Monocacy Crossing
Monocacy Crossing

Monocacy Crossing

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.monocacycrossing.com/
  • Phone: 301-846-4204x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Thursday: 11:30am - 9:00pm, Friday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Monocacy Crossing
Monocacy Crossing is located off the beaten path five miles south of Frederick. As soon as you walk through our door, you relax, you're comfortable, and at home. Our menu selections and extensive wine list will satisfy everyone in your party. So come, enjoy, be our guests!
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Monocacy Crossing reviews from OpenTable diners
107 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (64)great for outdoor dining (59)fit for foodies (51)neighborhood gem (46)romantic (39)notable wine list (30)good for groups (25)great for lunch (21)great for brunch (16)late-night find (5)scenic view (5)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • excellent eclectic menu, fresh
    lsfcmhVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2009
    excellent eclectic menu, fresh ingredients, attentive service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had a lovely dinner and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/12/2009
    We had a lovely dinner and everyone seemed to enjoy their entres. Mine, the pork tenderloin, had excellent flavoring (sage) which I enjoyed. Service was slower perhaps than we liked, but it was an lovely evening anyway.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything about this experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/12/2009
    Everything about this experience was great. The service was excellent, the waitress assisted with all questions going way beyond what is usual. She was totally attentive and encouraged the use of the table, again beyone what is usual. The food is excellant, the most tender tasty calamari, I have ever had. My friend and I had salads and appetizers, cannot say enough good things
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • The food was excellent as
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/10/2009
    The food was excellent as was te service. Terrific selections, innovative specials, and a wide variety of appetizers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dining at Monocacy Crossing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/1/2009
    Dining at Monocacy Crossing is always a pleasant experience... never had a bad meal. We always take out out-of-town guests to MC, and they always request to go back upon their return visits.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a lovely 40th anniversary
    LongbeachlindaVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2009
    We had a lovely 40th anniversary dinner with our best friends!!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was good, but a bit overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 5/29/2009
    Food was good, but a bit overpriced. Service was excellent.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tucked away in the woods near
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/29/2009
    Tucked away in the woods near the Monocacy River, Monocacy Crossing is not to be missed!! It definitely makes my top 10 list (a very coveted list indeed that is populated by the likes of the Coronodo Hotel in San Diego and privately catered meals at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles). I had the sauteed BBQ shrimp with lobster infused cheese grits. Nothing down-home about this specialty! The BBQ sauce was light, fragrant, and just a tiny bit sweet. The lobster infused cheese grits were literally to die for! A fresh garden veggie (that evening snow peas) accompanied the dish and was steamed to perfection. Their wine list is extensive and excellent. I would certainly go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent service and excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/10/2009
    Excellent service and excellent food. A really nice touch is that when you order wine by the glass, they will pour a taste of it first to make sure you find it to your liking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were there for brunch and
    Babs
    Dined on 5/10/2009
    We were there for brunch and sat outside, which was very pleasant on a nice day. The food was between good and very good. The service was nice -- complimentary "champaign" for mothers day. Inside looked pleasant. We'd go again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had lunch on a busy Sunday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/10/2009
    We had lunch on a busy Sunday indoors. The good news: Food was surprisingly well prepared and sized. The salads were meal-sized and fresh. Feeling full - we took half our lamb Shanks and NY Strip Steak meals home. Service was very good - appropriate and professional. Complementary bread basket contained a warm and fresh variety. Water glasses were topped off frequently. We requested a quiet table, but apparently there were none. It was too noisy for us. We were disappointed in the lack of a dress code. We were in our Sunday best among others sporting T-shirts, shorts, and flip-flops. Salad and dinner for three without dessert or drinks totaled well over $100.00.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a lovely lunch and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/3/2009
    We had a lovely lunch and would go back in the future
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This restaurant had been recommende
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/24/2009
