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Brasserie Beck

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Type: Bar, Eatery

1101 K St NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20005-4210
United States

(202) 408-1717 | map
beckdc.com

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Added by TuckerCarlson on 11-26-2007

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pDev:
9.95%
 
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4.94/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Possibly one of the best places I have ever drank beer! Never thought I would say that about a place but it's true. A co-worker and I checked this place out during a recent work trip and loved it! We didn't have reservations and did not end up eating here but enjoyed several beers at the bar later. That's my #1 tip make reservations, the place can get packed. That's also my only complaint, the place can get packed. However, who am I to be elitist or wish ill against the owners success. People flock here because it's great. The few dishes I saw people eating at the bar looked and smelled great. The place has a train station / transportation feel to it with frosted glass, tile, dark wood and lots of world time-zone clocks. It's basically a higher end Belgian restaurant and bar. The beer list is to die for if you are a fan of Belgian beer and they serve each in its own signature glass. Very nice! They have a lot of Belgian beer I have never been exposed to and I can't wait to return. Other than great service and selection the thing that sealed the deal was talking to resident beer expert Bill Catron. Awesome dude! I really enjoyed talking with him about beer and all the joy associated with it. If you see him there, strike up a conversation. Oh yea! Check out the wallpaper in the Men's restroom, nice! Do yourself a favor and stop by the Brasserie Beck if your visiting DC, you won't be sorry!

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Photo of elvisnj
4.9/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Its been over a year since I sat down for dinner and beer at this place but since it started my love affair with Belgian beer I am going to review it from memory. I am reviewing it more for the beer and less for the cuisine...

It has a great atmosphere. The entrance is beautiful with the stunning bar on the right and dining area straight ahead. The open kitchen is fantastic.

To be honest, I cant even remember what I ate. What I do remember is that our server was a Belgian beer expert and was quite passionate about the beer menu (which was huge).

I let him have the run of the beer menu for me and he was on target. I had a Chimay Grand Reserve (outstanding), Orval (outstanding) and some other dessert beer which was almost like champagne.

He made the night about beer for us and was perfect. We all agreed the food was good but the beer was exceptional. We finished off the night at the bar. Overall a great beer experience.

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Photo of snarl
4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The beer list is primarily Belgian, which makes sense. The executive chef/part owner is Belgian (his primary restaurant, Marcel's is one of the best in DC, swank and fantastic). The list of Belgian's is long and will likely have a number of selections that even the most insufferable of beer snobs have never had or even seen before.

As for the food - it's outstanding and is the primary draw. There are a number of Belgian staples and modern dishes. After going for lunch, brunch, and dinner, I could happily eat here every day. They have a beer sommelier, who will happily pair beers with your dishes. The guys at the bar are also happy to talk and select some nice beers for you.

It's not a cheap place and it's certainly upscale. If you're not looking sharp, you'll feel out of place. It's more of a nice restaurant that happens to have an outstanding beer list. The bar area is a great place to get some frites, hit up some raw bar selections and enjoy the beers. But, I've yet to see an open seat, even at lunch.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.83/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Atmosphere- Modern European. Very cool, clean, higher class with touches of old world influence. A statue of Manekin Pis above the door. A central kitchen visible from the dining floor. It was nice in there to say the least. They could use a little more standing room near the bar, but really, that's the only negative thing I could say about the atmosphere.

Quality- Absolutely everything about this place screams quality. The beverage and food selections, the multiple waiters working each table, the Cicerone on-hand to help with beer selections. Everything was immaculately clean- nothing short of amazing.

Service- Again, nothing short of amazing service. At the bar (which was packed with people), the bartender greeted us with beer menus in-hand and somehow managed to get us drinks in a timely manner whilst juggling dozens of other patrons. At the dinner table, the multiple waiters were extremely attentive and helpful. And the Cicerone just made the night for us. I wish I caught his name... he was extremely knowledgeable, and once he knew that we were there for the beer, he hooked us up with some fantastic off-menu selections, including Russian River Damnation!

Selection- An incredible selection of beer both on draught and in bottle. And as I mentioned, some special off-menu stuff exists as well. Definitely once of the best beer selections in DC.

