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About The Bird

Welcome to The Bird. The intersection of art, food, & drink.

We serve poultry of every distinction while respecting the animals and sourcing responsibly. Our unique and global cuisine utilizes every part of the bird.

We offer crafted beverages and a unique take on wine varietals. We price fairly for our neighbors and foodies alike, serve up real hospitality, have fun and give back to our community.

Our spaces, indoors and out, are uniquely crafted by local artists. We truly celebrate the four seasons around design, menu, drink & style.

Join us every Sunday for an extended brunch service until 5 PM.

Happy Hour is available seven days a week at our bar and select spaces. Happy Hour starts at 5 PM Monday through Thursday and 4 PM on Friday. Happy Hour starts at 3 PM on Saturday and 5 PM on Sundays.

1337 11th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Global, International, Wild Game

Hours of Operation:
Happy Hour: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Friday: 4:00pm-6:30pm, Saturday - 3:00pm - 6:00pm; Sunday: 5:00pm - 7:00pm Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00a; Brunch: Saturday: 9:00am - 3:00pm. Sunday: 9:00am- 5pm.

Cross Street:
O St. NW

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 518-3609

Website:
http://www.thebirddc.com/

Catering:
Contact Andy Phan, Events Coordinator, aphan@eatwelldc.com or 202-617-9869.

Parking Details:
Public Parking is available at 9th and O Street across from the O Street Market.

Public Transit:
Mount Vernon Square/7th Street Convention Center is located .5 miles away.

Executive Chef:
Ryan Hackney

Private Party Contact:
Andy Phan: (202) 617-9869

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Bird Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.4

service

4.4

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4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (36)
Neighborhood Gem (36)
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Great for Brunch (29)
Good for a Date (28)
Cozy (24)
Handcrafted Cocktails (24)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Good for Groups (22)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Fun (20)
Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
Bar Seating (15)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Special Occasion (12)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Authentic (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Romantic (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Great Beer (5)
Healthy (4)
Seasonal (4)
Business Meals (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Late-night Find (3)
People Watching (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Spicy (2)
Vegan (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined a day ago

Literally amazing.
I take a lot of food photos for different blogs, and every single dish that was brought out was not only beautiful, but so delicious. I audibly said, “holy sh*t” after taking a bite of the Foie Gras bread pudding... it was phenomenal. Chef Hackney is truly an artist.
Thank you so much to everyone at the restaurant for being so lovely and accommodating (and not being judgmental when I moved the plates to the floor for photos). You all continue to be great every time I come in!!
Pro tip- get a side of hollandaise sauce with the chicken and waffles. I’m serious.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful delicious food , cozy restaurant drinks were excellent.

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·Dined 4 days ago

The quail, shrimp & grits was great! I would definitely recommend. The fried chicken was underwhelming and the appetizer wings were also just okay. Although it was not that busy and the waitress was quick to take our order, the service was just ok because our drinks were not refilled until the end of the meal.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Great early Valentine's Day celebrate with my wife at The Bird. The Bangkok barbeque featuring gai yang style grilled chicken with sweet coconut rice and smashed cucumber salad was incredible. Definitely put this place on your bucket list. We'll be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Went for Sunday brunch. The fried chicken Benedict was delicious and the spicy Bloody Mary hit the spot. I’ll definitely be back!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Fun, Hot Spot
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The Bird is delicious - we went for brunch on a Saturday at 11:30 and it wasn't very crowded. As we got closer to noon/1pm, it started to fill up. All of the food was delicious - we got the breakfast sandwich, the fried green tomato Benedict, the biscuits with chicken sausage gravy and the brussel sprouts. Everything was great! We also tried the raspberry lavender mimosas - which were yummy and refreshing! Highly recommend checking this place out!

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Really enjoyed this place. It’s small and a bit out of the way. Good vibe all around and the service was very good. The food was fantastic! We went to a Saturday brunch and the drinks and food were really good! The atmosphere is younger people and it could be a little noisy at times, I only put it at a two because I am hyper sensitive to loud environments usually and I didn’t have an issue with the overall sound level in the restaurant. I can’t speak for outside seating or the bottom floor. We sat on the upper floor across from the stairwell and had a great experience. I’m excited to go back at try out the happy hour on the patio, which was recommended to us by our friends who love it!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Casual
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great find on OpenTable. My friends and I are committed to dining at new restaurants this year and they were happy I chose this place. From the appetizers to the desserts, definitely worth the visit and we were not disappointed.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Casual, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Cozy, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Fantastic meal! Very unique menu with wonderful flavors...we really liked the duck meatballs and my Duck breast meal was top notch! The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is that we had to salt almost everything. The added salt made everything pop!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Really enjoy the bird for the variety of unusual items on the menu. All sorts of "winged creatures" are featured - duck, quail, etc. - in very creative and tasty dishes. Lots of fun and very tasty food.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

I really enjoyed the Bird last time, but not this time. The waiter was super inattentive, and the service was poor. I ended up giving very little tip, which I hate to do. Food was great, but you can get similar quality/level of food elsewhere with better service.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Loved the staff they were very accommodating to my allergies. Definitely try the roasted Brussel sprouts!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We had a nice evening at Bird, we started our experience at the bar and had two amazing house specialty cocktails. The bartender(who's name I do not recall) was polite, efficient, and not overbearing. Keeli was our server and she was wonderful as well. I have tons of allergies which she took seriously and even double checked when there was something she was not sure about. Keeli was attentive and we even had a table touch from a manager which was an amazing touch. We had the Chocolate Ice Cream Cake for dessert and it was as advertised..."AMAZING!!!"

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Let's start with dessert. A chocolate caramel ice cream cake with a dusting of Oreo crumble - not overdone, really something. A fresh waffle with cinnamon, caramel and some ice cream - once again, a hit. Might go back just for those. The left over curry sauce from the duck meatballs to use with my buttermilk fried chicken was genius. Thanks to our waiter for the suggestion. Little touches like that make The Bird a stand out on this random corner in Shaw. Go. Parking is a bit trying though.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Spicy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

My friend and I enjoyed our fried chicken and Peri Peri chicken dishes. Along with the main courses, the sides of beets, potatoes, duck, and foie gras were spectacular all on their own! For dessert, we enjoyed caramel waffles and apple frangipane.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

People love the duck meatballs, but we liked the deviled eggs better. Everyone either had fried chicken or Korean Bar B Q chicken. Both were excellent. The caramel waffle dessert was enough for eight people to get a nice taste. We didn't even do the restaurant week promotion. Nice wine list.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

I don't know this was a organic spot but we decided to stay. The staff was very polite and welcoming. The noise level is very high. and the food wasn't my flavor but again it was my first time eating organic food. If your into organic food than thus may be a good choice.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Dined here during the winter Restaurant Week. Service was very friendly and not too overbearing. They gave us time to chat and enjoy our courses. Our waiter was also the bartender at the upstairs bar and despite his other duties, he made sure we were taken care of. He even comped two of our drinks! Fried chicken was quite good with generous portions. My partner's duck breast entree was a combo of interesting flavors and textures. As this was Restaurant Week I was expecting a separate menu for the $35 price tag. I was pleasantly surprised to see that we could choose from any appetizer, any entree, and any dessert for the $35 price tag.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

What an amazing find. We were looking for somewhere different from our usual haunts to celebrate a birthday after we had been to a show at The Studio Theatre. After initially being disappointed at the servers attitude, he swiftly made amends once we had got through the Happy Hour period and into the Dinner Hour. The restaurant's name is exceedingly appropriate, their specialities being fowl in different guises. We had different appetizers and different entrees so that we could maximise what we were trying at what was to us a brand new experience. Everything was delicious! I love Foie Gras and the variation served here with beets was amazing. Equally, I love shrimp and grits and the quail stuffed with shrimp and grits were amazing. The Duck was tender, perfectly cooked and absolutely delectable.
We highly recommend The Bird and we cannot wait to find an excuse to go back! BRAVO.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Visited The Bird on a Saturday for brunch during restaurant week. They had great a great special that included an appetizer, entree, and dessert for $22. The quality and freshness of the food was worth way more. I had an omelette with mushrooms, their appetizer pecan waffle, and their stone ground grits. These are three of my favorite breakfast/brunch items and the taste was absolutely delectable. The eggs were fluffy and farm fresh and the seasoned mushrooms inside were mouth watering. The waffle was dolloped with the sweetest, creamiest whipped cream and pecans. The stone ground grits with aged cheddar were creamy and thick. Absolutely fantastic. My friends had their roasted potatoes which I tasted and they were on point. One of my friends had the tacos and said it was "okay". One of the cocktails I had was a mango habanero mimosa...I recommend stirring or shaking because it just tasted like a flat mimosa until I got to the bottom with all the syrup. I also had their version of a Moscow Mule with Ginger Beer-it was perfect! Not too strong, not weak, and very flavorful. Awesome dining!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Fun, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The Bird was a pretty decent dining experience. Went for brunch with a friend of mine and had a great time. The place is not that big but they make due with the spade they do have. 2 levels, moderate noise with decent space between tables.

It was restitution week so we were able to dine and enjoy more menu options than we would have normally. For starters we had the deviled eggs and chicken wings. The wings were coated in a sauce that can only be described as interesting. Can’t quite describe it. It wasn’t bad just... interesting. They were cooked PERFECTLY tho! Juicy, moist, not too touch and easy to chew. For our meal selection we got the chicken and waffles and the chicken biscuit benedict. Both were tasty. Between the two I enjoyed the Benedict most but can’t go wrong with either option. For dessert we had the chocolate moose ice cream cake. Now I’m not a die hard fan of chocolate, moose, or coffee flavored ice cream but this combination made me a believer! It was delicious. Definitely recommend. We finished off with a cup a tea. The service from our waiter was good, she was attentive but the food took a while to come to the table. Not her fault but nothing a couple of mimosas and good conversation couldn’t fix.

