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: 3018390815x
  • 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
133 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.7
    Service3.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (99)great for outdoor dining (88)special occasion (28)good for groups (28)great for lunch (24)romantic (19)great for brunch (18)fit for foodies (17)neighborhood gem (12)kid-friendly (11)vibrant bar scene (11)hot spot (8)late-night find (3)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Not what we expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    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
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great View, So So Resturant
    Fooddawg
    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!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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.
  • 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
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    • 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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    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
  • 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.
  • susnet dining
    senorkVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    McLoone's is a great restaurant for outdoor dining, people watching and enjoying views of the river.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Impressive
    Happygirl
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Service was great; reasonable wait time for the food; presentation was lovely; food was incredible-crabmeat stuffed salmon, New York strip and salted caramel cake for dessert! Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Between McCormick and Smicks
    Kaygeesie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My husband and I wanted to Dine over looking the water. It was between McCormick and Smicks and McCloones. Since we've been to MS, we decided to try something different. So glad we did! The food was delicious! Friendly staff. We didn't think the prices were too bad either. All in all a nice evening over looking the National Harbor.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent all around!
    Rick
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    On the spur of the moment, we decided to escape from an outdoor festival at National Harbor and get some real food. Via Open Table we learned that McCloone's had Open Tables, so we raced to them, were seated promptly at a great table with a great view of the Potomac and proceeded to have a marvelous dinner. The service and the food were five star. Highly recommend the whole red snapper for two!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Long wait, but Worth It.
    rke1788
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My fiance and I went there this past Friday night and had a reservation for 7:30pm. We didn't get seated for almost an hour which we were definitely annoyed with, considering we had a reservation. We really wanted to sit outside, and so did everyone else! Thankfully we did get seated outside, and it was a wonderful view, and the waiter was amazing. The food was great and the dessert was sooo good. I would recommend going on a less busy night. But I definitely recommend it!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • watching the sunset
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The outdoor dinning area has a great view of the new Ferris wheel and the water. Fun spot to watch the paddle boarders and the sunset. Food and service were outstanding
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'm going back!
    Cjanineb
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This was my first time trying McLoone's. My entree was delicious and the service was excellent! Everyone was very friendly. The view from the restaurant is beautiful. I'm going back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The food was fair and expensive. The service was fair. This is just a tourist restaurant meaning you go there because you do not know better. We had looked at the menu online and it had some interesting items. When we arrived at the restaurant, It was almost a totally different menu. The waiter said that the online menu was about 7 months old !
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mcloones
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The restaurant had a terrible smell throughout; much like a public rest room. Our waitress was nice, but very unattentive. We had to get our own utensils, ask for water and waited forever for them to notice us to take our order.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outdoor has great view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    You can see the river, the Ferry Wheel if sitting outdoor. Nice choose of cocktails.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Star in the Harbor
    BarbKVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had 6:00 reservations - arrived early and had a nice cocktail at the bar. Our server asked if we were here to see the show and told us he would have us out in time - he was excellent. He recommended the scallops and the crab cake and the mahi mahi - we had all 3 - great choices - we eat at many seafood restaurants - and this was some of the best! The scallops were served over pureed cauliflower - and spinach- it was decadent and healthy at the same time - we have dined at McLoones many times in Long Branch NJ - and this was equally as good - plus the view of the water and the ferris wheel at night along with the sunset were amazing!!! Thanks!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good view was better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We enjoyed dinner at McLoone's while celebrating a friends birthday. We sat outside and had a nice view of the harbor. Service started out great but seemed to drag as the night progressed. Food was good but a little salty. Also not every dish was as ordered. The price was a little high for everything not to be perfect.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Harbor View
    Glenda
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food was very good. We had salmon and crab cakes. Service could have been a little better. The server never refilled our water. When we asked if they served bread, we were told the "bread lady" hadn't shown up yet. We were given crispy bread sticks in place of bread. Great view of the water from the restaurant and the staff were all very friendly and up-beat.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great location and service
    mikey
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Sat on the patio during Sunday lunch. View was great as was the service. Food was good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun place. Great service
    ACR1907