Food- Nothing short of incredible. Even the bread served at the table was some of the most delicious, doughy, flavorful bread I have ever had. Their cheese platter was exquisite, their Beer Carbonade was to-die-for, and their salmon was out of this world. Presentation, texture, flavor, aroma, everything about the food was incredible.

Overall- It's a bit pricey, but worth every penny. I can't wait to go back!

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Photo of pinotboy007
4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

A fantastic addition to DC and only a 8-minute walk to Verizon Center/China Town.

The atmosphere is what I'd describe as dignified and energetic. It's beautiful to be and the tables and chairs are nice but the place can get DAMN loud and crowded, especially if you're at the bar on a weekend evening. Saw the staff walk around inspecting the wine and beer glasses to make sure they were clean and polished.

The service is quite good considering the volume of patrons. The wait staff knows their beer and wines, which are too numerous to begin listing.

The beer selection is in a binder; Belgian offerings are staggering. The wine selection is superb with even some of the cult wines from the Pacific Northwest (US) available. Each offering of beer or wine is matched the proper stemware. Wow.

Food is exceptional. The appetizers are also amazing and not so massive that you can't order dinner, too. The mussels are excellent and so are the soups and pretty much anything else you can think of on the menu. The desserts looked great, too.

Value - there are ales on the menu that cost $65.00. A 10 oz draft Christmas Corsendonk cost $12.00. The food is decently priced for what you get and so I give this place two thumbs-up. GO THERE.

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Photo of alysmith4
4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Wow, what a great find, not too far from my apartment. This place isn't what I would have expected on decor, but it grows on you as the night goes. The quality of food and beer is exceptional, the service is great, and the selection is.. well, they have everything it seems! I asked the waiter for a few suggestions on beer, and he hit the mark each time. The food was some of the best I've had.. especially the duck confit. I'd go back just for that and a one of their puckery sour ales. Oh and the frites and mussels are excellent too!

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Photo of ferrari29
4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

What is missing with Brasserie Beck? Nothing. This is my highest rated beer bar and restaurant. I fell in love with Beck the moment I walked in, the atmosphere is up-scale and carries with it a classy (a mix between 'throw back' and contemporary European style) sophistication.
I was impressed with the quality and service of the wait staff. The beer bottle presentation and glass pours were top notch and were presented exquisitely. The attention to detail was great. With an on-site beer sommelier (Thor is the man), you can't go wrong with their trusted advice and perfect food pairing. Their menu is based around a prime choice of mussels, served in various styles from wine and garlic to goat cheese and smoked bacon. Sandwiches are great and the fries were amazing; served with a great selection of dipping sauces. Presentation, texture, flavor, aroma, everything about the food was incredible and delicious.
The draft beer selection is top-notch, my wife had a Antigoon Double Blond Ale and loved it. They also have Klokke Roeland, Straffe Hendrik, Bacchus, Bavik Pils and Kasteel Rouge on draft. Their bottle selection offers many different Belgian based brews ranging from Pilsner, Kolsch, Belgian Style Blond Ales, Belgian Style Amber Ales, Beglian Style Bubbel Ales, Belgian Style Tripel Ales, Belgian Style Strong Golden Ales, Belgian Style Strong Dark Ales, Farm House Style Ales, Red Ales, Sour and Sweet Lambic, IPA, Fruit Beer, Wheat Based Ales, Doppelbock, Stout/Porters, and finish your meal off with a small but perfect selection of Barleywines. I was very impressed and would recommend to others.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Brasserie Beck is all that you've heard: a very incredible, high end Belgium beer bar. To drink Belgian beers, I've never seen such an array of pure Belgian ales in the states. The mangar, Thor, who I met as a bartender at Birreria Paradiso nearly two years ago, is the best beer bartender I've ever had for a drinking session and is doing a great job at BB. The bartender was friendly and knoweldgable, and adjusted well not only to chat with me about cool beers but found beers for those who walked in dumbfounded by the choices and had know idea that they were at a beer destination. I ended up with four drafts of well served, unique beers. A fine afternoon at the rail.

