Dogfish Head Alehouse


61 Reviews
Dogfish Head AlehouseDogfish Head Alehouse

Type: Bar, Eatery

6363 Seven Corners Ctr
Falls Church, Virginia, 22044-2410
United States

(703) 534-3342 | map

No notes at this time.

Added by timtim on 10-07-2007

View: Place Reviews | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 89
Photo of logicalparadox
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

I made the pilgrimage at last!

Vibe: pretty on point. Tap room feel, with the speed and service more common to a chain restaurant, which has pros in addition to cons.

Quality: Dogfish Head. 'Nuff said.

Service: Akin to an Applebee's. It was somewhat busy when I went and our waiter wasn't around much. But there were lots of servers and busboys and so forth.

Selection: pretty much most of what they make, plus a few unique things that I've not seen available anywhere retail (at least not in my area). Worth a trip just to see World Wide Stout on tap!

Food: was Ok. Menu reads a lot like Applebee's, but execution is better (and food is hopefully fresher). We just ended up splitting a pizza and getting some off-the-wall spring rolls that were pretty good for what they were. Don't expect the food to blow your mind, but it's not bad. The food is just there to go with your beer.

 886 characters

Photo of Barracudas
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

It is very nice to have a Dogfish Head Alehouse so close so that one can get their great beers on tap! The service was great. Big place that can accommodate a lot of people. Happy hour seems to be a good time to go!

 215 characters

Photo of oldn00b
4.08/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Overall had a really nice visit. It's basically in a strip mall so not a lot of character from outside. Inside feels like a typical chain restaurant.

If you like Dogfish brews you'll like the quality. Pretty nice having so many of their options on tap. Decent selection, price seems about in line for beer in the area (it's NoVa so yeah, no shock on $9 Burton Baton or whatever). They had a nice selection for Dogfish options but not exactly perfect - we missed 120 by a day.

Service was fast and very friendly.

Food was maybe a step above a Ruby Tuesday type chain. There are some interesting options but nothing mind blowing. Nice bar food to go with some beer.

 674 characters

Photo of DoubleJ
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Being a few miles from my brother's new apartment, visiting a Dogfish Head satellite location became a worthy goal to hit. Well, mission accomplished. On the outside, Dogfish Head could be confused for a national chain restaurant, but on the inside, it becomes a relaxing place to grab a beer without the corporate vibe. There are plenty of seats inside, and even the oval-shaped bar could seat at least 20 people. Several TV's around the bar show sports and news, a well-lit interior keeps the mood warm and happy.

Dogfish Head's calling card is the beer, and 14 different taps of its own beer is a great place to start. A handful of large format bottles from Dogfish Head are available too. 60 Minute IPA, Indian Brown, and Midas Touch, and Burton Baton on-tap, Chateau Jiahu from the bottle among those available. Pints start at $6.50, and while the beer is good, I was disappointed that all I got was a clunky shaker pint.

Very good service complimented the beer. The bartender could easily carry about a conversation of the house beer, as well as providing insider details of capturing a 120 Minute IPA when released. Topping the icing and cake is the food, which is more than acceptable. I ordered a New York steak and got it just the way I liked. I can't comment on the hamburger, but my brother really dug into what he had.

Dinner and a drink? Dogfish Head is just the place, and it won't totally drain your wallet.

 1,429 characters

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev -2%

So I thought we were due in DC for a concert but I got it wrong- it was a week later. Still we made it down there, and our hotel was a ten-minute walk from the Dogfish Alehouse in Falls Church.

There we walked on a Saturday night at around 11pm, too cold for my short-sleeve shirt. As I got in to the jawn, I ordered a Palo Santo to warm me up.

The draft list is great but mighty pricey, and includes 17 taps such as 60, 61, 90, Bitches, Theobroma, Midas, Burton, Palo, Black-n-Tan (Chicory+90) and the not-listed Claus (Palo+90, a local exclusive apparently named after a regular). I was shocked when the bill came and I saw the $9.50-tag for draft brews. WOW! Serious sticker shock…

The food menu could use some work to make it more interesting, a little more veggie-leaning and overall “better”. As it is, it is mostly calorie-heavy pub classics and pizzas. We had the crab-cheese dip and it was delicious, but a total fat bomb. The pizza was tasty, but hard to digest late at night.

