The Tasting Room
The Tasting Room

The Tasting Room

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thetastingroomrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2403797772
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:45pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Tauraso
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a private dining room that seats 6-10 guests. All private room requests will be granted on a first come, first serve basis and must be confirmed over the phone. Any requests for the private dining room made online are subject to availability.
  • Private Party Contact: Jarrett Walsh 2403797772

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Church Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a public lot across the street and ample off street parking
A word from The Tasting Room
Established in 2001, The Tasting Room restaurant and wine bar has earned a reputation as a modern American force in the Frederick area. Combining the essence of Frederick and the modern styles of New York, The Tasting Room provides diners with an experience to remember. Situated in the heart of Frederick"s historic district, The Tasting Room captures the energy of Market St. with floor to ceiling windows and a 180˚ panoramic view. Fresh local ingredients and unwavering consistency have been the benchmarks for this ultra-successful Michael Tauraso establishment.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
The Tasting Room reviews from OpenTable diners
126 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (79)special occasion (66)neighborhood gem (56)notable wine list (50)hot spot (37)great for lunch (33)romantic (27)vibrant bar scene (24)good for groups (18)late-night find (11)scenic view (9)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Good soups are hard to find
    Shannon271VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The lobster bisque and the butternut squash soup are amazing! The lobster is super rich and creamy, with large chunks of lobster generously portioned on top. Perfect serving size. The butternut squash soup is the perfect fall soup starter. Crispy croutons and slices of apple add to the already decadent flavors of the butternut squash. My fiancé and I are new to the area, but we will surely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great!
    Sagehen
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Visiting for the weekend and celebrating an anniversary. They were very accommodating when we had to push the time back. Nothing revelatory on the food combinations but prepared very well!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best filet mignon around.
    Sndevil
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I have been going to the tasting room since it opened and I get the filet eveytime. I have eaten steak at The Capital Grill Mortons,Ruth chris,and Prime Rib and I would put this filet above all of them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Autumn Salad
    DowntownJonVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We've been eating here since they opened - sometimes twice a week. The food was great as always. The menu changed for Fall a few weeks ago. I love the Cesar Salad at TR, but autumn salad is one of the best salads I've ever had. I've been in 3 times for it all ready. I'll be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The food was delicious. I loved the Sammon and the bread pudding. My husband enjoyed the red wine
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet corner in busy restaurant
    4merFrednecks
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    A friend recommended The Tasting Room so we gave it a try Saturday for a quiet dinner with our 2 two sons home from college for the Columbus day weekend. We made a reservation through Open Table, showed up and were seated immediately in the back corner next to the private dining room where it was quiet, as requested. We enjoyed glasses of Chenin Blanc (our favorite) with lobster chowder, cheese board and crab dip starters, all of which were excellent! The New York Strip with Au Gratin potatoes was perfect for our picky eater, Rack of Lamb was actually 2 pairs of chops was excellent, if not a full rack. My wife enjoyed the scallops very much and the veal meatballs with wide thin noodles and tomatoes was awesome. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Finest Filet Ever!
    JJMDVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The filet at the Tasting Room remains one of the most notable dishes ever. I have tried filets across the nation and still the one this place serves is the best prepared! I brought 2 friends from out of town and they left highly impressed to where all they could speak of was how delicious the Tasting Room's filet was! The food here and service are always impeccable. Ask for Justin--he's simply a delight and a lot of fun while also remaining quite professional. I've yet to ever have nothing short of perfection for a night out that includes the Tasting Room!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dining experience.
