Beacon Bar and Grill

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Contemporary American
Designer Walter Gagliano's second visioning of BBG introduced a fresh, romantic feel to BBG. Vermeer’s portrait of “Girl with a Pearl Earring” was the muse in creating a new look. “Our original goal was to bring the space to a cleaner more contemporary vibe. When we discovered the over scaled Vermeer print, originally created by Philipe Stark, our fondness for bold romanticism found expression and led our fabric and lighting choices in a different direction" stated Gagliano.
Chef Edgar Melendez introduces a menu that balances his own personal flair and beliefs with the wants and needs of our guests. Clean lines, bright flavors, and unique combinations best describe his culinary style. Menu items are influenced by the seasons in conjunction with local farmers and purveyors. Just like our clientele, our cuisine represents a fusion between regional and global influences. Chef Melendez's goal is to give a truly pleasant and graceful dining experience in a casual, elegant setting.
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DK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server, Jackie, was excellent and we were impressed with the variety and quality of the food and beverages.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Our section was perfect! We were doing a gratitude brunch and we were in a secluded part of the restaurant. It was not overly crowded but you would have thought it was because they completely forgot about us. I mean for at least 20 minutes, we didn’t get mimosas, our orders taken, nothing.

We finally got our first round of mimosas and no more for another 15 minutes and may I remind you that our order still had not been taken. I finally had to go to the bar and request that a manager be sent to our table BUT the manager never came and after ten minutes, I had to make the request again.

The manager finally came and gave the reason of the kitchen being backed up because they had several large parties but what does the kitchen have to do with mimosas?

The food was okay but what food is not okay when you have had to wait around for so long.

I LOVE Beacon Bar & Grill’s happy hour but will not go back for brunch or anything else for that matter. Our bill was not discounted and we had to repay for parking because we were there for over 2 hours.

EF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Unfortunately, the Beacon Bar and Grill was not like I remembered it. The décor was totally different and did not lend that extravagant feel, also the service was just okay. There seemed to have been only two people working and they tried to be attentive but it just wasn't happening. Some of the food was lackluster, I enjoyed the fried chicken, the waffles, and the mac n cheese. The broiled shrimp was overcooked and tasted pasty, the curried salmon was tasteless and unseasoned, the corned beef hash was bland, and the bacon was overdone. I use to patronize the Beacon at least two to three times a year, this experience was not to their usual standard to which I've been accustomed. Perhaps the Chef was having an off day, or things just sat because it wasn't exceptionally busy. I hope to have brunch there again in the near future, hopefully their standards would have returned.

EL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It’s been a while since I’d been to brunch at the Beacon. It was not as much of a hassle to get seated as
Is experience before, but it still appears to be a popular spot for the Sunday Brunch Buffet. There selections were more expansive than I remember, with plenty of meat dishes for this non-pork eater.

The food was generally tasty, though their crab leg and lobster offerings did not look very appetizing and I’m told the crab legs were old. That’s disappointing. Again, most of the offerings I tasted were good - if under-seasoned.

Lastly, while they offer bottomless mimosas- they are light in the champagne. I didn’t try the screw driver or Bloody Mary bottomless.

For the price- it’s still a good deal.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girls and i went for Sunday brunch & had an amazing time. Desi was an awesome waitress & next time i go back i will request her table! The food at the beacon was amazing as well 😁.

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

A little skeptical at first look and there being no hostess at all. But the food was very good. It definitely exceeded my expectations. Food came very quick. Service was a tiny bit slow. And Happy Hour prices were PHENOMENAL.

RR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

The price has gone up - it is RIDICULOUS expensive! Also, the omelet guy was very unfriendly. Did not care for the way he treated me and my partner.

MM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

This restaurant never disappoints. Great find, food and place

KK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience2

The dish I ordered was nothing like the traditional recipe I expected. It was a very poor version unfortunately.

AW
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Tons of buffet food however nothing was made to order except the omelets. I remember when waffles were made to order. Our waiter splashed mimosas all over our table and watched over us as we left our tip. The quality of this brunch has definitely gone downhill.

l
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Was charged $55 for food I could get at Golden Corral when the Sunday before, brunch included lobster, jumbo shrimp and other premium seafood items. I addressed my concerns to the server, exec chef & manager and each replied, 'so sorry'! Was extremely dissatisfied! What a complete rip off! I bought my Mom there as treat given how much of seafood lover she is but sad to say, see was disappointed as well although she appreciated the gesture and my thoughtfulness.
I truly expected a great experience comparable to the one I had the Sunday, before but it was far from it! 👎👎👎👎☹️☹️☹️

KK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Restaurant was NOT OPEN. But that did not prevent OpenTable from accepting a reservation and then MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE TO CANCEL OR BOOK A NEW RESERVATION ELSEWHERE.

Done with open table. And this restaurant.

TE
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to the Beacon Bar and Grill for almost 15 years. It's always an adventure. Desi is our requested server and she is incredible. I like that fact that in addition to the usual brunch fare, the chef always includes new and very different choices. Yesterday, the salads, desserts, and fruit included things I had never seen among their choices before. Kudos to the chef for keeping our taste buds intertained.

