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American Tap Room - Bethesda

3.2
473 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Happy Hour
This is American Regional Cuisine at its classic, pub-inspired best. The food is fun and what we like to call “approachable”. You’ll also enjoy some twists on the classics with taste-inspired ideas like our Dirty Caesar Salad and Greek Turkey Burger. At the American Tap Room we believe in using local ingredients as much as possible and, yes, everything we serve goes well with beer.

Ranging from weekend brunch, to a casual lunch outing or an after-work gathering in our bar, each dining experience is uniquely enjoyable.

Enjoy your time with us on our outdoor patio, inside by the fireplace, or by booking an event in our private room.
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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Sunday 10AM–12:00AM
Monday 11AM–12:00AM
Tuesday 11AM–12:00AM
Wednesday 11AM–12:00AM
Thursday 11AM–12:00AM
Friday 11AM–2AM
Saturday 10AM–2AM

Brunch every Saturday, Sunday & Federal Holiday.
10AM - 3 PM
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Phone number
(301) 656-1366
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Steve Mannino
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Cross street
Elm Street
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Parking details
Parking Garages available for a fee.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, American Tap Room - Bethesda can accommodate all of your special event needs.

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What 473 People Are Saying
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3.2based on recent ratings
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food
3.2
service
3.3
ambience
2.8
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60% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Good, huge portion, of Jambalaya.
Nice pub/bar for sports watching. Friendly service.

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Food was not memorable. Portions were small. Dinner and small plates were basic/average fair.

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1.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Was not happy with brunch experience here.

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2.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Took more than an hour to get two entrees with no variations

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The service was excellent. However, the restaurant recently changed its menu. The new menu, which was not on the website, reduces the number of different choice for food. For example, the restaurant now only has one choice of burger. The change in menu made it difficult to find a non-salad healthier choice for dinner.

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1.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Poor service poor value

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1.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Aweful. Food was terrible and so was the service.

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1.0Dined on January 20, 2018

The waiter was awful, the noise level unacceptable, the time between courses horrific and the food lousy.

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2.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was sub-par at best. We ordered truffle fries and watch a table get the same thing as us, but double the amount. Also portion sizes were not worth the price and came almost cold to the table. The server took 10 minutes to get us the bill and we were sitting right be the register. The manager checked on us more than our waiter did. Will NOT be returning.

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2.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Ingredients are listed for their foods, however not all ingredients are listed. For example as an appetizer we ordered the Bourbon Street Flatbread which on the menu listed the following ingredients: Andouille Sausage, Peppers, Cajun Chicken, and Fontina Cheese. However there was no mention of onions or celery. We sent the flatbread back because of this and asked for a new flatbread without onions. 20 minutes later a second flatbread was brought out but it was a completely different flatbread. We then had to send that one back as well. Another 20 minutes later the correct flatbread without onions had been sent. Of course by this time everyone had finished their meals and were ready to pay. Although the manager was quite friendly and attentive, our waitress was not. In the end, we were still charged for the flatbread.

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3.0Dined on January 5, 2018

It was a Friday night and the place was pretty dead. The host didn't understand what OpenTable was and just tried to sit us. We skipped the empty dining area and sat at the bar instead. The bar was understaffed and had to wait with empty glasses each time. Our food was slow to come but tasted well.

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Everything was great; our server was greater than great. Food was good; drinks were excellent.
The only down-side: the chef does not easily understand "rare" and "well done," so if you care, take a little extra time with your fine server and ask him/her to make clear to the kitchen what you want.

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1.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Service was terrible and food was mediocre

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1.0Dined on October 22, 2017

We have ATR another try, even after being totally ignored last time. But two picky kids and a desire to see sports on TV limits choices, even in Bethesda. Waiter was nice but quite interested in his personal phone which he checked constantly. We sat in booth near kitchen and watched as our food got cold. And man, was it cold. I think they simply can’t find good help, but they won’t be getting any more money out of us.

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2017

Great brunch!

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2.0Dined on September 29, 2017

Nice atmosphere, but food came out wrong three different times! Made for a very disjointed meal. Manager comped my entree but ruined the experience of eating out.

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2.0Dined on September 15, 2017

My food was under cooked, not the best service. I would not recommend this place.

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1.0Dined on August 28, 2017

Food quality was extremely poor.

Aside from the overall food quality, one of our party asked for hot water and what was served was a brownish liquid that looked like it had been through a coffee filter.

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4.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Easy dinner spot with a nice opportunity to enjoy the evening at the sidewalk tables.

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2.0Dined on August 12, 2017

This restaurant once had a breakfast buffet in the weekends. This was the reason we came. However the this has become a all you can eat brunch. Where you pick from a brunch menu. It is definitely not the same experience of a nice weekend brunch.Instead you have a confused server that really tried his best but it did not work after all.
the level of the food was really poor. and this became also an expensive way to eat brunch.
So definitely not recommended. This was our last visit to this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2017

American tap room has a great location. We've attended then Reston business several times. This location was good as well. There dirty Caesar salad with Salmon was excellent.

