The Tavern at River Falls
The Tavern at River Falls

The Tavern at River Falls

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thetavernatriverfalls.com/
  • Phone: 3012990481x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Wednesday: 11:30am - 9:30pm, Thursday - Saturday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Wine Bar, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jimmy Monge
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Falls Road
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from The Tavern at River Falls
Located in the heart of Potomac Village; The Tavern at River Falls provides Modern American Cuisine utilizing the freshest ingredients in a Relaxed, Neighborhood atmosphere.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
The Tavern at River Falls reviews from OpenTable diners
62 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (40)great for lunch (27)great for outdoor dining (19)fit for foodies (17)special occasion (13)great for brunch (9)vibrant bar scene (8)romantic (6)kid-friendly (5)good for groups (5)notable wine list (2)hot spot (2)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Outstanding seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Best quality tuna sashimi appetizer I have ever had! Also had excellent mussels and hubby had wonderful crab cakes.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Lunch Spot
    GreatVarietyVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Good place to meet for business or a personal meet and greet. Good food (veg grilled cheese was great) and great location if you are local in potomac or west bethesda. Menu items little pricier than other restaurants in area, but the offerings are different than other places.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Only problem=noise and it's hot
    Marie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food great, and had great cocktail called Dirty Pearl-- cucumber vodka , lemonade; really refreshing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A GREAT Meal...!
    AlanVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We ate in one of their booths around the bar... very cosy! The food was good as were the drinks. It was just right... Their crab cakes were excellent, and their fish tacos good too! Always a delightful evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service and Management
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    disappointed in lack of Hostess, Management and Service. Rudeness and/or lack of common sense from host staff; why would you seat a 77 year old at a bar table when plenty tables were available in the main dining room, and then after insistence upon sitting in dining room seat our party next to all the large parties when several empty tables were open the entire time we dined. Not worth the price!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great crab cakes
    Murray
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The Tavern has extraordinarily good crab cakes. The tarter sauce is home made and far superior to that in other restaurants. Normally I dislike tarter sauce, but this one is loaded with veggies. It goes well with the crab cakes, although the cakes do not need anything; they are great as is. Wine selection is pretty good, though not huge. Desserts were good, but not as good as the main dishes. One issue -- the crab cakes came with frittes. I was charged few dollars to replace these with another vegetable. They made the switch cheerfully, but said there would be a charge. With many folks watching their carbs, I think switching to a veggie on the menu should not incur an added cost. In any case, we will return to The Tavern again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Find
    Luvgoodfood
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised by the interesting menu choices and delicious fish at this local restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DavidVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Limited menu. Fish was overly salty and oily (too much butter). No great find. No great bargain.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Time at Tavern at River Falls
    Williedell
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We had a party of six and everyone commented how good the food was. Very pleased with the entire expereience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining except for:
    ADMBastilleafficianado
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We have dined here several times, enjoyably, with and without guests. For this occasion, I made dinner reservations for my daughter and son-in-law in from Florida. For some reason, their service was not timely - several others who were seated after them were served more rapidly than they and one couple finished and departed. This delay was abit annoying and had them cooling their heels for an extended time. I will assume either their server had not put in their order in a timely fashion or the kitchen had run out of Cadillac Crabcakes (highly unlikely). Anyway, let's assume this was the one time exception to the Tavern's otherwise stellar service and food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • improved
    PopcornVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The menu selections and prices are improved! Staff is friendly, not the most amazing service but they get the job done.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I had eaten here before and found it very good. This time, items were cold and the lamb was tastless
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  • Awful service
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Been here several times and never had a problem. This time the waiter was absolutely awful: brought us one menu for four people, didn't come back to the table for 40 minutes to take our order, brought 3 of the 4 dishes and made one of us wait another 10 min before he brought the other meal. When we made comments about these issues as they were happening he was not at all apologetic. In fact he didn't seem to care in the least. He bordered on rude and put out. Our food was fine but it was an awful dining experience dealing with his ineptitude and lack of interest.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good "go-to" date night dinner
    FoodieMomVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We eat at The Tavern every few months, in part because it rarely disappoints, and because we don't have to drive to Bethesda or downtown. This time, however, they were out of my favorite wine :( and took the sea bass off the menu :( :( But, the tuna tartare appetizer was amazing as was the Maryland crab soup. I tried the Cobia fish, which was a little dry (especially compared to sea bass), but still tasty. Our friends loved the fish tacos! The waitstaff is always professional and courteous - they know when to come check in and when you leave you to talk. I always have a great evening at The Tavern and will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • noise
    dinningVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    they need to work on the noise level in the main dinning
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh Seafood-Reasonable Prices
    DaltoVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Worth the trouble finding a spot at lunchtime! Great food and reasonable prices. Go now!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tavern never disappoints
    surfergirlVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Nice booth; fish tacos are always a hit! Could live without yucca fries. Tavern salad with chicken very satisfying. Not sure why fries are atop a salad.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another fun dinner
    Mcxfour
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Of all the exotic sophisticated dining options in this area, I elected to celebrate my birthday here for the convenience, location and relaxed atmosphere. As anticipated, we had a blast, focused on the conversation and laughs!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service and Food topnotch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Fresh food, perfectly cooked and nicely presented. Flawless service across the board. Server was never pushy, we ordered our drinks and appetizers and she timed her request for the entrée order perfectly. Nice summer cocktail selection. Tasty desserts and special mention to a well-executed espresso (not a commonplace in all restaurants, sadly!).
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  • Great lunch
    lizpete
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We all chose the same item- tuna- and were equally thrilled. The service is lovely and the restaurant quiet so it was a perfect meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 95 reviews are from the The Tavern at River Falls reviews archive.
  • Great neighborhood dining
    Romantic
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This was our first time after several friends recommended this restaurant. The grouper special was outstanding as was the steak and frites and pecan pie. A very modern decor with back lit wall pictures and kaleidoscope changing motifs. I like that it is in our neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Location/ambiance, good. Food - eh.
    Reviewer
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Nice location, easy to park, outside eating nice. Found food pretty mediocre.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ocgirl
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Food was excellent as always. Service was spotty at best.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Well-hidden place for casual lunch
    Kevin
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We've got to this place for Sunday lunch only because our first choice - Old Angler's Inn was completely booked. Without OpenTable the restaurant would be hard to find because it is tucked between two wings of a strip mall in Potomac village. This may no be good for business, but good for those who already know the place. The two wings create a cosy court with outdoor dining tables under the shade of mature trees. Overall, the service was great, the food was also very good. Their wine list appear to interesting, so I presume this place could also be good for dinner. Will explore this next time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good eats!
    sueB
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Casual restaurant to great and meet. Love to be able to support our local venues!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not as good as usual
    Bethesda1VIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    I love The Tavern at River Falls for its service and generally high quality when it comes to food. I have eaten there many times for lunch and dinner and this was the first time I had a disappointing experience. Having said that, you might have loved what I found to be sort of mediocre for the price, which was the "Whale" Soft Shell Crabs. The flavor of the crabmeat was so-so and the frying was a bit heavy handed so that I felt they were overly greasy. I have never been a big fan of their cole slaw, and normally that wouldn't be as issue except for the fact that the crab needed something to really complement it. So, I won't be ordering the "Whale" crabs again, but would always order the miso Chilean Sea Bass special when available.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I had a great experience at the Tavern at Great Falls. The service was excellent from the time we walked, until we left. The waiter was very knowledgeable of the menu and helped to make some great food choices, based on his recommendations. He also noticed that I was cold and immediately turned down the air (we were sitting near a vent)! The manager came to our table a couple of times to check on us and make sure we were enjoying ourselves and the food. All of the food was excellent...we had all 3 courses! I will definitely be visiting the Tavern again!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great restaurant - very pleased
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Excellent service Tasty food reservation ready when we got there Nice atmosphere - way to go!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant
    JayCee
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Six of us had Sunday brunch/lunch and all enjoyed their meal. The Tavern Eggs Benedict was nicely prepared. The service was timely and the atmosphere relaxing. The coffee was excellent but the Mimosa had too much juice and not enough champagne. Overall a very good experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We had an excellent meal at the Tavern at River Falls. The service was great... Never felt ignored or rushed. The potstickers were tasty and the calamari was absolutely delicious. The entree prices were reasonable and the portions were just right. Substitutions were hassle-free, too. Two in our party had the fish tacos and they "licked" their plates clean. The trout was very good, but rather ordinary. Vegies were cooked to perfection with just enough snap for my palate. We were able to converse without much distraction. The ambience is very nice inside and they also have a small outdoor area which is great for dining on a nice evening.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love this place!