Service was super friendly and knowledgeable, and the atmosphere was just right. A big place, it was almost empty when we visited. I was worried the live music would be too loud as it typically is at the Rehoboth pub but that was not the case. I would definitely visit again when in the area, but maybe stick to one beer or try to hit happy hour for lower prices.

 1,367 characters

Photo of CAMay
4/5  rDev -2%

Beer was awesome, and we had great service. The only downer was the fish in our fish and chips. Not very special. The chips were great as was the chipotle tartar sauce. Would go back, but try some other dish.

 210 characters

Photo of hophead_87
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

I go here a few times a month and never get tired of it. Try the Chesapeake Pizza with crab- it's delicious. Nachos and burgers are spot on. DFH beers are also quality, and their beer app is usually updated so you can see what's on tap!

 236 characters

Photo of Badger6
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

Stopped in on a Friday night, place was packed...seemed to be a good sign. When we sat down, we were not disappointed. The food selection was good, but nothing out of the ordinary for a brewpub. Likewise the beer selection was decent, though it did not seem to feature everything currently available from DFH at the micro/craft brew store. The quality of the food was good. The beer was, well, was excellent.

Kid friendly, busy place, but a nice vibe. Service was good, but not overbearing. We will definitely go back.

 528 characters

Photo of Nick_RobertsM3
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Great place! I'm from NC and to find this place in Falls Church was awesome! I was in town for a concert in near-by Fairfax, and happened upon it. Have always been a fan of Dogfish Head so we decided to stop in. Great tap selection and food was good. Staff was friendly. Went on Valentines Day 2013, and they gave my girlfriend a rose. Will definitely return.

 359 characters

Photo of jmdrpi
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Visited for dinner and beers with some friends on a Saturday night, which surprisingly wasn't too crowded.

Atmosphere is fine, standard restaurant pub with brick dominating the architecture. Dogfish Head swag on the walls. There's a bar, and the view into the kitchen in fairly open. Service from the waitress was good, no complaints.

Beer was the normal Dogfish Head quality so everything was tasty. But after being to the original brewpub, I was a bit disappointed that they didn't have as many experimental beers on tap. Only one that wasn't a normal year round or seasonal offering.

Food was good and prices were reasonable for the DC area.

 650 characters

Photo of Sludgeman
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Sit at the bar or go for food. A wide selection of food. Never had a bad meal. Great for kids. Larger parties. Great for brunch. Good for a ballgame.

Dogfish Head is great beer. They have lots of great beers. My only complaint is that sometimes the selection can be limited. You may be in the mood for a certain beer, but the bar only has certain beers on tap. So only go if you are a DFH fan and only want the standard DFH fair.

They should offer a better selection of the DFH memorabila. Wish they had stickers.

 515 characters

Photo of NEhophead
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Large set up with a lot of table seating in front and to the left of the entrance; long, wrap around bar to the right. Busy for a Tuesday night, but service was good allowing little wait on food/drink orders.

Approximately 12 beers on tap, all house brews, that included: Chicory, Shelter, 60, 90, Burton, Black & Blue, Palo, Raison, Sah Tea, etc.

My food order was good, typical brewpub fare. Nothing to complain about here, but of I were to try...maybe offering a few brews that are tough to get outside of the immediate vicinity.

 535 characters

Photo of jco3rd
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great little venue and an opportunity to try some rare Dogfish Head brews. I was mostly there for the beer, but the food I had was really good, and seemed to be reasonably priced for what you would expect from this type of establishment. However, the beers were really expensive. Far more than I would have anticipated. I sometimes pay $10-$15 for a Dogfish Head four-pack, but to pay that much for a single pour seems a little on the high end of what I'm willing to pay for draft beer. I don't expect to pay $4 for a draft Dogfish Head, but also I did not anticipate that most of the beers on tap would be priced around $10 a pour. So just be prepared for that.

In spite of that, I would definitely visit again if I am ever in the area again. They had a great selection of the standard Dogfish Head brews, plus a few seasonal or limited release brews that were good. There were also creative modifications for standard Dogfish Head brews; like the black and tan, which was their 90 minute IPA with chicory stout floated on top. Another unforgettable spin was the "randall" which is a system that allows them to pour beer through any number of interesting ingredients to make a different spin on their unique brews. The time I visited, it was the 90 minute IPA poured through jalapenos and another spice that I do not recall at the moment. Very excellent.

