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Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant

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

59 Ratings
Ratings: 59
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 2.74%
Active Beers: 29
Beer Ratings: 2,822
Beer Avg: 3.57
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 ghostmech007
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%

Nice place. Nice big high marble ceilings. Big beautiful brewery to your left and a nice bar to your right. This site used to actually be The Bank of the District of Columbia.

The place is very dependalbe in my opinion. The beer is good and the food is even better. Just thinking about those garlic fries.... But any case I would highly recommend this to anybody. My favorite beer of there's is the Hefewiezen which was one of the best I have ever had.

The service is alright I've been there at times when the barkeep will keep your beer glass filled but others that didn't. I have been there at different times of day, sometimes for lunch othere for dinner but still.

The varitiy of brews that they have isn't all that great. Hefewiezens, Pilsners, and Lagers are they main ones but they have others as well. One thing though is that they have only German style brews which falls under the Reinheitsgebot... which if anybody doesn't realize is completely organinc. Another cool thing is that they have a service that you get a "Sampler Pack" which is the five main beers they brew year round in shot glasses for you... it's free.

They food is amazing. I love everything on there menu. Especially during Oktoberfest where they make this best German food in America.

This place can get a little pricey if you stick with the main entrees and get lots of beer but a great place to visit if your in DC.

ghostmech007, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of jjboesen
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%

This is probably the most ornate venue for an onsite brewpub that I've ever visited - I believe this site was once a bank (or am I thinking of the nearby District Chophouse?) In any case, a little too fancy for one who just wants to relax over a good pint. The beer is dependable; GB specializes in German lagers, however they did offer a Baltic Porter during my last visit. Of course, they always have the helles (amber colored) and the schwarzbier ("dark beer") and the wonderful Maibock. Given the location across the street from the Spy Museum and the recently renovated Museum of American Art means plenty of tourists - but locals hang out often. While not a regular visitor, I still make it a point to drop by for an ocassional drop. The food BTW is very good and well above pub grub. On weekends, GB has a brunch, which includes a massive breakfast burrito.

Update (May 25, 2007) GB has a new location in Rockville, Maryland, a suburb of DC.

jjboesen, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of alysmith4
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%

Went to this place last night.. was anxious to compare it to the DC Chophouse and Capitol City Brewing Company. Was impressed with the high ceilings, and the feeling of grandure that they impart on the restaurant as a whole. I also liked the spacial, somewhat "flat" layout. From any vantage point in the place, you can see the bar and the other tables, etc.

The food was good.. various orrferings of typical American fare - though I think the place is German technically. I wasn't terribly impressed with the beer however. I tried a sampler of the four different kinds they had, and had a hard time picking one that I really liked to have with dinner. I went with the Hefeweizen, but the decision was relative. All the other beers had a bit of a "dirty" taste to them. Seems like they may not use the best ingredients, or maybe the beer isn't all that fresh. Might go there again, but I prefer the Chophouse or Cap City.

alysmith4, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of Bierguy5
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%

I have never had a strong opinion about Gordon Biersch. I thought their beers were decent, but not exceptional. My opinion has changed somewhat after visiting this location. This one is located right across from the International Spy Museum. The inside has a nice display of the brew kettles and tanks. Large columns, keeping the theme of D.C. architecture are inside, and the entire place is very open with large ceilings. The beers we had were very fresh, and pretty solid. Cheers for offering samples of everything. Along with thier usual, they had seasonals which included a Kolsch (which was served in a larger version of a kolsch glass), and a Czech Lager. Our server was very friendly, fast, and knowledgeable about the beers she was serving. Our food was very good, and reasonably priced, particularly considering the area. I look forward to visiting more GB locations.

Bierguy5, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of hunteraw
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%

Met a friend here for dinner.

Atmosphere was fine, very open so it appeared big. Not particularly loud (this was a Thursday night). Most of the tables aren't very private, however, so probably not an intimate date place.

Quality: Two of the beers stood out for me, the Czech Pilsener and the Maerzen. The others were all a little lack-luster.

No complaints about service, the waitress was very helpful and knew about the beers that were offered, though she admitted that she wasn't a big beer fan before she started working at GB and realized that "all beer doesn't taste the same."

Many different beers (and plenty of food!) are offered, from kolsch to hefe weizen, to scharzbier. There's a big enough variety to show someone who is new to beer that "all beer doesn't taste the same," but the selection is limited to German styles. Once someone starts warming up to beer, you want to show them a Belgian pale ale, or an IPA, but nothing of that kind is going to be available at GB. One definite plus for the selection category was that their sampler (a shotglass of each beer offered) is free. Definitely encourages trying new things!

