Maryland Fry Bar at Fish by José Andrés - MGM National Harbor

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$31 to $50
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Welcome to the Maryland Fry Bar, where the bounty of the Chesapeake Bay meets he traditional frying technique, right in the heart of the MGM National Harbor. At this exclusive six-seat bar, situated within Fish by José Andrés, guests have a front row view to watch chefs prepare a variety of ingredients – from wild mushrooms and local oysters, to exotic sugar toads and luxurious scallops with truffles and caviar.
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SC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef was very personable and the service and food were excellent!

h
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a unique experience; the bar service is great for meeting new people and interacting with the chef the whole time. The concept of tempura for each course is FANTASTIC! The food is described and then prepared right in front of you; each course is guaranteed to be fresh and hot, while engaging for the person and the senses all together! Our chef had a great personality and really elevated our overall experience to make it a truly special evening! If you like tasting menus, meeting new people and seeing your food prepared in front of you in a very unique way, this is a great experience! BTW the food was also spectacular!!!

TP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service we good. A few mis-steps along the way but nothing major. The biggest issue I had was sitting there and watching the chef use a cutting board that was stained and had mold on it. it was disgusting to see. Then seeing that all of the cutting boards were that way. In a restaurant such as Fish, you would think they could have the boards resurfaced or just buy new ones. Disappointing!

FC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We waited almost half an hour just to get into the restaurant. The line was huge. It took the restaurant a significant period of time to accommodate each party ahead of us. When we got to the front of the line we were told they needed to check with the kitchen before they could seat us. Again we waited and waited for an answer. Eventually, we agreed to take a table outdoors so we could eat something before the concert we were there to attend. Once we were seated, it was another long wait before anyone came to take our order. The food was ok. This was a poorly managed situation from beginning to end.

LB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Matt provided a wonderful experience with outstanding food, wine and discussion about the food.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, our chef was engaging and entertaining. The prices need to be updated because they are not accurately reflected on OpenTable: there are 2 options, both prix-fixe, $65 or $80

E
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

We were disappointed to see a menu that was very different in pricing from the reviews & available online information. The tasting menus were $65 and $80, which is a far cry from $40 and $50 (from reviews in 2017 and 2018). The food was delicious, but we would not have come in at that higher price point. It made the meal difficult to enjoy.

CK
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matthew was an excellent chef/host for the evening. Steve was also excellent. Thanks for a great experience!

YV
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for my birthday and had an amazing experience. The food was delicious and satisfying! Chef Matthew was great and the staff was wonderful.

SY
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Should have researched this more. We just wanted a good dinner before a show, this was a”tour” of several (I think 8) courses with a dedicated Chef. Very small portions, some exceptional, some just OK. The “desert” was grapefruit - that was a big disappointment, and we had been there 2 hours. The final insult was the bill. NOT INCLUDING gratuity, just under $400.00 for three of us. That’s dinner, 3 IPAs and 3 glasses of wine, and (as far as I am concerned), no desert. Chef and Server were both nice.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We shared the bar with 3 other diners. Because it was our anniversary, we were given complimentary sparkling wine while we waited to be seated. The fry chef was very attentive and informative with each item. It was very entertaining watching the fry chef and the other chefs where we sat. Dinner took about 2 1/2 hours.

GG
Washington DC
103 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

April was our chef. She was fantastic. We did the full course menu - the oyster dish was our favorite.

A
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

We ate at the MD Fry Bar. This consists of 13 very tiny courses of fried food. I thought it was expensive for the amount of food and service. For instance, one course was one fried oyster. The chef would hand us a course and tell us what it was... but he was not conversant as he was preparing things. It was not an immersive situation which is intimated on the website. I think we got stuck with a trainee. The wine pairings were adequate but again overpriced for their signature $45 wine pairing. One wine was very good, the rest rather pedestrian. On our way home, my wife suggested we stop at Wendy's and pick up a hamburger and shake... that tells you something. We were the only people scheduled to eat there the entire evening so maybe we had not gotten the word. It was ok to do it once, but will not repeat.

s
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a nice experience but they have doubled the prices in the past year. The tasting menu is $65 for classic (which is a bit boring) or $80 for José’s way. The wine paring is an extra $45. When they first offered this it was $40/50 for tasting and $20 for wine paring. The wine pairing has also changed and it’s not just Riesling anymore. I believe I also read that you received two pieces per tasting, true for some but some are more like two bites. That said the food was very good and I tried things I had never had before. Don’t let the fried food throw you off—it’s very lightly done and not heavy. The chef was very personable and nice to interact with. She was also cognizant of allergies and preferences allowing us to substitute as needed. Given the price I likely wouldn’t do it again but I am glad I experienced it.

MC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Was a great overall experience. Food awesome. Just the rught portions and chef was wonderful Highly recommended

LG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Experience was AWESOME!!! Our Chef was Fantastic!! Answered every question and explained every dish! Even made an exception to my friends food items since he was allergic to some items! I WILL DO THE ENTIRE EXPERIENCE OVER AGAIN!! Cant wait for the Menu to Change! Everyone from the Front Door to the seating area at the Fry Bar was Polite and Friendly!!! PERFECT 10's ACROSS THE BOARD!

ST
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My hubby and I celebrated our 21st anniversary. I wanted to do something different. The fry bar was an awesome experience. Our chef was so nice and food knowledgeable. Our waitress was also very nice and friendly. We had the opportunity to try some amazing dishes i would had normally never had tried. The entire experience was great.

DC
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Bell and Chef April work in a cohesive manner and we felt like the only diners in the restaurant. The delightful 12 course meal was prepared with passion and we look forward to our next visit and will insist on having this dynamic duo to make our experience A+ again. Bravo!

MR
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maryland Fry Bar is a unique experience, a price fix meal where small dishes are made in front of you by a talented chef willing to answer any questions you have. Like a chefs table, it’s a once (or few times) in a lifetime experience. We celebrated my mother’s birthday and an early Valentine’s Day.

N
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

April was our chef and she was incredible! She explained everything about our dishes and gave us some background. She really knows her business!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the pleasure to partake in this intimate 6-seat tasting menu experience. The food was incredible, and April's culinary service was outstanding. Matthew was our server and also added to the enjoyment of the meal. We were concerned about the noise level based on a prior Yelp review, and thankfully was no issue whatsoever. Highly recommend!

DB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

Food was excellent, made right in front of you by a personalized chef. Out chef was very nice and cheerful. But the major turn off was a large birthday party near us who were so loud that we couldn't ever hear our chef or talk to each other. Even our chef said that it was very distracting. So if you make a reservation, make sure that there are no planned events in the restaurant to spoil your evening.