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Regional Food & Drink (R.F.D.)
Taps: 30 / Bottles: 300
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
810 7th St NW
District of Columbia
phone: (202) 289-2030
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Edit: Dinner during a follow-up visit. Hamburgers are a specialty. I had the breakfast burger (fried egg and bacon) and enjoyed it. Food goes to a 4.0.
A block and a half away from my hotel? Done and done! A late afternoon visit.
Atmosphere: RFD is spacious, huge with seating immediately on entrance, through the bar area, and all the way into a patio out back. The bar is wooden and large, the bar seating area decorated with Belgian-style beer flags (Ommegang, Tremens, Unibroue). I grabbed a seat at the bar.
Quality: Greeted immediately, I was handed a beer list. The restroom was clean and the entire restaurant quite impressive.
Service: The bartender was chatty and friendly, visiting often (note the bar was empty save for one person). She pointed out the Hoppy Hour listing that I ended up ordering off of.
Selection: 30 or so beers on tap, more than three times that in bottles, and a few casks to boot. The Firestone Walker Abacus was gone when I arrived, so I settled in with a Dubbel Cannon from Heavy Seas - a good pint. A 6 page, stapled beer list was also sitting in front of me.
Hoppy Hour specials were $4 a pint.
05-09-2011 22:09:24 |
More by akorsak
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
A- Decent enough atmosphere, I suppose, but it's kind of caught between sports bar and European bar. Also, the layout of the place was kind of bizarre.
Q- Lots of good, quality beers. Seemingly clean tap lines and and lots of bottles put in coolers at a reasonable temperature (i.e. not 33 or 70).
S- Service was friendly, but not all that knowledgable. A couple of questions about the on tap beers didn't really get much of a response. Also, the time between when my first beer was empty and my second beer arriving was a bit excessive.
S- About twenty five taps or so, and six pages of bottles. Good selection of imports and a reasonable number of regional beers.
F- Buffalo burger was decent. French fries were mediocre. It really is just standard bar food.
Between reasonable and a bit pricey, but considering it's DC, I'll round down.
03-25-2011 02:30:47 |
More by jsprain1
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I've been here I don't know how many times, but there is a way to get the best out of the place. It provides a good atmosphere, and it's also a great way to take in a Caps hockey game also.
First off the food is basic, marginal, and not really even that great. It's basic pub and burger fare but sometimes it's not really worth considering. Just grab some nachos or something to snack on and you'll do fine.
Beer selection and on tap selection though is quite good. There is lots to choose from here, and there are happy hours as well for some tap items. Tap rotates pretty good as well, keeping certain things available and making it interesting.
Table service is hit or miss. I've had great service, and I've had marginal service here for eating. Luckily there hasn't been anything so horrid that I had to complain to management.
I would suggest you get a seat in the bar if you can and go for the beer than the food. That never fails. Also once in awhile the bathroom here gets real nasty... just a warning.
02-22-2011 01:53:51 |
More by smakawhat
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Like Brickskellar, but with some important differences. First of all, there is a bunch of beers on tap that you can actually order from your table. Prices are a little high methinks, but so is everything in DC. Good bottle selection as well, but I don't think it's as extensive as Brickskellar's. Staff just brings you beer, slowly and bit rude. The crowd is very strange. I saw some straight up rednecks there along with bearded hipsters. Also about half of the bar is filled with pretenious DC professionals drinking Bud Lite, Coors Lite, or Michelob Ultra. What these people are doing in a beer bar is a mystery to me. The burgers there are just ok. If you must have food, settle for the chicken tenders and fries. Food is mediocore at best. Limited TVs there.
02-18-2011 20:45:46 |
More by CuriousMonk
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped by here the other day, as I'd heard they had hopslam on tap (which they did, for $9 a 12 ounce glass). This was my first return to RFD since I attended Lupulin Slam 1 back in 2004 (if memory serves).
As one walks in off the street, one notices a good size wrap around bar area to the left, probably accommodating around 15 or 20 customers. There is also a fairly good size dining area, with a number of craft beer pennants hanging from the ceiling, with other beer related paraphenelia adorning the walls and shelves behind the bar. There is very much of an informal, almost sports bar like vibe to RFD (4 flat screen TV's over the bar turned to various sporting events helps), and I thought it a comfortable place to hang out and have a few beers.
As for service, I think the word that best describes it is distracted. The folks behind the bar were friendly enough, but they just seemed inordinately busy socializing among themselves, cleaning and clearing glassware, etc.
As for the beer selection, I believe they had around 30 beer on tap (one cask), as well as a bottle list with something like 200 entries. I know that sounds impressive, and it's not bad, but there's some pretty mundane beers both on tap and in bottles here. There were some interesting beers on tap as well (obviously, the hopslam was one of them), as they had yeti and the siren noire from clipper city on, as well as several Belgian selections (leffe blond and corsendonk X-mas). Generally speaking, I get the impression that RFD is not the place to come to try to find any unusual, hard to find beers in the area. God knows how or why they got the hopslam - very few folks ordered it while I was there, which surprised me, but I think that tends to reflect the clientele here.
