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“Old folks home” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Flaming Pit - CLOSED

Flaming Pit
18701 N Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20879-3121
(301) 977-0700
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Montgomery Village, Maryland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Old folks home”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

If you like bland food, fish that you can tell it has been frozen and no imagination from the cooks, this could be the place for you. Service was slow, room was dark. I did like the large fireplace, and they do have a nice patio, yet the eastern european service leaves something to be desired, and the bland overcooked food is remeniscent of a retirement home.

Visited August 2012
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  • English first
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English first
Maryland
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Great Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

My wife and I had a wonderful dinner here. We went early on a Sunday and enjoyed the chateaubriand for 2. It was one of the most tender steaks I have ever had. The veggies were great that came with the meal and the crab bisque was awesome. The place is a little dated and I laughed at how each piece of silverware was different at our table. I had the only 3 prong fork I could see at any table. No big deal at all, just funnny. The quality of the meal made up for any cutlery shortcoming. The waitress was great. We will defenitely go back and would highly recommend this place to anyone.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Rockville, Maryland
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Good old reliable Flaming Pit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

So the good news is, the Flaming Pit is just the same as it has always been. The bad news is the Flaming Pit is the same as it has always been. So here's the good part. No where could be friendlier - from the folks outside bidding you to help yourself from the vegetable garden in the front of the restaurat to the warm greeting from the host and wait staff. Service is great. Food arrives as ordered in good time - not too rushed, not too slow. The stuffed mushroom caps were just okay, nothing to write home about, but both the crab soup and crab bisque had a nice bite and were stuffed with crab and veggies. The stuffed flounder was fine as were the lamb chops. The ceasar salad was drowned in dressing, but the veggies with each entree were nice and crisp. We were too full for dessert, but the chocolate mousse and cake with fruit on top looked good despite the canned whip cream added just before serving. However, the menu does not seem to have changed in the 30 years we have been going to this restaurant. The rug looks like the original and is badly in need of cleaning. The average age of most customers seems to be about 75. Flaming Pit needs to do some sprucing up of both the menu and the decor in order to attract a younger crowd. Some additional lighting would help as well.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Woodbine, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“top menu as long as the top Chef is on duty.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

The meat was not tops to me and the place is beat down a little. The vegatables and service and all in all was top line.

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Phoenix, Arizona
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“well worth the time.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

Excellent steak and seafood. Wait staff was helpful and courteous, would definately go again on next trip.

Visited June 2012
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