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  3. Distance: 1.71mi
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About Lock 72 Kitchen & Bar

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

10128 River Road
Potomac, MD 20854
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Seafood, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Falls Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(301) 299-0481

Website:
http://www.thetavernatriverfalls.com/

Parking Details:
Parking is free!

Executive Chef:
Yimy Monge

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Lock 72 Kitchen & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (12)
Casual (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
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Cozy (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Comfort Food (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Business Meals (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Romantic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Fun (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food in a cozy setting with value wine list. We keep returning to Lock 72 because the food is always spot on and there is always a find on the wine list to pair with the incredible food. This visit was no exception. I opted for the bouillabase and my husband selected the duck breast. My stew demonstrated careful preparation with each type of fish - scallops, shrimp, cod, etc. -- cooked perfectly. My husband's duck was equally well prepared.

Given the difference in foods, we opted for a rose wine from Provence. It paired beautifully with each of our foods. We were equally happy with the $48 price for such a nice wine.

Service was good and Nick, the new manager, stopped by the table to chat. This little gem is worth the drive to Potomac.

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Cozy, Casual, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

Lovely atmosphere, great service and the food was exquisite. It wasn’t particularly cheap, but given the quality, it was by no means overpriced. We will definitely be back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

Excellent meal (pre-set) on Valentines Day. Service was also very good. Highly recommend.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Very nice wait staff. Great food and just the right amount of attentiveness.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

I dined during brunch. It was nice, quiet and met my needs. Customer service was excellent.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great evening. Everyone enjoyed their food. Service from the waiter was a bit spotty but an enjyoyable evening nonetheless.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The Amish chicken entree was cooked perfectly and the wagyu burger was terrific.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2018

My husband and I enjoyed a lovely evening at this restaurant. Start to finish all was excellent. Hospitable staff, and very comfortable space.Initially I was going to have appetizers, but the menu featured duck and I was not disappointed. My husband enjoyed his soup and the branzino special as well.
I am certain we will return.

Tags: Bar Seating
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

A nice and cozy restaurant. upscale dishes. Definitely worth the run to Potomac village.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on December 24, 2017

This was our second trip to Lock 72 Kitchen and Bar, and, though good, we did not enjoy it as much as the first. Prices were high, and the crabcake dinner we shared was not as tasty as last time's. Our waitress was loud and a bit confused, though she was trying to be accommodating. Still, we would return to try again!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Absolutely one on my favorite "neighborood" restaurants in the DC region. Welcoming host, great food, attentive staff, warm atmosphere and large bar. This place never lets me down. It is reliable and consistent. Will keep returning and recommending to others in Potomac and the surrounding area.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 13, 2017

My friend and I were meeting for a holiday lunch at catch up. We had a lovely meal and both enjoyed the salmon burgers which were delicious. We appreciated being able to substitute a salad for the fries. The service was friendly at atmosphere lively.

Tags: Quick Bite
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Love Robert W restaurants but the menu options are limited and pricey for this location. Would come more often if more choices and lower prices.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Good food, ruined by very poor service. Ice cold bread. 30+ minute wait for any food. New, warmer bread removed from table (along with our other dishes) before we were finished eating. Restaurant was not busy. Not sure what the “rush” was all about. Very pricey entrees. We opted for two appetizers per person. Need to be sure service is better educated before we return.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We have been going for years.
The new menu was a nice upgrade.
For us it hit the spot.
The toffee desert was great.
Always good service.
We go for the booths every time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Love the salmon burger but wish you would go back to wrapping it in collard greens

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Good, simple lunch salads, but overpriced and average. Perhaps we were expecting something creative since this is a Robert W restaurant. Would return to try their happy hour.

Tags: Cozy, Quick Bite
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 30, 2017

i glues the menu is changing. That meant they didn't have four of the wines we tried to order. As a remedy waiter did pour a glass of sauterne after dinner although we weren't tempted to order dessert. The pea ravioli were good - just weren't enough of them to make up an entrée. The crab cakes were delicious but I didn't really want French fries that covered half the plate. Maybe they can substitute another veggie ?

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 (New England)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Nice restaurant, location, & fare. Service is always good. Can’t complain except for wine prices.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 9, 2017

My husband and I came for weekday dinner on a whim after seeing Lock 72 in the OpenTable app. It was our first time dining here and we won't be back. The place looked promising from the outside in a cute nook of the plaza. Upon approaching we thought it odd that, in the roped off outdoor seating area, chairs were tilted against the tables as if packed up for the winter -- yet there was an occupied table that had been set up for dining. If it's available for dining, especially since it's a warm fall, why have it all closed up and unwelcoming? Was this for the restaurant next door? There was another seating area that was set up so it didn't appear so. Odd! Upon entering, it was clearly a small restaurant. We sat in the main dining area to the left, which is cozy with nice lighting. I just couldn't get past the messy carpeted floor (bits of paper? food?) and crumpled (presumably wet) towels and yellow "wet floor" sign pushed against the open server station near our table. What really made it an unpleasant experience was that there were next to no gluten/dairy free or vegetarian options on the menu. If you have dietary restrictions, DO NOT come here. Practically everything on the menu has to be modified to the point where it's not worth trying. I simply don't understand why, in the area and day we live it, a restaurant like this would not take a more innovative and inclusive approach to their menu. All that said, the service was fine. If you live nearby and still want to try Lock 72, we hope you have a better experience than we did.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Excellent service and great food.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 18, 2017

My steak was very tough.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Pleasant and relaxing atmosphere, good food. No need to shout to be heard. NIce.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Anniversary & restaurant in a simple way made it very special!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 22, 2017

A few mixups this meal, but a nice gathering spot for a quick bite. Would like the menu to change up more often.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Quiet and delightful. Great food as always and attentive but unobtrusive service

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Visited twice recently and both times were very very enjoyable. A friend living in Potomac recommended it. The food was excellent and waiter, professional. We plan to return. There are many restaurants in Bethesda/Potomac areas but not many which are exceptional. This low-keyed one is worthy of a visit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 19, 2017

The restaurant was good. The food was very good but on the pricier side. They were under staffed and the waiter visited us infrequently.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Great hamburgers and salmon burgers. Also loved the calamari and cauliflower side dish. Many other things I will try next time.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We come here often for dinner with our kids. The food is really good and has gotten much better with the new management/ownership. That said, it is really $$$ so just be prepared to pay a pretty penny for your dinner. We are happy to have a nice seafood option close to home.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 20, 2017

I had eaten there before and it was much better. Food was just "ok", service was a bit slow, and price was high for the overall experience. An odd thing was that not only did they not serve or offer bread but when I asked for bread to go with a salad the server looked shocked, went off and came back with some sliced sandwich bread he offered to toast. Not up to the standard one would expect from a restaurant of its class.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Server was abrupt and condescending. Terrible attitude. Although this restaurant is very close to where I shop, I won't be back, although their food is okay. There are many other restaurants around to choose from. Complained to manager about that particular server.

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Great seafood.
Nice outdoor dining. Great service. They even brought water for our dig.

Tags: Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Excellent fish meal, attentive server, and reserved location in the heart of Potomac Village.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 20, 2017

We looked on open table and found this place at last minute for lunch. It had top quality, fresh, creative selections. I loved the fact that the restaurant was extremely accommodating to my bring gluten free. Would definitely go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 19, 2017

We really enjoy Lock 72. We have been there several times and plan to go many more times. The food is great.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 13, 2017

We had a nice experience. Service was excellent food was excellent. We came at 6:15 on Saturday night so it wasn't crowded when we got there and that helped

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Nice spot in Potomac. Excellent food and service. A bit pricey for everyday dining.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Not great value for your money. It's a nice neighborhood spot which is convenient but food is ok and price doesn't correspond with quality.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 26, 2017

worst dining experience i had in a long time. service so bad, walked out after drinks.
not bad service- really NO service. and no apologies from the waitress or manager, if there was one.
i never send in bad reviews. however, this is a question of ethics and arrogance. hope wiedmeir reads this. he should.

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