The Arsenal at Bluejacket

4.5
948 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

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Great Beer
Casual
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.

Support The Arsenal at Bluejacket during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 948 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Took 40 mins to get my food even though it only took 10 for the rest of my table

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FoodCritic20772
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great ambiance, hilarious and kind server, easy to order and bathroom was clean!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Table of screaming children this time…

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The entire experience was weird in a crazy way. No wait service. Had to ask a dozen questions before getting service and food. All orders including drinks and requesting service through a phone App. Imagine that! The Hostesses ended up taking my order (thank goodness). Drinks were pre-made and blah! What can I say. Don’t see a reason to go back.

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RyanB
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food, exceptional craft-brewed beer, and a solid selection of bourbon. Definitely worth a visit.

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JillK
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good beers and good food

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Brewster
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good beer, good food. Would do again…soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Went for brunch and was very disappointed to find that there were only two options, a breakfast sandwich and a breakfast burrito. While I didn’t stay as neither of those options were suitable, the woman who initially greeted and sat us was very nice.

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StrayL
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere, good quality food. Pretty expensive for what you get.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Everyone was really nice but you have to “order” service ($0 charge thankfully) via the QR code. Otherwise it’s really hard to flag down a server or waiter for questions.

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Largewalletneeded
Atlantic City
19 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

I understand getting back to the “norm” post pandemic, but not having anyone check back on how our food was is not good service. If you don’t want servers, that’s fine; but have a floater or manager check in.
My appetizers was burnt & over cooked, and my drink was never refilled. Price was definitely not worth the what we received. Unfortunately, this will be my one & only visit.

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vipsap215
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Great tater tots! Rest of the food is alright, menu is a little all over the place.

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HannahC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience4

The Arsenal no longer exists. We booked for brunch based on the menu that had been provided online and it was not available, and hadn't been for some time. We stayed because we were hungry.

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vipBrian
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food
But torn fabric on booths
Could use some cleaning and maintenance

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Lyndi
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I like the digital ordering/paying from the phone, but it would’ve been nicer if all the servers were wearing masks - regardless of DC being “open”. It’s just a courtesy that shows care for the customers.

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BobV
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Very disappointed in lack of any service!! Tech app didn’t work correctly. They billed us before they even delivered the food & drink.
If I wanted a take out experience or no service I would have gone someplace else.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fix the rat problem on the patio.

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LocalResident
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The fries were perfect. Beer superb. French dip just a wee bit off.

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TomF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Understanding that we’re still in a pandemic and things are pretty chaotic, Bluejacket staff must be very weary of having to continuously guide confused and sometimes unhappy customers.

That said, NRG would do well to improve customer experience first by specifying everywhere that reservations are only for the interior space. An annoyed host expected us to know that, but how could we? Cute seating area names don’t help — differentiate at the reservation level that one is different from the other.

Also, we sat and waited for 30 minutes for our to-go cans. When I flagged down a member of the wait staff, I was informed (very politely) that guest are responsible for retrieving their own can orders from the front desk, even though everything else was being brought out to us. Again, how would we know that. Better signage and/or copy on the website would go a long way to smoothing out these rough edges.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The burger special of the day was very tasty. I loved the mimosa even though they did not prepare it themselves. They gives you what you need to prepare it yourself. The most awesome thing was the checkout process. Everything is done online via your phone

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Service & beer is always good, but those potato skins are on point!

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vipDuchessofDining
Birmingham
30 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice place to grab a quick bite after the game.

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vipRachel
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Great beer but COVID led measures means little interaction with staff which is a shame because they were great with navigating the menu. Food was good but smaller portions than pre-COVID.

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Madeleine
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We are outside, and the lights were not on. I was also disappointed in the app service, as we really enjoy coming to restaurants and making connections and having discussion with a server, where we don’t need to press a button and have the interaction feel forced.

The chicken on my salad was cold, wet and without seasoning and the seemingly pickled, limp style of the onions on it also did not add much to the salad. In general, some of the menu items we felt were just trying a bit too hard- sometimes a plain Bavarian pretzel and normal tater tots are fine!! Having gone to celebrate a birthday, and designating it as such on Open Table, we were also hoping to celebrate a little more than any normal meal.

Hopefully as things return to normal, our Bluejacket experience will do the same, as we’ve had great experiences in the past.

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Sabl
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good
Contactless
Service great
Quick
Clean

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vipcameo1970
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good microbrews and bar food, but a bit overpriced.

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AustinR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good vibe, and great service. All orders are done online with qr code. Heads up, all your food will come out at once if you submit at once.

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vipimndk
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Covid has killed my once fav DC restaurant. The menu is limited. The wine list limited. Service is fine but not convenient. It’s sad what’s happened.

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AshleyA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Aside from an issue with the table nearly catching on fire because of the sun, we had a nice time. They definitely need to get different outdoor tables. Otherwise, the food was good and the beer was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Drinks, brew and menu are phenomenal!

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MistaForty
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

limited seating and very spaced out because of that factor. only 3 other people in the whole dining area. Beer is still great had a couple of the current IPAs and the chicken sandwich. Everything was fine ...but as much as i hate a crowded bar of course now I sure miss the crowded bar.

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Unknown
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Pretzels were no tasty at all. You had to pay $4 for a soda and no refills.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not going to lie but didn’t have much expectations walking in, but the food and the atmosphere definitely blew my mind away. The service was on point too and everyone was wearing masks and taking precautions and all payments are made contactless.

We ordered a crab dip as appetizer with chips, and they also had gluten free options for my friend (provided celery). Crab dip was tasty and flavorful. I ordered the French Dip, and it was by far the best French Dip I had in a long time. Bread was super buttery and soft with hot beef slices and melted Swiss cheese and crispy AF fries. Definitely a cheat meal that worth all my calories!

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vipJamie
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I was super disappointed in this place! Took family that were in town for lunch and made a reservation. The place was empty so its ridiculous that they even take reservations! There is no Service here- literally no service! You order by QR code which is fine, but if you need napkins, questions, flatware...good luck! We started off order beers and when the waitress arrived with 2 of 3 she said the one I ordered was out. I asked about something similar and she huffed and said "I really don't know they are all the same". This is a brewery where they make beer- People who work there should know about beer! Server was incredibly rude and was so over everything- shocking as they automatically add 18% tips to your order. We decided to have our drinks and go elsewhere for lunch.

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vipAnnoyed
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

I have never written an OpenTable review before but feel like I have to after yesterday. I went to Arsenal at Bluejacket with a friend for brunch and do not recommend anyone else do the same. I asked for coffee when the server arrived at the table and he looked puzzled at my request and said "we don't have coffee" and promptly walked away. Not having coffee when open for brunch seems crazy, but his attitude was just ridiculous (as if he was saying, "how can you expect us to even have it?"). The menu only has 3 or so brunch options and the food was average at best. My friend's arrived in like 10 minutes while mine was at least 25 minutes after despite the same initial server saying he would look into it after I asked him shortly after I was told it was being delivered. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME GOING HERE FOR BRUNCH.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Going away

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TedSpenadel
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great beer selection, very good food. A bit pricey for SE DC. It is very cumbersome to order from and pay for your food and drink from phone. The management is excellent and addressed all our questions.

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andrewb
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tasty beers and burgers. Place was empty due to covid. Will go back when in town.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great COVID procedures. Really good food and drinks. We would have liked two heaters instead of one, it would have made eating outside a little easier and more comfortable.

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CrescenzoE
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent beer

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Arsenal at Bluejacket using the Order Online button. The Arsenal at Bluejacket also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 524-4862.

The Arsenal at Bluejacket is rated 4.5 stars by 948 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.