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Brasserie Beck

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Brasserie BeckBrasserie Beck
BA SCORE
97
world-class

50 Ratings
Ratings: 50
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 8.09%
Taps: 18
Bottles: 90
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1101 K St NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20005-4210
United States
phone: (202) 408-1717

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @marcelsbeckdc

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(Place added by: TuckerCarlson on 11-26-2007)
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Photo of wahnee86
4.58/5  rDev +2.9%

While you'll pay a lot, the quality of what you get served can't be beat if you're looking for good Belgian beers. Their Happy Hour specials sometimes contain some real gems, but if you're looking for the best variety, look in their book of beers. The bartenders are generous in letting you sample what's on tap and very knowledgeable about all the options. Take advantage and describe what you like and you're sure to be provided a great beer in the right glass-ware.

wahnee86, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of Sludgeman
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%

Visited on a Thursday afternoon, after the lunch rush before dinner, the week before Christmas. Only spent time at the bar. A very polished clientle.

Food - I did not sample the food on this visit, but from past visits BB has a very tasty menu, albeit one that can fill you up quickly. What I might consider high quality, but typical brasserie food.

Beer - An excellent selection almost exclusively focused on Belgian beers, both on tap and by the bottle. I did find a Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout, which I ordered since I had never had one before.

The bartender, a young lady in her twentys was very knowledgable. She indicated that she was studying to be a cicerone. It was a pleasure talking beer and an opportunity to learn which I did not pass up. If only all my bartenders were this friendly and knowledgable.

Thursday afternoon also happen to be that time when one of the distributors made his visit to show his new wears. Staff kindly invited me to sit in as the distributor showed off about eight new beers. I was asked my opinion and I gave it. What a wonderful treat!

Very pleased with the BB. It is a regular stop for me when I need a good beer.

Sludgeman, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%

I've been here about a dozen times in the past two years and ALWAYS make a visit here on a trip to DC.

This looks and feels like an upscale Brussels brasserie. The food is great, and it is always entertaining to watch the entire kitchen prepare the food in the open. There is a large bar area, with usually about 10 draft beers. They alternate between commercial (Palm) and artisinal (Alvinne), I go for the latter. They have a daily happy hour from 5-7 with half-price beers. Not to be missed.

Great mussels in a bunch of different varieties and superb twice-cooked frites. Good choices of fresh oysters in season, with the seafood chef working right at the bar in full view. Entrees are delicious. I used to come for the rabbit cooked with kriek, but that has unfortunately dissapeared from the menu.

Draft beer choice is limited, but they always have some good beers that are available for happy hour. Some of the draft beers get pricy, such as St. Feuillien blond at $11--you can see how happy hour matters.

Extensive beer menu with bottles to satisfy many a beer connaisseur. Very pricy with a wine markup. A bomber of Stillwater Stateside saison will put you back $27. Lambic choices are rather pedestrian, with St. Louis, Giradin, and Oud Beersel being the only entries. C'mon, get some 3 Fonteinen and Cantillon in there.

Beerenauslese, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of DWolf
4.58/5  rDev +2.9%

Hey, this is DC. Therefore, the price is "reasonable". More importantly, the selection of Belgian beers is top-shelf and the food is good ... and, equally as important, the wait staff is knowledgable. Not much is worse than asking the server about a particular beer and he/she responds, "it's fizzy or I like fruity beers." You won't get that here. If you're a Belgian fan (or a beer fan), stop by, if you are in the area, and you won't be disappointed. Note: BB has an extensive and quality wine list as well.

DWolf, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of malloyca
4.45/5  rDev 0%

Brasserie Beck's focus is on Belgian beer and they have an excellent selection. More importantly, the staff is knowledgeable about the beer list and able to guide you through it to offer suggestions regardless of your familiarity with Belgian beers. The bar is small and gets very crowded. The food is excellent (Beck is a nice restaurant with a great beer list rather than a beer bar with good food) and, because the bar is small and can get very crowded, for the best experience I'd recommend skipping the bar and reserving a table.

malloyca, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
4.78/5  rDev +7.4%

