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Brasserie Beck

Belgian Restaurant$$$$
Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown, Washington
  • The mussels at Brasserie Beck is a can't miss
  • 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!"(31 Tips)
    John T.
    "chef Robert Wiedmaier by Brouwerij De Musketiers"(2 Tips)
    Anna Z.
    "Get Veal Bolognese Mussels with that and Steak Tartar!"(3 Tips)
119 Tips and reviews
  • mussels
  • french fries
  • beer
  • wine
  • happy hour
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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.
  • Burcu K.
    Burcu KaragözApril 13, 2017
    I was here for brunch. Mussels and Belgian fries are great. I like the dessert that includes donuts:) omelette was a little bit over cooked for my taste.
  • Eater
    EaterFebruary 23, 2017
    Chef Robert Wiedmaier stays true to his Belgian roots with Brasserie Beck’s $5 beverage, which boasts rich Belgian chocolate, fluffy whipped cream and cinnamon. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 :(
  • Maddie G.
    Maddie GrantJune 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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:)
  • 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.”
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Kurt H.
    Kurt HaaMarch 13, 2016
    It is not the best Belgium food you could get in Town, but definitely a great spot to enjoy mussels and beer!
  • 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.
  • John T.
    John TaylorAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Order an Antigoon, a Belgian ale brewed exclusively for chef Robert Wiedmaier by Brouwerij De Musketiers in Ursel, Belgium.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dan G.
    Dan GriffinDecember 30, 2015
    The mussels are great, but make sure to pair it with a great beer--skip the wine
  • Anna Z.
    Anna ZavarzinaApril 21, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Get Delirium Tremens or Straffe Hendricks Tripple! Get Veal Bolognese Mussels with that and Steak Tartar!
  • 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.
  • Elisha F.
    Elisha FusterJune 27, 2017
    Love their Mediterranean mussels, truly the best.
  • Food Baby M.
    Food Baby Mon MonJune 23, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    See Steph at the bar! She's amazing and will ensure you won't leave parched or hungry :)
  • Wu
    WuAugust 6, 2017
    Very nice atmosphere at night. Daytime was a little dead. Quality food priced just a little high for what it is.
  • Wines By Raz
    Wines By RazSeptember 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    A must to try the mussels! The sweetbreads are awesome too! Stick to simple like charcuterie board!
  • Jules Winnfield
    Jules WinnfieldMay 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Crisp, briny oysters, mussels a dozen ways, steak frites… & great Belgian beer.
  • IS K.
    IS KLESeptember 24, 2014
    Great beers, frites, Brussels, croques, and almost everything else.
  • 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
  • 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
    Been here 5+ times
    Dallas is an excellent waiter - can pick the perfect beer based on what you like to drink
  • Sin Z.
    Sin ZenNovember 2, 2011
    Cool social spot. Try the Lucifer beer...Great appetizers...Fill you up.
  • 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!
  • Jane F.
    Jane FriedmanFebruary 19, 2017
    Mussels and frites - presented with care and proper accoutrements.
  • 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
  • Aaron M.
    Aaron MosbySeptember 23, 2015
    The mussels are on fleek, but sleep on the stake frites.
  • Steve M.
    Steve MinardDecember 11, 2013
    The veal bolognese mussels are just a bubbling bowl of awesome.
  • Guillermo M.
    Excellent mussels and fries, french "service"!
  • Richard
    RichardJuly 17, 2011
    The smoked trout salad with blueberries is out of this world!
  • Linda S.
    Linda SantilliDecember 4, 2017
    Frites are good, also rockfish and skate-delicious.
  • Jason A.
    Jason AndersonOctober 24, 2011
    Long Island Duck Cassoulet is delicious. Make reservations.
  • Brian F.
    Brian FoorApril 18, 2012
    Mussels, Frites and Shallot & Onion soup makes a fantastic meal.
  • Omar P.
    Omar PerezAugust 24, 2013
    Try the Grilled Octopus With Oregano And Cucumber
  • 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.
  • Eric D.
    Eric DeckerNovember 20, 2010
    Huge bowl of mussels and the organic blonde (beer of course:) were excellent choices!
  • Victoria B.
    Victoria BaxterJune 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Sure the beer is great, but they have food wine and cocktails too!
  • 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.
  • Erin C.
    Erin CushingOctober 17, 2012
    Upscale food with a casual feel. Beware though- parking is a nightmare!
  • 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.
  • Michelle D.
    Michelle DavidsonSeptember 5, 2013
    Fondue Fries in the bar are amazing.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 5, 2014
    David Guas, chef of Bayou Bakery, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Classic mussels w/ white wine. Read more
  • Alex H.
    Alex HiceAugust 7, 2011
    Bar staff moves without motivation. Don't expect to be served in a timely fashion or with respect.
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 29, 2010
    Chef Robert Weedwire's food is very tasty yet simple. -Timothy Dean, Top Chef
  • 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.
  • JoAnne K.
    JoAnne KaoFebruary 23, 2014
    Try the Classic White Wine Mussels - !!!!!!
  • J G.
    J GJuly 9, 2012
    Try their quadrupel ales. Fabulous. Straffe Hendrik.
  • Shayan B.