    This restaurant had been recommended by several friends. My husband & I went there for our 29th anniversary. We made a reservation with Open Table & it worked out fine. We were seated as soon as we arrived in the front room at a nice table for two. The service was great & the food was very good. I am a sort of picky eater, but I found the buttermilk chicken w/ham gravy very tasty. My husband had the beef medallions & said they tasted good. I had a Mango Cosmo Martini which I enjoyed & the dessert we had - the cake w/the coconut cream filling (which we shared) was very moist. We would absolutely recommend Monocacy Crossing to our friends, especially for a special occasion.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Decor is sort of historic
    sizial
    Dined on 4/23/2009
    Decor is sort of historic country tavern/inn. Not extremely quiet, but noise level tolerable. Thoughtful and well-timed service. Food a tad pricey, but creative and nicely presented. I had hangar steak special w/ chili sauce (doneness as requested!), served w/ sweet potato mashers tasty enough for a dessert, and perfectly cooked pea pods. Partner had the pork medallions in sage & cider glaze (YUMMY!!) w/ scalloped potatoes which were cheesy-delicious. Creative apps, too (artichoke beignets, whiskey duck nachos). Nice, homey dessert selection. Coconut pound cake was sinful, but served a little too hot. A very pleasant experience & I would definately go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is terrific, with a Southweste
    BeatemBucsVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2009
    Food is terrific, with a Southwestern flair and great variety. Meals and wine are moderately priced. Friendly, casual service. An all-around excellent experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was a great restaurant,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/12/2009
    This was a great restaurant, quiet and off the beaten path. The waiters were excellent and very attentive. The food was absolutely delightful. It is not a very noisy restaurant, my family and I were able to have good conversation without being overwhelmed by the noise from other diners. It was such a delightful experience. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Monocacy is a wonderful restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/12/2009
    Monocacy is a wonderful restaurant with great food and service. Love it! Been many times and am never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My experience was very good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/11/2009
    My experience was very good. The food is great. Service was wonderful. Have dined there many yimes and will do so again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was quite good but not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/11/2009
    Food was quite good but not truly exceptional. Staff was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience! We
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2009
    Great dining experience! We both had the seared tuna with crispy spinach and it was fantastic. The cream brulee was delicious...thick, smooth, and full of flavor. Will definitely eat there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was excellent and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/1/2009
    The food was excellent and it was difficult to decide on what to try since everything sounded very appealing. No one was disapointed with any of their selections. The service was great and made for a very good experience. I'd have to say that I understand why they don't include interior pictures on their website as the decor while interesting is somewhat dated. I was also a little confused that the dress was noted as "Casual Elegent" but the wait staff was wearing jeans. Overall we had a great family dinner to celebrate my Birthday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • Great experience, very well
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/31/2009
    Great experience, very well looked after, food was wonderful. High recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Once we discovered Monocacy
    joyofeating
    Dined on 3/21/2009
    Once we discovered Monocacy Crossing several years ago, we have been back many times and are never disappointed. Don't be turned off by the outside appearance of this "country" restaurant. What's inside is what counts, and boy does it. The menu is adventurous, yet you can find something for anyone's taste. Come with an appetite; the portions are not skimpy and the food is delicious. It's pricier than you would expect from a rural restaurant outside Federick, but ocmparable to D.C. prices. And the food and service is as fine as you would find in the more pretenious D.C. dining spots. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They had our table ready a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/21/2009
    They had our table ready a little earlier than our reservation which was great. The servers were friendly and ensured we were taken care of. The building is a bit small but that does add to its appeal. The only distraction was that by having small rooms the noise level can be high. On this occasion we were seated next to a table of 6-8 and they were loud. So we had to talk a bit louder to hear each other. My suggestion would be to put large tables or groups in the same location. It just detracted a bit from the dinner experience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our server was funny and attentive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/14/2009
    Our server was funny and attentive and very knowledgeable about the menu. All and all it was a very pleasant dining experience and we will definately go back.
