Owen's Ordinary

4.0
308 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Great Beer
  • Comfort Food
Owen’s Ordinary is a 175 seat restaurant and 60-seat beer garden. Situated within the Upper Muse Alley portion of Pike & Rose, Owen’s Ordinary brings a world-class beer program, led by Beer Director Greg Engert, and a distinct culinary program to match.

The restaurant features a vibrant, casual bar and dining area within a clean, warm space featuring wood floors, subway tile, zinc cladding, and industrial steampunk elements. The kitchen opens onto one of two dining rooms and the two-sided soapstone bar is built into the facade, serving 50 craft draft beers to a large bar area inside and a 60-seat beer garden outside.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Beer Garden, Bistro
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Tuesday 4:00PM
Wednesday - Friday 11:00AM
Saturday - Sunday 10:00 AM
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Phone number
(301) 245-1226
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Private Party Facilities
Owen's Ordinary offers private and semi private dining spaces for intimate groups of 12 up to large property buyouts for 200 guests, including an outdoor beer garden. The restaurant features an approachable menu of classic American staples, updated with artisanal ingredients from Red Apron Butcher
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Private Party Contact
Sarah Melby: (844) 575-6167
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Neighbourhood
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Parking Details
Parking available in the covered garage adjacent to the restaurant. No parking validation, but first 2 hours is free.
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Public Transit
Metro: White Flint
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 308 People Are Saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
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3.9
Service
3.9
Ambience
3.9
Value
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We like it here, it's always an easy and comfortable place to fall into last minute. The food is good and the drink list is fantastic. The have a good happy hour deal as well. However, for some reason their appetizers always seem a little off. The calamari is primarily hot peppers and lemons with very little actual calamari, and the charcuterie board is comically small.

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PJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

I had the fish& chips and it was fantastic! My husband’s favorite is the double stack.

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MS
2 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it. I went with two kids on a week night and we had a great time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Food was good, not great. The ny strip steak was half meat and half gristle. I had to leave half of it on my plate because my steak knife literally could not cut through the tough fatty parts that made up huge chunks of the steak. The cheese plate was good, and the muscles slightly better than fine. The restaurant was quiet and mostly empty, and it was a nice atmosphere for 5 adults and one 5 year old. Not a bad place to eat if you’re in the area, but not worth going out of your way for.

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AB
9 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

The Brunch menu at Owns' is quite good compared to their pub food.
We enjoy this neightborhood destination but had a very unenthusiastic waitress.

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k
4 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Family get together

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TK
15 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Solid gastropub...varied menu, everything very good. Service was veeery good. I like this place!

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HW
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Awesome space! They were busy but the manager Brian was great and accommodating through out our wait. I would strongly encourage a reservation and know that Saturday between 6-8 they are busy!

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M
43 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Bartenders are really nice and suggest cocktails or beers to suit your tastes. Food is very tasty.

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F
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

My first time at Owen's Ordinary was for lunch with a friend. The music was a little louder than I like for comfortable volume conversation. However, the food and service was great. Friendly and clean environment.

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MS
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Adam is a fabulous server! The Tuna Burger is soo wonderful but I recommend ordering the fries extra extra crispy to experience them at their best!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Great food as always!

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SM
10 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere and the best Big Mac hamburger in town!

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S
84 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very nice tavern menu and atmosphere. Extensive beer list, good value for the price

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JS
7 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

As the restaurant touts its beer selection, we asked a question about the beer menu and our server said 'if that's what it says on the menu'. That was our first interaction and it went downhill from there. Very disappointed in service and food was mediocre.

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BD
9 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service were excellent, and the draft beer selection is unsurpassed!

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SW
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Food was not great and overpriced. The service was just weird. Our waitress was hovering over our table the entire time, but never really brought us what we asked for. We also paid with a gift certificate. The manager had to run in, and he asked (in front of the waitress) how much tip we wanted to include. Awkward! He then ran the total, and we had some remaining on the card which he didn’t give back to us! We had to ask for our card back with the remaining balance on it. The whole experience was strange. I don’t think we will be going back again.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Although our waitress was very nice, she didn’t give us great service. I believe she may have had too many tables and more than she could handle. We had a larger party so I understand it can be a bit more complicated but our food order came out incorrectly and when I tried to get another staff member to help they were very rude and almost made me feel like I was the one in the wrong for simply just trying to get the food I asked for. Once our food finally came out it was cold and one of the members in our party actually had to send her order back twice because they kept getting it wrong! We ordered bottomless drinks and had to keep begging to get more drinks so it’s almost not even worth it. 20% Gratuity was included automatically due to the size of our party maybe that’s why they didn’t care since they knew they would get tipped regardless. Sad to say we had high hopes for this place but I wouldn’t waste my time coming back nor would I ever recommend anyone to them.

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BM
14 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Great beer menu. Somewhat limited food options. Service was poor at the start. We flagged down someone who actually worked at the bar to take our drink orders after a long wait. Service eventually improved. Go for the beer and the noise--not the food.

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H
11 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Very good beer menu. Slot of variety and selections even though some of the beer prices were a little high. Food was average. Decent flatbread but calamari wasn’t great. Burger pretty good but they forgot the cheese and bacon so they brought out a cold slice of cheese on a plate.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Nice place excellent service just noise level was a bit high and prices perhaps also on the high side.

