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Brasserie Beck

Belgian Restaurant$$$$
Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown, Washington
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  • Greg R.
    "Best Belgian beer selection in DC, frites also cannot be missed"(8 Tips)
    Katy T.
    "Get the Wild Mushroom Mussels - they are fabulous!"(26 Tips)
    Israel K.
    "Great beers, frites, Brussels, croques, and almost everything else."(24 Tips)
    J G.
    "Straffe Hendrik."(2 Tips)
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  • Kurt H.
    Kurt HaaMarch 13
    It is not the best Belgium food you could get in Town, but definitely a great spot to enjoy mussels and beer!
  • Dan G.
    Dan GriffinDecember 30, 2015
    The mussels are great, but make sure to pair it with a great beer--skip the wine
  • Michelle S.
    Michelle SOctober 31, 2015
    Beer guy was awesome, definitely come here and let him pick you out new beers to try. Overpriced bad food. Steak frites was awful - chewy, grainy fatty and nasty. Seafood tower was way overpriced.
  • Rich Y.
    Rich YuehJune 12, 2015
    Go for the mussels and frites. The aioli trio that comes with the frites is really good.
  • Javier M.
    Javier MunozFebruary 22, 2015
    I've dine at Brasserie Beck on different occasions. Everything is so delicious and perfectly presented. Service is great too! Best mussels & frites:)
  • Peter V.
    Peter VermeulenNovember 9, 2014
    Ok the mussels are good and so are the other dishes we tried. Real Belgians would definitely miss grey shrimps .. Oh and where are the excellent Belgian wines : not one on the winelist :(
  • Israel K.
    Israel KleinSeptember 24, 2014
    Great beers, frites, Brussels, croques, and almost everything else.
  • John T.
    John TaylorAugust 7, 2014
    Order an Antigoon, a Belgian ale brewed exclusively for chef Robert Wiedmaier by Brouwerij De Musketiers in Ursel, Belgium.
  • J Simeon I.
    J Simeon Ileto IIIJune 28, 2014
    The mussels are out of this world, the elegant atmosphere and the great crowd on a Friday night...another place on my back pocket saved. I will be back.
  • Mikael W.
    Mikael WagnerMay 29, 2014
    Ooh la la I fell in love with everything. Too notch service and food. We shared mussels and fries, scallops on top of risotto and duck breast with kale and polenta. Gorgeous, romantic place.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 15, 2014
    A standout for all things Belgian, including moules frites and trappist beers.
  • Melody
    MelodyFebruary 22, 2014
    Get the cappuccino. A rock sugar stirrer and cookie accompany the beverage.
  • Colleen N.
    Colleen NJanuary 13, 2014
    From Washingtonian: lemony soufflé pancake, spinach and gruyere omelet, buttery escargots, moules frites
  • Megan G.
    Megan GemNovember 29, 2013
    Get the lump crap gratin to start- if you get mussels get the half portion! The full portion can feed 2 people!
  • Kim P.
    Kim PAugust 4, 2013
    Came for brunch which was amazing...stayed for the unbelievable beer selection !!!!! Can't wait to come back!!!!!!!
  • ThePurplePassport.com
    Okay—we admit it, we would come here solely for the frites. But we're also partial to heartier choices (crispy duck confit, anyone?) on the extensive menu, which is why we never get bored by Beck. Read more
  • Maddie G.
    Maddie GrantJune 4, 2013
    My favorite restaurant in DC. No joke. The white wine mussels are so good, I find it impossible to order anything else- but everything else is stellar.
  • Sam P.
    Sam PetersMay 27, 2013
    Steph, a bartender, is the person to see. Super knowledgeable and won't steer you wrong on the menu. And don't forget to order dessert. The truffles are worth it.
  • Jules Winnfield
    Jules WinnfieldMay 26, 2013
    Crisp, briny oysters, mussels a dozen ways, steak frites… & great Belgian beer.
  • Teri C.
    Teri CentnerMay 22, 2013
    Fries come with three sauces. None them ketchup. Garlic aoli (ap?), curry mayo, and something...
  • Katy T.
    Katy ThomasApril 3, 2013
    Get the Wild Mushroom Mussels - they are fabulous! Charcuterie plate is great to start but go for the half portion - is plenty of food.
  • Isaac P.
    Isaac PachecoJanuary 4, 2013
    Some fantastic Belgian beers are only a tap pull away here, one of D.C.'s best French/Belgian restaurants.
  • Elaine P.
    Elaine PoeDecember 24, 2012
    Have a Straffe Hendrik. This is the only US location I've found it. Before visiting here, the only other place I'd had one was in its founding city, Brugge in Belgium. Get it on draft or in a bottle.
  • Lisa J.
    Lisa JohnsonSeptember 29, 2012
    Single people are invisible at this place. I waited 15 minutes for a. server and no one showed up at my table so I walked out..
  • William A.
