About Monocacy Crossing

Monocacy Crossing is located off the beaten path five miles south of Frederick. As soon as you walk through our door, you relax, you're comfortable, and at home. Our menu selections and extensive wine list will satisfy everyone in your party. So come, enjoy, be our guests!

4424A Urbana Pike Rd.
Frederick, MD 21704
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday: 11:30am - 9:00pm, Friday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
CLOSED: July 4th & September 3

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(301) 846-4204

Website:
http://www.monocacycrossing.com/

Executive Chef:
Rich Regan

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Monocacy Crossing Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Cozy (16)
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Neighborhood Gem (15)
Worth the Drive (13)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Special Occasion (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Bar Seating (8)
Casual (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Romantic (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Business Meals (7)
Authentic (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Seasonal (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Fun (2)
Great Beer (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

This is my Frederick "Go-To" restaurant. Always a positive experience. Keep up the excellent service and cuisine.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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·Dined 7 days ago

We arrived early but were shown to a table immediately. The place looks like the country home it once was. Service was prompt and excellent. The menu was generous and inviting, and the food was absolutely outstanding. We love this place!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 5, 2017

The food and service were impeccable. Everyone cleaned their plates and had room for the awesome, moist coconut pound cake. The portions are large and well worth the price.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent experience to celebrate a 30th Birthday!!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food was unremarkable- not poor, not good. The server was not up to the job; she greeted us and then disappeared for a long while before taking our order. She then did not reappear until long after we finished our meal and after we asked another server to locate her for us. The place is unattractive and loud. There are many better restaurants in Frederick. We will not return to Monocacy Crossing.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Wonderful meal. I had the Berkshire pork cheeks. They we're so tender and flavorful. My husband had the beef medallions cook perfectly. The grilled romaine salad is the best anywhere, I highly recommend it. If you can save room for dessert you will not be disappointed. Reasonably priced and unique offering to keep us coming back.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Was very enjoyable, everyone in our party seemed to enjoy their food and we had a lovely time.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Meeting daughter for dinner. We live in Pittsburgh and she lives in DC.

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Perfect out of the way experience. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Always good with a menu for everyone. Good wine selection and generous pours.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Whether dining inside or enjoying a casual dinner outside on the patio, this restaurant never disappoints. It's one of our favorites!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Delicious food served quickly by our knowledgeable server.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Cozy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Monocacy Crossing is always consistently good and their Happy Hour is very good.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Food was fine, service was great, cocktails were a touch expensive and the dining room was a touch loud

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

It has been at least a year since my husband and I have been to this restaurant. We live quite a
ways away, but we knew we would be in the area so we made a reservation to eat here. Our request to have a table by the window was met and we were seated upon arriving. All in all the evening was enjoyable and the service was good. My husband's dinner of beef wrapped in bacon, ordered medium, came out totally rare. It had to be sent back. It came back the second
time still pretty rare but he ate it and did not want to send it back again. We eat out a lot and I cannot ever recall him having to send his dinner back because of being undercooked. The waitress apologized and poured my husband some more wine. We know these things happen but it is frustrating at a restaurant such as this. It would have been nice if the manager on duty had come my our table to offer his apologies, but that did not happen. We will give this restaurant one more chance and, hopefully, with no more problems.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

As always, Monocacy Crossing is an exceptional dining experience. Always first-rate service, creative drink selections from the bar and delicious food. It is our go to restaurant in the Montgomery/Frederick County area.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 15, 2017

As always everything was excellent from the service at the door to the food at your table!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Cozy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Absolutely love this place! The food is just to die for. Everything is fabulous. We always do the whisky duck nacho appetizer and the warm coconut pound cake for dessert. We have been on multiple occasions and every entrée has been so delicious you can't wait to go back and try the next thing on the menu... Although when the lamb shank is on the menu I do have a hard time resisting. Highly recommend it!

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Top notch food. Top notch service. And a warm friendly/homey atmosphere to boot!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We've been hearing about how awesome this restaurant is for many years, and finally booked a reservation to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary. Although the food and service were good, we were not "wow'd" the way we thought we'd be. I will say that the soup of the day was their cream of mushroom, which definitely had the wow factor - in fact, it's the best we've had in many years. Unfortunately, we can't just show up there any time we want and order that soup, because (sadly) it's not a regular menu item. Hubby and I both ordered the '3 for' special, which included a soup or salad, any entree from the menu, and any dessert, for $35.00 (which is a good deal if you order one of their more expensive entrees). We both ordered the NY Strip steak, which came with an order of fries and broccoli. The steaks (both of them) had so much gristle, neither of us finished it - not what you would expect for a $30 steak. The fries and the broccoli were unimpressive, but fine. Hubby ordered the chocolate mousse and I ordered the creme brulee - both were tasty, but completely the wrong texture. Mousse is known for its light and airy texture - but theirs was more like pudding; and the creme brulee which should have been a soft "creamy" custard, was thick and not at all the consistency it should have been. The other entree I was considering was the lamb shank, and about half way through our meal, another table's orders were walked past us, and the lamb shank looked amazing - in hind sight, I really wish I'd ordered that - and I might have had a much happier experience. We sat out on the patio and the ambiance was great; I love how they offer blankets to keep patrons warm on a chilly evening, that's a nice touch. Overall experience- ok, but not as impressive as I thought it would be for all the hype I've heard about this place, and for the cost of dining there.

