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Garden District

Beer Garden and BBQ Joint$$$$
U-Street, Washington
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    "Skip the frickles but the brisket sammich is great."(7 Tips)
    "Great beer selection, great food."(5 Tips)
    Travis H.
    "No wind, in the sun...liters of Hofbrau all around!"(2 Tips)
    B H.
    "Best pulled pork sandwich anywhere in dc"(6 Tips)
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  • barbecue
  • beer
  • brisket
  • sandwiches
  • casual
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  • Marc
    MarcNovember 25, 2019
    WashPo #8 Best DC BBQ '19: Sauced brisket is smokier, and more succulent, than the stuff found at much larger joints. His ropy strands of pulled pork, at once sweet and tangy, are just as good.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 9, 2013
    Perpetually packed in the evenings, but come during the afternoon to be able to grab a table easily and relax with beer and barbecue. Call ahead for the whole smoked pig head if that's your thing
  • Katarina K.heart icon on user image
    Katarina KatsmaJuly 8, 2015
    You can never go wrong with Brat and Beer. And the outdoor atmosphere is super chill. The umbrellas are huge, so even if it's raining, chances are you'll still be able to sit outside.
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJune 12, 2013
    This pork 'n beer stop's fronted by a picnic table-laden mini beer garden, and anchored by a small indoor bar pouring Bavarian liters. Read more
  • Alex O.
    Alex OrrOctober 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent pulled pork, good sides, nice rotating beer selection with acceptable prices for the neighborhood...but many, many times it is impossible to find a seat here. I recommend sunday boozing.
  • DCist
    DCistJanuary 3, 2017
    No paradox of choice at Garden District, where American and German beers are high-end but not overwhelming. The Southern-style food here hits the spot regardless of how many beers you've chugged. Read more
  • Diana B.heart icon on user image
    Diana BrodyJune 21, 2017
    A pretty, but chill biergarten with a cozy, backyard kind of feel to it. Fabulous for Summer lounging with a solid selection of beer, as well as cider.
  • Jason C.heart icon on user image
    Jason CAugust 10, 2017
    Casual beer garden with solid barbeque. Might very well be the greatest grilled cheese sandwich I've ever had.
  • Jake S.heart icon on user image
    Jake SmithAugust 9, 2014
    While the atmosphere and beer selection is refreshing, the pork sandwich lacks a smoke flavor, even with the slaw topping. The brisket is the better sandwich, give that a try.
  • Colette M.heart icon on user image
    Colette MerrillMay 23, 2020
    Got the Mac and cheese, fried pickles, spicy sauerkraut, and pulled pork sandwiches. Everything was good but the sauerkraut was especially amazing.
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostOctober 16, 2013
    Every day feels like Oktoberfest at everyone's favorite beer garden. The fence-enclosed picnic tables on 14th Street NW are some of the most prized seats in the city.
  • Sandra R.heart icon on user image
    Sandra RubinchikOctober 24, 2015
    Little garden, big eats! (Also, all the prices are wonky numbers so they can be made whole with tax, and I'm all about that.)
  • Jay
    JayJune 15, 2013
    Awesome place to hang, the staff is great and the beer is just the same, oh yah and the food rock too.
  • carla e.
    carla elaineJuly 8, 2013
    Great beer garden. Sit down have a few ...& if you're feeling adventurous get the whole BBQ pig head. Great location for bar hopping afterwards
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchMarch 4, 2016
    We prefer our doughnuts washed down with a cold brew. Soak up the sun, suds, and fresh from-the-oven doughnut holes made daily.
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    RianAugust 18, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    This place fills up quickly, but it's really cute and their beer and food are both really good.
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    .oo.May 17, 2013
    Skip the frickles but the brisket sammich is great. Oh, and they have Weihenstephan. Have one. Or three. Thank me later.
  • Linda Rosaheart icon on user image
    Linda RosaMay 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Order the fried donuts. Steve (aka Doji) is the best. He only works Thursday -Sunday.
  • Betsy M.heart icon on user image
    Betsy MillerJuly 9, 2017
    Sunday lobster rolls and Wehenstephan Hefeweizen. The best!
  • Denis F.heart icon on user image
    Denis FigueroaJuly 3, 2017
    Just like in Germany! Great for friends! Ask for the pulled pork sandwich! And off course a big beer
  • JESS3
    JESS3December 12, 2011
    Whenever I'm in the mood to pretend I'm back in Germany, I head here for an authentic German beer (in a stein of course!). Closest thing in DC to a European beer garden.
