City Winery DC Barrel Room Restaurant & Wine Bar

3.5
40 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
City Winery strives to deliver the highest-end combined culinary and cultural experience to our customers who are passionate in sharing wine, music, and culinary arts. We are a unique facility, combining a fully functioning winery with intimate concerts, food and wine classes, private events in a variety of configurations, and fine dining. We have created a compelling mix for our sophisticated clientele of foodies, and active cultural patrons—bringing the wine country experience to the middle of a large city. Our cuisine borrows from Mediterranean history – Italian, French, Spanish, and Middle-Eastern cultures have been pairing simple and wholesome food with wine for centuries. With this in mind, our culinary team has created share plates to pair with your wine. Our award-winning wine list has over 400 unique producers from around the world, in addition to the more than 20 in-house produced wines sourced from vineyards in California, Oregon, Washington and Argentina.

Specials

Happy Hour at City Winery DC

We offer 50% off select drinks and menu items as Happy Hour specials from Monday - Friday from 5-7PM.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 30, 2018

Ends: October 31, 2117

Availability: Mon-Fri 5:00PM-7:00PM

What 40 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The ambiance and food were excellent! We were a group of 4 first timers there for restaurant week. Great portions and a diverse menu. Jackie the hostess was warm, friendly and welcoming. She even accommodated a table change for us to avoid the breeze from the door. The restaurant was barely half full so it wasn't a busy night. The only disappointment we had was the server. We sat for 30 minutes before she ever even approached our table. We had to approach Jackie twice during that 30 minute time period before she even came. We also ran out of water and eventually had to request things from another staff member. The manager came over eventually and just asked if everything was okay now but didnt offer anything for the extended wait. Minus the poor service, it was a nice experience. I hope that improves in the future.

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LZ
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprised by this location where was used to be a dangerous area in DC. Today, it is vibrant, renewed and crowds. Food is modern, creative, and the show is wonderful. Rarely to see such a gem in a rough location (was).

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k
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I liked the place, but, during winter months for the rooftop, they should install some type of heating system. Unless you were dancing or watching the performers you couldn't enjoy your meal without shivering while eating. The services need improvement because half the time you couldn't find your waitress for services, much less to pay for your meals.

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TP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent New Years Eve here and it was amazing. The ambiance with the food and wine selection set the night off. We will be returning

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J
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Had a reservation, but they're no good in the Wine Garden. Seating is on a first-served basis. People hold seats for their friends so it's hard to find good seats even arriving early. The service sucks. You have to leave your table and place all food and drink orders at the bar and one bartender makes the drinks, enters the food orders, collects the payments, etc for a long line of people. There's only 1 cash register. It takes approx 20 mins or more per person because the bartender has to make every drink order on the spot while taking food orders. You leave the bar with a empty wine bottle with a number on it that directs wait staff to find you later to give you your food. But, the wait staff not having laid eyes on you wanders around like 3 blind mice in a maze searching in the dark for wine bottle numbers when all the tables are pushed together and they can't see the wine bottle because some people had order real bottle of wine so as not to stand in line another two hours or more. Meanwhile, the food servers run all around the room in with your food in completely open containers getting cold and absorbing all the germs in the air and from the people caring your plate right up against their bodies without using serving trays. There's no silverware on the tables so you can't even eat right away when your food arrives.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

Food was great! We had the crab cakes; shrimp; curry lentil soup; brussel sprouts; flight of wine; chicken wings and marguerita pizza. Service was TERRIBLE!

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

I was enjoying my food until I discovered over half way through the meal that my pork chop was blood rare. I had to wait 30 minutes to valet the car. I was packed into a car and driven to a parking lot to retrieve my car after dinner and a concert. I was charged $3 per coat for coat check ; and I spent money on dinner; concert tickets; drinks & nibbles at concert. I feel I spent too much for a subpar evening!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious. Our server was amazing and helped with wine selections. I wish I could remember his name and shout him out. The wait wasn’t too long either. I would come back and dine again and recommend to others.

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WB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Likes the ambience but was understaffed and service was slow due to understaff. The “Tour of Meats and Cheese” was not impressive and lacked for what it cost. We were not impressed with the Truffle Mac-n-Cheese. The Manager on staff was helpful and accommodating. She gave us a look into the wine room. Because of her, we are interested in coming back and hopefully have a better experience.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience. Jamie, our service was amazing and attentive. The food was perfect, the music was great, the vibe was great. Everyone truly looked like they were having a good time. I could not have asked for more. I will for sure be coming back here again!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We had a reservation but ended up having to sit in the bar area. The service was so slow. It took 30 mins. just to get drinks. Then my husband had to send his drink back twice because it has a fly in it - twice! My main course was cold. We’d come in an uber prepared to celebrate our anniversary. By the end I’d had 1 drink and I could not wait to get out of there!

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MM
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was excellent. Unfortunately, service was very poor to non-existent. Waiting to be seated in a place with only 4, maybe 5 tables occupied in the entire restaurant was ridiculous (and yes, we had reservations!) Even after finally getting seated, service continued to be bottom.

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F
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was bad—although the management staff did apologize and pay for appetizers we didn’t see anything we had ordered (not even a glass of wine) for an hour plus. The food was somewhere between mediocre and good. Definitely not worth it ultimately.

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BR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was so disappointing—they had one server (God bless her!) for the entire dining room and cocktail area on a Saturday night. Wine was good and food was decent, but we couldn’t get anyone’s attention to order a second round. Women’s Bathroom was also dirty, with several stalls that needed attention.

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AD
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Great ambience. Food was good but nothing to rave about.

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RD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I really want to like this place. The atmosphere is fantastic, a beautiful setup. And the concept is wonderful. There's just not enough people working there right now. We waited a long time on a Saturday night, and the place wasn't even that busy. It won't take much to improve this place - I hope they can get it right.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

For two sides and and app the final ticket wasn’t worth the taste of the food. The food tastes like I went to the Olive Garden. I’m not sure I will return for that.

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R
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue for live music, food was pretty good, as was the wine. However I found the food and beverages were quite expensive, especially since they make the wine on the premises.

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NY
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We were seated and no one came to serve us after 10 minutes we left. The restaurant had almost no one in it so I don't understand why the poor service. I've never walked out of a restaurant ever and we eat out 3 times every week.

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b
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The food was way overpriced for the quality. Food was either over salted, cold, or exceptionally greasy. Would definitely recommend against eating here fir dinner, but the wine was good. At their price point, thru really need to up their quality of food.

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CM
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time at this restaurant. We were warmly greeted, the atmosphere was relaxing, and the menu enticing. The wine menu is extensive. There are also fun cocktails.

Our wait people were knowledgeable about the menu items and very helpful when it came time to make decisions. The food had a lovely presentation and was most delicious!

Yes, we would come back!

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LM
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The overall service was horrible. We made reservations to find there was a wedding upstairs. Staff was slow, sat for a long period before any server arrived. Wine "finally" served with cork residue in the glass. Sent back. Ordered crab cakes that never came and the server stated "he forgot" to put the order in. Should have adequate staff when a private event is taking place to accommodate the "regular" dining customers. Server needs to tie dreadlocks back when serving food and wash his hands when coming back from a cigarette break. Yea-we saw him smoking=perhaps that is why he forgot to put in our crab cake order. Would be a better restaurant if the quality of the staff is improved.

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AH
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

After sitting for 20 minutes without service... I realized there was 1 server for a Saturday night. Every couple appeared to be highly upset. Very disappointing after driving an hour for a date night. We got up and left. Ivy City Smokehouse next door was amazing !

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HN
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

My husband and I were really excited to try City Winery. Imagine our disappointment when an hour into our dining experience only one of our drinks had arrived and the SINGLE waiter working in the entire restaurant circled back to tell us that he forgot to give the kitchen our order when he took it 25 mins prior. Service was completely lacking, and we received no apology for our ridiculously poor experience.

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s
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I was excited to try this restaurant for my birthday after a friend told me she had a great experience. I made reservations through open table just in case the restaurant was full. Arrived early was seated immediately as there wasn't that many people there that evening. Was a bit disappointed with the service and the food. City Winery salad lacked flavor and the Chocolate waffle was hard and chewy (it tasted like it was stale). My friend ordered a flatbread that never came. Nonetheless the wine was and conversation was good. Maybe we would have had a better experience during an evening with entertainment.

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KL
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I enjoyed my dining experience. The food was very good and the portion size was great.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Awful. We waited over an hour for the first course of our meal. When the second course came, we had to get to go boxes and totally miss the dessert course. We kept trying to order more wine but the servers rushed off. Never going back.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

The restaurant/winery was very nice. We went on a dinner date for restaurant week . It seems like there are a lot of kinks to work out from the communication between the wait staff and the kitchen. My husband ordered a burger and it took 4 times for it to come out right. Meanwhile, as we sent each burger back, I was still waiting on my margarita (cheese ) pizza. I was not impressed with the pizza at all. On the upside, the mushroom risotto was good and the wine flight was paired well with each course of my
Meal. Our server was very nice and professional.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

Came here for restaurant week and everyone from the manager to the hostess to the wait staff was poor. The manager was not much help to rectify the situation until we flagged her down so we could leave. Only thing good was the wine.

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DC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Very disappointed. We were looking foreword to checking out City Winery for restaurant week. First they did a bait and switch on our wine (we tried one and they gave us another). Second, two of us ordered off the normal menu. Our mains came so far before our entree they asked if we wanted desert. The other two got he special restaurant week menu and it took almost an hour to get their food, which at that point we were finished. Also, with exposed A/C ducts in humid DC we were rained on most of the dinner. VERY unimpressed.

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HM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The ambiance was excellent. The waitress was a bit slow for it not to have been very busy. We ordered the steak frites the steak (medium) was too charred and not paired well with the fries that came with the meal. There was too much steak sauce that covered the entire plate which in turn made the fries extremely soggy. I’d return for drinks and maybe the burgers which looked great at the adjoining table.

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JD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

I went with my best friend for restaurant week. I was enthusiastic based on the description on the website and in the Washingtonian. But I was sorely disappointed. The wine pairings were poor and we received them all before the food was even brought out. The food was barely tolerable and only because I was already starving when I’d arrived. The waitress was probably better suited for their event space as she somewhat implied herself. I won’t be returning and afterward learned co workers of mine had the exact same experience only a day before. So unfortunate because I live relatively close.

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! What a great team of folks at the City Winery in Washington, D.C. As a avid dinner party host, I have recurring dinner parties all over the metropolitan area with executives, government officials, entrepreneurs, food critics, influencers, socialites and more. This particular dinner was scheduled during Restaurant Week in City Winery's Wine Garden. Unfortunately, it wasn't communicated to me that the Wine Garden was closed due to an event until I arrived (thank goodness I happen to arrive an hour early to set up). However, Sam (manager on duty) went above and beyond to make special accommodations for me and my guests.

The waitstaff was amazing, ESPECIALLY Gino. Anything I asked of him, he made it happen. He assisted me setting up the table, was present when my guests needed something, provided a detailed explanation of dishes of interest, and gave my guest and I EXCELLENT customer service. If I could request a server every time I visited City Winery, I would absolutely request Gino. Sam, thank you for assigning him as our server for the night. Gino you rock!

BTW, the mussels may be the best thing on the Wine Garden menu and definitely try the wine flight. The in-house made wines are amazing. 5 stars across the board. I'll be back soon.

Keep up the great work.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 3

The people that work there, including the manager on duty, that night, were great!...I think the food needs major improvement, though. The hummus was tasty, but the desserts aren't that great, either. The one good thing I can say is, the wine & sangria were great!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Horrible service, took 30 mins to get drinks, mgmt was not very responsive, and place was sooooo loud. Food was decent but will not go back.

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JD
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The restaurant was quiet probably because it was a rainy night. Since the venue is fairly new, I think the service still needs to be polished. Timing of my food and my friend's was off. I had mine first and she was waiting while watching me eat before my food got cold. Looking forward to checking out the roof on a sunny day.

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JC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great pre-concert meal. The tapas were yummy. The calamari was the best. Followed by the Mushroom flatbread. The Duch tacos were yummy. The Risotto balls were good but I've had better.

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m
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible

Terrible

Terrible

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AK
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The wine was decent and they allow you to taste anything that is served by the glass. The food was very mediocre and small portions even for small plates. For the money you will spend here there are way better wine bars in DC.

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RT
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

First visit there and was surprised that they made use of the whole space while still having separation of areas. The have an area for concerts, a restaurant, rooftop garden and space for wine classes. They have a good variety of wine and the service was good. Will definitely be returning to check out more events there.

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