Growlers of Gaithersburg
Growlers of Gaithersburg

Growlers of Gaithersburg

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.growlersofgaithersburg.com/
  • Phone: 3015199400
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am - 1:00am, Friday & Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Growlers of Gaithersburg
J.A. Belt building is considered the oldest commercial property in Gaithersburg. The building has recently undergone a complete historic restoration and is listed on the National Historic Registry. The marriage of the old and new in this historic building creates a unique environment well suited for the reproduction of our turn of the century tavern. Hand-crafted beers and an excellent American menu keeps them coming back!
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Growlers of Gaithersburg reviews from OpenTable diners
21 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (13)good for groups (7)late-night find (6)vibrant bar scene (6)kid-friendly (5)fit for foodies (5)great for lunch (5)special occasion (2)hot spot (2)great for outdoor dining (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Excellent menu choices
    SoGoodToEatOut
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We had an appetizer of calamari, and then the flat iron steak entree with asparagas which was perfectly cooked and delicious. The menu also has a great selection of sandwiches, appetizers, burgers and lesser fare as well. Wait staff was friendly and attentive. There was a good selection of craft beers. We'd eat here again for sure.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beer good, food good, service...meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We were celebrating a birthday and had 8 people in our party. Had to go find the server so we could give our drink orders...there was an excuse about the delay. No excuses for all the other delays.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    BrewEmAndQuaffEm
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Growlers is a wonderful brewpub. Brewing equipment is visible behind the bar, the atmosphere and decor suit the old building and is very comfortable and pleasant. This brewpub aficionado found the place to be very cool. The food was great, the service was great, and of course so were the beers. They make a good variety of beers; my favorite was the porter, but all were excellent. Most of the beers had unique characteristics - these are not just "another brewers version" of the common styles. Go there - enjoy their creatively delicious beer flavors paired with great food - you'll be glad you did.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Burgers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Everything can as ordered, one burger medium rare, the other medium we'll pink. Have great brews
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service and food is so poor.
    famday
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The food and presentation is totally different from the last time. We"re so disappointed. My asparagus & potato are burned. Poor service
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy they're back!
    FeebsVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We went for lunch before going to the county fair. The food was great as usual. The beer was even better. They did a nice job with the remodeling and were able to keep the character of the old Growlers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good beer, bad service
    Elladan
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We've been going here for years and were devastated when the flood took out the place for eight months. You would have thought inks would be really different after taking 8 months to get it up and running, but it's mostly the same, except the staff all left due to the long time closed and so the new staff doesn't know what they are doing. The food is notably the same, good, but nothing new. We will probably keep going for the beer, but it would nice if they had some healthier options and hopefully the staff will improve over time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, great beers!
    KateK
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food was solid, but they were out of a lot! Beers were tasty.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lamb burger!
    windows
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Good beer selection, lots of IPAs to try. Great lamb burger, the salads were also solid. A bit noisey, even in the dinning area. I will go again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 41 reviews are from the Growlers of Gaithersburg reviews archive.
  • Good Food!
