Half Note Lounge

Half Note Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.halfnotelounge.com/
  • Phone: (301) 809-6683
  • Hours of Operation:
    (RESERVATIONS AVAILABLE DAILY UNTIL 8:00PM)
    Monday; CLOSED
    Tuesday: 4:00pm - 12:00am;
    Wednesday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm;
    Thursday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
    Sunday Brunch: 11:00pm - 4:00pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We book our private room, with seating up to 50 persons, as well as our entire facility for personal and corporate events. Call us or log onto www.halfnotelounge and contact our private event staff directly to facilitate your private meeting or event.
  • Entertainment: Tuesday - Karaoke Night
    Wednesday - Dancing to R&B Oldies
    Thursday, Friday & Saturday: Local R&B, Jazz concerts. Check website for dates and times - www.halfnotelounge.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: MD Rt. 450
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free, lighted parking available for all customers!
A word from Half Note Lounge
Half Note Lounge offers full-service dining, daily, with live entertainment featuring the best of local and national jazz artists, as well as old-school R&B.

We serve an American cuisine complimented with a beautiful contemporary decor, outstanding service, all in beautiful Prince George's County, Maryland. So come dine with us, and enjoy live music, at the Half Note Lounge!
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Half Note Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
17 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (9)good for groups (8)vibrant bar scene (6)hot spot (6)late-night find (4)great for lunch (3)romantic (3)special occasion (3)great for outdoor dining (2)neighborhood gem (2)fit for foodies (1)Show More
  • Half-Note 11/13
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    On Nov.13, 2014 my wife and I took a family member to the Half-Note Lounge to celebrate her birthday and she loved it. They did NOT HAVE THE RESERVATION we made through Open Table but seated us with no problem. The female group performing did a great job and entertained the packed house. The waitress gave us great service and brought our drinks in a timely fashion. The food was a generous amount and prepared according to our tastes. Overall a GOOD NIGHT on the town in Bowie, Md.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cousins on the town!
    mslynn
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    My cousins and I have visited Half Note on two occasions. Both times we enjoyed ourselves tremendously. Love the Secret Society Band!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed Half Note Lounge!
    Drwpsych
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    I was quite impressed with this restaurant. The servers were professional and friendly and the food was very tasty. My friend was visiting from out of town and wanted to meet for brunch so I googled and found the Half Note Lounge. It was a pleasant find. I was impressed when the server presented us with an additional Mimosa at no extra charge because the previous one served to my friend had been poured in the "wrong glass for a Mimosa." My friend and I would never have known the difference, lol! When my friend and I asked another staffer to take our picture, she took several for us willingly and cheerfully. Will definitely visit again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I came here for brunch with a few friends. The food was very good and the ambiance was nice. They offered a variety of food for brunch (breakfast as well as dinner selections). I especially liked the omelet and waffle station. I will return for brunch and would to check out the jazz/happy hour..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pure Energy
    SimplyPleased1
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The best experience in live entertainment. The food wait was minimal. The food was hot. The bar service was fabulous. Drinks were enjoyable. The crowd was presentable and respectful. We can't wait to revisit.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but...
    LikeFoodLoveGoodServiceVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We attended brunch at the Half Note Lounge and the food was really good and the selection was desirable. However, the wait staff was very inattentive. Although it was buffet style, when you needed a drink or anything else the entire wait staff just seemed to be standing around socializing. Also, with the cost of the brunch, unlimited mimosas should be included. Getting one "complimentary" and paying $8.00 for each additional is a bit ridiculous.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Party
    MSGBK
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I requested to be placed in one of the areas up front of the lounge two weeks prior to my party but was placed in the back...however, the food was fantastic and the server was very accommodating. Overall, my experience was pleasant and I would recommend The Half Note Lounge.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My 1st and Last Visit
    Diner
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    A small group went there for birthday brunch celebration. The food was rationed out by unconcerned and robotic servers. Food was, in many cases. cold and not seasoned very well. Southern style breakfast food included all the usual fare, but nothing special The organization of the buffet was confusing and not customer friendly. Free Mimosas were poured and just sitting on a shelf in the window getting warm and flat. The place is not bad in terms of decor, but it is badly in need of someone who knows the food service industry and how to make dishes interesting. Also the place is called the Half Note, but no music was played during the brunch time frame. I will not go again.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Has Promise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I've visited Half Note on Friday for happy hour and the food, drinks and ambiance was very nice. This was my first time attending the "Brunch". The food was ok, it wasn't hot/just room temperature. The Omelet station needs improvement ( the eggs were watered down to stretch them). All in all it was nice for my first time, and I do plan on trying it again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "I will be back"
    jazzy
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I really enjoyed myself. My friend and her friends had a wonderful time. We will return with more of our friends and family. The location is prefect, performance was awesome and food was excellent. The crowd was grown and sex (mature).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome place
    Nikstylz
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I think the food was seasoned very well, it tasted Great. I ordered Ribs (pork), macaroni and cheese, fried chicken and collard greens. Everything was excellent. I mean this food was soooooooo good, I was impressed. This location gets 5 stars from me, from the sevice to the music to that amazing food. That was my first time going and I will be back again soon with family and friends. I love, love, love this place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 6 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 206 reviews are from the Half Note Lounge reviews archive.
