Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant
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3/5 rDev -18.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$$
This is situated downtown - quite a busy place with either tourists (through the week) or employees surrounded by the building (during the week). This place is usually quiet over the weekends. Very large, contemporary, and industrious building. This used to be a bank so this adds to the character/ambience. Staff are ok and a bit standoffish. Food is too "bistro/contemporary" for me, so I don't usually order here except for beers. GB serves up the usual suspects in regard to beer that's commonly found everywhere. The dunkel and marzen are quite good. I am partial to their Oktoberfest only if I happen to be at the brewpub. Like DuClaw, this place is a bit gimmicky. Just IMO.
02-24-2011 18:22:10 | More by CuriousMonk
3.43/5 rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
Stopped in on our way walking back to our hotel from the ChopHouse Brewery last May. had I known we were stopping here I would have left room for the garlic fries - an absolute must for any first-time GB patron. I was a little disappointed in their beer selection. They only had a golden, hefeweizen, Marzen and a seasonal (which escapes me right now) on tap. The hefeweizen was good but not great. The restaurant looks interesting - set in an old bank building. Stop in if you're in the neighborhood.
06-09-2010 15:36:51 | More by brewman63
3.88/5 rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
In a country where the majority of adults DO NOT LIKE BEER based upon the popularity of tasteless mass-produced swill; GB can be given praise for carving out a niche for itself serving a reliably better than average selection of real beer in comfortable, well-designed establishments.
However this is not a place to seek anything exceptional or unusual.
The service is always prompt and friendly.
The food is quite good and reasonably priced, with a both solid mainstays and seasonal specials.
A native of DC, I have been to their downtown location many times over the years for lunch without disappointment.
05-18-2010 20:38:05 | More by jfmorey
4/5 rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped in on a frigid Sunday afternoon. Place was surprisingly packed, considering the time of day and weather. Across the block from the Spy Museum and very close to the Verizon Center.
Open, airy feel to the place. High ceilings and very bright inside. Steel brewing tanks very much on display inside the brewery section - always like that in a pub. Very upscale DC feel.
5 beers on tap. Nothing outstanding but all very solid performers. Winter Bock was very nice.
The servers really seem to hustle here. The place was packed and no one seemed to want or wait for anything. My glass stayed full and our order came out promplty.
Standard beer offerings for GB, but the Winter Bock was a nice surprise.
Food is sold with a varied menu, something for just about everyone from vegetarian to steak. Not as good as the Chophouse around the corner, but worth a stop. You can always just get garlic fries, a staple at any GB!
01-16-2010 02:48:11 | More by beer2day
3.58/5 rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
Ok, I decided to take my parents to lunch after a day of walking around the capitol. I decided to see if the beer and the food ad Gordon Biersch was anything to rave about... and to my dissapointment it is not even close to being good. The only bright spot of the experience was the server. I am sorry I forget her name and she probably doesn't work there since it is a couple years later. But she was so on point explaining the beers and offered her expertise on some food pairings WOW!!
Have to say the place was pretty interestingly set up and the service was amazing. Food and Beer... was just OK.
12-07-2009 00:43:01 | More by ryannaman
2.6/5 rDev -29.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
Gordon Biersche is pretty standard anywhere you go. This brewery is situated all over the country, so the there really isn't much variety between the different bars. They are good however at creating solid beers. I've never tasted any funk here, but I've never been overly impressed either. They do make a good marzen. I believe all of the styles that they offer are lagers.
This particular place in Chinatown is always packed. The service is kind of sub-standard, but this mostly because its always so busy. Its a common place to meet up with DC area colleagues and office parties. Food is pretty standard. Its pricey.