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  • Monocacy Crossing is my favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/7/2009
    Monocacy Crossing is my favorite restaurant. It's a bit out of the way, but worth the trip. The food is consistently excellent, the service impeccable but not in the least stuffy, and the candlelit dining rooms give it a wonderful ambience. The wine list is extensive and affordable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The directions were clear;
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/28/2009
    The directions were clear; the drive was nice. The building was semi-hidden right on the road. The menu had some additions from what I had seen in making the reservations. Nonetheless, the waiter told us the updates, and provided guidance on our order. The appetizers were tasty; and expertly presented. The entrees were great. The Veal was well prepared. The Rockfish was good, too. The whole event was pleasant and well worth the price and drive. We will mention this to our friends and family and return again. The restaurant was hopping; and the bar scene was vibrant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Monacacy Crossing is one of
    Robert
    Dined on 2/27/2009
    Monacacy Crossing is one of my favorite restaurants in Maryland...great food, great service, and a very friendly atmosphere...highly recommend it to everyone!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was a superb dining experience,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/21/2009
    It was a superb dining experience, from the food to the wine to the service to the atmosphere. I would highly recommend Monocacy to everyone!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was my fourth time at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/20/2009
    This was my fourth time at MC. I bragged about it to my brother and his wife. I have to say that I was disappointed. The Filet Mignon was fatty and my Rib Eye looked mutilated. As for everything else - it was fine. However, I had to apologize to my guests after the meal.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a very nice and friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 2/14/2009
    Always a very nice and friendly place to dine. Service is always excellent with attention to detail. Food is creative and fresh and very tasty. Very appealing wine list and desserts are fabulous!! Would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Everything was great. Didn't
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/14/2009
    Everything was great. Didn't like sitting in the middle of the room, especially since we made the reservation early on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The tuna roll appetizer was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/14/2009
    The tuna roll appetizer was amazing! My husband had the filet and he said it was the best piece of meat he has ever had... he is very hard to please. We will definately become regulars there!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Arrived at the restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/14/2009
    Arrived at the restaurant for a Valentine's Day dinner at our scheduled time and were seated immediately. Our server, Amy, was especially warm and friendly and took exceptional care of us throughout our dining experience. All food, appetizer, entreess and dessert was exquisite. We highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who wishes to have an incredible dining experience. And don't miss out on the house specialty dessert - coconut poundcake prepared by the owner's mother.
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Food was wonderful! Absolutely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/13/2009
    Food was wonderful! Absolutely a great place to eat. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We are frequent diners for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/13/2009
    We are frequent diners for all of our special occasions. The service and food are ALWAYS outstanding. Our most favorite restaurant in Frederick County.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • the food quality was not great;
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/31/2009
    the food quality was not great; "grilled" lettuce was actually burned, and the entree dry. the waiter's service was good, though, and the ambiance was really nice.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was such a nice change
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/24/2009
    It was such a nice change from the usual restaurants we frequent on Sat. nights. Both my husband and I thought the food was the best we've had in a long time. The lamb shank was delicious and the meat fell off the bone. My husband said that the chicken was the most tender he's ever had and those mashed potatoes were to die for. Our server was helpful and had a funny personalty. We'll definitely return.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was our second time at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 1/21/2009
    This was our second time at Monacacy Crossing. We frequent fine cuisine restaurants, particularly sushi and high end ethnic restaraunts. We found the foods at Monacacy Crossingto be poor experimantal constructions of flavors that do not blend. For example, the Artichoke appetizer would be fantastic if it were not flooded with tangy tomato sauce. Deep fried Gnocci has a sauce that simply repelled the palate; was that actually horse radish sauce? We did not enjoy the food two years ago when we came and we decided to give it another chance. We will not return.
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  • A very diversified menu &
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/20/2009
    A very diversified menu & attentive service. People looking for a nice night out, not the normal fare, quality food prep and portion size- this represents value.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet