About Pienza - Gaylord National Harbor

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.

201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD 20745
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Daily: 6:30am - 10:30am; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

Cross Street:
Fleet Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(301) 965-5200

Website:
http://www.gaylordhotels.com/gaylord-national/dini

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.

Public Transit:
Alexandria Water Taxi

Executive Chef:
Will Moore

Additional:
Beer, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

Pienza - Gaylord National Harbor Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
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3.8

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4.1

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4.0

value

3.3

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Moderate

76% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 hours ago

We arrived at 1 pm for a 1:30 pm reservation
Food on the buffet tables looked picked over
They had not yet replenished the four trays on the hot bar or cold tables.
It looked liked “slim pickings”.

We had come here before several years ago with our family. We were expecting a pasta bar and a pizza bar like last time. Our younger children love pizza and pasta.

We were told by the Chef that they no longer served pizza & pasta on the hot buffet prep.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined a day ago

Average tasting buffet food
Some hot food items were cold
High carbs
We did not feel it was worth the value $25 for food
Beverages extra.

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·Dined a day ago

The breakfast buffet was awesome....so many options to choose from

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined a day ago

Slow service

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·Dined 6 days ago

Located in the atrium of the Gaylord National hotel, this is an excellent spot for buffet brunch. The custom omelet was light and fluffy, the fruit was fresh and varied. The waffles were tender and tasty. The bacon was crispy, but a little greasy. The French toast was made with thin-sliced white bread and consequently didn't' hold up well. I didn't try the oatmeal, but it had a variety of potential add-ins. The grits were a little soupy for my taste. The service, though, was excellent.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Casual, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 6 days ago

Very relaxing with excellent service

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

TIP: If you make an Open Table reservation here, you DON"T have to wait in line - just walk to the front and tell them - you will be seated ASAP. This saved us 30-45 mins as the line was long.

Food variety - they had just about anything you would want for breakfast, the omelette line moved quickly and the quality of food was great.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

We had reservations and stood in a line with a lot of people because no one told us that you can skip line if you have reservations. The server forgot our kids drinks and had to ask several times for it. My son is picky and wanted scrambled eggs. In the hour we were there they never replenished the eggs. The food was cold and overall it was expensive and we didn’t really eat anything

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

We had what we thought was going to be lunch (1:15pm reservation). It turned out to be a breakfast and lunch buffet. Sounded good at the time. Overall the food was OK. It was more a mix of leftover breakfast buffet and a real skimpy lunch buffet. It did the job, but for $25/pp, I’d first walk a cross the street to the wide variety of local restaurants. Definitely convenient, but definitely not worth it. The plus was that our server (Jeanie) was AMAZING. Super friendly, and on top of keeping my drinks topped off and the table clear.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgivings Dinner

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Wonderful Thanksgiving meal with family.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving buffet - very poor. Choices were very limited, price very expensive for what we got. I would not go here again.
My husband went to get turkey and there was only dark meat at the carving station so he passed. Five minutes later I went to the carving station, still only dark meat! I asked for white meat and I was told, "I only have dark meat" So I asked, can you get white meat? "I can ask" so I said, "would you please". Had to wait a few more minutes. Ridiculous, given the price we paid, and the fact that it was only 12:00, not the end of the buffet..

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We’ve had our Thanksgiving meal at Pienza for the past 5-6 years. Every year has been absolutely delicious until this year. This year the food was very bad; the collard greens were too salty, the butternut squash soup was super sweet, the cornbread stuffing was tasteless, the gravy had an interesting flavor, the macaroni and cheese was cold, and desserts were unremarkable. We enjoyed salad and seafood bars. The food overall was very poor for our $515 bill for six. Sadly, our Pienza Thanksgiving tradition has come to an end.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The only reason to eat here is that you are staying in the hotel and need to eat breakfast somewhere and don't want to walk down the block. The food is adequate but nothing special and the service is good and attentive but it cost $25 a person for eggs and waffles basically.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great food, clean place and wonderful service! Would recommend this place for their breakfast buffet, Thanksgiving Holiday meal and character dining.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Pienza provides standard breakfast fare in a pleasant setting. Service is friendly.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I visited Pienza for the first time for a Mother's Day brunch, which set the precedent. I didn't realize that was a special menu... this time around, the selection wasn't nearly as expansive. There were no cheeses (as advertised) and the menu was far more limited. The buffet wasn't worth the price of $25/person.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Very pleasant service. Insanely overpriced. Wouldn't survive at this price point except for the captive audience.

