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Birch & Barley

Birch & Barley

American Restaurant$$$$
Logan Circle - Shaw, Washington
  • The experts at Bon Appetit Magazine and Washington Post recommend this place
    • Bon Appetit Magazine
    • Washington Post
  • David B.
    "Their brat burger may be one of the best burgers you'll ever eat."(5 Tips)
    Lila R.
    "Chicken and waffles were amazing!!"(11 Tips)
    Christopher R.
    "Awesome food + biggest and best beer selection in the MD/DC/VA area."(13 Tips)
    M Squared Real Estate
    "Don't overlook the tasting menu."(6 Tips)
108 Tips and reviews
  • chicken & waffles
  • brat burger
  • beer
  • donuts
  • brunch food
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  • Eater
    EaterJuly 29, 2011
    Sitting just beneath its sister beer haven ChurchKey, Birch & Barley is the full package: a refined menu plus creative desserts and a beer list that is 555-strong. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostDecember 17, 2014
    Following an overnight cooling, the mac and cheese sticks are cut info 3-1/4-inch-by-1-inch bricks, coated with garlic-infused panko bread crumbs, fired and served with a sweet tomato relish. Read more
  • Rachel K.
    Rachel KMay 18, 2015
    Vegetarians: limited options. They say farm to table but that's mostly meat (they butcher meat on premise). You can eat: mushroom risotto with capers, spring pea flatbread and all the great desserts.
  • Heba-I-am
    Heba-I-amJuly 23
    The NY steak was delicious! Their signature cocktails are well made and have interesting flavor profiles.The apple fritter was so freakin good! The bartender Nik is super friendly!
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiJanuary 3, 2015
    All locally sourced plates!! Bread was amazing & made fresh! Fig and prosciutto pizza was tasty. Wish we did the tasting menu! Loved the beer selection. You should definitely sampled a few!
  • Tara C.
    Tara CNovember 30, 2012
    Best gluten free restaurant in DC. They will gladly alter any dish, have a separate GF bread plate (with delicious surprises), and pages of allergy-free beers. Servers very knowledgable, too!
  • Robb F.
    Robb FitzsimmonsDecember 22, 2014
    Washingtonian says don't miss: Arctic-char tartare; charcuterie board; fig-and-prosciutto flatbread; bratwurst burger; honey-roasted duck breast; peanut-butter cheesecake; fried chicken and waffles.
  • Jenn
    JennDecember 9, 2012
    One of my favorite brunches in the city. Reserve a table in advance and if space is tight call and ask to be placed at the Chef's bar overlooking the kitchen. The homemade donuts are a must.
  • BlackBook Magazine
    BlackBook MagazineJanuary 14, 2013
    Inauguration drinking games! Sure the truffle mac & cheese and honey-glazed duck breast are also worth Instagramming, but it's mostly the 555 beers that keeps Birch & Barley a DC best. Read more
  • Brunch and the City
    Brunch and the CityJanuary 22, 2012
    maybe the best homemade donuts in town -- there is a lot to love about this brunch but it can be tough getting a reservation. While mimosas are good, try the brunch punch to mix things up a bit! Read more
  • Audrey A.
    Audrey ADecember 22, 2012
    AWESOME, knowledgable staff...thanks Zach! Flatbread is a safe bet, but venture out as it's all tasty. LOVED the skate wing. Everything is seasonal, so menu is constantly changing.
  • Washingtonian Magazine
    Washingtonian MagazineJanuary 9, 2012
    What to get: Pork loin with greens and eggplant; cavatelli with roasted chicken and chicken-skin cracklings; hake with beans and corn; grilled skirt steak with puréed potatoes and mustard greens.
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureJanuary 4, 2013
    An upstairs/downstairs, beer-focused restaurant and gastropub. At Birch & Barley, order the cavatelli and flounder tartare; at Church Key, Tater Tots and charcuterie.
  • Kerrie P.
    Kerrie PateJune 10, 2012
    If you're there for brunch, order the Boozy Lunch. It includes the donut holes (which are a simply delectable), an entree (highly recommend the waffles & fried chicken), & 2 drinks!
  • Kiki K.
    Kiki KarpusAugust 31, 2014
    One of the best meals@of my life. The duck was fantastic + the truffle herbed Mac & cheese. Don't even get me started on the beer list.
