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District ChopHouse & Brewery

Not Rated.
District ChopHouse & BreweryDistrict ChopHouse & Brewery
Based on:
22 Beers
124 Reviews
Place Score: 87
Reviews: 66
Visits: 80
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

509 7th St NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20004-1600
United States
phone: (202) 347-3434

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Reviews: 66 | Visits: 80
Reviews by Bierguy5:
Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in here for a late lunch after hitting the Spy Museum. Right across from Verizon (MCI) Center. Cool looking old building. High ceilings, with the brewing equipment on the second floor. The basement has an older look to it, and a banquet area. Very nice looking inside.

There were probably 6 beers on when we stopped, a light lager, hefeweizen, amber, nut brown, oatmeal stout and bourbon stout. The beers we had were solid, served in shaker pints.

Our service was very good. All the food we had was good, including salads, beef tips and a chop. Can be pricey, especially if you are looking for a steak. Pints were $5.25 to $5.50 each. We were pleased, and I would return. (685 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of WoodBrew
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

The beer is good to great....I thought the ambers and nut browns were very good....but the stouts were lacking....the pale and IPA were decent. The food is very expensive...more upscale.....wait staff is definitely there to push the $40 prime rib....if you didn't order it...it was like you were letting them down. Nevertheless the food is outstanding...but you'll pay for it. In a neat area of DC and in an old bank looking building. (437 characters)

Photo of MattXT
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of misternebbie
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Sludgeman
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Gotti311
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of alejandro
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of coombski
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Diana_Fang
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

This is a decent place to go to if you are going to the Verizon Center for something and don't want to walk to one of the better bars further away. This is what I did recently since I was with my parents for a concert.

Food: I got the burger, which was large and pretty good. Parents got steaks which were OK as well. Nothing spectacular foodwise but still very good. The cornbread is definitely the best part. Price is reasonable for area.

Beer: I got the 9 beer sampler. 4oz of each for around $8.50 is a good deal for a ticker like me. None of their beers are amazing, but most are decent. The bourbon was just awful, and I usually like bourbon beers.

We were seated at a table and had excellent service. Atmosphere a little uppity and a little too loud for a fancy steak place.

My dumbass father told the waiter I was a beer snob. Two minutes later the head brewer was over talking to us, which was a nice touch. He seems like a good guy and knows that he is making beers more for the masses (he used to brew at Pratt Street Ale house) than the hardcore beer fans.

Probably wouldn't go back, but it was nice to try. (1,124 characters)

Photo of sustyhops
2.48/5  rDev -35.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.25 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 3

I am not a fan of this place, the beer is your "i want to be a brewery, so I will had one of each each style to the menu" and the food was very average. Atmosphere is very "i want to look like an old style steakhouse." Skip it if you like good beer and food. (258 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Tucked away in Penn Quarter District Chophouse sort of gets stuck in a cookie cutter mold of chain looking restaurants, or a sense of a simple DC steakhouse that requires jacket and tie.

However, inside is a simple family atmosphere with a standard menu. Food is perhaps a step above TGIF but just a little. Some nice touches are the crab bisque, and the skillet of cornbread which is a nice touch, it never goes cold.

However the main thing I was here for was to try out the brews. In short they are a step up above pedestrian and enjoyable. This would be a good place to take someone who wants to stop drinking regular ordinary beer. The offerings are good but not over the top, they appeal to a broader crowd, and the beers are kind of "safe" but enjoyable.

Service here is also quite good at the bar. There aren't any attitudes and the staff also don't seem like they are mailing it in. Also for the area it's pretty reasonable price wise. (946 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

went this past weekend for some food and beers before the rangers/caps game. atmosphere is definitely that of your typical steakhouse. lots of wood furniture, paper covering the table clothes, well dressed staff. beer selection was pretty good. when i was there they had at least 6 or 7 options, a beer engine, and also a nitro pour. i had 3 different brews, 1 being good and 2 were great. overall some consistent, tasty brews. service was pretty much standard. i had a drink in front of me at all times and the food kept on coming. food was also pretty good. at the table we had onion rings, some different cuts of steak, and a side order of broccoli. cornbread also comes standard for each table, which was awesome. everything was a tad pricey, but it's a steakhouse in DC so that was kind of expected. definitely worth checking out, but go hungry and ready to spend some money. (880 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

