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The Tavern at River Falls
The Tavern at River Falls

The Tavern at River Falls Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thetavernatriverfalls.com/
  • Phone: (301) 299-0481
  • 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: Contemporary American, Seafood, Wine Bar
  • 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
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "they need to work on the noise level in the main dinning"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Worth the trouble finding a spot at lunchtime! Great food and reasonable prices. Go now!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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!)."
    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."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Nice location, easy to park, outside eating nice. Found food pretty mediocre. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Food was excellent as always. Service was spotty at best."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Casual restaurant to great and meet. Love to be able to support our local venues!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Excellent service Tasty food reservation ready when we got there Nice atmosphere - way to go!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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)."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Great weekday evening dining experience. Wonderful dining experience"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Everyone was impressed - talked about coming back once a month, second Tuesday, as a tradition, because it was so fun (except two bottles of Vouvray would not be a god idea on a Tuesday!)"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "This was my first visit. The ambience was just what we wanted. Relatively quiet and a very attractive room. The restaurant is a collaboration with a fish market. We all had seafood and it was perfectly prepared and quite tasty. We will be back."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "what a terrific place except for the noise level. The food was absolutely wonderful and every dish was tasty and very well-prepared. we live 1 1/2 miles from the restaurant and we are so glad they are in our neighborhood"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The service was the worst I've seen in a very long time. We waited 30 minutes to order drinks. We waited another 45 minutes to order dinners. The waitress totally disappeared when we asked for the bill. I will not go back. My time is worth more than that!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I have been here several times before, but this will likely be the last. There was no entree for less than 25 dollars, and dinner for 2 adults and 2 children ordering off the kids menu came to $154 before tip. My wife had a seared tuna, with interesting seaweed. My shrimp and grits was overwhelmed by a smoky sauce - could not taste the shrimp. A tasteless Tavern Burger and chicken fingers (heated up from the market) completes the main courses. None of the food was special, and half was sub-par. The crab dip appetizer and tapenade was good. But the toffee dessert (only one, the cost!) was too sweet. Next time we go the few miles to Bethesda, where for less than this price we could have spectacular food (Mussel Bar, Mon Ami Gabi...)."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "The ambiance and service is great at this tucked-away Potomac restaurant. Reminiscent of a place you might happen into in Malibu; however, unlike CA, the food is heavy, over-salted and under-whelming. What appeared to be a signature, the crab dip, was piping hot, yet lacked consistency to place onto the spongy, dense, tasteless beer bread. The Shrimp & Grits were "MD Style" drowning in a mixture that resembled she-crab soup. Billed as "spicy," it was hot to the tongue but lacked depth. In contrast, the Tavern salad was under-dressed-oil and lemons all that covered the tasteless greens. After the heavy, unsatisfying food, we had no room for dessert. Most opted-in. Perhaps we'll come back just for an end-cap at this sweet, neighborhood spot."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The quality of the food here was good, and it was a pleasant atmosphere, but the prices were far out of proportion with the quality. A similar check amount could get you a 3 course meal with wine at pretty much any of the highest quality restaurants in the DC metro area, and this restaurant is just not at that level. My sense is that they are taking advantage of the absence of higher quality restaurants in the Maryland suburbs and banking on people being willing to pay a large premium in return for not having to travel too far. To be clear - we both enjoyed our food. It was just marked up about 20% above what it would have cost if it were in downtown Bethesda or in DC."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "From the moment we entered the restaurant till we left, it was fabulous. We weren't rushed . The drinks were great and my scallops cooked perfectly. Great neighborhood gem."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "A great little spot tucked away in the strip mall. Food was very tasty, service was a little slow."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "The regular menu is traditional, fresh and very well prepared - but the specials are often amazing. Perfectly done sautéed Halibut, incredible tempura fennel in squid ink, beautiful petite carrots and potatoe ovals on a bed of red curry sauce anyone? Find that somewhere else in DC in such a relaxed and comfortable setting. Kick back and enjoy this little gem."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "This is a place that has great food and is local!! Easy to get to and they take reservations!! Will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Business lunch for two on Friday 24 January 2014. Great food, served quickly...we had the crab cake sandwich and the fish tacos... Clean plates all around. Glad we made a reservation for 11:30 as the dining rooms were full by 12pm. Vibrantly noisy but not too loud...we could hear ourselves talk. Can't wait for spring so we can sit outside. Will be a great spot to return to after work. Cheers, LcH"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The food is always excellent, with a wide variety of choices. Not the typical up-scale pub/restaurant menu - there is always something unusual, plus the crabcakes are to die for."
    Dined on 1/5/2014