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Regional Food & Drink (R.F.D.)
Taps: 30 / Bottles: 300
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
810 7th St NW
District of Columbia
phone: (202) 289-2030
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2 | food: 1.5 | $$
Having traveled a bit and enjoyed a variety of establishments in a dozen countries, I was disappointed by the reality of RFD after all the fanfare in the local beer media. For the relatively large number of taps, many were total throw-aways considering the hoopla this place garnered. D.C. has lots of good beer available and it looks like RFD just can't or won't try hard enough to flesh out their tap selection in a more comprehensive and impressive manner. The bar area is uninviting, small, and apparently an afterthought for a place that was billed as such a beer destination. The food is sub-par, and the beer dinners are often poorly organized and executed. That being said, I was truly delighted to go in one time and see a cask of JW Lees harvest ale. Otherwise, sublime moments such as these are too far and few between for me to come back more often than 2-3 times a year. The D.C. area has recently seen the opening of many new beer bars, and sadly this one is not over-concerned with staying abreast of the beer drinking population's ever-growing education and sophistication about beer.
05-23-2006 21:44:16 |
More by dedrinker
District of Columbia
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | $$
This place sucks. Or I should say, this place SUX. I don't want to waste any extra characters. I was so excited to take fellow BA's here after a wonderful experience at The Brickskeller. Never could I have thought that a sister bar could stray so far from the original sib. What a black sheep! Our server was a BCM expert, and highly discouraged us from ordering anything else from the menu, as he would "have to go down into the basement to look around for it. Why don't you just order one of these on-tap?" And later, "oh, the glass doesn't really matter, that's just for show. All our glasses are dirty anyway." I'm telling you, put this child in the corner and avoid!
10-25-2005 04:23:13 |
More by alysmith4
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
This place is conviently located just past the Verizon center and very close to several Metro Stops and the National Mall.
I have been several times at different times of day, and have never been all that impressed.
For the most part the staff is pretty uninspired an borderline rude.
The atmosphere is kinda weak as well, one time in particular we went after the Nationals had just upset the Phillies and the place was dead, like they didnt even know it happened yet the post game show was on so I know they had the game on. Yet an hour later hitting up the Green Turtle the place was still rocking!
The only thing that keeps me going back is that it has the best beer selection in the District PERIOD! The burger sliders are slo very good but other than that the food is just average.
If you want to drink some different beers then this is the place when your in DC other than that do not go for atmosphere, service or food.
01-08-2012 00:55:48 |
More by hdf561
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$$
Being a beer junky, I had to go to this place. RFD by far has the best selection of beer in DC and the surrounding area. This is where my positive review ends.
I've gone there twice. Once was the last game of the NHL playoff run for the caps so the place was packed. I got faster service that day than I did this past friday when there were a significantly fewer number of people there.
The bar service was slow and decided to ignor half of the bar customers. When my beer finally arrived, it had no head, the beer was flat, and I was astonished when I was given the total cost of my beer and the beer for my fiance.
In my mind the essence of a beer bar or brewpub is in the atmosphere which is created by the staff. Any decor can be dimmed by a crappy attitude and an ignorance for one's job. RFD has a lot of really good beer, but the selection of personalities and hard workers needs to be improved.
11-17-2008 17:57:45 |
More by skylake
District of Columbia
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$
after my last visit here, i doubt i'll return. honestly, it seemed a bit like a glorified tgi friday's. nothing available on cask, a few taps were doubled up with junk, the only belgian style on tap was delerium, the bottle list is fairly weak, the food looked and smelled terrible and the bartender just wasn't in to us i guess, or maybe he was having a bad night. anyways, i will avoid this place like the plague. there are just too many great places in dc with amazing food, good vibes and great beer to waste time and money somewhere so uninspired.
09-25-2008 03:14:48 |
More by timtim
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 1
I actually have to disagree with some other posters: i think the tap selection sort of sucks, at least based on my very high expectations for this place. (If I want a great bottle selection, I'll go to the Brickskeller, which always makes me wish for a better tap selection.)
I've wanted to go to R.F.D. since it opened, but my trips to D.C. just didn't work it out. This time, we visited nearly every major beer site in the District, so this was on the list. Big disappointment.
Selection/The tap list: it was 30 long, which is potentially good, except that at least nine were dead when we were there (according to our server, who was also a hostess.)
So, 21 left. Of these, several are either macroswill, or close: Miller Lite, Pilsner Urquell (sorry, it's overmarketed crap IMO), Redhook Nut Brown, Stella Artois (more overmarketed, overpriced, over reputed, light crap), Yuengling lager.
16 remaining: many are from big breweries, or are about the most boring thing the brewery does, or are commonly available at any half decent pub or store: Anchor Steam (gimme Liberty or gimme death!), Beamish Stout, Carlsberg, Guinness, Smithwick's Irish Ale, Young's Oatmeal Stout.
