Pienza - Gaylord National Harbor

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460 reviews
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Fresh is the focus of Pienza Marketplace. Drawing inspiration from the lush garden atrium in Gaylord National, Pienza Marketplace offers fresh local ingredients to create delicious made-from-scratch culinary offerings. Inspired by the Mid-Atlantic region, Pienza’s resort chefs partner with local and regional farmers and artisanal producers to select the best seasonal products to be featured in its signature dishes. With an open design, diners can watch food being prepared firsthand in the restaurant’s show kitchen. Focusing on small batch cooking, dishes are prepared and served at their peak freshness.

Whether it is a quick bite for breakfast, a business lunch or a family celebration, Pienza’s ever-changing menu offers a variety of fresh local options. The STARS (employees) at Pienza are warm and welcoming to leisure and group guests alike.
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TM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Over priced for what was offered. Not a large variety of food for $27. The ‘hot’ food was cold. There were a lot of bread choices (muffins, potatoes, mashed potatoes, waffles, biscuits, and fresh toast) to get you full quickly. The only meat available was sausage links and bacon (and sausage if you get the sausage gravy). Fried chicken was available too, in addition to a fruit bar. Again, for $27.00, there are plenty of other options in the area. Just walk a block or two outside of the hotel. Enjoy the city. To offer at least one nice note, the employees were nice.

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k
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing everything from food service the food the quality and the environment perfect in every way

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BH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

I was there during breakfast buffet on Father's Day - this is where my husband requested to go. Link sausage was raw in the middle, scrambled eggs were runny and not fully cooked, biscuits for sausage gravy were so hard and tasteless that they could have been used as hockey pucks. Service was not good.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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RW
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

It wasn’t worth the price of $65pp food was just ok and they should have bottomless mimosas. Was expecting more overall from The Gaylord

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m
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

The experience was nice and the food was great until my daughter and I became sick that evening. We both had runny stools and upset stomach's the following day as well.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Good. But very expensive and crowded.

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NJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Mother's Day Brunch a bit crowded, but enjoyable!

At relatively the last minute, we were able to get a 12:30 reservation for 3 on Mother's Day (perhaps because the $65 cost was a bit higher than other venues). Having attended conferences at the Gaylord National Convention Center before, I knew where to park, and where to find the restaurant. We waited in line for about 10 minutes, but were promptly seated. The lines weren't long for food (except for the omelet station), and there was a good variety of food including crab claws, king crab legs, poached salmon, 4 types of smoked salmon, roast beef and roast turkey carving stations, and comfort food suitable even for small children (e.g. mac & cheese, scrambled eggs, etc.). The dessert selection was quite extensive and included a variety of cakes, macaroons, petits fours, chocolate fondue, etc. (so save room for dessert!). The food was all above average to excellent. After brunch, many people just walked around the hotel common areas, or sat and talked in various conversation areas. A most enjoyable Mother's Day!

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RA
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for the Mother's day brunch and were not disappointed. The food was very well prepared an delicious. Look forward to coming back for a regular meal.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The buffet used to include seafood- shrimp, crab claws... but not any more. I am extremely disappointed that I spent $90+ on a basic buffet and 2 mimosas (including tip)! I probably won’t dine there again.

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OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I hadn’t been to Pienza in a number of years. The servers were as good as I recalled - very attentive but not overbearing. I found the good choices were good - nicely done, but more limited than I recalled from earlier visits. The fresh fruit was particularly good. I did find the prices to be a tad high for what was offered - $21 for a “continental breakfast” seemed on the pricey side. This is a place that is ideal for folks with really big appetites!

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TM
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was excellent! The Easter buffet was set up very nice. Some of the food was really delicious. Some was mediocre. A little over priced, but overall very good.

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MC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

savory choice in buffet choices, lots of space to meander, bright and airy atrium, service was good given it was Easter. Will def go back

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S
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 2

We made reservations here for Easter Brunch and were told that the Easter Bunny would be making an appearance for our 5 year old twin boys. The Easter Bunny never showed up during our 2 hrs there, and paying $65 per adult and $29 for each 5 year old for a subpar buffet was a complete letdown. We will not be returning to Pienza and I feel like we were completely misled by the restaurant when we made this reservation.

The food was a major letdown. For almost $200, for 2 adults and 2 kids, I would have expected a much higher quality of food, service, and atmosphere. Our kids were super let down.

