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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)
    Anna Z.
    "Get Veal Bolognese Mussels with that and Steak Tartar!"(3 Tips)
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  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 :(
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Dan G.
    Dan GriffinDecember 30, 2015
    The mussels are great, but make sure to pair it with a great beer--skip the wine
  • Kim P.
    Kim PAugust 4, 2013
    Came for brunch which was amazing...stayed for the unbelievable beer selection !!!!! Can't wait to come back!!!!!!!
  • Rich Y.
    Rich YuehJune 12, 2015
    Go for the mussels and frites. The aioli trio that comes with the frites is really good.
  • 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.
  • Teri C.
    Teri CentnerMay 22, 2013
    Fries come with three sauces. None them ketchup. Garlic aoli (ap?), curry mayo, and something...
  • 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.
  • Anna Z.
    Anna ZavarzinaApril 21, 2012
    Get Delirium Tremens or Straffe Hendricks Tripple! Get Veal Bolognese Mussels with that and Steak Tartar!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • William A.
    William AlvarezJune 23, 2012
    Come and checkout Steph her beer knowledge is amazing. She will set you right on your taste profiles.
  • Liz R.
    Liz RussellMay 14, 2011
    Dallas is an excellent waiter - can pick the perfect beer based on what you like to drink
  • 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 :)
  • Jules Winnfield
    Jules WinnfieldMay 26, 2013
    Crisp, briny oysters, mussels a dozen ways, steak frites… & great Belgian beer.
  • Israel K.
    Israel KleinSeptember 24, 2014
    Great beers, frites, Brussels, croques, and almost everything else.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Eric D.
    Eric DeckerNovember 20, 2010
    Huge bowl of mussels and the organic blonde (beer of course:) were excellent choices!
  • Christian B.
    Christian BaxterAugust 14, 2010
    Half price belgian beer and oysters from thursday to saturday after 10:30pm. Amazing.
  • Sin Z.
    Sin ZenNovember 2, 2011
    Cool social spot. Try the Lucifer beer...Great appetizers...Fill you up.
  • Island Bruin
    Island BruinJuly 4, 2015
    French/ Belgian bistro comfort food. Solid cocktail, beer, wine.
  • Anang M.
    Anang MittalApril 19, 2014
    Make sure to end your meal with a cappuccino & a shot of sambuca
  • Walter K.
    Walter KittingerNovember 26, 2011
    Trust the waiter when he says he can pair a beer with your meal, outstanding!
  • Teri C.
    Teri CentnerMay 22, 2013
    Try the Ossobuco - Tender meat, creamy risotto, and marrow too!
  • Greg R.
    Greg RAugust 16, 2011
    Best Belgian beer selection in DC, frites also cannot be missed
  • Colleen N.
    Colleen NJanuary 13, 2014
    From Washingtonian: lemony soufflé pancake, spinach and gruyere omelet, buttery escargots, moules frites
  • Steve M.
    Steve MinardDecember 11, 2013
    The veal bolognese mussels are just a bubbling bowl of awesome.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cory S.
    Cory SurberMay 23, 2010
    Favorite place of all time. Eaten here probably 10+ times in a year and it keeps me coming back for more.
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