  • Sunday Brunch
    Delighted
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    My husband and I went for brunch this past Sunday for the first time and had a pleasant experience. The hostesses and server were welcoming. The variety of food was well seasoned and cooked - very tasty. Would definitely go back for Sunday brunch. Looks like it could also be a fun place in the evening with the live music.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not impressed
    Marie
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    My brunch experience was a little disappointing. The food was good but the servers seemed so aloof. I had to keep repeating myself as to what I wanted and the portion size was so small you had to keep coming back to the line. The waiter came to the table after about 15 min and after I had asked where was I waiter to take our drink orders.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch was great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The buffet menu offers various food options. There is a salad and desert bar. There's also stations where you can create your personalized waffle and omelet
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The real. . .smooth jazz!
    johnjohn521
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Jazz quartet was awesome! The ambience was so cozy and romantic. And the food was comfort food... reminding me of a Sunday dinner at grandmother's house. Truly a neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place
    LadyB
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    I wanted to take my mom out for an enjoyable dinner/evening and found this place on the web when looking up Jazz Clubs. Upon arriving I realized that years before I had been to this place before, I must say I had a good time on that visit as well. So it was Tuesday evening & people were getting on stage and singing (karaoke night) and most of those sung very well...:). We had a good evening, food was great tho I felt we had to wait longer than needed considering there were very few people eating dinner at 7:00. I recommended this place to co-workers as I found out Wednesday night is the "jazz nite"
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So-so Service/Very loud
    Laydie82
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We went for dinner and could not hold a conversation due to the noise level. Management was very immature and unprofessional and asked my date to leave because I refused to flirt with the guy....smdh.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not Great Atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    While the food was quite good and tasty, that atmosphere lacked sparkle and the buffet was actually limited. I wouldn't recommend this to someone wanting a nice brunch experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Although, I've visited the Half Note Lounge numerous times for an evening of fun and dancing, this was my first visit for brunch. The food was very tasty and plenty of it. The serving staff were friendly and attentive to their customers. A special thank you to Manager Bryon. He and his staff ensured that my girlfriend and I were completely satisfied. We look forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Half Note
    DandJ
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    We enjoyed dining at the Half Note for Sunday brunch.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Make sure you don't run out of food
    Redhater
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    I was surprised that they wee running out of items just before 3:00 pm and brunch was ended at 4:00 pm. Don't accept 2:45 reservations if food will not be plentiful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hand Dancing
    DeeCakes
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    I went on a Wednesday night which was hand dancing. They have an hour lesson around 530 and it is only 10 bucks. The cover charge was 10 bucks as well but was applied to our bill. The food was awesome and the crowd and music were great. Perfect for beginners or pros. Definitely worth revisiting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NOT the Bowie Brunch for SURE!
    WineNDinerVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Went to enjoy Sunday brunch for good food & live music. Cancelled reservation at Georgia Brown's in DC to patronize PG County establishment. NOTE TO MUSIC LOVERS: It's a Jazz Lounge that doesn't have live music during Sunday brunch! Brunch buffet choices left a lot to be desired including no carving station. Customer Service??? Asked the buffet line server for a breast piece of chicken and he explained he would not know the breast from the thigh or any other piece. REALLY! And you're serving the food because?? Our waitress needed an iron put to her shirt before the came to work! You get 1 complimentary mimosa served out of a plastic flute which taste like SunnyDelight and cheap champagne! Almost cut my lip on the rim.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GIRLS NIGHT OUT!!!