    mt3847
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Like this place and finally got around to making reservations. It was good and a great deal, but I wish we had a better table since I thought ahead and got a reservation. It was kinda chilly right by the door.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grrreat!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Met a few friends for New Year's Eve Dinner. Awesome beer selection. We ordered from all parts of the menu and the food was excellent. The salads were fresh and generous. I liked the spicy bite in the Shrimp and Grits. The steak frites were delicious and cooked precisely as ordered. A simple menu substitution was handled without fuss or a hitch. The lamb burger was juicy and delicious and the homemade chips a hit all around the table. The service was great, attentive but not intrusive. We will definitely be back and include Growlers in our restaurant rotation more frequently.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our usual restaurants
    FeebsVIP
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    We always enjoy going to Growlers. Great beers and good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Night Out
    Ricco
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Originally went to see my son (the drummer) and his band. This nite spot was very accommodating. Everyone was friendly and courteous. I ordered salmon which was very good but the sides (potatoes and cauliflower) were undercooked. The salad was excellent and I ordered another salad because I could not eat the undercooked sides. A good night was had by all.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beer is the Best
    CDRGerry
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Home brew and guest beers are the star. Food is very good. Listen to your staff and they can match your dinner with your beer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dont reserve after 10pm
    Disappointed2
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Make sure to check with the restaurant directly on when the last seating is.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go for the beer, not the food
    Feasors
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    The food is at best average. But the beer selection on tap is very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great beers
    FeebsVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    My husband and I have been going to Growlers since it opened. Great food and beers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place
    FeebsVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    My husband and I have enjoyed going to Growlers for several years. The food is great and we love the different beers. The servers have always been friendly and very competent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good place for beer and fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    My family and I went to dinner here on 9/28/13 and had a great time. The beer selection is great, everyone found items to order that they loved, and the service was incredible. In fact, after alerting the server to my allergies, he noticed that a dish I had ordered probably contained one of the items I was allergic to and stopped me from eating it! Talk about a guy who does his job well :) Great spot, would go back!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nothing too special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/28/2013
    I chose Growlers because it was reviewed as quiet and kind of upscale bar food. This is not so. The food isn't bad but they're nothing particularly special about it. My fiance likes their fries, but other than that the philly cheesesteak and the chili mac are nothing special. The restaurant was incredibly loud, which surprised me based on the other reviews and the servers seemed very overwhelmed with the number of people even though the restaurant wasn't full. The food came very quickly and was very hot, so that was a plus, but I would prefer the food and variety at places like American Tap Room or something like that.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad Service - AGAIN
    JimOVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    Service was slow and unattentive by the waitress and when it came time to order dessert, the main reason for selecting Growlers, the waitress never gave us an opportunity to order. She dropped off the check and said she can take when we are ready. Lost my appetite and left for good. Second bad experience there but went back for the dessert. Too many other choices, they obviously don't value customers.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First, I'd like to say I try
    Dawne
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    First, I'd like to say I try to support local businesses when it comes to food but my experience here really made me appreciate formula. The AC wasn't working, when we walked past the thermostat it was set at 82! It is never a great experience when your arms and feet stick to the table and floors. My view from the second floor was the ceiling dripping consistently onto the beer drums, so I refused to drink anything but water which tasted like it was fresh from the tap. The food was ok, nothing that I can't get from a deli. To be honest, the fries are the same I get from my building deli. You can put a Big Mac on a fancy plate, but it’s still a Big Mac. All in all I would not go back again.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Tasty Burgers
    andrew
    Dined on 7/2/2013
    Nothing better than a Growler angus burger and one of their craft beers!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We are regulars
    FoodieBear
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    The food is good, the beer is great, the waiters are attentive and friendly. We had burgers on this trip, chorizo burger and a lamb burger. If you want something different and tasty, I highly recommend these. I have seldom been disappointed with any aspect of my meal in the years I have gone here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better Each Time!
    ChadVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2013
    Perhaps our best trip ever to this restaurant. With each visit the food gets better, the service gets better, and the ambience becomes more energetic and fun. We had a variety of items from the menu and each was exceptional, tasty, hot, and delicious. It goes without saying that the beer selection is with out here in the area. The homemade beers are fantastic and I strongly recommend starting the meal with the flight.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good GastroPub
    TeeBusterVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2013
    We had a very enjoyable diner at Growler's. We were staying at a hotel in Gaithersburg and there weren't a lot of choices, but found this one through open table. It is what i says it is, a genuine gastropub. Jessica provided good service and the food came quickly and accurately. The Steak Frites was above average and my buddy's burger was a winner as well. Beer was unique and good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Laid-back anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/24/2013
    My wife and I dropped our daughter off for basketball practice in Germantown and we were looking for a place to eat nearby. I brought up OpenTable and did a search for 'near my location'. Growlers was 5 miles away and looked interesting, so we gave it a try. The service was great, as was the food. The portions were generous and pricing was reasonable. I'd eat here again without question.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The tasty beer is reason enough
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/25/2013
    The tasty beer is reason enough to come here; the list is long, mostly made in-house, and rotates often. The food is an added bonus, with large portions of creative pub-fare served at reasonable prices. Our meal was delicious -- but the guilt factor here is significant if you're watching what you're eating. Still, it is worth the splurge, especially on a snow day. As an added bonus, Growler's also offers live music at night on their expansive 3rd floor bar -- we've made it a point to schedule a visit during one of the live events.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good gastro pub menu, fantastic
    FoodieBear
    Dined on 3/21/2013
    Good gastro pub menu, fantastic homebrewed beer, and the friendliest wait staff in Montgomery County. Gaithersburg doesn't have many places like this, which is why I have become a regular. Casual with interesting food in a gorgeous historic building. Love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beer is good, menu is versatile.
