The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
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Thu - Fri 5:30PM - 6:45PM 8:30PM - 9:00PM
The chef is obviously very talented and the ingredients are of high quality. After the appetizers it however went downhill. The problem is a common one — chefs employing their feverish imagination to experiment with a combination of flavors only few of which succeed and many best not repeated except if you hold some specific fetish — for example bland chicken roast on a bed of rice soaked in vinegar. Or a halfway flavorful pistachio soufflé that dissolved into a half a jar of thick oats porridge. The problem is not a bad chef but an immodest one — he should learn from his more sublime but simply flavored bread biscuits. Experimenting is good but only if you share with your diners what succeeds. Otherwise your diners are just guinea pigs subsidizing your experiments, good and terrible. Otherwise great view and friendly staff. Tom Siestema at the Post too of course shares some of the blame — an immodest critic looking for the out of the ordinary which off course defines experimental cuisine. Perhaps the restaurant should offer half price experimental dishes and full price on the successes? That way the risk of innovations gets more fairly shared?
What a delightful gem of a restaurant! A stunning view, hospitable service, interesting decor, and delicious, diverse, and hearty food straight from the local farm. It was a terrific place to celebrate our anniversary. We will definitely return!
Every aspect of our experience was outstanding. The flavors were exceptional, and the staff’s attention to detail was superb. We highly recommend!!!
We come here every couple of months because the food and overall experience is unfailingly outstanding. Each course features unusual combinations of tastes and, in our case, was marked by a superb wine pairing. This is the very best in fine cuisine.
An amazing experience i smell a Michelin star coming soon
Eclectic, delicious and unique dining experience. Great experience.
One of the most amazing dining experiences I have ever had.
Such a gem!! Food and service were exceptional. Great atmosphere and we will be back for sure.
Went there for my bday and food and service was excellent! They had a personalized menu for me. Can't wait to come back during warm and sunny weather to see the view and sit outside. Only item was the noise level, but definitely coming back!
Great for a special occasion. It is worth the hour drive from most of the metro area.
We always enjoy the beautiful setting and delicious cuisine at Patowmack Farm Restaurant. The view of the bucolic countryside (with distant glimpses of the Potomac River) is peaceful. The outside terrace ambiance and the inside "greenhouse" ambiance are unique for this region. The chef is very creative in the selection and presentation of the "farm to table" menu. The staff are friendly and knowledgable. We appreciated their excellent service. The spacing of the tables provides a quiet atmosphere for relaxed conversation. We especially savored their Thanksgiving feast -- for which we were very grateful.
My favorite restaurant.
Always an adventure in food and drink.
The lunch was a wonderful experience and worth the trip.
Went for dinner to celebrate husband's birthday, and what a special night. Every member of the staff that came to our table wished him a happy birthday, and were so warm and welcoming. The food was off the charts from presentation, flavor, and creativity. We loved every.single.minute. Can't wait to go back to try their brunch!
The experience of dinner was marvelous -- the procession of the dishes was expertly timed, and the food/wine pairings were excellent. Service was smooth and supportive, with little delights. I found the continuation of the flavor through the dishes to be revelatory, as I am certain the chef hoped.
Great service. Fun food. Enjoyed chat with owner and waiter. Less smoke and needs more outdoor lighting in parking lot.
We have always enjoyed the Sunday suppers. November's edition, featuring Japanese cuisine, met/exceeded our high expectations! The tailored mixed drink and sake options added a special touch to a menu that brought back fond gastronomic memories of our travels in Japan....
Amazing food! Amazing staff! Amazing view! Absolutely recommend coming here!
Dakota was an amazing server. The food was top notch and the views were breathtaking! We will be back!!!
Always a fabulous, innovative meal with fantastic staff, and the owner dropping by for a chat. I love this restaurant!
Beautiful presentation from very knowledgable waiters! Everything was wonderful. Just may have needed a little guidance on craft cocktails. Loved the atmosphere and ambiance. Fabulous wait staff! Thank You!
Beautiful scenery and location, enjoyed my brunch with my husband. The service is implacable and one of the best Bloody Mary I have ever had, can’t wait yo go back.
Patowmack Farm never disappoints- creative food, wonderfully presented. The specialty cocktails are a treat! The wait staff is superb. Highly recommend.
The occasion for this meal was a lunch with a rarely-visiting grand aunt, two couples and a 15-month old toddler. Even on a bleak day in November, the setting is spectacular. And this restaurant really does absolutely everything in its power to make your dining experience special and memorable. We started with cocktails, including a handcrafted rum-based one for me, and “mocktails” for my pregnant stepdaughter and her tee-totaling husband. Do NOT skip the “bread service”, which on this visit was a hot homemade English muffin with sweet hickory butter (the bread in question varies). Amazing! The waitstaff will guide you well in helping to sort out the menu; sometimes it is hard to decode an unusual ingredient or determine how filling a particular appetizer plate will be. (But at least there is no silly “shared plate” expectation! — order and eat your own damn food.) two of us did a wild rice and mushroom soup as a starter — deemed exceptional — and two of us did a radish tartine which, as billed, was a good light start to the meal. Of the entree options, among the five of us we tried three: fried chicken (amazing), catfish (ditto), and brisket. Each dish was exquisitely conceived, prepared and delivered. We did two desserts as well, including a pear-ginger soufflé which was spectacular. The tab was not cheap — not by any stretch — but for an exceptional meal, particularly in this neck of the woods, you can’t do better.
Always a wonderful experience - food / service.
Amazing food and service!!!
My husband and I had a memorable birthday meal (his) at The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm. Our waiter and his colleagues delivered the food, and the detailed information about the food, exceptionally well, and were also personable and welcoming. We have not for a long time experienced such a variety of flavors, the vast majority of which we enjoyed immensely. The only "downside" was for my husband, who felt that there was a little too much salt for his taste. (This was a little surprising, given that I am usually the one who is extra sensitive to salt and I didn't have any such issues.) Believe it or not, I especially enjoyed the experience of having the chef determine the menu for me! The only thing I had to think about was what cocktail and wine to choose - and our waiter was very helpful with that as well! It was a great experience - thanks!!
My wife and I were very pleased with the Indian-themed Sunday meal. Our only disappointment was that the early darkness this time of year prevented us from looking around the farm. We will return.
This restaurant was an amazing experience. It was more a tasting than a course. The courses were incredibly small, and extremly interesting more than delicious. Though many parts were delicious the whole experience was more about deconstruction and reconstruction of history, food, and the environment. I would say this restaurant would be a one and done thing for me. Because of its price. The food did not awe me enough to come back though it was all very fascinating.
Made brunch reservations for my mom’s bday. We were immediately seated and were brought menus special menus greeting my mother a happy birthday as the header (very nice touch!). Our server gave a brief history of the restaurant and a cery detailed description of each item on the menu. Food was great. Awesome views, since the restaurant is located on the very top of a hill. Highly recommended for its service and quality of food and preparation. I made reservations for dinner service the weekend after xmas. Can’t wait to go back! Well worth the drive and money :)
We wanted a special venue to celebrate my wife's 60th birthday and The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm fit the bill perfectly! The progression menu was excellent and the staff's knowledge of what they were serving, as well as history behind the dishes, was very interesting and told with conviction. The wine pairings were superb (according to my wife). I was the DD, but the staff recommended a good sipping bourbon so that I could take part in the festivities.
Due to food allergies, I was unable to partake in some of the food. Since the menu is pre-fixed I understand that I would not be able to eat all of it. I was not given alternative items, instead I was given what I could eat but not extra to make up for what I couldn't, I mean 2 SLICES of a radish does not make up for an oyster - they could have given what I could not eat to my husband - we did pay the same amount $110 per person. I was told when I explained my food allergy that an alternative would be provided. That was not the case. Services was great and what we did eat was good. Atmosphere was nice as well. Do not go hungry....apples and almond butter when we arrived home!
We always go here when we have special occasions. Beverly is an amazing host, Jane our server is very personable as well as the other staff. And of course, food is always great. They even had really good vegan food for me.
The food is always well prepared, interesting, presented exquisitely, and served by knowledgable wait staff. Great wine list that includes many very good local vineyards. The ambiance may not be for everyone but I find it relaxing and interesting. The owner is a lovely woman who is friendly and engaging. The entire experience is one we have enjoyed a few times now and we always look forward to returning.
Our experience resulted in us having less respect for Tom Sietsema. Although the food was good, everything was overly done, creating busyness of seasoning and ingredients, rather than clarity. In general, the wait staff were young and inexperienced. The presentation of each course was overly pretentious. Not worth the drive to get there.
We had the best dinner here! Have always heard great things about it so my husband and I decided to give it a try. The service, the food and ambiance was out of this world. Would definitely recommend for a special occasion, on the pricier end but worth every penny. We will be back!
Amazing! Such a unique experience! Pawpaw Pavlova - wow!!!!!!
Great experience! Really enjoyed the scenary, the presentation and food.
This is the second year that we have gone to the Restaurant for my girlfriend's birthday. Last year we had an amazing experience. This year was good, but not extraordinary. We were greeted by a cold host who did not really greet us. He seemed like maybe he had a rough Friday night, as he coldly asked "what's the reservation number"? He did not smile, no happy birthday, he did not say anything else at all really. Strange. Our server was great. She was very friendly and helpful. She said happy birthday and seemed happy to serve us. The ambiance was great, it was quiet and light music was relaxing, and the view is amazing. The food was good, but not great. The appetizers and the desserts were our favorite part, the entrees were a bit underwhelming for the price. I got the rabbit, and the dish was kind of dry and did not have a whole lot of flavor- the tahini paste coated my mouth like peanutbutter and that is kind of all I tasted. It needed some color or spice or variation or something to improve it. My girlfriend got the spiced pork in a green sauce and it was just ok. We will probably be back next year again for her birthday, and I hope that our experience is more like last year than this year.
Still one of the best restaurants in the DMV. Every experience is new. Worth the drive every time.