The Arsenal at Bluejacket

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816 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
The Arsenal is the 200-seat restaurant & bar housed within the brewery, Bluejacket. The menu updates, refines and extends the classic fare of beer halls and public houses by featuring the best locally sourced products available and highlighting reinterpretations of hearty classics such as steamed mussels, artisanal sausages and more. Gourmet sandwiches, seasonal salads & vegetables, alongside approachable bar snacks are the perfect accompaniments to a signature Bluejacket brew. The bar & dining room feature a constantly rotating selection of 20 Bluejacket beers and five Bluejacket cask ales, all poured at the appropriate temperature and served in the proper glassware.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Because it was after a Nats game, it was definitely very loud and crowded, so I'm glad we made a reservation. We got there before our actual reservation time and they still were able to seat us right away. The beer was great. Got to try a very unique one. The food was also great. Our server had lots of suggestions and recommendations. I didn't mind the noise, but definitely don't go here if you're looking for a quieter place. Although, I'd imagine it's probably a little quieter on other days when the Nats game didn't just finish.

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K
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The night we visited the dining room was a little loud with spillover from the bar. The service started out great, became inattentive and then ramped up again when they wanted to push to turn our table, which was strange because the dining room was never full during the 2ish hours we were there, and another table that was only drinking and not eating adjacent to us was given great service and not pushed to leave despite being there well before us. I only mention the service because this was very obviously a date and the server seemed to be interrupting at obviously inopportune moments. The food was delicious, and the beer, as always, was top notch. The only thing I have to say detracting on the food is that sometimes things come out not at all how you expect based on the description and price. A $6 starter of olives could feed a table of 4, but a $10 side of cauliflower was barely enough to split between two people. Cheese plate was great, and the salads nicely portioned. The beer, as it should be, was the star of the evening.

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FC
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Lunch menu is a bit limited. Portions are small compared to prices. My $14 Farmstead salad (no protein) should have been $7-8 based on size; it was tasty with good ingredients. Also, I asked waitperson how was the asparagus prepared that came on the salad. She said it isn't cooked in anything just in the salad. Well it was sauteed in some kind of oil and the greens were wilted from heat. That oil (soy? peanut?) proved to be a problem for me--lots of swelling and pain. My dining companions liked their sandwiches but immediately remarked about how small they were and that the rare roast beef sandwich had very little meat and a lot of bun. The dining room is one big open space with great views of street-life. This was a good meeting spot to catch up with an old friend--located near the Capitol Riverfront. We walked the area before and after lunch.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Abysmal service. 20 minutes before anyone came by and not even an apology

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food quality is good. Beers were great but everything was slightly overpriced for what it actually was. Would definitely return but not as a regular date spot.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and beer amazing as always. Not a bad drink on the menu

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Experience was great. Bar tender Allen was perfect and knows how to take care of customers We will be back for sure. Food was so good. Everything was a positive!

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SF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to go to if you like craft beer. They tend to specialize in IPAs but have a good selection of other beer-styles as well. The food is also very good with some inexpensive selections.

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RJ
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall great place! The food and beer is good just a little expensive, but what do you expect in DC

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BL
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I enjoyed a dish of muscles in a l lemon white wine sauce. They were very good. I sat at the bar and enjoyed company with the bartenders and customers. Had a nice night out.

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JE
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Reserved a table for 6 people at 7 pm on Thursday (right after Washington Nationals baseball game). Had to wait another 15 mins, they weren’t prepared for our reservation. Also, server was slow. But overall, we enjoyed the food and beers.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved it thank you for the awesome service

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New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Nice beer selection and appropriate ambiance but tables are very close and it is LOUD! Our server was slow. Took 15 mins to get a second beer in a brew pub! Not ok. The pickle platter was awesome! They just need to amp up the level of service.

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JP
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Service was very slow. Had to wait 20 min to pay the bill. One of the sandwiches that was ordered was very fatty

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g
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

LOTS of beer to choose from. Delicious pastrami sandwich and "out-of-this-world" potato tots! Really.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were there celebrating our recent engagement and the server was absolutely wonderful and surprised us with a fun dessert! Service was great and so was food.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Legit burger- I will be back

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MF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Great beer, cool atmosphere. Not the best service but they were truly packed that day. Will definitely be back. Salad was delicious.

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N
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent beer

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SF
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was pretty good and the beer was really good. However, I made reservations for five people three days in advance. When we arrived, they'd set aside a table for four for us. The hostess said it's not their fault, that it was the fault of whoever scheduled the booking. I asked if they'd move us to a table for five, as this is what I reserved for. She left to speak to the manager and returned and told me they'd move us to a table for five if we promise to leave within 1.5 hours, as they had reservations that would need to take our place. I responded that I also had a reservation... and that it actually was their fault. The hostess became very short and rude with me. We ate at the table for five she gave us, with no intention to leave until we were completely finished. I will not go back, which is unfortunate because the place has a nice ambiance, decent food, and good beer (and I don't even like beer).

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Attentive service, the staff went above and beyond to recognize that we were celebrating a special occasion - including a complimentary round of bubbly. The food was so delicious! All around a very pleasant experience and special evening.

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RF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Host with an attitude, server seem lost, people who brought the food and cleared the table were great. Food was just OK.

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P
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best customer service ever!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server Jordan was awesome! Food was good, beer flight was good and atmosphere was welcoming. The pretzel atmosphere was the bomb and worth the visit. The high ceilings and separate dining area (from bar) was appreciated.

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LW
London
24 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Brunch was disappointing even though service was excellent! The food was bland for brunch, the Bloody Mary was over spiced by large chunks of horse radish but the Host (older lovely woman) and server were amazing. The Host went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable which almost made up for the short comings of the lack luster food. The beer selection is obviously the star and as much as we hoped to find a new brunch spot, Arsenal wasn’t it.

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Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great restaurant and brewery! Recommend everyone try it out!

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RT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a reservation so we had no wait time. Service was excellent, polite and knowledgeable. Excellent food, service, and beer.

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

I've always loved coming here for the beer, but sitting down for dinner is equally as enticing. Everything is well-executed and delicious.

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Orlando
22 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Eclectic beer selection. A little IPA heavy like most breweries....but you should not have any issue finding a beer that suits you. Pretzel is huge...highly shareable. cheese/charcuterie board had nice offerings. Mussels were tasty.... wasn't expecting a creamy sauce but would order again as taste profile was excellent. Gorgeous restaurant. Look forward to returning.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and beer blew us away - we weren’t expecting to have such great brews! The space was really cool too. Great place!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All I can say is wow that 32oz steak was amazing. Crispy on the outside and tender like butter on the inside.

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k
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great beer great food and service was great too. Will definitely visit again

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RK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was incredible and the food was as well too!! Realized they were out of a beer i wanted so they gave me a similar one on the house. 100% will be going back again. Mumbo sauce is on point!!!

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RC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great speedy service - we were in and out in under an hour

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

Food and beer was excellent as always! The service was almost nonexistent, our waiter was absent for long periods of time and it took almost 30 minutes to get a beer order. At a brewery. 30 minutes. Come on. But again I love the food, the beer, it’s delicious. Also the atmosphere rocks.

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BM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I thought the restaurant was great. The food was good, the beer was good.

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B
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. Used Open Table but on a Friday before a three day weekend, getting a table is no issue at lunchtime.

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SY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simple: delicious food, attentive service, pleasant atmosphere, in a great neighborhood for walking around after the meal.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great beer and food, the only thing was the lighting, to dark.

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g
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 2ambience 5

Love the beer and food - the service was really, really slow and maybe they were understaffed, but the meal (char) was excellent as was all of the beer.

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