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Capital Ale House - Fairfax, Fairfax, VA

Capital Ale House - Fairfax

3.8
3.8
136 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


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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Bavarian, Beer Garden
  • Hours of operation
    Mon 11:30 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 136 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 3.7Food
  • 3.6Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

136 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    This restaurant has permanently closed but I was still allowed to make a reservation and my reservation was confirmed the day before showing up to a closed restaurant.

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  2. FatD

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    This place is closed. We didn't know cause Open Table still took the reservation. But it wasn't great to arrive with family to a closed establishment.

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  3. DmdRvw

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great atmosphere, great beer selection!

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  4. LSVA

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Great menu, plenty of options for everyone in the family! The French Dip sandwich didn't have much cheese and was a little dry, but the sweet potato fries were really good. Otherwise, the food was great. It was a little chilly where we were seated, any time the front door opened.

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  5. PaulS

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My first time but not the last time. Excellent choice of beers and interesting menue and very convenient for me. Great

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot right in Fairfax. Cozy fireplace and excellent service. Would have preferred more non-alcoholic bar options. Will go again!

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  7. StephanieK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time there and we were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food. The beer selection we knew was fantastic, but the food was very good! Much better than normal bar food. Our server was great - it was crowded but everything was correct and the wait was minimal. We will be back!

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  8. DanaB

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely festive holiday atmosphere in the front dining area with fire places, etc. But that's about where compliments end for recent visit this weekend. Maybe they were in the weeds or short staffed, but the service was extremely slow. A few tables were sat and then got up and left after no one came to greet them. Our waiter was hustling, but just not very good at his job and probably had way more tables than he should have. Food was only average. Beer list is large, but they were out of many things. Maybe this is a better bar than restaurant experience.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was terrible and the food was not the greatest as everything was cold when received and it didn’t include all listed on the menu (example the Southern Mac N Cheese didn’t have the corn pico de gallo, BBQ sauce, and barely any meat and the Hungarian potatoes that came with the Krakow were French fries ). It took 30 minutes to get the cocktails ordered, 30-40 minutes for a beer, 40 mins for a kid burger that wasn’t right when first brought to the table, waiter didn’t know the kid’s veggie nor showed any interest in finding out. We won’t be back.

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  10. SusanS

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first visit to Capital Ale House - it definitely will not be our last, we will be back! Really enjoyed the food, parking was ample and convenient, and service was good. See you next time we're in the area!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious. We were a table of four with a variety in ordering- apps, salads, schnitzel and burgers all delicious. The service was extremely slow, very kind but slow. We saw our waitress 3 times- take the order, bring the order, bring the check. We will return because the food and the ambiance definitely deserve 4 stars!

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  12. Arlene

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Service is usually slow, waitress was just average. My steak was not well done as i ordered it.

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  13. Barbara

    Washington DC

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite neighborhood place. Great food and terrific staff.

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  14. MichaelJ

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Capital is always great for a visit, comfort food, and a nice selection of beers in small glasses. Service was great with a smile, the waitress was very efficient, and offered a friendly service. The food was plenty, and the manager stopped by to check on us.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Place is deceiving from the outside, it’s big in there. Service was lacking, just seemed like they were understaffed. Overall very friendly, polite, and helpful. Just not enough people. Food was very good. Would definitely come back to try other menu items.

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  16. JDLady

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and atmosphere was wonderful. The loaded fries were mediocre at best. There was maybe 25% of the toppings in the picture shown on the menu actually on the fries in person. Maybe they should spend less money on the photos in the menu and more money on the toppings and food. In addition, I ordered the roasted pork special with broccolini and mash sweet potatoes the pork was overcooked and under seasoned. I wouldn’t pay for it again the one thing that would keep me coming back. There’s a bartender, the server in the cocktails.

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  17. ffxdiner

    Washington DC

    218 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    218 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a good place for lunch. I liked my chowder & the small Caesar salad. Also was able to park right next to the restaurant.

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  18. VirginiaMike

    Washington DC

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Attended the GMU Men's Basketball Coach Tony Skinn Coach's Show in the club room of the Ale House. Staff was VERY accommodating of my wife and I, who have mobility issues and cannot deal with elevated bar tables, so they set up lower tables for us. Room was a bit small for the large turnout, but no one had problems viewing the taping of the show or feeling the fellowship. I had the wurst platter, which was VERY good, and my wife the macaroni and cheese, which she loved. I was a little disappointed in the beers on tap (they advertise 100 beers, but many were overseas brands or ciders - I was expecting more American craft beers), but I found a Baltic Porter that was quite tasty and satisfying. Overall, I would recommend the Capital Ale House for future Coach's show events and just as a date night locale (the main part of the restaurant seemed to be quieter with widely spaced tables). WE WILL BE BACK!

