Public House - National Harbor
Public House - National Harbor

Public House - National Harbor

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.publichousenationalharbor.com/
  • Phone: 2404936120x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday through Thursday: 8:00am - 2:00am
    Friday: 8:00am - 3:00am
    Saturday: 8:00am - 3:00am
    Sunday 8:00am - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Ron Amend
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Public House National Harbor offers a separate catering menu and open bar packages. Contact Lisa Cascone at lcascone@publichouseusa.com or 240.493.6120 for happy hour and private event inquiries!

  • Entertainment: Happy Hour Monday-Friday, 3pm-7pm

    Karaoke on Tuesdays from 9pm-2am

    Wine Down Wednesdays with 1/2 priced bottles of select wines and Surf & Turf special

    DJ Friday and Saturday 10pm-Close

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Green Line to Branch Ave and the NH1 Bus to National Harbor.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Limited metered street parking in the front. Garages close are The Mariner and St. George's Garages. Valet (not run by Public House) for $20.
A word from Public House - National Harbor
Since opening its first restaurant in April of 2005, the Public House continues to strive to be a leader in the bar and restaurant industry. Public House currently encompasses restaurants in Philadelphia, New York, and National Harbor, MD. Public House's mission is to provide a consistent and quality product, while at the same time, a sophisticated and fun atmosphere to our guests. We are your neighborhood restaurant and bar with a nightlife scene. We believe that our guests should feel at home when they join us. We strive to provide an experience second to none in the hopes that they will find their way back home again. Whether it is lunch, happy hour, dinner or a late night party that you seek, Public House is a venue that can meet your needs.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Public House - National Harbor reviews from OpenTable diners
61 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.3
  • Food3.4
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.3
    Noise LevelModerate
58% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (25)vibrant bar scene (16)good for groups (16)great for lunch (13)neighborhood gem (13)late-night find (11)hot spot (8)great for brunch (8)fit for foodies (6)special occasion (5)kid-friendly (5)notable wine list (4)romantic (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Tasty brunch
    miraluz
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Went here for brunch on a Saturday with a friend. We sat outside in October; it was a great fall day and the server was very attentive. I love brunch so I can be pretty picky. The over-easy eggs were cooked perfectly; the bacon was crispy; and the breakfast potatoes were divine - crispy on the outside, soft inside. The only downside was the toast was cold - but it was a cool day and we were outside. Very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ehh I was not impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Our order came out wrong the wait staff seemed to rush us during brunch even though the place was empty. I would not go back for a sit-down experience. This is more of a bar/bar food place.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible service
    Mere
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Went here for brunch on Sunday, the food was very good but the service was HORRIBLE. It took forever for our server to even greet us, took forever for us to order, after we did order the food took forever to come. Luckily we weren't in a huge rush, but it was still really irritating. He wasn't apologetic or anything, he acted like he was doing us a favor by bringing us our food and drinks. I enjoyed my meal but would probably not go back due to the crappy and inexcusably slow service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • diningguys
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Convenient location. Staff was wonderful and friendly. Very casual atmosphere. Would return, again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • meh
    gmustargazer
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    It wouldn't be my first choice next time I'm in National Harbor, but it wouldn't be my last either. Happy hour is probably your best bet here - the drinks were strong and half price at the bar, plus half-price appetizers. We ordered the cheese dip - bland, the chorizo wraps - greasy, and a steak - salty. Our waitress was nice enough, but there was something off about her. Maybe she was distracted that day. Overall - it's nothing to write home about, but it will do for a quick bite before a Cirque show.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good experience
    Priceless
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was good and the service was fair. The service could have been better. But overall the ambiance was really nice
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Do NOT Waste Your Time Here
    LLV2VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Arrived as a party of three just after noon. Placed lunch order at 12:05 p. Tepid coffee arrives and has to be sent back. At 12:30 p. we asked how things were coming with our lunch (3 burgers). We were told that it was "up next". At 12:45 p. we asked for our check for the coffee and tea and said we were leaving. The server said, there was a party of 15 in front of us...really? The restaurant was NOT full and patrons who arrived after us had SOME food on their table when we walked out. Choose another choice!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good American Food
    MikeB
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We dined at Public House after eating breakfast there in the morning. Nice pub atmosphere, and outdoor seating was nice on a pleasant September evening. My wife had the meat loaf special, and the portion was huge. It was very tasty as were the sides. I had the shrimp and grits, one of my favorites, and it was delicious. Just the right amount of spice, and very comforting. My only regret was there were only 4 shrimp, although they were a good size. Prices were a little higher than you'd expect - a function of the area I believe.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food. But not a "BRUNCH"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    EXCELLENT food, beautiful outdoor seating, nice cool indoor A/C. Very friendly staff, Manager came out to check on service, very nice. I ordered Huevos Rancheros, it was scrumptious!. We had 4 different orders, and EVERYONE was happy. Portions are genereous & high quality food. Only Suggestions: Since they advertise a "Brunch", I was expecting a more traditional Brunch (we were thinking more of a mix & match options for breakfast). But only 7 items set items in their menu, but $5.00 cup of coffee, is a bit overpriced. I know a la carte ordering is available, but this is not very clear on the menu. The printed and Website menu could use some clarity. But excellent service and food will bring me back !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Are you hungry?
    usuallywontpostVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    It's a tourist place with tourist food. If you're hungry, it will do.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Service and Food