Tags: Late-night Find, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Österreich)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Fabulous lunch with phenomenal service and delicious raspberry cocnut forte for dessert

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

The wait staff is knowledgeable and professional. Food was hot and fresh. Wine selections are excellent. Very relaxed atmosphere. Generous portions.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Disabled Access
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

This was our second time dining at Monocacy Crossing, and unfortunately, this time we left disappointed. When we arrived we could not find parking. Can’t really blame the restaurant for this. If they are busy they are busy, but did add a little stress right from the beginning.

We had a reservation, and we were sat right away. Service however was an issue from the beginning. Our server came to us and said she was teaming up with someone else, but we didn’t see that other person at all. Overall our server seemed overwhelmed, but not really sure why because all of the tables were not full. We felt as though everyone around us was getting great service except for us.

Examples:
•We had to ask for bread (tables that came in after us was given some, but our server just forgot about us)
•We would have liked to have ordered a second drink, but our server never came by to ask us.
•We would have liked to have a refill on water, but our server never gave us an option. Actually she came when we were ready for the check to refill our waters but that was pointless. So went the whole meal with just the first drinks that were brought to us.
•My husband asked the server who brought us our meal for a spoon.. it was never brought to him.

We are not sure why our service lacked compared to other tables around us. We chose Monocacy because we wanted something intimate, but for the price we paid, we definitely expected service to be better. Hopefully it was just an off night.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Excellent dinner! A hidden Frederick gem

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 17, 2017

My companion and I were shown to outdoor tables at first and served beverages as the restaurant didn't open until 12:00PM and we were a little early which I thought was very accommodating. We ultimately decided to go inside. We were seated next to a patio door and it was obvious that at one time this was someone's house. My companion didn't say anything but I thought that it smelled musty where we were.
I ordereed the sausage gravy and biscuit dish with a side of bacon and topped with poached eggs. My friend ordered the pit turkey sandwich which came with fries which I must say looked delicious and they concurred it tasted so as well. They were very high on the place feeling like we had found a gem.
I not so much. I'm not sure what it was about the sausage gravy biscuit dish but something was off. The biscuits tasted like they were under done and tasted off in flavor. The poached eggs on the other hand were cooked to perfection runny yet firm and the bacon perfectly crisp.
A free dessert they provided was tasty putting together a puff pastry filled with ice cream and topped with chocolate sauce and whipped cream.
I use a walker to get around and noted a few others there who were using canes. There are only 2 handicap spaces and the lot is fairly uneven, strewn with stones and not paved fully. This makes it a little tougher to get around outside. Once inside getting around to tables and such was workable and a ramp provided to get to the dining room. The bathrooms are another story. They are not wheelchair accessible and barely walker accessible. I'm not sure if they have a wheelchair accessible bathroom, you'd need to call if that's important.

Anyway I would give it about a 3.5 star rating while my surefooted friend would give 4.5 stars.

Cheryl our waitress was very attentive, accommodating and personable.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Amazing Food. Great consistent gourmet options and interesting specials. Reservations are highly recommended.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Nestled along the roadside, this charming old restaurant can serve up a variety of delicious items. This time we were wowed by their hush puppies and salads. The Burgers were cooked perfectly as ordered and you get ample amount of calamari. The service was friendly and appropriately attentive, much thanks to Amy.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Afternoon Coffee, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Love this place! We've been here for all occasions from family dinners to date nights to nights out with friends and we're never disappointed.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Food was excellent. Thea ambiance could use a little work, especially the bathrooms.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Felt rushed by our server, food was good not great!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 5, 2017

I adore this place. Private cozy atmosphere. Not loud and trendy feeling. Food is always excellent and great wine selection. Never had a bad experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Awesome service and food!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 27, 2017

I was not impressed. There was a crowd of young females that were drunk, loud and very obnoxious and the staff did NOTHING to subdue the scene. The food was not very good. I had the calamari and beef medallions wrapped in bacon. This was the worst calamari I have ever had. it was chewy and the breading was inedible. My wife had the sangria which tasted like a cross between a sea breeze and a cosmopolitan. It was a Saturday night and I am certain they had their best chef which is even more disappointing. The only part of the evening that was nice, was her lentil cakes which she had for dinner as well as the beet carpaccio she had as an appetizer. We were pleasantly surprised at the good vegetarian options that they had.

We would not recommend this place.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Great food and loved our waitress! Nice menu selection

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·Dined on August 22, 2017

My seafood dish was great, but my co-workers steaks were on the tougher side. Limited vegetable selection.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

We had a fabulous dinner. The appetizers, salads, and entrees were all delicious. The atmosphere dining outside was great and the service was terrific. I am looking forward to going back!

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We were completely surprised with how amazing the food was for such a small "mom and pop" place. It is 5 star quality. It's very quaint on the inside and such a good value for the amount of food you get. HIGHLY recommend.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Good food. We sat outside in very pleasant weather.

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·Dined on August 4, 2017

Very good meal and experience! A definite "must dine", especially if near Frederick. The Pork Taco appetizer is wonderful and spicy. The Coconut- glazed Poundcake is simply devine and alone is worth the trip. We enjoyed our visit, look forward to returning, and recommend!

Tags: Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Wonderful outdoor meal and attentive but not annoying waitstaff

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal
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