Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant
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Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 46
3.85/5 rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I had lunch at Gordon Biersch and I have to say that really enjoyed the busy, urban atmophere and the friendly, professional service. Not at all pretentious despite the impressive, marble, big old bank-like decor.
Gordon Biersch has a large 2 story interior with a big L shaped bar. There's lots of marble, from the tiled floor to the numerous pillars distributed throughout. A string of floor to ceiling windows let in plenty of light and combined with the lively chatter of the lunch crowd, creates an energetic yet relaxing feel. Music plays softly in the background while the large HD flat screens silently broadcast CNN and ESPN with the closed captioning on.
There were six "authentic German lagers" on tap that included a Weizen Bock, Marzen, Golden Export, Schwarzbier, Hefeweizen and a seasonal Baltic porter. After the bartender gave me a sample of the bock and the porter, I ordered a porter and some food. My porter arrived expertly poured in a half liter willibecher glass sporting a big two finger rocky tan head. My Cajun Linguini arrived shortly thereafter. I thought the food was very good and the beer was solid too. The porter took a little getting adjusted to, seeming a little harsh at first, but was much more enjoyable after my palate adjusted.
Overall, I got a good vibe from this place. I only had one beer, which was certainly worthy, but didn't have the opportunity to sample more of their lineup. My food quickly disappeared without much of anything left over, and the service from behind the bar was really pleasant. I will most certainly go back, and next time, maybe even bring my wife.
02-08-2008 05:25:03 | More by 86sportster883
3.88/5 rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
G.B.D.C. is a somehow cozy and comfortable place with high ceilings and wide pillars despite it's almost 'close proximity' seating due to its size. It seems to always be busy and full (I guess with lots of tourists coming through), but never crowded - although the bar can get stacked up.
The beers are very good, always well-balanced and clean. And I think that there's certainly enough selection and seasonals to keep most anyone happy except the most daring and adventurous of palates.
Service is with a smile, but not necessarily with a very watchful eye to your needs.
The food is quite good, and I really enjoy brunch there with a hearty lager and their breakfast burrito.
Considering the other two good places to get a beer on the strip, The Chop House and R.F.D., I'd pick Gordon Biersch.
01-10-2008 16:08:38 | More by NeroFiddled
3.78/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
A: Went to the location in national airport. Nice space yet small. Had plenty of TV's on showing the Redskins game.
Q: The beers and food were both good, not great but one of the better spots found in any airport.
S: Every seat was taken but they had plenty of staff standing by. Meal arrived quick and service was good. Seemed as though the staff helped each other out as more than one person was tending to our needs.
S: Pretty small menu both beer and food. Though the selection was small there were several good offerings. No wings though, nothing buffaloed, what's up with that.
F: See above. We had soup and sandwich, and BBQ grilled chicken breast with garlic fries. Fries were great everything else was good.
Value: Not bad for an airport. Meals as cheap as Friday's or anything like that. The beer's were $5 for a pint, could go for a Pils glass for a $1 more. I went with the big boy.
Overall: Great restaurant food and drink. Will stop again on my next trip to DC.
12-03-2007 22:21:22 | More by tpd975
2.83/5 rDev -23.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $$$$
Located in an old bank. Just a couple blocks from the Verizon Center (or whatever it's called nowadays) on F Street. Interior is
very ornate as you would expect for a turn of century bank with marble pillars and ornate plaster ceiling. I wasn't as impressed with
rest of my experience.Though in defense of the servers the place was packed with a post hockey game crowd on a Saturday night
so the slowness was understandable. Had two different beers a specialty and a pilsner which while not bad tastinging were very
average/nondescript. Someone in my party had a $9.00 shot which
was about one finger and very skimpy. Appetizers were OK but pricey which again I guess should be expected for something in the center of D.C. Overall I wasn't too impressed & it didn't do much to dispell my view of chain brewpubs.
10-22-2007 19:18:32 | More by fermobot2000
3.58/5 rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I've been to GB a bunch of times, most recently at the BA Bar crawl last week.
Located in an old bank building in the trendy Penn Quarter area of the District. When you walk into the lobby of GB you notice the high ceilings and openess of the restaurant. Dining tables are located on the left with a view of the brewery as well as on the 2nd floor and a large area to the right of the main entrance. Lots of marble adorns the place. The bar prominently situated towards the rear of the space. Long and L shaped with plenty of stools. Flat screen tv's are positioned above the bar for your viewing pleasure. Now to the beer. GB brews mainly German style lagers with 4 standard beer always on tap. A nice Schwarbier, a Golden Lager, Marzen, Hefe and light lager. Where you find the "good stuff" is in the seasonals and one off's done by brewmaster Jason Oliver. This year he has brewed a fantastic Baltic Porter and Keller Pils. During our BA visit they had a Czek lager (Pils) that was pretty tasty. Service is questionable at best. Their beer knowledge is minimal which is sad for a place known as a beer bar. As for food, I've had the mahi-mahi sandwich which I like and their famous Garlic Fries which you will taste until the next day. They're damn good but they will kill your breath for a day or 2. Overall, GB is a nice place to grab a beer. Nothing outstanding, but good solid lagers. Definitily worth a stop while in town.
07-06-2007 16:38:02 | More by SwillBilly
3.58/5 rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
My wife works near this Gordon Biersch and I've been in a number of times without really giving it much credit. But after meeting the brewmaster, Jason Oliver, there on a visit during American Craft Beer Week, I decided to give the place its due and write up a review.
The brewpub/restaurant is located in a historic old building in the Gallery Place/Penn Quarter neighborhood in Washington. It's just across the street from the Spy Museum, and one block away from the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro. It's a very good, very busy neighborhood. Lots of good bars and restaurants in the area, to go with some great museums nearby. GB itself is in a huge two-story setting. Picturesque columns line the main room. The bar is in front of you as you walk in, and the brewery is off to the left. A nice, large, beautiful setting. I wouldn't exactly call it atmospheric, because it's usually filled with loud tourists, but it is a nice place.
The beer selection is nothing to write home about, but it isn't bad. They typically have their year-long brews available, which include a Pils, a Marzen, a Light beer, and a Schwartzbier. On my latest visit they also had a Hefeweizen and a Maibock available. I had both the Hefe and Maibock. Not bad beers, but not great either. And I think that's basically where GB stands with most of its beers. They all seem to be fairly quaffable brews that please the mass hordes of tourists who visit the location every year. But true beer geeks will likely be left wanting a bit more. I totally understand, though, who the primary target audience is here, and their beers make sense for that purpose.
The staff at the Washington GB was extremely nice and helpful. The hostesses, bartenders, and brewers were all very helpful. One of the bartenders I spoke with would do well to educate himself a bit more on beer styles as a whole, because his knowledge of the styles they had available was limited at best, but he was otherwise jovial and helpful.
This GB is worth a visit if you're in the area. It's not the best brewpub in the world, but it's a nice place to hit if you've been walking around town all day visiting museums and monuments, and you need a comfortable, air conditioned place to kick back for an hour or so with a cold beer.
05-29-2007 17:21:37 | More by Atlas1
3.55/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Without regard to the business occupying the building, the space is very impressive - high vaulted ceilings, marble columns, wide open spaces. But for a brewpub? Very uninviting, very cold and formal. The beer has earned its reputation as solid American offerings of traditional German styles, and I won't argue with that. Their core beers are as close to the originals that inspired them as you'll likely get in the states. The hefeweizen is indeed the most true German tasting hefeweizen made in America I have yet tasted. The food is mostly good quality, and the service is fine, if at times over-friendly ("I'll be your best friend for a tip"). For downtown D.C. I would expect this place to be open later, but it isn't. This is not a nightlife kind of place, but more of a suit, tie and cigar; manly happy hour place. The neighborhood has still to reign in their importunate, confrontational and surly homeless population, but it is safe on the whole. I would recommend everyone to go there at least once, but take heart in all the other bars in the Metro area if this one isn't your style.
05-06-2007 20:00:35 | More by dedrinker
3.68/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Nice place. Nice big high marble ceilings. Big beautiful brewery to your left and a nice bar to your right. This site used to actually be The Bank of the District of Columbia.
The place is very dependalbe in my opinion. The beer is good and the food is even better. Just thinking about those garlic fries.... But any case I would highly recommend this to anybody. My favorite beer of there's is the Hefewiezen which was one of the best I have ever had.
The service is alright I've been there at times when the barkeep will keep your beer glass filled but others that didn't. I have been there at different times of day, sometimes for lunch othere for dinner but still.
The varitiy of brews that they have isn't all that great. Hefewiezens, Pilsners, and Lagers are they main ones but they have others as well. One thing though is that they have only German style brews which falls under the Reinheitsgebot... which if anybody doesn't realize is completely organinc. Another cool thing is that they have a service that you get a "Sampler Pack" which is the five main beers they brew year round in shot glasses for you... it's free.
They food is amazing. I love everything on there menu. Especially during Oktoberfest where they make this best German food in America.
This place can get a little pricey if you stick with the main entrees and get lots of beer but a great place to visit if your in DC.
03-12-2007 00:26:46 | More by ghostmech007
4.2/5 rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is probably the most ornate venue for an onsite brewpub that I've ever visited - I believe this site was once a bank (or am I thinking of the nearby District Chophouse?) In any case, a little too fancy for one who just wants to relax over a good pint. The beer is dependable; GB specializes in German lagers, however they did offer a Baltic Porter during my last visit. Of course, they always have the helles (amber colored) and the schwarzbier ("dark beer") and the wonderful Maibock. Given the location across the street from the Spy Museum and the recently renovated Museum of American Art means plenty of tourists - but locals hang out often. While not a regular visitor, I still make it a point to drop by for an ocassional drop. The food BTW is very good and well above pub grub. On weekends, GB has a brunch, which includes a massive breakfast burrito.
Update (May 25, 2007) GB has a new location in Rockville, Maryland, a suburb of DC.
03-10-2007 16:22:01 | More by jjboesen
District of Columbia
3.1/5 rDev -15.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Went to this place last night.. was anxious to compare it to the DC Chophouse and Capitol City Brewing Company. Was impressed with the high ceilings, and the feeling of grandure that they impart on the restaurant as a whole. I also liked the spacial, somewhat "flat" layout. From any vantage point in the place, you can see the bar and the other tables, etc.
The food was good.. various orrferings of typical American fare - though I think the place is German technically. I wasn't terribly impressed with the beer however. I tried a sampler of the four different kinds they had, and had a hard time picking one that I really liked to have with dinner. I went with the Hefeweizen, but the decision was relative. All the other beers had a bit of a "dirty" taste to them. Seems like they may not use the best ingredients, or maybe the beer isn't all that fresh. Might go there again, but I prefer the Chophouse or Cap City.
11-14-2006 02:57:56 | More by alysmith4
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Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant in Washington, DC
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