Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant
Ratings: 54 | Reviews: 47 | Display Reviews Only:
3.88/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
01-10-2008 16:08:38 | More by NeroFiddled
3.2/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
06-27-2008 20:46:49 | More by Sammy
3.65/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
02-20-2005 21:02:09 | More by Gavage
3.7/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
03-21-2009 18:08:14 | More by Hibernator
4.2/5 rDev +14.4%
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.
03-10-2007 16:22:01 | More by jjboesen
4.13/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
07-01-2008 18:37:59 | More by FightingEntropy
3.85/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
02-08-2008 05:25:03 | More by 86sportster883
3/5 rDev -18.3%
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.
02-24-2011 18:22:10 | More by CuriousMonk
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
4/5 rDev +9%
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!
01-16-2010 02:48:11 | More by beer2day
Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant in Washington, DC
84 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.