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Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch Brewery & RestaurantGordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant
BA SCORE
84
good

57 Ratings
Ratings: 57
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.38%
Active Beers: 40
Beer Ratings: 2,687
Beer Avg: 3.63
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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 Hibernator
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

Hibernator, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of Applesauce1
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%

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.

Applesauce1, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of pinotboy007
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

pinotboy007, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

BeerSox, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of FightingEntropy
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

FightingEntropy, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

Sammy, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of scoobybrew
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

scoobybrew, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of MMAJYK
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

***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.

MMAJYK, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of dmamiano
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%

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.

dmamiano, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

ZimZamZoom, Apr 15, 2008
Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant in Washington, DC
84 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.