Punch Bowl Social- Arlington

3.9
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$30 and under
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American
Punch Bowl Social cultivates an eclectic approach to the new concept of eat-ertainment. In a design–forward environment described as “dirty modern,” Punch Bowl Social effectively combines a diner-inspired scratch-kitchen, craft beverages, and social gaming.

Interested in elevating your weeknight happy hour? Punch Bowl Social’s mixologists focus on serving up well-balanced craft beverages. We know that booze won’t solve your problems; but neither will water - so why argue? #WinningAtAdulting

Our scratch-food and craft beverages are perfectly complemented by a generous selection of social gaming that make us a true #unicorn when it comes to having an authentic, customizable experience.

Activities that will set the vibe for your tribe include: bowling, ping pong, billiards, arcade games, giant wall scrabble, shuffle board, private karaoke rooms, and dart boards.
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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Fun cocktail menu. Below average service. Average food that was slightly over-priced for what amounts to bar food. Despite the fact that they advertise 3 floors of fun, two were closed.

J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Decided to check this place out for birthday celebration. We had a lot of fun. The food was really good. The only thing they need to work on are the bar selections. They are missing alot of popular liquors and basic mixers such as curacao. We did karaoke. Absolutely love how private it is. We will definitely be back

OT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This was out second time there. We ordered the same thi g; shrimp burger--came with fries. It was fantastic the first time, not good the second time. The food was way too salty. Service was slow and mediocre.

z
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

If i go there again, i would not eat just to have drinks and chill.

LO
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Table great and food choices were good for the happy hour choices! Played some games and had a nice time!

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

This place is stuck between trying to be a family friendly restaurant and a college hangout, and it doesn’t work well together. The music was deafening and we were seated right by a door with drunk young professionals and loud children constantly walking past. The food and service was only ok, and did not make up for the horrible ambiance. My fried chicken was breaded and fried with skin still on it, which resulted in some of the most rubbery pieces of chicken I’ve ever eaten. The quest was very good, though. I wish I had tried a milkshake because they all did sound great, too.

BL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Received the incorrect order first try (2 of 3 of us received food) . On the second try, they go it right and he food was decent. Charged us full price after that experience and then took an excessive amount of time trying to split my charges across an AMEX gift card and Credit Card. Place has many managers bouncing around, but none of them really seemed to be in tune with the continued issues we had.

KD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My meal came out wrong but they fixed it and gave us a free game of bowling. We went on a Saturday afternoon and it was nice and calm.

J
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Overall value was so-so. I got a chicken salad. I had to really search for chicken and when I found some, they were clearly the cheap remnants from the wings and drumsticks. It was disappointing. On the positive side, my husband liked his fried chicken and my kids liked their kids meals.

K
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really like eating here for brunch, the food is very good. They also have an amazing bloody mary bar!!

SM
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 1ambience 4

Everything was great except for our very unpleasant waiter.

MA
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great good and atmosphere. The bass was a little high during the lunch hour and made it difficult to talk with people at the table.

R
Stuttgart Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We sat in the upstairs dining area. It was very noisy, and the place wasn't even full. Conversation was very difficult under those circumstances, which for me makes the place much less social than its name would have you believe. The food was good, though. The service felt overwhelming at times. I don't need six different waiters asking me if everything is OK. At least I never felt neglected.

The lower two levels might be quieter, but I think they don't serve food there.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The service was very poor. I never got my drink, our waters were never filled, my son’s burger had cheese on it which they did address but by the time they brought a replacement everyone else was nearly finished with their meal.

a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

My friends and I decided to go out for dinner as part of our end of semester celebration and we liked the experience at Punch Bowl Social Arlington but we all said a couple of the same complaints about the chicken being mainly breading and the waffle was drenched in syrup

F
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

The bowling was a bit overpriced at $20 per person per hour. Our bowling lane didn't work a couple of times and ate up about 15 minutes of our time, but the staff thankfully added time for the time lost.

Ping-pong I believe was $12 per hour which I found overpriced as well. We only played for 30 minutes and they thankfully only charged us $6.

The board games were thankfully free and they had a pretty good selection of different games.

The service, however, was awful. We had brunch and sat at a table at the bar and both servers were pretty bad. The 1st server we had to flag down or try to get his attention multiple times because he either forgot to bring us something, wouldn't take our order, or didn't check in on us after getting our food. Our apps came only a few minutes before our entrees and our table was overcrowded with food.

The 2nd server at the bar kept saying he would check to see if they had certain things and never followed-up with us. When we would check back to see if he found the right answer he would just say "nope."

OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great place to spend the day with two preteens. Service was great! Food was good and everyone that works there really seems to like their jobs.

SC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Fun place for family and friends outings, menu is limited, and average.

S
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

This may be good spot for young people to pass time - definitely not a foodie place. The food was nothing to write home about and was somewhat pricy. We one for brunch on Saturday and there were very few people dining at that time; however, wait staff was not in a hurry to address customer needs. It took us 30 minutes to even be able to place our order and then took for ever to get a check.

