Judging Restaurants/Bars – Blackbyrd

Blackbyrd Warehouse, located next to Marvin at 2005 14th St, NW, opened up back in July ’11. I’m curious is folks have tried out the menu or if they like it more as a bar? If there are fans of the menu, any must order items? How does it compare to Marvin next door?

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  • I come here a lot. One of the more low-key places on U Street. Good drinks. Bar tenders can be a bit pretentious/unwelcoming in that Hilton establishment way. But that’s about my only complaint.

    • I agree, they really try to maintain a false air of exclusivity at their places, like the velvet ropes and long lines in front of 18th Street Lounge even when the place is empty.

      But I have to say that they did a great job on this building.

  • I’ve got the ceiling rigged with balloons and confetti for the first commenter to write “overpriced”…

  • Service was lousy when I went. The waiter disappeared for long periods of time and treated us as if we were an inconvenience. The waiter also didn’t understand the menu and described the alaskan snow crab on the “raw” bar as completely uncooked. Food was ok, but rather underwhelming. I haven’t been back.

  • We’ve been going quite a bit and have gotten to know a couple of the servers downstairs. They’ve been super cool. Dig the food… dig the setting. Like everywhere in the ‘hood now, it’s a tad pricey but they have HH specials and the like.

  • This place blows.

  • only been for drinks, it’s kinda boring but not that bad. unfortunately their outdoor space sucks. can’t look out to anything…except awkwardly looking at the marvin roof.

    I don’t consider this a destination, but if you’re standing at 14th & U looking to grab a drink you could do a lot worse.

  • I really like this place. The service can be hit or miss, but most of the time very nice and helpful. Love the mixed drinks and the lobster rolls are fantastic. great addition to U St.

  • Haven’t eaten but the bartending left a little to be desired. While I hate to complain about new establishments opening, anyone else get the feeling that everything is starting to look like the same and offer the same menu? Maybe it’s because a few groups seem to own all the bars/restaurants in DC?

  • I go here a lot since I know some of the people spinning upstairs, its kind of lowkey and nice to go with a group of friends. the drinks are priced just about the same as everywhere else and I’m there enough that the bartenders cut me some slack so I can’t complain.

    The projector/silent films on the wall upstairs is also pretty cool.

    Never had the food though

  • I had a horrible waitress, and not-so-pleasant manager, which has deterred me from returning. It also smells like fish, which I’m not sure is unavoidable because of the raw-bar. I loved the look and feel when I went, but unfortunately the staff kind of ruined it for me.

  • I went for a UVA function and thoroughly enjoyed the food. The lobster rolls and crab cake sliders were pretty good. I enjoyed the atmosphere as well. Looking to head back again.

  • I agree that the service is terrible. I went early on a Friday night. We supposedly had a server, but after 15 minutes, I finally went to the bar for a drink. When I asked the bartender for the drink, he rudely replied, “You have a server.” After I explained that our server hadn’t been to our table in 15 minutes he begrudgingly gave me a drink. It was the first time in my life I haven’t left a tip for a bartender.

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