Lock 72 Kitchen & Bar

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Located in the heart of Potomac Village; Lock 72 Kitchen & Bar provides modern American Cuisine utilizing the freshest ingredients in a relaxed, neighborhood atmosphere. A RW Restaurant Group restaurant, www.rwrestaurantgroup.com
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J
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The special tasting menu was fabulous. The service was very attentive. The noise level was a bit loud.

PF
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I am glad to see Lock 72 stepping it up and taking the fine dining experience more seriously. The food was far better than we've had in a very long time. We had stopped coming to this restaurant for a year or so until the Brian McBride chef dinner. It re-established our faith in the Robert Wiedmaier restaurants. Service was short-staffed so our waiter barely spent time at our table because he seemed to be rushing to his next table. Hire more servers on a busy Friday night!

OT
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The waiter was friendly and attentive during our order but then seemed to be focused on other tables, scattered both inside and outside the restaurant. He didnt check back after our food was delivered. Our salmon dishes were overcooked after we had asked for medium. It took assistance of other wait staff to get it rectified. The manager was helpful in getting the meals re-cooked the way we ordered them.

h
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We visited for Special event present by the chef. The 5 course meal was highlighted by wonderful scallop dish. The invitation. We received said the last dish was a cheeseCAKE but it was not it a hunk of cheese with an apricot on top. 😀. Other than that things were great we’ll come back for the regular menu sometime.

MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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MD
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think there is a new chef recently. The food was outstanding. We have been there many times and the restaurant is quite good but this past Saturday was great. We will certainly be going back.

PK
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice menu selection. Waiter was very busy but still found time to provide good service.

OT
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter and chef could not have been more accommodating to my special requests. Everything was delicious! We ate in the bar, which is very comfortable and friendly and not noisy😊

EJ
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just the right balance of everything! Excellent food, at a reasonable price, in a pleasant booth, with good wine choices (we liked the rose on this summer afternoon), and service the was there when needed but not overbearing. Kudos!

NE
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious and the service much better than I remember. The roasted zucchini and squash carpaccio is creative and beautifully presented with a taste to match. Everyone enjoyed the evening. We will definitely go back.

W
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Menu not nearly as good as it once was. Waitress did not bring any bread, and did not even ask if we wanted dessert. Accompanying side dishes were very odd. Do not plan to go back again.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There was excellent service, great food, and even better ambiance. I recommend the grilled octopus, as well as the steak frites. I will be back again soon!

DB
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Our neighborhood bar and restaurant is getting better! Love the outdoor patio this time of year!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just had a delightful meal for my boyfriend’s birthday dinner. Chef Andrew took amazing care of us, sending us a few delicious appetizers. We both agreed that the tuna tartare was the best either of us had ever tasted. All the starters were beautifully presented, with complex and intriguing flavors. For the entree, I had the short rib, and he the skirt steak frites, though he subbed Brussels for the fries. Even the Brussels blew us away with the inclusion of preserved lemon bits. Nice wine selection, we chose a bottle of the Hartford Zinfandel, my favorite varietal, and it was a fantastic accompaniment. Chef Andrew recommended his sour cherry cheesecake for dessert, which was a perfect way to end the meal. All-around impressed by the food, the server was on point, but also maintained a relaxing ambiance for the meal. We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly!

G
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I always try to come here when visiting family. Their apple tatin is phenomenal. They are always so welcoming and accommodating even when I am alone or my brother jus want a beer while I’m eating dinner. Crab cake last Tim not so great but still wonderful. Elegant presentation of everything. Bar area a bit too casual sometimes.

MG
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very good. We were disappointed that two of the appealing appetizers were not available.

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service food and company

AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was good but the service was absolutely terrible. This is an expensive restaurant so it was a great disappointment.

BN
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

We went for lunch primarily for the crab cakes which had a good review. The ambience was very pleasant as we sat in a lovely shaded outdoor patio in the Potomac shopping center. Unfortunately the food experience was not impressive .. overpriced for a small lump of crab cake that was over fried dry and rather salty. Beware of suspicious pricing if you planning to sub crab cake in the Cobb salad. Cobb salad normally comes with chicken for $18. When you asked to sub crab cake instead of chicken the price charged is still $18 for the Cobb salad (even without chicken) plus extra $7 for the crab cake!! $25 seems excessive for an average Cobb salad. Will not return despite pleasant ambience.

