Barley Mac

4.5
604 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 Tuesday to Friday from 3-6pm! 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 604 people are saying
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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!

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GMandSE
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience with Barley Mac. From the dry rub chicken wings, the shrimp tacos, Italian Pizza and Barley Mac Burger, it was excellent. Their Old Fashions were well made quite well. We will definitely return for the wonderful food, atmosphere, and great service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

We booked Barley Mac for NYE - it was one of the restaurants advertising a covid friendly indoor New Year’s Eve experience, so we assumed they would be well prepared for all of their reservations. We booked way in advance, they didn’t have a table to fit our party, and they ended up moving us to a table right under the air conditioning. I assume a bunch of their staff called out, because there was one bar tender and maybe two servers, and no hostess - so we sat for almost 30 Minutes of our two hour reservation without service. The lack of service, and lag tome in-between table visits, made it close to impossible to take advantage of the nye drink specials. One of our ordered was delivered wrong and the waiter made a scene about it with the busser, right at our table which was pretty uncomfortable. Understand times are difficult under Covid restrictions and such, but having worked in the service industry for many years, you always over plan on holidays - especially when times are unpredictable.. and with a nearly empty restaurant I was just really disappointed in the evening. The food was also sub-par, I really liked my French onion soup, but I could barely eat the steak on my salad because it was mostly fat and the romaine was mostly stems. One thing that I really enjoyed: the speciality cocktails. The mulled wine was amazing and brought me back to the Christmas markets in Germany, and the cranberry spiced Prosecco spritzer was so good. For being so short staffed, the bar tender really did work hard.

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KathrynL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Barley Mac was very good. We ordered the mac and cheese which is good, just very over priced. The service was great. We went for our year anniversary and would potentially go back.

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Tiffany
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner and the servers were all so nice and accomodating! One of them gave a balloon animal to the baby at the table. She loved it!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went to Barley Mac to celebrate a birthday and we had such a wonderful time! The restaurant was lovely, the service was amazing because we had the best servers Milos & Stephan. The food was great as well, everything was lovely. If you’re ever looking for a place to brunch, please go to Barley Mac! The menu has variety & also, you can’t beat the service (ask for Stephan & Milos). 😌

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DougH
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect dinner. Food, drinks, vibe, atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Food was okay, service was really slow at times and occasionally super fast, kind of had two servers which was confusing. Overall okay

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was good but they overbooked and service slacked.. very good food

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Veronica
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Very good place for a date. Drinks and food were very good quality. The servers took very long periods between taking our orders though, which could be a downside to some customers. It was good for a relaxed date night though, we obviously didn't feel rushed! The staff wore masks 100% of the time, but they did not enforce a rule that other diners wear their masks when walking around. I recommend Barley Mac in general, but maybe not for the rest of the pandemic, as there was less social distancing and mask-wearing than in DC restaurants.

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Matthew
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Energetic Restaurant with good drinks and average food.

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vipMike
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Service was a little disjointed. Sat inside and they promptly sat a table of six (three couples) 3 feet from our booth - so much for social distancing. I won't be back until the pandemic is over.

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TayliniN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice decoration, outdoors seating, good food and good service!

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vipbloomingbeauty
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The pizzas and truffle fries are absolutely amazing, some of the best I've had in this area.

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Jasin
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Service was horrible. Staff did not know what was on their own menu and it almost seemed like they were trying to avoid us. Almost no interaction with servers/staff.

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vipthaisp
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Menu is very limited but its a nice HH place to go with friends!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Salmon salad was delicious. Just the right balance of salad and salmon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great and staff even better

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vipDHerr
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wings were the best I have had in a long time. Server was great!! We will be back!

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vipCatcal
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Pizzas were excellent but were delivered before the burgers came to the table so they cooled off. The medium rare burger was served well done. We let a server know and a new burger was promised. It arrived after the rest of us were finished with our meals. When we finally got our bill, we were being charged for the replaced burger.
While the food was really good, I can’t say the same for the serious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I got the kale salad with steak, best steak I’ve ever had!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Their equipment wasn’t working so our reservation didn’t work and we had to wait

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JohnF
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was above average. Restaurant was chaotic because they had outdoor seating and I wasn't aware they would be seating people inside as well. We did make a reservation but when we got to the restaurant they informed us that the reservation was invalid. They had informed Open Table that they weren't taking reservations, even though they were available on the restaurant web site. Lots of chaos with service.

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vipTaraC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Would be a 4-5 star experience, but the service was super slow. We ordered a wine and a beer and it took 15 minutes because the bar was backed up.

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efratw
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the few places in Rosslyn that you can have a seated meal.

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RuthB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We waited a long time for our food. Our appetizers finally arrived and then the entrees came out a few minutes later. We had not finished our appetizers and were not ready for our entrees.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was good, got a burger and Mac and cheese and they were both amazing. The waiter did hype up the short ribs even though there were none for the night.

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vipBrandonJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s dinner with my fiancé.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Valentine’s Day

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RicardoF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent service for a Valentines Day. Not rushed at all and food came out hot. Would definitely recommend.

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vipGraceGreeley17
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Classy hot spot on Rosslyn's main thoroughfare. Well-managed with great service. Cuisine offers contemporary takes on classics like hamburgers and crab cakes. Excellent wine and cocktail menu. Appropriate for a business lunch or a date later in the evening. I really enjoyed it.

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vipAbigailG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I loved the half-chicken confit entree and my boyfriend was very pleased with his pizza. The pizza was large and more than enough food for one for dinner or two less hungry individuals. Our server was attentive and it was a perfect spot for a quiet Sunday meal.

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vipCatlover
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love Barley Mac's Crab cake benedict - it's the best I've had. I also love their grilled Octopus. I wish they would have another veg hot soup option though.

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vipMissMary
Philadelphia
116 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I met up with some friends for brunch on Sunday. I selected this venue since I had never been to this particular restaurant, always trying new things in the Clarendon/Rosslyn area. I especially delighted in my strawberry shortcake french toast. :) We enjoyed it!

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Frank66
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only problem we had was Open Table allowed us to reserve a table at 10:15 but the restaurant doesn’t open till 1030 on Sunday.

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MichelleP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall, had a good experience. Couple things that were detractors for us though. We were so excited for their famous Truffle Mac & Cheese - it's the reason we chose this restaurant, and when we went to order it, they told us that they had just run out of milk and, therefore, out of the mac & cheese as well. Super disappointed and a little bit of a surprise that they wouldn't be prepared for that. They also seated my party right next to the door when there were plenty of open tables more inside the restaurant, which I'd assume is always preferable when it's a bit cold and rainy outside. Despite these couple things, our waitress was great and other food items tasted good.

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vipJeffG
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service.

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RobertL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The sea bass was a bit overcooked and overpriced for what you get. The Salad "add the chicken" isnt great anywhere, but was inedible. I would go back and just stick to a burger and burbon.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Overall, pretty good brunch! Not tons of options, but delicious. Our waiter was a bit struggly but nothing we couldn’t get over!

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KBike
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were running a bit late but they were completely flexible and accommodating. The strawberry shortcake breakfast was superb, the pizzas were delicious, and everyone was satisfied and pleased. The service was excellent. There were several larger tables, some including kids, but we didn't feel crowded or overwhelmed. We chose it because of the cool name. We'll be back because of everything else!

FAQs

Barley Mac does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and 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 604 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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