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Taps: 12 / Bottles: 6
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
4.63/5 rDev +25.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
I paid my second visit to Biergarten Haus this past Sunday to watch the Euro 2012 England/Italy football (soccer) match. This was my first time sitting out back in the actual biergarten as my initial visit was during the colder months. The atmosphere was fantastic as the place was completely packed with people there to watch the game, which they were showing on three big projection screens so that every patron could see it regardless of where they were sitting.
The beer selection is great as long as you understand that this place is designed to replicate a German biergarten and that it isn't an American craft beer bar. Draft beers come in two sizes, 0.5 liter and full liters and they're served in mugs. I had a liter of the Konig Ludwig Hefeweizen and a liter of the Warsteiner Dunkel which were both tasty.
The food is exceptional, again as long as you understand that this is a German place. The wife and I split the Geraucherte Fischplatte, which is a plate of smoked and cured fish and the Wurstplatten, which is a platter of sausages, potato cakes and sauerkraut. All of the food was excellent.
Prices are fairly high, but not unreasonable for DC. The liters of beer were a little over $13 and each of our dishes were around the same, give or take a dollar.
All in all, I highly recommend this place if you're into German beer/food. I've been to Munich and this is about the best recreation you'll get here in the US without feeling overly cheesy. Fun place.
06-26-2012 16:50:25 | More by Inspired
3.33/5 rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Was here with some friends while at a conference in D.C.
What struck me about this place was the size of the biergarten. Humongous with ample seating and huge projector screens on the walls. A great place to hang out and have a 3-4 hour long session. Seemed very festive and lively too. Just struck me as a great place to hang out.
Beers were all served in steins and a touch cold though given the size of the pours (they served liters!) that wasn't really an issue as you got to taste everything at all temperatures. Tables were a bit ragged and didn't seemed to be wiped down before we were seated though. Also, I don't need a clean menu, but when there's beer floating on the menu... then it needs to be replaced.
Service was decent. We were attended to quickly after we were seated and the food and drink orders came quickly. The check also came quickly when we asked for it and the waitresses seemed to be, for the most part, pretty attentive.
Selection was pretty standard fair for a biergarten. A ton of German session beers and not much else though that was somewhat expected here.
Food was actually pretty good. I got the schnitzel sampler and all of them were really good. An awesome pairing with our drinks too. I wish I could've stayed longer to try other things on the menu.
$11 for a liter is pretty fair and even though this was in the more run-down part of town, prices were still much cheaper than what I'm used to.
Worth a visit and one of the more impressive biergartens that I've been to.
11-17-2011 02:37:49 | More by SpeedwayJim
District of Columbia
3.2/5 rDev -13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
If you want to drink outside in DC, Biergarten Haus is your best option other than if you want to be fancy and go to the bar in the courtyard of the Hotel Monaco. It is also probably the best beer option if you are out and about on H St N or a hipster.
They have a decent selection of German beer, although the draft list seems to be fairly standard. You can get either half or full liter pours. The pretzels are pretty good, but I wasn't too impressed with the schnitzel or sausage.
The best part about the place is the atmosphere outside. Nice big wooden tables and benches that are often shared amongst groups, so you often end up meeting new people there. They also have a few TVs - I happened to spend one glorious Friday afternoon here last year watching Uruguay vs. Ghana in the World Cup.
If you are visiting DC, I wouldn't go out of my way to come here unless it is a particularly gorgeous day outside, you want to get away from the tourist areas, and you want a German beer.
10-30-2011 15:52:12 | More by cbbjr
3.38/5 rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | $$$$
A- An inviting little bar with a cool outdoor area. Interesting German decor on the walls as well.
Q- Fresh beers served in proper glassware.
Ser- Service is slow, and a fair number of the staff seem unenthused, which is always a shame.
Sel- 8 or so German style beers on tap. A fair number of bottles. It is always good to see German styles, but the diversity of beers was lacking.
Beers were quite expensive. $9 a half liter, 15 or so for a liter. As slow as the service was, that price is unaccepatble.
10-24-2011 02:25:17 | More by jsprain1
3.15/5 rDev -14.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
One of fav neighborhoods in DC (Atlas district) contains the Biergarten Haus, a German style tavern inside with wooden like beams with a downstairs and upstairs bar, and a great outdoor patio garden for drinking.
The outside patio is really nice and inviting. Many open benches and tables with outdoor televisions and also colorful flags and umbrellas. It doesn't feel touristy or fake but a good genuine sense of atmosphere.
The food here is kind of average but part of me is not into German food as I come from a big German family and don't care for it. However, most of my friends I was with though did like what they got.
Service though is a little bit chaotic, and the front door staff seem to act like they really don't want to be there. The beer selection though is about average with some 7 on tap basics which you can have in either 1/2 or full litre mugs. You won't get any other glasses than that. I was hoping for a little more variety in the bottled beers but there are some that are interesting. THe beer and food here though is not cheap.
04-16-2011 17:58:12 | More by smakawhat
3.94/5 rDev +6.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
Atmosphere- The proprietors of this establishment did an excellent job of recreating the feel of an old-world German beer hall. Some flat screens adorn the walls to allow for viewing of soccer matches and other sports. This makes it kindof an oasis in the middle of a bad neighborhood.
Quality- You need to put-aside the fact that they intentionally tried to make this place look dirty and old (brown splotches are airbrushed on the stucco walls to simulate mold). A lot of time went into the decor, beer is served in appropriate glassware, and the barstaff are reasonably knowledgeable about their product.
Service- We received prompt and very friendly service at the bar. Definitely above average service (granted, we were there at a slow time).
Selection- An impressive selection of German beer. Not the most extensive, but impressive from the standpoint that nearly all beers on their menu were classics.
If I were a soccer fan, I would be here all the time. Me? I'm glad I went, and I would probably go back at some point, but it's not a high-priority revisit for me... getting there through the seedy neighborhood makes it a little too inconvenient for the reward...
02-27-2011 13:59:36 | More by jgasparine
Biergarten Haus in Washington, DC
86 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.