04-20-2009 23:24:28 | More by hmarebel02
3.7/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
After attempting to keep somewhat warm on top of a super windy Double Decker bus, we decided it was time to take a break from the sightseeing of DC and grab some lunch. We got off the touristy bus around the Ford Theater and stumbled upon Gordon Biersch. I'm glad we decided to go here because it was a toss up between GB and the Hard Café, which was also very close. Nevertheless, this place was bustling with the lunchtime rush and we had about a fifteen-minute wait, but that was no problem as it was the perfect excuse to belly up to the bar and order a beer. The bar and restaurant was very busy and I noticed the high ceilings are decorated with huge Gordon Biersch flags.
I started off with their Schwarzbier and eventually tried their Altbier as well. The selection was a tad limited and I usually expect a more from a brewpub. I counted about 5 or 6 beers with selections like Marzen, Hefeweizen, Golden Export and an Amber Ale, which was the Brewer's Special. You have the option to order a sampler so you can try all of them.
The menu is pretty diverse and everything I had was really solid. I started off with a cup of the Crab, Shrimp and Corn bisque and went with the meatloaf sandwich for my main course. The food was tasty and the garlic fries are certainly recommended. Service was attentive, friendly and competent.
03-21-2009 18:08:14 | More by Hibernator
4.22/5 rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 5 | $$
I've been here twice now. Once after a Caps game, the other after visiting the National Building Museum. The atmosphere here is great. It's in an old bank. So, you've got the high ceilings and pillars. Off to the left, they've got their brewing equipment. There's a good sized bar of to the right. They've got some upstairs seating too. The music they play here is great too. As far as quality goes, I was very impressed. Food was served hot and fresh and beers were cold and filled to the brim. The service was great too. Both times I've been here I've been forced to leave good tips because of the friendly service. The only downside to this place is their selection of beers. They had 5 of their own on tap. I was hoping for more. The beers are good....but nothing great (average microbrew quality). On the other hand, the food was amazing. I had a burger my first time and a pasta dish my second time. The garlic fries here are amazing too. Overall, the prices seemed reasonable for this part of town. You're likely going to pay more other restaurants in the area.
01-25-2009 19:47:08 | More by Applesauce1
3.75/5 rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
A great place to linger before and after sporting events at Verizon Center, which is a quick, 3-minute walk away. The building used to be a bank so it's an impressive place and is immaculate.
The atmosphere is loud and festive, especially before a Capitals hockey game. I've been here several times so if you're going for dinner or lunch it's worth it.
The service is best at the bar where the bartenders (some of whom are drop-dead gorgeous)really pay attention to their patrons, even when they're swamped. It's a well run bar.
The beer selection consists of the standard GB offerings which are pretty decent. I wish they'd broaden things a bit. If you're a hop-head you'll leave wanting something more.
The food is good but some of the portions are tough to manage, especially the sandwiches. Their fries are good but be prepared for serious quanities of garlic.
Decent value for DC, especially given its proximity to the Verizon Center, Spy Museum, etc. There's noting on their menu that's over-the-top.
11-30-2008 22:20:17 | More by pinotboy007
4/5 rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Located on the SW corner of F and 9th. In an area with a couple other brewpubs (Capitol City Brewing and District Chophouse). Probably closest to the Metro Center stop on the Red/Orange/Blue line, and the Chinatown on the Red/Green/Yellow line.
The interior is very nice with lots of marble everywhere, tall marble Corinthian columns, granite bar counter. Obvious neo-Roman/Greek architecture that's all over D.C. Not so Roman/Greek are the serveral large HDTVs that are on the walls. The bar is L-shaped with two TVs facing the front of the restaraunt, and two more toward the back. There is an upstairs area where the bathrooms are, but it's small and I didn't see anyone up there. It could be overflow space or reserved.
The beer was reasonably priced, and the servings were generous. Proper glassware is also used. The beers are good, but nothing spectacular. They do have good variety so you can probably find something good to match with your meal.
This place is a little better than what I expected, and I'm not sure why I haven't tried the place sooner. The D.C. location is probably one of the nicer ones in the chain.
10-05-2008 00:20:32 | More by BeerSox
Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant in Washington, DC
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