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A local microbrewery serving hand crafted brews, menu favorites like Fajitas, Drunken Rib Eye,Short Smoked Salmon and Western-inspired fun.
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
American, Bar
Takeout, Reservations, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I’ve lived in NYC and at the beach and have never had a crab cake better than at Sweetwater…. Sorry to any naysayers….. hands down best!…. Super big, fresh , not fried, free of too many fillers…. Just nice big crab meat!

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed June 30, 2021

No reservations but was able to sit in the bar and eat relatively quickly. The food was extremely good and drinks were very good as well. I would eat here again

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed June 25, 2021 via mobile

The draft beer selection is always great. The food and service are also always great at this location as well. The chefs do a great job.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed June 5, 2021 via mobile

Had a lovely lunch at the restaurant on a weekday. Lovely day for outdoor dining. We started with a bread service, The bread was very fresh and delicious, I ordered the crab cake sandwich which was fabulous. There were 4 of us and we all...enjoyed or mealsMore

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed April 20, 2021

Consistently good food and service. Basic "American" menu. Always good beer on tap. Service great. We're good for at least one visit a month.

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed April 15, 2021 via mobile

The food was amazing. I would recommend the Brussel sprouts. They were the perfect mix of sweet and crunchy. I only have one complaint. Service. It took a while for us to order, and our waiter kept on getting side tracked. This restaurant was one...of the best though!More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed April 12, 2021 via mobile

Good atmosphere and Service. Food was average proportion and preparation. Nothing to write home about but good.

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed April 11, 2021 via mobile

Just had a great lunch at Sweetwater Tavern in Sterling but the experience was marred by a family that decided it was ok to cut up some food and feed it to their dog on the plate it came on. When I brought this to...the attention of the manager she commented that it wasnt their policy to allow dogs to eat off their plates but she did nothing to correct the customer and seemed a little indifferent to the issue. We routinely eat at the Carlyle group restaurants in the Northern Virginia area and have done our best to support during the last year during the pandemic. The restaurants have done such a good job with sanitizing against COVID but contrary to many dog owners opinion, a dogs tongue is not a sanitary item as the often lick everything and anything so allowing the dog to eat off the same plates as humans is just not healthy.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed March 7, 2021

Definately recommend. Found this place on a "near you" search. I wasn't expecting the Fridays or Ruby Tuesdays look. Almost left, but glad we didn't. Beer and Mojito were really good. The food was high end. Do not miss the rolls! The Ozzie rolls are...a must. Kind of like a Chinese donut without the sugar.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed March 1, 2021 via mobile

My husband and I went there for dinner. A friend suggested the restaurant, so we thought we'd give it a try. My friend said the drunken ribeye was the best steak he had ever eaten, so I tried it. He was absolutely correct. I'm still...thinking about it and am planning our next visit. The salad and baked potato that came with my meal were also incredibly delicious. My husband got the jumbolya pasta dish and said it was amazing as well. You definitely need to try out this restaurant. I suggest getting reservations, especially on a Friday night. We didn't have any, but happened to come at the right time and only waited 10 minutes. We overheard the hostess telling people that came in after us it was an hour wait. It's definitely wort6the wait though.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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April 25, 2018|
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Response from Katie Y | Property representative |
Hi Kathy, thanks for reaching out! We have Happy Hour on Monday-Friday from 3-6 PM at the bar only. We hope you'll join us!
David M
December 6, 2016|
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Response from 1LarryFox | Reviewed this property |
My guess is yes but why not call them
November 4, 2016|
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Response from Katie Y | Property representative |
Hi Angela, Yes! We do have a lunch menu. It can be found on our website - greatamericanrestaurants. com or by calling the restaurant directly. (571) 434-6500
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sweetwater Tavern

Yes, Sweetwater Tavern offers takeout services.

Sweetwater Tavern is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5