Barley Mac

4.5
643 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 643 people are saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ShikaB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
9 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
6 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.

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MackN
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Went to brunch with a few friends and had a great time at Barley Mac. The crab omelette is amazing and love the mimosa package! The only issue was that they seemed to be understaffed and it took them quite a while to pick up our checks at the end of the meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Birthday dinner- the place was packed - got a bit colder outside than we expected- service folks were swamped - ultimately they caught up - the food was very good - and we had a good time- would go there again.

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vipLatoureT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Overall the experience was great but the food wasn’t hot and we had to send it back but they reheated it.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service was great but the food was just ok. The burgers were good and better than the mac with lobster and pizza was awful. The sauce was thin and running not enough cheese or basil it was really tasteless. I highly doubt we will go back given the location and outside dining and service was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A little upset I had to pay for extra orange juice when I got to bottles of Champagne and two small glasses of juice

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Anna
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and great food! Everyone was so friendly and all of the food ordered was beyond our expectations and the portion sizes were reasonable for the price.

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TanyaM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great place for a Saturday Brunch! The atmosphere and service was perfect for a Saturday outing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greeted upon arrival; sat immediately. Staff was friendly and accommodating. Food was delicious. Most impressed with the large selection of entrees on the brunch menu.

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Dinnerwithasmile
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Nice location for dinner or cocktails after work hours. Broad menu offering. Dinner was excellent.

JA
JanAustenFan
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and great food. Management and staff have done an excellent job ensuring safety is maintained to minimize the threat of COVID.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The parking was easy and FREE!! Right out front of the restaurant! The place just opened at 10:30 and our reservation was for 11:30 so there was no crowd. Our waitress was great ! She was very attentive and prompt. The mimosas were delicious ! We ordered the French toast, crab omelet and steak and eggs ! All the food was great ! 5/5 would recommend and definitely coming back !

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KristinA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A great neighborhood joint with lots of outdoor space

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vipCatlover
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

First time in a very long time going out for a meal outside now that the weather is nicer. Food was delicious - unfortunately mine was cold - they had a lot of folks dining but not a lot of staff (they even had alot of people inside). I think it was probably a surprise to them as has been quite a long time since lots of people have been dining out. Now that the weather is nicer - patio is excellent.

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AmyH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good quality food and excellent service. We enjoyed the empanadas appetizer, as well as all of our entrees.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food was really good, the service was horrible. They were very slow and one of the young men were very rude. Other than that everything was great.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The food was absolutely delicious. We ordered the crab Benedict and the steak for brunch. Food came prompt and hot. The service was intentional and never once did it feel like we had to search for a server. Great value on the (original) mimosas, only $0.25 for refills! Would definitely visit again.

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vipOpenTableRegular
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The brunch benedicts were delicious and the bottomless mimosas just the way I like them. We had visited for dinner earlier (lobster roll and pizza) and liked that and we're not disappointed with brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great experience! Pretty loud during Saturday brunch but that’s just the area. The food and service was perfect.

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vipTecel
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

We LOVE Barely Mac, we bring all of our friends in normal times and its been a haven during the pandemic. However the last two visits have been below sub par. We put a reservation stating that it was our Brother's birthday who we haven't been able to see in over 4 months due to the pandemic and they didn't even mention that it was a special event (which they did in the past). The food took over an hour to come out and was only "rectified" after we made the statement.

I could ramble on and on about how it sucked that a manager didn't come to check or that the servers seemed so disinterested in helping to make the situation right.

I would be more understanding if the restaurant was packed or if they were understaffed but it was pure negligence and a refusal to make a situation right.

We decided to just do dessert next door and I hate to say it but I think we're done with Barley Mac for the long haul.

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ElianaK
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing, nice outdoor seating, even Indira feels safe due to the big windows open

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VJMoore
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

HAPPY HOUR WAS EVERYTHING!!! The house sangria is TOO good!

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SherriS
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First time at the Barley Mac and I can say with confidence that I'll be a returning customer. The only thing I didn't like was the number of patrons in attendance. There were way too many people there at one time. I assumed a reservation would help limit the number of people inside the restaurant. But it seemed there was no adherence to the Covid regulations in that regard. Food was excellent. Service was excellent.

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Anklegirl
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

My server wasn’t as attentive: The neighboring server was far more accommodating and we left the tip with him oppose to the assigned server:

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SarahR
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch spot! Reasonably priced items and great atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Thought this was a bourbon bar. It was NOT. Food wasn’t great, ambiance was ok and server was “eh.”

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Macj21
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

It may have been an off night because one of my family members has been here before and liked it a lot, but the service the night we went was very slow and lack luster. For a 90-minute dining time max, it took us over 3 hours from start to finish to get through our meal. Beverage orders were wrong or no longer cold by the time they were served. One of our meal orders was wrong and had to be sent back as well. The food was good enough but I can’t even say it was very good the night we went. Overall, not the experience I was hoping for.

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kyianac
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time going to this place and I must say , it was amazing!!!!

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vipMegH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Went for brunch - there were 4 of us. 2 were doing the brunch package, I was not. Was refilled with the brunch mimosa but charged full price for the watermelon mimosa I had originally ordered - and reordered. When the check came and I pointed that out, the waiter said it was my fault for not correcting the issue. Wasn’t very impressed.

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Betty
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Easy to get seated at table top of choice. Was able to park right out front. Burger was overdone but fries were great. My dining companions enjoyed their meals. Specialty cocktail was good. We’d try it again

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AkinoriK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very nice place to have dinner with friends. Many beer types.

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Pampers
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I’ve wanted to like this place, I’ve tried several times but it just hasn’t

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

The brunch menu was very limited for the mimosa deal. I’ve had better options in other local restaurants for brunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I didn’t appreciate being told that I had to leave because “our two hour limit was up” an hour and 45 minutes into our meal. If the rule is two hours, give us the full two hours!

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Foodie4life
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had brunch here recently and had a great time! The place was huge inside and out, the decor was pretty and the food was so good. The brunch drinks could’ve been slightly better when it comes to bubbles but overall the menu was great and lots to pick from. Will definitely be coming back!

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 4.5 stars by 643 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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