The Arsenal at Bluejacket

4.6
914 reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

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The Arsenal is the 200-seat restaurant & bar housed within the brewery, Bluejacket. The menu updates, refines and extends the classic fare of beer halls and public houses by featuring the best locally sourced products available and highlighting reinterpretations of hearty classics such as steamed mussels, artisanal sausages and more. Gourmet sandwiches, seasonal salads & vegetables, alongside approachable bar snacks are the perfect accompaniments to a signature Bluejacket brew. The bar & dining room feature a constantly rotating selection of 20 Bluejacket beers and five Bluejacket cask ales, all poured at the appropriate temperature and served in the proper glassware.

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vipAnnoyed
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience3

I have never written an OpenTable review before but feel like I have to after yesterday. I went to Arsenal at Bluejacket with a friend for brunch and do not recommend anyone else do the same. I asked for coffee when the server arrived at the table and he looked puzzled at my request and said "we don't have coffee" and promptly walked away. Not having coffee when open for brunch seems crazy, but his attitude was just ridiculous (as if he was saying, "how can you expect us to even have it?"). The menu only has 3 or so brunch options and the food was average at best. My friend's arrived in like 10 minutes while mine was at least 25 minutes after despite the same initial server saying he would look into it after I asked him shortly after I was told it was being delivered. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME GOING HERE FOR BRUNCH.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Going away

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TedSpenadel
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great beer selection, very good food. A bit pricey for SE DC. It is very cumbersome to order from and pay for your food and drink from phone. The management is excellent and addressed all our questions.

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andrewb
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tasty beers and burgers. Place was empty due to covid. Will go back when in town.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great COVID procedures. Really good food and drinks. We would have liked two heaters instead of one, it would have made eating outside a little easier and more comfortable.

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CrescenzoE
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent beer

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

I made a reservation to be on the safe side but it was not needed even though it was a Saturday night. We were seated and told how to check the menu out with the QR code. We were not told how to order food until we read the sign on the table. Food was brought to our table but nothing was said to us meanwhile such as to ask if we needed anything else. Throughout the hour we were there we were not asked once if we were okay but the nearby tables did get attention from the servers. We had to call over a server once she was finished speaking and giving suggestions to the table next to us. The beer was ok but we would’ve loved to speak to someone about it before ordering for this exact reason.

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vipDanaH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

“Order online” system is a giant fail. There was virtually zero engagement with the staff. They are food runners. Period. No one thanked us for coming in, nothing was said to us when we left (passing 3 staff at the entrance/exit). It was the most disassociated experience I’ve had at any restaurant ever. Not a win. I will not return. Ever.

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vipScotty
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

For a brewery, this is very high end. World class beers with a fantastic range and premium food options. The tater tots alone are worth the price of admission!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, beers, and outside environment

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and beer!

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OpenTableUserDC
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love their beer. This is my favorite brewery in the DMV.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is the best with delicious food and drinks!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service awesome covid setup, new chef with awesome menu very happy! Pervious cwhf went to michlien star restaurant

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Greg
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great beer! Love the design of the whole place. Service was good.

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Manana
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

They always offer new beer selections. Try the new Shrimp and grits‼️

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LarryR
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Bluejacket and we three loved it. Great place to have Sunday brunch en route to the Anacostia Playhouse-short Uber ride. The structure being an old munitions plant was amazing including the brewery, tasting room, upstairs seating.... We shall return. Our server Briyan V was excellent-attentive and efficient.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. The ambiance was really cool. And all the beers were exceptional. I am not a fan of hoppy beers. All their sours were delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great. Really cool place! The area around the brewery was nice, lively Enjoyed or very much

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MindyK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A really nice place for a group. Not too noisy and a very kool atmosphere. Food good not great but you are there for the beer

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vipLisaD
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First, the Scallops were absolutely the best I have ever had...anywhere!! One in my party ordered the Shrimp and Grits and we suggested to the waiter that they also do a Scallop and Grits dinner as we got creative with our meal :) Our waiter, Byron was great!! He knew the beers and the menu and made excellent suggestions!! The atmosphere was energetic and fun and we had an absolutely all-around great dining experience. And let me not forget, you must have the fried pickles and the potato skins. I've eaten at most of the restaurants at Navy Yard and I had another favorite up until dining here, but The Arsenal by far is where it's at!! And absolutely yes...I will be back!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal experience top to bottom. Friendly staff and delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service was a little slow, but they were busy so I did not think too much of it. Great food and great beer. I highly recommend the tater tots!

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Andrew
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fun time with friends for a brunch.

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Nuck
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall4food4service1ambience4

If you like beer, you need to go to Bluejacket. But you might want to just go to the bar to drink beer, because The Arsenal -- and in particular, the service -- leaves a lot to be desired.

When I arrived, I stood at the Maitre'd stand for about 5 minutes before I was even acknowledged by a waiter, who said that the hostess had her own system so he didn't want to help or risk her wrath. Then he returned a few minutes later and seated me anyway.

It was at least another 5 minutes at the table before I was able to order a beer. The evening continued like this, as a melange of different waiters and servers helped and ignored us in turn. My single grilled kielbasa was overcooked and overpriced at $16.

But the beer was great. Bluejacket for beer? Yes! Bluejacket for dinner? Not so much.

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vipTombo
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good burgers and fantastic beer. Ideal for casual dining with a unique menu

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Service was abysmal. After being seated we waited roughly 15 minutes and had to ask someone to take our drink order, which was then lost. Service continued at this lackluster pace for the entire two hour experience-asking for water refills, never being asked if we wanted another round of drinks, etc.

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VeraD
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was tasty and server was attentive. The price was reasonable for the quantity of food.

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Dineoutmom
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The service and food was really good. One criticism would be that the harvest salad had too much going on— too many good flavors all together. The side cauliflower was awesome but hard to eat bc the cauliflower was a tad undercooked. The tots are amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The hostess and server were incredibly friendly and welcoming. We had a reservation and were seated promptly. Our drinks were tasty and well made. I liked the variety of offerings. We shared the everything pretzel as an app and really enjoyed it. (Can’t go wrong with a soft pretzel but the “everything” flavor and mustard dip were nice adds). Everyone thought their dinner was very tasty. The only downside, I shared the “beef short ribs for the table” for $45 with my husband and bc it can be a very fatty fish, it wasn’t enough food (even though we also ordered the Cobb salad with chicken to share). So despite the tastiness of the ribs, I should’ve known it was a risky move and wouldn’t recommend it to others (unless they come down on the price to align with other entree’s). I would definitely go back.

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vipCoryF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

My family of 4 just spent over 2 hours at Arsenal at Bluejacket waiting for our mediocre meals to be served! Thank goodness my children are older and able to wait for the painfully slow dinner to be delivered to our table, but this meal was ridiculous in the amount of time it took for everything to be served...and we didn’t even get everything we ordered! We will not return. Too many other options in the area with better food and faster kitchens.

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vipChadS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The food was fair but the dining area was way too dark....which was very unexpected for a decidely unromantic brewpub. :)

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vipCJBoy
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have always walked past this place in the warmer months and it seemed extremely popular and busy, so when we saw there were reservations opened when trying to find a place for brunch one random Sunday afternoon, we decided to give it a go. The Bloody Mary was delicious as was the seasonal holiday draft. Our server Noel was pleasant and down to Earth, he interacted with us very well and was very knowledgeable of the menu and drafts, making an excellent suggestion for us when the kitchen was out of what we wanted due to arriving on the tail-end of brunch. Highly recommended and will definitely return for dinner.

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vipSarahD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love the food and beer at Bluejacket! We were seated near the bar which was VERY dark. It would have been nice if the lights were up a little bit, especially for my mom who had to use her phone flash light to read the menu. It was also a little bit loud, but that’s to be expected from that type of restaurant. The food is pricey, but the beer is a great value for the quality.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Everything about this experience was bad. We will not go back. Seated at a table that rocked severely. Ignored by waitress. Once waitress showed up we placed both food and drink order together. Drinks took over 30 minutes to arrive. Food arrived too close to drinks being delivered. Ignored again until we had to flag someone down for the check. Poorly executed service experience from start to finish. Then had the “pleasure” of waking up sick in the middle of the night.

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HeatherR
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

If I was going here for just the beer, sure... probably a better experience at the bar. We had a reservation at 6PM on a Sunday evening. The restaurant wasn't very busy as there wasn't even a wait time for seats, but considering the service experience, they may have been understaffed? There was a large party sat after us, but it mostly consisted of smaller children.

Atmosphere: Cool. The brewery pieces and steel accents really made for a fun space. Big windows as well. It seems like a good happy hour location.

Service: Our server wasn't very attentive. Drink orders weren't taken for about 10 minutes after we sat down, which was the 1st time we saw our her. They didn't arrive for another 15 minutes. We ordered appetizers, but no plates were given to us ahead of time or even with the arrival of the food. We had to wait to find someone to ask for the plates. Appetizers did come out pretty quickly, faster than we got our drinks.

Food: menu seems to try and make regular bar food, fancier, but not successfully. The potato skins seemed like they would taste good, but didn't. You get pub cheese, green tomatoes, red peppers, like 6 black beans (across 4 halved skins), and sour cream on top. It didn't taste very good, just didn't work. There was no description of the chicken sandwich Mambo Sauce vs. Frankenbutter - like which was hot? To me Mambo seemed like it would hot... it wasn't. Forget getting clarification from the server. It was also very small for the $17 price tag. The 2 burger options just had too much "stuff" and didn't sound appetizing. Someone at our table got one and it was too messy to pick up and eat. The tots and fried pickles were good, not greasy. The salads were small portions and once you add on the protein, you get a side salad for the price of 2 large dinner salads elsewhere. Didn't even attempt trying the "plates" which were ridiculously priced.

Beer: Great selection and seemed pretty tasty.

I wish it were better!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Food was great, when the servers actually showed up. They gave us the wrong sized table for the reservation, though they did eventually fix that. Then they took 20 min to take a drink order. By the time someone showed up for us to finally order food, it turned out they weren't serving the lunch menu anymore (because they had taken so long to come take our order) and there was no apology that some of our choices were magically unavailable when 20 min before they would have been. Anyway, despite the food and beer being good, the service was so appalling we won't be returning.

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bettyS
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Venue is wheelchair accessible which is GREAT! The night we were there the noise level was manageable but could see that it might get too loud to hear your table companions. Staff where friendly, food was good and service was quick.

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JoeO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good drink and food selection with a cool atmosphere. Service was a little slow and our appetizer was cold. On the pricey side.

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The Arsenal at Bluejacket is rated 4.6 stars by 914 OpenTable diners.

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