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Regional Food & Drink (R.F.D.)

Not Rated.
Regional Food & Drink (R.F.D.)Regional Food & Drink (R.F.D.)
BA SCORE
85
very good

122 Ratings
Ratings: 122
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.87%
Taps: 30
Bottles: 300
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

810 7th St NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20001-3718
United States
phone: (202) 289-2030

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Ratings: 122 | Reviews: 106 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by smanders:
Photo of smanders
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

Stopped in prior to a Caps game (they trounced the Panthers 6-2) to check out the selection and grab a burger. Sat at the bar and received great service from a variety of staff members. Good selection of all styles, to include a Scottish cask ale. Prices ranged from $6 per pint to a $15 Lambic (12 oz), and everything in between. Kinda weird there was no Happy Hour pricing, but since the selection was good, the service was good, and the place was hoppin', I can overlook that.

Current draft list:
December 2009
Anderson Valley Belks ESB
Avery The Czar Russian Imperial Stout (10oz glass)
Avery DuganA Double IPA (Boulder Neversummer Next!)
Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA
Bell's Two Hearted Ale
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout (10oz glass)
Bulmer's Strongbow Cider
Coniston Bluebird Bitter
Czechvar Czech Lager
Dogfish 60 Minute IPA
Duvel Green Belgian Blonde Ale (6.8% ABV)
Flying Dog Horn Dog 07' Barleywine(10 oz)(Anchor Xmas Nxt!)
Founder's Breakfast Stout (Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Soon!)
Guinness Stout - slow pour
Heather Fraoch (Cask Conditioned) Ale
Hoegaarden Witbier (10oz)
Lagunitas Brown Shugga Strong Ale (Duck Rab. Brown Next!)
Magic Hat #9 Not Quite Pale Ale
Magic Hat Howl Black Lager (Brooklyn Backbreaker Next!)
Magic Hat Odd Notion American Wild Ale(Jacobin Rouge Next!)
Miller Lite - Training Beer
Sam Adams Boston Lager
Sam Adams Winter Lager
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
St. Louis Framboise Lambic (6 oz)
Stone Cali-Belgique IPA (12oz)(Victory Yak. Twilight next!)
Tommy Knocker Oaked Butt Head Dopplebock
Tripel Karmeliet Belgian Ale 8.4%ABV
Weihenstephan Hefe-Weizen
Weyerbacher Golf Feste-weizen
Weyerbacher Winter Ale

smanders, Dec 04, 2009
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metter98, May 11, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev +7%

Went to RFD after visiting DC Chophouse on a Friday night around 10pm and scored 4 seats at the bar. It was actually kind of dead. However, I was able to get Hopslam and DirtWolf so I was pleased. Prices were fine, especially for being so close to the Verizon Center.

WheelsPSU, Feb 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Golden32, Jan 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

seanchai, Dec 31, 2013
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3.43/5  rDev -8%

Average place with a friendly staff. The go-to place before Caps games as it is large and accommodating while being one block from the Verizon Center. Usually have decent specials and an above average beer selection for a bar of this style.

After a Caps game or on a Friday/Saturday night this place is packed with the bar being 2-4 deep.

HellAwaits, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Boone757, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Thrashsquatch, Nov 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Hanselpb, Nov 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

I visited on a Sat night during the early dinner hours prior to a home Capitals game. There were a fair number of hockey and college football fans, about 2-3 deep at the bar. I met a friend there for an early dinner.

Food was fairly pedestrian with some (unfortunately) cold vegetarian nachos to start. The burgers were hot with good fries.

THe beer quality was excellent, especially the happy hour specials of $4 Two Hearted and Bells Brown. The tap selection was pretty good but really not all that special -- a lot of grocery store beers, although I was able to given Otter Creek Kind Rider Rye IPA a try. Not anything too out there though.

Service was very attentive and quite good, although things were not too busy at 6-8pm as it was in the midst of the Capitals game. Our server was inobtrusive, there everytime we needed him, and pretty knowledgeable about the beer list.

Prices off the happy hour menu were not bad at all, regular pints were $6-7 for the most part. Food prices were pretty reasonable -- I think burgers were $9-10.

