Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant
Ratings: 54 | Reviews: 47 | Display Reviews Only:
4/5 rDev +9%
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
4.13/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
07-01-2008 18:37:59 | More by FightingEntropy
3.2/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
06-27-2008 20:46:49 | More by Sammy
3.73/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
06-23-2008 12:46:40 | More by scoobybrew
3.5/5 rDev -4.6%
***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.
04-23-2008 17:46:31 | More by MMAJYK
3.1/5 rDev -15.5%
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.
04-16-2008 00:36:11 | More by dmamiano
3.6/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
04-15-2008 02:02:35 | More by ZimZamZoom
District of Columbia
3.65/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
03-23-2008 23:00:45 | More by soupyman10
3.85/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
02-08-2008 05:25:03 | More by 86sportster883
3.88/5 rDev +5.7%
G.B.D.C. is a somehow cozy and comfortable place with high ceilings and wide pillars despite it's almost 'close proximity' seating due to its size. It seems to always be busy and full (I guess with lots of tourists coming through), but never crowded - although the bar can get stacked up.
The beers are very good, always well-balanced and clean. And I think that there's certainly enough selection and seasonals to keep most anyone happy except the most daring and adventurous of palates.
Service is with a smile, but not necessarily with a very watchful eye to your needs.
The food is quite good, and I really enjoy brunch there with a hearty lager and their breakfast burrito.
Considering the other two good places to get a beer on the strip, The Chop House and R.F.D., I'd pick Gordon Biersch.
01-10-2008 16:08:38 | More by NeroFiddled
Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant in Washington, DC
84 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.