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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4.5

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4.5

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4.3

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4.3

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96% would recommend it to a friend

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Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
Business Meals (11)
Bar Seating (11)
Notable Wine List (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Comfort Food (8)
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Great for Lunch (8)
Casual (7)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2013

Had a great evening with friends. Dining room was a bit small but comfortable and the server was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. The staff was very attentive but didn't rush us through the dinner or out the door which was very nice. Pork Tenderloin and scalloped potatoes were extraordinary with the sage-Cider Sauce, and the wolfish special with flash fried phyllo haystack was a great mix of taste and texture. Even though the helpings were generous we couldn't pass up the the deserts and they were great finishes to a wonderful evening at Monocacy Crossing. It was certainly worth the drive and we are looking forward to our next visit!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2013

The appetizers were amazing as always. We had the calamari, the crab bites, and our favorite the Scallops.
The entree's were also perfect. The 8 oz filet was cooked to perfection. I tell anyone that will listen that it is the best steak in MD. My wife had the jumbalaya which I would also highly recommend.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2013

My wife and I celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary at MC this past Friday evening. It had been a while since we had been there and we had fond memories of food, service and ambiance which much to our pleasure was still wonderful. The menu was impressive as well as the wine list and we enjoyed a lovely mussels appetizer and two entrées. My wife had the loud de mer which was an incredible fish and I had the crispy chicken both which was delicious. Our server was wonderful and it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2013

Nice place and good food but the light above us flickered on and off all night.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2013

Great food, great service, all around classy! The pork tenderloin is absolutely delish!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2013

I had a GREAT meal, yet again. However I do not venture outside the box. I get the pork tenderloin and scalloped potatoes, because they are FABULOUS!!! Our server Allie was great as well. Giving us both the time we needed and service we wanted. It was such a great meal yet again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2013

My wife have lived in the area for the last 12 years and regularly frequent the various restaurants in the Frederick area. While there are other establishments that we enjoy, there are none that we have found that meet our expectations like Monocacy Crossing. We can always rely on quality food, a great selection of wine, an outstanding staff and an inviting atmosphere.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 17, 2013

Our party of four truly enjoyed the evening. The appetizers were large and plentiful -- more than enough mussels to share with everyone. The smoked soy with the tartare was a great combination. The wait staff is willing to please and the bartender was not only helpful, but willing to make the drinks to our exact preferences. The main courses were quite good as well, but we recommend having something other than the pasta -- those with other dishes enjoyed their meals more, particularly the Jambalaya and the Chicken. Dessert was great, it was a chocolate/salted caramel concoction.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 13, 2013

My husband & I chose to celebrate our 20th Anniversary with a Fantastic dinner at Monocacy Crossing, and we were not disappointed! The food is always Excellent! And, I always make it a point to get the Key Lime Martini!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (El Paso)·Dined on November 9, 2013

We ordered three different entrees, all very distinct and delicious. The crabcakes were loaded with chunks of meat, the red fish was cooked perfectly, and the pork tenderloin was juicy and tender. The dishes were as lovely to look at as they were enjoyable to eat, and no one was left hungry. After we finished the meal, while no one was hungry, we still went for dessert because all of the options were so appealing and creative. The desserts we chose were a chocolate and peanut butter mousse, butter cake with homemade pecan ice cream, and an apple-cranberry tart; they were all fantastic!!! The only negative thing is that it's a bit crowded, but the food, atmosphere, and service are well-worth giving up a little elbow room!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2013

Monocacy Crossing has a great atmosphere, the waitresses are extremely knowledgeable, and the food was fantastic. We will for sure go there again. Note: the portions are huge so be prepared to come home with left overs.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 26, 2013

My wife and I celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary at Monocacy Crossing and had a great time. I would highly recommend dinning there. The food was excellent and the staff was very friendly and knowledgeable.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 19, 2013

We entertained guests at Monocacy Crossing Saturday evening. Although we have dined at Monocacy Crossing a number of times and love the restaurant, this was our guests first time in the Frederick area. They were very impressed with the ambience of the restaurant as well as the fantastic food. Our wait staff was very welcoming, informed about the menu and was more than happy to make suggestions and assist with selections. Thank you for a fabulous evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 13, 2013

We enjoyed our birthday lunch celebration at Monocacy Crossing, but found it odd that there were no other customers in the large dining room. We were completely alone! This being said, the service was great and the food very good indeed. The restaurant obviously needs a face-lift - and perhaps that would encourage more people to go -- but all in all, it was a nice event and we enjoyed ourselves.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 11, 2013

This restaurant is straight out of New York's Hudson Valley. That area is populated by high quality restaurants situated in old houses and run by graduates of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), which is in nearby Hyde Park. That whole formula has been transferred to south Frederick in the form of Monocacy Crossing. The building is one of the least appealing you'll ever see, and you'll be tempted to drive right past. But inside is one of the finest restaurants in the area. Chef Rich Regan is a CIA graduate, one of the few in the area, and it shows. Monocacy Crossing is the best combination of high quality food and relaxed dining atmosphere in Frederick. It's our go-to restaurant for special occasions.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 11, 2013

Isn't nice to go to a place where EVERYTHING is wonderful? Monocacy Crossing is that place. The Duck Nachos are delicious and the salmon is terrific. Yum!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 6, 2013

great food in an unexpected location

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 5, 2013

Food was good but not great. Indoor dining was ridiculously noisy. Waitress was attentive and helpful.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 28, 2013

Have been to Monocacy Crossing several times. Never disappoints. Comfortable and unpretentious atmosphere. Scallops in bacon vinaigrette appetizer is a great start. The 3 entrees at our table were filet medallions wrapped in bacon (special), sautéed tautog (special) and roast pork (regular menu). All were cooked perfectly and nicely flavored. Will not regret trying this restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 28, 2013

