We typically arrive early to the airport to allow time for security. When we got to our gate, we realized we had plenty of time for breakfast before boarding our plane to Austin. There are not too many options for a sit down breakfast so Gordon Biersch it was.
We sat at the bar and were promptly offered bloody mary's by a friendly, but somewhat rough around the edges bartender. She promised they would be good, and they were good, even slightly spicy. She recommended the steak and eggs for breakfast so we went with it. The steak wasn't the best quality, but it was prepared to order and flavorful. The eggs were cooked to my liking. This breakfast came with a choice of sliced tomatoes or hash browns. I was glad I chose the tomatoes although my husband said the potatoes were ok. It was just a HUGE portion. It was also served with a whole grain toast that I particularly enjoyed. I'm not a fan of white bread.
The bartender was a hoot and really kept the other servers on their toes. Entertainment, drinks and breakfast before our flight - what more could we ask for. The bloody marys certainly dulled the pain of watching the dad in the seat across the aisle offer his toddler 20+ lollipops throughout the flight to try to get her to behave. This outstanding display of parenting was obviously unsuccessful. I shudder to think of what he'll have to offer her once she gets to be a tween.
If this was any other restaurant aside from an airport restaurant, my review would probably be one star. However, I've had worse food and service from airport restaurants, so Gordon Biersch was decent in those regards.
It's self-service so it was a pain to find a place to sit, not to mention put your luggage. My server was quite friendly and helpful, so definite props for that. I ordered the Kobe Beef Cheeseburger and a glass of the Hefeweizen (which I'm quite fond of, having been to other GB establishments). The cheeseburger was quite unremarkable, but it was cooked to order and not too bad, so no complaints.
My real issue with this location was the beer. For a restaurant that prides itself on its beer, it was absolutely disgusting. I know what good beer is. I also know what GB's Hefeweizen is SUPPOSED to taste like. The one I got was definitely spoiled and and absolute disgrace to the Gordon Biersch brand. BLECH. The MÃ¤rzen I ordered to replace it wasn't better, so there's something going on with all the beers. Just skip 'em.
i was a bit creeped out eating here since the food didn't seem fresh and the place didn't seem too clean. but i was starving and this was my only option.
as i ate my mediocre burger and drank my strange-tasting water, i kept praying: "please don't let me get food poisoning; please don't let me get food poisoning."
and the gods showed mercy on me and spared me from any diarrhea on my 6-hour flight.
so 3 stars for you, gordon biersch! you go, gordon biersch!
Arriving at Washington Dulles International Airport airport early for our late afternoon flight on United Airlines, my wife and I wanted to have a meal before our flight. We had plenty of time when we reached the gate, more than two hours, so looked for a place at the Midfield Terminal C/D. A bit of a walk through Concourse D found us at Gordon Biersch. A good choice we thought, and it was. We both ordered the Kobe Cheeseburger. Had to have a burger, even with good food to look forward to!
The airport location offers many of the same items as the regular restaurants, but the menu is smaller. Seating is compact, too. People kept bumping into us with their carry-ons and shifting in their chairs. Service was prompt but it was crowded for the servers, too. Still a good choice for a preflght meal.
Airport restaurant. Â Don't expect much.
Of course, with this being an airport location, there's no beers brewed on site, but the beers we did order was pretty good off the draft. Â I've always been partial to GB's hef so that's what I got this time. Â All beers come in that big pint size.
Since we had time to kill, decided to get food and got the BBQ Marzen Chicken Sandwich. Â That chicken sandwich was definitely one of the driest chicken I've had. Â I had to request extra BBQ sauce twice just to help me swallow it. Â The sauce is good though.
I was sorta looking forward to the fries, but the garlic fries were whatevers too. Â It was pretty much the cooks piling the fries, then they ladle the garlic oil and garlic over it. Â Completely different fries from the restaurants or from the ball parks. Â Big disappointment.
Price-wise, I did expect it to be costly since it was the airport location, and it sure was. Â Over $40 for two people.
