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Garden District

Garden District

Beer Garden and BBQ Joint$$$$
U-Street, Washington
85 Tips and reviews
  • barbecue
  • beer
  • brisket
  • casual
  • good for a late night
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  • Amy C.
    Amy Cummings3 weeks ago
    Grab a beer, post up near the sidewalk, and get some great people-watching views.
  • Rian
    RianAugust 18
    This place fills up quickly, but it's really cute and their beer and food are both really good.
  • Jason C.
    Jason CAugust 10
    Casual beer garden with solid barbeque. Might very well be the greatest grilled cheese sandwich I've ever had.
  • Betsy M.
    Sunday lobster rolls and Wehenstephan Hefeweizen. The best!
    Upvoted Jul 9
  • Den
    DenJuly 3
    Just like in Germany! Great for friends! Ask for the pulled pork sandwich! And off course a big beer
  • Diana H.
    A pretty, but chill biergarten with a cozy, backyard kind of feel to it. Fabulous for Summer lounging with a solid selection of beer, as well as cider.
  • Michael H.
    Mini Dacha.
  • Promethean F.
    Another Great Beer Garden w/ Great Staff..the beer selection satisfactory....but again too small....
  • DCist
    DCistJanuary 3
    No paradox of choice at Garden District, where American and German beers are high-end but not overwhelming. The Southern-style food here hits the spot regardless of how many beers you've chugged. Read more
  • Clay V.
    Clay VickersDecember 2, 2016
    Friendly servers. Currently decorated for Christmas - the Miracle on 14th Street!
  • Tom M.
    Tom MaxwellOctober 16, 2016
    If you're hardcore call in and order a pig's head ($30). 1-2 weeks advanced notice required!
  • Ben R.
    Ben RJune 13, 2016
    Grilled meats and German beers in the sunshine. This place is 💯
  • Marcela D.
    Marcela DuronApril 1, 2016
    Pork sandwich is quite good and huge ass beers
  • Nardy T.
    Nardy TorresMarch 17, 2016
    Outdoor seating! Cozy with wooden tables and lights surrounding the area
  • Zeynep O.
    Zeynep O.March 15, 2016
    Wtf is wrong with these people.
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchMarch 4, 2016
    We prefer our doughnuts washed down with a cold brew. Soak up the sun, suds, and fresh from-the-oven doughnut holes made daily.
  • K
    KJanuary 31, 2016
    Outdoor beer garden. If it's cold, just sit under the heat lamp.
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PlacenciaJanuary 16, 2016
    Lovely over the summer but usually very crowded.
  • Bia S.
    Bia SparkDecember 3, 2015
    Gigantic glass of beer for $12
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikOctober 24, 2015
    Little garden, big eats! (Also, all the prices are wonky numbers so they can be made whole with tax, and I'm all about that.)
  • Mary-Katherine M.
    Mary-Katherine McKenzieAugust 17, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Happy hour M-F 5-6: $5 Hofbräu lager, $5 brats. 👌🏼
  • Hannah B.
    Hannah BozianJuly 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great outdoor seating and an even better burger
  • Katarina K.
    Katarina KatsmaJuly 8, 2015
    You can never go wrong with Brat and Beer. And the outdoor atmosphere is super chill. The umbrellas are huge, so even if it's raining, chances are you'll still be able to sit outside.
  • Joe G.
    Joe GizziNovember 26, 2014
    The Open Sunday Chick Filet is sadly not as great as Chick-fil-a. 👬
  • Alex D.
    Alex DobyanOctober 30, 2014
    Great beer and BBQ.
  • Alex P.
    Alex PattenSeptember 5, 2014
    Outdoor patio, beer, brisket
  • Michael L.
    Michael LambertAugust 30, 2014
    Awesome draft beers! Great on a clear night.
  • Ezra M.
    Ezra MechAugust 17, 2014
    Every piece of grilled meat on the menu: brisket and Carolina style pulled pork sandwiches -- and donuts!
  • Morgan H.
    Morgan H.August 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    "This place was better as a plant shop. Fewer douchebags."
  • Ezra M.
    Ezra MechAugust 12, 2014
    Brisket, pulled pork Carolina-style, German beers.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithAugust 9, 2014
    While the atmosphere and beer selection is refreshing, the pork sandwich lacks a smoke flavor, even with the slaw topping. The brisket is the better sandwich, give that a try.
  • Nicole K.
    Nicole KyleAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Corn on the cob.
  • Stills
    StillsJune 26, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't call it "Garden District." That's like saying "Reagan Airport."
  • Cesar C.
    Cesar CalderonJune 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The curry wurst is amazing... and even better when paired with traditional German beers!
  • Tammy G.
    Tammy GordonMarch 22, 2014
    The short rib is everything.
  • Graham J.
    Graham J.March 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
  • Philip H.
    Philip HsuFebruary 1, 2014
    This place is the fucking bomb.
  • B H.
    B HuttonNovember 17, 2013
    Best pulled pork sandwhich in the District and in the U.S. for that matter. End of conversation.
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostOctober 16, 2013
    Every day feels like Oktoberfest at everyone's favorite beer garden. The fence-enclosed picnic tables on 14th Street NW are some of the most prized seats in the city.
  • Alex O.
    Alex OrrOctober 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent pulled pork, good sides, nice rotating beer selection with acceptable prices for the neighborhood...but many, many times it is impossible to find a seat here. I recommend sunday boozing.
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BellOctober 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Take the Jimmy Muscles challenge.