    FoodieBear
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    We have become regulars here while our son is at ski club. Good micro beer, nice "Gastro pub" menu. My son loves the home brewed root beer when it is available. Prime rib special on Friday and Saturday is great, tried shrimp and grits with andouille for first time, and it was phenomenal. My husband loves the sausages and burgers. Oyster appetizer is is tasty, with spinach and bacon, what's not to love? The wait staff is always nice, seems to be a good team. My only complaint was that many of the signature cocktails on the list are not available, but it is a brew pub, so I am sure they aren't a priority.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This place has always been
    BryanVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2012
    This place has always been a local favorite with great brews and excellent foods. Recently they changed the menu so it will take a little time to adjust. While I am sad that there is no more chili mac I am still confident this will continue to be a solid place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was slow to get started,
    daginva
    Dined on 2/26/2012
    Service was slow to get started, then OK. Good beer.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Menu changing. They are getting
    geoffVIP
    Dined on 2/18/2012
    Menu changing. They are getting rid of the higher end foods and making this more of a pub with burgers and wings. Food was not as good in the past. I ordered the two greeks and it had tomatoes but no avocado, or onion, or peppers. The waiter checked and said that it was becuase it is being discontinued to they didn't have the other items that normally go in the meal. We will not be back. If you want a very noisy place with lots of large loud groups drinking beer and eating wings, then go.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • the Valentines Day dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    the Valentines Day dinner with beer pairings was outstanding, my wife who is not a big beer drinker , drank all but the last one, I found them to be very good, overall we both had a great experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We have been going to Growlers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/18/2012
    We have been going to Growlers for our office Birthday lunches, and it is a great hit. We have been put in a private room (I have never asked for it)and it is perfect. The service has always been wonderful, the food great, and the overall experience has never been less then 100%. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was just OK. Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/15/2012
    Food was just OK. Service was great and atmosphere pleasant. Great server.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but service is very
    geoffVIP
    Dined on 1/14/2012
    Good food but service is very spotty. Waitress disappears for long periods - this has happened several times. Watresses are nice, but appear lazy since service is slow even if it is not busy. Once they deliver food, poor chances of getting something like extra mayo anytime soon. Two Greeks lamb burgers very good. Also the avacado chop salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice find in old Gaithersburg!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/31/2011
    Food is excellent and a nice surprise for a casual place.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time to Growlers. Very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/29/2011
    First time to Growlers. Very pleasant experience. Service was timely and cordial. Would comment to any Beer Lover plenty of tasty Brews to choose from.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Horrible Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/27/2011
    The service was horrible. We sat at a table with 3 children for 10 minutes (in an almost empty restaurant) while 3 servers bussed tables around us. When our server finally took our order, she had the kids orders brought out quickly (which was good), but she forgot my husbands and my dinners. So, we had to wait another 10 minutes after our kids were served for us to get our dinners. Thank goodness our children are well behaved, because a dinner that should have taken 30 minutes TOPS, took 75 minutes. The food was good, once it got to the table, but it wasn't worth all the waiting. Would have been acceptable if the restaurant had been really busy, but we were the only full table in our section of the restaurant. WILL NOT go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate