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Capital Ale House - Fairfax, Fairfax, VA

Capital Ale House - Fairfax

3.9
3.9
70 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Located in the historic Barbour House, an early 20th Century mansion built by the prominent editor, lawyer, mayor, and statesman John Barbour featuring 100 beers on tap and wine, cocktails, and an extensive food menu served within two large bar areas and four dining rooms. Dine al-fresco on our beautiful front porch!

The bar at Capital Ale House offers an array of specialty cocktails and craft beers. Located within walking distance of many other Fairfax City attractions, we are the perfect place to pause for a conversational lunch or a lively dinner with friends.

We are Virginia's Beer Authority with the best local burgers, steaks, wings, and German-inspired fare, and the largest selection of craft beers in the burg!

We're proud to serve only pasture-raised, antibiotic, and hormone-free Virginia beef and strive to procure other local products when possible. With 100 taps, we're sure to have a beer for you!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Bavarian, Beer Garden

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–12:00 am Fri 11:30 am–1:30 am Sat 10:00 am–1:30 am Sun 10:00 am–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (703) 957-2500

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jacqueline Hartman

  • Private party facilities

    We offer private spaces in our downstairs banquet room.The ample open space in our game room area, complete with dart boards and large screen TVs, is the perfect gathering space for seated or happy hour gatherings.

  • Neighborhood

    Fairfax

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Bus stop located across the street.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 70 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. JF

    JohnF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Manager and staff were super understaffed and yet provided fantastic service with what they had. One waitress was brought in from Richmond to help and yet she was still super cheerful, professional, and accommodating. Manager apologized for the lack of staffing but the service from her and her team were fantastic and the food was awesome.
  2. VD

    ViennaDiner

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Food was really good. Service was pleasant but slow and inexperienced.
  3. GW

    GinaW

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the warm fireplace and the warm soups!
  4. L

    Lizz

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is absolutely fantastic and the beer selection is enormous. All the staff is friendly and helpful. Loved going to trivia on Tuesday.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    A very nice evening
  6. G

    Gomers

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The server was over-tasked and left us alone for about 25 minutes. However, the food and drinks were delivered by other and it was good food.
  7. D

    Dave

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    We were given a corner table by the hostess and had excellent service. The beer selection was excellent. Our weinersnitzel was too crispy but still tasty.
  8. a

    artr

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Low end of average food quality and poor service. The beer I was served was not even full - looked like someone had already drank from it. Server was pleasant but rarely seen.
  9. LG

    LaGrin

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service and beer options.
  10. FB

    FoodieBee

    Washington DC

    41 reviews

    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    I really like Capital Ale House! We went once before and liked it then too. Our server seemed to be in a bad mood as she was completely unwilling to make any substitutions from the menu. Upon asking if a sandwich could be made with a different kind of bread, she gave a flat “no” without even checking in the kitchen. When I asked what an item on the menu was, she said she could not remember. Maybe just a bad day. Overall, the food is quite good. Fireplaces are a nice, cozy touch. We will definitely be back!
  11. j

    jzzerbabe

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Relaxing atmosphere. Service was great shout out to Lexi and Candy
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service we will definitely come back
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The server was great.
  14. B

    Bolton

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Absolutely terrible service. Won't come here again.
  15. NO

    NOVAmom

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    First time visiting- we were looking for an early dinner before a performance at GMU. Extensive beer menu yet out of what I initially requested. Specialty Oktoberfest menu but we’re out of strudel. Schnitzel was ok but dry and mushroom gravy thick and cold. Would’ve preferred a spicy German mustard but not offered. Weird combo of mashed potatoes with sauerkraut. But large portions, decent value for the money, out of the strudel for dessert.
  16. a

    anlatima

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We brought our George Mason student and friends here for a 20th Birthday dinner. It was perfect for a young crowd!
  17. TG

    TrishG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were SO pleased with our experience. Will certainly be back!!
  18. L

    Lovetoeatout

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Overpriced food that is not very good. (Almost $12 for a large pretzel with cheese dip? It wasn't THAT good.) Beer was good. Wait staff was confused as to what sections were theirs.
  19. AG

    AlexandraG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    We sat at the table for 20 minutes and no one even spoke to us to get a drink order. We watched the waiter serve others around us while we tried to get his attention. We left after 20 min.
  20. S

    Shanghai1999

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The servers are always so friendly and really want you to have a nice experience! The menu is great and the food never disappoints. We love this place.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Made it to our reservation 10 minutes prior. Sat for 15-20 minutes reviewing the menu and no one ever waited on us. We let the manager know and left. Very disappointing because we were looking forward to different menu items. Poorly run and the vibe is completely dead.
  22. f

    friendsfromva

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service was good and location was nice. Food was not uniform in temperature - was it microwaved? Taste was good.
  23. J

    Johnr

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Octoberfest food was great! good German beer also available.
  24. MT

