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Half Note Lounge

249 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Good for Groups (235)
  • Hot Spot (198)
  • Great for Brunch (195)

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Half Note Lounge is found in Bowie, Maryland, and boasts a great menu and live entertainment. You can listen to jazz and R&B while you try the specialty dishes and have a drink with your friends. There is a karaoke night each Tuesday, and Sunday brings about a full brunch that anyone can enjoy.

Half Note Lounge offers VIP dining and bottle service for celebrations and events. The late-night menu has lots of favorite items, such as chicken sliders and Buffalo wings in various sauces. There are also Southern soul dishes at Half Note Lounge, allowing you to try shrimp and grits or crusted salmon.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Monday; CLOSED
Tuesday: 4:00pm - 12:00am;
Wednesday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm;
Thursday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
Sunday Brunch: 11:00pm - 4:00pm;
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Phone number
(301) 809-6683
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Cross street
MD Rt. 450
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Parking details
Free, lighted parking available for all customers!
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Tuesday - Karaoke Night
Wednesday - Dancing to R&B Oldies
Thursday, Friday & Saturday: Local R&B, Jazz concerts. Check website for dates and times -
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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3.9  based on all time ratings
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipIntelqubed (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 9, 2016

Went here for a birthday get together. There was a band playing and they were pretty good. Got a few appetizers. The wings were really good. I would go back again.

David (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on March 6, 2016

The tables were too crowded together for Sunday Brunch, especially since it was a buffet brunch. To get up to get your food was very awkward, bumping into eating guests. Either reduce the number of tables or get a bigger room.

RickyN (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2016

Great neighborhood gem. Brunch choices cooked well, plentiful and delicious.

Marlene (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 17, 2015

My husband and I was celebrating our 20th Wedding Anniversary. We were greeted at the door and allowed to choose our seat at the open table. The waitress was very attentive to our needs and the food arrived in a timely manner. The food was very good. I enjoyed the barbecue ribs, mash potatoes and broccoli dinner. We had a great time listening to the music and entertainment. It was Karaoke night and we enjoyed it very much. We definitely will return in the future.

WhoMi (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 5, 2015

Took my hubby to the Half Note on a Wednesday evening to celebrate his birthday. Dinner was delicious; we started with the teriyaki chicken wings, he had the (colossal) fried shrimp, i had the crab cakes (w/ mac-n-cheese & collard greens). We also shared an order of corn bread. All of our food was hot and well seasoned.

The DJ was spinning until Be'la Dona Band too the stage @ 8 PM and rocked the house! They took old &neo sould and made nice mid-tempo danceable tunes out of em. We has a ball!

2 bottles of wine, 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, desert and great music for less than $120!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on September 6, 2015

The food was good and the service was continuous the only problem was that they could not find our reservation on Open Table

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on August 20, 2015

For our first time going it was frustrating to be seated and not greeted again till about 10mins later. We we're somewhat lost as to what to expect and when someone finally came she was rude and they ended up switching her. It took for ever for the food to arrive and it was basically empty at the time we were there. It seems like a nice place but could be more customer oriented.

Prose20770 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 19, 2015

This is a nice local place to hear good jazz. The service was great. The food was delicious; my husband is still raving about the fried chicken five days later. Lol. He wants to go back just for the chicken alone. It was our anniversary and from the door, the hostess, our server and even the band recognized our special day. They even dedicated a song to us. They went out of their way to make it a memorable night. We will go back!

Foodie101 (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on August 16, 2015

Food was okay. Service should be better. Had to ask several times for the check that never came.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 2, 2015

The experience was enlightening with great atmosphere along with old classic songs to sing along to for a nice Sunday afternoon, food was surprisingly good , macaroni and cheese, collard greens and fish ; as well as the delicous crab legs. to top it off with some desert; assortment of cakes, from carrot to banana; as well as some good fresh fruit.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 26, 2015


OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on July 22, 2015

Jazz on Wednesdays is a really nice touch. Food was good. However my dinner companion's meal came out 20 minutes later than mine. Not good!

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 19, 2015

First time attending the lounge for brunch; very nice.

Melj (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on June 28, 2015

Good Food choices - Nice vibe. My kids enjoy the Sunday brunch!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on June 14, 2015

Great food, wide selection included crab legs, fried chicken, shrimp, jambalaya, mac and cheese, cheese grits and much, much more. Oh and did I mention the complimentary mimosa that's included when you arrive at your table? I only wish it were a little less cramped. It makes it difficult for the servers and people to go to the buffet to be served. I've partied there many nights for their live band, but have NEVER eaten a full meal there. I will definitely be back and have recommended it do friends as well.

MThompson (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on March 25, 2015

Wanted a nice, quiet place to have dinner and some good music. Got there around 6:00 on Jazz Wednesday. Had dinner and some great conversation. Was a little disappointed with the food. It wasn't bad, just nothing special. When live music started it got a little noisy but not to the point where it was unbearable. Overall experience was positive and I would definitely go back again.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on March 8, 2015

Good music good service good food

OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2015

I always enjoy brunch and Half Note. I've been to Happy Hour once.. and it was nice as well. The waitress was very friendly- but did disappear a few times on us.. but no biggie. She more than made up for that with her warm hospitality. The Omelet and Waffle guys were great- very pleasant. If Half Note insists that their staff portion out the buffet food ( which I hate), then the staff should try to smile more. Nonetheless- the food was great and the portions were plentiful.. and the staff was more than willing to offer and extra serving. Nice job! I would rate this place a 9.5 ... only because the customer service is 99%.. ( I was really impressed how the hostess offered me a mimosa upon showing me to my seat- but when my cousin arrived- she didn't get the same service. I'm certain it was an oversight- but love is in the details and this place certainly has what it takes.

mdgal (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 10, 2014

Dined on a Wednesday evening during jazz night. The place was not crowded this particular night. The jazz group was very good. I ordered a salad with salmon which was quite good and reasonably priced. Good place if you like to dine and enjoy live music.

MrsCF (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on November 23, 2014

Nice decor & the food was great There wasn't a live band which was the reason I attended brunch there so that was very disappointing & the music that was playing was quite low. So if you just want good food, I would recommend.