10 left: Bulmer's Strongbow Cider isn't why I go to a great beer bar; nor is Magic Hat #9, though I have fond memories of drinking a lot of it in college. I like Bear Racer's products, and they had the Red Rocket, and Racer X, but I get these all the time on the left coast. The Lupulin Leftovers from the Lupulin contest were the mosty promising on the menu (included Left Coast Hop Juice and Shock & Awe; Dogfish Head Hardcore 60 min IPA) but these were all gone. The Weihenstephan Hefeweisse was the happy hour pint ($3.50, usually $4.95) and was fine; Hoegaarden; Sierra Bigfoot Barleywine 2003 was dead, etc. Lindemans Framboise and Peach were on tap, which is fun, but I usually don't drink them at beer bars.
Long and short: long tap list, short on really good choices. R.F.D.'s web page boasts: "RFD offers the largest selection of world class beers and brewing styles you'll find in DC." Yeah: because DC sucks. Very, very few of these are actually "world class" beers.
The glassware was marginally clean, certainly not "beer clean", and appeared to be in standard pint cylinders throughout the house. (I didn't see a lot served to others, to be fair.)
Prices: I disagree with some others that these beers are reasonably priced: $5.50 for a pint of Redhook is silly, as is $5 for Dogfish Head 60min that they had to drive about 50 miles to get there.
Atmosphere: kinda sucks. Agree with other poster: sort of frat house chic. It was extremely smoky throughout, including in the two "non-smoking" sections: we sat in front in the windows, which is within ten feet of the main bar; the main dining room "non-smoking" section wraps about the damn bar! The smoke was barely tolerable, and this was at 2:30 on a weekday afternoon, with the place maybe 1/10 full. It is as bad or worse than the allegedly "non-smoking" section at the Brickskeller.
Fun political graffiti in the bathrooms. They carry two Brewing News editions: Mid-Atlantic, and (figure this out): Southwest BN.
Food: pretty awful, and again, from their very puffy web page, we expected at least a little better (and we read somewhere that the owners were so excited to open R.F.D. since the Brickskeller's kitchen is tiny and limits them.) It looked pretty bad coming out, so we limited ourselves to nachos and pierogies: both sucked. The nachos had canned cheeze-wiz style and stale chips, and sour cream that was... off, to be kind. The pierogies had a tough exterior and basicaly uncooked potato gunk interior.
Service: unlike others, this was perhaps the high spot of our visit, but again, it was a slow weekday, in the early afternoon. The hostess/server was attentive and friendly, and around just enough. If it had been busy, I would be surprised to have had worse service.
So, sadly, I'll never go back, unless I've already been to Brewer's Art in Baltimore, and Cap City, and John Harvards, and Brickskeller, and even the District Chophouse. Well, I guess I'd go before I'd go to Schlock Bottom.
02-25-2005 05:04:38 |
More by warmstorage
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
RFD's atmosphere is that of a sport's bar but not too overcrowded. Banners and signs fill the walls around of craft brewery's. Quality seems to be pretty good as the overall aesthetics. They bring the appropriate glass to match the style of beer, which is definitely a plus. Service is extremely lacking and even more so the last two times I went. Second to last the waitress spilled an entire pint on me and soaked my shirt and pants, and wasn't very apologetic about it. My friends kept asking if they could spare a dry shirt and she wouldn't. The last time I went we had to sit in the back balcony area and re-enter the building to order our beer's from the bar. The bartender was not helpful at all and seemed like he really didn't want to be there. Same night our waitress was the exact same way huffing and puffing and not wanting to be there and pretty rude to the group. Food honestly is very good and comes out well cooked an prepared. The choices you have make this beerbar very distinct.
03-18-2009 02:35:59 |
More by BZero007
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Atmosphere was basically a large cafeteria trying to be a sportsbar, the table we got seated had a view of zero tv's so fail as a sportsbar.
Service was indifferent to incompetent, our waitress was mostly indifferent, didn't know anything about the beerlist (what's an abt12? ) and gave us the wrong beer twice. The beer had a great selection but overall the place didn't make me want to stay.
We tried to go to brickskeller (closed) and came here instead. Totally dissatisfied and won't come back.
09-07-2010 02:53:00 |
More by SShelly
District of Columbia
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 1
As a longtime fan of the Brickskellar (same owners) I could not wait for this place to open. I have been a couple of times to give it a fair chance and can say little to nothing good about RFD.
The service is not the best, the food just plain sucks. The bottled beer selection is decent but if I want that I can go to Brickskellar for a stellar selection. The draft selections are decent but nothing fantastic. I had really hoped to see beers I could not get anywhere else in town.
As for the decor, slapping up a few beer signs does little to cover up what was previously a Euro style nightclub. At least they could have taken the woman wearing the fruit salad hat off the ladies room door. The noise levels are very high.
I had high hopes and have been just plain disappointed all around.
08-14-2003 16:24:51 |
More by hungryghost
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5 | $$
Finally got a chance to visit R.F.D. while on business to DC. Unfortunately, I set my expectation a bit too high. The beer selection was not what I expected. Some decent stuff, but nothing that wanted me to say WOW. The atmoshpere is defintely sports bar. The food was less than average. I had read some great things about this bar. It was easy to get to as it was less than a block from a Metro stop. There was only one thing on the beer menu that interested me and that was Bear Republic Racer. I had a chicken sandwich that was O.K. I won't be going back there are my next trips to DC.
05-21-2008 16:21:59 |
More by doubleipa
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