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.
Wednesday - Friday 11:00AM
Saturday - Sunday 10:00 AM
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.
Taco was WAY too salty.
Beers were good.
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.
Food was good. Service was poor.
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!
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.
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).
Food was good. Service pretty good. Great beer list.
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.
Food took a while but service made up for it. Great spot for lunch or dinner.
Went for lunch for my sister. It was empty during lunch hour but server was very attentive. Brought out a candled dessert for my sister without us requesting for it. Good burgers!
Not all ingredients were in stock for the drink we selected
Four to five staff came to our table during dinner asking about various things related to our meal and drinks
The waiter was inefficient and did meet our requests for more water and other beverages
I understand the reason the prices are high, however as a patron I expect a high level of service and ambience when paying an absorbent amount for a burger and drink
Service was perfunctory. Wait staff was not particularly interested in customers. Food and drinks were mediocre and overpriced.
Nice place with decent food and great beer selection. Service was good. Inside dining is not great due to bad acoustics and music blasting. Hard to have a decent convo while there without having to yell at the person sitting next to you. Hope they can fix this.
The food here has taken a distinct downturn. Beer, wine, food-all over-priced and mediocre at best. Except for the pretzels. Charcuterie platter was sort of a joke and came with Texas toast that was hard as a rock. Mussels were served with the same bread, and the sauce was basically a whole lot of melted butter with half a lemon. The noise level was extremely high.
Would not go back.
Food was good but the portion was small. Service was average even though there were two waiters at our table.
We told our waiter WE ARE NOT IN A HURRY! No sooner had our appetizer arrived than another waiter is standing there with our main dishes. WE SHOOED HIM BACK TO THE KITCHEN! The toasts with the charcuterie were hard as rocks! My companion's grain salad was BLAND. It was pretty noisy. They advertise themselves as a beer lover's place. I'm inclined to agree.
Great tuna butger
The food was fine, the service was lacking. Wait staff needs to be more attentive to timing of courses and clearing off the table.
My friend and I tried out Owen's Ordinary for an early brunch. The food was good, but the portions felt unbalanced. My entree came with enormous side of home fries but a thimble of coffee. The menu would also benefit from lighter/sweeter options for those who aren't quite ready for a full lunch. The prices are very reasonable, especially for the DC area, and the atmosphere is quite cozy and nice.
Last night was the 3rd time we have eaten at Owen's Ordinary and will likely be the last. The service was horrible. At one point, we asked the waiter for more water. More than 10 minutes went by, so I waved at him and pointed to a water glass. He went over and picked up a water bottle and then went to another table and poured water and took their over. Another 5 minutes went by before he came to refill our water glasses. We ordered fried calamari for an appetizer and never got it. Our food arrived and the waiter came over to check on us and we told him we didn't get the calamari. He laughed and said he probably didn't even order it. The menu is quite small; only 4 real entree selections. Our food was good, but not great. Too many other restaurants in the area to go back for ok food and horrible service.
Overall good meal. French fries recipe must have been changed since our last visit...they were a bit too crunchy. The fondue was fun-the best dipping items were the bread and broccoli.
Food is overpriced - $18 for fish and chips is ridiculous for the small portion size. Service was lacking and confused. Beer was just ok. It could be a great place, but they're making unforced errors that I'm not sure they are capable of resolving.
They asked us to leave the dining room at 956p to ‘shift people to the bar’. Not ideal while we are still eating and drinking and enjoying quiet conversation. Server clueless and manager incrementally better. Won’t go back for a bar outing at all.
Great beer selection!
I've sat at the bar several times but have dined in twice. Both experiences were positive with no issues arising. Service was friendly and prompt, food was good, and the restaurant was clean.
Very cool spot all waiters had a quirky personality it was awesome.
Poor attention to customers. Salad came out with no tuna. Did not follow a food allergy order- had to send back. Charged us for the food we re-ordered In addition to what was sent back! Manager was nice and adjusted our tab but honestly would rather pay full price and have a perfect meal.
Kind of expensive but food and beer were tasty. Waiter wasn't great bit supporting staff and servers were. Not a wide variety of food but larger variety of micro brews on tap. Not easy to find in MoCo. Overall good experience, can eat outside or at the bar as well.
We had the burger with fries. Both excellent. My only complaint is that the party next to us (this was outdoor seating) allowed their dog to place its paws on the table top and was begging for food from the table. This should not be permitted but no restaurant employee stepped in to stop it.
Rude hostess. Greasy, under-seasoned food. Fairly limited beer style selection. Very disappointing.
For a place that takes reservations for table for dinner, they don't have much to offer for dinner. They have 4 entrees to choose from, or burgers. They have more appetizers than main course meals. They have way more drinks than food.
Is the place bad, no. But if you want food, this is not really the place to go. If you want drinks with some snacks, this is a decent place.
Of what we got, it was decent. Fish and Chips was $18, but you got one piece of fish and a small thing of fries. It was more of an appetizer than anything else, however, the fries that came with it were really good. That was one of the four entrees available. Burger was decent, but nothing really spectacular. Steak Tartare was okay but the chips that came with it were a little stale. The fondue was good, but for $16.00, it came out in a small rim. For the same price at the Melting Pot, you'd get probably twice as much fondue of the same quality. Plus, they would have made it in front of you.
Bottom line, this place tries to be something it isn't. Its a bar that's trying to be a gastropub and failing. Go here for drinks and maybe happy hour. Don't go here for dinner.
Food is always great but the service at the bar was excellent this time! Love this place
This was our 3rd time dining there. Food is good but the service was not tonight. Our waiter seemed very inexperienced on every level and never asked how meals were. Slow service with drinks. Appetizer arrived after main meals. Empty Food plates were not cleared. Wrong check arrived when it was time to pay. The person who filled up water was the most attentive. Make her the waitress! Too bad. I hope it was an off night but probably won’t go back anytime soon to find out.
My son has many food allergies. The waiter told us he has a lot of allergies too, and he helped us find food options that were safe. We were able to relax and enjoy a great meal.
Disappointed about a change in menu which apparently accompanied a change in chefs.
With a reservation we were seated in the bar. The food was mediocre at best.
Service was very strange- not organized at all. Waiters kept asking us the same questions over and over.
There was no room at the table between your body and the table. The table was way too close.
I had a birthday brunch here when they first opened but they no longer offer it. It was a great brunch. It can get noisy but the food is good and the drink menu seems endless. Good eats!!
go for the beer and the small plates. The burger was just ok, not cooked to order. Fish and chips portion was weak, though nicely done.
Food wasn’t great. Fries over cooked. Fish tacos undercooked. Caesar salad came undressed.