Capitol City Brewing Company - Downtown

3.9
583 reviews
$30 and under
American
Located on the corner of 11th and H street NW, Capitol City Brewing Co. opened its doors in 1992 as the first brew pub in our nation's capitol since prohibition, thus giving its citizens and its many visitors the freedom to enjoy some of the finest hand-crafted beer in the country. On the front of our menu is the symbol of freedom, the Lady Liberty, a statue found atop our namesake, the United States Capitol.

Nestled in the heart of Washington's rejuvenated downtown, this location has become a local landmark for celebrating great beer and food with family and friends. We have always taken great pride in our beer so come in and enjoy a cold pint of our very best and match it to one of the many menu selections tailored to the brews we serve.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 583 People Are Saying
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3.9based on recent ratings
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3.8
Service
3.8
Ambience
3.8
Value
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vipLindsayM
Denver
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Food was good but the service was very slow. We had already finished our appetizer before our drinks were delivered, felt like our server forgot about us. We also noticed that he messed up several other tables checks as well.

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MichaelW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Will never return due to horrendous customer service. They had option for outside seating - we took it - and we’re told the wait staff did not want to go outside. This was on game day for a Capitals game so we had limited options and found none. It was a special day that Capitol City Brewing did their best to ruin.

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GJG1234
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Overcook burger. Uncleared tables around us. Lots is tourists. On par with mediocre chain restaurants.

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MeaC
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good beer, good food. Service was too fast — our entrees were ready moments after our appetizers.

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MM88
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

We were sat immediately, service was good, food wasn't worth the price (chicken sandwich was rather small) and their signature beer was decent. We got there just before happy hour ended but our server didn't tell us about HH until after we ordered something else. But the biggest disappointment was when We ordered "pickle shots" (vodka with pickle juice) but we were brought "pickleback" shots (shot of jamison and a shot of pickle juice).

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JoanT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great brews, good food, reasonable service, nice menu selections. Very pleasant experience for the family.

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JonathanW
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

Service was terrible, food was decent and the beer was ok

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coryh
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Brews were bitter and average . Alcohol content way too high for flavor to shine

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OutstandingOrlando
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food & excellent service

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RachelL
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food options for everyone in my family. The beer was fantastic too.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Food was ok, service was well below par for a restaurant that wasn’t that busy. We see why if that’s normal service. Server took our order and never came back until we flagged her down.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great experience

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Biff
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

not enough servers, wait stuff polite but undermanned, long time in between drinks, order and meal

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MelindaGT
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This is a traditional brewery setting. Everything from fried somethings to a NY strip steak. A beer selection that covers most varieties & craft cocktails to boot! Happy hour is 4p-7p with $5 basic draft selections(2) & cheap apps. The fried chicken sandwich was delicious & the fries were perfectly fried!
The only issue was outdoor seating, not super inviting but know that there is space outdoors in/out of under a tent.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Service was okay! She didn’t do a bad job, but she never came to ask if we wanted another beer or more water. Just brought the bill when we were done eating. I would’ve had another beer, but felt rushed out. Wasn’t like the restaurant was busy or anything either so just a little weird. Otherwise the food and beer were both amazing!! Would definitely come back and hopefully try a few different beers.

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vipDCdiner
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience3

They may close the patio for possible inclement weather even though it never shows (but forgot to remove the option for Open Table).

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gorgeguy
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place rocks! Good selection of beers, pleasant surprises in terms of the menu, and the preparation/taste was excellent!

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vipLeoDC
Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Just another good experience at one of my long time local favorites. I'm glad their doors are still open!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

The food was terrible. Definitely not the place to go.

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vipMaracaibo
Richmond
92 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

Service was great but place just did not feel clean. Tables were not well wiped down and there were crumbs on our booth seats. Food was just ordinary....

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DanL
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience2

Ok beer, food average at best.

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BillRath
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our service and food were outstanding! Very quick from order to table. Great beer selection.

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Momof3
Pittsburgh
20 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The outdoor seating option was helpful. Kids liked the food. Server was super friendly.

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ChellsieS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant was awesome!! Our appetizer came out in two minutes and our meal came out five minutes after that. Everything was hot, clearly served as soon as it was done. The food was absolutely delicious. Great atmosphere, very reasonably priced, great service. When I visit DC, I will definitely eat there again!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience1

Service was remarkably bad, weak drinks, and tasteless food. Nothing special, sorry we wasted a dinner here.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Good food. Nothing fabulous. Just like any other restaurant.

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vipSteve
Baltimore
161 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Slow service mid-day Sunday. Decent pub food but nothing exceptional. If you are a beer or ale drinker this could be the place for you.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

The food was nothing spectacular. It was our first time trying it after driving past for many years. We realize that due to the bounce back from COVID, many establishments are bringing back staff or training new staff. Unfortunately, no one could answer or would answer questions about the food or drink menu. Our food was made incorrectly twice - it was a burger with no bacon as I don’t eat pork. I am almost positive they simply plucked the bacon off of the top instead of remaking it. We don’t go out often so I certainly regret our first night out being here. We won’t return.

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KimL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

We had issues with ordering on their system. There was a QR code for the menu and ordering, but only half the people at our table were actually able to order through the program. The waitress spilled my cocktail and offered to bring me another, but never did. There are too many better restaurants options in Center City to put up with this kind of dismal service.

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MungoLikesCandy
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food and attentive service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience3

The pretzels were stale. We ordered tacos, pizza and calamari. The tacos had brown guacamole on them and the calamari and pizza both tasted like they were frozen and reheated.

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PoTN
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

Beers were great and food was delicious. Loved the off-street seating area!

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vipChrisB
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great time! Service was excellent! The only thing that we would change is a selection for a beer flight instead of a set few for the flight, but the waiter explained it gets crazy at times, so we can understand the need for speed and less confusion. Overall, it was awesome and we will be back!!

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Swasa
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Online system was great for ordering, but we ordered appetizers and meals and everything came out at the same time. Would have been nice to have been told to enter them as separate orders. Only reason why I can't give 5 stars

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bigstack
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Beer is great but food leaves a lot to be desired.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cap City is one of my favorite places to eat near my office. I was soooo glad to see it opened back up when I went in the other day! My friend and I sat outside at a picnic table and it was very comfortable. The service always sets this place apart—I hadn’t been there in 14 months and the staff remembered me and even brought out my Diet Coke (they know I’m a fiend for it!) without my having to ask. The meal was as good as ever and oooh those crispy lovely sweet potato fries! Thank you for a great experience!!

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vipBarbarap
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff were very accommodating in helping us dine outside & very attentive

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LetsGoCaps
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Had to order from our phones, cause of Covid and no handheld menus. Everything came out so fast we asked them if they just stared at the computer waiting on our order to come through. It was crazy fast. But we weren't rushed at all.

A little pricey but that's some places in DC. Try the club sandwich

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toyab
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

the online menu and ordering is not user friendly and no one at the resturant seemed to care enough to fix it. the bartender was extremely rude and only served us one drink when he acknowledged we ordered two. My partner and I mainly visited DC to eat at this place because of the food and service we received in the past. However, this one visit was definitely disappointing and we will never ever visit this place again.

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Chucx
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Great service and great food

Big burgers and very good drinks

FAQs

Capitol City Brewing Company - Downtown offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 628-2222.

Capitol City Brewing Company - Downtown is rated 3.9 stars by 583 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.