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Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch Brewery & RestaurantGordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant
BEER AVG
3.6/5
Based on:
29 Beers
2,856 Ratings
Place Score: 84
Ratings: 60
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 2.73%
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

900 F St NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20004-1404
United States
phone: (202) 783-5454

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @gordon_biersch

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Photo of betterbitter
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I stumbled on this location when I was staying at a hotel next door in DC. We got in fast, the service was very good. The food was fine and the beer selection was good. I tried the Blonde Bock and the Marzen - preferred the latter. Overall a good experience and I'd go back while in DC.

Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Been here a few times now. It's a pretty large restaurant with a bar area to the right when you walk in.

Atmosphere is pretty good; they get a lot of Capitals and Wizards fans before and after games as it is only a block from the Verizon Center, and there is no dress code, so it is pretty laid back and casual.

Service has always been good and their food is probably the best thing about the place. They offer entrees ranging in price from $12-40, and have things ranging from burgers and sandwiches to Mexican food, seafood, and steaks.

Most importantly, onto the beer. They normally have 6 beers on tap, all brewed on location. Every time I go it seems that they have a pilsener, a marzen, a schwarzbier, a hefeweizen, and 2 others. While none of their beers are outstanding, they are all pretty solid, and I found the marzen and schwarzbier both pretty good.

Overall I would say it is a good restaurant with above average food. The beer is solid and the spices and location are great; I'd definitely go back.

Photo of jsprain1
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

A- It's in a pretty cool building near a lot of the action, so it's a pretty good place to grab a beer and watch people. They also have a couple televisions. Relatively large with lots of natural light at the bar.
Q- Beer was served cold, but not too cold, and was generally good.
Ser- The service is decent, but has never struck me as above average. A little bit slow, but not egregiously so.
Sel- It's pretty cool to see Americans brew traditional German styles. That being said, they only have about 5 or 6 taps. Good beer, but not much to choose from.
It's a bit spendy all things considered, but given it's D.C., it was only a little offputting.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3/5  rDev -18%
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.

Photo of brewman63
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of jfmorey
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of beer2day
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

Photo of ryannaman
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of hmarebel02
2.6/5  rDev -29%
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.

Photo of Hibernator
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of Applesauce1
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Photo of pinotboy007
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of FightingEntropy
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I haven't been in this GB in years, and it's worth the visit just for the tall marble columns that are the main feature of the restaurant. Very cool, light, open atmosphere, and easy to get too from the Gallery/Chinatown metro stop, across the street from the Portrait Gallery and the International Spy Museum.

As always with GB, the beer is well brewed, but not very exiting. The summer beer, Sommergold was light and overly grainy for me, but cleanly brewed. The Schwarzbier was a bit light for the style, but very refreshing in the heat of the DC summer. Clean and slight roasty, the smooth, dark lager was better than I expected. For beer, RFD a few blocks away is much better, but I like the food at GB better.

My unusually high ranking on service came from an attempt to have a pinapple pizza. Pizza is always a good vegetarian option, and my recent favorite is an old favorite--Hawaiian--w/o the dead pig. First pizza was burned accidently, so the manager apologized and bought me my Schwarzbier. Nice, but not necessary. The replacement pizza followed very shortly, and it was a Canadian bacon laden pizza--not an option, though it looked perfectly cooked. Third time is the charmed, and my nicely done pineapple pizza arrived. When the bill came, the pizza was also free--so, two beers and a meal cost me a bit over $5 officially. Again, not necessary, but nice. Food is good, beer more than adequate, and a fine location if you're by Chinatown.

Photo of Sammy
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

An ex-bank with nice ceilings and pillars,good amount of sunshine from large windows, maybe physically the nicest of this chain I have seen. Decent though not adventerous beer.Last day for Jason the brewer who is Charlottseville bound to do his own thing. The shwartzbier was the clear winner, the pilsner and kolsch OK. Very decent service and pleasant environment for a city because of tourism. More adventerous beer in other places, client directed.A place to go to kill some time between meetings and traffic clearing.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

The wife and I stopped in at Gordon Biersch (DC) on our recent vacation. We had been to the new location in Kansas City a few months ago and were so impressed with this chain that we had to check this location out while doing the touristy thing. The place is set in a large, high ceiling, lobby-like area of an older, but very well kept building that adjoins the Marriott hotel. The beer was, as expected, outstanding and well done. Our waiter was new to the place and seemingly new to craft beer as well, but was young and trying. I didn't cut him off when he was describing the beers as, not only was I not going to be rude, but I suppose you have to start somewhere right? The food wasn't as good as what we had in KC, but perhaps this was just the selection, as it wasn't really bad either - just kind of average in the flavor department. We would stop here again if in the area. Also, if planning a trip, it's right across from the International Spy Museum - which I highly recommend.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4

***Note: This was the bar at Regan airport in DC***

For an airport bar, it was clean and all of the wooden bars and tables were nice and homey.

