Owen's Ordinary

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398 reviews
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Owen’s Ordinary is a 175 seat restaurant and 60-seat beer garden. Situated within the Upper Muse Alley portion of Pike & Rose, Owen’s Ordinary brings a world-class beer program, led by Beer Director Greg Engert, and a distinct culinary program to match.

The restaurant features a vibrant, casual bar and dining area within a clean, warm space featuring wood floors, subway tile, zinc cladding, and industrial steampunk elements. The kitchen opens onto one of two dining rooms and the two-sided soapstone bar is built into the facade, serving 50 craft draft beers to a large bar area inside and a 60-seat beer garden outside.
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AL
Washington DC
88 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Fantastic selection of Maryland craft brews! We tried the pretzel with beer cheese and dry rub wings to start, and greatly enjoyed both. My husband ordered the fish and chips, while I went for the weekly special, a fried chicken sandwich, and upgraded the side salad with it to their beet salad, which was the BEST upgrade of 2019 thus far - utterly delicious.

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E
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The service was incredibly slow, and the food was sub par. They did however have a very extensive beer list that was intriguing but did not want beer at the time.

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j
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Restaurant has very good food and nice environment; however, service is mixed. Sometimes there have been great waiters and other times waiters will ignore you and focus on other guests.

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JW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Brian, the GM, was very attentive with our party and willing to accommodate to my very opinionated group. He was a pleasure to work with and definitely made my life easier when planning.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing experience. The Nachos were good. the Sangria was amazing

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t
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was wonderful, the service was decent, the restaurant was cute! Great HH, especially on Monday because it runs all night. Great place for a meetup with friends, to grab dinner or hang at the bar. Free 2 hours parking in Pike & Rose as well!

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T
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The dining room was too cold, but the bar area was warmer as the windows were open to the outside on a beautiful night. My salad was fine and I added portobello mushroom to it — it seemed a little pricey at $19.50 though. I would have liked a few more of the add-ins relative to the greens.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, though I thought the serving size were a bit small for the price. Extensive beer list on draft gives you a lot of new beers to taste!

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SC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a beautiful evening and they were so nice to hold our request for an outside table. The food and service were fantastic, will be back.

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n
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

the biggest problem is that there was barely any seasoning in the food it felt like i was in the medieval times where the only seasoning was salt but did owens ordinary even put salt? no. please put salt at the very least. the people were delightful though but the food is the staple to a restaurant, if it sucks it doesn’t matter how jolly the servers are.

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KC
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This remains our go-to place for great beer and good food. Waitstaff is efficient and knowledgeable. Love the draft list as well as the cocktails... but what keeps me coming back is the Vegan burger. Yum!

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DO
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Lived up to its name in some ways. Staff were very friendly and attentive. Found the beer selection lacking in ales and lagers.
Food was ordinary bar food, nothing special.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried the Crisy Shrimp for the first time. IM IN LOVE WITH THEM. Who ever created the Tropical Melon Sangria is a genius

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D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Our first time here. Terrible. The place was dirty. The food was bad. There was food spilled on the floor by tables that were empty and we watched the staff pass it numerous times without cleaning it up for at least 25 minutes. Someone could have slipped and injured themselves. Server was not very professional and seemed to just want to finish her shift. The food was not good, specially for the price. The burger was dry, the fish and chips had so much breading which was very soggy ( we told the server to inform the cook but she did seem to have done that), the pork belly skin was chewy instead of crispy, the seared tuna was over cooked. It was supposed to be a special evening that was less than perfect due to the food. Never going back.

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R
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good outdoor space, great beer selection.

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OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Would like to see a gluten free bun!

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FA
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We have been coming to Owen’s for several years and are never disappointed. The service is always -while casuals- amazing, and the food excellent. The beer selection is pretty awesome, even the non-alcoholic beer selection was impressive. Who knew that was event possible?! (Pregnant friend at the table)

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal - great service!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Mother’s day

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SC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Everything was great except the food some of us ordered. The burgers were overcooked, the ancient grain salad was horrible. There was very little quinoa only kale covered in tasteless green goddess dressing. Even when I asked for salt and pepper it didn't help. I was very disappointed in the food, however, the service, and ambiance was great. I might think twice about going back.

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S
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

I think this must be a better place for drinks than food. The pretzel was good, flatbreads were fine, the veggie burger was awful - mushy and flavorless. We were there at 4 on Mother's Day and were told we couldn't order off the dinner menu, which started at 5. I get that on an ordinary day, but would have been nice on Mother's Day that dinner would be an option. Waitress was chatting with another table. Service was so-so. Wouldn't recommend.

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CB
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our large party -- 10 people -- was treated wonderfully!! Drinks and appetizers promptly served (my only quibble -- fondue wasn't quite worth it). Great beer selection, thick juicy burgers, fun atmosphere, attentive staff -- terrific waiter--made our friends gathering!

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PZ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Burger was nothing to write home about. Disappointing. Looked nice. Cheese was not melted which made the sandwich difficult to control. Insides kept sliding out! Grilled? Not good. Not enough meat. Not fresh meat!

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NP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had Sunday brunch with my family. Food was good and they had a kids menu as well. Service was a bit choppy but overall a good experience!

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a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was outstanding. Multiple servers making sure we were happy at all times. Lovely evening sitting outside enjoying the ambience of the area. I have a very specific drink order. I can usually tell the quality of the wait staff if they are good listeners or not when the drink is served. They brought it to me exactly as I requested. That set the evening up nicely. Good job!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

The service was exceptionally poor. We were seated without being given menus, and since no server greeted us within several minutes I went to find a menu on my own. My daughters kid’s menu came after about 15 minutes. Once we finally got a server and ordered, it took forever to get our two beers, and my kids never even got their drinks. We had to go to the bar ourselves to get their Sprite (after the food arrived) and the server never apologized - but did seem quite confused when he walked by and saw them on the table. He never once asked how our food was. I had to stop him to ask for the check. We had planned to order another round of drinks, but would have been there all night if we had...

