The Arsenal at Bluejacket

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Contemporary American

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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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AL
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had been wanting to eat at Blue Jacket for some time and it didn't disappoint. We were very happy that we had made a reservation because it was very crowded. It had that great industrial rustic feel and look and everyone was very pleasant. The beers we tried were great as was the food.

JB
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Too many damn kids running around. The food and service was good, but this is definitely a "family friendly" establishment. I would recommend to sit in the bar area to minimize the interaction with loud and rambunctious children.

DH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food and beer was good, prices reasonable, but the service was one of the slowest I ever had. Never been to a brewery that left you waiting with an empty glass for 15 minutes after you ordered a beer.

T
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Host and Staff were rude and food was not bad, but nothing special. I was really looking forward to visiting this place on my trip to DC, but the waiter purposefully made my wife feel bad after she was unable to hear his question. Very unprofessional and a huge let down.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The absolute best food, service and beer anyone could ask for

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was a very slow.

HB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice brunch! Good start for our Sunday. Great service.

JK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect to grab a burger and a beer before a baseball or soccer game.

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

It was REALLY hot inside. Really, really hot.

S
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, delicious food, flexible for our changing group size. Great experience

a
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 1

The AC was out and it was almost unbearable.

RB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great locally sourced food, hand crafted beers and strong mixed drinks! Great dining experience!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service was great, it was just super hot where we were sitting.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time, great food, great experience — tried a pilot of beer and it was amazing; totally recommend.

JW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great beer, good food, fast service. My favorite pre-game eatery.

SS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ambience and experience was great. Choice and availability of different styles of beers was top notch.

JB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the beers here and the apps and meals are perfect compliments to a fantastic beer selection. We will keep coming back!

HW
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Really liked the food but service was pretty slow and server was not the best. But overall really cool place and will definitely go back!

AW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Hosted was rude and not accommodating even though they have the capability to be. Additionally, it was uncomfortably hot. However, the waitress was a gem.

RJ
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beer was great. Food was high quality, but small on portion size for the cost. Service was very good despite having a busy lunch crowd.

AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, beer and service! Can’t go wrong with any of Greg’s beer, and the staff is hands down the best in D.C.

k
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

That block needs to separate the fire alarm system. The fire alarm kept going off during the entire meal, making it extremely hard to visit or enjoy the meal. I know it's not all Bluejacket's fault, but they need to get that changed.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a fantastic meal and time when visiting.

j
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 2

It was shocking to go to a restaurant in 100 degree F heat, and that the restaurant had no signs up, nor had contacted reservation holders to let us know the A/C was out.

A
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
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.

EM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
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.

LC
Washington DC
99 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
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.

s
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jordan is a great server and the food was delicious

RK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious good, great service, amazing value

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
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

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.

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!

OT
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.

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

Gary was awesome!!!

n
Washington DC
70 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.

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

Good time just very hot inside

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

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

E
Washington DC
6 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.

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.

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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