    Shayan BardhanMarch 31, 2013
    the Pacific steamboat oysters are brilliant
  • Joe M.
    Joe MichelJuly 17, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Ask for the Beer Knight He can make the perfect selection for any occasion
  • Andrew K.
    Andrew KinneySeptember 2, 2012
    Try the Seared Skate Wing - Superb
  • Cory S.
    Cory SurberMay 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Favorite place of all time. Eaten here probably 10+ times in a year and it keeps me coming back for more.
  • Tom S.
    Tom SakellJune 30, 2012
    Try the mashes potatoes
  • Kristy L.
    Kristy LambJanuary 3, 2012
    Make sure you order the fries. They're amazing.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicMay 9, 2014
    The pomme frites are overrated. You can get much better in the city.
  • Julie K.
    Julie KApril 28, 2014
    They have a lovely gluten free menu!
  • Sean H.
    Sean HackbarthJuly 4, 2011
    Great mussels and Belgian ales. Read more
  • Wines By Raz
    Wines By RazJune 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Steak Tartare With Quail Egg
  • Jonathan L.
    Jonathan LinJuly 21, 2011
    Food is awesome but the bartenders are not customer friendly
  • Maria Alejandra A.
    The mussels are awesome.
  • 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.
  • Peter V.
    Peter VermeulenNovember 15, 2014
    As a Belgian I am not at all proud of this place ...Cuisine is not authentic and the owner is so full of himself
  • Maki M.
    Maki MarijananasApril 18, 2015
    Oysters and Belgian frites
  • 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.
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MeadMay 15, 2013
    My beer costs more than my meal and I have ZERO issues with that
  • Brian H.
    Brian HJuly 18, 2011
    The Croque Monsieur was fantastic
  • James B.
    James BarryFebruary 21, 2012
    Watch out for creepy Australians who come to a beer bar to drink rosé
  • Colleen N.
    Colleen NJanuary 9, 2014
    From Washingtonian: The Hemingway (daiquiri)
  • Tom J.
    Tom JanssensDecember 8, 2013
    Belgian beer! :-)
  • Erik R.
    Erik RFebruary 22, 2012
    The Mussels are the best
  • Noe T.
    Noe TNovember 13, 2011
    Beef carbonnade is delicious!
  • dan b.
    dan blackwellOctober 8, 2010
    see joe m outside for a life changing beer and food experience
  • Wines By Raz
    Wines By RazMay 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Steak Tartare!
  • Veronica C.
    Veronica CuevasSeptember 23, 2012
    Nice patio and pet-friendly!
  • Gene D.
    Gene DexterJanuary 17, 2013
    Try the Crispy Pork Shank
  • Matt S.
    Matt SipalaAugust 18, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Look for the gnome
  • Steve R.
    Steve RabeorOctober 19, 2011
    Kitchen closes early during the week
  • Gary M.
    Gary McLeodJanuary 2, 2010
    Try the cherry lambic dessert. Not on the menu so if not offered, ask!
  • 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..
  • Wines By Raz
    Wines By RazJune 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Pommes Frites
  • Joe R.
    Joe RobertsMay 10, 2010
    Happy Hour 5-7 M thru F. Half price draughts on some delicious belgian brews! Read more
  • David K.
    David KennaMay 9, 2011
    The straffe beer is very good.
  • Stirling D.
    Stirling DembyFebruary 2, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    The Grand Courollous cuvee is excellent.
  • Josh G.
    Josh GlasstetterJune 3, 2012
    Stay indoors, the patio stinks like a sewer.
  • John S.
    John SegotaMay 16, 2013
    Try the Tuna Nicois
  • Drew B.
    Drew BennettJuly 26, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Went here and ate moules frites that were close to awesome. Most of the beer was not in stock. Not awesome.
  • Armie
    ArmieJuly 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
  • Wines By Raz
    Wines By RazJune 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Espreso
  • Allison
    AllisonApril 12, 2011
    Mussels are so good!
  • Todd D.
    Todd DavisApril 23, 2011
    Stop in and check out the beer list
  • Elizabeth P.
    Elizabeth PasqualeApril 21, 2010
    Mussels Gratin are amazing!
  • Fernando S.
    Fernando SosaOctober 25, 2014
    Ate somewhere else .. Came here for dessert and drinks.. Asshole manager sat someone else who got here after us. I left pusses off
  • Joe M.
    Joe MichelJuly 16, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Ask for the beer Knight!
  • 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.
  • Jon L.
    Jon LechliterSeptember 11, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Have the Gouden Carolus Tripel and the Kasteel Tripel. Amazing.
  • Brian B.
    Brian BlockOctober 22, 2009
    Check out their on-tap menu!
  • scott d.
    scott douglassNovember 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Aventinus. Drink it.
  • Darren
    DarrenFebruary 12, 2010
    Kasteel Donker - great dark beer!
  • Drew B.
    Drew BennettJuly 25, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    I drank beer and ran into an old friend who is a bartender here
  • León
    LeónNovember 28, 2016
    Los mejillones son muy ricos, cualquiera de sus presentaciones
  • Alexey S.
    Alexey ShaczSeptember 22, 2014
    Был только а баре. Фигова туча сортов бельгийского пива.
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