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Pienza - Gaylord National Harbor

376 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Top Tags:
  • Great for Brunch
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Casual
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Daily: 6:30am - 10:30am; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
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Phone number
(301) 965-5200
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Will Moore
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Cross street
Fleet Street
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Parking details
Self parking - Complimentary Parking voucher offered for the first three hours. Valet parking is available at $10.00 for the first three hours with validation.
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Public transit
Alexandria Water Taxi
Beer, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access
What 376 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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3.7  based on recent ratings
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56% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipEatMeat (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined 3 days ago

We went for the breakfast buffet - the service was very good - food was good - but very high priced.

OpenTable Diner 
2.0  Dined 7 days ago

Our reservation was made for 11:00am but the restaurant was closed at that time so we had to wait 30 minutes. The buffet is very limited, so this isn't worth the price.

Oaktown (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We would often go for the Sunday Brunch Buffet which had a variety of good food choices. However, sadly to say, things have changed. The food selection, meats, fruit, dessert, sides, etc are minimal for this price point. If you go it would not be because they have a great buffet. Is it because of the competition with MGM?

Joeyb (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

My server was very flexible… My toddler decided he wanted a bite of my waffle and she said she would not charge me for it… I knew he would only eat a bite and nothing else. The waffles are delicious and I am not a waffle person… The bacon was great as well ...everything was delicious.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

I was disappointed this year. My family goes on Christmas Day and this year there was less food and the price increased. Probably won’t do it again next year

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

We came here to have Pienza’s Xmas buffet brunch on Dec 25, 2017. $65/pp - Not incl. any alc beverages.
First, the forgot to check in my reservation with Open Table, so now I need to request my dining points and deal with it. When we arrived, - an older man highlighted my name in his paper reservation list with a yellow highlighter, while the younger hostess at the computer did not check me in in the system. I think this caused the issue.
Second, quality of food at this buffet brunch was just ok. Some items were actually well prepared, like their turkey and ham, and grilled vegetables. But other items were not good: raviolis were overcooked, roasted beaf was quite tough to chew, shrimp - also very overcooked. And their crab legs - one of the most advertised menu item... they ran out of those half way through their service at around 2pm, and we never got to try them!
And this is the biggest issue for me: we paid $65/pp for the buffet brunch, and I realize t is not that much as these brunches are normally over $100 at fancier places. But not serving what people paid for is not good service! What if I came to this buffet brunch exactly for these crab legs? I did not, but not having something I paid for bothered me! And I think it bothered other guests as well, as I saw two ladies two tables away asked the manager about it as well...
Overall, I can tell that the quality of the food was - mass production buffet food.
I hope this place serves better individually plated food on regular days, but I would NOT recommend it for the Xmas buffet brunch! Definitely not coming back here next year (even if they provide its guests with enough crab legs)!

JeffreyD (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Great restaurant. The Christmas buffet was delicious, lots of choices from breakfast to dinner. Food was always fresh, and constantly refilled.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

We chose this restaurant for our family Christmas lunch. The ambience was festive as the entire hotel was well decorated. The buffet menu was average. It had variety but to pay $65 per person was truly pricey. As drinks were served, I would say the servers were pretty good. However, I would have second thoughts about coming back to this place.

vipSunshine1 (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Had reservations for Thanksgiving Dinner-the food was fantastic!
Scheduled another reservation for Christmas Day dinner - my husband’s birthday. I am outrage and angry paying $137.80 for two people when the food was “COLD”. The desserts were horrible and “DRY” as hell. The selections were terrible whoever prepared the menu need to be “FIRED”. I am so disappointed and I want a partial refund or credit voucher. Other people walking thru the buffet line or sitting near us at their tables were complaining how terrible the food tasted and was prepared. Food was nasty. The only best items were chicken tenders, macaroni and cheese, omelet station, the salad and seafood bar. I didn’t want complain during the Christmas holiday. My husband did not have seconds due to the coldness and tasteless food. If you take a look at the rating of the food, it’s a 3. This is absolutely sad. Will be waiting for a response!

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

We went to Pienza for their special Thanksgiving buffet and enjoyed it immensely! So for Christmas we decided to go for their Christmas buffet, WHAT A DIFFERENCE! When we arrived there was barely anyone sitting. They took us to the very back tables next to the massive window and right next to the doors leading outside to the cold and wind, as well as a speaker. We each went for food and when we sat down music had started and we could barely hear each other at the small square table. We had to eat fast because it was so cold that the food was cooling off quickly. Two of us shared crab legs with a bowl of butter. The crab legs were terrible. They were cold and the butter was less than like warm. So as we added the crab to the butter, the crab and the cold vent directly blowing air down upon us, made the butter so cold it started to congeal as though it was put back in the fridge with leftovers. We could not finish the crab as it was simply disgusting at this point. We all agreed it would have been better to get HOT crab legs from the local store for the price of one of our meals at Pienza. To add insult to injury, the remaining food was terrible as well. There were only 3 options for vegetables (Brussels sprouts that were over cooked, root vegetables, and something so lame it’s not memorable). The turkey was disgusting, a layer of fat was left on several of our group’s pieces. The turkey at Thanksgiving was amazing! The desserts were meh at best. One type of cookie, barely enough serving tongs, and only one dessert worth it (the gingerbread mouse shooter). The raspberry shot ran out early and was never replaced. Next was the awful service. Not only were we places in the crappiest spot possible, our waitress barely came by and when we asked for hot tea, we got two packets of the same tea. Not like last time where we were given a small assortment. When a manager asked us how the meal was we complained about our seats but were just told Merry Christmas. Wtf Pienza?!