  • Anna E.
    Anna EbbesenFebruary 10, 2013
    If the sun is out, head for Standard. Best pulled pork in town. Don’t miss the Mexican corn on the cob as a side dish.
  • Amy C.heart icon on user image
    Amy CummingsSeptember 3, 2017
    Grab a beer, post up near the sidewalk, and get some great people-watching views.
  • Matt R.
    Matt RobinsonJuly 31, 2011
    This southern boy says get the spot-on hush puppies. (Also, the sammies are good, but marvel at how great those sesame seed buns are!)
  • Nardy T.heart icon on user image
    Nardy TorresMarch 17, 2016
    Outdoor seating! Cozy with wooden tables and lights surrounding the area
  • Cesar C.heart icon on user image
    Cesar CalderonJune 7, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    The curry wurst is amazing... and even better when paired with traditional German beers!
  • M Squared Real Estate
    M Squared Real EstateAugust 14, 2011
    The burger here is the sleeper folks. Hands down one of the best burgers in the city and at a great price.
  • Tom M.
    Tom MaxwellOctober 16, 2016
    If you're hardcore call in and order a pig's head ($30). 1-2 weeks advanced notice required!
  • Chris
    ChrisOctober 14, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    I LOVE THIS PLACE!!!! The secret sauce for the fried pickles is so very delicious.
  • Jessica P.heart icon on user image
    Jessica PlacenciaJanuary 16, 2016
    Lovely over the summer but usually very crowded.
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostOctober 12, 2011
    ** stars in Tom Sietsema's Fall Dining Guide 2011. (Tom recommends the bratwurst "cradled with winy sauerkraut."
  • Joey M.heart icon on user image
    Joey MarburgerApril 7, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    This is my favorite place in DC. If you see Tad give him a high five from me and ask him for bacon.
  • Marcela D.heart icon on user image
    Marcela DuronApril 1, 2016
    Pork sandwich is quite good and huge ass beers
  • B H.
    B HuttonNovember 17, 2013
    Best pulled pork sandwhich in the District and in the U.S. for that matter. End of conversation.
  • MK M.heart icon on user image
    MK McKenzieAugust 17, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Happy hour M-F 5-6: $5 Hofbräu lager, $5 brats. 👌🏼
  • Peter M.
    Peter McGrathMay 3, 2012
    The barbecue is very good but don't overlook the sides -- especially the hush puppies.
  • Clay V.heart icon on user image
    Clay VickersDecember 2, 2016
    Friendly servers. Currently decorated for Christmas - the Miracle on 14th Street!
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    KJanuary 31, 2016
    Outdoor beer garden. If it's cold, just sit under the heat lamp.
  • Travis H.
    Travis HollerApril 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    High top table is the best. No wind, in the sun...liters of Hofbrau all around!
  • Joey M.heart icon on user image
    Joey MarburgerJune 23, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    I'm usually here on most days. Come say hi. Beer gardens are about sharing and making friends.
  • Ben R.
    Ben RJune 13, 2016
    Grilled meats and German beers in the sunshine. This place is 💯
  • Hannah B.heart icon on user image
    Hannah BJuly 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great outdoor seating and an even better burger
  • Joe G.
    Joe GizziNovember 26, 2014
    The Open Sunday Chick Filet is sadly not as great as Chick-fil-a. 👬
  • Michael L.
    Michael LambertAugust 30, 2014
    Awesome draft beers! Great on a clear night.
  • Yonas H.
    Yonas H.September 25, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    Order your food immediately because the service is slooooowwww.
  • Katie S.
    Katie S.November 13, 2011
    This place is fantastic ... Low key, great food, great beer, great patrons
  • Angela A.
    Angela AlarconMay 1, 2012
    Last Sunday they had donuts for $1. Not sure if that's a regular staple, but it was damn good.
  • Bişi Bişiheart icon on user image
    Bişi BişiApril 22, 2018
    A cozy beerplace, good for deinking one beer before dinner
  • @cova_kidheart icon on user image
    @cova_kidMay 4, 2018
    Great beer selection, great food.
  • Katie R.heart icon on user image
    Katie RunyanDecember 10, 2017
    Perfect holiday hangout. Space heaters really do the trick 👌
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