The beer I had with my lunch (Marzen) was nice and a breath of fresh air after my flight from ATL.

The little lady who took my order was quite nice and very helpful. When they didn't have the beers I wanted, she was eager to get me another one.

I asked first for the seasonal, just like it told me to on the menu. In doing so, I found out they didn't have it. So, my next choice, (maybe their flagship?) the Hefe, they didn't have either. I ended up with the Marzen; my 3rd choice.

I had a BBQ sandwich that was great! Lots of BBQ piled high with cole slaw and great BBQ sauce. It went well with my beer.

As any airport bar/resturaunt, it was pricey. That is a standard though and should not be held against them.

Photo of dmamiano
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

The place was packed. We were fortunate to get a high top table for the happy hour specials.
The inside was of an old back, marble columns, high ceilings and etching were impressive.

Beer selection was not too impressive in my opinion. I had the seasonal Maibock. Quite good .

Service was a bit sketchy, changing waitresses and making us "cash out" was a pain in the you know what.
Food was fair.
Not a bad place to visit. Average in my opinion.
I would have liked to see more selection of ales at the avail....but it was a fine second stop on the DC pub crawl.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Hopping on a Friday afternoon before the Capitals playoff game. We managed a seat in the bar area for happy hour. We got half price appetizers and $1 off the pints. I had a maibock that was fair, and some great Southwest egg rolls. Our waitress was hot, and friendly, but really had a lot going on so couldn't linger too much. She did a fair job, then we had to cash out because they were switching servers. I really hate when they do that, but in this case we didn't buy anything from the new server.

The atmosphere is great. Nice historic building that could have been a bank in another life.

Photo of soupyman10
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Went here after the Spy Museum for a quick snack and beer. Got the egg rolls and chef's appetizer platter, which was delicious, although fairly expensive ($15 for the platter) for a fairly limited amount of food. Service was good and quick, although the waitress admitted she'd just now learned about beer and was in the process of getting the whole process. Selection was limited, with BMC and then five or six brewed peers. Quality of brew was fairly good. Atmosphere was huge, vaulted ceilings that don't generally bring to mind anything beery, although the place itself was quite nice. Overall, okay, but the beer was okay and the prices were too high for me to go back too often.

Photo of 86sportster883
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I had lunch at Gordon Biersch and I have to say that really enjoyed the busy, urban atmophere and the friendly, professional service. Not at all pretentious despite the impressive, marble, big old bank-like decor.

Gordon Biersch has a large 2 story interior with a big L shaped bar. There's lots of marble, from the tiled floor to the numerous pillars distributed throughout. A string of floor to ceiling windows let in plenty of light and combined with the lively chatter of the lunch crowd, creates an energetic yet relaxing feel. Music plays softly in the background while the large HD flat screens silently broadcast CNN and ESPN with the closed captioning on.

There were six "authentic German lagers" on tap that included a Weizen Bock, Marzen, Golden Export, Schwarzbier, Hefeweizen and a seasonal Baltic porter. After the bartender gave me a sample of the bock and the porter, I ordered a porter and some food. My porter arrived expertly poured in a half liter willibecher glass sporting a big two finger rocky tan head. My Cajun Linguini arrived shortly thereafter. I thought the food was very good and the beer was solid too. The porter took a little getting adjusted to, seeming a little harsh at first, but was much more enjoyable after my palate adjusted.

Overall, I got a good vibe from this place. I only had one beer, which was certainly worthy, but didn't have the opportunity to sample more of their lineup. My food quickly disappeared without much of anything left over, and the service from behind the bar was really pleasant. I will most certainly go back, and next time, maybe even bring my wife.

Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant in Washington, DC
84 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.