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Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch Brewery & RestaurantGordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant
BEER AVG
3.68/5
Based on:
44 Beers
1,301 Reviews
Place Score: 85
Reviews: 47
Visits: 63
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: n/a
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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Reviews: 47 | Visits: 63
Photo of hmarebel02
2.6/5  rDev -29.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Gordon Biersche is pretty standard anywhere you go. This brewery is situated all over the country, so the there really isn't much variety between the different bars. They are good however at creating solid beers. I've never tasted any funk here, but I've never been overly impressed either. They do make a good marzen. I believe all of the styles that they offer are lagers.

This particular place in Chinatown is always packed. The service is kind of sub-standard, but this mostly because its always so busy. Its a common place to meet up with DC area colleagues and office parties. Food is pretty standard. Its pricey. (621 characters)

Photo of fermobot2000
2.83/5  rDev -23.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

Located in an old bank. Just a couple blocks from the Verizon Center (or whatever it's called nowadays) on F Street. Interior is
very ornate as you would expect for a turn of century bank with marble pillars and ornate plaster ceiling. I wasn't as impressed with
rest of my experience.Though in defense of the servers the place was packed with a post hockey game crowd on a Saturday night
so the slowness was understandable. Had two different beers a specialty and a pilsner which while not bad tastinging were very
average/nondescript. Someone in my party had a $9.00 shot which
was about one finger and very skimpy. Appetizers were OK but pricey which again I guess should be expected for something in the center of D.C. Overall I wasn't too impressed & it didn't do much to dispell my view of chain brewpubs. (811 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 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. (640 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
3/5  rDev -18.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

This is situated downtown - quite a busy place with either tourists (through the week) or employees surrounded by the building (during the week). This place is usually quiet over the weekends. Very large, contemporary, and industrious building. This used to be a bank so this adds to the character/ambience. Staff are ok and a bit standoffish. Food is too "bistro/contemporary" for me, so I don't usually order here except for beers. GB serves up the usual suspects in regard to beer that's commonly found everywhere. The dunkel and marzen are quite good. I am partial to their Oktoberfest only if I happen to be at the brewpub. Like DuClaw, this place is a bit gimmicky. Just IMO. (681 characters)

Photo of alysmith4
3.1/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

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. (924 characters)

Photo of dmamiano
3.1/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 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. (564 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

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. (522 characters)

Photo of poluti
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

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. (1,201 characters)

Photo of brewman63
3.43/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Stopped in on our way walking back to our hotel from the ChopHouse Brewery last May. had I known we were stopping here I would have left room for the garlic fries - an absolute must for any first-time GB patron. I was a little disappointed in their beer selection. They only had a golden, hefeweizen, Marzen and a seasonal (which escapes me right now) on tap. The hefeweizen was good but not great. The restaurant looks interesting - set in an old bank building. Stop in if you're in the neighborhood. (501 characters)

Photo of MMAJYK
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 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. (865 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Without regard to the business occupying the building, the space is very impressive - high vaulted ceilings, marble columns, wide open spaces. But for a brewpub? Very uninviting, very cold and formal. The beer has earned its reputation as solid American offerings of traditional German styles, and I won't argue with that. Their core beers are as close to the originals that inspired them as you'll likely get in the states. The hefeweizen is indeed the most true German tasting hefeweizen made in America I have yet tasted. The food is mostly good quality, and the service is fine, if at times over-friendly ("I'll be your best friend for a tip"). For downtown D.C. I would expect this place to be open later, but it isn't. This is not a nightlife kind of place, but more of a suit, tie and cigar; manly happy hour place. The neighborhood has still to reign in their importunate, confrontational and surly homeless population, but it is safe on the whole. I would recommend everyone to go there at least once, but take heart in all the other bars in the Metro area if this one isn't your style. (1,095 characters)

Photo of SwillBilly
3.58/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I've been to GB a bunch of times, most recently at the BA Bar crawl last week.