    IBB1
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The food it great and the menu interesting. The seating is comfortable and not too crowded. The food is so good you forget you are dining at a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I made a reservation for two.
    e4tf00dVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I made a reservation for two. We we arrived we were seated at the bar despite my request for a table to the hostess The bar area was loud and not the atmosphere I was hoping for a dining experience with my wife. The food was great. But for spending over $100 on dinner for two people, I would have hoped for a better atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food!
    KLo2
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The food at this restaurant was divine. Beautifully prepared, flavorful and nicely plated. The service was good. Initially the hostess incorrectly gave us lunch menus. We were seated by a well used door. Once those issues were solved, the server was good but not attentive. Had to specifically ask for service. We were in no hurry; just needed to ask for little things. They were brought in a timely manner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and fun place to dine
    KellieG
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We celebrated a birthday with their amazing duck chips - if you haven't tried them ... run, don't walk and get yours now! Throw in a margarita and the stresses of the day go away. The Reuben sandwich is stacked and fulfilling, and if there's any room for dessert try the blondie brownie. Love this place - will do take out if in a hurry, or sit back and relax on the patio. Staff is always friendly!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great seafood find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Casual ambiance, with superb seafood and side dishes. Cocktails were unusual and really good. Tavern duck chips sooo good, wanted to lick the plate! Everyone's entrees were simple but perfectly seasoned and prepared. Service was very friendly and professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wish I could rave
    surfergirlVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    I LOVE Rived Falls Market! Always have! I have TRIED SO HARD to love the Tavern, yet, over and over again, I cannot! The prices for lunch salad with salmon/chicken added approach $24--excessive at lunch. Typically, a woman, at lunch, if a sandwich is ordered, would choose small side salad instead of fries or onion rings. The Tavern has a $2 up charge for tiny side salad if you opt NO FRIED! Bad business in way too many ways! I am SAD cuz I LOVE RF! Not the Tavern (sigh).
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  • What a find!
    Margie
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Tavern at River Falls was delightful for a Friday evening out. They have just introduced a new menu with some interesting (without being weird) dishes and some of the prices have actually gone down for what was advertised on their webpage. The fried artichokes were served with a great remoulade sauce and the steamed dumplings came with a spicy (read fresh wasabi) dipping sauce -- yum on both counts. The star was definitely the roasted lamb with white beans. Very tasty and well seasoned. The fish and chips were perfect, the cod was very fresh and the chips were double fried. The service was great. We will certainly be returning to the Tavern at River Falls in the near future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Local Gathering Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    While the Tavern is connected to a "gourmet" take out establishment next door, the food and menu choices are not great. For a "vibrant" bar scene, there is little to order that you would have as appetizers with drinks. In addition, if you are seated in the bar area, but not at the bar, happy hour prices do not apply to you - not even if you buy the drink at the bar and sit at a table. The menu needs broader choices - and more "lite fare" in the bar.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great weekday evening dining
    Pjdiner
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Great weekday evening dining experience. Wonderful dining experience
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great change of pace in Potomac
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    I enjoyed lunch here with a friends for our mutual birthdays. We both enjoyed the tuna sandwich on brioche but there were lots of items to pick from. Service was good and not overdone. Good job to the whole staff!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet