Smashing Grapes - Gambrills

4.4
443 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
A fusion of Mediterranean and California Coastal cuisines, paired with world class wines and craft cocktails that will transcend the expectations of even the boldest of palates.

This is something very new and completely unique both to our region and the larger food scene. Smashing Grapes brings what is timely and special about the West Coast food scene to the Mid-Atlantic region.

Smashing Grapes boasts an expansive wine lists of bold reds and crisp and tangy whites from Spain, Argentina, Germany, California and beyond. In addition to its broad wine list, Smashing Grapes’ seasoned chef, Matthew Newland, crafted a menu highlighting Coastal California inspired dishes with sustainably sourced, unique ingredients.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 443 people are saying
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RhondaB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My party and I had to order from the Brunch menu although we wanted a dinner menu. Our reservation was a 2 p.m. Once we received our drink order, it was almost time for the dinner menus. However, we made ourselves content with ordering off the Brunch menu. The waiter was excellent. The cook was very slow with our food. We received our food at different times versus us all getting our meal at the same time. The food was very tasty.

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EJ2017
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Jason was exceptional with his service. The only complaint was that our water cups were dirty - spotty and streaky. Jason bought freshly cleaned cups and everything from them on was perfect. Good delicious. Price acceptable/expected. Environment was clean and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Everything was good but the food was not the best

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Worst experience ever! First let’s start with when we arrived, the first thing out of the hostesses mouth was the time we would have to wait to be seated. Not a greeting, or a welcome or even an inquiry to if we had reservations. Then we get seated, and the waitress drops the drinks on me and all over my table and seat area. While she profusely apologized, my irritation was already high. Her lack of service from there just got worse. Our appetizers came and I didn’t have utensils, I had to track someone down just to get her back over. Mind you brunch is over so the restaurant is close to empty. A manager tried to come over and address and smooth things over but he fell short, a free drink was the least you should’ve offered. Was super disappointed with our experience and feel like their service needs an huge upgrade especially for the prices. Needless to say I won’t be spending my money at that location again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Sinaca was an exceptional waitress. Super service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had some friends visiting from NY and wanted to show them a good time. Seneca was awesome and super attentive! Food was excellent, as usual and we had a quiet spot in the back which made the experience even more special.

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PeggiM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was friendly, and very efficient! The place is beautiful and was a perfect place for our family gathering! My niece is vegan and I am gluten free so I loved that we had options too!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Thanksgiving buffet more than met my expectation. So much food and everything was so delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Thanksgiving Buffet

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chris1209
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Some of the items on the calamari plate was burnt. I think they were garlic chips. The halibut was very dry and did not come with pierogis just whipped potatoes. The staff was wonderful

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vipHappy
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and nice variety of food options.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to eat; wonderful service and food!

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vipLeeW0004
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated in a booth giving us plenty of room. Our Server ‘Tori’ ((Victoria) was the BEST!! She made a good evening perfect. Burger and flank steak were also good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance is amazing and the manager Giovani and the somalier Tom were so gracious; Cali was our server and I would love to be I her section again.

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lizzy
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and good servers. We were seated immediately. The server spend a lot of time with us. She was excellent.

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TamaraT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A group of friends socializing

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SamP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The atmosphere, food, and drink was fantastic. We went during the live jazz performance, which was also wonderful. My only complaint was that we were seated 20 minutes after the time we reserved.

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MsStephAR
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great first time visit. Hostess and Wait Staff were professional and courtious.
Good food and ambience. Love, Loved the Blueberry Cobbler. Will be back for that and the Marguerite Flatbread. Both scrumptious.

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vipKymme
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good superb!!
Grilled salmon & the Halibut were good, small but good!!

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FANYIUS
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

So I would not do this on a normally, however placing keyboard to screen. I would say my wife and I had a wonderful time at Smashing Grapes Gambrills.
Evening started at 7:30pm got ushered to our table by our host and right away "Ken" who did excellently well by walking us through the food and drinks menu. Oops! least I forget the Manager came to say hello and wish my wife a Happy Birthday with complementary Champagne ;)
Our food came on time and were served hot (Even though I had looked at past reviews after I had made the reservation and most complains were around temp their food came out and wanted to change my mind).
The evening moved on well and it actually made our day. Thanks for the hospitality Smashing Grapes Gambrills and we look forward to our next visit soon.

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DianaM
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing experience for my best friend’s birthday!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent customer service, highly recommended!!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, and the service was superb! Will be dining again in the very near future!

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vipRobynH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

We waited for ten minutes and finally asked for someone to take our order.

We ordered food to go. When we got home part of the order was missing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything and everyone did a phenomenal job! Thank you!

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Shan
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit for brunch. Seated promptly per reservation and waiter and food was great. Definitely will be back.

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vipJohnJ
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Service was very slow but we expected this like every other restaurant challenged by staffing shortages. Our server was attentive as was practical. Food quality was very good but way overpriced. Background music was loud and did not match the ambiance. That changed when the live jazz band kicked in and it was a welcomed change.

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Sincere
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience3

The CHEF was rude and not friendly and not accommodating. Yes The CHEF. Our waiter was awesome. Thank you kindly Julian. The CHEF is valuable due to the fact he is cooking the meal.

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ranm06252016
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

This was our second time dining at Smashing Grapes in Gambrills. The food has been solid both times. However, I will say attention to detail with the food is a bit lacking. I ordered the spinach pasta dish and the menu did not include mushrooms in this dish, but it showed up containing lots of mushrooms that I could thankfully pick around. We also order the cheesecake and asked for the cherry compote on the side and that request was not carried through. Our server himself was great, but overall they seem to struggle with timing in the restaurant. We repeatedly waited quite a bit of time in between orders (i.e. drinks, apps, mains, then dessert) and after ordering each waited some more. Not sure if this is a kitchen issue or front of the house issue, but either way I wouldn't recommend dining here if you are in a hurry. Would give them another try, but they still have some wrinkles to iron out overall.

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TomH
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The restaurant is nice, plenty of space and not to noisy. The server was great and very attentive. The food was good, but the portions were small for the price. Overall won’t be going back.

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vipFinestDiningInBaltimore
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was outstanding per usual.I had the rockfish which was pretty good but my wife’s steak and fries came out cold which was unfortunate. After they ‘warmed’ it up it still lacked the quality of the previous visits, so that was disappointing. The doughnuts were a nice addition to the dessert menu. Overall while things were good it was a notch below our previous trips to Smashing Grapes.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had dinner here for my birthday. It was my first time here. The food was amazing and all staff were professional and polite. I have no complaints at all! Will definitely being coming back!

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Kayla
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was amazing. Everything I ordered tasted so good! Service was great as well, Emily was a great server!

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vipDivaGrande
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, and great evening! We had lobster risotto and shrimp fettuccine which were both delicious. Emily was a wonderful server!

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NAdams
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

French toast was unappealing - low cinnamon flavor. 1 piece wasn’t cooked throughly. 2nd plate was Denver omelette - no seasoning. Edible but very bland. Mimosas with oj- just ok. Sat outside. Windy but nice. Server - Ryan was good!

Would be willing to try other dishes besides Brunch menu. Would not recommend brunch to anyone and it was recommended to me.

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vipfoodie4life
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent… the service was great. A little overpriced.

We had the French toast, crab benedict and omelet dishes. Everyone enjoyed their dishes. The sriracha bacon was given special mention. enjoyed by all. There were no complaints on our plates. 😋

Several at our table ordered mimosas. They enjoyed them, but we’re not happy with getting a champagne glass that was only 1/2 filled given it was priced at the going rate for a full glass. Similarly, the coffee was priced at the going rate, but was not a refillable beverage. I understand that policy for the specialty coffee drinks, but not for just a plain cup of coffee.

Service was great. We didn’t have to wait long to be seated. Our outside table was in a great location under the heated elements. And our server Kenny was attentive, professional and friendly. Thanks Kenny for making our experience an enjoyable one.

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OpenTable Diner
Key West
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding lamb special, good bottle of wine that was recommended, service was outstanding. Full house at 8 p.m. on a Friday night, so glad we made a reservation! A little on the pricey side, but worth it. We’ll be back!

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MelissaL
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Overall it was ok. We waited almost 20 minutes for someone to come to our table and introduce themselves and give us water….our app came out at the same time as our drinks and bread. They did not do a good job with timing of getting the drinks/food out. Luckily we held off on ordering our entree so that we could pace our meal out ourselves. We also indicated it was someone’s bday while making the reservation and it was not acknowledged….even though a party beside us it was. The food was average.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner with friends. Second time there. Excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service and great atmosphere!

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Smashing Grapes - Gambrills is rated 4.4 stars by 443 OpenTable diners.

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