What is missing with Brasserie Beck? Nothing. This is my highest rated beer bar and restaurant. I fell in love with Beck the moment I walked in, the atmosphere is up-scale and carries with it a classy (a mix between 'throw back' and contemporary European style) sophistication.
I was impressed with the quality and service of the wait staff. The beer bottle presentation and glass pours were top notch and were presented exquisitely. The attention to detail was great. With an on-site beer sommelier (Thor is the man), you can't go wrong with their trusted advice and perfect food pairing. Their menu is based around a prime choice of mussels, served in various styles from wine and garlic to goat cheese and smoked bacon. Sandwiches are great and the fries were amazing; served with a great selection of dipping sauces. Presentation, texture, flavor, aroma, everything about the food was incredible and delicious.
The draft beer selection is top-notch, my wife had a Antigoon Double Blond Ale and loved it. They also have Klokke Roeland, Straffe Hendrik, Bacchus, Bavik Pils and Kasteel Rouge on draft. Their bottle selection offers many different Belgian based brews ranging from Pilsner, Kolsch, Belgian Style Blond Ales, Belgian Style Amber Ales, Beglian Style Bubbel Ales, Belgian Style Tripel Ales, Belgian Style Strong Golden Ales, Belgian Style Strong Dark Ales, Farm House Style Ales, Red Ales, Sour and Sweet Lambic, IPA, Fruit Beer, Wheat Based Ales, Doppelbock, Stout/Porters, and finish your meal off with a small but perfect selection of Barleywines. I was very impressed and would recommend to others.

ferrari29, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of jgasparine
4.83/5  rDev +8.5%

Atmosphere- Modern European. Very cool, clean, higher class with touches of old world influence. A statue of Manekin Pis above the door. A central kitchen visible from the dining floor. It was nice in there to say the least. They could use a little more standing room near the bar, but really, that's the only negative thing I could say about the atmosphere.

Quality- Absolutely everything about this place screams quality. The beverage and food selections, the multiple waiters working each table, the Cicerone on-hand to help with beer selections. Everything was immaculately clean- nothing short of amazing.

Service- Again, nothing short of amazing service. At the bar (which was packed with people), the bartender greeted us with beer menus in-hand and somehow managed to get us drinks in a timely manner whilst juggling dozens of other patrons. At the dinner table, the multiple waiters were extremely attentive and helpful. And the Cicerone just made the night for us. I wish I caught his name... he was extremely knowledgeable, and once he knew that we were there for the beer, he hooked us up with some fantastic off-menu selections, including Russian River Damnation!

Selection- An incredible selection of beer both on draught and in bottle. And as I mentioned, some special off-menu stuff exists as well. Definitely once of the best beer selections in DC.

Food- Nothing short of incredible. Even the bread served at the table was some of the most delicious, doughy, flavorful bread I have ever had. Their cheese platter was exquisite, their Beer Carbonade was to-die-for, and their salmon was out of this world. Presentation, texture, flavor, aroma, everything about the food was incredible.

Overall- It's a bit pricey, but worth every penny. I can't wait to go back!

jgasparine, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.93/5  rDev -11.7%

As soon as you walk in, you're taken aback by the breathtaking high ceilings and elegant yet understated modern decor. The bar and restrooms are just off to the right, and the main dining area is straight ahead.

The beer list is extensive AND expensive. $11 for a draft? All kinds of suits with beer wallets but champagne expense accounts in here. If you're into plastic people, this is the place for you. I do appreciate the fact they serve up De Struise beers there and other hard-to-find Belgians. Granted, this place has the best Belgian selections in town.

Limited food and portions. Quality is medium. I don't come here for the food, I come here because of the beers.

I can't say I was impressed with the staff here - while brewmasters/waiters are knowledgable about their beers, but they take awhile to serve you up food/beers.

CuriousMonk, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.1/5  rDev -7.9%

This is an excellent place in DC that focuses mostly on Belgian brews in terms of their beer selection. The food is focused on Belgian Brasserie fare, and really everything on the menu is fantastic. The menu rotates, but their mussels and dinner entrees are really top notch. This is a little more upscale dining experience that happens to have a killing beer list to pair with it, which seems rare (for now. My feeling is people will catch onto the craft beer thing more and more in nice restaurants like BB).

The beer director Thor is a really knowledgeable and friendly guy who gives excellent beer recommendations and stocks up the bottle list/10-12 taps with awesome stuff that is always changing- some notable breweries and beers he rotates in and out include De Struise (Pannepot, Black Albert on tap), The Bruery (He is friends with Patrick and gets great stuff like Oude Tart, BA Coton, etc.), North Coast, St. Bernardus, Rochefort, and the list goes on. It's always fun to come in and see whats new on tap or on the bottle menu as Thor does a great job getting new and interesting stuff as well as classics. The only thing I'd love to see is a little more US Breweries on there but really that isn't the focus of this place and they do an awesome job with everything beer wise. My hat is off to Thor every time I go in there. He even fuels my silly habit of collecting the labels of the beers I have by expertly giving me labels for my book!

In terms of prices for the beer, expect them to be high, especially the drafts. My recommendation for a great night here would be to have a beer or two at the happy hour 5-7pm everyday because the drafts will be half off (and actually manageable to pay for. E.g. last night I got Pannepot for $10 at the happy hour, normally $20 for a 12oz pour). I'd recommend getting one to bring to the table and then trying some of Thors recommendations with whatever you get to eat for dinner. This is GREAT date spot, my fiance loves this place!

