Barley Mac

4.3
678 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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 Saturday from 4-7pm! Call and ask us for our daily specials. All happy hour and event inquiries can contact macnacgroupevents@gmail.com

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 678 people are saying
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4.2
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MikeS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Although we intended to have dinner, we decided to have drinks and apps instead. Truffle Mac and Cheese was very good. Meatballs were heavily processed, mushy and delivered cold. Ceviche tacos were absolutely tasteless. Brussel sprouts were burned, making them hard and dry, and were delivered cold. Too bad, really. The dish had some interesting ingredients.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Drinks were great! Food was great!

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viprixreview
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I just moved to the Rosslyn area of Northern Virginia, and Barley Mac is right around the corner from my apartment and it is undoubtedly a real neighborhood gem! The bartender's work is immaculate and tasty, the food is great, especially their brussels sprouts and Barley Mac burger with truffle fries!
I'll be back again and again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time customers at this establishment. Our server was very courteous and prompt! We ordered the scallops and of course the Mac ‘n cheese! It didn’t take long for the food to come out. Both items were delicious! The scallops are on top of a bed of broccoli rob and a sun-dried tomato thing that reminded me of mashed potatoes. My girlfriend and I are not fans of the broccoli rob so we just pulled that to the side (no need to complain like some people do when they don’t like something on their plate). The Mac ‘n cheese was very cheesy and delicious! This is a beautiful restaurant and has outdoor seating as well. We will definitely be going back to this place!!

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Gorgeous
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The mimosas are awesome and they have flavors several.

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AnikaH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience I would definitely go back again!!

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LeslieK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a nice lunch here on a Friday. Good food and service.

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HopeW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food was so good but I felt bad for them, they were clearly under staffed. I hope they’re able to staff up soon so customers don’t have to wait as long. Other than that it was great. We will go back for the yummy food.

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ReneeF
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Our waiter was not attentive at all, my friend had unlimited mimosas but only had 3. However the food was amazing!

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DeonB
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was good.

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Catlover
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

I go to Barley Mac once in awhile and have given them good reviews in the past. Unfortunately had lunch with a friend there recently and had the most overpriced basic salad ever. I got their burrata salad with frisee lettuce, tomato and asparagus for $15. It was small in size and basically looked like a child had prepared it - one large beefsteak tomato cut up in quarters on a few pieces of lettuce with two small asparagus tips and a piece of burrato cheese in the middle. I do not understand how they can charge so much for something so small and basic. I often get their crabcake benedict for $17 which is great. I felt that I thew my money in the garbage having this basic overpriced salad. Very disappointed. Some things they do well, but others - don't bother.

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GabrielC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service, food was amazing. Great location will definitely go back.

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KarinB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Able to sit outside on a lovely evening. Great food, service and cocktails. The Watermelon Sugar and Spice was delicious!

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vipLocavore
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Not inexpensive but very delicious food and excellent cocktails. Grilled octopus and brussel sprout appetizers are worthy of repeat ordering. Very attentive and friendly wait staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved it, the Pizza was awesome, I forgot our server name but he had colorful hair lol but he was great. I’ll definitely come again

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Venie
London
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good Food and service, nice atmosphere, awesome mimosas!

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JoshuaW
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Service was good. It was Father’s Day brunch. My husband ordered the breakfast gnocchi and the restaurant was out of sausage. The alternate recommendation was bacon in the dish. Not sure if this is what made the whole dish extremely salty? We just moved to the area and went to BM 2x so far and had average experiences with higher expectations. Probably won’t be back.

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DCExplorers
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Definitely good for a special treat - food is DELICIOUS, but everything was pretty rich (fried or creamy or buttery or salty or bacony - but of course very tasty)! Could not eat here all the time, but very pleasant occasionally.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Service was a little slow.

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vipLaura
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Their website advertises make your own mimosas for brunch. It was one of the reasons we chose the restaurant. Our server told us that they no longer have this option. The food was good.

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ShirleyT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great location, love the food, and the service is awesome. I will definitely return.

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vipKatieb
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservations at 6:30 - seated immediately. Service was excellent. This was our first time as we wanted to try it before our Father’s Day brunch with a large party. We had the summer salad and Kale salad. Both were large and tasty! The salmon dish was excellent and the salmon prepared medium rare. Perfect. My husband had the shrimp and squid ink linguini- large portion and he loved it. Our brunch will be fantastic.

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vipCindyU
Cleveland
22 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and cocktails. Sat outside. Beautiful evening. Great service.

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Catlover
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I like Barley Mac and the food was very tasty. Only downside this last visit is I ordered a pizza specifically because I wanted the sun dried tomatoes - and it came without any - asked for some, they went away for a long time - didn't tell me until much later they were out of them. So - cold pizza no sun dried tomatoes. Still was very tasty though. I am glad they have been able to weather covid and hope things improve for them. Good neighbourhood restaurant.

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Robert
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food and service was awesome! We will definitely be back when we visit DC agian.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot!

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JonathanH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Yes. That is all.

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vipTiAA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Great for brunch!

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vipItalianFoodie
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice brunch good for large groups.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Terrible experience. First, our server never checked on us and we waited a long time to even be able to order food. Once the food was ordered, we waited a long time for the food. Once the food got to the table we were very disappointed. The pasta was very soggy and was mush, there were missing ingredients that were stated on the menu that didn’t come in the dish, and to top it all off, there was a fly in the food. In addition to all of that, it took forever to get a waiter’s attention, not even the one that was responsible for our table. He never came to check on us. If I were you, I’d avoid Barley Mac at all costs. You will be very disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience3

Unfortunately didn’t get outside seating, but sat at the bar! Didn’t seem like a lot of airflow in the back of the bar are, but not the end of the world. Service was decent, this was one of the first days Virginia “opened back up” so could have been overwhelming! Our waiter asked how we were doing when we had ordered food + drinks and were waiting to receive them.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

It's a cute spot but the new menu is terrible. I was excited to try a new place, left disappointed. The host and server were great! The Mac and cheese had no flavor and it was watery. My salmon entree was bland. The plate presentation was nice but it wasn't good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great comfortable atmosphere, and great service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The crab omlette is delicious!

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ShikaB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I was disappointed with the food, French toast under cooked and not as described on menu. The plating looked nothing like the pictures from Instagram which is what brought me there

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good and mimosas were great! I experienced great customer service!

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JM95
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The food was alright. The mac and cheese is worth a try. The ambiance is really cool. The service was incredibly slow when it came to the food. We had 2 servers and it got a little confusing because we'd ask one for something and then the other would check in on us. They were much quicker to refill our mimosas than bringing out our food. We drank 2 mimosas before seeing any of our food. The mimosas are a great deal! $5 for the first one and then 25 cent refills. Would return for the drink special.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

I had the truffle Mac n cheese and was extremely underwhelmed. The Mac n cheese was runny and pretty bland.

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abcd
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The house sangria was not great - honestly tasted like something out of the sugar factory. The food was good, nothing crazy special. Also - I'm sure you have no control over this, but the grates on the road make it very difficult to have a conversation outside since there is so much noise every time a car drives by.

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vipLatoureT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I have become brunch regulars. The French Toast and Brussels with candid pineapples are my favorite but we’ve sampled mostly everything and never disappointed.

FAQs

Barley Mac does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Barley Mac also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (571) 800-3070.

Barley Mac is rated 4.3 stars by 678 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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