    Merry
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    From the warm greeting to the last bite we can't offer more praise. The Service was personal yet professional. My Filet Mignon was done perfectly and paired beautifully with the wine as was my husband's Duck. We wish we lived closer so we could experience being spoiled more often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasting Room still our favorite
    JoeW
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Great food and drinks in an atmosphere that is not pretentious. The Tasting Room continues to be our favorite Frederick restaurant for special occasions. The crab cakes, fish and steaks are always fine menu choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good meal
    mnkyboyVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    You get good service & good food whenever you go!!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd time in a week
    DowntownJonVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The Autumn Salad featured on the Fall Menu is outstanding. A great combination of salty & sweet with candied walnuts, fruit, blue cheese, poppy seed dressing. I hope to be back again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still Great
    DowntownJonVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We've been eating here since the doors opened. The food is consistently very good to great. Had dinner at TR the other night. The Fall menu is in: cod, salmon, pork, steaks, mushroom bisque, beef carpaccio, many more I can't remember. Hopefully going back for lunch today.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine Dining @ Tasting Room
    RussW
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I have always considered The Tasting Room Frederick City's premier fine dining establishment. Understandably, I chose this location for our 26th wedding anniversary dinner. I was not let down. Great food, well prepared, with excellent service to match. My favorite, the filet mignon, the preparation of which cannot be matched anywhere (I test this thesis frequently), has been a standard for years. In addition, they have a fine wine list to match any pallet and pair with any dish. I fully recommend The Tasting Room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Restaurant
    slyster
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had a table for two for 5:30. I'm glad we arrived a little early because some of the tables for two are right next to each other. It's not a large restaurant. We were able to secure a table for 4 next to the window and it didn't feel as crowded. I don't think I would call this a romantic spot mostly because it felt crowded (tables). The server was professional, but not overly friendly. We also thought it was business casual/smart casual and several patrons were wearing jeans (with a nice top). The Pork belly appetizer was the BEST and I would recommend it for anyone. We both ordered the filet mignon and ny strip steak. The filet was definitely better. Overall, we would return. The food was hot and outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Introduction
    QueenTeeVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    When I have friends in the area, I have learned to just take them to the Tasting Room. I have never been let down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great spot
    ArturioVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Delicious food and excellent customer service. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellence is the norm here
    Annette
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Always a lovely experience. TT makes you a hero to guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasting Room, Frederick, MD
    DinnerOutinFrederick
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Wonderful food, ambiance and service. Upscale dinner in a great downtown Frederick location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always up to Par!!
    colray
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We live in Northern Va and make a point of coming to The Tasting Room at least 3 or 4 times a year. Food is fantastic. Service is excellent, and above all spectacular wine selections!! The homemade bread pudding and homemade sorbet are on the mark as well!! Take a nice drive and pop on for lunch or dinner - it's worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • After golf
    UltracsicVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Stopped in after a round of golf. My playing wasn't hungry and only had a salad and their lobster bisque , which he loved. I had the Salmon prepared with wilted spinach. It was so good I ordered a second one to take home to the wife.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful
    NRapp
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    we had a small group of 4 to celebrate my husbands birthday. the food was outstanding, the drinks were excellent. this was our 2nd time and we will definitely come again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Party of 6
    DinnerClub
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Atmosphere- loved the windows; for a table of 6...room was very loud and couldn't even hear everyone at the table. Food - Delicious EXCEPT for $36 crab cakes...WAY TOO MANY SHELLS!! And no sides for $36?!? (flavor was great though) Service - She was nice except she seemed aggravated if our party was in mid conversation and she wanted/needed something from us. She was very "business"...not very smiley or patient. Overall though, she was good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • so disappointed
    Julie123VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had heard great things about the Tasting Room but had a less than optimal experience. The food was not exceptional and for the price, there are much better restaurants. I will say that our server was very good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We went for lunch. The calamari risotto was different and delicious. The mussels were just ok and the steak, while quite small was very tasty. I belive we ordered wrong, we will definitely be back as the menu is amazing. Our server was very sweet although it took a little while to get that second drink. Overall I would recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My review
    boogs