  • Phil B.
    Phil BesharaDecember 6, 2011
    Excellent brunch, the Fried Egg BLT might shave a few days off your life, but it may just be worth it-- fried egg on a pretzel roll with a pork belly and arugula.
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    Bon Appetit MagazineFebruary 24, 2011
    At this beer-themed restaurant, Tiffany MacIssac's menu of sweet treats reads like the 7-Eleven snack aisle of our dreams—"Hostess" cupcake, oatmeal cream pie. Must order: cashew "Snickers" bar. Read more
  • Arnaud R.
    Arnaud RéautéOctober 14, 2014
    Very good menu (flatbreads are amazing). Didn't try the beers but it seems to be a must do! Service was awesome and the food amazing.
  • Southern Living
    Southern LivingFebruary 10, 2012
    Made our South's Best List! Beer director Greg Engert can match the ideal ale to a brat burger or a starter of grilled octopus with pickled eggplant. Read more
  • M Squared Real Estate
    M Squared Real EstateAugust 15, 2011
    Don't overlook the tasting menu. Constantly changing, always delivering. Treat yourself. Go alone, sit in the back overlooking the kitchen and indulge. The desserts are amazing too.
  • AskMen
    AskMenMarch 12, 2010
    Sure, you can get an omelet and French toast off of Birch & Barley’s new brunch menu, but you can also order house-brined corned beef hash, fried chicken and waffles, and buffalo chicken flatbread. Read more
  • Richie S.
    Richie StarkJanuary 2, 2014
    Beer list is extensive and impressive. Pairs well with a Sunday brunch of donuts and fried chicken
  • Kari B.
    Kari BarrNovember 27, 2011
    We had kevin as a bartender, he was fantastic! Knew his stuff and took AMAZING care of us! I would recommend him and come back just for him!
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchDecember 20, 2011
    From toffee-bacon donuts to Grand Marnier French toast, the brunch menu at Birch & Barley is innovative and interesting. We gave it an A+!
  • Kate S.
    Kate SanfordMarch 18, 2010
    Went on Sunday for b'day dinner which was def a great non-crowded night to attend. No need for apps, the bread platter they offer is awesome, then enjoyed the Duck & Casks beer! Loved this place!
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HardwickApril 15, 2010
    Overall ambiance is incredible! So sorry that I missed the brussel sprouts..I did try the Skate Tartar and it was incredible. The wine list is short but sweet...I sampled a delish Grenache Mourvedre.
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagJuly 9, 2012
    The Brät Burger–a mix of veal, ground beef, and pork–lends this burger its signature bratwurst flavor. It's a meaty, porky meld that's topped with beer-braised sauerkraut and Emmentaler cheese.
  • FiOS 50
    FiOS 50November 23, 2011
    Birch & Barley is best known for is its breakfast,. Our choices? The chicken and waffles or the house made toffee-bacon doughnuts. Yum.
  • Nikki E.
    Nikki ErskineSeptember 4, 2011
    Stephen was phenominal, his pairing suggestions spot on. Awesome beer list... And the food! Definitely be back the next time I'm in DC.
  • Mark J.
    Mark J.February 16, 2015
    Delicious food with an unparalleled beer selection. Seriously, like 500 varieties of bottled beer or something ridiculous.
  • Erik B.
    Erik BrokNovember 19, 2014
    If you are a beer enthusiast you should select your own beers rather than go with the beer menu that is offered to go with the food.
  • Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    Explore beers whose preparation and flavor profiles were influenced by food with Join Greg Engert and Culinary Inspired Beers at Atlanta Food & Wine Festival 5/29 – 6/1. Read more
  • N H.
    N HJuly 13, 2013
    Very happy with the Tasting Menu! Ask for the beer that tastes like an expresso shot to go with desert
  • Kasia K.
    Kasia KJune 13
    the foursquare tips and reviews are outdated since the menu changes often. All the food was great though!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 9, 2013
    Great food paired with a fantastic, extensive beer selection.
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostOctober 12, 2011
    *** stars in Tom Sietsema's Fall Dining Guide 2011 ("One hundred bottles of beer on the wall? Try more than 500," writes Tom.)
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableAugust 8, 2012
    Pair a brat burger, topped with beer-braised sauerkraut and Emmentaler, with a pint of Kentucky Breakfast Stout: Read more
  • Martina E.