    Eddi
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Went to the Public House after seeing the Circus De Solie. Even with the restaurant extremely busy are server was very attentive and all food ordered was out quickly. We ordered the Mix Grill for Two and it was excellent perfectly cooked and tasty. Would recommend for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing First Visit
    TB7698VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The restaurant itself was nice. It was crowded since it was Saturday night. We had a 6:15 reservation and weren't able to get out of there until 8:30. The server was very nice and manager apologetic. Drink service was slow, the steaks chewy, cooked uneven and had a fair amount of gristle, and my wife's salmon Caesar salad came out with shrimp the first time and was dropped on the floor the second time. I had ordered a coke and of the entire time there I only had one refill and both glasses had arrived only 2/3 full. It was 30 minutes for another martini and almost an hour for extra bread for the appetizer. They did do right by us by not charging us for the salad. I think they had new kitchen staff. I hope they can work it out.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good place to gather
    Cherryies2
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    With friends to watch games, great outdoor dining and lots of food options. Enjoyed the shrimp & grits!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was mediocre at best
    PollardOBrain
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We had dinner at Public House before seeing a Cirque du Soleil show. Being Wednesday it was their "three taco" night. Of the three, only one actually tasted good and that was the pork taco. The chicken taco was bland and the beef was so tough we had to tear it using teeth and fingers. The service was very good and the Rum Punch was pretty good. Surprisingly our dinner cost almost $90! The quality does not deserve such a high price.
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  • Good, not great
    DCDiner
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    It was good, not great. Food was mediocre, very greasy, though we only tried wings, cheesesteak springroll, fries, and chicken sandwiches. Their house beer was good.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Public House-National Harbor's Best
    jpzak
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We've been to the Public House before using Open Table. Every time we're able to be seated at, what we consider, the best table in the house. The service is always excellent but this time we were served our main course right after our appetizer came out. We asked them to take it back, keep it warm, but not overdone which the waiter did. When the main course was served to us, it was excellent. I had the Shrimp Creole and Grits. My husband had the Public House Burger. We would order both again in a heartbeat. The burger was done to perfection and to the wellness which was requested. The only complaint we have is the noise level. It seemed more frenetic around the bar which is central to the restaurant. Despite that, we would return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than pub food
    AlexandriaLocalVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Higher-end food than you'd expect to find in what appears to be a vibrant pub. Great outdoor seating, complete with fire pits!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh
    MrsHendy
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We went here for brunch because they had a good looking menu for brunch, much better than other restaurants nearby. I'm glad we made a reservation because apparently they had a 25 minute wait. Service was okay - our server didn't check in very often which kept us waiting, and the food was just okay as well - the aioli that they put on the sandwich was gross - lacked flavor and wasn't much special, and the fries were lukewarm. After ordering, meal came out in about 5 min. I was annoyed that when I ordered decaf coffee it was a big deal, and then when she refilled it she put in regular. The place was okay - nothing special and really not worth the price. Probably won't be returning anytime, nor would I recommend it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slow, slow, slow
    Brittles0110VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Slow service, slow kitchen. The menu was very basic without much variety to offer, so the 55+ minute wait for 2 burgers and 1 shrimp n grits, no exaggeration this was timed, was unacceptable. While our server was polite, he was also a little slow. He did come over about 15 minutes before our food was actually served and apologized, but it was still another 15 minutes of waiting. One plus, he did instinctively split our check - that was a nice touch. Restaurants on a Saturday night should expect to be hit pretty hard - our reservation was at 8:30pm. Not every table was full, there was a decent crowd. I did enjoy the music playlist. This place would probably be fun to watch a game at, only if the speed of service improved exponentially.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 4 shrimp for 24 bucks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    and where was the grits? The rest of my party orders sandwiches and salads which were fine and plentiful...and a lot cheaper. The shrimp were not very large and not even a half a cup of grits. Stick to the sandwiches and salads. Note the Portabella sandwich does not mention muchrooms in the ingredients (although the name of the sandwich should give it away). With the large choice of restaurants in National Harbor, I think we'll go elsewhere.
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  • Fitz
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Extremely poor service. Waiter delivered the wrong entree twice. Waitress was rude and non responsive. My steak was mostly fat and very tough. Will not be coming back
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  • Claude
    Claude
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We really enjoyed our meal at the Public House. The food and service were very good. Crab cakes were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh Crab!
    JenniferVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We had the Crab and Corn Fritters - omg, so amazing. I even took an order home because they were THAT good. Also had the crabcakes - 80% crab to 20% filler (if not more crab!) - those were outstanding too! Drinks were creative but not my favorite. The service was wonderful, very friendly and personable. Our waiter even gave us some suggestions for walking around National Harbor after dinner. We would definitely eat there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor Service - Just so so food
    Lisa818
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Waited over an hours for 2 pieces of french toast with fruit - did not even come with what is was supposed to - bad management never really apologized or did anything to make it right - won't be back or I bet countless others who waited longer
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  • poor service
    Khoward
