Owen's Ordinary

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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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3.9based on recent ratings
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3.8
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3.9
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anonymous
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Th appetizers here are never good, and the service is extremely slow. We all loved our entrees, but unfortunately we were then served stale coffee.

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vipHappyGoLucky
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Poor food quality and overall disappointed.

JC
vipJenniferC
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed our food and service. Great for groups.

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vipEdithl
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was our first visit and we really enjoyed the experience. Fabulous beer selection and the food really complimented the beer. Out waiter was excellent and really helped us sort through the beers quickly. Very attentive service overall. Space is divided up noise level was fine for talking. A nice addition to Rockville

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jonathanh
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The quinoa salad for $21 was a joke . There was no flavor to the dressing and the portion was very small . No wonder why it was empty for lunch . Do not eat here unless you like getting ripped off

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vipJoanna
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a fantastic place to hold an event. We had exceptional service - everyone went above and beyond.

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JOSIANEE
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was my first time there, and I liked it a lot. The staff was awesome

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MattF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Parking was absolutely awful - enough to keep us away unfortuntely.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

My husband and I wasted our Vanentines night here! The service was horrible! Our waiter never checked on us. They didn’t refill waiter. Our food was cold. The waiter made some tent at the table to make the fondue work. My steak was way under cooked. We spent over two hour mostly waiting for food to come. Our apps came one hour after we sat down. The manger comped a big part of the bill. But what a loss!

Owen's Ordinary
Responded on February 15, 2020

Hello Mrs. Ware- again totally understand your disappointment. We are extremely disappointed as well that we let you down on such a special night. It was definitely not a typical Owen's experience and so as we discussed, we do hope you give us another chance, especially joining us on our beer garden once things warm up. Would love to do everything we can to regain your confidence and get you back on the right track with us.

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Monica
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We love Owen's because you can get 4 oz. glasses of beer. This allows you to sample a variety and helps you identify a new favorite. The staff is always very knowledgeable and friendly. They seem like they enjoy working there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was good, but the entree portion sizes were much too small. They were plated as if part of a tasting menu but were intended as stand alone entrees, particularly the salmon.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Solid place

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AdamH
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed the great beer selection. Food options were decent for a pub-style restaurant. The quality of the food was very high, the portions were a little small for the price, IMO. Definitely was on the loud side, but that didn’t bother us.

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PickyEaters333
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food in a good environment. The ancient grains bowl was really good.

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vipsefanning
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The only thing worse than the value was the service. The place is extremely loud. We had a large group of 11. It took for ever to get any portion of our orders and everytime at least one person did not get their order with another 15 minute wait for it to finally arrive. This was with drinks, appetizers and the main course. Their prices are at least 25% higher than what you would consider the upper range of what they offer and the food is mediocre at best. After a frustrating 2 hours and 45 minutes they have the audacity of adding 20% as a tip. I understand having the add-on for large groups, but grabbing 20% leaves no incentive to provide good service. %550 for 5 adults (8 drinks total), six middle schoolers. I will never return. You will never go if you are smart.

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vipJasmineShirazi
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Juanita was honestly the best server I’ve ever had. I eat out a lot and very seldom remember my servers, but I remember her. I had her once before and she so obviously remembered me and was so so so personable and sociable and likable, I will request her every single time I come. Both my boyfriend and I ADORED her. Truly the best server I’ve ever had!

Owen's Ordinary
Responded on January 31, 2020

Thanks Jasmine for the incredibly sweet note, That is so amazing to read! We will certainly share with Juanita and our entire team. So glad you felt so taken care of and hope you can join us again soon- I'm sure Juanita will be delighted to see you again- Cheers!

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vipChristineK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Excellent food. Loved the turkey burger and cinnamon bun waffle with banana ice creat- delish! Also loved the great beer selection- 4 oz flights available at reasonable price.

Owen's Ordinary
Responded on January 31, 2020

So glad you enjoyed- thanks for review and hope to see you again soon. Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Our waitress was nice, but didn't check on us very often. The food busser took our food to the wrong people then walked past us back to kitchen to figure out where it went. I ended up waiving him over. I saw that happen a few times. The fish and chips was a good size, but too bland. The Salmon was cooked absolutely perfectly, but was also bland. We ordered the Calamari. It was decent but there were more pepper rings the calamari. Fondue was really a treat. They also didn't have lemon with it. Strangely, they also didn't have salt n pepper shakers on tables. The drink were really well made and tastey. They also don't skimp. They use oversize shot glasses for straight alcohol and give the wine with more then normal. Go there for drinks and fondue or wings and you will be happy. Dinner will just be ok.

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BobV
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good. Server was friendly and helpful, but sometimes a bit hard to find.
Enjoyed the salad and beers.

Owen's Ordinary
Responded on February 2, 2020

Hi Bob, Glad you enjoyed your visit and thanks for the feedback - Appreciate it and have shared it with our service team. Hopefully you will notice a difference on your next visit. Cheers!

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MrsF
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We got our appetizer AFTER our dinner. No apology from the server. Just an ok experience

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JaniceC
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Location is good. Parking a pain, no parking validation.