    MikeT

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    The convenience of the Capital Ale House is great. In addition there is plenty of parking, which is a premium in downtown Fairfax City. The restaurant's selection of beer and cider is incredible. I must go back and try some of the cider. The waiter couldn't have been more patient with my friend and I as we talked for 10 minutes before looking at the menu. After the order, the food was quickly. My meal of mahi mahi was adequate. I think I would have been more satisfied with a burger, German sausage or a sandwich. If I return, I will probably order one of those items. The night we ate, the restaurant was quiet; however, I can imagine it becoming noisy when it is full with patrons.
  25. SO

    SusanO

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our family of four had a great dining experience at the Capital Ale House. The beer list was great and the food did not disappoint. My son had the club sandwich which was huge and very tasty. I had the pork chop special and the pork was cooked perfectly - juicy and delicious. My husband had the steak salad which he said was just right. The starter Bavarian pretzel with cheese sauce was so good - buttery and the cheese sauce was one of the best we have had. Our server was wonderful and they had plenty of wait staff around and everyone seemed to be getting good service.
  26. M

    Momo

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I was really excited to try it, but it disappointed. The food was OK at best, and the same for the service. They have way too much on the menu to allow for fresh ingredients. The chips used for my nachos were stale. The fried oysters were dry and tasteless. Our server was not at all knowledgeable about the beers, though I too would have a hard time remembering the details about the dozens of choices. He was also not attentive and we often had to wait for service, especially after we asked for the check. We enjoyed our cider and porter, but not enough to make us want to return.
  27. AL

    AlexL

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to meet friends for happy hour. Very good selection of appetizers and drinks.

    Capital Ale House - FairfaxResponded on August 1, 2022Thank you for sharing your great experience! We hope to see you again soon! Happy Hour from 3:30pm to 6:30pm :)

  28. EB

    EvetteB

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience5
    Food took forever. They were short staffed, our Waiter Eric did the best he could do. Every time we have come Before the food was fantastic. This time other than the Margarita Pizza that was ordered by on of the 7 of us, the other 6 would not order from here again. I hope they can get it together.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vacation with my husband
  30. F

    Foodie2

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The service was good but the food was dry and overcooked and cold.
  31. KH

    KHSmith

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Enjoyed drinks and foods in general.
  32. DL

    DonL

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Exceeded expectations. Will go back as soon as possible.
  33. TH

    TomH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Sitting on the lovely front porch on a beautiful day with your favorite brew could not be better. The food was generally good but an understaffed kitchen meant a long wait.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    Our food took a long time to come out especially the appetizers even though there was only a handful of patrons there. The fries were over salted. The salad was in such a tiny bowl that was filled to over flowing so you could not put salad dressing on it and stir it. The chocolate cake said it was enough for two but it was small and the brownies looked like they scraped the last tiny corner out of the pan. I have never seen such a small sized dessert that wasn’t a kids dessert. It was not worth the $100 price tag.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    It was our first time visiting the Ale House. We went with friends and it was a great atmosphere. Good service and great drink selection. We’ll definitely come back.
  36. MM

    MikeM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Not really to impressed with the food. Brunch must not be their specialty Small portions on the French toast No jam or preserves for toast Coffee was not hot Quiche was okay - not mind blowing. Service was unusually slow - we were one of the few patrons on arrival Crepes were not as stated on the menu Not exactly the Mothers Day brunch I had envisioned
  37. CM

    CharlesM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience at Capital Ale House was GREAT!! Service was great as was the food!!
  38. CT

    CristineT

    Las Vegas

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Cool spot. Staff was great and attentive. Can’t speak on the food since I just had drinks, and the drink menu was pretty extensive. Finding the venue was a little tricky since on the outside it doesn’t look like a traditional ale house; more like a department building. There’s a sign outside though which was helpful in locating it. Has ample parking.
  39. KJ

    Kand3Js

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We were seated in the bar area, which was fine. I'd like to return and sit in the restaurant portion. The food was very good and our waitress was excellent. Parking was onsite and we didn't have an issue getting a space. We will return.
  40. CM

    CharlesM

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Service and food were excellent!! We arrived shortly after a party of 50, so the kitchen was slammed!! However, waitress was excellent and she kept us apprised of the situation!! FUN night!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Capital Ale House - Fairfax offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 957-2500.

Capital Ale House - Fairfax is rated 3.9 stars by 70 OpenTable diners.

Capital Ale House - Fairfax does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for Capital Ale House - Fairfax

4069 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030-4113

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Fairfax

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–12:00 am Fri 11:30 am–1:30 am Sat 10:00 am–1:30 am Sun 10:00 am–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    American, Bavarian, Beer Garden

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Bus stop located across the street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jacqueline Hartman

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (703) 957-2500

  • Private party facilities

    We offer private spaces in our downstairs banquet room.The ample open space in our game room area, complete with dart boards and large screen TVs, is the perfect gathering space for seated or happy hour gatherings.

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