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    It was a great place for a first date. The place wasn't crowded and wasn't too loud. The atmosphere was good and the food was tasty, but it think that the menu could expand some.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yeknom
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Always great service and great food. Although a little on the noisy side and somewhat cramped I still enjoy going here
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wine4dine
    wine4dineVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Always enjoy the food at the TR. Great for lunch and even better for dinner. Loved the paste with lamb sausage.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty-Delight
    RJM50
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    My wife's Birthday had arrived and I was looking for a unique restaurant the she would especially like. The Tasting Room fit the bill. While $$$ on the pricey side our dinners were well proportioned and cooked to perfection. They have an extensive wine list by the glass $$$ or the bottle. I chose the bottle and the Merlot went well with our choices for the main dish. I would recommend this restaurant for anyone wishing to please someone who appreciates anm atmoshphere for finer dining.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outrageously Good
    wilson5065
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Finally got to go to The Tasting Room for dinner. My wife and I were blown away. Service, food, wine, beer and drink options, beautiful decor. There is nothing but great, all the way around. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasting room
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Just a fabulous place ,urban chic,small and close tables but with being caught up with the great food who cares.my wife had the salmon which she said was the best ever.i had the filet was was cooked to order Pittsburgh style and they hit it on the mark. My only negative would be the small sized drinks but I'm really nit picking here.excellent service,caring and attentive but not seen only when needed .we are not from the area but when we visit again we definitely will have reservations at the tasting room
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lousy service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food was incredibly delicious , the wine we selected was great, but the overall atmosphere was lacking. The server had an attitude of arrogance and totally uninterested in " taking care of us". My husband left a tip that was far too generous. Already sent a note by email to the restraurant.
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  • TR II
    csvj
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The Tasting Room surrounds you with a very comfortable setting and matches it with excellent service, a nicely proportioned and presented menu, complemented with an exceptional wine list and specialty beverages. The nicely paced delivery of courses allows you to enjoy your meal while taking-in the activity of downtown Frederick just outside the wrap-around windows. The Tasting Room truly delivers on a very enjoyable luncheon experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best on town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We have tried a number of places in Frederick and this is our favorite
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Innovative
    Tcbird
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Moroccan spiced rack of Lamb was the real hit of the night. Delicious. . Great cappuccino and dessert
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Revisit Disappoints
    winesnobnot
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My wife and I had been here many times in the past but hadn't in a while. We always discovered a new wine and were looking forward to that again for our anniversary dinner. We tried a number of wines but couldn't find a good fit much to the chagrin of our waiter who couldn't understand why we didn't like each of his suggestions. His air of superiority put a damper on the wine experience that was only saved by the rest meal. The filet mignon and the crab cakes, along with the lobster chowder were outstanding. There are many other restaurants in Frederick that also have great food but a better wine selection with waiters without attitude; so we'll not be going back.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Cut Above
    tweety08VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I had the filet mignon with mushrooms and it was cooked to perfection! The wine selection was notable and I enjoyed the Malbec. Cody was attentive and efficient. The entire experience was a cut above other restaurants in Frederick and worthy of a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice!
    PankoVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    First visit to The Tasting Room, and I was very pleased. I don't normally go "fine dining" midweek, unless I'm traveling. My mother treated for my birthday, however, so that's always an exception. It's an eclectic menu, and there are plenty of dishes I would consider trying on a return weekend visit. The place was quite lively throughout the evening. Service was personable and attentive without being intrusive. The food was prepared well. The house salads were excellent. For our entrees Mom got the cioppino, and really enjoyed it. It looked good, with just the right balance between the base and the seafood. I had the crab cakes with fennel-apple slaw. Not the best by any stretch, but good. I'll return on a Saturday with my wife and friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad we experienced the TR
    suburbanfoodie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We play golf at MusketRidge and look forward to trying the restaurants in historic Frederick. We realized we hadn't tried the TR and decided to venture out. It was well worth the price! A bit noisy but not overbearing….. Recommend to others for a splurge!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GallopingGrams
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great place to meet up with long time friends for good food and service . Often bring out of town and international guests to the Tasting Room.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Celebration
    RLMcMakin
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We visited for the first time celebrating a birthday! All of our meals were outstanding !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.