The Bird

4.5
575 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Global, International, Wild Game
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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.
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Phone number
(202) 518-3609
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Ryan Hackney
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Private party contact
Andy Phan: (202) 617-9869
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Catering
Contact Andy Phan, Events Coordinator, aphan@eatwelldc.com or 202-617-9869.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
O St. NW
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Parking details
Public Parking is available at 9th and O Street across from the O Street Market.
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Public transit
Mount Vernon Square/7th Street Convention Center is located .5 miles away.
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
What 575 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was so friendly and the food was amazing. They brought out our appetizers quickly, we had the deviled eggs and hummus, I would recommend both. The food was taking a little longer than expected so they brought out some more food to hold us over which was also very good. The mains were also high quality and I would definitely come back here for another date or to get some great food. Thanks again!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely little quaint and cozy restaurant with great tasty food. Friendly service with a great vibe.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I went to The Bird for Labor Day weekend brunch. The only availability was at 3:15, but I arrived at 3 and they had a table available immediately which was nice. Brunch hours are very long so it’s good for those who like to sleep in. The $15 bottomless mimosas are only available on Fridays which is a little misleading when they advertise for brunch. Nevertheless, the carafe is $30 (we did not finish) and plenty for two so you end up paying the same amount anyway. The drinks were very strong, kind of wish there was more juice flavor so it does get you quite tipsy. The server and staff were all very welcoming and nice. Food was pretty good with a decent selection on the menu for those with simple tastes as well as more “exotic” options for foodies. Overall, I enjoyed it. The place is nice and quaint- would go again!

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

The Bird was very fun! Definitely a place to splurge on food, albeit unhealthy, very TASTY food. Highly recommend the biscuits and honey butter, and the fried chicken.

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Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The paella was amazing

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

Based on advertisements and marketing (Instagram, Facebook, posters, write ups in other newsletters) my entire party and I thought The Bird was doing bottomless brunch all weekend. Once we were seated we were told bottomless was only Friday. It was very disappointing and we felt we had been purposefully mislead by the advertising. We looked at the social media accounts and poster outside of the restaurant and confirmed they are unclear in the messaging.

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E
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Plenty of room for our group of 7 for a celebratory brunch. The waitress was fun, personable and knew the menu quite well. Just about everyone in our group was happy with their meal. One criticism was there didn't seem to be enough chicken white meat options (i.e., perhaps make the chicken/waffle dish white meat). Nice decor and personable staff.

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Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As the name implies, meat from various types of birds is a specialty of this restaurant, and the duck and chicken my friends and I ate were outstanding. Additionally, the service was excellent and made the experience even better.

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TD
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As we were on holiday in the USA, we decided to start our holiday with an American tradition - brunch. The Bird has great brunch reviews and we love fried chicken, so it was an easy choice. We had the chicken & waffle, wings and biscuits with chicken gravy. Yummy. Thanks also to Keeli, our server for her food recommendations for later on in our trip

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KP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Despite numerous glowing reviews were disappointed in both the service and the food. We chose a beautiful night and had a reservation. There were many empty tables outside but we were still made to wait in the bar for 15 minutes. We ordered four appetizers to ensure we could be served quickly but after waiting 20 minutes not even one of the dishes had arrived. We complained and the manager comped the meal and gave us a gift card for their restaurant group which was very generous. The dishes that did arrive were bland, stale and flavorless.

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JM
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 3

I went for brunch last week. I asked the waiter what she would recommend as the best for brunch. She recommended the chicken and waffles and the breakfast tacos. I ended up ordering the chicken and the waffles. When the food comes out, it looks very presentable and tasty. However, once you cut into it, it looks like the chicken was sitting in oil for a while. Plus, the breading on the chicken had no flavor, what-so-ever; it was very bland. It was so bland that I could've went in the back and cook my own food for myself. Also, the chicken did not seem like it was fully cooked in certain areas, which made me order another side to fulfill the purpose of the breakfast, but I did not finish the chicken. I would not recommend the chicken and waffles to anyone unless they like bland flavor of chicken or like oily chicken. This would be the place for them.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I’ll definitely be visiting again! Chris is a delightful waiter and deserves kudos for making this dining experience so delectable! He was patient, humorous, and had good recommendations (the fried chicken and watermelon salad are on point!). He was also not pushy and very respectful. 👌🏻

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1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We arrived early- around 6- and the place was empty, but quickly filled by 7pm. The whiskey cocktail I had was outstanding; the curry meatball appetizers were tasty; the chicken wings app left a little to be desired-- perfectly cooked, but flavor was uninspired; the paella entree tasted great but was closer to a gumbo texture than my idea of paella; the cornish hen, like the chicken wings, was cooked perfectly but flavor was unremarkable. Overall good ambiance and service, so nothing to complain about. Just not a place to rave about.