Food: I ordered the cajun pasta, and devoured every bit. She had the ginger salmon and left some, but the bit I had of that was quite good too. For an appetizer, we had the fried artichoke, which was excellent.

hunteraw, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of TheSarge
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%

Fellow Beer Advocates, thus far this is the best brewpub I've come across since I've been in the Washington DC area for the last week that I’ve been here (today is 23 Jun 06). It's not a locally generated establishment, but the shell that they've placed this bewpub in is quite nice. Everything is decked out in marble and brass. Fermenting tanks are visibly seen, and the bar area is well kept.

The food is pretty good and nicely presented. Not too expensive. I spent about $9 on myself for a Ruben and fries. Our waitress was especially attentive. The best service I've had in DC in any restaurant.

The brew they serve is kept with a German theme. I had their Heffeweizen, Maerzenbier, and their seasonal, which was Czech Lager. The Heffeweizen was the best, probably because I'm partial to Heffeweizen. If you find yourself in DC and you only have enough time for one good brewpub, I recommend this place because of the service, not the brew. If you’re not a big fan of German beer, go ahead and go to a Capitol Brewing Company establishment for some good old American style craft brews.

TheSarge

TheSarge, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Came across the place by accident while touring DC with my wife. We were hungry (and thirsty) at the time and decided to give it a try. Interior was large and clean, but nothing out of the ordinary. We were seated at a table in the back because it was quiet back there (maybe I looked like I wanted to take a nap?). The person who seated us asked if I wanted to watch the World Cup on the TV, and when I replied I did, she turned on the TV. Only problem was she seated us behind a pole such that I could not see the TV??. I ordered the beer sampler, which arrived promptly. The waitress told be about each of the beers, but I could teel she was only stating lines that she had been told. Our food order was placed and arrived in an appropriate time frame. The food was excellent and the portions were substantial. I consider this establishment to be above average food wise. However, I feel the emphasis was less on the beer than it should have been. It seemed to more of a restaurant that has a brewery in it, than the opposite, which I prefer.

tgbljb, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%

This first Godon Biersch I have been to. A large dining room, and a large wraparound bar make this a very crowd-firendly establishment. Quick service despite the crowd. The beers seemed to have many of the trappings of a chain brewpub, all middle of the road varieties (but all German beers, which was commendable, despite the fact there were no bigger or different beers). Prices were a little high, but they did serve their lagers in large glasses, but I have seen worse. Food looked like average chain brewpub stuff. Loud but not smokey. I would gamble that this place doesn't stray to much from others in the chain, be that good or bad.

TastyTaste, Apr 09, 2006
Photo of poluti
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%

I usually go to the San Jose Gordon Biersch when I'm in the area. I enjoyed that one so I decided to give this one a shot while waiting for the Spy Museum (a must visit) and I revisited it some time later with someone else. I liked the layout of this location better than the one in San Jose. It seemed a little more flat and roomier. The quality of the place was a little above average. It seems that they push their food more than their beer, which is fine, but I would have prefered that to be more like the San Jose operation. As aforementioned, I've been there twice and the servers were below average. Both times it wasn't that packed, however, it took a long time to get our food and beverages. I wasn't impressed with our servers knowledge as well. Their beer selection is average for that sort of operation. The food was superb for a brewpub. Both times I've been there, I enjoyed my meal and so did the person I was with. I found the price to be a little expensive for the wait and ambiance of the place, but I've been there twice so I really don't mind paying it. If another one of my friends wants to go see the Spy Museum when I get back to DC I will definitely go back to Gordon Biersch.

poluti, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of aleyeast
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%

Stopped while waiting for the spy museum. Typically, I avoid chains due to the boredom of their beers and Gordon Biersch is no different. THere beers are good across the board, but no excitement, not even in the seasonals.

Service, walked into the bar are as we were just going to have drinks and maybe order the kids some food, were told we could sit at the tables, not the bar, fine with us, we walk around the rail to what appeared to be bar tables and waited. Finally a server comes up and says that we are in an area that is usually seated and he will get menus. As a note, there was no hostess upon arrival. ANyway, they are saved by a waiter with a eurpean accent who does not start by telling us we sat down improperly, but instead goes through the beers and offers to bring us a sampler. Tried all six on that day, Gold, Marzen, Hefe, Schwarz, Winter Bock (Seasonal), and Czech lager (Seasonal). The mainstays were all decent and the Winter Bock was very smooth for the reported 8%. The Czech Lager had a nice hop bite. We settle on half liters of Czech Lager and Schwarz. I also got a Winter Bock. All were tasty especially in the microbrew wasteland of DC.

