Owen's Ordinary

3.9
289 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Beer Garden, Bistro
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Hours of operation
Monday - Tuesday 4:00PM
Wednesday - Friday 11:00AM
Saturday - Sunday 10:00 AM
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Phone number
(301) 245-1226
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
Owen's Ordinary offers private and semi private dining spaces for intimate groups of 12 up to large property buyouts for 200 guests, including an outdoor beer garden. The restaurant features an approachable menu of classic American staples, updated with artisanal ingredients from Red Apron Butcher
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Private party contact
Sarah Melby: (844) 575-6167
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Parking available in the covered garage adjacent to the restaurant. No parking validation, but first 2 hours is free.
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Public transit
Metro: White Flint
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 289 People Are Saying
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3.9based on recent ratings
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3.7
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3.9
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69% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MS
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Although our waitress was very nice, she didn’t give us great service. I believe she may have had too many tables and more than she could handle. We had a larger party so I understand it can be a bit more complicated but our food order came out incorrectly and when I tried to get another staff member to help they were very rude and almost made me feel like I was the one in the wrong for simply just trying to get the food I asked for. Once our food finally came out it was cold and one of the members in our party actually had to send her order back twice because they kept getting it wrong! We ordered bottomless drinks and had to keep begging to get more drinks so it’s almost not even worth it. 20% Gratuity was included automatically due to the size of our party maybe that’s why they didn’t care since they knew they would get tipped regardless. Sad to say we had high hopes for this place but I wouldn’t waste my time coming back nor would I ever recommend anyone to them.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice place excellent service just noise level was a bit high and prices perhaps also on the high side.

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Q
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was the slowest EVER

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OT
Washington DC
145 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

burgers and chicken sandwhiches were good. The food is consistent there.

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KK
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was pleasant. The fish and chips was average. The fish was too wet and bland.
Old bay brat was good but too heavy on the mustard on the brat and a bit too spicy. Would have been better if it was on the side instead.
The HH mango margarita was tasty. Rosemary GT was really great.
Baked Chocolate chip dessert was decadent but a bit too sweet.

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JB
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We visited Owen's Ordinary for dinner and drinks while in town for a work conference. The outside seating was great. Really good beer selection and beer advice from our waiter. The food was solid. I wouldn't go here for a serious business conversation, but for a casual, fun time with colleagues -- it's a great pick! I will go again next time we're in town.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The hostess was not in a good mood. We ordered 2 appetizers that never came.

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AM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I had the great grains bowl with tuna. The tuna was fantastic, but the kale was sandy and gritty, and the “charred” broccoli was steamed. Had to drown it in dressing to make it edible. I ate the tuna and avocado and left the rest. It was really bad. My husband’s salad wasn’t much better. We heard good things about the burgers and fish and chips. Should have done that.

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MP
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Super helpful manager who knew the beers really well. Food was good and restaurant was relatively quiet compared to the bar and outdoor area.

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k
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful fish and chips - with vinegar, English style, if you wish. Great service. Noise level just too much for me. In good weather I would go back and sit outside.

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and meal and menu options for all. Thanks!

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MR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Very bad service.
1. Waited nearly an hour for order to be taken.
2. Had to remind server to bring the drinks we ordered.
3. Three of the four ppl in our party were served their meal; the forth meal came 15 minutes later- causing the others to eat cold food.
Really inexcusable.

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EH
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Taco was WAY too salty.
Beers were good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I hosted a work lunch with a total party of 9. The restaurant was almost empty during the lunch rush. There were only a few seated tables throughout. The waiter was attentive until it took almost 15-20 minutes for our cans of soda to be delivered to the table. The food was fresh and tasty. The brown bag portions are generous. I'd recommend this place for a Happy Hour due to their large craft beer list, which we didn't have a chance to try.

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OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was good. Service was poor.

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n
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I came for brunch to celebrate my birthday. The food was delicious (I had PB and J waffles and my mouth is watering again just thinking about them) and the service was excellent, from the hostess to our waiter. Thank you for a great experience!

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D
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Start with the positive. The dinner portion of our experience was fine. Server was attentive and answered all questions. The meal for the most part was very good. We did have a minor allergy issue (no fault of restaurant) and they comped the entrée which was unexpected but much appreciated. Unfortunately, the bad part was the first impression, the bar. We were helped after minor wait by the bartender, Sky. She was very professional and knew what she was doing although we did have to ask for cocktail menu which was separate from beer menu. Anyway, she got us drinks pretty quickly, but when our friends joined us, it took a really long time for someone to take their order. We finally got a gentleman to come over to our section of the bar (more activity on other end from outdoor seating, service bar, etc. thus less attention to where we were seated) and he took our order. It seemed a little awkward and we felt like he was either new or not well-trained. He took the order for the margarita and glass of malbec and walked away. Next thing we notice is that our bartender is washing glasses, racks in / racks out. We thought that was very strange, so we got his attention to where he told us that he had given our drink orders to another bartender. Maybe he was a bar back? He should have told us that he had 'subcontracted' his work to this other bartender who was making the margarita. Sky came back to us and tried to help which she did but when apologizing, her voice went up a few decibels and her bright smile was almost over the top with some sarcasm. Even when the bartender (subcontractor) presented the margarita, it was awkwardly placed on the bar, maybe on top of a loose menu but certainly not well done (no bev nap or coaster?) for a high dollar cocktail. Overall, the bar experience was disappointing which dropped my score down to average. I'm telling you this so you can retrain staff and provide better service to what is a very competitive market.