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PF
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

For a hotel restaurant and a buffet, the food was excellent! Our waitress was so kind, so service oriented, so courteous and quite seasoned.

Food quality, preparation, presentation and taste was quite good!

Exceeded expectations!

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KA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

the hot buffet was good - really enjoyed the frittata with fresh spinach. Waitress allowed us to linger to talk. The overall price of the buffet is a bit high and there are not other items on the menu to choose from.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Everything tasted like salmon, even the sausage I had like it was all cooked in the same grease.

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KA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the made to order omlet station and fresh fruit - everything was very fresh

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good service was excellent

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NS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Way overpriced for the choices that are available. I am a vegetarian and did not get enough choices on the buffet. The buffet arrangement for confusing and I was not sure what all was included in the price (drinks, coffee, omelette etc).

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a
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Overpriced...I tipped our server well before we finished breakfast and then I never saw her again...I wouldn't go back...

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JD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Good breakfast. Will eat there again. Wish it was not so pricey.

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AK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were excellent. We went for Christmas Dinner so it was nice to have an option instead of cooking. They had interesting and delicious holiday food.

It was extremely over-priced, though. $65.00 per person. It was all you can eat but we definitely were unable to eat $65.00 of food each. But parking was free and it's one of the few places open on Christmas Day.

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LJ
Memphis
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good. However, I wish someone had told me the show was happening at the same time. We could not have a conversation.

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VB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Fewer food choices than in years past for twice the cost. Spent an entire week’s pay for an average meal.

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TK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

For the price we paid I would expect a five star experience The main meal was pretty good but the desert was less than exceptable I expected to have fresh made pie not frozen And when I say frozen I mean the apple pie I hade was literally still frozen Very disappointing Again it was extrmely expensive for sub par food I will not be back

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N
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great birthday breakfast. Food was really good.

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CT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Several years ago I ate at Pienza and thought the food and service were superior. The buffet offered on Saturday night was limited in offerings and the quality of food is what one would expect from a Golden Coral. Not worth the money.

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T
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Overpriced buffet with limited options, felt more like a kids buffet and not worth the price.

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E
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The buffet had very limited choices, 2 adults, 1 child, dinner and 2 glasses of wine for $100 is steep.

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BL
New England
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The restaurant is buffet style, food was mediocre at best (desserts were good though). Service was good but noisy atmosphere

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JS
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a reservation for seven people for dinner. There was chicken, 2 pastas, pizza, salads and dessert... it was extremely limited for a buffet. The food was pretty good, but not as expected having visited this restaurant at least 6 times over the years. The servers were waiting like vultures to take our plates and bring the check. They were even standing beside the Buffett looking to see if they would have to bring more out... they just wanted to close up shop! You have to eat a lot of salad and Mac and cheese to get $200.00 plus worth. Won’t return for dinner Buffett.

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FA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Breakfast Buffet is expensive @$26/adult, but if your staying at the Gaylord it is the only place to sit for breakfast unless you walk a few blocks and I know they know that... The scrambled eggs are horrible, go to the omelet station instead, its worth the wait to get fresh eggs vs the nasty scrambled eggs in the counter. The toaster was set too low, had to put toast in the machine 3 times to get something toasted, caused a long line at the toaster.

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PK
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We visited the Gaylord to see the Charlie Brown ICE garden. I booked the Pienza without realizing it’s a buffet. The salad and side dishes were very good. The two meat choices were well-cooked, but that made them a little more difficult to chew. There were two mini- dessert choices. One was good and one was just ok. Surprised there were only 2 meats and only 2 desserts. The server was quite attentive and seated us close to the Cirque show. We were elbow to elbow with other diners. An efficient use of space, but not private. The cost was reasonable; the glasses of wine (extra charge ) were much more expensive than I would have expected, based on the menu. $12 for a basic Chardonnay.

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E
Richmond
31 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

If you are staying at the Gaylord this is a good place for brunch or lunch. The wait staff is helpful and efficient. The buffet is excellent in variety and taste. Definitely would come again.

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T
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 3

Adult meals were $29.00, food value was between $10 and $15.00. I was very surprised that the Gaylord would have such a poor option for eating. We ate dinner there, maybe brunch is better.

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m
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great time for a family gathering. Will do it again.

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PB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gaylord Resort is always spectacular during the holidays. Pienza has Good breakfast food, nice atmosphere, and great service.

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m
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Glad to see a buffet with Gluten-Free products. A little pricey for a buffet though in my opinion.

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