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4.0Dined on June 4, 2017

This would have been a great Sunday get together with old friend but server
Kept interrupting because she wasn't familiar with menu. Didn't know what went with what, forgot to take our order of side dishes etc. Frustrating.

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3.0Dined on May 28, 2017

Waiter was terrible. Bartender and other wait staff had to do his job for him because he was AWOL for most of our meal. Other than that, the experience was pretty good. Food consists of pretty typical pub/bar fare.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Mother's Day brunch was excellent. Good food, large portions, attentive and friendly service. Just what we hoped for!

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Food was sub par at best. Waiter was pleasant but admitted he was exhausted. Was glad to leave.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2017

We celebrated my son's birthday with family. Everyone was pleased with their food: my grandson's steak was very good, my son and daughter in law were happy with their planked salmon, and I enjoyed the skillet jambalaya. Our appetizers and mojitos were also very good, and we shared two desserts among the 4 of us--one of them on the house because it was for a birthday celebration. Service was very pleasant and good. The ambiance is not fancy, but pleasant and not too loud.

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3.0Dined on April 23, 2017

Ordered shrimp and grits which had good flavor although the grits were a little underdone. The server was very friendly and prompt. Reasonable prices and a reasonable place to meet a friend for lunch/brunch.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2017

Our server was wonderful. My one complaint is the wine list. It is pretty low grade and all the whites are very light, even theChardonnay. I would expect more.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2017

very average food, good option for families with no reservation on saturday night

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2017

I enjoyed the food and the drinks were great . My first time eating at the tap room but I will be back

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2017

What happened to the grilled ceasar salad? That was my favorite! Yikes it's gone.

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3.0Dined on February 4, 2017

Not many vegetarian options or healthy options available.

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1.0Dined on January 21, 2017

Meal took forever to arrive. One meal came out and after 5 minutes manager came and took it away after it had been put on the table "incorrectly" (despite being the correct thing). When asked if they were going to give it to someone else (in violation of several health codes), he claimed that they were going to take it away and throw it away (???). A few minutes later, two other meals came out, the manager returned the same plate of food he had just taken. Then a few minutes after that the last meal finally came out. Later in the meal, the bartender brought a beer that had been ordered, followed a few minutes later by the waitress with an accidental duplicate. After leaving it on the table for about twenty minutes, she came back and tried to take it back to the bar. (Again- why? If to reserve- health code violation, if to trash, why??)

Service was slow, perplexingly bad, and the manager was terrible and combative when challenged on mind-blowingly ridiculous behavior. The food was ok, though largely cold as though it had been sitting out for quite sometime, despite coming or in dribs and drabs after a ton of time.

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4.0Dined on January 16, 2017

We went for lunch on a Monday afternoon, felt like we had the place to ourselves. Really enjoyed the food, service and ambiance. We both had burgers and fries, and a beer. Nothing special - just simple well-crafted meals. We will return for dinner.

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3.0Dined on January 15, 2017

I love this place for brunch! It's right in downtown Bethesda, so it has a great location. They recently changed their menu, but it's just as delicious as before. Also a great spot to watch the game at the bar!

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2017

We made reservations for our party of 6 to celebrate an engagement. I can imagine on weekends and during major sporting events, it could get very loud. But we had a more intimate experience with less noise and sat at a booth that was perfect for our group. We were there for about 3 hours, brought our own dessert, and the service throughout was excellent. I would highly recommend American Tap Bar for a great hangout spot to meet up with friends - great ambiance, amazing food, fantastic service.

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Experience and service was nice. But the drinks were watered down and my medium rare steak tasted like iron and burnt on the corners. Salad was really salty.

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3.0Dined on December 23, 2016

Food was pretty good, however the service was awful. The restaurant wasn't very busy however it seemed as though the waiter forgot about us. Took an hour just for us to put in our order, but once our food order was placed the food came out within 15 min. Would recommend but make sure you're patient and have time on your hands.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2016

Great food! Great service! Definitely going back!

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3.0Dined on December 17, 2016

We've been going to the American Tap Room for many years. Between our last visit and this past Saturday night, they redid the decor. Gone are the fabulous comfy wing chairs that helped to make dining there so much fun, as well as the cool LED-lit menus and the attractive wall decorations. It now looks like a not-very-interesting chain restaurant. The service was outstanding, but the food was just okay. Tap tap shrimp appetizer was great, as usual, and my husband said the shrimp jambalaya was excellent, but we both agreed that my rosemary chicken was cafeteria quality, and my asparagus was overcooked. Our son was happy enough with his sliders. I can't see much reason for us to return, with so many other options for better food right in Bethesda. This is really too bad, and I hope that the American Tap Room will bring the quality of its food up to the level of the quality of its service.

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