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“Good fun and good food” 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 211 Restaurants in Sterling
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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
Belfast, United Kingdom
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256 reviews 256 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 86 cities Reviews in 86 cities
212 helpful votes 212 helpful votes
“Good fun and good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

The Tavern had a great vibe and energy about it when we visited on a Monday evening. We were promptly seated and the staff very attentive.

Great selection of beers, as would be expected, and the food choice was good for the kind of establishment: a pretty full range from tex mex, through typical American, with some good steaks. I had the ribeye which was cooked as asked, although the taste of the steak was masked with a scathing of sauce which was excessive and unnecessary.

The only negative about this restaurant was the seating arrangements. We were a large group, yet the tables were affixed to the floor and could be not be moved together to accommodate more than 4 together. Indeed, when another person joined us and we moved an additional chair to squeeze him in, we were told that it was blocking access (it wasn't) and he would have to move. Using their logic our colleague would have been moved to a table on how own, but they reluctantly accepted that if we moved people of our table, we could distribute out a little more.

Overall, a fine experience, marred by a little inflexibility and service malfunction.

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English first
Coaldale, Colorado
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89 reviews 89 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“Outstanding Experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

Consistent excellence throughout the experience. From pints before dinner through desert. Best Ceasar salad I've ever had (manager shared that dressing has a 2 hr shelflife & then discarded & made new). Tender beef with great flavor. Outstanding service: didn't matter who "your" server was, ANYONE in the place would immediately get you what you need. Possibly the coolest 40' mural I've seen in the restaurant. Don't miss it.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Broomfield, Colorado
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78 reviews 78 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Love this place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013 via mobile

I am never disappointed with this restaurant. I look forward to eating here every time I visit my company home office. It is a down to earth place where you can just relax. This visit I had ribs. The meat was falling off the bone and the BBQ sauce had a great flavor. The beer is cold and rather potent so be careful. The waiter was very quick and went out of his way to help a friend find a nonalcoholic beer. In our group of 6 there were no complaints. I am looking forward to my next visit!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Potomac Falls, VA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“A consistent TOP choice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

We "discovered" GAR at the Sweetwater in Centreville in late '96 and every one of the Great American Restaurants (GAR) have been such a favorite that they're consistently top-choice stops for our dining forays at lunch or dinner. We've taken all our family, multiple visiting friends, and new business colleagues there for the delightful service, great menu, and super presentation. I'm aware those are grand judgements, so I want to confirm how valid they are by noting we have been so impressed that I attempted to become an investor in GAR several years ago. I was politely refused, but it did not affect our total regard for the top quality in every metric we can observe. The seafood choices are prepared better than top fish restaurants, the prime rib is unrivaled, the salads are entree' sized and diverse, the pork chop(s) are tender.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Lansdowne, Virginia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Great food!! But over priced!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013 via mobile

Great food here. Love the bread, espcially the Ozzie rolls! But it's way over priced. I love salads so I always get one but its $15 just for a salad with some chicken on it. It's nothing special but that's way too much for a salad. The service is off and on. The bartenders are usually better than the severs and are very good. The floor needs to be cleaned more often, it always seems so dirty. I love the food but the high prices are keeping me away!

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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