We did order appetizers and kids had meals. The appetizers were probably a notch up from regular pub food, but I wouldn't come here just for the food. Kids menu was acceptable, but I am not sure kids are very welcome in DC. We got several looks bringing kids into establishments.

All in all, as other reviewers have noted, if you need a meal or a beer and are in the area, by all means stop in.

aleyeast, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of bultrey
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

Out of two other Gordon Biersch locations I've been to, this one is by far the best, and I suspect it's one of the best of all of them. This is mainly due to the atmosphere. This Gordon Biersch is located inside a hotel, the Couryard by Marriott Convention Center hotel to be exact. Both are located inside an historic bank building, which makes for a really nice lobby, pretty crappy and awkward hotel rooms, and a really nice restaraunt/brewpub with high vaulted celings, lots of intricate and ornate stonework, etc. To get to the brewpub, you enter the hotel, and Gordon Biersch is directly to your left. It takes up the better part of the ground floor, which is to say alot of space, and has tons of tables on different levels and a beautiful L-shaped bar. Yeah it's all got that pseudo-corporate-polished feel, but it works here.
I tried a few of their beers, which included the Octoberfest Marzen and an autumn bock. Both were like most other Gordon Biersch beers I've had -- clean, cold, refreshing, and tasty without being very challenging. I've got no problem with these beers. If you like German beer in the first place, this place is as Reiheinsgebot as you can get. There were I think six or seven other beers on.
My service was good -- very attentive but going about their business tending to all the hotel guests and suits there after a long day of whatever it is they do down in DC. The food sounded good -- check their menu out online, and it has been good at other locations, but I didn't have any here. I might add that you could smell the infamous garlic fries all the way at the reception desk in the lobby.
So if you're staying in this hotel, or going to the very nearby Spy Museum, or walking through this area for some bizarre other reason, you could do much worse for a nice lunch or dinner.

bultrey, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of hopsaplenty
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%

Stopped in here for lunch with coworkers and was pleased with the entire visit. GB is located in an old bank and has soaring ceilings and plenty of open spaces for congregating.

The beer choices included a number of their standards such as Hefe, Maerzen, Golden Export, Kolsch, plus a great Fall Fest. They are served in either 500ml or 1L servings and using appropriate glassware. The Fall Fest was on the cold side, but warmed up quickly to release its full flavor.

Our service was good and attentive, but not intrusive. The food was a bit slow in coming, but wonderful. We started with a huge order of bruschetta, and our table also had crab cakes, a club sandwich, and a hummus and goat cheese salad, which were all large, fresh, and delicious. The menu also includes a variety of pizzas, salads, and bigger meals. There are a handful of vegetarian options, but the kitchen is willing to tailor them to meet particular needs.

Prices are reasonble for DC. A good destination if you find yourself near the Spy Museum.

hopsaplenty, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of jaluria
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%

Overall, GB is a relaxing & stylish brewery with some great beers. I've been here several times and it's a great place to have lunch or just have a few beers with friends. It does get very crowded, especially the bar area, so that is a definite negative. Besides that, it's located just a few steps from the Metro and is in a nice area of town. The service is generally very good and the food is very good and pairs well with the different styles available. A must-visit for those in the DC area for an up-scale brewery experience.

jaluria, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of Jaynuze
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%

"Respect Beer" ... but more importantly, Respect Jill! She's arguably the best bartender at GB's and will make sure your hand is never empty!! A great place to roll in for a few brews and some decent food (Czech Lager and a heaping plate of garlic fries is my favorite combination). Have yet to try the new Alt beer, but I hear it's great. Jason Oliver is a great brewer and always keep his taps flowing with a great selection of tasty beer. He also offers special tastings too!
My only complaint with this bar is that it is too close to the MCI Center and the Spy museum. Drop in on a nice sunny Saturday afternoon during the height of tourist season and you'll be up to your elbows in geriatrics, snot nosed kids, and tubby tourists from Middle America. Try and grab a beer before or after a Wizards/Mystics/Caps game and you'll find the bar equally (or not worse) crowded.
Prices are reasonable ... remember, this is DC ... and the amount of food you get with your order is more than most can handle. Best times to go, Happy hour during the week or late afternoon on the weekends. Don't forget to ask for Jill!

Jaynuze, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of ElGordo
3.65/5  rDev 0%

Saw this place from across the street on the way to dinner and had to stop in on the way back to our hotel. The atmosphere is very nice, clean, and classy. Brewery is on the left as you walk in, bar is on the right. High ceilings, nice marble floors, and a big door connecting to a Marriott Courtyard hotel (which apparently uses GB as their room service kitchen).
Six or seven house brews available on draft, all German-style lagers. I tried the marzen, hefeweizen, and schwarzbier, all of which were good. Even though the place was far from busy, the bartender wasn't very attentive. I never had an empty beer glass in front of me, but my water glass sat empty for quite a while. Didn't try the food, but the garlic fries looked good. Everything else appeared to be the same as all other links in the GB chain.
Pints run at $4.75, almost cheap for DC. A nice place to hang out on a quiet Sunday evening.

ElGordo, Aug 19, 2005
Photo of ChrisBowers
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%

Located in downtown DC near the MCI center and the Spy Museum. VERY cool building, located inside an old bank with huge marble columns and very very high ceilings. Atmosphere couldn't be better. Slightly upscale so you could come here for a nice meal/dinner out. Menu is broad... everything from woodfired pizzas to high-end entrees like lamb chops. All the food is good, watch out for the garlic fries though, they're LOADED with garlic. Beer is solid but very limited in selection. They normally brew 3 german style lagers plus a seasonal. The black beer is ok, pretty average. The Winter Bock however is quite tasty and served in a very cool mug, great on a snowy day like when I was there. Its a great place to eat and have a halfway decent beer, but I wouldn't come here specifically for the beer cause you'd likely be disappointed.

ChrisBowers, Mar 20, 2005
Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev 0%

Located on block from the MCI Center, it is a convenient stop with all the good bars in the area.When you walk in, you will be amazed at the grandeur of the building itself. Its a large stone building with marble columns and huge glass windows, which makes you feel like you are in a museum or old banking institution. A large L-shaped bar has about 20 stools, and there are numerous hightops and tables for dining. Plenty of TVs. The place was quite packed as it was a late Friday afternoon, and the crowd seemed boisterous. This place does get loud with all the stone and nothing to absorb the sounds.

There were 5 beers available - schwarzbier, hefeweizen, marzen, gold export, and dunkel. I got to have the schwarzbier (best of the bunch), dunkles, and golden export. The beers were decent and followed the styles well, though nothing earth shattering.

I did not have any food, and the service was so-so, as there were about 5 bartenders and they spent plenty of time talking with each other, even though my empty glass stayed that way for a few minutes before being asked if I wanted another. Beer knowledge was questionable for one bartender as a customer came in and asked for a pale ale, and was told the marzen was close in style. At least the other bartenders seemed up to speed.

Worth stopping in just have a brew and enjoy the building's architecture.

Gavage, Feb 20, 2005
Photo of Riggo
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%

An upscale brewpub definitely worth checking out. According to their website, their head-brewer is the only American in 40 years to graduate from the esteemed five year brewing progam at Weinstephan, Germany. Their brewing reflects this, only brewing lagers, apparently. Standardly, they have four beers on tap--golden export (Dortmunder style), marzen, dunkes, and a seasonal.

Beers taste fresh and high-quality. The food--upscale burgers, pizzas, etc.--looks good and is apparently very deliberately beer-friendly. Atmosphere was Europeand and upscale. A nice, clean, stylish place. Service was good. A comfortable place that appears to take their brewing seriously and knows something about it. Check it out.

Riggo, May 18, 2003
Photo of Murph
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%

I would have to say that in general I was very impressed with this place. The only drawback was that they only had the Golden Export, the Marzen, and the Dunkles when I was there. I am going to give them the benefit of the doubt and chalk that up to bad timing. I love the half pint size for all the drafts. I had the Dunkles and was more than happy with it and the food was great. Classic brewpub fare, pizzas, sandwiches, etc, but it was all a little bit different. I had a smoked turkey breast sandwich on Focacia bread with apples on the sandwich and it was great. The bartender was very good as well. I am just hoping that next time I go to one of these restaurants they have a few more beers.

Murph, Apr 17, 2002
Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant in Washington, DC
84 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.