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“Avoid the wait and call ahead” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sweetwater Tavern

Sweetwater Tavern
45980 Waterview Plz, Sterling, VA 20166-6556
(571) 434-6500
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Ranked #2 of 204 Restaurants in Sterling
Price range: $0 - $35
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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48 restaurant reviews
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
“Avoid the wait and call ahead”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

A friend took me to this tavern in No VA and I could not believe how busy it was. The wait was estimated to be around 2 hours. Luckily we found two stools at the bar and were able to have an adult beverage while waiting. The actual wait was about 1 hour. I had the crab cakes which were worth the wait. The house red wine was not worth the $8 a glass. If you are going to try this place on a weekend, take advantage of the call ahead wait list service - 703-645-8100.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Southern California
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70 reviews 70 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
“Nice Place, Very Good Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Good food, reasonable prices good service. I visited the Sweetwater Tavern for dinner ... had the crab cakes, very tasty and made with Blue Crab (as they should be). There were many other good looking items on the menu but, as a guy who watches his weight, I restrained myself. Definitely worth another visit.

Visited November 2012
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Hillsboro, Va
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8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
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“Don't Miss the Crab Fritters as an Appetizer.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

I go to Sweetwater on a regular basis. The food never disappoints and the atmosphere is fun and accommodating to nearly any occasion.

I've done lunch & dinner on numerous times and would strongly suggest the Crab Fritters every time for an appetizer.

I have 2 minor "complaints" when thinking of going to Sweetwater for a business lunch -- 1) some times I feel that the ambient noise is rather loud. This should be taken into account if the meeting is critical and you need some place that you can really talk about details (if that is the case, you may want to choose somewhere else). 2) the other item is the restaurant has lots of booths...for business meetings, I prefer to sit in a table with 4 chairs....that is not always easy at this restaurant.

In any case -- both of these issues are minor but something that you may want to consider.

As for the food -- you can't go wrong! Enjoy.

Visited October 2012
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Falls Church, Virginia
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Can't wait to go back”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

From the moment I walked in I loved this restaurant. Everyone was so pleasant, the food was delicious, and the beer was super!!! The only problem that I can possibly find (and I only know this b/c my youngest daughter is a hard-core vegetarian) is that they do not offer a decent vegetarian/vegan option. Meat and Beer! Meat and Beer! Yum! Yum! Also, I was shocked at the bill when we got it - VERY reasonable :)

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Virginia
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“Sterling”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

The food use to be better, seems a bit too salty, and the menu never seems to change. The home brewed beer is better then the food. The food is still decent but the quality seems to have gone over the years. It's more on par with a TGIF then a better resturarnt which it used to be.

Visited September 2012
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