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About Old Angler's Inn
A most charming dining spot, the Old Angler's Inn has been immortalized in countless Washington D.C. novels as a romantic winter getaway, sitting before the fireplace and perusing the menu. It is equally glorious in the summer when the main action moves to the incomparable terrace.
Potomac, MD 20854
Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Beer Garden
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday- Sunday: 11:30pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday-Friday 5:30-9:30 pm - Saturday: 5:00pm -10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Happy Hour: 4:30-6:30pm Monday-Friday
Bar: Monday- Sunday open to 1:30 am or to last guest whichever occurs first :)
$30 and under
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Happy Hour 1/2 priced drinks and food. Fantastic sounds....great food and drink....casual fare .
Periodic live music
Let Old Anglers cater your next event. We will make your next party, whether it is a casual affair or formal an event to remember. We offer over 50 years experience that is reflected in every aspect of what we do. Call our main number 301.299.9097 and speak with our event planner. We accommodate most any budget. If you are having a small event or a large event we will provide the intimacy that is unmatched.
Gravel parking lot in a country setting.
Periodic complimentary valet
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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Having a special event? No better spot in Washington then the Old Anglers Inn. 8 acres of beautiful grounds right across from the Potomac river. During the winter Old Anglers is perfect with our roaring REAL fire place and old world feel.
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Let Old Angler's Inn host your event in style. We offer many different venues and can create an atmosphere and menus that will meet your every expectation. We cater both lite fare events, cocktail parties and sit down dining experiences. Perfect for any occasion!
Old Angler's Inn Ratings and Reviews
We reserved for the Thanksgiving dinner to enjoy the old inn. Food was not exceptional for a three course, fixed price menu priced at $70.00. The ambiance in the upstairs dining rooms could be improved with indirect lighting better suited for dinner. And renovation of the tired carpet.
This restaurant uses its quaint location and ambiance to mask extremely mediocre food (greasy scallops, soggy cream-based sauce on mushroom pasta). The staff were busy cleaning the room with acrid cleaning sprays during our lunch indoors. Service was deferential but inattentive due to a banquet function in the next room. Go for the great location, but don’t expect good food.
We have been coming to OA for many years, even decades. Went there on a rainy sat nite and had the best meal we have ever had there. If you have not been in awhile, it is worth a return trip. They have a new menu with some good choices, good wines by the glass, and decent prices (still expensive but not unreasonably so). Service was perfect - attentive but not overbearing. We had chateaubriand for two, which came with a ton of food (potatoes, asparagus, Brussel sprouts) and was excellent.
We thought we would try this restaurant. What a great find.
It was cool evening and had the option of inside or out but when we arrived OAI had a big fire in the large pit. So we decide to dine out.
The service was prompt and attentive. The food, crab cake and rockfish was excellent. Our desert Giffords vanilla was fair. The poached pear was probably a better choice.
We will dine here again.
I was disappointed. The first table offered was by a door near the restrooms. The next table upstairs was too loud and the lighting was bad in that the overhead was too much but the table lights did not give enough light. The wine like the food was ok. The service was fine.
Be aware that there are a couple of different areas to eat and different menus based on where you are seated. The area in the back has sandwiches, brats and a bar. The front garden area has a prefix brunch on Sundays $32 per person, 1 choice from each of two sections. We had never been and did not know this. The back area is first come first serve. You only need reservations for the front patio or inside. Not understanding how it worked, we moved to the back after waiting for our table, sitting down, and looking at the patio menu. We were not that hungry, just wanted a quick bite.
The food was good. You order at the bar and they bring it to you. The back area is a little unkempt and there were yellow jackets all over the place being a nuisance. I am allergic, so it was unnerving. They weren't stinging people, just trying to get a sip of everyone's drink and hovering around. I assume this is a seasonal problem.
Parking is not clear. If you drive into the front area, it is valet only. It looked like some people were parking in the back and that seemed to be self park. We were not get charged for the valet parking, just gave a tip.
I would recommend this place for a couple of beers after work, if you are close by. Glad we went, but it is not on my list of places that I have to go back to unless I am passing right by with some friends.... and thirsty.
I always think of Old Angler’s Inn for dining on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Although, the inn is cozy inside with a fireplace, the outdoor seating is so lovely for alfresco meals. The food is always very good but I do wish the menu choices were more expansive and imaginative. Service can be slow, even when it doesn’t appear to be busy. We waited 50 minutes for a burger and a salad. Still, this is an overall good dining experience and just across from a walking trail along the C & O Canal. They are also pet friendly which gets a big plus!
We have visited The Old Angler's Inn in the past, and it continues to be excellent, if a bit pricey. The Antipasto Tray was huge, which gave us some take home for two lunches. The Eggplant Parmesan was just right; not too heavy. We sat at a cozy table for two in the bar area. Very nice.
We are familiar with the great food and service, but BEES?? Chose because of outdoor option on beautiful fall day. As such, they need to figure out what to do about the bees. They hovered around our food/wine and my guest quietly killed 4 of them with her napkin... mentioned to bus girl who was very casual about it. Eventually we left because of it.
We especially love this restaurant for the gorgeous patio in nice weather. The tables are mostly round which is very nice (as are square tables) for two or four people. They have other table configurations as well. The service and food were very good, but the outdoor ambiance is superb.
Overall, this dinner was a disappointment. The restaurant did not have the first two wines that we tried to order, and when we finally found a wine that they had available, it was far pricier than the first two. Then, the wine glasses had an unpleasant odor, and the waiter balked when we asked him to wash them before pouring the wine. The setting is lovely, of course, but the food is mediocre.
We took friends to celebrate their anniversary. We sat in the downstairs room and unfortunately the woman at the next table was extremely loud. But that was not the restaurants fault. The food was outstanding and everyone enjoyed their meals. We had the scallops and several fish entrees. The bruschetta was wonderful. I cannot wait to go back!
I had a crab cake which was very good. The vegetables that came with it were however nearly unedible. Hard, potato fry like, rectangles. Fennel, covered by a sauce that destroyed it. I do not know whether this was an attempt to be fancy, but it was not successful.
The ambiance on the patio would have been 5, except that the large number of yellow jackets detracted greatly. Also, when asking about water preference, it would be nice if you could convey that there would be a hefty charge for sparkling water. The way the question was posed made it appear that one could have either tap water or sparkling water gratis.
Pace was so quick that our appetizers and entrees arrived in sequence within 30 minutes of sitting down. We asked to have the entrees held so we could enjoy our first glass of wine. What returned 15 minutes later was cold. Clearly no one kept the entrees warm. My last glass of wine was comp'd because of the problem. Would have been better to have warm/hot food served. Lovely ambiance, though. This place is a "go-to" so they don't have to deliver great experiences, or warm/hot food, to get people to come back. We visit annually though we live about five miles away because we know something will be off.
We always enjoy eating here. The main attraction is the location near the C&O canal, outside seating and the view. The food is very good, depending on what you order. The soup of the day is usually excellent as it was this time, a squash soup with wonderful seasonings. The lamb was excellent but a little underdone. We have ordered the rockfish with heirloom tomatoes in the past and it was very nicely prepared. We will definitely return.
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