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Regional Food & Drink (R.F.D.)
Taps: 30 / Bottles: 300
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
810 7th St NW
District of Columbia
phone: (202) 289-2030
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 104 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
I visited this restaurant while visiting the Smithsonian museum of American Art about a week ago. My review is taken from notes. I never planned on visiting, but I saw this restaurant on the way from the parking garage to the museum.
The front door hostesses were really fast. I get the impression that they are busier during the week, and they can easily take in patrons on the weekend. I requested the back patio... but then I found out they had smoking. [reviewers note: I don't really care about the heath effects. That is up to the smoker. I care more about how it affects the tasting experience.]
The service was excellent. My server was very attentive... even though I was a pain in the tuckus. She really knew her beer. And, she recommended visiting a place called The Churchkey on a return visit in addition to RFD.
I started with the pretzels and mustard, which was really tasty. It will pair with anything.
The selection was impressive. They had a great assortment. There was a mix of good standbys and some very hard to get beers. On the high-end bomber list they had New Glarus and Vertical Epic 2003. Unfortunately I couldn't get any "to-go" for another time because of local laws.
The meal was decent. I had the steak sandwich with mushrooms and carmelized onions. It was a little dry, but it did come out hot.
The next time I visit the Washington Mall or the Smithsonian, I will definitely come back here. This is a great experience.
08-05-2012 18:26:28 |
More by ummswimmin
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Sister bar to the Brickskeller, this has a very different feel and attitude. Across the street from the MCI center, it is much more of a sports bar--I watch the world series on big screens there a few years ago. With that, the atmosphere changes a lot. I've had several great nights, drinking up to 10 beers one particular night with friends and family, and great conversation. A couple of other times, it's been so loud that it's uncomfortable to sit for long. I sit at the bar when possible, though it's often full. Table a couple rows back from the bar have good views of the big screens to keep my wife happy watching football during fall trips.
Excellent tap list, and there's always something interesting. Special beers on the list also have some very fun scores in my past. My best beer ever was at RFD several years ago--a 17 year old bottle of Liefman's Goundenband, aged at the brewery, and the bottle only cost $17.95. Sublime.
While I'll skip the Brickskeller, I've never missed hitting RFD for a stop just to see what's on the specials list and new on tap. Always several new beers not on my list of just over 3000 beers. Food is good, but we often eat at Fado's down the street or go to Chinatown across the street and have some good food there--place called China Garden with a green sign is 1/2 a block and very good.
06-07-2007 17:53:37 |
More by FightingEntropy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
where to begin...
walking into this bar, after a Caps game (go caps!), it was alive and well...people were enjoying their drinks and food and seemed to be happy...my group of 5 got seated within 5 minutes surprisingly...a few TVs were scattered around the area, nothing to brag about, but there were a few TVs you can enjoy
we sat down and looked at the menu...the selection was superb...the list went on and on...the waiter we had was very knowledgeable, a good guy, and a great taste in beer...it was busy so it took time for him to get around to us, but he noticed every time our pints were empty that it was time for a new beer...
i personally never waited in a line to use the bathroom which was small..but clean..2 urinals and 1 stall...i could see this being a problem, but it wasn't this evening
we didnt order much food, but the food we did order was good...the chips and dip weren't worth $10 but they were good...the beer hung around $6-$6.50 for a pint and around $5 for a bottled beer
the beer came out fresh, cold, and delicious
overall, i was very happy...this place was great and will be a spot of choice when in the DC area...i cannot wait to return here again to taste more of their great selection and awesome staff
10-02-2010 05:37:00 |
More by Pballa4lyfe
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Got over 6 beers with my buddy. So many to choose from , so little time and money. =) My biggest gripe about this place though was that when you were given a clean beer glass , it was warm , I prefer to chill my glasses in the freezer , or even just a fridge for that matter. But overall , I am definaly going back.
We found this place by accident , by just walking around and looking for a spot just to have a beer , and move on to someplace else. We were just looking to beer hop that night , which is what we still kinda did. But this is my new haven for beer.
09-03-2009 02:53:33 |
More by geocooley
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Stop number two on our DC pub crawl. Came in for pre-dinner drinks and to watch some baseball. Kinda surprised it was hard to find the Orioles/Sox game on tv, had to make a request. Very cool looking place, lots of tvs with sport, tons of beer paraphanalia on the walls, and a sweet open air beer garden in the back. Our waitress was amazing. Even though it was packed on a Sat night, she came by our table exactly every 10 minutes to check on us. Large selection of draft beers, but I found the prices rather high. Instead, I stuck to the huge selection of bottled beers which was more reasonable. Went with the Duck Rabbit Milk Stout, the New Holland Oatmeal Stout, and the Great Divide St. Bridget Porter. My vote for best selection and best place to watch a game in DC.
08-07-2009 00:22:18 |
More by morebeergood
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in as they opened for the afternoon on a Saturday, with a couple of NoVA/DC BAs.
A bit dark inside (we were unsure whether they had opened yet or not initially), but perhaps this was to keep things cool during the hot July in DC. We sat at the deserted bar, right in front of the tap handles and bottle cooler. For this reason I can't/won't comment on whether their lists were correct, because this visit they went unused, everything was right in front of our eyes. Course, IDing handles and bottle labels was mostly for trivia's sake, because we were here for the Pliny (the Elder), and a bite to eat.
Service was prompt, if somewhat distracted getting bar fruits ready, food came relatively quickly, and beer refill was taken care of in a reasonable timeframe. All in all, a nice experience. And after checking a few of the previous reviews, I can note that the bathrooms have at least had the walls cleaned, as the widespread grafitti noted by some was hardly present. Accomodations seemed sanitary to me, but I left my white glove home, so don't take me to task on that.
Seems this is place that sometimes gets varied reviews, but it's hard to fault their wide-ranging styles and varied regions of brews, in both tap and bottles. Worth a visit if in the area, for sure.
07-05-2005 21:00:53 |
More by ppoitras
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
RFD has two things going for it... First, it is almost directly across the street from the Verizon Center... Secondly, it has an amazing beer list... Both in draft and bottles... On draft when I visited was Oskar Blues Gordon, Racer 5, Dogfish Head 60 Minute, Bells Java Stout, and Victory Baltic Thunder... You can order full pints or samples of each beer on tap and it is hard not to find a beer of just about every style in bottles... Anderson Valley Barney Flats, Victory Golden Monkey, Brooklyn East IPA, Chimay Cinq Cents, Dogfish Head Immort, Great Divide Hibernation, Youngs Double Chocolate and Troegs Hopback Amber were a few notable sin bottles... They even have a section of the menu for cellared beer ... If you are in DC, especially if you are heading to a Capitals or Wizard'game, you've got to stop by RFD.
03-25-2008 02:43:04 |
More by wvukb
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I've visited this place on two different occasions and have been impressed both times. The food is decent as are the prices, but the beer selection is amazing! Last time I was there I had both Delirium Tremens and Firestone Walker Parabola on tap. The beer list is updated almost on a daily basis and is one of the most extensive I've seen. If you find yourself in the DC area, it's definitely worth checking out RFD. You'll surely find something worth drinking.
06-14-2013 03:26:18 |
More by bigbeerfan
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
My friend and I went two nights ago to have dinner, and chose RFD's because they claimed to have a great beer selection. They told the truth. Hundreds of bottles and a reasonable selection on tap as well. We started by splitting a 750 of Dogfish Head's Chateau Jiahu, then diverged for the next one since I'd never had Stone's Arrogant Bastard on tap, a beer in which he wasn't interested but I was, then finished by splitting an over-sized Ridgeway Brewing "Criminally Bad Elf." Something like 300 other beers we could have chosen, so guess we'll have to go back.
The food was good but not as exceptional as the beer selection. I like cooking with beer, so ordered chimay chicken soup (awesome) and a beer battered fish basket (average to good).
The waiter was prompt, courteous, and very knowledgeable about the beer - always a good sign in a beer bar.
The only downer of the night was the restroom. The entire floor was flooded, everything was dirty, and every square inch of wallspace was covered with obnoxious graffiti. Okay, fine, I can live with that, on future trips I'll just stop someplace else on the way home ... but where does the *chef* go to wash the hands, eh?
01-06-2007 13:47:58 |
More by rmadla
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