Capitol City Brewing - Shirlington

4001 Campbell Ave.
Arlington, Virginia United States 22206
brewpub (Capitol City)  3.8/5.0 21 reviews
Monday-Wednesday: 11am-12am; Thursday-Friday: 11am-1am; Saturday: 10am-1am; Sunday: 10am-10 pm

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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Travlr  (2467) Washington, Washington DC | November 17, 2013
This location seemed to have more seasonal offerings (5) than the others, and the quality of the seasonals seemed to be higher as well. Server let me do a flight of only seasonals, rather than just the year-round beers as the menu calls for. Food was the same as the other location. Overall, enjoyable.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
3fourths  (1528) Boulder, Colorado | March 30, 2007| Updated April 20, 2013
Stuck in with all the other faux high end restaurant in Shirlington, but it’s still a nice place. Large wrap-around bar centered in the building. Had the Belgian pale ale and the Oatmilk Stout, both were OK. Food selection looks really good, especially the appetizers/happy hour menu, but when my lamb kebabs arrived they were pretty bland. No seasoning to the meat, the tatziki sauce was like easting straight yogurt... but really no one in the US knows how to do proper doner kebabs. I make a mean one at home, and the ones at Cap City were disappointing.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2  (940) Escondido, California | December 18, 2010
An open layout with the brew tanks in the center of the restaurant. The is a free parking garage directly behind the brew pub. The service is attentive and understood the beers well enough. There were 7 beers available during my visit. I did not have food on this visit, but the menu is typical of the other locations. Their prices indicate they are rather proud of their beer, but this is par for the area.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis  (758) Sunnyvale, California | March 22, 2016
Second stop of the evening. Fairly empty on a Tuesday night. Easily accessible bar seating. Place itself sits on a corner, with lots of glass highlighting the eating area and brewing equipment. Four 15 bbl fermenters on display behind the bar. Service was friendly and helpful, perhaps a bit slow. They offer flights of five which ar mandated as their "core four" plus one other of your choice. Four ounce pours, like $7, which is pretty cheap for DC, IMO. Beers, unfortunately, are pretty mediocre, but not outright bad. Decent enough destination, like the displayed brewing equipment, wish the beer was better.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Drake  (671) Free Union, Virginia | May 5, 2009
Had a bit of trouble finding this. DC roads suck. It’s not the brewery’s fault. There is a parking garage near the brewpub but I easily found on the street parking. About 4:30 pm on a weekday and the place was fairly empty. Large amounts of indoor seating with an outdoor patio area. There are lots of windows all around, as well as nice, huge, glimmering copper tanks behind the bar in the center of everything. It was raining while I was there but I imagine it can get nice and bright inside. Industrial ambience. Nice cheap happy hour special. Quesadilla was tasty but a little boring. Beer is VERY solid and the highlight of a three brewery beer trip... by far. Lots of standouts for me. A couple of misses. but overall these people do very well. Prices are about mid-level. Growlers are not bad... $21 filleed and $11 refilled for ice fliptops. Definitely a great place to stop.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
BVery  (609) Plymouth, Minnesota | November 29, 2012
Cool spot in Arlington. Flights of beers for a very reasonable price, free warm pretzels, decent food, and great service. Bustling atmosphere at 7 pm on a workday.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
j12601  (340) Poughkeepsie, New York | December 5, 2009
Stop #2 on my beer tour of Arlington. Great open spaces making what would seem like a crowd look more dispersed and inviting. Large copper bar top right next to the fermentation tanks on a big island. Opted for the sampler (which my bartender advised me against for some reason) and added all of the other seasonals (sampler - 5 pours for 5.55, 4 standard, your choice of seasonal) at a scant $1 each and ended up trying 9 beers for under $10. Hard to beat. Got a black bean burger and was quite impressed. Being the token vegetarian at a lot of beer things, I’ve eaten my share of mediocre veggie burgers at brewpubs. This one was pretty solid. Service was laid back but I’m pretty sure I could have gotten something if I needed it. Wish the local brewpubs near me were more like this.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138  (331) Falls Church, Virginia | April 9, 2015| Updated June 13, 2016
Decent brewpub in the Shirlington area of Arlington. Street parking and some parking lots/garages nearby. Pretty spacious dining area. Solid selection of house drafts, nothing too out of the ordinary style-wise. Food was tasty, enjoyed the hummus appetizer. Wouldn’t go out of my way but not a bad stop if you’re in this part of Arlington.

Re-visited on a Sunday afternoon with DCLawyer on 6/12/2016. Bar service was very friendly, it helped that it wasn’t too busy. Bartender actually let us get tasters of everything on draft instead of doing the usual core 4 + 1 flight, that was nice. Had the breakfast burrito with potatoes on the brunch menu, a bit smaller portions than I expected but all tasty. Worth a stop if nearby or passing through the area, especially if you need to cleanse your palate after New District.
76
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
radagast83  (277) Fairfax, Virginia | January 21, 2007
Had a good experience here. The selection was better than I had remembered other Capitol City locations have been, or at least was there early enough to have a wider selection. Had a bunch of the beer from their selection, and was waited on in a timely manner. Food was decent, especially for a brewpub.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
argo0  (253) Washington DC | January 19, 2005
Everything is commensurate with what you expect from Cap City -- some good beers, some mediocre ones, and decent food. Last month was the only time I’ve been since Bill Madden (former head brewer) left for Founders in Alexandria, but I have to say, I had some good beers that time. In particular, the ESB was top notch.

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