Barking Mad Cafe

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
We told people we offer super premium coffee and scratch-baked sweets and savories in north Gaithersburg, and they told us we were crazy. We told them we cook in a wood hearth, and they said we were batty. We thought to pair food with specialty cocktails and house infusions; they thought we were nuts. We revealed the on-site aeroponic, organic garden where we grow vegetables, herbs and edible flowers, and they whispered we were mad as a hatter. And as the lights sparkled above a 100+ seat outdoor patio, they declared us Barking Mad.

Here’s to the mad ones - Jack Kerouac
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great customer service and a perfect spot for Sunday brunch! We will definitely be back!

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vipmgcblue
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wide variety of stuff on the menu. Staff were super friendly and helpful. I would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Food was great

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lizetter
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Wolverine dog was delicious. great prices too. very accommodating to diet preference

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vipFoodie20
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sea scallops were amazing. Varied menu with lots of creative options.

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ArubA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I went for Valentine's weekend for Brunch. I made reservations because I heard the place can get pretty busy during Brunch hours. We were seated immediately when we arrived and our waiter was attentive and pleasant with all our needs. Overall great good, good drinks. The eggs benedict was cooked too hard for my liking, but there are other options when I go next time.

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Frimbo
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Valentine's Day special dinner was extremely good with a creative menu with interesting choices. Service was also extremely good and the ambiance was very festive. This is the third time we have gone to the Valentine's Day special dinner and it was great every time.

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GregS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was surprised to see the fixed price menu for Valentine’s Day. It was a much more expensive night than I’d anticipated. And I couldn’t really hear the live music even though we were not that far away from him. However the food was amazing! And the atmosphere lovely for the occasion.

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Maki
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A quaint little treasure in the Gaithersburg/Germantown corridor that is family friendly. Menu has wide variety of great healthy options, and the food is simple but flavorful. I will be back!

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vipTigger
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A quiet Tuesday night which was perfect for me - my first foray after surgery 2 weeks ago. Our food was delicious, wait staff was attentive and friendly and we were able to relax and chat without too much noise.

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KayN
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

"I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The potato-leek soup was amazing and the Bibb lettuce salad was refreshing. The table was split on the monkfish – one person thought it was great, but another felt that the tastes didn't quite mesh. Everyone loved the flat iron steak. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable."

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BKSK
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I usually have dinner at Barking Mad, and have always been pleased with the food selection, quality, service and ambiance. This is the second time I have gone there for brunch, and it is equally as good. There are a number of healthy and attractive breakfast and brunch choices, and you can always customize with the side menu. Their coffee is always delicious. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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ATOM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic menu with options for vegans, vegetarians, and meat-eaters. Beer list needs modifying (draft). Would love if the beignets were available at all meals!

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JodyR
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have always enjoyed the food at each visit. This time the service was excellent as well!

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Deemasters
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food. Great service but felt rushed. Hostesses constantly walking by looking at you. Waiter rushing you to order and pay. Don’t go there if you are looking to relax.

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Kelsey
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

They need to be reminded about our drink orders (booze and coffee orders) a few times but when they came they were very good. I highly recommend the peach Bellini which was refreshing with just the right amount of sweetness and the latte was absolute perfection. The food was delicious with very generous portions and the cinnamon pancakes were the top dish at the table. It was busy so we felt a bit rushed by the serving staff to give up the table after being there for just over an hour, so if you want a place in which you can relax and converse at a more leisurely pace with friends this is not the restaurant for you.

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CarolS
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our reservation was cancelled due to inclement weather. We drove from Annapolis to meet our relatives in Gathersburg. Found another establishment that was happy to serve us.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

This place used to be much better for dinner.

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RhondaG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Had a 1:00 reservation, had to wait till 1:30 to get seated, then we were seated in the very noisy bar area (we were a group of 5 all over 60 years old). The food is fabulous, and the staff is as friendly as possible given the situation (Barking Mad is very popular, seating is a challenge). Though I love brunch, I don't think I will go back to BM on a Sunday. Glad they are doing well, it is a great restaurant, even given the challenges.

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vipRonM
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place, awesome service, awesome food....

