Barley Mac

4.4
488 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Happy Hour
Barley Mac is an American tavern fare restaurant using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, and with an extensive bourbon selection and fresh handcrafted cocktails. We're also known for our Saturday and Sunday brunch. Best of Arlington voted Barley Mac as a top vote getter for best brunch in Arlington. You'll be sure to find our 3 egg omelettes, 4 different styles of eggs benedict's and our homemade mimosa flavors!

Don't forget about our Happy Hour Monday to Friday from 3-8pm! Call and ask us for our daily specials. All happy hour and event inquiries can contact macnacgroupevents@gmail.com
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Richmond
6 reviews
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a group with many food restrictions coming and managed to make it work thanks to Sean. The service was great, the food was great, and my group has a lovely brunch, we fully recommend the large Mimosa (you get a bottle and two mixers).

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a
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We've been here many times and it never disappoints. Food is good, drinks are amazing, service is always on point and you can't beat the atmosphere. Bartenders are AMAZING! Perfect spot for drinks

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MC
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

They were able to accommodate a large party. Bar service was very poor. Had to wait quite a while for our drinks. Manager was great! Made restitution for the poor service at the bar. Food quality made up for it!

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DS
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

I'm not sure if I would recommend Barley Mac. I'd like to give it another try, perhaps sitting outside on the patio. It was very loud inside, on a Wednesday evening, and the steak was not that tender.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

I think it would help if the menu was clearer. I ordered a burger thinking that the only meat in the burger was bacon, but it turned out that it was a beef burger and I wasn’t expecting that. Like just some kind of note somewhere that says what kind of meat is in each dish.

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C
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food and service were very good. Great location for business meals

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MD
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Recommendation with a caveat: avoid getting placed in a cramped booth in a dark corner far from natural light.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Everything was good, but I was brought the wrong Omelet, it was corrected, but my family was almost done eating when the right one was served. Hash browns were mushy and didn’t have any flavor.

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k
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The Chili Mango Margarita was AMAZING! The food was good, but the menu is a little stale - super trendy for 2010. Also, the pork belly nachos only came with a couple bites of pork belly on a gigantic plate of chips and cheese. Not that there’s anything wrong with a giant plate of chips and cheese!

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BC
Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Best steak tacos I have ever had. Above average service

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j
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and great happy hour menu!

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JM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Food and service quality has declined.

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G
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

$300 bill and attention to detail and feeling special were not present.

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PS
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Good lunch spot, but too noisy

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KS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have been there for dinner and the food was delicious so we booked Easter brunch. Loved having options for both breakfast and lunch-type items. Everything was delicious especially the eggs benedict, Brussel sprouts, mac n cheese, etc.

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JP
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere and great food. Prime rib was cooked to perfection. I truly enjoyed my first experience at Barley Mac. Will definitely check it out the next time I'm in the DC area.

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DH
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

i would recommend it except I don't live anywhere near it. i was on vacation and the one person who lives near your restaurant was the one who recommended it to me!

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N
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Second time going here. Had the duck confit with pasta and garlic. Tasty. Prices in line with the area.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice place

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AM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

My pizza was excellent. My friend's pork nachos were disappointing. But the drinks were yummy and we sat outside on a beautiful day. I would go back.

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JL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I brought my family here for dinner after having eaten here only for happy hours. It was fantastic and the wait staff was very accommodating.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never disappoints

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M
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Good food. We had a booth which made it quieter. It was a lively place at the time we went. The waitress was very busy and as attentive as she could be with the number of tables she was serving. Food was good.

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LL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Barley Mac is a great venue for cocktails and dinner. I was a disappointed with service this particular night, but that’s not been my experience in the past. Restaurant was busy, but not so busy that some servers were hanging around chatting with each other. I will definitely return and encourage others to go, too!

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Service was so slow. Took forever to get food.!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

Food was good, but poor service resulted in a disappointing experience. Our food took a very long time to come out after ordering, and when we asked our server for the status, she left and didn’t come back with an answer. We then asked for a manager, who did not apologize, but instead immediately was defensive and said the restaurant was busy. The server then basically refrained from interacting with us the rest of the evening. Never once offering an apology for the delay. This situation could have been handled better.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

loved the donut appetizer and our waiter was fantastic . we were a party of 4 and half way through dinner others wanted to join us and they moved us to accomadate 10!

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BO
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The food was good as was the drinks. It's a little noisy. The service was great.

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DR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Great food, but everything feels 2-3 dollars more expensive than similar restaurants.

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TF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The restaurant itself is a nice casual spot, but my prime rib seemed like a low quality cut and was underseasoned. Can’t say I was impressed with the food. The coccoli appetizer was really delicious however. I’d give it another try and try something else maybe. Prices were good.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Came here for brunch and was blown away by the service and food selection. The Mac & cheese is to die for and the brunch drink specials are unmatched.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

Went for a low key brunch with two friends. Good service. Atmosphere was good too. BUT...

I ordered a burger “medium.” It came out a little too rare for me and the bottom half of the bun was so soggy I could barely pick up the burger for more than a bite! I had to eat the rest with a fork and knife. The overall taste wasn’t anything worth writing home about, but the fries were good! My fault for not saying something to the server, I’m sure she would’ve been cool about it.

Also, mimosas tasted great and I loved that they were only $3. BUT when the glasses came out they were only half full! Sort of deceiving, we thought, but otherwise they were delicious.

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Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was great. The food was fantastic, our server Derek G was wonderful and we were happy he convinced us to take home the chocolate gnocchis.

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G
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Everything was excellent until a large family group of 16 arrived. The adults sat on one table and the teenagers sat on the other. Just our luck that the noisy teenagers sat next to our booth.
The noise level was far too high. That said everything else was superb

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FN
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

I've been here before and remembered that the food was good. This time everything was under seasoned. I asked for a blue cheese topper and was brought blue cheese dressing. The brussel sprouts were dried out, clearly reheated and not fresh. The polenta was this and tasteless. The steak was fine but nothing to write home about. This is not a restaurant for foodies. I won't be back.

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SG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant! Will definitely go back again! I especially liked the Barley Mac N' Cheese.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great quality food. Perfect for a variety of tastes.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

We came on a Saturday night. Our drinks were good, but our meal was mediocre. My roasted chicken (with bone-in) was extremely dry and the brussel sprouts were barely seasoned. At $22 for the chicken, this was a huge disappointment. My husband enjoyed his burger, however. The design interior is lovely, but sets you up to expect better quality dinner.

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CG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place for brunch! The food was fabulous along with the service and price!!

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MH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Too loud, much too loud. Outdoor seating experience ruined by construction noise

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