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
food

3.5

service

4.0

ambience

3.8

value

3.0

Noise

Moderate

59% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Brunch (15)
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Good for Groups (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Scenic View (6)
Special Occasion (5)
Waterfront (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Fun (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Cozy (3)
Healthy (3)
People Watching (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Romantic (3)
Seasonal (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Live Music (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
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Pre/post Theatre (1)
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 (Washington DC)·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?

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 (Baltimore)·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.

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·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

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Live Music
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 (Washington DC)·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)!

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 (Baltimore)·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.

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·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.

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 (Washington DC)·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!

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 (Washington DC)·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?!

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had come to the Pienza numerous times in the past for Holiday Brunch. Unfortunately, the Christmas 2017 experience was a FAIL. It seemed they knew it would be sold out and cared less of the quality and quantity of the food. Strip Steak was overcooked, Ravioli had freezer burns on the edges, and the Crab Legs were always unavailable. Side dishes were bland and the deserts were overly sweet. The Holiday Buffet was priced at $65 per person and I can honestly say I've had better meals at Golden Corral. To add insult to injury, they were charging an additional $5 for Mimosas. I doubt we would ever return because of the poor quality of the food as well as the presentation expected of a Buffet of this caliper.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Outstanding service from beginning to end. Love our waiter

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Way too expensive for what you get - the kids price is decent but not worth the adult price. The people are extremely nice though and give you great service; however, I wouldn't eat there again for the price.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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 on December 16, 2017

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 on December 16, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Terrific start to a day with the family in a lovely hotel. Thank goodness we knew to make reservations. This allowed us to skip the long line and go straight to the hostess area to be seated immediately. Buffet was extensive and bountiful.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Slow service

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·Dined on December 11, 2017

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 on December 11, 2017

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.

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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.

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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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