I tried to explain to the waitress when I arrived that I was there for the beer, and that I would probably be ordering in quick succession. I'm sure she was just very busy, but it seemed like it took a while for me to get from empty glass to the next round, so I reduced the score for service simply for that reason. All in all though, the service was quite good.

 1,723 characters

Photo of Chaney
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I still have fond memories of having my bachelor party here about 3 years ago and renting out a bunch of rooms in a small hotel right up the street. Ahhh... the memories!

Atmosphere: This is located in the Seven Corners area of Falls Church and right smack dab in the middle of shopping complex with a grocery store, Home Depot, a craft store, and several retail stores. Also, it's totally cool that there is a really nice homebrew store across the street. Inside, the decor effectively strikes a balance between being rustic and modern. The bar area on the right hand side is small, but always seems to service the masses regularly without a hitch.

Quality: Of course, the beer is some of the finest produced in the world IMO. Also, the food is quite good as well.

Service: I've always had good service here and once even came in with a friend who knew one of the waiters and we got a rather large percentage taken off of our bill. The last time we went in here, the waitress told us about her orientation "training." It involved getting on a bus on a weekend at the brewpub and riding around to all the other three brewpubs, sampling ALL of the beers on draft, and being brought to Rehoboth Beach/Milton at the end for a brewery tour. There, the future employees were allow to kick the keg of whatever was assigned to their training party. They were then brought safely back to the Falls Church location via bus. While I have no interest in working there, I would be interested in the free training.

Selection: They always have about 10-15 of their beers on tap, with all of them being quite good (in the whole scheme of things). My personal favs are the Alehouse 75, Burton Baton, and Palo Santo.

Food: NEVER underestimate this place in this category. They have the best crab dip in town! Also, the brick oven pizzas are quite nice. My wife and I go here quite often and between the two of us, have sampled everything on the menu and none of it has been bad. NOTE: They also do a lot of beer dinners here and bring in the gourmet food for these events. Check them out!

Value: The beer is quite expensive compare to that of your standard brewpub, but after all... this is Dogfish Head! Their beer is much more experimental and labor intensive to make, so I personally feel it warrants the higher price. The food is on the reasonable side and deserves its place in the "Cheap Eats" section of the Washingtonian.

I go here at least once or twice a month and will continue to do so regularly. I'll let that be a testament to it's worthiness.

 2,547 characters

Photo of TheFunGuy
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Nice looking place, modeled halfway between an applebees and a nice country club grill.

The selection was about 10 on tap, one replaced while I was there. The servers were polite and knowledgeable. Please note I gave a 4.0 for selection for Dogfish's beer offerings

Sixes and fours of most of their beers were available for take-out for a price 10% over normal retail store prices. The bartenders really knew their stuff.

The food was county club grill, good tasting but a little overpriced compared to a Lost Dog type place.

I recommend it.

 546 characters

Photo of JOTAS
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Let me start off by saying that if you are a fan of beer especially those with "light" or "lite" in their names, this may not be your cup of tea. That being said, it may also awaken your senses and palette to one of the craft beer industries favorite brewery, Dogfish Head and their unique selection of beers.

If you are a fan of craft beer then you already know what to expect here. You'll find DF's seasonal and sometimes hard to find brews either on tap or in bottle.

With all this beer you'll need something to fill that stomach up to absorb some of the alcohol as these are high ABV (alcohol by volume) beers. The menu is typical pub fare. There are some stand outs like the spicy shrimp appetizer (if it's not on the menu you can still ask for it) as well as the Jambalaya which is spicy but will keep you digging back for more.

Their sandwiches are pretty darn tasty as well and the side of fries are nice tasty and appeared to be fried twice for that nice crunch and texture.

The curry chicken dish recently impressed the heck out of me. Spicy and delicious it was on point another entree to check out.

I'm not a big fan of their pizzas, their crust needs a little work but one pie does stand out and that's the Chesapeake which consists of pesto sauce, lump crab, asparagus, tomatoes, fresh basil, provolone blend and parmesan cheese. A very delicious pie for one or to share.

Honestly, the beer is what draws the crowds here but those few food gems do come through.

Buen Provecho!

