Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant

Gordon Biersch Brewery & RestaurantGordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

900 F St NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20004-1404
United States

(202) 783-5454 | map

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Photo of bultrey
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Out of two other Gordon Biersch locations I've been to, this one is by far the best, and I suspect it's one of the best of all of them. This is mainly due to the atmosphere. This Gordon Biersch is located inside a hotel, the Couryard by Marriott Convention Center hotel to be exact. Both are located inside an historic bank building, which makes for a really nice lobby, pretty crappy and awkward hotel rooms, and a really nice restaraunt/brewpub with high vaulted celings, lots of intricate and ornate stonework, etc. To get to the brewpub, you enter the hotel, and Gordon Biersch is directly to your left. It takes up the better part of the ground floor, which is to say alot of space, and has tons of tables on different levels and a beautiful L-shaped bar. Yeah it's all got that pseudo-corporate-polished feel, but it works here.
I tried a few of their beers, which included the Octoberfest Marzen and an autumn bock. Both were like most other Gordon Biersch beers I've had -- clean, cold, refreshing, and tasty without being very challenging. I've got no problem with these beers. If you like German beer in the first place, this place is as Reiheinsgebot as you can get. There were I think six or seven other beers on.
My service was good -- very attentive but going about their business tending to all the hotel guests and suits there after a long day of whatever it is they do down in DC. The food sounded good -- check their menu out online, and it has been good at other locations, but I didn't have any here. I might add that you could smell the infamous garlic fries all the way at the reception desk in the lobby.
So if you're staying in this hotel, or going to the very nearby Spy Museum, or walking through this area for some bizarre other reason, you could do much worse for a nice lunch or dinner.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.28/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in here for lunch with coworkers and was pleased with the entire visit. GB is located in an old bank and has soaring ceilings and plenty of open spaces for congregating.

The beer choices included a number of their standards such as Hefe, Maerzen, Golden Export, Kolsch, plus a great Fall Fest. They are served in either 500ml or 1L servings and using appropriate glassware. The Fall Fest was on the cold side, but warmed up quickly to release its full flavor.

Our service was good and attentive, but not intrusive. The food was a bit slow in coming, but wonderful. We started with a huge order of bruschetta, and our table also had crab cakes, a club sandwich, and a hummus and goat cheese salad, which were all large, fresh, and delicious. The menu also includes a variety of pizzas, salads, and bigger meals. There are a handful of vegetarian options, but the kitchen is willing to tailor them to meet particular needs.

Prices are reasonble for DC. A good destination if you find yourself near the Spy Museum.

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Photo of jaluria
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Overall, GB is a relaxing & stylish brewery with some great beers. I've been here several times and it's a great place to have lunch or just have a few beers with friends. It does get very crowded, especially the bar area, so that is a definite negative. Besides that, it's located just a few steps from the Metro and is in a nice area of town. The service is generally very good and the food is very good and pairs well with the different styles available. A must-visit for those in the DC area for an up-scale brewery experience.

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Photo of Jaynuze
3.95/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

"Respect Beer" ... but more importantly, Respect Jill! She's arguably the best bartender at GB's and will make sure your hand is never empty!! A great place to roll in for a few brews and some decent food (Czech Lager and a heaping plate of garlic fries is my favorite combination). Have yet to try the new Alt beer, but I hear it's great. Jason Oliver is a great brewer and always keep his taps flowing with a great selection of tasty beer. He also offers special tastings too!
My only complaint with this bar is that it is too close to the MCI Center and the Spy museum. Drop in on a nice sunny Saturday afternoon during the height of tourist season and you'll be up to your elbows in geriatrics, snot nosed kids, and tubby tourists from Middle America. Try and grab a beer before or after a Wizards/Mystics/Caps game and you'll find the bar equally (or not worse) crowded.
Prices are reasonable ... remember, this is DC ... and the amount of food you get with your order is more than most can handle. Best times to go, Happy hour during the week or late afternoon on the weekends. Don't forget to ask for Jill!

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Photo of ElGordo
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Saw this place from across the street on the way to dinner and had to stop in on the way back to our hotel. The atmosphere is very nice, clean, and classy. Brewery is on the left as you walk in, bar is on the right. High ceilings, nice marble floors, and a big door connecting to a Marriott Courtyard hotel (which apparently uses GB as their room service kitchen).
Six or seven house brews available on draft, all German-style lagers. I tried the marzen, hefeweizen, and schwarzbier, all of which were good. Even though the place was far from busy, the bartender wasn't very attentive. I never had an empty beer glass in front of me, but my water glass sat empty for quite a while. Didn't try the food, but the garlic fries looked good. Everything else appeared to be the same as all other links in the GB chain.
Pints run at $4.75, almost cheap for DC. A nice place to hang out on a quiet Sunday evening.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Located in downtown DC near the MCI center and the Spy Museum. VERY cool building, located inside an old bank with huge marble columns and very very high ceilings. Atmosphere couldn't be better. Slightly upscale so you could come here for a nice meal/dinner out. Menu is broad... everything from woodfired pizzas to high-end entrees like lamb chops. All the food is good, watch out for the garlic fries though, they're LOADED with garlic. Beer is solid but very limited in selection. They normally brew 3 german style lagers plus a seasonal. The black beer is ok, pretty average. The Winter Bock however is quite tasty and served in a very cool mug, great on a snowy day like when I was there. Its a great place to eat and have a halfway decent beer, but I wouldn't come here specifically for the beer cause you'd likely be disappointed.

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Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Riggo
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

An upscale brewpub definitely worth checking out. According to their website, their head-brewer is the only American in 40 years to graduate from the esteemed five year brewing progam at Weinstephan, Germany. Their brewing reflects this, only brewing lagers, apparently. Standardly, they have four beers on tap--golden export (Dortmunder style), marzen, dunkes, and a seasonal.

Beers taste fresh and high-quality. The food--upscale burgers, pizzas, etc.--looks good and is apparently very deliberately beer-friendly. Atmosphere was Europeand and upscale. A nice, clean, stylish place. Service was good. A comfortable place that appears to take their brewing seriously and knows something about it. Check it out.

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Photo of Murph
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5

I would have to say that in general I was very impressed with this place. The only drawback was that they only had the Golden Export, the Marzen, and the Dunkles when I was there. I am going to give them the benefit of the doubt and chalk that up to bad timing. I love the half pint size for all the drafts. I had the Dunkles and was more than happy with it and the food was great. Classic brewpub fare, pizzas, sandwiches, etc, but it was all a little bit different. I had a smoked turkey breast sandwich on Focacia bread with apples on the sandwich and it was great. The bartender was very good as well. I am just hoping that next time I go to one of these restaurants they have a few more beers.

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