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vipThePaleChick
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a group of 12 and they were very accommodating. Great table, our server was willing set up separate checks by starting tabs for each of us, food was amazing, and the beer list cannot be beat.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Kind of, well, ordinary. Half Chicken and mussels were decent, but cheddar and beer fondue was disappointing (especially the bread - cut up baguettes would have been far better than the included semi-stale raisin bread), the tuna burger overcooked, and the curry potatoes utterly flavorless. Service was a little spotty as well - no plates brought for the fondue until we were mostly done and no spoon for the mussels (for the broth) until we asked.

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Foodieguy
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great place to try new beer. The fondue was ok but you have to eat it fast or it'll solidify. My wife and I enjoyed the fish n chips. I had the salmon (catch of the day) and cauliflower sprinkled potatoes. We both enjoyed that as well.

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NakiaY
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Went there for New Years Eve. Service was outstanding. Food was just Ok. Great selection of Beer. I would go again just for the Beer and Wings. Bar scene

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We brought our two daughters, both under the age of five, for an early New Years Eve dinner. The staff were very attentive and accommodating and the food was excellent, especially the NY strip steak and angus burger. And of course the beer selection is world class.

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vipDCdiner
Tokyo
23 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service, interesting menu with a lot of choices. Pork sausage needed more seasoning— tasted almost like a beef burger patty. Great Bloody Mary!

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MichaelC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

This was our second trip to Owen's Ordinary, and it did not live up to our memories. Food was bland, and not worth the prices. The extensive beer list does not make up for a subpar kitchen.

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vipDanielleD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Used to really enjoy coming here but recent experience was lackluster. Beers are always good but food was fairly bland and service was really slow.

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vippetert
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We have eaten at Owens Ordinary on a number of occasions, especially over the summer. Saturday night was disappointing, the service was slow, menu items unavailable and ultimately our whole snapper turned up late (after other meals) and under cooked (sent back to kitchen). The burgers were over cooked.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Felt rushed by the waitress. Good salad and decent burger. Nice beer selection.

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vipVickiP
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

3rd strike.......I don't understand why they can't get better waitstaff. We waited at the front door for 10 minutes with no one at the front desk and only 1 table of customers in the whole restaurant. We walked in to the main area and seated ourselves. The only waitress was leaning against the counter playing on her cell phone. Totally ignored us for 5 minutes while she finished playing on her phone. After taking our order, we waited for 20 minutes to get just a pretzel! Got our food order wrong, we got up and grabbed the water to refill our own drinks and then had to flag her down to get our check. One waitress for the entire restaurant? Maybe if she was a great waitress but haven't seen a single great waitstaff member there in a very long time. Although the food is good, my co-workers and I can't get over the horrible service.

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WilliamJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool place to eat or just have beer. Great local beer selections. Fish and Chips, and burger were excellent. Had some beer tastings. Great vibe to the place. Our first dining in the area, and it was a great choice.

Owen's Ordinary
Responded on November 22, 2019

Cheers William! So glad you enjoyed and hope you can join us again soon. Thanks for the review!

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AbbeyF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Ordinary is about right. To start, after having had a reservation for at least a few days we were seated right next to the kitchen in a half empty dining room. They moved us when we asked.

We ordered three appetizers and indicated that we wanted the fondue first as the actual appetizer and the other two to follow. Everything was delivered at once which really ruined our plan and crowded our table.

Calamari looked promising at first but a high proportion of the dish was actually breaded deep fried lemons rather than calamari.

Fondue (classic) arrived cold and the dippers were about as plain and simple as you could imagine. Fondue itself really needed salt or flavor. Took a long time to heat up with the candle.

Caesar salad was okay not memorable.

Took a long time for drinks to arrive and we had to ask for tea refills.

The manager asked how things were and we were pleasant but honest. He took some off our bill which was nice and appropriate. I think we won’t go back again though.

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vipDiner
Washington DC
88 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience2

The burgers are good. The many kinds of beer on draft is the star attraction. Other menu items are also good better than expected. Worth a visit.

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fugo
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Fondue appetizer is small - not worth it. Double stack burger and fries were excellent. Wife got the last steak in the house. It, too, was good. Apple crisp desert was too "oat"-ey. Service was good. Server was friendly and helpful. The place was a little loud and the lights a little too bright in the back dining area where we were seated.

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vipVickiP
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

This was our first time back after not going due to a horrific experience. We had high hopes. We were only 1 of 3 tables there and still our service was bad. There was only 1 waitress and once the other 2 tables arrived we were definitely an after thought. Our salads were messed up and had to send them back, had to ask for refills of our drinks multiple times before getting them. I shouldn’t have to grab the waitress 3 times to ask for iced tea! I hope they get better wait staff soon or we may not be going back again.

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vipNEM278
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience1

Oriana was our server, service was terrible. Food was amazing. Won’t be back, not even for food.

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vipadriannegersh
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

This place is my jam. I really do love to drink local beers, and love that they have so many on tap to try. We tried the fondue for the first time this trip, and we went with the "Classic". I think next time I will ask for the cheddar with the "Classic" dippers. We were not huge fans of the Emmental. The fondue was not very hot when it came out, so our server very graciously (and quickly!) took the tub back to the oven for a few minutes for us. The double stack burger never disappoints. We will be back for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were in town for a wedding a needed a place that could take a reservation for 11. Owen’s Ordinary was perfect! They greeted us so warmly, the food came out at the same time and was delicious, and our waitress Juanita was FABULOUS. If we lived in the area I would definitely go back again and again.

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