 1,498 characters

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I travel to the Falls Church area a lot for work...well the DC area really, but stay close to DFH Alehouse on purpose. This place is amazing. You really cant beat the atmosphere. I usually sit at the bar, and there are TVs in each corner, but the people are super friendly and almost family like for such a popular place, so the TVs rarely get watched. The food is actually really really good! They wood grill a lot of the food and you can really taste it. The $5 burger mondays are great, as well as their daily happy hour specials.
The beer is great, obvi, and they always have a great seasonal selection/rotating selection, as well as their staples.
I live in NY and the (former) bartender knew me by name. That just show you how great they are (or that I go way to much). I look forward to working in the DC area just to go to dinner here.

 845 characters

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Checked this place out for the first time for my birthday dinner last week. The decor in here is pretty cool but with lots going on. service was very friendly and while not very knowledgeable about beer (which was to be expected) was very good.

My main complaint here is the beer is all served wayyy too cold. It took me 10 mins just to get my beer to warm up enough to really taste and smell. The prices on the none "standard" beers can be really steep. $9 for 12oz of Midas Touch is a little pricey to me but if I do pay that I would like the temp warm enough so I can actually taste it.

The food was pretty tasty and the overall experience was about what I expected. I will stop by again but I'll just stick to the cheaper beers on the menu.

 747 characters

Photo of jschonert
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 2 | food: 5

Was in the DC area and wanted to finally check out one of DFH's alehouses. I had been watching their Draft List on their iPhone app and was disappointed to see the day I went there (a Wednesday) had only 5 beers on tap.
Someone correct me if Im wrong, but watching the draft list over a few weeks, it seems that they restock their drafts on Thursday/Fridays so it seems the worse day to go would be Tuesday/Wednesday which is when I went.

For the beer selection, I was pretty disappointed. The beer was great to try and our waitress gave us plenty of samples, but we couldn't do a flight of beers since they didn't have a few of them that are included in the flights. No 90minute IPA that night. Definitely no 75minute. They only seemed to have the 60minute, the Lawnmower (water), and few of the other weird ones that I wasn't too fond of. Again, I checked the iPhone app the next day and they seemed to have everything. I would definitely check their website or the app before going.

The atmosphere was more like an Applebees or TGIFs, but theres nothing wrong with that. Great music in the background.

As for the food, it was amazing. My wife had the crab cakes and I had the Chesapeake Pizza. Both were great.

Prices were a bit steep. A pint was at least $5. Most meals were hitting you for about $20. They also sell their beer in bottles, but their prices are nothing to write home about. I could probably get it cheaper across the street and they would probably have a better selection anyway.

We will both return here again anytime we come back to the DC area. I just really hope we come on the weekend when their beer selection will be bigger than say 4 beers on tap. Would definitely recommend this place. Even for all the negatives I mentioned, we went there for the beer and food. The few beers we had were great and the food was amazing.

 1,855 characters

Photo of bamojr
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Went here last evening with some friends and had a very nice time. The atmosphere is pretty good but it was incredibly packed and noisy and we did have to wait some time for a table but it was all worth it. Our waitress was very attentive and took great care of us. The selection took a hit because a lot of their draft list was out and we had to get bottles and some of the year round bottles were also out, so I was a little bit disappointed in that. They did have great food and excellent beer to boot. It was a decent little chunk of change, but I think this place is worth it. I do feel it would be better if I went back and some of the taps were back in service, it may have just been that it was so busy they were running out of things.

great place.

 758 characters

Photo of jayhawk73
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Had lunch at the Dogfish Head Alehouse for the first time today. Been wanting to stop by for a long time. Atmosphere was good- I sat at the bar, and it wasn't too noisy. Several TV's were on for entertainment as well. I could see that if the place was packed it might get kind of loud. They had probably 10 beers on draft. I had the 90 minute IPA and the Black and Red. Both great. The bartender was attentive and very willing to strike up a conversation. Very good service... The food was fantastic. I had a BBQ burger, and it was one of the best burgers I've had in my life- Awesome! The beers did seem a little on the high side price-wise, and if you didn't get a sandwich the main entrees seemed a little on the steep side. That being said, I had a great experience, and will have to go back in the near future.

 815 characters

Photo of Radome
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have been here several times but have not reviewed before. The interior is modern and open. If there is anything negative to comment on, it's that the noise level can be a little high from all the table conversations.

