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 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Drake  (723) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | 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.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
jrob21  (46) Atlanta, Georgia | June 5, 2007
Hit this place for lunch on a Saturday. Food is great for a brewpub. Beer is average at best. Service is fast and friendly. Did not test the server on her beer knowledge ’cause I got what I needed from the chalk board. Love the warm pretzels you get as a warm up to your meal.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
radagast83  (305) Alexandria, 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.
76
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 4/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Birdiebeagle  (44) Perkasie, Pennsylvania | December 13, 2009
A very clean nice place. Has good food and a ton of TV’s. Went in on Sunday and they had every game on HD flat screen. Their beer is decent reminds me of the chain micro brew pub but it is decent. Prices were a touch high but the food is good and real good service. Had draft rootbeer for my kids which is always a plus. Overall a very enjoyable time a touch pricey but not enough to make me not return. Love the cask.
76
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
j12601  (345) 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.
74
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Travlr  (2564) Charlotte , North Carolina | 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.
72
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone  (132) Wood River, Illinois | July 6, 2009
I just stopped in to get a couple of growlers filled but liked this location better than the Capitol Hill one. The restaurant itself was nicer and parking was much easier with a large lot nearby. The DC locations do not fill growlers but Arlington’s did. Growlers and beer were $21 each. There was a nice outdoor seating area that seemed very nice.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis  (854) 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.
70
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138  (341) 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
OnTheTrail  (17) Virginia | September 17, 2016
Have often visited for bicyclist happy hours, our big groups always get great service. Food is decent pub food. Beer is never bad, though usually not exciting or the best of the style. Prices at Happy hour are good. Atmosphere is good, especially outdoors. Update: Have recently had service issues, and also re evaluated rating relative to other places.

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