MK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experiences here have always been exceptional. Good and friendly staff and our servers were very accommodating as always! I couldn't have found a better place to celebrate my daughter's 40th Birthday! She was pleased, especially with that Lobster on the brunch bar, as well as my 7 yr old grand-daughter, she was overstuffed as she had to have one too! Best place to really enjoy family time!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Not the greatest quality of food. The Cobb salad looked like something I could have thrown together at a Pizza Ranch Buffet.

CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I was not impressed at all, about all I liked was the decor. The food was nothing special and the place was empty. That should have been my 1st clue. The skybar is nice but the drinks (if you can call them that) are weak.

e
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

I've been here twice, once for a happy hour with colleagues and once with my roommates for drinks. The atmosphere on the bottom floor is very stale, and both times there was almost no one there. The waiter tried to pressure me and my co-workers into staying at the table when we learned we couldn't order from the HH menu except for at the bar, and it was super awkward and unprofessional. The decor is nice, but the lack of any type of ambiance or crowd almost nullifies that. The rooftop upstairs is a cool vibe, and the drinks are solid enough, but our bartender was AWFUL. She didn't even greet us, ask how we're doing, or offer up any suggestions; just stood there with her arms crossed and stared at us, pressuring us to order. It's not like we were holding up dozens of people behind us, the place was only sparsely populated. I don't plan on ever coming back here unless I absolutely have to. Avoid. And if you do go, note that they build the tip into the bill at the bar; don't tip the snooty bartenders extra if you can avoid it!

DR
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

No air! It was entirely too hot in the restaurant that Sunday. They had several oscillating floor fans, but it was not helping.

DC
Washington DC
155 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The Beacon Bar and Grill is exactly what you would expect from a hotel bar and grill. Food is just fine; although the menu is limited.
Worth noting - the staff and servers were all gracious and proessional

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was good with a great variety

EP
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was absolutely wonderful! The food was superb. They had lobster on the bar today and I loved it. Crabs, turkey wings, grits. The best grits at a restaurant that I ever tasted.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was excellent!

MN
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The service and food were fine. No complaints at all. Although the climate in the restaurant was a bit warm. However, I'd definitely go again.

L
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jackie was a great server. She made sure we always had mimosas in our glasses. The food was great as usual. I have not been in awhile but I will be back.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Beacon has always been my definition of Brunch in the DMV, but attending this past weekend was disappointing. The table we were placed at (by the glass windows) was freezing as the tables were placed directly atop floor vents. The guy working the omelette station was plating undercooked or over cooked eggs. The waitress did not tend to the table in a timely fashion - as we had to ask her to take away plates in order to have space for additional food. And this was all for $45 pp/$22 per child. Oh, not to mention the gratuity ended up being $70 for subpar service. We were all quite disappointed. Seems that more $$$ is being charged and the standards are going down. On a positive note, the rest of the food available was pretty good.

s
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always great food and great service. Will continue to come here and recommend!!

TT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Weekend was WONDERFUL & PEACEFUL!! Check in was smooth sailing, room service was AWESOME, they respected our privacy, wishes and commands 🥰😆🙌🏾😁🙌🏾🥰 The Sky Bar after we checked friday Afternoon was a Beautiful experience and the bar tender was very nice, honest, knew how to make his CUSTOMERS feel wanted and valued and mostly IMPORTANT he know his stuff when it comes to the mixology business which draws to want more and more ( in a good way). The Beacon Bar and Grill breakfast, dinner and brunch was EVERYTHING!!🥰❤❣🥰❤❣the service was impeccable 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾

OT
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great for quiet business breakfast

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made a reservation for my birthday two days in advance but when I got there after paying for an Uber to take us to the restaurant I was told they could not serve us the restaurant was closed. They saw the reservation and had no intention on doing anything more for us despite the fact that the manager admitted she did not notify open table. THEY ARE HORRIBLE!!!!!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The food was cold
Could not find a server, guess they were busy as the busser provided us with mimosas & condiments
Food selection was ehhhhh
Would have been much better if it was held on the rooftop, which was why I paid this place my first & last visit

MK
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and ambiance was excellent!

JC
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

The bar was slow and the drinks were poorly made. The food was average at best, and not the greatest presentation. Service was slower than the bar. The waitress forgot an order of drinks, and we had to ask for the check at least three times.

JA
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for Father's Day, and the service was great.

M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for the fathers day brunch - really fun! Lots of great food options including seafood. I would suggest going early. They ran out of crab legs by the time we sat down at 12:30pm. Really good for big groups.

J
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a party of 25, seated immediately. Service and ambiance was great! Will return!

WR
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The experience was good. We enjoyed the food as well as the service. I looking forward to my next brunch experience

DC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a great brunch, everyone ordered a la carte but each meal was delicious.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Disappointed, not obvious that there is a more interesting option upstairs. Seared tuna was over cooked.

DM
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second year I have hosted a brunch at the beacon with 10 of my friends. Everyone in my party started that the food was amazing, service was excellent and our waitress (Rosa) was outstanding. Another successful brunch at The Beacon—can’t wait until next year.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The server was not the best. We had to wait a lot for her to come around. Food was buffet and very good. Lots of options.

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