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a
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Redemption! When my husband and I went the first time, there was a beer event which made the restaurant and bar overcrowded and they were grossly understaffed. I let Brian (manager) know of the bad experience in a written review, and he let us know that, should we come back, he would ensure we had a better experience. Well, he did not disappoint! From arrival to departure, we were treated exceptionally well. Brian even came over to visit a few times to make sure we had a pleasant experience. From the service to the salad, burger and the beer, everything was terrific. We will definitely be back! Thanks, Brian for making loyal customers out of us!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We have been to Owen’s Ordinary before and enjoyed it. Not sure if it’s because it was Easter, but we had a reservation for 6, 4 adults and 2 kids. Our table was not ready when we arrived. We waited about 10 minutes to be seated. They had little Easter eggs all over the place and were decorated for Easter which my girls loved. They seemed to be short staffed. A manager took our drink order after 15 minutes and we waited for someone to take our food order. After another 10 minutes went by, we still had no drinks, no food order taken, and two hungry kids. We stopped a server who explained that our server was busy, but he would pass the order along. He did and our food came out about 20 minutes later. The food was great, despite a cold pretzel that they pushed out because the kids were hungry. Our server finally came by at the end of our meal and shared that he was busy. Again, we have had enjoyable meals here before. Pretty sure the holiday impacted how many servers were available.

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SC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great local restaurant with a large beer menu and the food was very good. We will definitely return.

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CE
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was good and the atmosphere quite nice. Two of our burgers were not prepared as requested. Unfortunately our waitress refused to split the check for our party of 8 despite agreeing to do so before we ordered. It took more than 20 minutes to settle the check and we were required to pay a 20% gratuity. Disappointing end to an otherwise decent meal.

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DF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We love Owen’s - outdoor seating, relaxed vibe, good food and great drinks. But the service during our last visit was lacking. Our server took a long time to get to us each round and it made for a less than optimal experience. We’ve had this server before, and she was similarly lackluster. We will come back but we will ask not to be seated in her section the next time.

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CS
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

This restaurant has been somewhat of a rollercoaster as we’ve had okay service, excellent service, poor service (we didn’t go back for a good, long time after that episode). But after a good year or so, we decided to try it again for the fondue which I love. This was a surprise evening because we had so much going on, we didn’t think we’d be able to make it out. We did eventually get out albeit on the late side. Shortly after being seated, we placed our order. I went there specifically for the fondue (note to restaurant: get some Kirschwasser, and offer a shot with the fondue, I promise it would improve it immensely). At any rate, after ordering, the server says “oh, the kitchen just closed and we have a limited menu!” My husband says: “but we came here just for the fondue.” As we contemplate going elsewhere, the server/bartender says “Hold on, let me go talk with my manager to see what we can do.” We were certain that we were heading somewhere else, but lo and behold, the server/bartender, manager, & kitchen staff come through for us! This is the kind of service that generates tremendous loyalty, high tips, not to mention tons of happy reviews, and recommendations (and I have a very big mouth). Needless to say, we’ll be heading back for the fondue and superb service again soon! Honestly, you really cannot have one without the other...

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SS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Generally positive but server greeted us with how tired she felt and hesitated to serve coffee because a pot neede to be brewed and did not give us separate checks as requested.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The food was terrible. Wings were good, pretzel was good (dipping sauce was NOT). My beet salad was a pile of greens, hardly dressed, over some beets and goat cheese that was worse than a laughing cow triangle. My husbands burger came out with a cold bun and his cheese wasn’t even melted. GROSS! Waiter refunded us those items, so that was nice. Anyways- go for a beer, SKIP THE FOOD

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SZ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great beer options. Food was fantastic. Service was a little slow.

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PR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was slow. Hard to get your next beer with our waiter. Food was good but salmon size is the smallest I have seen for the price point. Also, my beers tasted flat compared to my bf’s. Otherwise, it’s a beautiful location for an outside dinner.

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MP
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I went for brunch with friends. The prices are reasonable. Mimosas were great! And the food was good. It was a beautiful day so we got to sit in the outdoor patio area and it was really nice. The only negative was that our server was a little slow and didn't check on us as often as we would have like. He kind of rushed us to pay the bill because he was going on his break. Also, when he brought us the check, he told us (in a joking but serious way) to tip in cash. Which I thought was a little unprofessional. But overall, I had a good experience and would definitely go back.

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LV
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 3

Good snacks and apps, flatbreads, and queso. Drinks were good as well. Main dish was really not my thing at all and I think it was described much much differently that it arrived on the plate. Would likely not order an entrée again.

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M
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We made a reservation for Friday night. When we were seated, we were not waited on or even greeted after 15 minutes. We got up after getting no kind of service and left to find another place to have dinner.
Even with a reservation, we were still not able to get service from any of the staff.

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L
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

It was ok. Yes, the hosts were lovely when we walked in. However, once we were seated, it took forever for a server to come to our table. At least take our drink orders! My parents were visiting so it took my mom loudly stating "Wow! Where's our waiter?" as the host walked by to have someone come take our drinks orders. Ugh. I was embarrassed because I picked the restaurant. We were finally served beers and put our apps in. I then had the best salad of my life so that was something! Beets, goat cheese and salmon cooked medium/rare. It was delicious. There was a group of Happy Hour folks over in the corner who were incredibly loud so that was distracting. All in all, the food was good, it was too loud and I should've picked another place since my parents were visiting and I wanted everything to be perfect for them. So, it's a mixed review .....

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