    Martina EkmanNovember 25, 2015
    The pre appetizer bread sampler is so good, and the french fries are perfect!
  • Lisa S.
    Lisa ShapiroAugust 22, 2010
    Try Pastry Chef, Tiffany Issacson's delicious desserts: Bacon Donut, Cashew Snickers, & Peanut Butter S'more. The sorbets are delicious also!
  • Tara
    TaraJune 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent service. Brunch is excellent. Get the chicken and waffles.
  • Daniel F.
    Daniel FisherSeptember 5, 2011
    Incredible tap and bottle selection of craft beer. The food is also inventive and delicious. Read more
  • Paula P.
    Paula PaixaoMarch 31, 2013
    Get the boozy brunch! Food is amazing, great service and Joel is awesome!
  • David B.
    David BerkowitzOctober 1, 2010
    Their brat burger may be one of the best burgers you'll ever eat. And it comes with their homemade mustard for the fries.
  • Phy
    PhyNovember 25, 2013
    Hours are listed incorrectly, they close on Sundays at 10pm. But are in fact closed on Mondays
  • Tamo S.
    Tamo SeinMay 25, 2014
    Ask for Goldi Locks. He has great hair and great recommendations.
  • TBD
    TBDDecember 28, 2010
    Bitches Who Brunch love B&B's brunch. Try the house-made donuts - which includes a toffee-bacon donut (!). Read more
  • Ruth K.
    Ruth KFebruary 22, 2015
    Not sure what the big deal is. Like the concept but the static menu bores me. Unsure of the freshness of the produce or food handling. I have always felt ill after eating there.
  • ketzirah l.
    ketzirah lesserAugust 31, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you get the tasting menu, just get the beer pairings. It's always worth it.
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikDecember 19, 2016
    The conchiglie bolognese is more than worth all the embarrassment of trying to pronounce it.
  • Anna E.
    Anna EbbesenFebruary 10, 2013
    Don't go with the tasting menu without the beer pairing – especially the cheese and beer match stands out in my memory as perfect.
  • Yong K.
    Yong KwonMay 2, 2014
    Insane beer list (550+) and solid home-cured charcuterie
  • Johnny S.
    Johnny StradaApril 17, 2011
    The Chicken & Waffles are Dyn-O-Mite! Order a Bloody Mary to go with it and thank me later
  • Colleen N.
    Colleen NJanuary 11, 2014
    From Washingtonian: pecan-studded brioche sticky buns, sausage and fried egg on a crème fraîche biscuit, chicken and waffles
  • David B.
    David BerkowitzAugust 15, 2011
    Their doughnuts served for Sunday brunch may be among the best things you'll ever eat.
  • Chuck B.
    Chuck BenemeritoSeptember 1, 2014
    And the chicken & waffles...DOUBLE amaze-balls crisped and dipped in syrup to perfection!
  • Washington Post M.
    Washington Post ManagerOctober 11, 2011
    *** stars in Tom Sietsema's Fall Dining Guide 2011 ("One hundred bottles of beer on the wall? Try more than 500," writes Tom.)
  • Rheanne
    RheanneFebruary 10, 2012
    Order the cookie and confection plate. It will CHANGE YOUR LIFE.
  • Shmupi K.
    Shmupi KotoSeptember 16, 2013
    Huge selection of beers ! Wifi password : majestic
  • Tom J.
    Tom JMarch 31, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Go to Birch & Barley and sit at the Chef's Counter. Order yourself a Fritz & Ken's Ale: Pioneer's Stout to celebrate Sierra Nevada's 30th.
  • Liza
    LizaSeptember 3, 2012
    Goat cheese cheesecake is heavenly. Screw the calories. No regrets.
  • Benjy W.
    Benjy WeinbergerMay 13, 2013
    The charcuterie plate is a cut above most others I've had.
  • Molly N.
    Molly NichelsonJanuary 30, 2010
    The brussel sprouts (yes, really!) are beyond amazing. Loved the bread platter too. Service was amazing. Will sooo be back!
  • Lara K.
    Lara KlineMarch 19, 2010
    The roasted brussels sprouts are delicious. Paired with the brat burger and draft beer, you're set for the night.
  • Christopher R.