Overall a great place to eat and drink, especially if you're ready to shell out some dough. Be nice and take Thor's beer suggestions and check out the bottle list, there are some gems he puts in there! Awesome place I will be frequenting over the years!

EDIT 2012: The beer has taken a huge slide, along with the food over the past year. The bottle list is not nearly as impressive as when Thor was there and the drafts are just OK, and WAY overpriced. The happy hour only features a handful of their beers now which is totally uncalled for. Go to Churchkey, Paradiso, or Meridian Pint before you consider this place.

Dreadnaught33, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of DaveBlack
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

The beer list is exceptional: mostly Belgian and almost all of high quality. I was slightly disappointed to see Leffe on the list, but I guess it's fairly well known, albeit disappointing.

Happy hour is crowded with upscale DC-ites blowing off steam after work. It's classy, though a mite stuffy.

The wait staff are quick to offer you recommendations with your food and seem to genuinely enjoy the beers that they serve.

Of course, every beer comes in the brewer's glass.

I actually went for the food, which was quite good, though it straddles the line between comfort food and upscale. On one hand it's good because it goes VERY well with beer, yet I didn't think it was worth the high price that I paid.

Definitely worth visiting, though I'm not sure if I'll be making a return visit. There's just not enough to hold my interest.

DaveBlack, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of pzrhsau
4.2/5  rDev -5.6%

A: It is a very classy restaurant. Very clean, great lighting. Good mix of people milling about by the bar
Q: You can get some really classy Belgian Brews here. Delrium and such coupled with a nice mussel pot. Very much what you would want from a belgian style restaurant.
S: The people know what they are doing and can tell you a lot of what you need to know. Service has always been prompt and congenial
Selection: Hey, it seems to be a bit more commercial because they want beers people recognize. I won't fault that because its hard to move stuff that most people don't know. I have found it to have a good mix of beers to mix with the food
Food: Its fantastic belgian style cuisine.
Value: Eh, its expensive. I cannot deny that. Most tap beers will run you 7-9 on average. But they do have a good happy hour. An you certainly are paying for quality.

pzrhsau, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of SShelly
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%

Went to a late lunch at brasserie beck on the reccomendation of a friend. First glance at the beer menu shows that anyone who is a belgian beer fan is in for a treat. First glance at the menu shows that your wallet is going to get dinged. Ended up getting a kwak to go with my lamb sandwhich all very tasty. Service was friendly and knowledgable, our waiter was reasonably well versed in the beer. Atmoshphere was decent if not a little sterile, very bright and light inside. Overall a very enjoyable experience that I might do again.

SShelly, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of Mitro
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%

For me, the primary attraction at BB is the beer. And, seeing that this is a website for beer, I will focus my attention on Beck's beer experience--the food is good, but "a bit pricey." Not only do they have an impressive selection of (primarily) Belgian beers (incl. Rochefort, Cantillion, Gueuze), their beer sommelier, Thor, is wonderful. If he doesn't approach you as you are examining the beer menu, make sure to ask for him. Not only is he extremely knowledgeable about every single beer on the menu, he does his job perfectly. He appears when one needs him, stops by to make sure everything is in order, and vanishes. The last time I went, he brought my father and I a couple of samples of their newest stock (Ommegang Zuur, and an imperial stout, the name of which I have forgotten) at the end of our meal. A+, Thor. Of course, all of the beer is served in proper glassware, and usually, the glassware comes from the brewery whose beer you are about to enjoy.

Go to Beck if you have a bit of dough to blow (enjoy that rhyme), but make sure you talk to Thor.

Mitro, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of elvisnj
4.9/5  rDev +10.1%

Its been over a year since I sat down for dinner and beer at this place but since it started my love affair with Belgian beer I am going to review it from memory. I am reviewing it more for the beer and less for the cuisine...

It has a great atmosphere. The entrance is beautiful with the stunning bar on the right and dining area straight ahead. The open kitchen is fantastic.

To be honest, I cant even remember what I ate. What I do remember is that our server was a Belgian beer expert and was quite passionate about the beer menu (which was huge).

I let him have the run of the beer menu for me and he was on target. I had a Chimay Grand Reserve (outstanding), Orval (outstanding) and some other dessert beer which was almost like champagne.

He made the night about beer for us and was perfect. We all agreed the food was good but the beer was exceptional. We finished off the night at the bar. Overall a great beer experience.

elvisnj, May 20, 2010
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Brasserie Beck in Washington, DC
97 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.