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·Dined on October 9, 2017

The buffet was way over priced for the food I received.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Great venue. Service was top notch. Food was great and many options available.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Overall the Sunday breakfast buffet was quite good. It did not have the "wow" factor you get at similar venues overseas but we had no complaints about the food or the service. Would happily go back....

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 4, 2017

We enjoy eating at the restaurant. The breakfast is always great. The food is fresh. The buffet is always fully stocked. We can sit and talk without feeling rushed. It is a great atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Cozy, Fun
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Early breakfast on Sunday. Basic brunch but after 1130 huge brunch opens. Super friendly wait staff a d chefs. Egg scrambled were not dry. Plenty of options and fruit, bread stations as well as omelet station. A Bit pricey but common for the hotel

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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Food was good. French toast and waffles very cold..should be made to order. Omelet good but eat top much cheese..wasn't melted in the middle...gross...but overall other foods we're delish..need new omelet makers....more music or live entertainment....boring atmosphere unless you're with good company that talks. Too quiet for a beautiful day...need entertainment to go along with dining.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Excellent start to our day.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 13, 2017

This restaurant is extremely convenient, but given the short walk to numerous other places, there are better choices. And for $29 breakfast buffet, you could find something much more affordable. Options of the breakfast buffet are decent, but quality is so-so.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 13, 2017

I've eaten brunch here several times and each time I'm not disappointed.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Excellent buffet selection, very attentive table service and food service staff.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, People Watching, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The value and experience have declined drastically. This has been our family's favorite place for Mother's day brunch for many years.
This year the quality of service was low, there were not enough potted plants to cover the restaraunt's tradition of giving one to each mother, there was no live music and the food selections were fewer and less tasty.
Will most likely not return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

They charged $65 per person for buffet ...absolutely too expensive. We will not go again.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Great restaurant, just a little pricey for Mother's Day.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Brunch was very nice. This was the second year I did Mother's Day brunch here. Great touch with pianist playing music. I would have liked to have seen more fruit and vegetables offered on the buffet. Omelette, carved meat, cheese, and waffle stations are always a hit. Dessert selection was also great. It included bottomless mimosas.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

I loved it! My family and I came for Mother's Day the scenery was beautiful and the food was great!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Great venue​ for a quality meal! Great formal atmosphere, to eat outside, but still inside at Gaylord hotel. Food was superb. 👍

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 9, 2017

I met a friend here for a late breakfast. We had the continental buffet and were satisfied with our options and the quality of the food.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Quick Bite
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Food was great, however, it will be better if the crabs and shrimps were hot instead of being served as cocktails. Overall, I will return.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Cozy, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Had a wonderful brunch about a year and a half ago. The quality of the food and the choices are no where near what they were then. This was a $25.00 brunch, not a $65.00 brunch. I brought 6 people with me and was very disappointed. I paid $600 for a below average experience! So much for "you get what you pay for".

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Although it was pricey, the food was excellent, the service was good, and my family left out of there stuffed and happy!

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 (Naples)·Dined on April 16, 2017

I came here with the family for Easter. Everything was wonderful. The price was a little expensive at $63 per person but well worth it.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Nothing was hot and sausage was burnt. Pancakes, bacon, & eggs were cold. Croissant wasn't fresh. Omelette was ok.

Service was nonexistent. My check was presented when I returned to my seat from the buffet line. We had a pile of plates, and no one seemed to care.

Go somewhere else!

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