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Review of The Striped Rock

The Striped Rock
Ranked #12 of 36 Restaurants in Solomons
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed July 24, 2013 via mobile

The Striped Rock has established itself as a front running dining venue among serious competition in the picturesque Solomon's Island riverside village. It's premier location on the Patuxent River makes for scenic views of sunsets set against the graceful Johnson Bridge. The Executive Chef/Owner hails from a top ranked eatery in Baltimore and it shows. The dishes and presentation are unique and as good as it gets. Well worth trying! You'll immediately want to return to partake in the experience all over again.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

We've tried twice with just average results. Only the downstairs and deck are open so far. Service is still learning. Air conditioning is not adequately sized to deal with the west facing fully windowed dining room. The sunset view across the Patuxent River is great....just need some more shade or tint on windows to help the a/c. The dining room is nice and a total improvement on the old Catamaran's.

The food is okay, but not up to par with several other Solomon Is. restaurants. We've tried the crab cake sandwich, fish taco and soft shell crabs. Crab cake was mostly back fin meat and pretty bland. You'll get much better at Ruddy Duck, Pier or Kingfishers. Two fish tacos were served on large wheat tortillas with way too much over-sauced cole slaw burying the modest striped bass. The taste was good when you remove most of the slaw so you can find the fish. We heard other complaints of over-sauced dishes. The soft shells were very good....sautéed with a light tomato cream sauce.

Striped Rock is a definite improvement over Catamarans, but still has a way to go to compete with other good area restaurants. We hope they improve and succeed.

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Some friends had dinner here recently and thought it worth trying. Despite bad memories from our last visit (when it was Catamarans), we stopped in early Sunday evening for a quick dinner before heading north. Quick it was not. The hostess asked if we would like to sit inside or out. We said inside and she immediately said there was nothing available inside. Why offer? We sat at the bar instead and after a short wait were able to put in an order to split the dinner special and a Caesar salad. The menu was not very creative and had an emphasis on cream-based sauces. The salad came out in about 10 minutes. Reasonably fresh salad with a pre-made dressing. They skipped the croutons and put the cheese on the side as requested. After the salad was cleared away, we waited nearly 30 minutes for the daily special to come up: fresh Maine lobster stuffed with crab imperial. The crab imperial had nice lumps of crab meat and was quite tasty. It was very creamy, so we were happy to have skipped the lobster cream sauce. The lobster was a soft shell, looks big, but since it recently shed, it was light on the meat - disappointing. In Maine it would be an issue serving a soft shell lobster at hard shell prices. The sweet potato fries were nicely done, but barely filled half the french fry cone. The waitress/bartender noted that she forgot to tell us that the meal came with a salad, and since we had ordered the Caesar, she would take that off the bill. Okay, sounds good. When we finally finished and got the bill, she had not taken the salad off the check. I asked and she said that her manager said no, that they would be happy to box the salad and send it home with us. I told her that she had already agreed to take it off the check. No go. That exchange made an okay experience not okay. Given the mediocre service, indifferent management, together with a menu lacking creativity and not inexpensive (and skimps on quantity and quality of the product), the Striped Rock seemed much like its predecessor. With many other good places in Solomon's, we are not in a hurry to return.

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Reviewed July 17, 2013 via mobile

We dined at Striped Rock on Sat. their Night #2! Except for noise these guys had it together. The food was very good to excellent. My rockfish club sandwich was outstanding. The bar scene reminded me of Cheers - everyone including a local marina owner having a good time. The ice crusher drink machine and conversation level was loud, but otherwise it was a good dining experience. It was nice when wait staff substituted for each other to get food & drinks out. Bill B.

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Reviewed July 15, 2013

All of the restaurants had waits but this one. We walked right up and seated immediately outside. We watched the amazing sunset over the bridge from our table. The food was amazing. I couldn't eat enough of the french fries and I also ordered the chicken cobb salad. So yummy!

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