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S
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Arrived on time for our reservation and got seated within 5 minutes. Waited another 5 minutes for a waiter to come by and ask “has anyone taken care of you.” When we said no, he said okay... and then walked away. After a few minutes he came back and asked if he we wanted any drinks - and filled 2 of the 4 water glasses on our table. We put in our drink order. 20 minutes later 2 of our drinks arrived and we were told the bar was “slammed” so we’d have to wait “a few minutes” for the other drinks. With the 2 drinks that arrived, he delivered a clearly used (empty) glass from another table. We asked him if we could order our food and to provide water for the other 2 people in our party. He left, without a word, then came back, filled the water glasses (splashing water all over the table) and walked away without taking our order. At the 30 minute mark, we decided to go elsewhere because we were hungry, so we flagged him down to ask for the check. He returned with the manager, who comped our first round of drinks (the 2 we had received) and apologized for the lousy service. We opted to leave and will not be going back. The place was not even busy at all and this is definitely the worst service I have ever gotten there (I’ve been there 3-4 other times before).

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OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good. Service pretty good. Great beer list.

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DF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a great time drinking and eating with friends at the outdoor tables. Waiter provided excellent service. Hostess was good just not the most friendly but she seemed a little overwhelmed. Seemed reluctant to seat us before the start of our reservation despite empty tables. Overall great, though.

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MP
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food took a while but service made up for it. Great spot for lunch or dinner.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for lunch for my sister. It was empty during lunch hour but server was very attentive. Brought out a candled dessert for my sister without us requesting for it. Good burgers!

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JS
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Not all ingredients were in stock for the drink we selected
Four to five staff came to our table during dinner asking about various things related to our meal and drinks
The waiter was inefficient and did meet our requests for more water and other beverages
I understand the reason the prices are high, however as a patron I expect a high level of service and ambience when paying an absorbent amount for a burger and drink

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D
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Service was perfunctory. Wait staff was not particularly interested in customers. Food and drinks were mediocre and overpriced.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Nice place with decent food and great beer selection. Service was good. Inside dining is not great due to bad acoustics and music blasting. Hard to have a decent convo while there without having to yell at the person sitting next to you. Hope they can fix this.

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DC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The food here has taken a distinct downturn. Beer, wine, food-all over-priced and mediocre at best. Except for the pretzels. Charcuterie platter was sort of a joke and came with Texas toast that was hard as a rock. Mussels were served with the same bread, and the sauce was basically a whole lot of melted butter with half a lemon. The noise level was extremely high.
Would not go back.

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DH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good but the portion was small. Service was average even though there were two waiters at our table.

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n
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We told our waiter WE ARE NOT IN A HURRY! No sooner had our appetizer arrived than another waiter is standing there with our main dishes. WE SHOOED HIM BACK TO THE KITCHEN! The toasts with the charcuterie were hard as rocks! My companion's grain salad was BLAND. It was pretty noisy. They advertise themselves as a beer lover's place. I'm inclined to agree.

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service
Great tuna butger

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LG
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was fine, the service was lacking. Wait staff needs to be more attentive to timing of courses and clearing off the table.

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GD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

My friend and I tried out Owen's Ordinary for an early brunch. The food was good, but the portions felt unbalanced. My entree came with enormous side of home fries but a thimble of coffee. The menu would also benefit from lighter/sweeter options for those who aren't quite ready for a full lunch. The prices are very reasonable, especially for the DC area, and the atmosphere is quite cozy and nice.

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b
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Last night was the 3rd time we have eaten at Owen's Ordinary and will likely be the last. The service was horrible. At one point, we asked the waiter for more water. More than 10 minutes went by, so I waved at him and pointed to a water glass. He went over and picked up a water bottle and then went to another table and poured water and took their over. Another 5 minutes went by before he came to refill our water glasses. We ordered fried calamari for an appetizer and never got it. Our food arrived and the waiter came over to check on us and we told him we didn't get the calamari. He laughed and said he probably didn't even order it. The menu is quite small; only 4 real entree selections. Our food was good, but not great. Too many other restaurants in the area to go back for ok food and horrible service.

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CP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall good meal. French fries recipe must have been changed since our last visit...they were a bit too crunchy. The fondue was fun-the best dipping items were the bread and broccoli.

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S
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Food is overpriced - $18 for fish and chips is ridiculous for the small portion size. Service was lacking and confused. Beer was just ok. It could be a great place, but they're making unforced errors that I'm not sure they are capable of resolving.

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HG
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They asked us to leave the dining room at 956p to ‘shift people to the bar’. Not ideal while we are still eating and drinking and enjoying quiet conversation. Server clueless and manager incrementally better. Won’t go back for a bar outing at all.

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HB
Baltimore
69 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great beer selection!

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P
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've sat at the bar several times but have dined in twice. Both experiences were positive with no issues arising. Service was friendly and prompt, food was good, and the restaurant was clean.

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

Very cool spot all waiters had a quirky personality it was awesome.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Poor attention to customers. Salad came out with no tuna. Did not follow a food allergy order- had to send back. Charged us for the food we re-ordered In addition to what was sent back! Manager was nice and adjusted our tab but honestly would rather pay full price and have a perfect meal.

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DM
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Kind of expensive but food and beer were tasty. Waiter wasn't great bit supporting staff and servers were. Not a wide variety of food but larger variety of micro brews on tap. Not easy to find in MoCo. Overall good experience, can eat outside or at the bar as well.

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