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Q
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

Service was the slowest EVER

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OT
149 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

burgers and chicken sandwhiches were good. The food is consistent there.

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KK
25 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Service was pleasant. The fish and chips was average. The fish was too wet and bland.
Old bay brat was good but too heavy on the mustard on the brat and a bit too spicy. Would have been better if it was on the side instead.
The HH mango margarita was tasty. Rosemary GT was really great.
Baked Chocolate chip dessert was decadent but a bit too sweet.

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JB
4 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We visited Owen's Ordinary for dinner and drinks while in town for a work conference. The outside seating was great. Really good beer selection and beer advice from our waiter. The food was solid. I wouldn't go here for a serious business conversation, but for a casual, fun time with colleagues -- it's a great pick! I will go again next time we're in town.

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OT
5 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

The hostess was not in a good mood. We ordered 2 appetizers that never came.

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AM
4 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

I had the great grains bowl with tuna. The tuna was fantastic, but the kale was sandy and gritty, and the “charred” broccoli was steamed. Had to drown it in dressing to make it edible. I ate the tuna and avocado and left the rest. It was really bad. My husband’s salad wasn’t much better. We heard good things about the burgers and fish and chips. Should have done that.

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MP
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Super helpful manager who knew the beers really well. Food was good and restaurant was relatively quiet compared to the bar and outdoor area.

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k
8 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Wonderful fish and chips - with vinegar, English style, if you wish. Great service. Noise level just too much for me. In good weather I would go back and sit outside.

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M
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and meal and menu options for all. Thanks!

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MR
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

Very bad service.
1. Waited nearly an hour for order to be taken.
2. Had to remind server to bring the drinks we ordered.
3. Three of the four ppl in our party were served their meal; the forth meal came 15 minutes later- causing the others to eat cold food.
Really inexcusable.

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EH
65 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Taco was WAY too salty.
Beers were good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

I hosted a work lunch with a total party of 9. The restaurant was almost empty during the lunch rush. There were only a few seated tables throughout. The waiter was attentive until it took almost 15-20 minutes for our cans of soda to be delivered to the table. The food was fresh and tasty. The brown bag portions are generous. I'd recommend this place for a Happy Hour due to their large craft beer list, which we didn't have a chance to try.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Food was good. Service was poor.

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n
4 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My friends and I came for brunch to celebrate my birthday. The food was delicious (I had PB and J waffles and my mouth is watering again just thinking about them) and the service was excellent, from the hostess to our waiter. Thank you for a great experience!

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D
9 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Start with the positive. The dinner portion of our experience was fine. Server was attentive and answered all questions. The meal for the most part was very good. We did have a minor allergy issue (no fault of restaurant) and they comped the entrée which was unexpected but much appreciated. Unfortunately, the bad part was the first impression, the bar. We were helped after minor wait by the bartender, Sky. She was very professional and knew what she was doing although we did have to ask for cocktail menu which was separate from beer menu. Anyway, she got us drinks pretty quickly, but when our friends joined us, it took a really long time for someone to take their order. We finally got a gentleman to come over to our section of the bar (more activity on other end from outdoor seating, service bar, etc. thus less attention to where we were seated) and he took our order. It seemed a little awkward and we felt like he was either new or not well-trained. He took the order for the margarita and glass of malbec and walked away. Next thing we notice is that our bartender is washing glasses, racks in / racks out. We thought that was very strange, so we got his attention to where he told us that he had given our drink orders to another bartender. Maybe he was a bar back? He should have told us that he had 'subcontracted' his work to this other bartender who was making the margarita. Sky came back to us and tried to help which she did but when apologizing, her voice went up a few decibels and her bright smile was almost over the top with some sarcasm. Even when the bartender (subcontractor) presented the margarita, it was awkwardly placed on the bar, maybe on top of a loose menu but certainly not well done (no bev nap or coaster?) for a high dollar cocktail. Overall, the bar experience was disappointing which dropped my score down to average. I'm telling you this so you can retrain staff and provide better service to what is a very competitive market.

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S
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 5

Arrived on time for our reservation and got seated within 5 minutes. Waited another 5 minutes for a waiter to come by and ask “has anyone taken care of you.” When we said no, he said okay... and then walked away. After a few minutes he came back and asked if he we wanted any drinks - and filled 2 of the 4 water glasses on our table. We put in our drink order. 20 minutes later 2 of our drinks arrived and we were told the bar was “slammed” so we’d have to wait “a few minutes” for the other drinks. With the 2 drinks that arrived, he delivered a clearly used (empty) glass from another table. We asked him if we could order our food and to provide water for the other 2 people in our party. He left, without a word, then came back, filled the water glasses (splashing water all over the table) and walked away without taking our order. At the 30 minute mark, we decided to go elsewhere because we were hungry, so we flagged him down to ask for the check. He returned with the manager, who comped our first round of drinks (the 2 we had received) and apologized for the lousy service. We opted to leave and will not be going back. The place was not even busy at all and this is definitely the worst service I have ever gotten there (I’ve been there 3-4 other times before).

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OT
18 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was good. Service pretty good. Great beer list.

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DF
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Had a great time drinking and eating with friends at the outdoor tables. Waiter provided excellent service. Hostess was good just not the most friendly but she seemed a little overwhelmed. Seemed reluctant to seat us before the start of our reservation despite empty tables. Overall great, though.

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MP
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Food took a while but service made up for it. Great spot for lunch or dinner.

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