The place is also quite small, and they jam a lot of tables in there. Â I had a tough time moving around the tables and all the luggages just to get to our table. Â The waitresses there were all fairly petite, so I'm guessing it must be a job requirement for this GB :P
It is a place to sit and grab a drink, but I did find out there is a bigger bar & grill in the same terminal so for sure that place next time.
The biggest question my friend and I left with was - did we actually pay $40 for 2 lousy beers, a lunch that tasted as it was defrosted and heated and a salad that tasted as if its from the factory!
What's up Gordon? You were the quality chain we could always rely on! Now its paper plates? Fast food pretending to offer value?
Worse part is you can't escape this - with all the time it takes to get through security and you can't bring a meal in you are pretty much forced to buy meals at the airport!
Crappy airport terminal atmosphere. Â Chicken sandwich was overcooked but not terrible. Â Beer selection kind of sucked as they were out of a few of their beers. Â The bock I had was pretty good Â Regardless, airport places usually really blow. Â This place managed to blow less than some.Review Source:
The decor is very cheap compare to other Gordon Biersch restaurants. It has almost a fast food vibe. The breakfast was average, but seems to be better any other options in Terminals C and D. It's overpriced, average tasting food with uncomfortable seating, but the lesser of other airport evils.Review Source:
To start with, this is a restaurant located in an airport terminal. Come on- cut this place a bit of slack. (And no, it's not anything like the food pavilion located at terminal 3 in SFO.) Had a chicken ceaser salad that was ok. Â They have some decent beers on tap (would have loved one but was pressed for time). Service was quick and friendly. Â Just what you need when you're starving and about to make a flight connection.Review Source:
We were here for a layover on our way to Miami. Â I saw Gordon Biersch and was instantly reminded of their delicious garlic fries. Â We were seated immediately, so I thought service here was going to be prompt. Â We were seated in a really cramped space next to a bunch of other tables. Â In order for me to get into the booth seating, they had to pull our table out... it was pretty ridiculous. Â
Once we were seated, our waitress came over and took our drink orders. Â My friend ordered a mushroom burger, and I was just going to share it with him. Â Once I mentioned that we were sharing (I was not hungry at all.. I just wanted my garlic fries!), she gave me a look of disgust and walked away dismissively. Â When she came back with my friend's drink, I decided to order a clam chowder and then she became a bit friendlier...just because I ordered something...
It doesn't end there. Â We waited for approximately 20 minutes to get our mushroom burger. Â There was no way it took that long to make a mushroom burger.. no way. Â So we asked our waitress, and she had this confused look on her face. Â She scurried away to the kitchen, and we figured that she probably forgot our order. Â After another 10 minutes, our food finally came out but it was a regular cheeseburger. Â (What the $%^&?!) Â We've been waiting this whole time for her to forget our food and then get our order wrong. Â Wow.... Â
Thank God we were here for a 3 hour layover! Â We probably would've missed our flight otherwise! Â Not happy with this place at all.
This is an airport restaurant so I already had low expectations. When I sat down near the middle of the restaurant, it smelled like I was sitting by a trash can even though I couldn't locate it. Eventually, though, the person next to me got some garlic fries so that's all I could smell the rest of the time.
After looking over the menu, I decided on the Cashew Chicken Salad (chicken, goat cheese, artichoke hearts, cashews, vinaigrette) and a cup of White Clam Chowder.
* Clam Chowder: runny/watery and lacking in clams and potatos. I literally found 3 tiny pieces of clams and that's it. I then proceeded to crumble up all three packets of crackers to add some substance to make my soup slightly more chowder-like.
* Cashew Chicken Salad: 90% lettuce, chicken is flavorless and super duper dry (probably driest chicken i've ever tasted in my life actually), goat cheese is soft and mild (nice on crackers maybe but terrible on an already flavorless salad), flavorless cashews (not sure how that's possible), and tiny cup of vinaigrette dressing.
Total after tip = $20!
I really wished I had just gotten my usual Starbucks coffee and waited on getting food. I could have also just as easily gotten a salad or parfait or cookie from any of the food stands for a fraction of the price and enjoyed it 10 times more. Oh well, lesson learned.