Overall it was a great meal. Thanks!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The decor is amazing and unique. The food was good, especially the duck balls. Did not care for the triple fried chicken wings with the glaze— tough to eat! But the manager and waiter was really nice and took it of the check— I will visit again and try some other menu items

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Great restaurant, fun vibe, cocktails are really fun and well-balanced. Service staff is attentive and welcoming. New dishes from the Chef are really fun and very exciting.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, People Watching, Authentic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Seasonal
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Went here for a birthday brunch with a party of 14 and although the food was wonderful and the service was good, we ended up being here for almost 3 hours (from wait time before being seated to paying the check) when it didn't need to take this long. I highly recommend the food and the atmosphere is really fun, but I would not suggest it for a large group. It's a small space and not really well equipped for large parties. Otherwise, I highly recommend it for small parties!

Tags: Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great server, great happy hour and nice decor! I would go back again. Cool spot in the neighborhood.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The food was great! The decor was nice and it wasn’t noisy at all. The service was good and I would definitely go back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Amazing place for brunch. Hospitality and service is the best! Unfortunately I don’t recall the name of our hostess/server, she was amazing. Great drinks and food. Will definitely go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We ordered several items to share, loved them all. The duck meatballs in curry were fantastic, the gnocchi in duck confit also fabulous. Only one we would not order again was the sweet/sour chili wings, the sauce seemed overly reduced to a very thick, sticky texture and also had a slightly over saturated flavor.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Landed a reservation the day-of for dinner date at The Bird. Duck meatballs for an appetizer were the best thing we ate. The quail with my shrimp and grits seemed to be pretty low quantity for the cost. Drinks were good, and service was wonderful. The addition of the TV's on CNN changed the ambiance from what could have been nicer to more casual. Would return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

My supervisor recommended The Bird. I must say, it was exactly as he said....delious food..best chicken and waffles ever!

I came in fussing about seating because I wasn't aware that you had to request upstairs when making a reservation. The staff was extremely polite and professional, overlooking my fussing without being rude.

The staff all around was great! I'm looking forward to dinning at The Bird again.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Tapas, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The food was really good at The Bird! They did a great job on the flavors and textures - I was particularly struck by the robust Thai flavors in the Bangkok Barbeque. That said, this restaurant hit on several of my dining pet peeves:

1) They sat us in the upstairs back corner next to the service station, where the service staff were slinging dishes, checking their phones, watching the football game, and generally being noisy/rowdy - this is NOT where I want to sit on the date! We could barely hear each other talk over all the commotion.
2) They charged us $8 for an Evolution Lot 3, which is expensive, but hey, we understand they need to make money. The beer came out in a 10 oz glass! You either get to over-charge for beer OR serve it in a tiny glass, not both. If this were a bold, exotic, or high-alcohol beer, I would understand but for such a drinkable, pedestrian beer the price-size combination felt pretty ridiculous. The cocktail we ordered came out in a glass that was only 60% full as well.
3) The entrees were drastically different sizes despite being roughly the same price. We got the Bangkok Barbeque and the Peri Peri Cornish Hen. The former is roughly 80% of a chicken breast, a quarter cup of rice, and a few cucumber slices. The latter is a half cornish hen and what seemed to be a whole bushel of potatoes. Obviously, one of us finished our entrees way faster than the other (because it was comparatively tiny), leaving one person to sit awkwardly while the other person eats. I don't particularly care if the entrees are especially big or small, I just want them to be roughly the same size.

Overall, this restaurant is a good representation of the DC restaurant scene: well-made food served without much though or effort given to the dining experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Awesome space, killer cocktails, amazing very innovative menu. Big LOVE for The Bird and Ryan Executive Chef.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Our server did a wonderful job taking care of our large business party.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I love that The Bird is in my neighborhood and can be one of my mainstays. Their wings are killer and I have yet to have a bad dish there.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2018

I came here for my birthday recently and had the most wonderful experience.

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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Our waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable on the menu. She made some great recommendations on both food and drinks. Very accomodating to change up a cocktail. We enjoyed the fois gras, the duck meatballs- incredible, quail and caramel carrots. All beautiful and well seasoned. It was unfortunately surprisingly quite which led to a bit of a lull in the ambience but we would definitely recommend this venue

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The service was wonderful and I'll be dreaming about the cacio e Pepe for months!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The Bird was an overall good experience. I ordered the chicken and waffles. The waffle was a little cold when it came out. The waitress was nice but was quite forgetful of requests me and my girlfriend made. She also asked one too many times if we were “ok” once we finished our meals. A lot of folks around us got the fried chicken benedict, which is what I should have got. I won’t be in a hurry to return to The Bird.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Cozy
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food was excellent, so was the service. My new favorite DC brunch spot!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Dined here for the first time on NYE. It was a pre-fixe menu but with some cool selections. The food had some hits and some misses, but overall it was good. I know it was the holiday, but the service was just plain bad. We may have just had a crappy server, because they weren't crazy busy. I would try this restaurant again, but wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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