Drawbacks: very high end for me as an establishment. I went in the afternoon and sat at the bar specifically to avoid the restaurant because I prefer not. Walking by the lunch crowd, the meals looked fantastic--works of art. I ended up ordering frites (Belgian/Dutch fries served with mayo and other condiments for those not aquainted) with three types of mayo blends. I'm not sure how, but the mayo blends were fantastic--weird statement, but true. Frites were excellent. I ordered that basically because I really like authentic frites and I'm a vegetarian and it was pretty much the only option. The bartender worked to give me several options by recomendations and adjustments to help, though there is little. If you're into mussels, etc., it's a fine place. If you are a foodie, this is your place, I think.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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Photo of SwillBilly
4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Had the pleasure of meeting Guinnessdoc and his wife for dinner on 2/8/08 at Beck. Located about 2 blocks north of Cap City Brewery, Beck is situated in the 1st floor of an office building. Upon entering this busy restaurant/bar, you are greeted promptly by the very friendly Matre D. We had reservations for 8:00 and were seated immediately. The decor is like and old european train station, with lots of exposed duct work and clocks. Very sleek and stylish. Also, if you are lucky and can get a table overlooking the open kitchen. A forewarning, this place can get crowded in a hurry, so reservations are a must if you like eating at a normal hour. Anyway, once seated the waitress handed handed us a leather bound menu just for BEER !!, you typically get this type of menu with a wine list but this was a 1st for me. About 15 high quality Belgians on tap and at least another 75 or so bottles can be had. Started with a Bacchus on draft. Refreshingly tart flanders red. As for food, we ordered Frites with 3 sauces and a cheese platter. Frites were fantastic. Entrees at the table were a luscious Red Snapper, roast port with cabbage and mustartd sauce (tart and outstanding), steak and beef carbonade. All the dishes were memorable. We ordered a couple of bottles of different beers (sorry can't remember the brewers) and we able to meet Bill Catron, who is the beer Sommelier. He is one of the few people in the US that has been Knighted by the The Belgian Brewers Guild. He is so enthusiastic about his job and talking beer. It was a pleasure to meet and to talk to him. He also took away our glasses and came back with the appropriate matching goblet to the bottle we were drinking. Overall, this is a must try restaurant for the food and the beer. Another warning, this place isn't cheap but its well worth it. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Finally got a chance to visit the bar just for drinks and some frites. I ordered the Kasteel Rouge, not completely reading the description and was promptly served a cherry, slightly sour, slightly cough syrupy Belgian. It was good, but I should have chosen elsewhere. The fries were really nice, the "trio" or mayonaise always makes me happy as I'm a complete mayonaise whore. Service was prompt and very accomodating for a bar, our server approached us soon after seating, and not having to order from the bar is a huge plus.
Atmosphere was a lot of fun, my girlfriend who joined me said it's unlike Brussels only in that it's a lot bigger, but I really liked the nice touches like the "napkins" and the bathrooms were nice too. Overall, the beers were pricey ($7 and up), but not overly so for DC. If you're looking for a great selection of Belgian beers on draft or rarities in bottles, this is the place to be.

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Photo of sholland119
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

A high end Belgian restaurant that marries high end Belgian cuisine (who knew?) with a killer beer list.

The restaurant consists of a well appointed dining room, 15-20 seat bar and a lot of seasonal outdoor seating. The bar was nice but with a high d***bag factor so we opted to sit in the dining room in a cozy booth. Very nice!

Beer list was extensive and exclusively Belgian (even the pilsener!). Draft beers included Kwak, Blanche de Bruxelles and Samichlaus(first time I have ever seen in draft). On the bottle list, lots of gueze(s?), saisons, trappist ales of various sorts, over 100 in all. Pricey at about $10 for an 11.2 oz and up to $35 for a couple of 750ml saisons but many beers I had not seen before.

The dinner menu was extensive, with Belgian standards like waterzooi, frites with a mayonnaise trio, many mussels preparations. We had cod and veal chop specials that were more classic in preparation but extremely well executed. Great sauces, great sides. About as good a meal as we have had anywhere.

Service was very pleasant and professional.

Certainly not an every day, or even every month place, but for a special occasion this is about as good as it gets.