This was the only decent looking place to eat in the terminal, and for what I got, I should have gotten an overpriced, refrigerated sandwich from the to go deli a few gates down.
i was debating between a barbecue chicken sandwich or an overly priced chicken caesar salad ( 9 bucks plus 2 for chicken)....
I eventually decided upon t the barbecue chicken sandwich without cheese thanks to the picture of the cheeseburger on the menu. It says the cheeseburger came with cheddar cheese, and it looked like a kraft singles slice, so since this bbq sandwich was to come with cheddar cheese, I was like yeah, no thanks. My husband the turkey melt.
Got our drinks in a timely fashion. Husband got water, i got coke.
My coke tasted like iced carbonated water with a spritz of cola syrup. I'd drink a can of pepsi over that and I.Hate.Pepsi. With my experience being An English Major, I knew this was foreshadowing of something not so yummy to come....
The sandwich was not SOOO terrible (not GREAT either), but the garlic fries sure were DISGUSTING! I could have killed vampires with ONE bite of a fry, there was so much garlic on it. It was smothered with "fresh" garlic that tasted like it had been sitting out for a few days. I still cringe at the memory of the taste. To think I had to be enclosed with about 100 people on a PLANE? I kept my mouth shut, that's for sure,and for me, that was hard. Nothing could contain it until I got home doused it with Listerine for an hour.
But getting the sandwich made me feel grateful that I did NOT get the salad, especially if the lettuce they put in my basket (to put on my sandwich) was any indication of what would be in the salad! Wilted, shredded, Iceberg lettuce imported from Disgustingville. The same country the garlic came from. I think we should boycott that country.
If I'm ever in that terminal again, I'm getting something to eat before I get to the airport.
Oh and if you just want a burger to go, make sure sure you have 20 or more minutes to wait. I can't tell you how many times 'important business people' came in and gave this spiel to the first waitress they saw (prepare for slight exaggeration):
"I am the most important businessman Â in the world, so I was wondering if I could just get a burger, my flight leaves in 10 minutes!"
No, important business people. You have to wait, too. Subway is right next door. You can get better qualify stuff there (gag me) in the amount of time you need! (I hate Subway, by the way. I'm sure you care, but seriously, Subway is better than the GB in that terminal).
The service was friendly, despite the crowds and hungry businessmen who wanted a burger ASAP.
I really really really REALLY hope the standalone restaurant is better! Not ever going back if/when at Dulles, even if I am starvingggg.
It's near the gate D12. If you know this , Â you don't have to walk the C or D concourses up and down! I ate GB in Pasadena before. They have good beers, of course. Â
I had a bowl of clam chowder and garlic fries. S had cheese burger. My chowder seemed , waiter was too busy, so he missed to bring to the table right away, meaning was warm, not hot. Garlic fries smelled and tasted very good. The place was packed. We had to wait at the uncleaned table..One waiter was working alone..He cleans the table, gets the orders , brings the foods and gets the check! Good thing we didn't miss our flight!
My flight wouldn't be serving food, and I hadn't had dinner yet, so chose a place near my terminal to grab some food. Â As with all airport restaurants, the selections are smaller and the prices are higher.
Had just a cheeseburger, which came with garlic fries. Â The burger was pretty tasty, although the cheddar cheese didn't look too appealing. Â The fries were crispy and good, although I felt it was a bit too salty from the garlic salt. Â Overall, I enjoyed my dinner despite eating inside an airport.
As with most airport food outlets, you're not eating here because you want to, but the alternative of buying something on the plane is worse.
I ordered the spinach salad which is advertised as spinach, goat cheese, bacon, red onions and tomatoes with a balsamic vinaigrette. Â You can also order a side of grilled chicken for more protein, if not flavor. Â The portion was fine. Â Lots of goat cheese and red onions. Â I asked for no tomatoes and think they included "no bacon" in the request too as there was so little to be found. As salads go, it was "meh".
If you like GB beers, then stop by for a beer and skip the food unless you're really hungry. Â They also card everyone ordering alcoholic beverages.