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“Five star meal/service but not for romance” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tasting Room

Tasting Room
101 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701
240-379-7772
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Ranked #20 of 320 Restaurants in Frederick
Price range: $31 - $50
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Church Street
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Five star meal/service but not for romance”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

So, you want great food, check, great service, check, great drinks, check, quiet romantic atmosphere, no check, TR has it all but expect a loud party atmosphere.

We will return for the food and drink and service. Maybe on a week night it will not be as crowded and noisy.

I had the duck and my wife the cod. Both were served perfectly. We were not rushed considering the crowd and we were able to enjoy the food. Don't miss the mussels appetizer.

Overall we had a great meal, comparable to the other high end restaurants I frederick.

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  • English first
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English first
Washington, DC
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55 reviews 55 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
“Has gone downhill in the last year”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

I've discovered Tasting Room last year and have been frequenting the restaurant for lunch every couple of weeks since. I normally do not mind the pricey food, provided it is well prepared, well seasoned and every so often a real gem is offered for "specials".

Lately, I have noticed a steep decline in the quality of food preparation.

One time the stakes came out at the wrong temperature, very dry on the outside and with "stringy" texture. Some more basic preparation mishaps later, I have also noticed that there were no more interesting specials offered for lunch any longer. That was disappointing. There were also some shuffling of the menu, but the new dishes are rather pretentious and don't make up for the poor preparation of the old items.

I kept telling myself that it's just been an "off day" after an "off day" until my last visit. The trusted swordfish dish came out so dry, I could eat no more then a bite of it. What's worse, no one even asked why i'm leaving my fish untouched. The plates were simply removed from the table with no inquiries whatsoever.

Given that you will pay on average $90 for the lunch for two, this kind of quality control and lack of attention to the patrons is not acceptable.

Having given Tasting Room the benefit of the doubt and ample time to recover from poor experiences, I'm now convinced that , sadly, this restaurant is "over".

P.S. I've heard there were some "changes in the kitchen", and maybe this is what's causing a rapid decline. What a shame.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Frederick, MD
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Pork and Steak”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

LOVE this restaurant. Great place for a special occassion. Delicious pork chops, filet mignon, and cocktails. Dessert is just okay. Service is amazing

Visited September 2013
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Frederick, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

The food is delicious. The calamari & mussels are the best I've ever had. The service was very good. Definitely would will go back.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Frederick, MD
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Good food, noisy restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I went to the Tasting Room for mummy anniversary. The restaurant is located in a central location downtown Frederick and it is close to everything else. The restaurant is on a corner and has the comer walls made of glass so you can see everything outside and everybody passing by can see you too. The food was good even thought a little overpriced. However, being only a small room full of tables it was so noisy I could not carry a conversation at all with my husband. I did not find the atmosphere romantic. If you like a place very everybody talks at once and load the place is just right for you. As for me, the food was not good enough to make me want to go back.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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