    Nikki
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    We visit the location on a WEDNESDAY Evening, there were groups of friends celebrating Birthday's, Co-Workers meeting after work, & Singles at the BAR. Very inviting Place. OUTSTANDING SERVICE (I OVER TIP'D, SOMETHING I NEVER DO..UNLESS SERVICE IS EXCELLENT). My food was good (but how can anyone mess up Fried Shrimps) my girlfriends had very good food as well. LADIES ROOM CLEAN, MUSIC WAS GOOD, TV JUST RIGHT (ALL WAS WELL THAT NIGHT)... I would definitely recommend this Lounge. We plan to go back on a Weekend to see LIVE JAZZ..
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • length of lines wait time
    Shontell
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    The front line could a have used more than two servers to help cut back on the time spent in line. The main menu was located in the line which prevented my family from going back for seconds.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Soul Food Experience
    TNHJ
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Went here for a special occasion for brunch. It was a nice experience. Quality soul food and lots for the money. I would only suggest a better way to have warm bread and a broader dessert selection. Otherwise, pretty good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but not great
    Janelle
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    This was my second time eating here. The food is good and seasoned very well. My only complaint is the temperature of the food. Nothing was piping hot when it was served. Seems that the food was served lukewarm. Even the dipping butter for the seafood was room temperature. I had to ask the waitress twice if she could take it to the back and microwave it. I may return, but will likely choose another spot for brunch, especially since we live about an hour and a half away. Food should be kept hot!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • half
    HalfNote
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    The food was excellent and the atmosphere was nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Although it does not have
    Kittee
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    Although it does not have a humongous buffet, it is a nice selection. The food I doled out by servers. Probably to limit people being wasteful. Hot waffles, omelette bar, perfectly cooked shrimp and sweet crabs make this place a great destination for brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vibrant life, great scene
    OnTheEdge
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    The Half Note Lounge is a gem in the area North of D.C., a very place to listen to music, sit at the bar, or have a nice dinner with reasonable food and wine. We were there on a Tuesday with Karaoke going on all evening - and some really great singers showing up. A birthday party had brought a great group of people, the waiters were excellently friendly, and watching the energetic life go on made the evening very special. The menu has enough breadth to have something for many different tastes and the quality is solid. But the best is the scene, the people, the life that is enfolding in there. I'll definitely return the next time I am in the area and will sit there and enjoy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place and worth the drive
    PeeJay
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    Had a wonderful time celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary. Love the fact that they are not a big place but I do recommend getting a reservation in very early. Enjoyed the band and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one of my favorites
    DeeCakes
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    This is definitely a diamond in the rough. I have been coming to this establishment for years and every time I have a great experience. I am a seafood person so I love the crab cakes and the spiced up tartar sauce that accompanies it. I went on ladies night and the drinks were AWESOME! Will definitely be turning few people on to this spot .... or I may just keep it to myself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool Spot
    Curt
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    This is a cool lounge that offers great live music. Depends on the night you are planning to attend that will outline what experience you can expect from the lounge. Food is pretty good, and they offer a good variety of drinks. The service is ok and is pretty slow, so be prepared depending on what you order determines how long it would take.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was barely warm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/25/2013
    The only food I enjoyed at this restaurant was the omelette and the grits, and that is because it was they were freshly prepared. All the other items on the burners were not hot. I did inform the waitress of this.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Brunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    The Brunch was excellent! Great variety. The omellette and waffle stations were great. The entire staff swas very friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Needs Work
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/25/2013
    Great place for live music. This was my second time at the lounge. Our mussels were great, but we had to send back one entree, and the shrimp and grits I ordered, were bland and cold. The service was great but they really need to work on the food issues.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This will now be my go to
    Sherl
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    This will now be my go to place. Great food, service, and people.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ask for Chris the GM
    Drewby
    Dined on 7/11/2013
    Excellent food, great ambiance and outstanding entertainment. Sometimes there are challenges with wait-staff experience but this night was exceptional. The service was excellent. The GM took care of my changing reservations to half hour later. He was very courteous and accommodating. His name is Chris and he is certainly an incredible asset for Half Note. You probably won't have issues, but if you do, you should probably ask for him.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday Brunch
    High
    Dined on 6/30/2013
    I wasn't thrilled about the Sunday buffet. I expected a better quantity in the food. Fish was fried too hard. The eggs hard and dry.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very special place
    Ynotme2
    Dined on 6/30/2013
    Different place. Not to expensive and lots of food. Very friendly staff. atmosphere was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.