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Over priced, poor service, and average food. Went to Sunday brunch. Waitress forgot the appetizers, never brought ketchup asked for twice, never checked on our table once food came. Kitchen staff needs training on egg cooking. Over easy eggs cooked with broken yolk. Best was corn crabmeat hush puppy that came on the house after the manager checked on us. House Bloody Mary mix also very good. I think they should stick to being local watering hole & leave food prep to another. staff seemed to have right hand doesn't know what left hand is doing problem. table next to us waited & waited on food & when it came, was the wrong thing completely. They walked out. I'd suggest the manager put up a help wanted sign for a new staff. He needs it!
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  • Good dinner, questionable clientele
    RyanVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I had a good dinner here, I was just a little taken aback by the clientele - kids running around, certain groups being obnoxious. Our server was not very pleasant, but was attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Visited the National Harbor and dined at the Public House. The hostess and servers were great and added to the overall experience. They seated me outside and the service coverage was excellent for outside dining. The food met expectations and I'd go return on a future visit.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loud and Limited
    KuleszKomments
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    It was extremely loud. Even squeezed into a "cozy" booth it was difficult to carry on a conversation. The menu was pretty limited. Really did not enjoy the food much. I know that it is a tough time- summer, national harbor, lots of conventions....but.....it was just uncomfortable. Will not likely return.
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  • Expensive and Noisy
    Doug
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We arrived on time, but they didn't realize at first that there was a reservation. They sat us outside at a table for four which was fine since indoors was very loud. However, they didn't ask beforehand where we would prefer to sit. It just worked out. Outdoors, you're essentially on the sidewalk separated by a barrier, but passers by are right next to you, and the traffic noise was constant. Waiter was great, but had a hard time hearing him. Lots of young people on motorbikes revving their engines. Menu was a simple one page but expensive especially when the meal arrived. I ordered the 2 jumbo lump crabcake dinner for $32. Crabcakes looked about 10oz or less each and were not all jumbo lump. In retrospect, I would not go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Underwhelmed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I was disappointed with the food and prices. A fly joined us for lunch.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 292 reviews are from the Public House - National Harbor reviews archive.
  • therapy143VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The spot at the National Harbor!!!!! I have eaten here several times and have never been disappointed. I highly recommend eating here. I live at the National Harbor and have tried every restaurant, this is the best by far.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lunch with an old friend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Drink service was slow but food service was prompt. Nice ambience for lunch with friends but not a date.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdoor dining
    barroske
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    While attending a conference I ate dinner here, sitting outside. Shrimp and grits were ok, but needed salt. My dining partner had the ribeye which she enjoyed, but it also needed salt.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent, but pricey
    bernie1
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Good service, everyone enjoyed their meals. The prices are a bit high; had a shrimp and grits dinner that was $29 and came with only four shrimp. Tasty, but not too much on the plate. Great for a casual outdoor lunch, not sure I would go back for dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was alright, nothing special
    eatsaround
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Public House is a decent place to eat at the National Harbor. There was really nothing of note during our lunch, nothing that really 'wow'ed us. Our waitress was so-so and had to be called back to our table to take our drink order, my crab cake burger was bland (they definitely need to add more spice/Old Bay to it), and our booth table was a bit too small. My son loved the fact the fries came in a mini 'fryer' basket (and the fries were good), but again, overall....meh. The prices were a bit on the high side as well. I'd recommend Public House, but there are also a ton of other places with, I feel, better food and service. Cadillac Ranch is right across the street and I've never had bad service/food there.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    Sugabee
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Great atmosphere and the food was really good. Very nice spot for a "girls night out".
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but a few issues.
    TRich
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I met a few friends there and we had a good time. The food was very good and we really enjoyed the space (both inside and outside). We ended up choosing to sit outside but wish they had told us that we would be sitting by the gate that staff goes in and out of, and they move people in wheelchairs and strollers through. Not a huge issue, but distracting and the response was "we don't usually have a table there." So it took away from the experience to say the least.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Blackhawk
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    After an excellent breakfast experience at the Public House, we returned with out of town guests for weekend brunch and were disappointed. My heuvos rancheros were very dry and bland tasting. Multiple dishes were cold and had to be returned to the kitchen for heating. Dishes looked and tasted like they had been prepared and then forgotten about as they cooled. On top of this, the waiters could not remember who ordered what dish -- even among different tables. All of this was a surprise, as I said before we had previously had an excellent experience in both service and food.
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  • Pretty Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Loved the atmosphere and our waiter, Ger (sp) was great however, our food took a little while longer than expected and was cold. Otherwise, love the atmosphere--upbeat and fun--great place for the girlfriends to hang out for a night out on the town
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and customer service
    MouzyRay
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We ate here on our first visit to the National Harbor. The restaurant was crowded and extremely noisy, but there was an impromptu proposal that was pretty exciting. The only issue we had was our food took over 30 minutes to came out. However, we were compensated because the manager noticed and our meal was on the house, dessert and all. Once we received our food, it was very delicious! We will definitely visit this restaurant again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.