LM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and a very good wine list. Badly needs a chocolate option for dessert.

d
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I have eaten here several times before: made a reservation for lunch via OpenTable, went to the restaurant
at the reservation time (12:15)....it was closed !!! No calls from OpenTable or the restaurant that it was closed !!!
Need a system in place that allows for 'emergency' contact to OpenTable users that a restaurant is unfortunately closed (they aren't out of business) however apparently had a kitchen emergency and could not open...
Very, very disappointed in how this was (not) handled.

NF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

While highly recommended by a friend, my colleague and I found it overpriced and unworthy. While the Chardonnay was good, $16 a glass at lunch? Really?!? And I ordered the grilled squid, which is my standard of excellence. It’s just as well the serving was tiny ($21 ?!?) because it was tasteless. My friend’s shaved salad was overly spicy she reported. But the fries were great. Not great enough to get me back there. VERY disappointing. I wish Jeff Black had that nice space.

JS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Sunday night crowd on the pub side of the Lock. Food was fantastic. We all had some version of fish, or seafood. Preparation and presentation was excellent. We had Sunday service on the bar side. There was not a server, but the bartender was our server. Service was slow, and not very attentive. Had to remind him to fill water glasses.

S
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food & wine list. I would have given 5 stars all round, except for very noisy table behind us

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

You changed the crab cakes, NOT HAPPY. We brought a guest with us and raved about the food. Our guest ordered the crab cakes and was thoroughly DISAPPOINTING. I ordered a dinner salad with a crab cakes and was TOTALLY DISAPPOINTED. What happen to the River Falls LUMP crab cake? How can WE NOT have GREAT crab cakes in MARYLAND? Lock 72 is our go to restaurant, when having quick overnight, one night guest or a client for lunch. Now, I have to rethink this, not happy.

SD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Yummy Friday night meal at Potomac neighborhood restaurant.

F
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I definitely recommend Lock 72. Had a very pleasant lunch there after a walk at Great Falls park. Salads are excellent and offer some unusual suggestions (one choice featured octopus). The waiter was attentive and accommodated all our requests for variations from the menu. The decor inside is beautiful and if weather permits, the outdoor patio seating is nice.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Pricey but the best octopus salad ever

CM
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, very attentive and professional staff. Worked with me on gluten free options by checking with chief and informing me.

OT
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently good food and service. Highly recommend.

JR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Go-to place in Potomac village

LM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were very pleasantly surprised at how delicious our food was. Also, the manager came by several times to make sure we were happy with our meal and our server was delightful!

E
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone loved their meal- wonderful lamb shank p, great crab cakes and octopus.
Super service.

OT
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Highly recommend.

S
Washington DC
103 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

great food; the cod was excellent as were the ribs. They were out of the apple salad at 6:30 and the menu at the restaurant was much smaller than the one found on their web site; fortunately what they were serving was excellent

AK
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Whatever is happening here, we say keep it up! Love the new menu, SUPER improved service and overall feeling. We were greeted with a friendly smile the minute we walked in, our drinks took a few minutes, our food came out in good timing and the manager came over to check on us a few times. The quality of the food is much better; you can tell there is a more sophisticated approach. Such a difference from our experiences over the last year or two. Lock 72 is back and we will be too!!!

k
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

There have been recent improvements in this restaurant, with new staff and chef. They now allow the “bar” menu to be served throughout the restaurant, which made my husband VERY happy. The house made bolognese had amazing depth of flavor, was slightly over salted. The lamb shank was also really good, but a little too salty. Ingrid provided excellent service. Will definitely return.

R
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was perfect except the coffee. It was terrible and full of grounds.

PE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was perfect you must have the broccoli and deviled eggs. Dessert was also amazing

MA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Meal and overall experience were a bit disappointing. For example, it took an inordinate amount of time (approx 25 mins) to get our food (despite the restaurant not being at capacity). Also, the quality of the food was below par: 1) the fries that came with the salmon burger were luke warm at best, over fryed and soggy. Asking for fresh fries didn't help as they came out hot and soggy with the color usually indicating that the frying oil had not been changed in quite some time. We also ordered the frittata which was adequate, but on the dry side. It probably did not help that we watched it sit under the heat lamp for over 5 minutes as the kitchen tried to put our entire order together (we were sitting in the bar). To add insult to injury with respect to the frittata order, we had asked for some bread to accompany it. Not only did the bread not come when the dish was finally delivered, we had to ask twice for it. By the time the bread arrived, we were almost finished with the meal. Imagine our surprise to find out that we were also charged $2 for the bread.

Finally, we found it odd that there were children sitting in the bar. Granted, it was Saturday afternoon and their parents were present, but, we believe the children belong in the main dining room, and not the bar. Just a thought to consider.

I'm still recommending the restaurant because I've had good meals there in the past, but it does need to improve its consistency of service and quality.

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