Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant
Ratings: 54 | Reviews: 47 | Display Reviews Only:
4.13/5 rDev +12.5%
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 Ive 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 youre 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.
06-24-2006 20:47:20 | More by TheSarge
4/5 rDev +9%
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.
06-11-2006 17:43:23 | More by tgbljb
2.93/5 rDev -20.2%
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.
04-09-2006 12:44:52 | More by TastyTaste
3.28/5 rDev -10.6%
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.
02-17-2006 01:35:54 | More by poluti
3.85/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
12-29-2005 12:50:41 | More by aleyeast
3.9/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
12-07-2005 20:10:42 | More by bultrey
4.28/5 rDev +16.6%
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.
11-04-2005 20:01:13 | More by hopsaplenty
4.08/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
10-17-2005 17:16:43 | More by jaluria
District of Columbia
3.95/5 rDev +7.6%
"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!
09-15-2005 18:37:03 | More by Jaynuze
3.65/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
08-19-2005 02:30:37 | More by ElGordo
Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant in Washington, DC
84 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.