HV

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Photo of beeryes
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Great Belgian beer is a conversation stopper. One sip and the neon “WOW” sign flashes in your brain. Your generous side thinks, “Hey, everybody, try some of this!” But your selfish side says, “Excuse me, guys, while I just zone out and commune with this beer.”

This happens a lot at Brasserie Beck, which has by far Washington, DC’s best selection of Belgian beers. If you like these beers, or if you’ve just heard about them, don’t miss this place.

Eleven Belgians are on tap. Bavik, which is always available, raises the pedestrian flavor profile of the typical light pilsner (including Stella Artois) to amazing new heights. Others taps offer glorious versions of red ales, golden ales, and brown ales. There are also generally a few rarities -- like the Petrus Dubbel and Kasteel Rouge that the bar is currently pouring. More familiar, but always welcome, Belgian beers like Corsendonk, Lucifer and St. Bernardus round things out. The famous Trappist ales are often available on tap, too.

The real treasures are on the bottled beer list, however. It’s a leather-bound list that runs sixteen pages, individually (and accurately) describing the more than 120 Belgian beers that the restaurant carries. The beers are kept at the right temperature and carefully poured into the glassware that each brewery recommends.

Folks, if you like Belgian beer, it truly doesn’t get much better than this. You’d have to head to Monk’s Café in Philadelphia, or to a few bars in Belgium itself, to find the rare bar that has a wider selection of these wonderful beers.

And even the few places with more Belgian beers don't necessarily have better ones. The main reason Beck's does is Bill Catron, their beer guy. Chat him up if you go in; he’s usually around. Unassuming and easygoing but passionate about beer, this guy knows Belgian beer like nobody you’ll ever meet. Bill would never tell you this, but according to a recent article in the Washington Post, he’s one of the very few Americans ever “knighted” by the Belgian brewers guild. Bill’s many pals in the Belgian brewing community make sure he gets a steady stream of the best stuff.

The food menu is also excellent. Of course, Belgian style fries and mussels are available to accompany your beer. But you may also be tempted to try other Belgian specialities like chicken waterzooi (a soup/stew), beef carbonnade, braised pork belly, and shrimp croquettes. Even the humble but delicious side dish “stompe,” rarely seen outside working class cafes in Belgium, is available.

All of this comes for a price, alas. Brasserie Beck is not cheap. Few beers are less than $8. Most are $10-$12. Larger size bottles are typically around $28, and ascend to over $60. The food menu is expensive, too. A couple of beers, mussels and fries, taxes and tip -- and you're north of 40 bucks.

It’s a shame that Beck’s doesn’t offer “beer flights” like Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown, so you can try a bunch of the tap beers without flattening your wallet.

Two more negatives: it’s mobbed at happy hour and most people are wearing somewhat upscale clothes. Go in before 5:30pm or after 7:30pm to count on getting seats at the bar. (For the restaurant, reserve ahead.) Dress up a little if you care what other people are wearing.

Beck’s is a splurge; there’s no getting around it. But, hey, it’s OK to live a little now and then!

Public transport access: great. Brasserie Beck’s is three short blocks up 11th St. NW from the Metro Center stop on Metro’s Blue, Orange and Red Lines. It’s only five short blocks to the Gallery Place station where you can catch the Green and Yellow lines.

Also, Washington's red "Circulator" busses run along K Street, right in front of Beck's.

Walking from the Metro Center subway stop, you’ll pass the Capitol City Brewpub at 11th and H Streets. A word of advice for those tempted to stop in: do so BEFORE you hit Beck’s, not after. Cap City is a pleasant enough place, but their pretty good beers will seem very disappointing after you've had a few at Beck’s.
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Photo of Sludgeman
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

9/1/17 - Visited many times since this original review. Still great service, food, and beer selection. The mussels are great, try the red spicy thai version. Reduced the vibe from 4.75 to 4.5.
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Visited on a Thursday afternoon, after the lunch rush before dinner, the week before Christmas. Only spent time at the bar. A very polished clientle.

Food - I did not sample the food on this visit, but from past visits BB has a very tasty menu, albeit one that can fill you up quickly. What I might consider high quality, but typical brasserie food.

Beer - An excellent selection almost exclusively focused on Belgian beers, both on tap and by the bottle. I did find a Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout, which I ordered since I had never had one before.

