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“Farm to table in Frederick, MD”
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Ranked #6 of 402 Restaurants in Frederick
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Church Street
Reston, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
117 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Farm to table in Frederick, MD”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

On a Monday when many other restaurantes (VOLT!) were closed, Tasting Room was a good choice for lunch. The decor is modern though the dining area is not very large. The menu is contemporary, short and featuring local ingredients. The wine list is reasonablet though only one rose was available (another available as half-bottle). Green gazpacho was refreshing and had just a hint of olive oil and cilantro, but summer salad was terrific: arugula, squash, green beans, heirloom tomatoes, and radishes - all local. Risotto with crab and corn was excellent, and a plate of shrimp and grits was garnished with wonderfully crisp kale. Pineapple bread pudding was also excellent, and the only flaw was espresso prepared with too much water (and taken off the bill when this was pointed out). Although this is not a cheap restaurant, the menu is interesting and very well prepared. Definitely a good choice in the center of Frederick.

  • Visited September 2013
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English first
cologne, Germany
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Salty... twice”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

I have been to the Tasting Room several times and had always been fairly satisfied despite the sometimes pretentious wait staff and the inflated prices. This week I invited six people for dinner there and four out of six dinners were so salty they were inedible. The wait staff were cooperative and resubmitted our order but the second time around it was more of the same salty fare. After this I was left speechless and embarrassed. They took $50 off of our bill but still that was very poor compensation for a ruined dining experience for six. Was good in the past, but I will pass on the Tasting Room next time....

  • Visited August 2013
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Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Wine and dessert”
Reviewed August 28, 2013 via mobile

I stopped by for a glass of wine and dessert on a Tuesday night. Extremely friendly service, and the chocolate dessert was out of this world! Will visit again!

Visited August 2013
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Thank Dan C
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Rockville, Maryland
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Good, but not great”
Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

We visited for the first time on a Friday night.The food was very nice, but not as exciting as I was expecting from other reviews.The service was just ok, a little too fast as we were in and out after 3 courses in an hour.The tables are very close, and we were grateful nobody was put next to us.
It was all very pleasant, but nothing was outstanding, except...the pineapple bread pudding , very yummy !
We will probably return with a group , as it's not so great for couples maybe .

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Choosyct
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Los Angeles
Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“The food is terrific”
Reviewed August 2, 2013

I visit friends once a year in the Frederick area, and I always take them to the Tasting Room to thank them for their hospitality. And, year after year, I have never been disappointed. I started with the pork belly appetizer and then had the New York strip steak. The pork belly was amazing, served with lettuce and tomato like a mini blt. They always hit the steak just right and it was wonderful. My friends had the Rockfish and Scallops and were delighted with them. Their wine list is top-heavy with very expensive wines, but our waiter brought us several samples of their less expensive wines and we found a Shiraz that was very tasty. There was a large table of people celebrating a birthday and the restaurant was very noisy. While that would usually bother me, the people at that table were having so much fun that it didn't really bother us. It's a small place, so get a reservation, and it's pricey, so bring your platinum card.

  • Visited August 2013
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