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“Excellent Food & Craft Beer”
Review of Sweetwater Tavern

Sweetwater Tavern
Ranked #1 of 247 Restaurants in Sterling
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $35
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: American casual restaurant with a micro brewery serving a western inspired menu.
Lafayette, IN
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Excellent Food & Craft Beer”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Sweetwater Tavern is a top restaurant. The food is wonderful - everything is well seasoned with lots of flavor. My favorites here are the jambalaya pasta and the salmon although the salads or burgers are a good pick for lunch. Portions are generous, and the complementary bread that arrives on your table is delicious (a cross between bread and a mini donut!).

Sweetwater brews their own beers and they keep five on tap on a rotating schedule. The beers are complex and run the gamut from light to dark. The pumpkin ale around Thanksgiving is unique and surprisingly delicious.

Be aware that if you're looking to go on a weekend evening you need to call ahead to put your name on the list as the wait can be 2 hours.

The service has always ranged from good to great. I highly recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited March 2013
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Sterling, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best food around and has a pretty outside view”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Love this place. Salmon melts in your mouth and they have fantastic salads. It's always a go-to when we don't feel like traveling or testing out new places.

Visited April 2013
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Pretoria, South Africa
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great service and excellent food”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

We stayed at the Marriott in Dulles and their shuttle took us to the restaurant. We arrived about 10 minutes before the kitchen was scheduled to close. Despite this we were warmly welcomed and received the most amazing service from Hunter. He was friendly, knowledgeable and superbly efficient. He recommended the salmon steak which was the best we have ever had. As visitors we asked lots of questions which he answered with patience and humour. A truly lovely welcome to Washington.

  • Visited March 2013
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London
Level 6 Contributor
170 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere, excellent food”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

Great atmosphere, was pretty full, even on a Tuesday evening (and it's a big place), own brewed beers, friendly bar staff, and I had a really great rib eye steak.

  • Visited March 2013
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Charlotte, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
99 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great Food and Beer”
Reviewed March 27, 2013

My wife's favorite is the crab cakes. I enjoy their salads. Then there's the beer, although I usually have to skip it because I generally am the designated driver. It's a good place to go, even late in the evening. We always get good service here.

Visited March 2013
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