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Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch Brewery & RestaurantGordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant
BEER AVG
3.59/5
Based on:
30 Beers
2,866 Ratings
Place Score: 84
Ratings: 60
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 3.28%
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

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Photo of afbatman83
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Great food and drinks..nuff said

Photo of Bierguy5
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

Photo of hopsaplenty
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

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 jjboesen
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

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.

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

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

Photo of Riggo
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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.

Photo of jaluria
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

I visited this place during a trip to DC with my family for a vacation. On a particularly hot day, after visiting the Spy Museum, we stopped in here for a brew and sodas for the kids. The location, in a hotel, is convenient, and there was a small happy hour crowd watching the World Cup. The ceilings are high, and large windows give it an open feeling. Brew tanks are located in the back, far from the bar. The service was great: prompt, knowledgeable, and attentive. I had a marzen, which was well-made and tasty. Worth a visit if you are in the area.

Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

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 Plissken
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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 DrBass
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Jaynuze
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

"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!

Photo of bultrey
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

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 ChrisBowers
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

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.

Photo of aleyeast
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

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.

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.

Photo of tpd975
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A: Went to the location in national airport. Nice space yet small. Had plenty of TV's on showing the Redskins game.

Q: The beers and food were both good, not great but one of the better spots found in any airport.

S: Every seat was taken but they had plenty of staff standing by. Meal arrived quick and service was good. Seemed as though the staff helped each other out as more than one person was tending to our needs.

S: Pretty small menu both beer and food. Though the selection was small there were several good offerings. No wings though, nothing buffaloed, what's up with that.

F: See above. We had soup and sandwich, and BBQ grilled chicken breast with garlic fries. Fries were great everything else was good.

Value: Not bad for an airport. Meals as cheap as Friday's or anything like that. The beer's were $5 for a pint, could go for a Pils glass for a $1 more. I went with the big boy.

Overall: Great restaurant food and drink. Will stop again on my next trip to 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 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.

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