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“Packed on a week night” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sweetwater Tavern

Sweetwater Tavern
Ranked #1 of 236 Restaurants in Sterling
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $35
Cuisines: American, Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: American casual restaurant with a micro brewery serving a western inspired menu.
Thousand Oaks
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246 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Packed on a week night”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

This place was jumping. We arrived with a group of cousins (chosen by a local cousin) on retreat in the area and I was astounded at how busy they were early in the evening on a week night. We had quite a wait and there was no hope of all of us being seated together. The service was cheerful and reasonably prompt but I'm sure the kitchen was stressed big time. The food, for a chain restaurant, was quite good. This is NOT a place to come for deep conversation or romance but it's popularity speaks to the quality of the food.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Lafayette, IN
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Excellent Food & Craft Beer”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ben Z
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Sterling, Virginia
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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best food around and has a pretty outside view”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Thank Emma J
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Pretoria, South Africa
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great service and excellent food”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Magicladybird
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London
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169 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere, excellent food”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MarkandCat
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