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We went to McLoone's to celebrate my sister's birthday on an overcast but dry day and sat outside. It was very pleasant and the view was outstanding. Food was good, plentiful and hot. It was step above pub food and the service was excellent (Dominique). Their fries were great and the grilled cheese and crab was awesome. Lobster bisque was filled with chunks of lobster and very flavorful. National Harbor is a wonderful place to spend a lazy Saturday afternoon. The only negative are the restrooms. No paper towels and hand dryer wasn't working.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brilliant Bouillabaisse
    Table4five
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We had a lovely time. The bouillabaisse was fantastic - everything was very good, the food, the live music, and the service - we'll be coming back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-show Dinner
    wendfishVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We went here for the 1st time on Friday night, before Cirque du Soliel. The host seated us at a great table on the corner of the deck, facing the water & ferris wheel. Our server, Brandon, was wonderful. Very attentive, answered all our questions, very accommodating! As far as the food: the shrimp cocktail was non-traditional - grilled or broiled - which was fine, just not what we expected. I got the whole snapper special & it was WONDERFUL! Tender with just the right amount of tomatoes/peppers on top. My date got the steak/frites. The wine was great, too. The chef came to check on the fish, so that was a nice touch. Wish I had heard about the lobster special, though. Will definitely go back next time we're at the Harbor!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Evening
    Bill
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I was a little anxious because there were plenty of red flags concerning the reservation times and speed of service. Those fears were settled immediately by the wait staff. Everything was prompt and the food was delicious. I had reservations at the Amaluna Cirque De Soliel and it was a surprise for my wife so I couldn't tell Delonte our waiter. However, he got us out of there in plenty of time. I will certainly come back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I do not recommend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Slow start to service, our apppetisers were delivered to another table, second drink order was wrong and waitress argued with what we ordered. Food was delivered cold, no bowl for shells, corrrect drink order took forever. I was getting up to go to the bar ask but once I got up they were delivered. One round on drinks were taken off the bill. I will not eat their again and can't recommend to anyone.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2nd worst service I've ever had.
    ColumbiaFoodie
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The service was bad enough to make the food taste worse. The first time I went here I left because they left me and my table sitting for 20 minutes before our server first came out. For some reason I gave them a 2nd chance. Bad move on my part. Server took the order and never came back to check on us once during the meal. I had to flag him down to get the check. To top it off the food was bland and watery.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • All was GREAT except the tables.
    CorbinVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    They were very busy and even though we had a reservation, we had to sit at a high top which are not comfortable at all! Plus, there were 4 of us and the tables are so small, there was no room. We were told that a reservation quarantees us a table but not what kind of a table. We will try another restaurant that is a more comfortable environment the next visit to National Harbor.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant ~ Bad Bathroom
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I really like your restaurant except for the woman's bathroom which had no hand soap when I visited and was a mess with toilet paper.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great views
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    food was good, views were great, drinks were hit and miss, service was confusing- must have been short staffed because we were infrequently attended to by different people.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice early supper
    Char
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We had an early supper, not quite hungry enough for dinner. We had Great service and food. I would definitely do it again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Girls Day Out
    GreatDayOut
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Service was exceptional and our server, Maria, was absolutely the best. The reservation process was very easy and our reception on arriving at restaurant concierge area was friendly and welcoming. I have been to McLoone's many times and wanted to share this experience with friends as we enjoyed dinner there after a baseball game at Nationals Stadium. Overall a perfect day!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovetoeat
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The food was great but the service was less than desirable.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loud & Unorganized
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The staff was unorganized and didn't seem to care about the customers. Will never return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fab Birthday Spot!
    Yummy1
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Celebrated a friend's birthday here! With a group of 10 divas our server Marcus was attentive, entertaining, and helped make the occasion fun! From the fresh tasty calamari to the moist delicious sunset salmon, the food was great! I topped it off with the huge chocolate cake! This delightful treat for true chocolate lovers is enough for two, that is if you want to share. I didn't.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch and Dinner
    barroske
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Had dinner here Wednesday night, the lobster special was tempting, but ended up getting the crab cakes. Excellent, as was the lobster bisque. Beer is prices much better than other restaurants in National Harbor (except Yeungling for $6.00 - I pay $1.50 or $2.00 in the Pennsylvania). Food was so good I returned for lunch on Thursday. The salmon blt was delicious. Service both days was adequate, but not great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really Enjoyed It
    birthdaylunch
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I took a friend to McLoone's for her birthday lunch. It was my second time there. The food, atmosphere, and service was great! My friend even called me to say that she really enjoyed the restaurant and that she will be coming back again. Please keep up the good work!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We will be going back to McLoone's. Really nice place and although national harbor has many restaurants some are way too touristy and honestly not worth the money. Prices at Mcloone's we're reasonable and there is something for everyone on the menu, even kids.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.