Barley Mac. I'd like to give it another try, perhaps sitting outside on the patio. It was very loud inside, on a Wednesday evening, and the steak was not that tender.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I think it would help if the menu was clearer. I ordered a burger thinking that the only meat in the burger was bacon, but it turned out that it was a beef burger and I wasn’t expecting that. Like just some kind of note somewhere that says what kind of meat is in each dish.

C
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food and service were very good. Great location for business meals

MD
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Recommendation with a caveat: avoid getting placed in a cramped booth in a dark corner far from natural light.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Everything was good, but I was brought the wrong Omelet, it was corrected, but my family was almost done eating when the right one was served. Hash browns were mushy and didn’t have any flavor.

k
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Chili Mango Margarita was AMAZING! The food was good, but the menu is a little stale - super trendy for 2010. Also, the pork belly nachos only came with a couple bites of pork belly on a gigantic plate of chips and cheese. Not that there’s anything wrong with a giant plate of chips and cheese!

BC
Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best steak tacos I have ever had. Above average service

j
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and great happy hour menu!

JM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Food and service quality has declined.

G
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

$300 bill and attention to detail and feeling special were not present.

PS
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good lunch spot, but too noisy

KS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been there for dinner and the food was delicious so we booked Easter brunch. Loved having options for both breakfast and lunch-type items. Everything was delicious especially the eggs benedict, Brussel sprouts, mac n cheese, etc.

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