The bartender, a young lady in her twentys was very knowledgable. She indicated that she was studying to be a cicerone. It was a pleasure talking beer and an opportunity to learn which I did not pass up. If only all my bartenders were this friendly and knowledgable.

Thursday afternoon also happen to be that time when one of the distributors made his visit to show his new wears. Staff kindly invited me to sit in as the distributor showed off about eight new beers. I was asked my opinion and I gave it. What a wonderful treat!

Very pleased with the BB. It is a regular stop for me when I need a good beer.

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Photo of StoutHearted
4.64/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

So this is where the good beer is hiding in D.C.! OK, that is a little unfair to the handful of beer places that really do try, but this stands out as a fancy man/gal's fancy beer bar. Despite the upscale atmosphere, there were plenty of people dressed casually - including me - and no one was giving the stinkeye about it. The bar area is very brightly lit and the high ceilings make it look more spacious than it is. There are a couple of TVs tuned to the sports channels.

The selection is phenomenal - a large selection of Belgians and an interesting tap list with brews such as Kasteel Rouge, Bacchus, and Barbar. Great selection of geuzes were found in the extensive bottle list. However, these beers are not cheap. I would save a trip to this place for payday.

I didn't order any food, but saw what other people had. It appeared to be upscale brasserie food with small portions. However, as I didn't order, take that with a grain of salt.

Staff was very friendly, and freely offered smaples to anyone who asked, even to those in the restaurant. They seemed to know the beer and were very good at keeping up with everyone despite the crowd.

A definite recommendation, don't let the fancy atmosphere intimidate you. You know your beer, walk in with confidence. The place is very welcoming.

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Photo of thekanna
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This place reminds me more of great beer bars in Brussels and the rest of Belgium than anywhere else I've ever seen in the States.

This place has a lively European beer bar atmosphere where many people are crowded around the bar just taking in the conversation and enjoying good beer. The place has a whole historic high-class pub feel to it, as if you'd almost expect to walk outside and see an art deco street in 1930's New York. The couple of LCDs around the restaurant showing sports games almost detracts from the atmosphere.

The beer selection was quite amazing; their menu informed me that they're the only ones to sell Gentse Tripel and Bacchus on tap in the entire United States. Bottled selection was quite varied-- almost all of them Belgian-- and certainly all of them very good selections. Even my friend who doesn't like beer was impressed at the descriptions of the beer varieties in the menu. He ended up ordering a St. Bernardus Abt. 12, which he enjoyed very much and said matched the description very well, almost comparing it to a fine wine.

Our server was a bit rushed and tended to forget things, and it seemed like he was overwhelmed with too many customers. However, he was friendly made great recommendations to our table and the table beside us, and really knew his beers. Also, the food was absolutely excellent: I've never gotten Belgian food this good outside of Belgium. The food was fairly overpriced, but where else can you find great Flaamse Stoverij, roasted rabbit loin, or crispy skate wing in DC?

P.S. Please be sure to check out the wallpaper on the men's bathroom if you're here. Let's just say, it's practically vaudevillian, and in a design pattern that you'd never expect (except maybe in a 1910's burlesque show).

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Visited on a recent business trip to DC:

Atmosphere - Walked in around 7pm and the place was very full. Called in earlier in the day and they stated that the only reservations that were available were after 10pm, so it appears to be popular. The bar area was very crowded and I had to wait for a place at the bar, which took 10-15 minutes. The place had classic rock playing in the background which added a very nice touch. The space is modern and just felt like a good place to hang out. The only real downside, if you want to call it that, is that there were quite a few people at the bar that were not knowledgeable about Belgian beers or the style. But honestly, it added some humor for me ask they would ask for a hoppy beer or something similar to a BMC and the bartender would just give them whatever he felt like. Very entertaining.

Both the beer quality and the food quality were good. I had the mussels and they were really well prepared. The beers were also served in the proper glassware, temperature and carbonation level.

The service was good. The place was packed and I was at the bar, so I actually thought that it was better than some places that I have been that are not as crowded. The bartender was very knowledgeable and made some very good recommendations.