    William AlvarezJune 23, 2012
    Come and checkout Steph her beer knowledge is amazing. She will set you right on your taste profiles.
  • Food Baby M.
    Food Baby Mon MonJune 23, 2012
    See Steph at the bar! She's amazing and will ensure you won't leave parched or hungry :)
  • Anna Z.
    Anna ZavarzinaApril 21, 2012
    Get Delirium Tremens or Straffe Hendricks Tripple! Get Veal Bolognese Mussels with that and Steak Tartar!
  • Brunch and the City
    Brunch and the CityJanuary 22, 2012
    Omelets, crepes, waffles…all with seasonal ingredients and prepared to make your brunch more than a typical weekend breakfast dish. Be sure to listen to the specials, they're some of the best choices Read more
  • Washingtonian Magazine
    Washingtonian MagazineJanuary 9, 2012
    This brasserie and beer hall is a multipurpose space—great for blowing off steam with coworkers, downing platters of oysters and pints of beer, enjoying a hearty meal or a leisurely weekend brunch.
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchDecember 24, 2011
    Bitches Say B-! Small brunch menu, small portions; there’s better Belgian brunch to be found in the city. Only that fabulous eggs Benny brought it up from a C
  • Walter K.
    Walter KittingerNovember 26, 2011
    Trust the waiter when he says he can pair a beer with your meal, outstanding!
  • Sin Z.
    Sin ZenNovember 2, 2011
    Cool social spot. Try the Lucifer beer...Great appetizers...Fill you up.
  • Wines By Raz
    Wines By RazSeptember 6, 2011
    A must to try the mussels! The sweetbreads are awesome too! Stick to simple like charcuterie board!
  • Jason T.
    Jason TownsendAugust 28, 2011
    The mussels are stellar and cooked just perfectly. Sample all the different flavors -- but don't burn yourself on the hot pans they come in.
  • Missy H.
    Missy HAugust 7, 2011
    Crappy at pulling beer. Way to much head and 2/3 full. I'm disappointed. Thought a place with such excellent beer would know better.
  • Alex H.
    Alex HiceAugust 7, 2011
    Bar staff moves without motivation. Don't expect to be served in a timely fashion or with respect.
  • Eileen J.
    Eileen J.August 4, 2011
    Appalling that they are called Belgium Frites, when really they are just shoestring French fries. Clearly the chef has never had Belgium pomme frites before! So disappointing.
  • Bill F.
    Bill FischerAugust 4, 2011
    Hmm. The bistro filet btw isn't a filet mignon. Tomato salad was salty. And least expensive red was not very good. Sad face. Not impressed. Will give a second try though.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 28, 2011
    Brasserie Beck's bar is always buzzing with after-work crowds sampling its wide selection of Belgian brews and the menu, too, is a good starter for exploring Belgian cuisine. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Paul E.
    Paul EdwardsJuly 17, 2011
    Waiter was terrible; unhelpful, slow, didn't tell us specials. Food was forgettable, not what we expected from a high end restaurant.
  • Bob B.
    Bob BegleyJuly 3, 2011
    First of all, not a French restaurant, not by any means. This place specializes in Belgian fare. Second of all, they have a nice selection of the usual mussels and frites with specialty mayo's, but th
  • Liz R.
    Liz RussellMay 14, 2011
    Dallas is an excellent waiter - can pick the perfect beer based on what you like to drink
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveMarch 15, 2011
    No matter what Socialvores, Clay & Zach of The Bitten Word order, “a plate of fries is non-negotiable. They serve delicious fries with 3 kinds of flavored mayonnaise. The curry mayo is swoon-worthy.”
  • Eric D.
    Eric DeckerNovember 20, 2010
    Huge bowl of mussels and the organic blonde (beer of course:) were excellent choices!
  • Melissa L.
    Melissa LampkinsAugust 31, 2010
    Sunday brunch at the bar is the best. Score duck sausage sandwich w relish and frites for under $10. Great belgian beer selection. And the bartender once put the Beatles White Album on just for me.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 25, 2010
    Old-world decor and hearty yet elegant Belgian cooking make this restaurant one of D.C.'s hotspots. Take advantage of the "beer sommelier" when attempting to pair a drink with your duck liver parfait.
  • Jackie L.
    Jackie LuddenAugust 17, 2010
    Request Joe as your server, get the clams and dump your fries on the pan/sauce. You're welcome.
  • Christian B.
    Christian BaxterAugust 14, 2010
    Half price belgian beer and oysters from thursday to saturday after 10:30pm. Amazing.
  • Matthew Z.
    Matthew ZabludNovember 24, 2009
    Check out the Sunday afternoon 12pm-7pm happy hour deal - $4 bavik and $7 bar meals - plus watch the game.
  • Drew B.
    Drew BennettJuly 26, 2009
    Went here and ate moules frites that were close to awesome. Most of the beer was not in stock. Not awesome.
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