Dogfish Head is my favorite US brewery because of the originality and willingness to stretch boundaries. This alehouse usually has about 10 beers on tap and few other limited bottled beers. Every beer they make and serve is delicious, in my experience.

My waitress was friendly and attentive. I had a nice conversation with her about the training the staff gets on the beers and brewing. I asked if she knew if the "Brewmaster" TV series would be back for a new season. She said the word in the company was that it was uncertain because Sam C. has so many other commitments and the series had taken a lot out of him. All staff I encountered was friendly and helpful.

The food was good. I had Canary pizza with pesto, caramelized onions, diced peppers, and more.

The prices were very reasonable. Pizza, sampler beers and a glass of Palo Santo was about $30 total. T-shirt was $15.

 1,106 characters

Photo of Jimmys
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

i have been to this particular dogfish head quite a few times now and this is review is from a cultivation of my visits.

when you walk into the place, the interior design is definitely funky. quirky shit hangs from the walls and ceilings. there are 2 large garage doors rolled up in the dining room. overall the atmosphere is unique and sticks with the "off-centered" design behind DF beers.
for the most part, service is pretty good. throughout my visits over the past year, i have actually noticed a lot of the same servers/bartenders. this means servers that are knowledgeable about the menu/beers, which doesnt always happen in this area.
beer selection is solid. most of the time they have all of DF's year-round offerings on draft as well as whatever is seasonal. they also have bottles of some of their finer offerings (be careful cause they jack the bottle prices up significantly! ($23 for an 12 oz. 18 month old bottle of WWS)). apparently sometimes they run out of some of their core beers (notably 60 and 90 min), but i have never experienced this tragedy.
i have still yet to have a bad food experience here. the wood-grilled pizzas are great, the burgers are good, there is a big salad selection, and the sandwiches are really good. i have never had anything off the entrees or dessert section, but im sure they are solid.
they beers are reasonably priced ($5.50 a pint, $6.75 for 90 min snifter) for the area. if you stick to the salads/burgers/sandwiches and only have a couple beers your tab shouldnt be much higher than $25.
overall i like coming to this place for some tasty grub and to grab a pint of something that may be harder to find in bottle or on tap at other draft-houses in the area.

 1,716 characters

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This alehouse is in the suburbs not too far from me which is a major bonus, so the restaurant was packed with families. Strollers, high chairs, and senior citizens galore. If you're looking for young and hip vibe, this probably isn't the place for you. That being said, the menu is really nice. They have something for everyone - tons of appetizers, probably 8-10 salad options, pizzas, pastas, burgers, sandwiches, etc. Everything was delicious and VERY generously sized. It's basically all standard American fare. I usually order the Alehouse BBQ burger with grilled asparagus instead of fries (though they are good!). I've had BBQ wings (very good), pizza (very good too), and chicken sandwich (not too shabby). The DFH classics are always available such as 60 minute, 75 minute, 90 minute, midas touch, lawnmower man, etc. I'd recommend going during happy hour for $1 or $2 off beers plus appetizer specials. Monday I think is the burger special and Weds/Thurs is the pizza special. Check on their website before trekking over. I personally like eating at the bar area to people watch and watch tv off their flat screens. I particularly enjoy their DFH ale on draft which arent available in bottles anywhere. Can't go wrong with Immort, Burton Baton, 90 minute, 120 minute, and WWW! However go easy since they price their beers way above what they retail for at Whole Foods or Total Wine.

Wait staff are always laid back and very nice. I miss their old manager there who used to buy me and my buddies a drink bc I was a regular there.

Thank you for being so close to me too.


 1,590 characters

Photo of ArlingtonBeer
3/5  rDev -26.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I loved this place the first couple times we tried it. But the last few trips were less than great. Last trip was the second time in a row they were out of 90 minute. They were also out of 60 minute and a couple others. We asked a few question of the waitress and found out a couple things. 1) They are not owned by dogfish. It is a franchisee. 2) They have no relationship with dogfish as far as getting beer. They have to get it from a distributor like everyone else. This is an ABC thing. 3) They don't stock bottles for when the kegs run out. Their food is decent but average, so the whole point of going here is fresh dogfish beer. If they can't keep it in stock, don't see the point with so many other places to get great beer.

 733 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Dogfish Head Alehouse in Falls Church, VA
4.08 out of 5 based on 89 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.