This is a high-end steakhouse tucked away in one of the office buildings downtown DC. For some reason, I am getting a pretenious vibe here. Beer selections are part of the usual suspects lineup with lager, stout, ipa, amber, light. Everytime they have a special and/or cask, they always seem out of it whenever I visit, so I am forced to select an offering from their usual suspects line up. This place is dim, white table cloths cover dining tables, with polished silverware on top - just like you see in any high end steakhouse. Mahogney wood throughout. Food is mediocore at best. I've had their steaks many times and they seem to disappoint every time. I've also had thier burger, salad, pizza, wings. Just average at best. Wait staff is a bit standoffish. Overall good quality other than that average. Try their Oatmeal Stout whenever possible! (849 characters)

Photo of mdunman
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I was a big fan of the District ChopHouse.

The biggest issue with this place is by far the price, some of the meals were a bit too much. But what counted is the fact that the offerings matched the prices. The lobster bisque and anything involving beef was an excellent choice. The atmosphere was classy and provided a high quality evening worth savoring. The brews that they made were very good, with a broad selection of tastes to suit anyone and a good sampler to help pick your favorite. I would go back the next time I'm in DC. (532 characters)

Photo of jgasparine
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere- This place is a bit unique. While it is a brewpub, they clearly but equal (if not more) emphasis on their food and wine. Picture a high-end steakhouse that brews their own beer on premises. If you're in the mood to have beers over dinner, the atmosphere is fantastic... if you just want beers at a bar, it's an average experience.

Quality- Quality is superb with their food, and good with their beer. I suppose I'm here for the beer, so I must grade their quality accordingly. Some of their beers like the Hefe and Amber were fantastic, but others were lacking... Generally, the place was clean and delivered an overall impression of high-quality.

Service- Our waitress was very good. Friendly and engaging, never smothering... she knew a little about beer... and her service was overall prompt.

Selection- This is a tough category. This Brewpub serves their own products... and their lineup, while limited in numbers, is diverse in styles. I was quite pleased with the range of styles during our visit: Light Lager, Alt, Amber, Nut Brown, Hefe, Oatmeal Stout, and Bourbon Stout. While it's a limited offering, I think they addressed a range of preferences for their patrons.

Food- I splurged and got the surf & turf. Damn expensive at $65... but the meal was worth the money. Absolutely delicious.

Note: While the meal was super-expensive, their personal pizzas were more down-to-earth in price... and their beer sampler was very reasonable at $6 for seven 3oz. pours. (1,487 characters)

Photo of brewman63
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I wasn't sure what to expect from this place, being part of the Rock Bottom chain. I like the Rock Bottoms but hoped this would be a little different. It sure was. The beer selection resembles the typical offerings available from Rock Bottom - light through stoudt. While the ones we tried where very good there wasn't anything that was drop-dead terrific.

What really separated it from Rock Bottom was the food. Four of us ordered dinners and no one was disappointed. ChopHouse distinguishes itself from Rock Bottom by being more upscale while still maintaining that typical brewpub atmosphere.

Definately stop in if you're in the area. (639 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Very short walk from the Verizon center and just up the street from the National Archives.

Dark wood dominates the inside. Lighting is a bit on the red side, further enhancing the formality of the place. Definitely on the upscale side, but I didn't feel out of place in jeans.

7 beers on tap. All very nice, with a decent coverage of styles. Nothing terribly hoppy though. Bourbon stout was crazy on this visit. Extremely strong aroma and hit. Must have been one well aged cask. Watch for the Velvet, one of their beers served on nitro. Be sure to ask which beer it is before ordering. They rotate their beers through on the nitro tap. My night saw the amber served this way. Very good presentation and one of the best ambers I've ever had. Amber on CO2 was only so-so.

Service on a crowded Friday night with a Wizards game an hour away was actually pretty good. Our waitperson made appropriate stops back by the table and, while making one mistake on beer ordering, comped that with a free beer. I can live with that.

I don't give out 5's very often, but I love the food here. Yet to have a meal that was not fantastic. Took several newbies in this visit and they also raved about the food. Steak obviously dominates, but chicken, pork, and seafood are also available and well prepared and presented.

Pricey for brewpubs, but not for what you actually get here. (1,370 characters)

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District ChopHouse & Brewery in Washington, DC
87 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.