Prices are high, but as this is DC, I pretty much expected that. They don't serve pints here, but shaker glasses of most beers (like SNPA and Loose Cannon) were in the $6 to $6.50 range, with stuff like the Yeti coming in 12 ounce snifters for $8 or $8.50. They do have a happy hour, during which they discount what I assume are the more slowly selling beers here (there were 3 this day, and they had to be the most uninteresting, unappealing beers on the tap list).
I don't know. This is an OK place, but it seems to lack any real personality, and I'll be damned if I can think of any reason to return here (absent some other hopslam-like event). This is a place I might stop in for a beer if I happened to be in the area, but I otherwise can't imagine this as a destination beer stop.
01-18-2011 18:06:29 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
It's funny, as much as I love beer I never had the urge to visit R.F.D.'s with there hundreds beer handles displayed in the window. It wasn't until a friend mentioned it to me and I decided to go with her one day. I had a good time, but the place left much to be desired. The atmosphere was very much so sports bar like, though not in a good way, because its not a sports bar. It seems to me that R.F.D.'s is a failed attempt at bringing a number of atmospheres together - the craft beer spot, mixed with the sports bar, mixed with a dive bar, mixed with the popular chain restaurant (Fridays, Applebees, etc). In this case it just doesn't work.
My food wasn't as bad as some have described it to be, but it wasn't great either. The mediocre food is troublesome because any beer geek isn't gonna want to go there for the beer. There atmosphere is not one to enjoy craft brews, the selection isn't special and the beer service is poor. And I can co-sign with some other reviews, glassware was NOT clean. But overall, the place wasn't very clean as well.
The beer scene in D.C. may not be all that good, but there are better, more enjoyable places. Don't go here for the beer, don't go here for the food... I don't know why you would go here other than to check it out for yourself or just a convenient go-to hang out spot.
12-01-2010 17:47:52 |
More by mjw06
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I have been here about 3 or 4 times now and always have a great time. Located right across from the verizon center, this is a great place to stop before and after an event. The beer selection is huge; twenty-five taps and over 100 bottles to choose from. Sometimes they will run out of certain drafts, which can be irritating, but it also ensures a solid rotation of different brews. In addition to the beer, the food is also good. The price is reasonable, especially for D.C, with most drafts ranging from 6-9 dollars. The staff is knowledgeable of their product and very helpful.
10-11-2010 20:45:28 |
More by yankiac
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
where to begin...
walking into this bar, after a Caps game (go caps!), it was alive and well...people were enjoying their drinks and food and seemed to be happy...my group of 5 got seated within 5 minutes surprisingly...a few TVs were scattered around the area, nothing to brag about, but there were a few TVs you can enjoy
we sat down and looked at the menu...the selection was superb...the list went on and on...the waiter we had was very knowledgeable, a good guy, and a great taste in beer...it was busy so it took time for him to get around to us, but he noticed every time our pints were empty that it was time for a new beer...
i personally never waited in a line to use the bathroom which was small..but clean..2 urinals and 1 stall...i could see this being a problem, but it wasn't this evening
we didnt order much food, but the food we did order was good...the chips and dip weren't worth $10 but they were good...the beer hung around $6-$6.50 for a pint and around $5 for a bottled beer
the beer came out fresh, cold, and delicious
overall, i was very happy...this place was great and will be a spot of choice when in the DC area...i cannot wait to return here again to taste more of their great selection and awesome staff
10-02-2010 05:37:00 |
More by Pballa4lyfe
District of Columbia
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $
I really like RFD. I go here way too much.
The food is typical bar food. The vibe is kind of fratty. But it's an enormous place with a secret back section that is rarely crowded. Prices are very reasonable for the most part - yeah you can spend $35 for some Bruery 750s, but that's typical NW DC. A great place to take some friends just getting into craft beer to try some solid examples of multiple styles.
It's the brickskeller team - so they definitely have a huge selection, mostly american craft, which is fine by me, and they keep the styles diverse. have more of their stuff in stock than than beerskeller
09-19-2010 13:27:18 |
More by lenin2040
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Checked this spot out for the first time at dinner, and was both impressed and disappointed. First off, the back room was serving some great cask beers - unfortunately they were served in warm/hot glasses and the beer was too warm anyway (guessing 65-70ish?). That said, I loved the list, and tried as many as I could get my hands on.
Both bartenders were great - they knew the list, and made recommendations based on what I had already tried. For a place that prides itself on serving "beer cuisine", there is something to be desired here. This is basically standard pub/sports bar food, with a few mixed in items that really integrate the beer in the recipe. That said, the burger was better than average, just not real good.
Overall, this is definitely a place I'll check out more often, but I'll stick to Churchkey for a "great" beer experience.
09-18-2010 00:49:15 |
More by Jesstyr
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