  • Kurt M.
    Kurt MeyerSeptember 28, 2013
    Mexican style corn is a must!
  • Missi D.
    Missi DSeptember 7, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Need a snack after the kitchen is closed? Drunk? Ask for a landjäger.
  • Jon M.
    Jon MoralesAugust 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Burgers are awesome.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 9, 2013
    Perpetually packed in the evenings, but come during the afternoon to be able to grab a table easily and relax with beer and barbecue. Call ahead for the whole smoked pig head if that's your thing
  • Ari W.
    Ari WeaverJuly 31, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Brisket. Sandwich.
  • Max F.
    Max FrankelJuly 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Bad etiquette
  • carla e.
    carla elaineJuly 8, 2013
    Great beer garden. Sit down have a few ...& if you're feeling adventurous get the whole BBQ pig head. Great location for bar hopping afterwards
  • Becca G.
    Becca GoodmanJune 22, 2013
    Ridiculously busy. Get here early
  • Jay
    JayJune 15, 2013
    Awesome place to hang, the staff is great and the beer is just the same, oh yah and the food rock too.
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJune 12, 2013
    This pork 'n beer stop's fronted by a picnic table-laden mini beer garden, and anchored by a small indoor bar pouring Bavarian liters. Read more
  • Linda Rosa
    Linda RosaMay 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Order the fried donuts. Steve (aka Doji) is the best. He only works Thursday -Sunday.
  • .oo.
    .oo.May 17, 2013
    Skip the frickles but the brisket sammich is great. Oh, and they have Weihenstephan. Have one. Or three. Thank me later.
    Upvoted Aug 5
  • Stephanie P.
    Stephanie PlueMay 4, 2013
    Way to crowded for my taste. But the beer is great.
  • Joey M.
    Joey MarburgerMay 2, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    You look great today.
  • Matt G.
    Matt GrandstaffApril 28, 2013
    Brittney says NO!!!!!
  • Travis H.
    Travis HollerApril 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    High top table is the best. No wind, in the sun...liters of Hofbrau all around!
  • B H.
    B HuttonApril 21, 2013
    Best pulled pork sandwich anywhere in dc
  • Cas M.
    Cas MarburgerApril 14, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    This place is a food coma waiting to happen.
  • Joey M.
    Joey MarburgerApril 7, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    This is my favorite place in DC. If you see Tad give him a high five from me and ask him for bacon.
  • Anna E.
    Anna EbbesenFebruary 10, 2013
    If the sun is out, head for Standard. Best pulled pork in town. Don’t miss the Mexican corn on the cob as a side dish.
  • Chris
    ChrisOctober 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I LOVE THIS PLACE!!!! The secret sauce for the fried pickles is so very delicious.
  • William L.
    William LSeptember 1, 2012
    Best. Burger.
  • Joey M.
    Joey MarburgerJune 23, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    I'm usually here on most days. Come say hi. Beer gardens are about sharing and making friends.
  • Whitney S.
    Whitney SnyderMay 6, 2012
    Solid grilled cheese sandwich
  • Peter M.
    Peter McGrathMay 3, 2012
    The barbecue is very good but don't overlook the sides -- especially the hush puppies.
  • Angela A.
    Angela AlarconMay 1, 2012
    Last Sunday they had donuts for $1. Not sure if that's a regular staple, but it was damn good.
  • Amira
    AmiraMarch 21, 2012
    Get the brisket sandwich. Awesome.
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HackettMarch 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask about the upstairs bathroom..and use it!
  • JESS3
    JESS3December 12, 2011
    Whenever I'm in the mood to pretend I'm back in Germany, I head here for an authentic German beer (in a stein of course!). Closest thing in DC to a European beer garden.
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WeinsteinDecember 5, 2011
    Great outdoor space and massive steins. Burgers looked good.
  • Katie S.
    Katie S.November 13, 2011
    This place is fantastic ... Low key, great food, great beer, great patrons
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostOctober 12, 2011
    ** stars in Tom Sietsema's Fall Dining Guide 2011. (Tom recommends the bratwurst "cradled with winy sauerkraut."
  • Saunak D.
    Saunak DesaiSeptember 17, 2011
    Donuts are amazing late night drunk.
  • shaun q.
    shaun quigleyAugust 31, 2011
    Most chill place in DC.
  • M Squared Real Estate
    M Squared Real EstateAugust 14, 2011
    The burger here is the sleeper folks. Hands down one of the best burgers in the city and at a great price.
  • Matt R.
    Matt RobinsonJuly 31, 2011
    This southern boy says get the spot-on hush puppies. (Also, the sammies are good, but marvel at how great those sesame seed buns are!)
  • Ghazal R.
    Ghazal RahmanJuly 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Definitely come on Denim Swag night
  • Grace H.
    Grace HutaffJuly 9, 2011
    Get the grilled cheese and onion rings. So good!
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WisemanApril 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Hovering rules
  • Stills
    StillsApril 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    They will serve your beer in a 1L mug on request.
  • Greg L.
    Greg LavalleeApril 10, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Burger is amazing-town. Purchase one and eat it.
  • CJN
    CJNApril 2, 2011
    Brisket sandwich ftw
  • AskMen
    AskMenMarch 18, 2011
    A backyard barbecue beer garden offering essentially every version of pork possible - from brats to pulled pork sammies to the "dachshund in the grass slaw dog" along with a selection of craft beers. Read more
  • Jack E.
    Average beer selection, good BBQ
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