Barley Mac

4.3
695 reviews
$30 and under
American
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 Saturday from 4-7pm! Call and ask us for our daily specials. All happy hour and event inquiries can contact macnacgroupevents@gmail.com

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 695 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.2
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
Sort by
Filters
MW
MelanieW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server Stevie was awesome! She was very polite, helpful, and had a great sense of humour. The scallops and polenta were amazing! We will definitely go back.

C
vipCatlover
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Absolutely love their brussels sprouts (sans pork belly) on their happy hour menu - and adore their grilled Octopus (yeah - I know not everyone's cup of tea). Great value happy hour drinks and love these two dishes.

H
Hawaji
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

The food on the second time around was subpar the scallop dish in particular was runny with water on the plate and no sun-dried tomato flavoring in the polenta and the broccoli Rabe side was oversalted. Second experience was definitely disappointing

TC
vipTaylorC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

The service was a little slow at first, waiting about 15 minutes to actually place Our drink orders, but after that they picked it up and it was excellent!

MM
MrsMendez
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Unfortunately due to staffing shortages, it took a very long time to receive our food. Although we really appreciated how often our waiter (can't remember his name but young African American man) checked on us and tried to provide as many updates that were made available to him.

CP
vipCynthiaP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Used to love coming here and food was always great. Must have changed chefs as the food has definitely
Gone down hill, very average. Had the breakfast pizza, which used to be on a fantastic charcoal crust and fully loaded. Tasted like a plain pizza on white crust with an egg on it today. Omelettes we’re sub par and not hot. Plating was worse than a Denny’s, where at least you get what you pay for. Worst of all they’ve switched to pre made mimosas, which used to be the best reason to have brunch here. Pre made mimosa pitchers were sitting around (warming) and made with too much orange juice. Loved it when you could buy the bottle and make your own. Won’t be back.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience1

Extremely slow service. After almost half hour wait from ordering to receiving, burger overcooked and left off cheese. Server was apologetic and offered replacement. I told him no thanks (thinking I would have to wait another half hour).

The alternative was a free dessert. I should have declined knowing how long it would take. It was another 20 minutes. :-(

,First visit was a major fail.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Girlfriend and I went for brunch. Food was amazing and the 1 cent mimosas rocked! Service was great! The restaurant is clean inside and out. We sat outside yesterday on a warm, sunny day. We will definitely be back!

LB
LauraB
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Spectacular food and fabulous service!! The lobster bisque and tilefish special were delicious!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience3

The food and drinks were awful but our waitress was very nice and bubbly. They were short staffed but she was able to keep up.

AC
AveryC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wish the brunch was a little different but great food and atmosphere!

A
vipAmocomida
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice place for happy hour dining in the patio

WQ
vipWeiQiang
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Second time at BM. Hector was very attentive and helpful with being intrusive.

C
Carol
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Enjoyed our brunch on the patio. Staff was gracious and flexible to seat us there and pull two tables together to accommodate our group. Food cooked to requested doneness. Really tasty home fries and mimosas!

TT
TiffanyT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Brunch menu has more breakfast options than brunch options. Service was great, as well as the food and drinks.

r
rixreview
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This was my second visit to Barley Mac, and it allowed for venturing thru the menu a bit further. The onion soup was excellent, and the deviled egg appetizers with tiny bacon 'flags' fitted on top were a great starter. As before, hats off to the bartender who never disappoints; my favorite? A highball made with Patron Tequila, lime juice and simple syrup with salted rim. Very refreshing!

