Punch Bowl Social- Arlington
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.
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.
If i go there again, i would not eat just to have drinks and chill.
Table great and food choices were good for the happy hour choices! Played some games and had a nice time!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I really like eating here for brunch, the food is very good. They also have an amazing bloody mary bar!!
Everything was great except for our very unpleasant waiter.
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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.
Fun place for family and friends outings, menu is limited, and average.
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.
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!
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
They don’t really have a dining room so tables are in a hallway with lots of traffic.
Great & bustling for young professionals in the area.
Good food, modern & fun staff and restaurant!
This is such a fun place to hang out and have a good meal and drinks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great fun and good food, but expensive and can get crowded!
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.
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..
Nice place to hangout with family and friends. Was not impressed with the food tho.
Food and drinks were good. Service was very friendly but extremely slow.
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.
Great place. I’ll be going there more often for sure.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Very loud, shoddy service, distinctly average food.
The restaurant area was busy but not full. We had a party of 7 and 3 unexpected additions during our dinner. Midway through our dinner an employee came over and said next time we have more than reserved for we have to tell them in advance. I immediately took issue with this for several reasons:
1. At no time did this employee introduce herself so we could know who she was.
2. The restaurant was not full.
3. No explanation as to what negative affect our 3 extra people had.
4. In no way did our group take up more room than was given and in no way blocked the aisles for other guests or servers.
In addition the waiter we had provided mediocre service. He never introduced himself, only took drink orders for half of the table. The drinks took forever, they were out of several types of alcohol to include one of their signature drinks and all milkshakes. Anytime we needed something we had to shout out to the waiter. Never once did he inquire if we had received everything or if it all came out ok.
The party scene is fun in the bar area, however watch your drinks. I had a fresh drink and water taken away by an eager busser. They were kind enough to replace without questions. Party scene is cool if you don’t mind waiting on a drink. Restaurant was ok when you consider the whole experience. I’ll eat before I go next time.
Give them some time to work it out. It took an hour to get any food. The manager thought our non-alcoholic
drink had alcohol. The fancy non-alcoholic drinks had no flavor. The Siricha/peanut/hoisin french fries were good. The rest was very mediocre.