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Sweetwater Tavern

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45980 Waterview Plaza, Sterling, VA 20166-6556
15714346500
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Mon 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Romantic
Description: American casual restaurant with a micro brewery serving a western inspired...
American casual restaurant with a micro brewery serving a western inspired menu.
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  • 233
    Excellent
  • 158
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A Solid Choice

Sweetwater Tavern in any of its locations can be a really good choice most times, except when they only have dark, hoppy brews (and their "Naked River Light," which has no flavor at all). When they have a rich, non-hoppy brew on tap, it rocks! This was one of those times. The Painted Lady... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
luv2travl003
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Northern Virginia
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Northern Virginia
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462 reviews
291 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Sweetwater Tavern in any of its locations can be a really good choice most times, except when they only have dark, hoppy brews (and their "Naked River Light," which has no flavor at all). When they have a rich, non-hoppy brew on tap, it rocks! This was one of those times. The Painted Lady draft is dark, a bit malty... More 

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Thank luv2travl003
Fairfax County, Virginia
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Day in and day out winner. Have never have a bad meal here, and minor glitches are always handled appropriately and promptly. Service is also very good. Beer is made on premises and always fresh and cold.

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Thank Su25bag
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49 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've been to the Merrifield and Centreville locations and this one was as good as those. The noise level can be high but at this location, there is an enclosed patio area that is a little quieter. The server was very good and, when two of my friends ordered a salad, he suggested adding another dressing to the salad or... More 

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Thank KLJNJ
San Diego, California
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place had such great reviews I expected it to be better. Very chain average quality. Food greasy and not healthy choices on menu. If you have a restricted diet their menu is a limited steak seafood menu. Wanted fresh grilled fish. Ordered petite filet. Ok not great more like Outback than Morton's but prices don't reflect that. Over rated... More 

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Thank Kathleen J
Amaron C, Guest Relations Manager at Sweetwater Tavern, responded to this review

Dear Kathleen, Thank you for taking the time to write to us! We always appreciate hearing from our guests. It is our goal to exceed expectations and we are sorry to have let you down during your recent visit with us at Sweetwater Tavern. All of our menu items are prepared a la carte and we are always happy to... More 

Sterling, Virginia
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our favorite local restaurant! The food is always wonderful and the service is excellent. You have to try their "aussie" rolls - like doughnut bread! The "Drunken Ribeye" is amazing! Very nice atmosphere. When it is warm, you can sit outside and enjoy the view of the lake.

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Thank Rejselysten62
Sterling, Virginia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is our "go-to" place in our area when we want a delicious, well-prepared and conceived meal, with excellent service and atmosphere. They're part of the stellar "Great American Restaurant" group of restaurants in the D.C. Metro area. This group has a number of restaurants, all with a distinctive decor and menu "vibe", but also offering some menu items throughout... More 

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Thank KZA20
Virginia
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is our old standby - been going for years and it's always good. Love their salads! Great service. Yummy bread basket too. Their beer is tasty and we enjoy the outdoor bar when it gets warmer.

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1 Thank Spiceyvic
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recommend call ahead seating or eating early, as it is a popular venue. With their own micro-brewery on site, you have a nice variety of handcrafted beers to try. American fare with some nice specials. The filet is very good. My kids always like the adult sized chicken tenders meal. They also have a nice outside bar and seating... More 

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Thank crew3lt
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm sure this is on the reviews about 100 times already but, the bread here is amazing! If you had to pay for it, I would without hesitation. The service is always extraordinary, Everything usually comes out very quickly, and there is usually not a wait. I was a server at a similar restaurant for 4 years and what I... More 

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Thank Kate R
Sterling, Virginia
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64 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

Sweetwater is always fun and has really good food. Service is always good as well. In the summertime, the outside bar and table service is the way to go. Any other time, the inside bar always has a good vibe. You won't be disappointed.

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Thank marc514

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 45980 Waterview Plaza, Sterling, VA 20166-6556
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Loudoun County  >  Sterling
  • Phone Number: 15714346500

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 35
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Romantic

Description

American casual restaurant with a micro brewery serving a western inspired menu.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm

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