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  19. AnnF

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Fall Oktoberfest specials were terrific...and as always, a great selection of beers on tap!

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  20. FAST51

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Wide selection and variety of food. Great selection of beers. Food is good, service attentive and prices are reasonable.

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  21. CZest

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and drinks were good but unfortunately the service was absolutely terrible. Definitely need better training and possibly more staff as wait times for service was very long.

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  22. DonK

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The atmosphere was very nice, and the food was well-prepared. But service was terrible. We were there for lunch. Upon entry, we stood for several minutes until someone appeared to take us to a table. There appeared to be only on waiter on duty - maybe two if you include the receptionist. Service was very slow. Our waiter had to go "check with the kitchen" twice in regard to whether or not items we ordered were available. One member of our party ordered a glass of wine, which didn't arrive until we were almost done with our meal.

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  23. Debra

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Celebrated our son’s birthday. Food was delayed and our son’s food came 3/4 of the way through our meal. A simple chicken sandwich that 2 others in our party ordered. Not that hard. Had to ask 2 other employees over to help since our waitress didn’t come back (20 min) after telling her he didn’t get his meal. The Manager finally took care of getting his meal. Was kind to remove it from our bill. Staff needs much better training. They can’t handle when it’s not that busy.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend! Atmosphere was incredible with great food!!

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  25. Emily

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A nice cute spot for a date or to meet up with a friend

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  26. KristinG

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was very loud but beer list and food were worth it! We will go back

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  27. RestaurantWeek2023

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Unfortunately, an overall negative experience. Both food and service fell short of expectations. Definitely not worth the price.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was great, food we just alright .. probably would not return

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  29. AlexisP

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Their brunch special was really good but I was disappointed that my dish and the kid's meal came out missing elements/sides. I had to ask for the fruit to be added to my kid's meal and my steak and egg brunch entree had hard boiled eggs instead of poached and was missing my side of potatoes. Our server was outstanding though!

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  30. MeganV

    Poconos

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Half the food came out and about 10 minutes later the other half came out. The entire table’s food was cold when it arrived to the table. We ordered water after we sat down, we didn’t receive the water for about 30-35 minutes as the waitress told us the cups were in the dish washer. We then ordered another round of drinks, those came 20 minutes later. Very poor service and food was horrible. We were extremely excited to check this place out, we will not be returning.

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  31. MicheleB

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had such a lovely time at Capital Ale House for Brunch. Food was delicious and came with 3 brunch cocktails.. we chose Mimosas. Sat outside for a beautiful brunch!

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  32. Greg

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had the Calamari appetizer which was very good, tho could’ve used more of the sauce they used. My entree was the Southern Fish/Chips. Would’ve been good but was undercooked. Neither the fries nor the fish were crispy. Asked the server if this was normal and she said it was. Limp/droopy fried food just isn’t for me so I won’t order it again. Strange since the fried calamari was cooked perfectly. Wife had the Mahi Mahi which was cooked fine, but the sauce they put on it was fairly flavorless.

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  33. JeffG

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was really good. Went there late afternoon on a Sunday. Got the fried chicken sandwich. Ton of beer options. Overall we enjoyed it.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was great, however the service was extremely slow and we got there when there weren’t many customers , there were only 2 other couples in our dining room. There were plenty of servers and waiters/waitresses so that wasn’t the issue they were just very very slow. 1 time was enough for us.

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  35. Bobo

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, and the bonus program is very generous. Front two rooms inside are extremely noisy, back bar room less so. Front porch is nice when the weather is nice, but subject to traffic noise on Route 123.

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  36. DonaldV

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and great atmosphere. Service was amazing. Pricey for any substitutes and seemed a bit more expensive than I thought it should be.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We like the low key vibe and good food. Server was attentive.

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  38. AnnaO

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and beverage selection. Service was excellent.

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  39. Debra

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Bartender and Waiter were a lot of fun! Our waiter had great suggestions. The Bavarian pretzel with beer cheese is a must. Delicious! Calamari was tasty. Very good burgers and excellent chicken sandwich. It’s within walking distance. So much variety! Thanks for making our daughter’s Graduation celebration the Best!

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  40. EricO

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was incredibly slow from start to finish. Had to repeatedly ask staff to check on our orders. Same situation for other patrons.

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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 3.8 stars by 136 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


Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Capital Ale House - Fairfax

4069 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030-4113

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Fairfax
  • Hours of operation
    Mon 11:30 am–12:00 am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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