AF
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Service was dicey. We were there during Happy Hour, but our server didn’t even give us a “last call” warning, which was odd. He also didn’t really have any recommendations on food or drink, and was just all around kind of awkward. The manager who was around was great, and the woman who was helping us toward the end was great!

EB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

It was nice. Not sure if Our Server was new because he wasn't the most attentive. We had to keep waiting for refills and extra dressing. Outside of that it was nice. Great that the Manager came out and asked if we were ok. So that's cool

OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

They don’t really have a dining room so tables are in a hallway with lots of traffic.

AW
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great & bustling for young professionals in the area.
Good food, modern & fun staff and restaurant!

K
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is such a fun place to hang out and have a good meal and drinks.

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Our food came out cold not one...not two...but three separate times. Thankfully, they did comp our meals, so that was nice. Service was slow as well.

EH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Food was great, but service was slow. Had to request silverware when my meal came and heard from other diners that they had to as well. There was a large group at a nearby table, and a few of them still hadn't received their food when the rest of the group was done.

AT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 5

I can see where this place has a lot of potential but the service and food was just not that great. It may be that they are understaffed but our service was not very good. After our brunch we went down to the ping-pong table. We played a few games and kept making our way up to the bar to get a new drink. After a while a waitress told us she would take care of us. We ordered one drink each and it took 20 minutes to get the drinks. Not to say that the servers themselves were bad, again I think it is more so that they are understaffed. As for the food, way too much rosemary for my taste and my biscuits that came with my meal were extremely hard.

q
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Parked in adjacent parking garage from 6-11:30pm for $7.

Reservation for 6pm and was seated immediately. Donnell took my happy hour order and went over the menu (non-alcoholic, alcoholic, menu items, and ones marked were specialty items).
Ordered house red wine for happy hour (ended at 6pm).
Ordered a kids cheeseburger on french toast. 3 out of 5 stars.
Fries were hot. 5 out of 5 stars.

Parents brought their kids (ages 6-8). Bustling with people for happy hour/groups in and out.
Played a round of cricket.
Overall a fun place to grab a quick bite and happy hour/date.

AS
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great fun and good food, but expensive and can get crowded!

EF
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The food was good but could be simplified to help with quality control. The monkey bread french toast is a good example - it appeared to be underdone because making french toast monkey bread style makes it soggy. The basics were good - burgers, fries, biscuits & gravy, breakfast items. Service was a mixed bag - friendly but seemed inexperienced and unfamiliar with the restaurant. Big issues - they need to figure out how to accommodate larger parties (more than 6) via Opentable. It runs counter to the idea of having a "social" with games and stuff but you can't come with 7 or 8 people or more without going through their event staff. They also need to add a monitor and better sign-up process for the games. Despite the fact it wasn't busy, we were only able to play shuffleboard, darts, and video games. We had a hard time getting straight answers on when we could sign up for things and what the process was for signing up.

KW
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely will be back. Tons of fun options , extremely loud but everyone is having a great time. Very crowded so keep up wit whoever u go with lol. Food is amazing from chicken & waffles to shrimp tacos..

CC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 4ambience 5

Nice place to hangout with family and friends. Was not impressed with the food tho.

JM
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food and drinks were good. Service was very friendly but extremely slow.

t
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

This was my second time going. Full disclosure - I was giving the restaurant another chance because my first experience was so genuinely terrible (1 hour 15 to get first drink; 1 hour 45 to get the apps; etc). This time....the server again seemed ill equipped to be serving (and I get it - I tried to be a server and was terrible at it!). When I did have an issue with my food (it was too spicy for me to eat - but the menu didn't say it was spicy) the server did not handle it well. Thankfully - another server or manager came by and helped me out, she removed the food from my bill and comped the juice I ordered in lieu of food. I was very grateful for that b/c that is what was missing from my first experience. But overall -this place, for me, just cannot get it together on the front end.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place. I’ll be going there more often for sure.

d
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

We wanted to have a good time but food came out incredibly slowly and incorrect then our bowling lane operation broke so we couldn’t even play!

AL
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The service was not very good. We were served by different people. Some of my guests started getting their tab without requesting. One of the ladies was not cordial at all.

AE
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Probably the worst restaurant in the immediate Ballston area. Food was cold and presentation was bad. Our drinks had random fruit that wasn’t even supposed to be in it. Rustico is a much better option to entertain at.

JR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I checked in with the hostess and let her know that I would wait for my friend at the bar and we will be seated together. My friend arrives 5 minutes later, I'm waiting by the hostess table with another family for about 10 minutes and not a single person came in to check on us. Then, a gentleman comes to check on us and when we mention that it had been 15 minutes and if we could be seated at one of the MANY empty tables. The person says, i'm not the host, so I don't know what I can do. At this point, I said, please give me two menus and I'll just go ahead and seat myself.

WHEW. WHAT A MESS. You are telling me that nobody can seat people without the hostess? It was ridiculous because they weren't even full!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Very loud, shoddy service, distinctly average food.

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