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AG
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The whole concept is creative, everything is bird themed. The meals were really tasty, the drinks were made well and also had creative names! The staff were really friendly and attentive. The aesthetic of the whole place was also really cool and cozy. Highly recommend for any occasion, just a dinner out, group, or date, it's perfect for anything.

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MA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Good food, friendly service, very accommodating of some last minute changes to a large party. I will definitely be back!

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j
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we were looking for a great brunch place in DC that had chicken and waffles. they were awesome, cute little place. The breakfast tacos were also great.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful! Loved that even the plates were egg shaped - totally on theme! Highly recommend the fried chicken Benedict for brunch!

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JB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Our server seemed pretty overwhelmed and therefore service was slow and things were forgotten from the order. The drinks were overpriced and tiny! Place was so loud, could barely hear people talking across from us. Food was good, but not great and we were satisfied with the prices and portions offered for the Restaraunt Week menu.

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Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Food is truly fantastic. Service however, is very poor. Slow and disorganized

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1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, wine, and cocktails on a very cute terrace. Great experience. Will be back.

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A
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service here was fantastic. Our favorites were hands-down the duck meatballs and the pecan waffle for desert. The waffle is just perfect by itself. We will definitely be coming back to try brunch here!

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ME
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for brunch and the food was amazing! I had the fried chicken eggs benedict. Also our server was very friendly and tentative.

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AW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good, service wasn’t great. Avoid sitting in the back of the 2nd floor if you can. Lots of noise from servers dumping plates.

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RM
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The experience itself was overall nice, but my entrée was a disappointment. Had the wings and the watermelon salad as appetizers. Both were very good. My husband and the fried chicken dinner, which was delicious. I had the Little bird, big plate, which was quail and chicken sausage. Both were bland and unseasoned. The most flavorful item on the plate was the coleslaw, and I don't even like coleslaw.

Choose wisely what you eat here. Some items worth it and others far from it.

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MD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Fun experience. So happy to have an amazing restaurant like this in the neighborhood. Get the omelette with chicken chorizo and don’t forget the biscuits!!!

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M
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Food was great but service was terrible. Our waitor was very inattentive and there weren’t that many other tables there.

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K
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

The appetizers were outstanding and the duck entree was terrible; my boyfriend could barely eat it and he is not picky.

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RP
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Very average food, was not impressed at all. The price would have been fine if the food was tasty. Just very average

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DH
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriends and I had such a great time. Excellent food, great service, adorable atmosphere. I would definitely recommend this to all!

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

Had an awesome time. Fabian was a great waiter and the host was awesome as well.

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Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Use to love this place but service has gone down the drain. Saw a constant mess up by staff around me. Wrong food, messed up bills, long time to get a cup of coffee, explanation of menu. You have a great location and good food. Shame on you for not providing your staff good management.

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Naples
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with a wide array of food options. We really liked all the dishes we had!

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JD
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Terrible service, had to constantly track down the server. $22 for about 10oz of paella. Their sister locations are much better in price and service.

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

Great neighborhood spot highly recommended. Fairly limited drink selection but some nice options, cool outdoor area!

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Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I took a visiting friend for brunch before he left and we loved the food. We got breakfast tacos, friend chicken sandwich and grilled zucchini and really loved everything. We ended up getting more zucchini and wings when another friend joined us.

I was running late and when I called to let them know, Ben was really polite and helpful. We had a little wait for a table outside because they were so nice in making sure they could accommodate my dog.

My only complaint would be that our server could have definitely been more pleasant. We were pretty efficient in ordering everything right away but honestly, you could just tell she was annoyed at everything. It was a beautiful day outside, her section didn’t seem crowded anymore but in general I felt a little worried getting her attention.

It took away from what would have been a perfect brunch. I will definitely be back though because everything else was wonderful and I’d love to try more items on the menu.

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m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening sitting outside on the patio. The waiter couldn't have been more helpful and friendly. I had the duck confit and it was perfect. Everyone loved their meal although beware of the small bones in the cornish hen.

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderfully tasty meal with my aunt who was in town. We sat outside on the terrace which made for great convo. The staff was exemplary and kind. Great little spot.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and awesome service. Will be visiting again

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Really great happy hour. We had the triple fried wings, chicken and waffles, duck/beef burger, and several cocktails, all was super good. I would bring guests there, it was that good.

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