    Christopher RauschJuly 23, 2011
    Awesome food + biggest and best beer selection in the MD/DC/VA area.
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BJanuary 26, 2014
    Go for the lamb belly... So good! :)
  • Ellie M.
    Ellie MartinSeptember 3, 2016
    Amazing beer list!!!
  • Devin G.
    Devin GingrichJune 11, 2010
    The Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart is super. Can't go wrong with 500+ beers at your disposal either!! Wonderful place!!
  • Brian J.
    Brian JengFebruary 15, 2015
    Upscale bar food decent great atmosphere
  • Andrew
    AndrewDecember 23, 2012
    The best brunch ever! Will come again!
  • Toneah L.
    Toneah LassanahMay 2, 2010
    If you're coming in for Sunday brunch, make a reservation by Thursday. Or just come in after 6pm.
  • Maddy M.
    Sit at the chef bar - cool experience.
  • Drew M.
    Drew MitchellSeptember 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best bacon in DC. (Especially when crumbled on top of donuts!)
  • Jai
    JaiJuly 22, 2013
    Wow...maybe it will be better for dinner because Brunch was less than memorable.
  • Cheeky M.
    Cheeky McBumfaceNovember 19, 2014
    This is the most pretentious and over-priced place I've ever been to. The food was tasteless. The have an "ethos" that takes 15 mins to explain. Go upstairs to Churchkey instead.
  • Lynn P.
    Lynn PinaDecember 19, 2011
    Get the charcuterie board! It's awesome. The autumn waldorf salad is great too.
  • Wally N.
    Wally NJanuary 21, 2013
    The food is wildly disappointing. Kind of shit. The duck is great, though.
  • Gary W.
    Gary WaliczekJuly 13, 2014
    They even have gluten free beers on the menu
  • M. G. S.
    M. G. StellaMay 26, 2013
    Buger looks crazy good
  • Lisa M.
    Lisa MathiasAugust 23, 2010
    Don't leave without having dessert here. The pastry chef is amazing!
  • Eric F.
    Eric FranciscoSeptember 5, 2014
    the chicken and waffles are really good, but not really worth the $$. French toast was dry and flavorless.
  • Lila R.
    Lila RimalovskiJuly 29, 2013
    Chicken and waffles were amazing!!
  • Shivani A.
    Shivani Aneja SenJanuary 26, 2010
    Excellent food and ambiance, don't forget to keep space for the freshly backed bread!
  • Brian A.
    Brian AhierSeptember 21, 2013
    Some very good beer here
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BrannenApril 7, 2010
    Great beer selection...if Great Lakes Beer is on tap, you know this is a special place!
  • Chuck B.
    Chuck BenemeritoSeptember 1, 2014
    The brat burger was amaze-balls!
  • Michael P.
    Michael PerryDecember 19, 2009
    The maple glazed Brussel sprouts are to die for as is the beet risotto
  • Stacey
    StaceySeptember 20, 2010
    PB&J Cheesecake is the!
    Upvoted Sep 2
  • Amy R.
    Amy RossiJanuary 24, 2010
    Agree about the brussel sprouts and the beet salad is amazing.
  • Dan C.
    Dan CollinsSeptember 30, 2013
    Amaretto french toast FTW
  • David B.
    David BSeptember 3, 2012
    Best chicken & waffles ever!
  • Theron Z.
    Theron ZoidAugust 6, 2014
    Greatest beer place ever.
  • John W.
    John WashburnMarch 25, 2015
    The duck is amazing
  • Ed O.
    Ed O'NeillJuly 10, 2011
    Get the doughnuts. Seriously. Just do.
  • John H.
    John HumeJuly 5, 2011
    4 oz. beers mean you can taste a LOT! Read more
  • Mia D.
    Mia DAugust 23, 2011
    Fabulous service, great food!!!
  • Chris G.
    Chris G.February 26, 2012
    Boozy Brunch FTW
  • Liz C.
    Liz Caselli-MechaelMarch 22, 2015
    Great croissant
  • David G.
    David GMarch 10, 2014
    Great bar!
  • Javier A.
    Javier ArreolaSeptember 14, 2014
    Service was pretty deficient. Slow. Unhelpful. And they bring the wrong things.
  • corbett3000
    corbett3000August 6, 2011
    Have the tasting menu!
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