RFD is a no-nonsense bar with a pretty good selection of taps and bottles and pub food. Decent but nothing too earth-shaking. Solid.

argock, Nov 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Jenna, Oct 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

n00blar, Oct 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

jaydoc, Oct 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

ejimhof, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of bigbeerfan
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%

I've visited this place on two different occasions and have been impressed both times. The food is decent as are the prices, but the beer selection is amazing! Last time I was there I had both Delirium Tremens and Firestone Walker Parabola on tap. The beer list is updated almost on a daily basis and is one of the most extensive I've seen. If you find yourself in the DC area, it's definitely worth checking out RFD. You'll surely find something worth drinking.

bigbeerfan, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of Chaney
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%

I think lots of peeps underestimate this joint on here. The previous reviews on here are, to my mind, totally irrelevant.

Atmosphere: Located in prime real estate right outside the Verizon Center, the place where I took my wife (of 5 years) on our very first date. I really dig the glass wall they have in the back, and it just screams, "Come drink great beer!"

Quality and selection: They have great beer here. Lots of great brews + cask entries. Additionally, I've been to a few really cool craft beer events here.

Food: Fine, serviceable. I had a really great sandwich here... enough said.

Value: This is DC and everything is more expensive. I think this place stacks up fine in the whole scheme of things.

Chaney, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of ummswimmin
4.65/5  rDev +24.7%

I visited this restaurant while visiting the Smithsonian museum of American Art about a week ago. My review is taken from notes. I never planned on visiting, but I saw this restaurant on the way from the parking garage to the museum.

The front door hostesses were really fast. I get the impression that they are busier during the week, and they can easily take in patrons on the weekend. I requested the back patio... but then I found out they had smoking. [reviewers note: I don't really care about the heath effects. That is up to the smoker. I care more about how it affects the tasting experience.]

The service was excellent. My server was very attentive... even though I was a pain in the tuckus. She really knew her beer. And, she recommended visiting a place called The Churchkey on a return visit in addition to RFD.

I started with the pretzels and mustard, which was really tasty. It will pair with anything.

The selection was impressive. They had a great assortment. There was a mix of good standbys and some very hard to get beers. On the high-end bomber list they had New Glarus and Vertical Epic 2003. Unfortunately I couldn't get any "to-go" for another time because of local laws.

The meal was decent. I had the steak sandwich with mushrooms and carmelized onions. It was a little dry, but it did come out hot.

The next time I visit the Washington Mall or the Smithsonian, I will definitely come back here. This is a great experience.

ummswimmin, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%

Sad draft list. Imagine the typical craft beers you can get in bottles at the supermarket. Bingo, that's what they've got on tap. Lots of taps, yea! Everybody's version of an American wheat ale, yawn! A couple interesting choices only. Huge, huge selection if looking for can/bottle beer.

Service was excellent, attentive and [beer-] knowledgeable servers. Beer prices reasonable anywhere, quite reasonable for downtown Washington DC.

Menu limited. Food tasted good, steak was overcooked but at least not too dry. It was overpriced, but I didn't have to choose a steak so my bad.

Atmosphere nice, plenty of room, a little loud, typical after work crowd.

Recommended for regulars who want what they got, lunch etc. Not beervarna.

BattleRoadBrewer, May 31, 2012
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

Visited March 2012:

I visited the place at off-hours, as I showed up on a Tuesday afternoon, mainly to watch an EPL match, which the bartenders gladly put on for me. Again, the place was kind of dead, except the bar, which probably seated 20 or so, which was full.

The place was pretty big and started to fill up as I was leaving around 6pm. I sat at the bar, overall the bartenders were fairly inattentive, except when my glass was empty and then all of them were asking if I needed another. Behind the bar was a nice display of all of the bottled beer, of which they had a fairly large number. They also had a nice selection from the tap, which I believe also had a rotating selection. They had a number of beers that cannot be found in Georgia, which was certainly appealing. I had the DC Brau Burial at Sea, the Starr Hill Dark Star Stout and the Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA. All were very nice and fresh and served in proper glasses. I also had some food, which was slightly kicked up pub grub, loaded tater tots (which are a must try) and fish and chips. The food was perhaps slightly above average. Overall, not a bad place, but given a choice, I would hang at either Pizzeria Paradiso before here, but the next time that I return to DC, I will probably check out what they have on tap before I make my final decisions. The place is worth checking out.

PhillyStyle, Apr 27, 2012
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Regional Food & Drink (R.F.D.) in Washington, DC
85 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.