McLoone's Pier House - National Harbor
McLoone's Pier House - National Harbor

McLoone's Pier House - National Harbor

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mcloonespierhousenh.com/
  • Phone: (301) 839-0815
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 09:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Surge Karmen
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Located along the Potomac River in National Harbor, McLoone's Pier House is the perfect location to host all of your events, from rehearsal dinners to corporate gatherings. Our floor to ceiling windows give our diners a beautiful view day and night, making your event one to remember!
  • Entertainment: McLoone's has live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night.
  • Special Events: Our semi-private dining area is available to accommodate groups up to 50 guests who are interested in an intimate dinner with a spectacular view and menu to match. We serve a three course set menu with the option of a fourth course. We can make the menu custom to the customers requests. We also offer a cocktail reception with open bar and buffet style appetizer dishes. Outside cocktail receptions are available when the patio is open.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: A metro bus stop is less than a block from our restaurant. This bus takes you to the Branch Avenue metro stop, where you can catch the metro into the city.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Our restaurant is located next to one of the National Harbor parking lots
A word from McLoone's Pier House - National Harbor
McLoone’s Pier House in National Harbor offers waterfront dining and great views of the sun setting over the Potomac River, serving classic, American cuisine. The offerings range from fresh seafood to hand-cut steaks, as well as pastas, salads and homemade desserts. Outdoor Dining is available from April through October, weather permitting.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
McLoone's Pier House - National Harbor reviews from OpenTable diners
104 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (82)great for outdoor dining (65)special occasion (33)good for groups (31)romantic (19)great for lunch (17)fit for foodies (15)neighborhood gem (12)great for brunch (10)vibrant bar scene (10)hot spot (8)kid-friendly (7)notable wine list (5)late-night find (4)Show More
  • NParker
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I really don't want to be forced to write a review. Plus to be told how long your review must be. I guess with these demands, I will not be doing any more surveys for open table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice surprise
    IkwfoodNdrink
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    i was not sure about this spot. then i was very, very presently surprised. the service was the best I have had stateside. the food was excellent. the mixed drinks were a little disappointing. The margaritas were not blended well and the alcohol was "biting". They need a better bourbon selection (I suggest Basil Hayden) but the wine was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love the food
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We really enjoyed the food. Their soup was outstanding. My only complaint is the temperature of the food and the overlooked veggies. The protein was however spectacular.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Had a blast!
    Faysh
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We went out to celebrate my nephew's 21st birthday, and we went all out. The fillet mignon was so tender we didn't have to use a knife to cut it, the crabcakes were amazing, and the crab dip was delicious. My nephew really liked the rum bucket, which is a mixture of five different types of rum into a large cup that quickly got him tipsy. Unfortunately I forgot our servers name, because she was awesome. We told her how much we love the food and she told us that her boyfriend was one of the chefs. Before we left for the night she brought him out and we shook his hand and took pictures as a group. Great place, amazing food, awesome service, we will come back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ebvinva
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Staff was very attentive even though not synchronized. Timing between the wait staff and runners from the kitchen could have been better. The meal was ok, drinks were very good.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Dining Experience
    foodlover
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My husband and I went to McLoone's for our anniversary. The service, food, and atmosphere were all awesome; and I particularly liked being able to use OpenTable, to make our reservation. We had a great dining experience, at a very reasonable price. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Dining Experience
    Am6Sade
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The staff was very welcoming, pleasant, and fun. The crab cakes and the lobster bisque I had were very good. And the desserts were amazing! My family and I really enjoyed dining at McLoone's. The appetizers came out almost immediately and the food wasn't too long of a wait. I would definitely recommend and be back time and time again in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The service was excellent, especially since part of our party was late. He was great and made it that much more enjoyable
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We got seated at 3, and the entrees didn't come out until 4. We did order appetizers and that did help occupy the time, but 1 hour was a bit excess. The food, however, was delicious. The waiter could've been more attentive, but there was a huge party he was attending to as well.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • interesting
    ChuckVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I took some guest here while at a conference and right off the bat at 7:00pm we were informed 1st they were out of Ketel One when the 3 of us ordered martinis, then 2 of us were ordering crab cakes and we were told we should order something else they were behind preping them and it would take too long....did't get much better as the night went on
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful View, great service
    DJCl
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Gorgeous sunset view from the patio of the Potomac, with the National Harbor ferris wheel lighting up the night. Melvin our waiter was fabulous and we agreed that the crab cakes were excellent. The only possible detraction was the speaker on the harbor walk that had a lot of static, although I doubt this is within the restaurant's control.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • McLoone's was just ok
    Dani9269
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We weren't thrilled with McLoone's. The view was great. However the food was just ok and water was served in plastic cups. That was pretty low class in my book. I thought it was a nicer restaurant for the prices.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Crab Bruschetta!
    RobinTomVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We stopped in for a quick bite around lunch time. The Crab Bruschetta was outstanding! It was raining, but the patio looked like a great place to dine with a view of the river.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service tipped my review
    TeejayH
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This restaurant is nice. Nothing too exceptional, but a solid, good seafood place. The fish and chips were decent, but the crab cakes were better. I recommend sitting outside if weather allows, as the location is fantastic and the views spectacular. This was a solid three star review until I considered our outstanding waiter. He was courteous, timely, funny, and exactly what I want for restaurant service. This is a great "date night" restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy lobster
    SeafoodLover
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We went for a 5:30 reservation, and sat inside. Other events in town had a few streets closed but we were still able to park in the closest paid or meter lots. The special was a 1.5 lb lobster with fries at a very reasonable price, so we all got one. I added a side veggie since there was none included. We also had the crab bruschetta, which everyone enjoyed. I wish someone had told me I could have the lobster stuffed with crab imperial. Other than that the meal was cooked to perfection! Immaculately clean so we could dig out all the morsels of meat! Very yummy!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food & View!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We sat inside even though this place is right on the harbor, but it was still a great atmosphere and view out the window. All of our food was wonderful as well - the crab stuffed shrimp was amazing! Service was questionable for us - our waiter saved it as he was awesome, but the hostess who sat us looked like she could not have cared less and was borderline rude. Then we were sat at an extremely wobbly high-top. When we asked to move it was met with a less than accommodating vibe...and then we were moved to a slightly less wobbly high-top! So while the intro to this place was a little shaky, our actual waiter, the food and the view made up for it! Would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the $$$
    Unhappycouple
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was ok, nothing special. Definitely not worth the price. With a cheap (overpriced) bottle of wine bill was $124 pre-tip. Could have gotten a much better meal at a nicer place for same price.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great service, food & view!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The new management has worked out the kinks! McLoone's is back to being a great location for dinner, drinks & outdoor seating! I am glad we decided to give it one more try.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • McLoone's was great & enjoyable.
    LovesTheWater
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    OpenTable was easy to use. It did take a while to get the confirmation email but I did get it. Easy parking at McLoone's.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too loud
    Txgurl
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Overall it was an ok experience. It was too loud for what I expected. Big groups and a bachelorette party in there. Once the live music started, it was time to leave, it was just too loud.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first and last
    jarrett56
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    $15.00 for a well drink is beyond too much. food was cold, i had the seafood soup cold. server didn't bring spoon. just not impresses at all.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Dinner
    KLynnJohnson
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I had the Mahi and it was excellent. I have been to McCloone's several times and have always had a pleasant experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great start to the evening
    ckrnva
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My family and I were at the National Harbor to see Amaluna, the Cirque de Soleil show. We booked McLoone's to start the evening off and it was a good decision. We were seated almost the moment we entered the restaurant and the service was excellent! The girls had the shrimp scampi and I took the waitress' suggestion on the red snapper. Both were very good. We would definitely come back here again.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Views/Food; Service not Great
    FoodYummo
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The atmosphere is great, upbeat and fun, but the service is always slow.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Celebrated a Birthday
    oldereater
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We went to McLoone's for a birthday celebration. It was perfect for our family. The server was excellent and went out of his way to ensure we had a good time.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Has Potential...but
    mrsmithy
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We've been to McLoone's several times, mainly because they have outdoor seating and usually have a table available. The food and waitstaff are usually above average. But, no matter how busy it is, there is always a problem with being seated. There always seems to be mass confusion at the hostess stand and in this instance, we waited 15 minutes to be seated in a near empty restaurant at lunch time. With all the competition in the area, it would be hard to recommend this place over some of the others. Too bad because it's in a great location and has so much potential.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • McLoone's Pier House
    EatingforPleasure
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The only thing lacking with our dinner was the taste of the side salads we received with our dinner. They were bland. Everything else was tasteful and service was great. It did get a bit noisy when the musician started playing at 8 pm. We were near the back but had to raise our voice to talk across the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cheezy
    DiscerningPaletteVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Our waiter was friendly and eager to please. We were told that we could not get Happy hour because we were seated in at the wrong section -- we were there for Dinner!! How ridiculous, the place was completely empty. The food was overpriced. I guess you are paying for the view. The mussels were average. The spring rolls were greasy. The steak was average.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We went here before going to Cirque du Soleil. Food and service were good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what we expected
    lemonhead08
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We have a McLoone's near us at home, which is always great food and service. We were surprised to walk in and feel VERY over dressed in our "smart casual" attire. The hosts were very friendly. We were given food menus, but no drink menus. 20 mins later when the waiter finally comes, we asked her for one. 10 mins later we finally get it, then another 10 mins we finally order. You could tell they were busy, but not overly stuffed with people. The manager, hosts, and busser were trying to pick up the what was lagging, but no one ever came by our table. Just the waiter and the runner to bring our food, which was ok at best. Overall, not happy with this dinner, would not go back with too many other yummy options at the national harbor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible service and food
    DCJRVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Went to McLoone's on a Saturday night. The restaurant was half empty with servers buzzing about. But it still took over 20 minutes to give drink orders. Every other table had the same issue and the annoyance was palpable in the air. And the food? Looked alright, but tasted poorly. My salad was a giant mound of arugula with few of the promised toppings and a bare drizzle of dressing. And the Shrimp Scampi was a drippy oily mess. One of the most disappointing restaurants I have been to in the DC area. Oh ya, and the appetizers came out 10 minutes after our meal.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great View, So So Resturant
    FooddawgVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    With such a great location as National Harbor a restaurant that provided good, decent food and attentive service would make a killing. McLoone's Pier House is not one of those restaurants. Actually the food was ok, for a chain restaurant. Thing that puts you off from this place is the inconsistent service. If you bring me the wrong item don't act like you are doing me a favor to take it back and bring me the correct thing. There are other dining selections in the area so I don't think I would go back to McLoones Pier House.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Brunch View!
    TeamGibson
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great brunch spot! View and the service were definitely the highlights. Food was good, though pricey. We plan to go back to check out the bar scene and the vibe at night.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too long for too little
    foodienotfattie
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Even though the food was delicious, the overall experience was quite appalling. The kitchen printers "failed" right after we placed our order, so we waited over an hour for our food when it wasn't even busy. A 15% discount didn't suffice for the inconvenience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great View, but...........
    samdeeVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    McLoone's Pier House has great views of the Potomac and attentive service. Food was above par, but not the worth the price. However, this seems to be the norm with National Harbor. Every restaurant is pricey because of the views. We dined for brunch and the burrito and crab omelette were both enjoyed by my friends. My chicken and waffles was mediocre. Waffle was excellent, but fried chicken reminded me of frozen chicken tenders you serve your kids for a quick dinner. Definitely did not warrant the $16 fee. Bloody Mary's were good, but not worth the $13 tag attached. Service was attentive and the view was great, but don't expect the best meal at National Harbor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Started of s little Rocky
    Cjanineb
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Made a reservation for 10:30 for Sunday Brunch (the opening time on their website and what I was given when I called) but when we arrived we were told they didn't open to 11. With a little more pushing and conversation, we discovered it was because of an event and that we needed to either wait or come back. We were offered a cup of coffee and so we waited. Once we were seated, everything picked up from there and it turned into a most enjoyable meal with a beautiful view of the River.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our food was slow to arrive, not hot, and not particularly noteworthy. An expensive disappointment.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Dinner
    Penny3815
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner before attending Cirque du Soleil at the National Harbor. I had Betty's Summer Salad with added shrimp which was perfection! My husband had the Santa Fe Black Bean vegetarian burger which he said was delicious, and my niece enjoyed the Cajun Chicken Alfredo. The desserts were yummy as well. Our waitress was very friendly and had great recommendations. We were there 6-7 PM on a Wednesday night, and the noise level was pretty quiet although the restaurant was pretty full. Also, the views of the harbor are gorgeous.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty view, but expensive
    DiningDorsVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Happy hour is affordable at the bar, but no open table points. The National Harbor is not very convenient with no mass transit option AND expensive to park. This place has a great view but an expensive place to bring a table of co-workers.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable find
    fltgeek
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. We made our reservation and were seated promptly upon arriving at a table with an excellent view of the sunset. Marcus gave us some excellent recommendations and our order arrived at a good pace between appetizer and main course. The food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.