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SusanL
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with my canasta group of 7 ladies on Wednesday and enjoyed my pizza so much went back in Friday evening with my husband and friends. Loved the pizza. Salads were also yummy.
Will be back again. 😋

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vipfranm
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Restaurant was crowded and they did not have enough servers. Took a long time to get water, food. I ordered salad with shrimp and the shrimp tasted bad and the croutons were stale. My daughter ordered her salad without nuts and it came out wrong. Restaurant was apologetic and comped my salad but left “a bad taste”.

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NikkiB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Service was great, coffee flavors were different and delicious, and food was very tasty!

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vipRoss
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

A great place to have brunch.

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vipIsseyCheech
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

noisy and the food is mediocre. don't desire to go back as there other restaurants to try.

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vipFoodie
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great brunch! The food was delicious and the service was fantastic! Can’t wait to go again!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance, good for working through lunch during the week and brunch on Sunday’s. Waiters were friendly, personable and attentive. I really enjoyed the selection of flavored lattes and coffee drinks. I’ve been there for both weekday lunch and weekend brunch. I had something like a power bowl for lunch. It was delicious and very filling. Brunch was just okay. I ordered huevo rancheros, and I’ve had better. Overall I really like this place and will certainly be back.

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Veragl
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice place. Good food. Not much privacy and could be a little quieter.

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sams
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first impression is that The Barking Mad Cafe was cheerful, bright and clean. We are looking forward to another opportunity to eat there.

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richards
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I am beginning to question the need to make reservations as the hostess does not ask if anyone has a reservation and people who do not are seated before me.

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SylviaR
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience4

The food is absolutely wonderful, the biggest down fall to this restaurant is waiting to be seated. Empty tables requiring 30 minute turn overs. As people enter and see the tables empty growing impatient with the turn overs and leaving. I did not leave, but we waited 15 minutes for a vacated table to get turned over and prepped. Which is ridiculous!!! I could have wiped the table down myself, it was painful to watch, how slowly your bus boys/gals worked the room to clear the tables...

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Mike
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Horrible experience. Reserved table but hostess didn't have a clue! Food was too salty and served cold. We ended up paying $50 for b/f and didn't find this Cafe worth paying this amount.

Chef / Manager didn't have the courtesy to come & apologize for serving us a mediocre meal....

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vipRonM
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome atmosphere, quality food and incredible service. See you soon!!!!

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LisaL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We've been coming here since they opened and much preferred the service and wait time when they were less crowded. It took 45 minutes after we ordered for any food to come out. They will need to figure out the kitchen staffing or will lose customers

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MounikaV
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great ambience. We have ordered fried chicken with jalapeño waffles and eggs, Everything was excellent.

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vipJN01
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience1

A good brunch menu, but the food was medicre. The noise level was very disruptive. The staff was friendly and effective.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Barking Mad Cafe! The menu is reasonably priced and has a nice rotation of new items, different from what you’d expect from most restaurants in northern Montgomery county. The food is always fresh and well prepared. The service is always prompt and attentive.

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Grace
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barking Mad Cafe serves amazing food with exceptional services consistently, outdoor seating area is enjoyable, sometimes you can catch live performance, we always have amazing dinning experience there.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

This is my second time here and while the service was better than my initial experience, it still is not up to par. I can’t for the life of me figure out what the issue is because they are definitely not short staffed. Servers are running around everywhere in this restaurant... everywhere but to your table. I ordered steak and eggs and the steak was severely over cooked so I did not eat 98% of it. I would have requested a new one but in the amount of time it took for a server to return, I had given up. Great chai latte, great ambiance, the servers are friendly. But I don’t come to a restaurant to necessarily make friends and service is apart of the experience.

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KristenD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I went to the cafe with a couple co-workers for a working lunch and it was even better than anticipated. I had always thought this was a dog cafe due to the name but was pumped to find out it's a delicious bistro! The food was really delicious and the staff was friendly. The service was a little slow but nothing too bad. Overall I'm glad I found this gem and will definitely be back!

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Barking Mad Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (240) 297-6230.

Barking Mad Cafe is rated 4.4 stars by 422 OpenTable diners.

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