American Tap Room - Bethesda
American Tap Room - Bethesda

American Tap Room - Bethesda

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.americantaproom.com/
  • Phone: (301) 656-1366
  • Hours of Operation:
    Mon - Wed: 11:30 am - 12 am
    Thurs: 11:30am - 1am
    Fri: 11:30 am - 2 am
    Sat: 11 am - 12 am
    Sun: 10 am - 11 pm

    Late Night Menu served after 11pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Steve Mannino
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Come dine with us in our Sophistication Room- Private Dining. We can host 2-50 people throughout our location. Contact us for more information, and to request menu options.
  • Private Party Contact: Melissa Kirkpatrick at events@americantaproom.com 571-383-1315x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Elm Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking Garages available for a fee.
A word from American Tap Room - Bethesda
This is American Regional Cuisine at its classic, pub-inspired best. The food is fun and what we like to call “approachable”. You’ll also enjoy some twists on the classics with taste-inspired ideas like our Dirty Caesar Salad and Greek Turkey Burger. At the American Tap Room we believe in using local ingredients as much as possible and, yes, everything we serve goes well with beer.

Ranging from weekend brunch, to a casual lunch outing or an after-work gathering in our bar, each dining experience is uniquely enjoyable.

Enjoy your time with us on our outdoor patio, inside by the fireplace, or by booking an event in our private room.
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American Tap Room - Bethesda reviews from OpenTable diners
29 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (10)good for groups (9)kid-friendly (7)great for outdoor dining (6)vibrant bar scene (6)fit for foodies (6)great for lunch (5)great for brunch (5)hot spot (5)late-night find (3)scenic view (1)romantic (1)notable wine list (1)special occasion (1)Show More
  • Great Rib Eye
    Kevin
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Best steak I've had in the DC area. Bourbon Rib Eye was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We've dined here several times in the past and very much enjoy their dinner menu and outdoor seating. This is the first time that we came for the Sunday brunch buffet and we also sat inside due to weather. First, I would say that the buffet food was fair. They offer better food on the a la carte menu, but this is also a relatively 'cheap' brunch buffet option for downtown Bethesda. Second, they have a 'kid-sized' buffet station with kid-friendly food, so this attracts a lot of families with small children and the dining room can be very noisy with screaming kids. If you are looking for a more-upscale brunch in Bethesda (for only a little more money), I would recommend choosing Redwood. Come to Tap Room for dinner when you can sit outside.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Relaxing dinner
    kfoc63
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Went with friends who had never been to the Tap Room before. Everything was great. The service was outstanding. Each of us ordered a different entree (Pecan crusted trout, crab cakes, salmon, and sea scallops). Everyone was extremely happy with their choice. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad
    mnkyboyVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We enjoyed our meal. We sat outside. My suggestion would be that all the 2 tops have an umbrella, not just one. The tree over the 2 tops drops little things in your drinks & food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just ok...
    YummyVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Nice time out and I really liked my armchair seats, but I was not overwhelmed with my meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place!
    AmirVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I had dinner with my brother, his wife, and my nephew (his son) the other day, and this place was great. The server was very nice and the food was wonderful. My nephew is only about 2 years old, and the waiter, Chuck, was very nice and did not mind dealing with a kid with severe food allergies. I go to this place often for brunch on weekends or dinner every few months, and it is always very welcoming and congenial.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little for everyone
    BigAlVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Works well before theater or movie, the menu offers a little of everything and service was prompt and friendly, not too loud although lively
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I was put off by our server pushing items that we were not really interested in. Instead of "Can I get you something to drink?" he promoted some of the beverage choices he was promoting--at considerable length.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow Food delivery
    Rick
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Our waiter was excellent and food was good. That said, the food delivery was really slow. Almost 30 minute wait after order, 15 minute wait after we finished our appetizer for delivery of entree. Dessert for our kids meal took almost 15 minutes (we asked the maître d' to push the process) after order was placed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but be careful what you order
    MartyJVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Came here for brunch one Sunday and decided to order the Fried Chicken Sandwich (sounded yummy), but when I got it I thought it wasn't cooked cause it was pink on the inside. I sent it back and the second one came out pink too, luckily one of the managers came by and suggested the crab sandwich so I did that and that was delicious! MD crab soup also great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Marvelous meal!
    Alice
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Super service, fabulous food! Excellent menu choices. Comfy chairs!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quite good
    ShenandoeyVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Never dined here before and was pleasantly surprised. Food and service were quite good. I expected a saloon type menu, but found a wider array of offerings and was very pleased with my cod dish and exotic tea. The service was very attentive. Would definitely return!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 356 reviews are from the American Tap Room - Bethesda reviews archive.
  • Always nice
