The Arsenal at Bluejacket

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832 reviews
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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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Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The service was non existent. We had to ask for drink refills several times, the food was super slow-delivered to the table more than 45 minutes after we ordered it, the bill wasnt delivered or picked up in a timely fashion. I would have walked out (which Ive never done before in my life) but the hostess tried to fill in and it was a business meal so I didn't want the drama. Also, it was 100 degrees outside and felt like 90 inside. I suspect the AC wasnt working.

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EM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

This is a great place to get a brew and the food is usually really good. We sat outside because inside can be quite loud and we had some older folks with us who needed to hear. We usually love the patio, and I'm pretty lax on service because we all have our off days, but this was pretty bad. We didn't get cutlery or plates until well into our appetizers, plates had food crusted to them, we didn't get enough water cups for the group on a very hot DC night, and then water was never filled so we ended up going back to the water station to do it ourselves after about a hour, and then we seemed like we were bothering the fellow. We waited quite a while for the bill. Overall, we'll be back if we have out of towners who want to eat somewhere near the water that's not exorbitantly priced, but I think the service being bad on the patio for the 3rd time in a row is likely a turnoff otherwise.

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LC
Washington DC
92 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We enjoyed our experience and would go again. Service and food were commendable, however, be prepared for small portions at a quasi-expensive price.

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s
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jordan is a great server and the food was delicious

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RK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious good, great service, amazing value

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was amazing. We split the fried pickles, hot peppers, and cheese board. Salad was ok and the main entrees were phenomenal with the grilled cheese and fried chicken sandwich. Little loud for just a 2 person date but I think that’s the atmosphere they are looking for. Would highly recommend and will be back but, instead, with a group of people

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CM
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Rude maitre d, table not ready at reservation time.. Arrived, and told to sit in bar until table was ready.. Enquired 25 mins after reservation time as to table, and we were told 'oh you should have come to me to get your table', even though the staff member clearly told us she'd come find us and seat us in '10-15 mins' once the overdue table was ready.

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TB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The air conditioner was broken and will be for another 5 weeks according to our server so it was so hot! But the food and drinks were amazing!

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The air conditioning was out on a very very hot and steamy day.

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J
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Gary was awesome!!!

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n
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The beer flights were decent. The food was not. Definitely didn't come here for the food, but was expecting a brewery in a city to have a better chef. Oysters and specifically the horseradish sauce was barely passable, the Falafel burger was so flaky and dry and should have had a better sauce with flavor, and the pierogi was terrible. If you love pierogis don't eat these.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Good time just very hot inside

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R
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Fantastic food and beer. Open and bright space. Great location.

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E
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

There was a loud, repetitive clanging sound coming from upstairs throughout lunch. Good food, but hard to enjoy given the noise.

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C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
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 on June 14, 2019
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 on June 14, 2019
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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OT
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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OT
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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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

It’s unfortunate to see Blue Jacket in the death throes of becoming just another beer and food joint reminiscent of the Brig near barracks row.

I have been coming to Blue Jacket regularly since its opening and I’m truly disappointed to see a reliable “go to” restaurant at the Navy Yard become a distant choice when deciding to go for a meal.

On a recent Monday night with a friend, we sat at a booth in the bar area. I always appreciated the industrial ambiance of the place, but not it has a distinctive run down and unclean look. And, while the service was good, the food too has declined in quality. This is fairly easy to discern since the menu items have not really changed since Blue Jacket opened. My friend ordered the tater tots as an appetizer and had to send them back because they had been way over deep-fried. Our meals consisted of a shared arugula salad and separate orders of mussels and a hamburger. But, it took almost an hour for the main meal (including the salad) to arrive at the table.

With the growing numbers of new and better places at the Navy Yard to go for a drink and/or meal, my opinion is that Blue Jacket is falling to the back of the pack.

Sad requiem for a once cool and fun place to go for good food and atmosphere.

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OT
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
25 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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