Dr. Granville Moore's

Dr. Granville Moore'sDr. Granville Moore's
Dr. Granville Moore'sDr. Granville Moore's
Bar, Eatery

1238 H St NE
Washington, District of Columbia, 20002-4445
United States

(202) 399-2546 | map

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4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.75

A Belgian bar in a 1900 (yes, 1900, that's not a typo) rowhouse with Baltimore-style Formstone facade on H Street in D.C.? Yes, please! I probably couldn't dream up a better setting and vibe for a bar. The drinks are good, too.

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3.54/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

I really wanted to like this place, though had a few issues. Its a fine line between 'hole in the wall' character and construction zone, this spot errs more towards a mid-renovations vibe with exposed wiring and walls that seemed half finished. Beer selection was almost exclusively begians, very good quality brews. Service was spotty- the appetizer that we ordered arrived after our entrees. The ingredients were of high quality, though preparation seemed off. We arrived later in the evening- sometime between 9 and 10pm so my ratings reflect some reservation in judgments. Given this spot's reputation, I'd be interested in giving it another shot if I'm ever in the neighborhood. It seems to have alot of potential.

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bl00 from Pennsylvania, Nov 28, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

This hole in the wall bar has an outstanding selection of craftbeers, but specializes in Belgian styles. During my last visit (early September 2014), I had Perennial's The Last Word on draft and a bottle of Ommegang's Hennepin. The staff was awesome and gave tasting from their drafts before we committed to buying a whole glass. I will certainly be visiting again soon!

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kellyej from Virginia, Sep 13, 2014
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4.71/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

It's easy to compare the price of a glass of draft beer at Granville vs. other popular beer bars in DC. But the sticker price is not what's important.

The commitment to a high-quality, high-turnover draft list at this joint sets it apart. The 8-10 beers on tap change almost every week, and the draft list is almost always full of hard-to-find beverages. Want local DC brewery sour experiments on tap right beside Stift Gregorius? Not a problem here.

Make friends with the bar staff and they'll showcase the off-menu bottle list. Adventurous drinkers are sure to be pleased.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Granville Moore's is very easy to miss. In fact, I walked past it by a block and had to look it up on my GPS to figure out where I was. It really is smaller inside, w/ a bar and smaller tables to eat at. It was darker on the inside, w/ wood accents. The beer menu was pretty good if you like Belgian beers! There were a bunch of great beers on draft- including Gulden Draak Quad- something I'd never even heard of before. Tons of bottles as well. If you can't find something you like here, you don't like beer. My food was good, typical pub fare. Service was prompt, and fairly good- but our waitress didn't seem to know a lot about the beers. Granville Moore's is a little on the expensive side, but it is DC, so that can be forgiven. Still, you can drop some serious bread here if you're not careful. A pretty nice pub/restaurant, and a nice addition to the DC beer scene.

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jayhawk73 from Maryland, Nov 12, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Took some time to get around to reviewing the Dr. here. Been many times before.

A very small place with an unassuming sign out front. Seems not that interesting. However, stepping inside you're surrounded by wooded charm that looks incredibly old and dark. The place feels like a time warp as if you stepped into an old tavern that looks actually real. It's tiny and a little cramped.

The place is always busy but for all its crampped feeling it doesn't seem loud. Service is quite good and does offer some of the basic Belgians on tap and in bottles. Once in awhile a few things stick out for selection but not by much. Prices here aren't too bad either.

Can't go wrong with the moules et frites here either, they are really good. You walk in an see them steaming off of peoples tables and that's it you're sold.

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Smakawhat from Maryland, Apr 16, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

50 Belgian beers, plus mussels and frites makes a nice option in an area of town that isn't known for its beer culture (to put it mildly). Nothing rare on their list, but quality abounds. I wish they served up De Struise beers. It was definitely a hole in the wall, and we loved the ambiance but extremly small and narrow - not fun on packed days. The food was served quickly and didn't disappoint except for the Burgers which wasnt that great. I'd do mussles here and that's it. Beers are very pricy and probably not worth it if you can buy them from any beer shop unless they had some good stuff ON TAP such as Ommegang's Adoration Ale.

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CuriousMonk from District of Columbia, Feb 18, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A very sought after spot in the gentrifying H Street corridor. Run-down, rustic, and cozy vibe, with nice Belgium pub fare, and a fair bottle selection of Belgium brews, and a few Belgium inspired American brews.

It´s a bit too trendy for what it is worth. The lines/wait and overall capacity require patience and a desire to visit the place. Located in a retrofitted two-level terrace house, it has 3 areas with seating alongside a mid-size bar on each floor.
Somewhat decadent and recycled decor hidden under low lighting works fairly well. Plenty of rust and dented wood...

It offers a fair and slightly pricey Belgium bottle selection, about 50 or 60 beers, in a Belgium only menu. It feels a bit perfunctory and the presentation in the booklet could do with some work but if you know what you are getting into the list is fine. They also have a few things not present on the menu and one needs to check out the chalkboards to find other stuff. For the most part nothing particularly remarkable but some American brewers with Belgium inspiration are found here, for instance Ommegang or Unibroue. All in all it is not that the beer profile was somewhat perfunctory, or even that it chooses to go for a Belgium emphasis that for the most part puts behind local and US craft offerings, but more so that it had a marked Belgium macro character, specially with most taps, and with Stella Artois being the most visible brew in the hands of patrons, with the odd Leffe peppered here and there. It felt that a bit more care introducing the kind of brews they list would make it feel actually a bit more authentic under the constructed scenery of the place.

The food rescues the place quite a bit, and after the long wait it tastes glorious, in particular the mussels are quite reliable and tasty. Staff was nice but gave the feeling of being rushed and was not particularly eager to explain much about any specials, brews outside of the menu, or any other kind of broader exchange. Correct but with the impression of wanting to get things done and out of the way as soon as possible.

All in all it was a pleasing visit, but while recommendable it is not a spot that I will make a destination out of.

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Daniellobo from District of Columbia, Mar 22, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I am interested by the fact that this place is located in a somewhat rundown looking neighborhood house in a more than rundown and quasi-dodgy section of H Street. Rumor has it that it used to be Dr. Granville Moore's office years back. An interesting tidbit, that adds a nostalgic aspect. I would call it out of the way, but can't speak for everyone's point of origin. In fact, the sign noting this establishment is so small, and somewhat inconspicuously located, that if you aren't specifically looking for it by street number, you very well could walk right by.

Inside, the bar has a pretty dark atmmosphere, with wooden tables, benches, and bar-both downstairs and upstairs. Both bars are cozy, somewhat claustrophobic, and have a lot of character. Available drafts and suggested bottles are listed on a chalkboard behind bars that seat approximately 15 guests. There are about 10 medium-sized tables on each levels. Both times I've visited have been late afternoon and early evening, but I can imagine that on weekend evenings this place would get very packed. Moderately loud music (mix of rock and blues it seems) adds to an engaging vibe. This is a pretty welcoming and homey place for groups and individuals looking for a pretty laid back environment.

There are four taps downstairs and three upstairs (though I think one overlaps, making six total). Beers on tap are okay. The presence of Hoegaarden and Palm, pretty mediocre brews for a Belgian bar with limited number of taps, take a bit away from my impression of overall selection. Bottle list is impressive, with all styles pretty well covered. My one complaint there would be that I've yet to notice anything that stands out as a "Wow, I needed to come to Granville Moore's to get this beer," meaning there are no real surprises there. Nonetheless, very solid offerings both 11.2 oz and 750 ml bottles, with the emphasis completely on Belgians. If you don't like Belgian beers, you probably won't find anything to drink (outside of liquor) here.

Quality is very good. Beer served in proper glassware at proper temps. Never have I viewed anything poured poorly either via tap or bottle. Servers are friendly and somewhat beer saavy, though on my last trip I did have to do a bit of convincing to make the server believe the beer I was asking for was on their order board. It was satisfactorily settled after a couple of minutes. Have never had the food, so can't comment there.

The main complaint, and it is major, about Granville Moore's is what they charge for their products. Everything is way overpriced. Individual 11.2 oz bottles of typical Belgian brews start at $10 per and go up. Don't be surprised to pay $12 for each of the following: Piraat, Gulden Draak, St. Bernardus. All very fine beers, world class even, but things to be found at other good beer bars across town for at least 2-3 (if not 4-5) bucks less. Drafts are typically $10 for a 10-12 oz. pour. I know it's D.C. and all, but compare the prices of Pizza Paradiso and Church Key for example (bars in much more accessible locations, to boot) or Bierra Paradiso (a more desirable location); or even the Quarry House Tavern down the street from me, and GM's comes out looking like a price-gouger. Similar inflation for 750s (start at $25 and go up). I will pull no punches here and say that what the owners have determined to be justifiable prices are ridiculous. But I guess it works for them juging by popularity.

On the whole this is a very good place. It doesn't compare to the really world class beer bars in the U.S. that I've been to. Monk's in Philly, the Hop Cat in Grand Rapids, The Publick House in Boston, the Toranado in San Diego, the Horse Brass in Portland are all significantly better than Granville Moore's. And those places, despite their renown and fame, charge much fairer and more reasonable prices for unbelieveable selections of beer. To my mind, Granville Moore's is worth a visit once or twice when in the neighborhood, to say you've been there. Then make your own evaluation about whether the combination of high quality, great beers, but all too high pricing make it worth future visits.

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macpapi from Oregon, Mar 10, 2010
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4.45/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Decided to see what this H street stuff is all about so my wife and I popped in here for dinner one night. First, if you don't know the address, you will likely miss it, the signage is not great. Its really dark inside and usually pretty busy. We were fortunate to get a table for two in the upstairs. We were thrilled.

The food menu is pretty limited but there are several sandwiches, french fries, and mussels and the food is really really good. It doesn't matter what you order, its all good.

The beer menu features about 50 beers all from Belgium. All decent beers, most I had seen before or had before. They had three beers on draft as well. Our waitress knew a lot about beer and she and I had a decent give and take about the selection and limitations of distribution. I asked her why there was no gueuze on the menu and she said they couldn't get any from their distributor and then directed my attention to two beers on the menu she thought were similar to gueuze. Very helpful.

The only drawback is that the food and the beer is a little pricey, but I understand. I won't go back frequently but I will return when I have a special occasion. This is a very cool place.

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drabmuh from Maryland, Feb 17, 2010
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4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in here with a local friend who had been wanting to try the place. At 6pm on a Friday, the place was packed. We had a beer in the corner by the bar and waited for a table, instead two places at the bar opened up and we grabbed that instead.

Food selection is pretty limited, but if you like mussels and french fries, you will be in heaven. We split a huge bowl of mussels with a curry cream sauce and spicy lamb sausage, lots of crusty bread to soak up the juices. I had a bison tenderloin w/ fries for dinner and I think my friend had a bison burger. The steak was excellent, cooked as ordered.

The beer selection is insane if you like belgian beers. The beer is a little pricey, but not out of line with what you would pay somewhere else in the city. We each had 3 or 4 (maybe 5) beers (lots of trappists) and our bill was approximately $180 before a tip, expensive but worth it.

If you don't know your belgian beers, the bartender (I think her name was Shawn) could definitely help you out. I got the feeling she had tried every beer they served and knew the style characteristics of each.

If you are in DC, this place is highly recommended. The next time I am in the city, I am going back.

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wspscott from Kentucky, Nov 11, 2009
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4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Have to say, I wish this place was in NW., but then again, if it was, it would be even more crowded.

The first time I went here, I was turned away with a 3 hour wait at 6:30 on a Thursday night Not cool. The second time I went, I got right in and was seated upstairs. The decor is pretty rustic (and by rustic I mean, big boards of old wood nailed together and much of the inside of the walls torn out and just, kind of left there). H St NE is on the up and up, but it is extremely inconvenient to get to, there being no metro within 14 blocks of the place.

The price is a BIG factor. I, like many of my beer drinking colleagues, shop on a weekly basis or several times a week in various beer stores in the area. I'm constantly paying attention to prices. Tap beers are more moderate and include such beers as McChouffe, DeKoninck, Van De Keizer Rood. About 60 bottles, including sour lambics, trappists, doubles, tripels, quads, etc. etc. Prices range anywhere from $6 for a Stella on tap to $50 for a Malheur 750ml bottle that I could probably purchase at my home grocer for $10-$12. But they do have some cool limited bottles, such as the Fantome Black Ghost, Achel Extra, and the Van De Keizer Cuvee. Each of these are served in a specific glass that corresponds to the taste of the beer, each with a matching logo, which is usually a good gauge of how well a place respects their beer.

The waiters are receptive, not too opinionated, and nice, but even with the place being relatively dead when I went, I still had to grab the waiter for a drink each time I wanted a new one and push him to give his recommendation within certain styles.

The food is very good. I had the blue cheese mussels and frites, which were absolutely delicious, and went well with about every beer I tried. The menu is tiny and offerings limited, but they are good and well-prepared.

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TLove from District of Columbia, Jul 21, 2009
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4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Holy dodgy neighborhood. And you're saying there's a good Belgian place here somewhere? A question I already knew the answer to as we had attempted to visit this place last year when in for the very same SAVOR event, but found it closed having arrived too early in the day. This time, things are going to be different, you'll see. So, where is this place again? Past the Popeye's, the brickface front building in a strip of stuff with a large Chimay bannered window up front and Dr. Granville Moore's shingle still hanging above; this must be the place...

Entering into the deep dimly litness of this place having walked the neighborhood's bright blight light of day, it takes a minute or two to get your head adjusted. Open not an hour yet this afternoon, the place was well jamming. A slat wood bar, "L" shaped stooling about a dozen sits long & tight to the right, with 4 taps on 2 ceramic towers of 2 each on the end. Tiered booze and bottled selections displayed on the center of the barback, cupboard coolers to both sides, some wines lined above with more bottled selections there. Rafter ceilings, the old marks on the walls where a staircase had been, some brick and some weathered walls painted; the whole deal intentionally beaten up looking and it works here. Adjacent booths run the length of the bar and a big board on the far wall lists tap selections & new bottles.

Past the bar and up the stairs, another bar just like the one downstairs. The center of the bar back being a coolertop counter, booze lined below a small mirror on beaten back wall, the grill of an old dial radio above, wood units shelving housing glassware to both sides of center, and bottles lining the length above end to end with Tripel Karmeliet glasses displayed. A single 3 tap tower on the corner here, different than the 4 taps on downstairs. A half dozen tables run adjacent to and then forward the bar in the front windows. Drop cylinder lamps overhead, wall mounted lamps and another beer board listing some specialty bottled selections. We parked up here for a beer, something quick as quick can reasonably be and then we're off for SAVOR.

Choices, 7 taps in all; 3 upstairs (McChouffe, Gouden Carolus Classic, Hoegaarden) and 4 downstairs (DeKoninck, Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor & Van De Keizer Rood, Stella) but you can only get what's on that floor on that floor unless you want to run for it yourself. Mike & I settled on the McChouffe, served in its appropriate glassware. Nothing really stellar tapwise, but it's more a bottle place and oh, them bottles are pricey. 5 dozen Belgians on the bottled list itself, the priciest things on the list being the Hanssens Oudberje & Cantillon Gueuze entries in sour/lambic for $23 each. I think a 375ml of the Cantillon Gueuze for $23 is a bit much, and a De Dolle Oer Bier for $15? Ouch! And the Trappists; Achel $14, Rochefort $16-$18, Westmalle $17, and now you're disrespectin' me with a $15 Orval? I think I have to fight you now. (Don't know when Orval became my gauge of good beer bar/bad beer bar, reasonably priced/priced out of control, but it seems to work ok). Plus some items on the limited stock bottle big board, 750's and more; Fantome Black Ghost & Saison, Bink Tripel, McChouffe, Gouden Carolus Van De Keizer Rood & Cuvee, Achel Extra, Affligem, Bieken, DeRanke XX Bitter, and the priciest of the lot; Malheur Brut for $48 and Deus for a straight $50.

Once I heard it, I thought, "They're calling themselves a gastropub, really?" but they've got the beer and holy crap, look at the food menu; moules done 5 different ways, DLT (ooooh duck, if only we had the time), bison burger, salads, handsome starters & attractive pub fare. I just spotted a big big big bowl of moules & frites, it delivered to the person seated right next to me. Don't stare. Don't. You know, Mike, next time, for eats... Comfortable, nicely weathered, a food menu I'd like to get back to and I'll need something to wash that down with, can I see the beer menu please? We could've stayed at Vida's parent's place nearby but not too nearby, and drank Double Simcoes & Racer 5's but I'm glad we got out to see the good doctor.

Now talk about night and day, or rather the other way around, I returned here with a different group of oftusual suspects post SAVOR (this place looks familiar, I think I may have been here 6 hours ago), and still, the place was jammin' pretty well.

I was in wind down mode, so I split the time between my 2 beers in the little back yard and dropping out front to look around. Seems the Popeye's damn near next door has 1" bulletproof glass and the "club" in between has a Heineken signboard out front printed "Sexy girls with knifes" on it (yes, "knifes"). Oh, so sketchy, and I wonder how a pricey Belgian bar holds it's own and then some here? A destination place surely, as a neighborhood bar it is not. A doctor, a monk and a mussel walk into a bar...

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slander from New York, Jul 20, 2009
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4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

visited for dinner on night 2 in DC

this place is in a really bizarre neighborhood - it's a little rough and would certainly stir up the monument tourist group. there are some other bars around and a few music venues.

nice that there was also a free shuttle from chinatown to the steps of this joint

dr granville looks like a dump from the exterior but the sign advertising "moules, frites, ales 7 days a week" is quite inviting

as you walk in, you are treated to a stench combining mussels, yeast and sweat. fortunately upstairs has a minimal stench.

its very dark, rustic wooden, and very much true to the belgian/dutch dark bar style.

i dont even remember seeing the tap list but the bottle list was pretty nice and exclusively belgian. nothing super standout but a lot of quality belgians spanning across all styles

the menu looked pretty awesome and the mussels come in a number of varieties and are top quality. frites were pretty standard but a nice selection of dipping sauces

cool spot

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dirtylou from District of Columbia, Jun 21, 2009
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4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place is hidden in a somewhat run-down corner of Northeast DC. It doesn't look like much from the outside -- a dive bar almost -- but inside is a beautifully decorated, Belgian-like, cozy beer bar and restaurant.

The place was packed and we had to wait long for our table. However, the beer was good and fresh, and I don't mind waiting as long as I have an excellent beer in my hand.

When we finally got our table and ordered... wow, the food makes it quite worth it. They had the best moules outside of Belgium. The frites were good by US standards, but by Belgian standards still left some to be desired. However, I was impressed by their selection of sauces: try the Chipotle Mayo and Barbecue sauce, they're excellent. Portions are also a good size for the price.

Service was very friendly and knowledgeable. Definitely a great place to go to if you're in DC. Just don't be deterred by the neighborhood and the facade of this restaurant.

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thekanna from Maryland, Mar 07, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A looong walk from the Metro station reveals this Belgian pub in the midst of a somewhat-shady neighborhood. Take a taxi if you're from out of town.

Cozy atmosphere, but good luck grabbing a table. This place seems to fill up with only a few people. Hung out at the bar upstairs and was lucky enough to grab one of the last remaining seats. If you choose to sit upstairs, take note of what they're serving at the downstairs bar because you can't get anything on tap there on the second floor, and you might like something better if you sit downstairs.

Service was pleasant, but had their hands full. We came for the mussles, which were plentiful and tasty. There were several ways you could have them prepared, but I unfortunately chose... poorly. Nothing wrong with the mussels themselves, I just didn't go gaga over the beer and leek broth like I thought I would. My BF's choice (I believe it was butter and garlic) was by far the better choice and I was envious of how delicious his meal turned out to be. Frites were very tasty, and we were offered to pick two sauces from the list, with options such as chipotle and curry.

The place was a bit pricey, which discouraged us from sticking around longer than one brew. If the selection was a bit better, we might have been persuaded to do otherwise. Not that the selection was bad. As a Philly native, I have to admit that I'm spoiled when it comes to a Belgian beer selection thanks to Monk's and Eulogy. This place, however, had a bottle list of all the Beligan essentials, but there was nothing that knocked my socks off on tap. To be fair, they had a proper selection for a Belgian beer bar.

The remote location combined with the prices and the typical selection would discourage me from making another visit. However, that's just my opinion as an outlander for other outlanders. I think this place should be a required stop for people who live in the area, or for those less spoiled on Belgian selections and love the style.

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StoutHearted from Pennsylvania, Jan 14, 2009
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4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is a really really great place - along with Birreria Paradiso my favorite bar in DC.

Only two real negatives about the place (and very very minor).
1) Small and tough to find tables - a group of 6 of us arrived at 6:30 on a Saturday night and we were told the wait was 3 hours (!!!) for a table. So not the greatest place if you have a huge group. Fortunately enough space cleared out at the upstairs bar and we just sat there.
2) No Metro stop.

And those are where the negatives end.

Great great atmosphere, really chill place, exactly my sort of spot.

Top notch selection - had a Brasserie des Rocs Grand Cru, Gouden Carolus Cuvee van de Kaizer, St. Bernardus 12, Malheur 12, and St. Feuillien Noel (as a disclaimer, it was my birthday, hence the unusually high number of 10+% beers...haha). Obviously not as large a selection as some other spots in the area, and they do focus exclusively on Belgians (so no micros), but no complaints from me...the quality and extent of the Belgians they offer is very very good.

Service was exceptional - one of my favorite aspects of the place. Excellent recommendations from the bartender and quick to suggest harder to find beers after asking for one that's slightly more common.

And their mussels and fries were delicious.

Really tough to go wrong here. Next time you're in the H Street Corridor, make sure to stop here.

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thornski from District of Columbia, Nov 30, 2008
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4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This may be my ideal bar. It's packed with great Belgian selections, has a terrific run-down interior giving it some great character, knowledgeable staff, and some pretty good food. It's kind of a blue collar Brasserie Beck. What's not to like?

The menu is mostly beer - and if memory serves - it's all Belgian. There are ample choices on tap and in the bottle. If you don't know what you want, the waiter/waitress should be able to steer you towards something good. Great mussels and frites. Other meat and seafood selections are available.

It has two narrow floors, which appear to be mirror images of each other. They didn't spend to much on the interior - lots of exposed brick, beams, and decades old plaster - and I'm glad they didn't.

If you haven't been and are concerned about the neighborhood, don't be. If you taxi in or out or park nearby you'll be fine. Although, I probably wouldn't walk from the nearest metro to here late at night. It's a developing area, but the street it's on is turning into a cool little strip of interesting places.

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snarl from Virginia, Nov 02, 2008
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4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

hadn't been to this side of the District yet, required following H Street from the NW to the marked change of the NE side, not a difficult trip by any means, parking is limited to the street, avoid parking at the auto parts store across the way as cars were being towed on the Saturday night on which I visited

approaching the well-worn townhouse-style building from the outside, it really doesn't look like much and at first I question if it's even open, coupled with the questionable rumour that the spartan sign is that of the original Dr. Granville Moore, whose practice was located in the building, through the door I find a wonderfully rustic interior, dimly lit with dark old wood and mottled raw brick carrying the marks of time, crowded (hour wait for a table) but quiet and extremely chill, we were able to score a couple seats at the bar and soon decided to forgo the wait and eat at the bar instead, never made it upstairs but I am quite curious to check it out on my next visit

perusing both the chalkboard list on the wall as well as the printed menu, I find a wide range of quality Belgian beers, though the taps could have been a bit more appealing, I think there were four of them, of which I chose a Houblon Chouffe, big bottled list as well, and was very impressed with the Abbaye des Rocs Grand Cru that I've passed by in the store on so many occasions, the Houblon was served in a big chalice, and the des Rocs in a tulip, still pretty standard Belgian stuff, and I'd like to see some more American brewers represented, pricing is pretty ridiculous, and you'd be hard pressed to find anything desirable, even smaller bottles, for under $9

service was great, both bartenders being extremely helpful and personable, handling the crowded place very well, even the gentleman whom I assume to be the busser went out of his way to check the upstairs bar for seats

what originally piqued my interest in the Doc's were raves I'd read about the Prince Edward Island mussels, and after some minutes of deliberation I was able to decide on the Moules Fromage Bleu (bacon, bleu cheese, shallots, wine, lemon) and the Moules Biere (poached fennel, leeks, bacon creme, Chimay white) with a grande order of twice-fried frites that were delicoiusly crispy with my choices of the horseradish creme and curry mango sauces...the Moules Biere was tasty, but the Fromage Bleu was an otherworldly kinda good, sweet and moist with a complex sauce that just begs to be sopped dry with the provided bread, the type of dish that I could get in the habit of ordering regularly, though the Navigateur (coconut milk and serrano) and the bourbon-mushroom mussels may be in order next visit

full beer and food menus are available online

a very exciting find for me, a place I hope to visit often and look forward to sharing with others

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blackie from Oregon, Oct 31, 2008
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4.45/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Made this a target after seeing it on TV with the "Moules & Frites Throwdown" with Bobby Flay.

Didn't make it to the upstairs portion shown on TV, hung out in the dark, moody downstairs bar. Has sort of a decrepit feel but is also really mellow and relaxing before the crowds arrive and it gets noisy. A bit cramped.

Tremendous beer selection, only about four taps but an interesting mix of offerings, tons of bottles of common and rare Belgian beers. The bartender was quite helpful and knew the selections quite well. Appropriate glassware.

Out of place in its neighborhood and away from much other dining/drinking, but a quick drive from say, Union Station. I found parking easy enough, would be happier if they had an earlier open time than 5 p.m.

Overall was thrilled with this place, there aren't enough authentic Belgian styled places to drink hard to find beers and have some frites and this place delivered.

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4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This is by far my favorite beer bar in the Washington, DC area. It is modest and unassuming from the outside (in fact I passed it by my first time there) but once you open the doors, you are in another world.

It is dark and sexy, and the music has been great each time I have gone. They have an excellent selection of beers.. all Belgians and a good variety of styles. And they also have hard to find brews such as the Brasserie de Rocs Grand Cru which I am told is no longer being released.

The food is a great accompaniment to the beer.. fresh and flavorful and just enough to fill your stomach. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone that enjoys a good beer and some tasty eats.

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alysmith4 from District of Columbia, Feb 16, 2008
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4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

the last place i expected a top notch gastro pub type place to open up was on H st NE, but the neighborhood is trying hard to become the new destination for hip haunts. i love the look and feel of the place... easy to miss and very unassuming or flashy, the inside feels like you've stepped back a few decades in time without seeming gimmicky. dimly lit with lots of vintage stuff and exposed wood and brick. very nice. i thought the staff was exceptionally nice and cool. The food was very good - authentic belgian style stuff that paired perfectly with the beer offered. the beer menu is above and beyond almost anything else in town, but the beer geek in me was wishing to see a couple of extra things on their beer menu that i know they can get their hands on. i'm sure it will improve, and i know they rotate a lot of their stuff, and the bartender was telling me about some tasty treats available soon there on tap. not terribly expensive for the quality of what you get. i highly reccomend this hip new spot. especially if brasserie beck is too expensive/uptight/lacking in vibe for you.

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timtim from District of Columbia, Jan 11, 2008
Dr. Granville Moore's in Washington, DC
Place rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 32 ratings