MS
MikeS
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Although we intended to have dinner, we decided to have drinks and apps instead. Truffle Mac and Cheese was very good. Meatballs were heavily processed, mushy and delivered cold. Ceviche tacos were absolutely tasteless. Brussel sprouts were burned, making them hard and dry, and were delivered cold. Too bad, really. The dish had some interesting ingredients.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Drinks were great! Food was great!

r
rixreview
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

I just moved to the Rosslyn area of Northern Virginia, and Barley Mac is right around the corner from my apartment and it is undoubtedly a real neighborhood gem! The bartender's work is immaculate and tasty, the food is great, especially their brussels sprouts and Barley Mac burger with truffle fries!
I'll be back again and again!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time customers at this establishment. Our server was very courteous and prompt! We ordered the scallops and of course the Mac ‘n cheese! It didn’t take long for the food to come out. Both items were delicious! The scallops are on top of a bed of broccoli rob and a sun-dried tomato thing that reminded me of mashed potatoes. My girlfriend and I are not fans of the broccoli rob so we just pulled that to the side (no need to complain like some people do when they don’t like something on their plate). The Mac ‘n cheese was very cheesy and delicious! This is a beautiful restaurant and has outdoor seating as well. We will definitely be going back to this place!!

G
Gorgeous
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The mimosas are awesome and they have flavors several.

AH
AnikaH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent experience I would definitely go back again!!

LK
LeslieK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Had a nice lunch here on a Friday. Good food and service.

PT
PanayiotaT
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Pretty good I like the vibe of the place. The drinks were OK presentation was awesome though

HW
HopeW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

The food was so good but I felt bad for them, they were clearly under staffed. I hope they’re able to staff up soon so customers don’t have to wait as long. Other than that it was great. We will go back for the yummy food.

RF
ReneeF
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

Our waiter was not attentive at all, my friend had unlimited mimosas but only had 3. However the food was amazing!

DB
DeonB
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

It was good.

C
vipCatlover
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

I go to Barley Mac once in awhile and have given them good reviews in the past. Unfortunately had lunch with a friend there recently and had the most overpriced basic salad ever. I got their burrata salad with frisee lettuce, tomato and asparagus for $15. It was small in size and basically looked like a child had prepared it - one large beefsteak tomato cut up in quarters on a few pieces of lettuce with two small asparagus tips and a piece of burrato cheese in the middle. I do not understand how they can charge so much for something so small and basic. I often get their crabcake benedict for $17 which is great. I felt that I thew my money in the garbage having this basic overpriced salad. Very disappointed. Some things they do well, but others - don't bother.

GC
GabrielC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great customer service, food was amazing. Great location will definitely go back.

KB
KarinB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Able to sit outside on a lovely evening. Great food, service and cocktails. The Watermelon Sugar and Spice was delicious!

L
vipLocavore
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Not inexpensive but very delicious food and excellent cocktails. Grilled octopus and brussel sprout appetizers are worthy of repeat ordering. Very attentive and friendly wait staff.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I loved it, the Pizza was awesome, I forgot our server name but he had colorful hair lol but he was great. I’ll definitely come again

V
Venie
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good Food and service, nice atmosphere, awesome mimosas!

JW
JoshuaW
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

Service was good. It was Father’s Day brunch. My husband ordered the breakfast gnocchi and the restaurant was out of sausage. The alternate recommendation was bacon in the dish. Not sure if this is what made the whole dish extremely salty? We just moved to the area and went to BM 2x so far and had average experiences with higher expectations. Probably won’t be back.

DC
DCExplorers
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Definitely good for a special treat - food is DELICIOUS, but everything was pretty rich (fried or creamy or buttery or salty or bacony - but of course very tasty)! Could not eat here all the time, but very pleasant occasionally.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Service was a little slow.

L
vipLaura
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Their website advertises make your own mimosas for brunch. It was one of the reasons we chose the restaurant. Our server told us that they no longer have this option. The food was good.

ST
ShirleyT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great location, love the food, and the service is awesome. I will definitely return.

K
vipKatieb
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Reservations at 6:30 - seated immediately. Service was excellent. This was our first time as we wanted to try it before our Father’s Day brunch with a large party. We had the summer salad and Kale salad. Both were large and tasty! The salmon dish was excellent and the salmon prepared medium rare. Perfect. My husband had the shrimp and squid ink linguini- large portion and he loved it. Our brunch will be fantastic.

CU
vipCindyU
Cleveland
23 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good food and cocktails. Sat outside. Beautiful evening. Great service.

FAQs

Barley Mac does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Barley Mac also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (571) 800-3070.

Barley Mac is rated 4.3 stars by 695 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.

Tweets by Barley Mac