Owen's Ordinary

3.9
278 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top tags:
  • Great Beer
  • Casual
  • Bar Seating
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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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 278 People Are Saying
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3.9based on recent ratings
3.8
Food
3.6
Service
3.9
Ambience
3.6
Value
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66% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
64 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
16 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
1 review
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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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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!

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JS
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

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

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D
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Service was perfunctory. Wait staff was not particularly interested in customers. Food and drinks were mediocre and overpriced.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

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.

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DC
13 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

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.

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DH
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Food was good but the portion was small. Service was average even though there were two waiters at our table.

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n
61 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

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.

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S
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service
Great tuna butger

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LG
10 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

The food was fine, the service was lacking. Wait staff needs to be more attentive to timing of courses and clearing off the table.

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GD
6 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

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.

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b
20 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

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.

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CP
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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.

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S
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

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.

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HG
17 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

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.

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HB
67 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great beer selection!

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P
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very cool spot all waiters had a quirky personality it was awesome.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

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.

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DM
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

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.

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b
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Rude hostess. Greasy, under-seasoned food. Fairly limited beer style selection. Very disappointing.

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OT
19 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

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.

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n
6 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is always great but the service at the bar was excellent this time! Love this place

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OT
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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S
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

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.

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A
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

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.

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MA
4 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

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!!

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TH
3 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

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.

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OT
12 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Food wasn’t great. Fries over cooked. Fish tacos undercooked. Caesar salad came undressed.

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