Located in an old bank building in the trendy Penn Quarter area of the District. When you walk into the lobby of GB you notice the high ceilings and openess of the restaurant. Dining tables are located on the left with a view of the brewery as well as on the 2nd floor and a large area to the right of the main entrance. Lots of marble adorns the place. The bar prominently situated towards the rear of the space. Long and L shaped with plenty of stools. Flat screen tv's are positioned above the bar for your viewing pleasure. Now to the beer. GB brews mainly German style lagers with 4 standard beer always on tap. A nice Schwarbier, a Golden Lager, Marzen, Hefe and light lager. Where you find the "good stuff" is in the seasonals and one off's done by brewmaster Jason Oliver. This year he has brewed a fantastic Baltic Porter and Keller Pils. During our BA visit they had a Czek lager (Pils) that was pretty tasty. Service is questionable at best. Their beer knowledge is minimal which is sad for a place known as a beer bar. As for food, I've had the mahi-mahi sandwich which I like and their famous Garlic Fries which you will taste until the next day. They're damn good but they will kill your breath for a day or 2. Overall, GB is a nice place to grab a beer. Nothing outstanding, but good solid lagers. Definitily worth a stop while in town. (1,433 characters)

Photo of Atlas1
3.58/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

My wife works near this Gordon Biersch and I've been in a number of times without really giving it much credit. But after meeting the brewmaster, Jason Oliver, there on a visit during American Craft Beer Week, I decided to give the place its due and write up a review.

The brewpub/restaurant is located in a historic old building in the Gallery Place/Penn Quarter neighborhood in Washington. It's just across the street from the Spy Museum, and one block away from the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro. It's a very good, very busy neighborhood. Lots of good bars and restaurants in the area, to go with some great museums nearby. GB itself is in a huge two-story setting. Picturesque columns line the main room. The bar is in front of you as you walk in, and the brewery is off to the left. A nice, large, beautiful setting. I wouldn't exactly call it atmospheric, because it's usually filled with loud tourists, but it is a nice place.

The beer selection is nothing to write home about, but it isn't bad. They typically have their year-long brews available, which include a Pils, a Marzen, a Light beer, and a Schwartzbier. On my latest visit they also had a Hefeweizen and a Maibock available. I had both the Hefe and Maibock. Not bad beers, but not great either. And I think that's basically where GB stands with most of its beers. They all seem to be fairly quaffable brews that please the mass hordes of tourists who visit the location every year. But true beer geeks will likely be left wanting a bit more. I totally understand, though, who the primary target audience is here, and their beers make sense for that purpose.

The staff at the Washington GB was extremely nice and helpful. The hostesses, bartenders, and brewers were all very helpful. One of the bartenders I spoke with would do well to educate himself a bit more on beer styles as a whole, because his knowledge of the styles they had available was limited at best, but he was otherwise jovial and helpful.

This GB is worth a visit if you're in the area. It's not the best brewpub in the world, but it's a nice place to hit if you've been walking around town all day visiting museums and monuments, and you need a comfortable, air conditioned place to kick back for an hour or so with a cold beer. (2,279 characters)

Photo of ryannaman
3.58/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Ok, I decided to take my parents to lunch after a day of walking around the capitol. I decided to see if the beer and the food ad Gordon Biersch was anything to rave about... and to my dissapointment it is not even close to being good. The only bright spot of the experience was the server. I am sorry I forget her name and she probably doesn't work there since it is a couple years later. But she was so on point explaining the beers and offered her expertise on some food pairings WOW!!

Have to say the place was pretty interestingly set up and the service was amazing. Food and Beer... was just OK. (603 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

A- It's in a pretty cool building near a lot of the action, so it's a pretty good place to grab a beer and watch people. They also have a couple televisions. Relatively large with lots of natural light at the bar.
Q- Beer was served cold, but not too cold, and was generally good.
Ser- The service is decent, but has never struck me as above average. A little bit slow, but not egregiously so.
Sel- It's pretty cool to see Americans brew traditional German styles. That being said, they only have about 5 or 6 taps. Good beer, but not much to choose from.
It's a bit spendy all things considered, but given it's D.C., it was only a little offputting. (651 characters)

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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. (595 characters)

Photo of betterbitter
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I stumbled on this location when I was staying at a hotel next door in DC. We got in fast, the service was very good. The food was fine and the beer selection was good. I tried the Blonde Bock and the Marzen - preferred the latter. Overall a good experience and I'd go back while in DC. (286 characters)

Photo of soupyman10
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

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. (684 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

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. (1,372 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

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. (909 characters)

Photo of ghostmech007
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

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. (1,415 characters)

Photo of hunteraw
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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. (1,361 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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. (1,338 characters)

Photo of scoobybrew
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

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. (989 characters)

Photo of Murph
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5

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. (706 characters)

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Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant in Washington, DC
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