    LoLo
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We always enjoy going to the Tap Room. Great ambiance, nice staff, good food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NicoleA
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Went for Father's Day Brunch. The food was good. Service was excellent. Great beer selections for the husband!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Actually Just OK for Brunch
    LennyVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    When we went to get our food from the brunch display, I noted that there was hardly any bacon. I went up three times and they never refilled the bacon. There is nothing special about a mashed potato bar when it is just a big tureen of potatoes with bacon, chives, sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese. I was hoping for something more creative. The menu on-line said there would be an imported meat and cheese display but there was none. The mini-sandwich selection consisted of only one type of sandwich. My cocktail was supposed to have honeydew and cantaloupe in it. When it first arrived, I tasted neither. I sent it back and they added honeydew, but no cantaloupe. The chicken and waffles were very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good
    DK52
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    This was the first time for my wife and me, and we were very pleased with the service and food. We were also pleasantly surprised by the spacing of the restaurant and the ability to carry on a conversation without an elevated voice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Food was tasty, service was friendly but a bit slow for which the waiter apologized.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner before the movie
    Tomandenise
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We needed to find a place to go to and have a quick dinner before the movie. The food was good. Service was great. We were done very quickly. Good standard fare.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time brunch there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Our service was excellent and we enjoyed the food and ambience very much.. There was one problem... We were seated at a table that had wing chairs and although they were very comfortable for sitting but not to good for eating .... We felt that the wing chairs were too low for the table to eat propertly...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    As its name suggests, the American Tap Room has a relaxed, casual atmosphere. It is a popular venue and the energetic atmosphere can make it a little difficult to hear. Our party was there for lunch, and had lite fare -two salads and the crab cake sandwich. The menu is a little limited, offering several burgers, some sandwiches, a few platters, and a generous number of salad choices. Overall food quality was fine, but not outstanding. The service was friendly, quick, attentive.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food, better service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    We frequent American Tap Room about once a month with our children. The food is usually very good, with a great selection to choose from. The service is always good as well.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Brunch
    Eatingout3
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I was from out of town visiting my son who is in college in DC. We attended the Easter brunch. Overall it was good but by no means amazing. Not bad for the price. Can't say I would go back only because there are numerous other restaurants in the area I would try instead. Staff was nice and friendly, our waiter was attentive and I liked that the Manager stopped by to check that everything was going well.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    HappyVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We have been to American Tap Room before but last weekend we decided to go at the last minute and were blown away by the food. Apparently there's a new chef. The menu had new items and we were both very pleased. My husband had the meatloaf and I had a spinach salad w salmon. Both were delicious. We sat in those wonderfully comfortable big bucket leather chairs, watched the world walk by out the window and in general had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service lacking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We arrived on-time for a 7:30pm reservation, but didn't get seated for close to 20 minutes. This was surprising given that people coming in with no reservation were told it would be a 35 minute wait. When we were seated, there was no apology for the delay. I wouldn't bother mentioning this except that the service continued to be poor. Took a while to take our drink order, then server came back in around 10 minutes to say that the drinks were coming, did we want to orde appetizers. Finally the drinks came, but I had to get up and find the waiter to ask him if we could order our meals. No one checked in during dinner to see if we needed anything else.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Brunch, Great Service!
    TRich
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Really loved their brunch. Not many places specialize in "chicken and waffles" on the buffet menu. Everything was very tasty and unlike most places, it never seemed crowded. It's a cool place with chairs that you can sink into and really great, attentive service. The mimosa kept flowing without even the lift fo a hand, and the plates were cleared fast allowing me to hit the buffet as many times as I liked. Great place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy
    Stefi
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The food was good (although there was way too much salt on my fish), but it was difficult to converse without leaning far into the table and raising my voice. Too much noise for my taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food. Small Portion.
    DA00
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    The ambiance of this place was great. Looked good and lively. I did think the tables were a little close together, as I felt like the couple next to us could hear everything we were saying. The waiter was attentive and quick. The beer and food selection was very good. I ordered the scallops, which tasted great. The problem was that there were only three small scallops on the plate, and about ten brussel sprouts. For $23.00 I expect a little larger portion. I was not satisfied at all. Overall the place was decent and I'd go again and order something else.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Casual Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Came here for the lady's 25th birthday. First time visiting. The hostesses up front were busy chatting rather than doing their jobs, which led to an annoying 15 minute wait for our table. Made 8pm reservation, didn't get seated until 815. Like I said, annoying, but the food made up for it. I got the Tap Room burger and a Guinness, and was very pleased. The lady got the scallops and thought they were cooked to perfection. It was a little noisy, but it's a bar, what do you expect? They could rearrange the seating a little better to buffer the noise, but we would go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great before/after miovie stop.
    CadDy
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    With Bethesda Cinema around the corner a great place to fill up before the show.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love ATR in Bethesda!
    Quan
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    This place is sure to delight. From the amazing food, to the superb service. You will enjoy your experience here. The servers are smart and witty. The atmosphere is laid back but refined. My choice every time! Lunch, dinner, or just a cocktail, it's good every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great First Time Experience
    1dcdiningdivaVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    I brought my parents to ATR after seeing a movie and this was the first time any of us had eaten there. The food was great and the service was even better. It was my mother's 80th birthday and she felt very special because of the attention from our waiter. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. As a matter of fact I have already. Great job ATR!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tasty Food; Great Service
    Liv2Eat
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    This is a warm and inviting place that delivers uncomplicated but excellent food at reasonable prices and provides attentive service. An old friend and I got together here for dinner and started with the PEI Mussels and hummus. The mussels were delicious- served in a rich cider broth with sausage and carmelized onions. The hummus was a little on the thin side but the whole chickpeas and pickled red onion were very tasty as was the accompanying pita. We both had sandwiches for entrees: I had the blackened chicken sandwich on a baguette; my friend had the Tap Room Burger which he ordered, and received, rare. The spicy chicken sandwich was beautifully tempered by the marinated pineapple and the burger looked (and, I'm told) tasted amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Brunch Option
    TheDave
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Went to the Saturday brunch. It was tasty and the service was good. Only annoying thing was that I ordered the blueberry french toast and they substituted apples for the blueberries without telling me. When I asked they said the kitchen wasn't able to get any blueberries. That's fine, but I should've been notified of that when I ordered and given the choice. Still, a tasty meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great meal
    DCMom
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    We go back often and it's always great food. Our server was extremely friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    foodie
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I ate here on Valentine's Day and had a great experience. I ordered the truffle mac & cheese, which turned out to be an elegant spin on a classic comfort food. Overall the menu looked delicious, though I did not try anything else. The manager came by to ask us how we were doing, and the staff was extremely friendly. Service was fast as well. IF you have not eaten here before, you should definitely make it a point to!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre Experience
    NoNameVIP
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    While I service was pretty good, the food was sub-par. This was not my first time dining at American Tap Room, so I was disappointed when I ordered the Crabmeat Omelet and discovered it lacked seasoning and flavor, not to mention the crab meat! The server took it back to the kitchen and the cooked me a new omelet, which took more than 15 minutes to receive. While our server was generally pleasant, she never apologized and a manager never stopped by our table. Unfortunately I doubt I'll return to the American Tap Room anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tap Room, no Toy Room!!!
    Phasie
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    When I went to the All American Tap Room with my husband, I figured that this would not be a "kids' restaurant." I was quite mistaken. It's very kid friendly with children getting crayons and paper to color. I don't know. Do you think that a "tap Room" is a suitable place for young children? Not that there was anything going on that the children couldn't see in their own homes. It was just the expectation that this was not a restaurant for kids. Once I got over that, it was fine, had a great dinner, enjoyed the very noisy ambiance, etc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Why is this place still there?
    Kjl8VIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    I gave this place another try because everywhere else was full and had a wait while this place was only half full. There's a reason for that! The menu is shrinking, it's so loud at your table that the waiter cannot be heard and he cannot hear us when we place our order either. Everything we ordered other than standard entrees never arrived. The place is a hot mess!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good Place at a Moderate Price
    FrequentDiner
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We like to go to the American Tap Room for casual dining in a relaxed atmosphere. The employees are friendly. Occasionally the service has been a little slow but not and enough to deter me from returning.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoyed it
    newt
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    warm, cozy atmosphere and located in nice area in downtown bethesda. food was quite good, but not great. would definitely go again or recommend.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.