I thought that the prices were reasonable, $6-$12 for beers and the food seemed reasonable as well, but having lived on the east coast for a number of years and now living in the south, I can see how some think that it might be expensive.

Overall, if you are in DC and you like Belgian style beers, this is a must. I plan on visiting the next time in DC.

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Photo of 86sportster883
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Trendy and upscale are not two adjectives usually associated with the places I typically find myself drinking beer in. But, DC is different from most major US cities in that even if you're considered a local, you're probably originally from somewhere else. Thus, fitting in at the local hip spot in town is less of a challenge.

I had some reservations about going to Brasserie Beck, up until I got there. When I did, I found ample space at the bar along with both friendly staff and patrons. I had several excellent Belgian beers along with the best steamed mussles and Belgian frites I've ever had. I started with the half price draft beer specials that included Huyghe's Artevelde ($4.25) and Campus Pilsner ($3), followed by a DeKoninck ($4.25). When asked which draft would go well with my mussels (in white wine and garlic) I was served a Kasteel Blond ($9), while my night cap was an excellent Flemish red ale called Bacchus ($8.50).

Along with a dozen and a half excellent Belgian drafts, the Brasserie Beck offers an extensive selection of bottled Belgians. Some I had not seen here in the States before, especially their Artisanal Belgian offerings. If you're into Belgian beers and good Belgian style dishes, this is the place to go to when in DC. You're going to wind up dropping some coin in this place, but I found it ot be a worthwhile indulgence.

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Photo of SShelly
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Went to a late lunch at brasserie beck on the reccomendation of a friend. First glance at the beer menu shows that anyone who is a belgian beer fan is in for a treat. First glance at the menu shows that your wallet is going to get dinged. Ended up getting a kwak to go with my lamb sandwhich all very tasty. Service was friendly and knowledgable, our waiter was reasonably well versed in the beer. Atmoshphere was decent if not a little sterile, very bright and light inside. Overall a very enjoyable experience that I might do again.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I've been here about a dozen times in the past two years and ALWAYS make a visit here on a trip to DC.

This looks and feels like an upscale Brussels brasserie. The food is great, and it is always entertaining to watch the entire kitchen prepare the food in the open. There is a large bar area, with usually about 10 draft beers. They alternate between commercial (Palm) and artisinal (Alvinne), I go for the latter. They have a daily happy hour from 5-7 with half-price beers. Not to be missed.

Great mussels in a bunch of different varieties and superb twice-cooked frites. Good choices of fresh oysters in season, with the seafood chef working right at the bar in full view. Entrees are delicious. I used to come for the rabbit cooked with kriek, but that has unfortunately dissapeared from the menu.

Draft beer choice is limited, but they always have some good beers that are available for happy hour. Some of the draft beers get pricy, such as St. Feuillien blond at $11--you can see how happy hour matters.

Extensive beer menu with bottles to satisfy many a beer connaisseur. Very pricy with a wine markup. A bomber of Stillwater Stateside saison will put you back $27. Lambic choices are rather pedestrian, with St. Louis, Giradin, and Oud Beersel being the only entries. C'mon, get some 3 Fonteinen and Cantillon in there.

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Photo of glid02
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Stopped by here one night on a recent visit to the area.

Atmosphere is really nice - I felt like I should've been wearing a jacket and tie. The bar is much larger than I initially thought, it wraps around to another side I didn't see until I left and looked through the windows. Tons of seating as well.

Quality is good, both beers I had - de Huyghe's Campus and Bacchus - came in the proper glassware with a good amount of head.

Service is good. I walked in and was told the kitchen had just closed but to feel free to sit at the bar, which would be open "until everyone left". The bartender got drinks out quickly.

Selection was very good. They really do have some rare Belgian beers on the menu, but I found it interesting that there are multiple on-tap reviews for Bacchus in the US, while they claimed to be the only bar in the US to serve that on-tap. That doesn't take away from the great quality available, I just found it odd.

The prices were expensive, even for DC. One beer was $13 on-tap, with numerous others over $10.

Overall this place is definitely worth checking out, though there are a few other places that I'll be visiting first the next time I'm in the area. Maybe this will change after I grow out of my post-college phase.

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Brasserie Beck in Washington, DC
Place rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 58 ratings
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