We discovered Monocacy Crossing a few years ago and usually come here for special occasions: this time it was for our 10-year wedding anniversary. The quality, variety and wine list satisfies my wife while the value, portion size and variety satisfies me, which made us ask ourselves "why only on special occasions?" Oh, and the service staff is quite attentive and helpful, too!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 21, 2013

MY MEAL WAS ALL APPETIZERS!. I had the Tomato Basil app; the mussels in wine; and the Lobster tempura in sweet chili sauce. Maybe the most delicious thing I've ever had. Really. All were fresh, perfectly prepared and cook. Mussels were cook to perfect texture and not over seasoned,
My wife had the chicken and gravy for the third time in row. Extraordinary good comfort food.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 19, 2013

Wife and I find Monocacy Crossing best restaurant outside of d-town Frederick. Its the only restaurant we're willing to drive to for their outside dining, consistency of quality grub and wine list w/ attentive and cordial service.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 15, 2013

Great food and very generous portion sizes.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 13, 2013

Monocacy Crossing continues to provide great food and service at reasonable prices. I have been there several times and I am never disappointed with the food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 23, 2013

Excellent service & food once again. It is truly apparent that Monocacy Crossing takes pride in cooking, presentation, taste & freshness. Excellent dining experience each and every time :)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on August 20, 2013

My wife and I dined at Monacacy Crossing recently and firmly believe that we have found the finest restaurant in Maryland. The menu was broad in scope and fantastic in taste. We will definitely return many more times. Thank you.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Western NC)·Dined on August 17, 2013

Monocacy Crossing is in the middle of nowhere (for those of us who don't live right near there) and the menu is not what you would expect when you get there (no disrespect). I had two appetizers instead of an entree. The tempura lobster tail with a Thai chili sauce on an asparagus salad....yum! Also the mussels....double yum. I also loved my husband's steak and mashed potatoes.... I would say their weakest part was the desserts.i was looking forward to the brownie coconut macaroon cake (something like that) I was very disappointed. The cake wasn't chocolatey, and there was nothing reminiscent of a macaroon. The service, ambiance, friendliness was outstanding We will definitely be back. Not for those who don't eat pork or shellfish.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2013

Very understated location, but food, service, and ambience rank with the best restaurants visited since arriving in DC 2 years ago.
Down to earth atmosphere, not pretentious, but the food rivals some of the most high end restaurants that require more formal attire.

This will become a frequent visit for our family and visitors

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 15, 2013

We had five women at lunch, eager to spend some time catching up with each other. the food was delicious, and we sat at the table chatting for almost 3 hours with no sense of being hurried. Very much appreciated. This is always a very enjoyable restaurant.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 10, 2013

We can always count on Monocacy Crossing for great food with a creative menu and impeccable service for our special celebrations.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 9, 2013

This place is old house In the middle of no where trying too hard to be "fancy" AA volt with service. The food is good. The ace has no ambience and is in need of repair and maintenance. Not worth the drive.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 9, 2013

When a reservation has a special request, staff could, at the very least, address you with a why or why not the request couldn't be honored ...a hostess who seems to be 'put out' by your request, shouldn't be greeting the customer. Her surly attitude affected our evening. The food was fine but the hostess 'drove' our entire evening's atmosphere. We should not have been put in a position to refuse the seating that was offered. The dining room at 5:30pm was sparsly utilized and we felt quite uncomfortable about refusing the request which was a part of our OPEN TABLE reservation.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 7, 2013

Food was exceptional.

Rosa was exceptional - excellent

Thank you so much for an enjoyable dining pleasure.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 4, 2013

The staff was very welcoming from the first moment we walked in. They had the flowers I ordered waiting on the table, and the server was very nice throughout the whole dinner. Food was very good and they were accomedating to the food allergies my girlfriend had. The Whiskey Duck Nachos were great, duck meat was cook perfect. I had the Filet which was cooked the way I asked, and my girlfriend had the Crab Cakes which had actual crab and no filler in it. Becuase it was our anniversary, we got a free desert at the end of the meal which was good. Overall the experience was great, I would recommend this place to anyone and will return again 100%. Don't let the outside fool you either, very nice inside.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 3, 2013

My first visit to Monocacy Crossing, was not impressed. Order 2 NY Strips, and the Duck Nachos as an appetizer.

Duck Nachos - shredded duck smothered in a BBQ Sauce - was expecting something a little more elegant that I could truly appreciate the flavor of the duck.

Steaks - Cooked correctly, one medium, one medium well. Both steaks were not trimmed, tasted if thrown on the grill with no seasoning. A little salt/pepper would have brought out the flavors of the steak.

For a $100 price tag, I was expecting a more flavorful experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 3, 2013

The had a change in the menu. Our favorites were still there (whiskey duck nachos). The gnocchi sauce was too salty however, the gnocchi made up for that (pushed the sauce to the side) Coconut cake was the bomb. Will continue to come back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 2, 2013

Had a wonderful time. Food was good, the back garden is magical after dark. Will definitely return.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 30, 2013

We made plans to meet up with friends on a nice day this week. We picked Monocacy Crossing because of their lovely outdoor seating area,casual feel, and reliably good food and service. We were not disappointed. The lunch menu includes many interesting items and everyone in our party enjoyed their meal. Excellent fish and chips and the seared tuna special was also very good. The service here is always excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 26, 2013

Have visited multiple times with 2-8 people in parties. Food and service is always great.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 20, 2013

Really enjoyed the newer menu. Our server was attentive and friendly. We had a person that needed gluten free food. the server worked with the chef to make sure the food was made correctly . Offered up great drink and food specials. We keep coming back because of the great service and food. Only negative was the tuna was $28. The size was extremely small (but delicious).

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