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Barcode

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765 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
A Modern American Restaurant, Bar & Lounge in the heart of Washington DC! Open Happy Hour, Dinner and Late Night. Featuring Award Winning American Cuisine and voted Best Happy Hour by the Washington Post.


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Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 765 People Are Saying
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3.9
Food
3.8
Service
3.9
Ambience
3.8
Value
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61% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Customer service was great!! Very classy ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We wanted to go somewhere with good food and music for our anniversary and Barcode made the cut!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

Barcode wouldn't honor our reservations from opentable. When after arguing with one of their rude hostesses the guy in charge found us a table. Our waiter was kind but disappeared after taking a drink orders for a while. But once we place and received our orders the food was bland, all our food ( chicken tacos, spinach and artichoke dip and wings) mind you one of the dips was burnt.
Before we could complete our meals a different hostess came to our table wit a busboy and security stating our table is sold start clearing tables. We didn't take that well. And she actually came to the wrong table. After all the trouble for the beginning until that moment we were over it. I will NOT be returning to Barcode

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Chrissy
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere! We went there for the 90's R&B Night. Excellent staff and tasty food!

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JAMAZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

No one to greet us when we arrived. Service was very slow. They brought out one meal about 7 minutes before the others- made it awkward for that person to eat while none of the rest had food.

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vipJoshua
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

The music we could hear a block way. It was way to loud and when we walked it were hit by a face full of smoke. We had Reservation for 8:00 pm. We were seated at 8:03pm. Party of two seated about a minute after us and a Party of six seated 2-3 after that. The group of 6 was friend of an employee or manager. That employee asked the waiter to take the groups order, also come back and check on his friends and even delivered drinks. Party of two had to go to bar to get a drink. At 8:42 waitress finally came to our table greats us and offered us water. The whole time security stood behind my wife and talked to two other employees. We waited 39 minutes to be greeted and when I brought the issues to the waitress she seemed to not care and walked away from me while I was talking. My wife and I got up and walked to the host stand, I brought the issues to the hostess’s (3) that were standing around talking with each other and their answer was “we only have 3 wait staff”.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful!

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Sandy
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Came here for Valentine’s Day, great 5-course menu selection with a nice table set up. Highly recommend.

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Mmhmm
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

I had a great time! It was really crowded but when its a 90s R&B night it's to be expected! I'm so glad I got a table because there was nowhere to sit if you didn't reserve. I ordered the bang bang shrimp for $14 and a glass of sparkling rosé $7 pretty good if you're gonna eat light! The night was so crowded that our waitress was sweet enough to give us a free glass of wine for the wait. The music was awesome and the vibes were great! I would definitely go back! Oh and my best friend's chicken wings were bomb!! They had a nice char to it! Barcode is a new spot for me!

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vipAshD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3Food1Service1Ambience4

We had reservations for a table and instead they put us in the bar area where we didn't have a waiter. We had to go to the bar to order every time we wanted something. They didn't give us barstools, so we had to stand or hunt for our own seats and never did find enough for everyone. The pizza was decent, but do not order the tacos. They were awful. Basically threw fish sticks on a tortilla and called it a taco. Some of the other food was just okay. Go somewhere else if you want to eat.

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vipmaureenh
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

Good pizza especially at happy hour prices
But waaaay too loud to try to have a conversation

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Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

We celebrated a friends birthday. We ordered appetizers
The ambience was great and the music was good.
Love the concept.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Tasty grilled wings and good buffalo chicken pizza. Service took a minute to notice us, but after that we were well attended to. Live DJ on Saturday night playing very good RNB classics and even a Slow Jam set which is a lost art nowadays which we both truly enjoyed! Dj encouraged everyone to sing along. We had a fun date night. Don't go for conversation because the music will be loud since it is a dinner "party", but we expected that. Thumbs up👍👍

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candicef
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Service was slow. Took an hour to get food. Had to order 2 drinks at a time just to get them timely.

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AliceJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

I've been coming to Barcode for lunch since it first opened. I've always loved it until my visit this week. All of the regular servers who are so friendly and helpful were gone. My server seemed disinterested; didn't check on refilling our water. I had to ask if there were any specials for the day. Then I had to send my food back TWICE because it was not prepared as I had ordered it. The server said the kitchen didn't pay attention to the requests on the order. Anyway, it was not a good experience. I don't know if the restaurant is under new management or something else is going on, but this place will no longer be a neighborhood favorite for me.

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WendyW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience2

Wendy for lunch while we were visiting National Geographic Museum. Food was okay. Restaurant looks run down or not so clean in daytime hours. Clearly it is more of an evening place.

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ScottG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience1

Sadly Barcode did not pan out as we had hoped. Drinks were watered down- the cocktail list looks good, but most drinks were presented in too large of a glass, which meant the ratio of soda to booze was off. The carmalized Brussels sprouts were good, but for a “to share” plate were on the small size. Entrees came straight from the food service industry menu and were bland and not worth repeating. I would not go bavk

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JMH1
Baltimore
61 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great for a business lunch. Google maps took me to the wrong entrance, other than that it was great!

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BethA
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

On a Friday night at bar, before 7:00 pm they were out of all their draft beers were not available. Very, Very loud restaurant, so if that is what you are looking for this is the place. We were not looking for this.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Not a bad place to go to if you’re looking to eat dinner in a nightclub. Wrongfully advertised. More of a night club than an eatery.

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vippaulg
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall1Food2Service4Ambience1

The restaurant is grimy and in need of a complete renovation. The bathrooms have smudges on the walls and a sink was running. The table tops are chipped, the material on the seat backs is worn through to the stitching.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Although the food was good, the waiter was inattentive. My guest ordered shrimp and it was brought fried (although it did not say that on the menu) and the waiter never asked (must have just guessed wrong). It was replaced with broiled fairly quickly, but the guest had to wait while I ate.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dope great place

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food3Service2Ambience5

Went for a wings whiskey and cigar event. Bad advertising. Waitresses where ghetto, dj played same songs over and over again. Cigar event with no cigars to purchase

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vipAvrom
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Arrived early for my reservation only to find that they were on a limited menu. the only option available to me was pizza which I found to be sub par. although the crust was super thin the bottom was under cooked and the sauce was too sweet. probably will not be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Excellent small plates.

My boyfriend and I went to check out Bar Code’s happy hour. I was a little taken aback by the club-like noise level and decor inside the restaurant, but I’m glad I stuck it out because the rail drinks were strong and the food was great.

We ordered steak tacos, sliders, and mac ‘n’ cheese. The steak tacos were delicious and generously portioned, and at $4 each a little bit of a steal for DC. The sliders were amazing. Bar Code managed to char the patties on the outside while keeping them juicy on the inside, and the buns were in good proportion with the meat. The mac was the only slight letdown, as it was made well, but could have used more seasoning, like some heat or even a little more salt.

All in all, I’m glad I braved the loud noise level and gave Bar Code a shot. I hope to be back soon!

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vipAnon
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

I booked a very late reservation for when I arrived in DC but once I walked over there around 10:30 pm it was all closed up. Why is Barcode accepting Opentable reservations up until 11 pm when they are not even open?

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PJuggle
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This casual modern restaurant is a smart alternative if you want good pizza and food that won’t leave you broke. Was also surprised they have an impressive selection of wine. Solid service and good looking staff.

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HollyPena
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Went for a business meeting. The restaurant was loud for lunch time, and the food was sub par. The burgers were thin and smaller than the buns. The salads were small, and pretty boring. The side order of fries was fine, but pricey for the size of the order. Very few meatless options. From the design of the place, it seems their target is more of a night time, drinking crowd, which is fine. Just not what we were looking for. We did not order mixed drinks, so I can’t comment on those.

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FrankieJ
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

I loved the venue, however, I would suggest a happy medium for the music level so that you can actually talk and not yell while eating dinner. Otherwise, the DJ was on point! His playlist was the best I have ever heard. The food and drinks were also great.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5Food2Service4Ambience5

Atmosphere was great, but the food was bland. Champagne brunch*

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

Went for restaurant week lunch. Server was nice and gave recommendations. However, no one ever cleared our appetizer plates when they brought entrees, and they brought out dessert when we were only half way done with our entrees and they tried to take away our entrees. Plus, we had several fruit flies flying around us while we ate.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Has great time here! DJ was great. Hookah available which was nice

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Came here for a friend’s 30 birthday and didn't know what to expect, as it was my first time to a day party. Went to Brunch and day party on a Saturday and it was lit! Food is amazing! Music was crank! Staff was great!! I've recommended this spot to all my close friends and family!

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vipParisS
Charlotte
20 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Went for happy hour, waiter was amazing as he had to wait by himself all night. They were out of chicken nuggets for my children and nephew but they loved the grilled wings. Great energy with the DJ.....all in all I’ll return!

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JohnG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Went on a Tuesday for a business lunch. Meh. Just meh.

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Davy
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience2

Hostess couldn’t have cared less if we were there. Server was an odd combination of overly familiar and rude. Food was only worth 80 cents for every dollar I paid.

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upendad
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience3

It was a little loud, but fun. When the bill came, gratuity was included for a our party of JUST TWO, and it was more then 20% added. Despite the fact that we waited for our "reserved" table for over 35 minutes because there was no host or anything, all the staff was outside enjoying theirselves. The experience felt like we were being robbed, I would NOT return to bar code ever again.

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KenyaC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

This was a party/dinner reservation event. It was crowded, not a great ambiance, including the people and musics and when I checked in with the hostess, she looked at me and blew smoke out of her nose and mouth at the same time because she was sitting doing Hooka instead of working. She told me she wasn’t sure if she could get our table that we had reserved at 9p since they were all taken but then said she would try to move some people. Totally UNPROFESSIONAL, so we chose to leave instead of experiencing anything more disappointing. I will never go back there.

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Madyson
New England
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Got there for our reservation and all the tables were filled. The hostess was Rude, no real order. Over crowded