Owen's Ordinary

4.3
481 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Becky
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Did not like the self ordering system. I was doing all the work and spent my first 20 minutes doing the ordering on my phone. Staff running plates and wiping tables were rude and didn’t really care about our experience. Had to start a new order just to get another round of drinks? The food was fine nothing special. Good beer menu.

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haeun
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and accommodating staff - we super appreciate you with your safety measures during the pandemic as well!

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vipAGSM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Super annoying that we had to order our dinner via our smart phones. Why go out to dinner if there's no service?

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vipMark
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great fun! Terrific value, fabulous location, service and menu offerings. The staff and management is professional and highly focused. Happy hour is the best.

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vipLaurenL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love Owens Ordinary! Sat outside with the heaters and has a great time. Food was delicious and our server was so accommodating. We have a wild 2 year old and he made sure to bring the food out fast and make our brunch awesome.

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HjWh
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot in Pike and Rose! Loved being able to order everything right from my phone. Staff was wonderful and brought us a whole pot of fresh coffee when we asked about refills, which wasn’t necessary but made us very happy!

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CynthiaN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great place to grab a bite and a drink, nice patio area with picnic tables good service, very tasty food options, reasonable prices.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Much more limited beer menu, pretty understandable, great table side ordering and paying but holy cannoli the covid service charges were pretty pricey! They do great on the covid measures (air purifier at the table, distancing patrons), but add another 2 bucks on per beer and up from there before tip! Turns into more than you were expecting for a night out. The burrata toast is fan-friggin-tastic though!!!

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CarolinaA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. In line with all the precautions due to the Pandemic. We will be back for sure.

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AHag
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great set up for safe dining in COVID-19 world

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SofiaC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Owen’s Ordinary is a fantastic place to meet up with friends or family and enjoy good food, drinks, and a beautiful space. The outdoor seating is wonderful and spacious, and the online ordering system makes it so easy to get service. Loved it!

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Eric
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside at the patio. Owens is one of the best places to eat during the pandemic. The food, service, ordering process, and staff are all great.

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MikeandFamily
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have eaten here several times. The food is always excellent, and the service is always friendly & professional. The restaurant is always clean and comfortable.

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vipTigger
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

When the restrictions on restaurant seating were high in MoCo I understood the high COVID fee and not allowing modifications to menu items. However, now as things have lightened up I think the time has come to either reduce the COVID fee or to allow modifications/substitutions on food orders. It kinda sucks to spend so much when you can't even order exactly what you want.

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User42
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food here was good, it just seems a bit over-priced for some items.

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WendyT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were a bit disappointed with the limited beer menu but overall we were happy with the beer we chose and the food was very good.

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CourtneyC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s our favorite spot; we’re regulars! We are so glad indoor dining has opened again!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Heaters made the cold alley bearable. Wish the TVs were more visible from the outside. Nonetheless, had a good time. Oh and wish mimosas were bottomless.

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vipTigger
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice warm, heated, outside seating. Ordering from the table through an app. Disposable dinnerware. Very friendly staff. Felt safe.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great time! Good service!

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TalisaR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My best and I haven’t seeen each other for almost 10 months since the pandemic happened it was both our first times out together

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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.

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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
10 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
42 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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Owen's Ordinary is rated 4.3 stars by 481 OpenTable diners.

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