SWEETGRASS Lowcountry Cooking

3.6
47 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern

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"Sweetgrass" Low Country Cooking has offerings of home southern cooking, taking local products and fresh ingredients from farm to table.
Dining Style
Home Style
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Cuisines
Southern, Low Country, American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Daily: 6:00am - 9:00am; Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(301) 856-3343
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Lanydrek Pandzou
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Rt. 5 and Surratts Rd.
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Parking details
We are located in the Colony South Hotel witch has a very large parking lot for any size party.
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Public transit
We offer shuttle service from Branch Ave. metro station to the Hotel for your convenience.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.6based on all time ratings
3.6
food
3.7
service
3.6
ambience
3.7
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74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, and our server was awesome. Everything was timely and the energy was great, and even though there were about 3 large parties also being served, not once did the employees lack in customer service! This was an awesome experience! I will surely be back!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

If there was a negative, it was there were only two folks on the wait staff. With a party of 10 it can be a bit of a wait. (it was only myself and my wife) With that said, uder the circumstances the wait staff did good.

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

The entire experience was terrible. We placed our order, everyone food came out except my sons. My food, pulled pork, was cold. We asked for a manager. The manager was making excuses and very rude. There was one server waiting on the entire dinig room, but she was very pleasant. By the time my sons food came out everyone was finished eating. The manager never even apologized.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The server Hakim was excellent! He was attentive and very polite.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I recently dined at the restaurant for an anniversary brunch with my husband. We had gone before but was unable to dine as we didn't have a reservation. The dining room is very small and cramped and you can hear every conversation going on. The food was ok but the service from our waiter was excellent. Probably won't go again but not a bad experience.

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It had been a long time since we frequented this restaurant - and I was surprised that the buffet was squeezed into a little space. There was no butter available to put on food - like grits. The service at our table was excellent, and I appreciated the manager stopping by to ask about our experience. When a restaurant charges an automatic gratuity of 18%, I thought it was rather rude for a blank on the check suggesting an additional tip. All in all, it was a good experience, but not great.

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W
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really appreciate how the staff accommodates us for our monthly meetings. Thanks.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We came before closing so not many people. I like social settings next time i will plan for earlier time

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Great service (ony 2 occupied tables). Dishes were generally tasteless. Not recommended.

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F
Tallahassee
21 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Had dinner here because of proximity to our hotel. It was tasty but the waiter was clueless. He didn't know anything about beer, cobbler or the lentil soup. They really need to train their staff. The collard rolls were yummy and the butternut squash soup w pumpkin was great too.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Food was decent but having to wait nearly 20 minutes to go through a buffet line is ridiculous. The layout for the buffet is not well thought out.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would like to thank Valentine Currid for her support and checking up on us. A job well done.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a great lunch ... party of 14. Reserved three tables and were seated in a manner that allowed us enjoy each other (as one party). Staff was very attentive. Food was really good.

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W
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoy meeting for business at this location each month.

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KS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We booked via OpenTable but the restaurant did not have adequate seating. The hostess tried her best to accommodate us but the seating ended up being inconvenient and made for a less than desireable experience. I regretted staying and paying for my food.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent and the food was excellent as well.

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F
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had dinner. He had the meatloaf and I had the pork chop. The dinner was delicious. The restaurant was pretty empty, which was ok with us. My husband actually ran into an old co-worker which he hadn't seen in at least 20 years. We had a very good evening.

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JM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a birthday brunch and it was fantastic. I highly recommend it.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service... A hidden gem. Perfect for a date night or family dinner

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Went to Sweetgrass for Sunday brunch with a party of 10 out of town guest. When we arrived, they sat the party at two separate tables near the bathroom in the decoy lounge, not the sweetgrass restaurant. When we asked if we could move into the restaurant, we were told the empty tables were already reserved. I explained we had a reservation and was told that doesn't guarantee a table in the restaurant. The supervisor on duty refused to sit us in the restaurant and instead tried to accommodate us by moving us to another set of tables in the decoy lounge away from the bathroom entrance and in a less cold area. My party decided to stay and eat as we didn't have time to try to find somewhere else to go for our party size. Overall the food was good but I will not go back due to the service received by the supervisor of the restaurant.

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R
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

I think this place needs a great manager. It has potential but the inexperience and unknowledgable wait staff makes you not want to eat there. The bar tender is the worst ... they have a great cocktail menu but nothing tastes good. The food taste wise is lack luster although its pretty ...

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T
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The food was ok but kind of cold, also it didn't seem that they were replenishing with fresh food. For the cost you get a great value with the seafood but again the shrimp wasn't replenished at all and the staff seemed to be disengaged. This could be a great brunch spot but need a little more TLC and customer service

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G
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I found the atmosphere welcoming. The food was good especially the fried chicken, calamari and roasted Brussels sprouts. The servers were polite. The arrival time of the food needs improvement. Overall experience was good.

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JM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A FANTASTIC BRUNCH!!! Awesome food, awesome service, awesome price, plus the mimosas are A1! This place is a gem and I highly recommend them.

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OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The fact that I had to walk through a club/lounge ID check line and the loud music from the club muffled the music playing in the restaurant stood out the most. I wasn't happy with my food choices or menu options. However, my boyfriend liked his crab cake.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We were the first guest b to arrive. Our waitress was friendly and service was prompt. For appetizers hubby had cream of crab soup and it was delicious, I ordered chicken wings and they were season less, very bland. For main dish husband ordered the pork chops and said it was good. I ordered the ribs and left 95% on my plate. The sauce on the ribs had no taste, even my husband gave the ribs a thumbs down. We did not order dessert because they offered 4 choices and they were not appealing choices. My husband purchased 2 Groupons so we will be going back one more time. Hopefully I will find something I can enjoy, if not we will not be eating here again.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

We went for Sunday brunch reservation and were promptly seated and directed to the brunch bar. The area for the food was a decent size for the two of us but as it got later and crowded with people, it was difficult to get to the line as people waited for omelettes, waffles, and crab legs. The food was not good quality and the mimosas tasted like orange juice. The server was nice but seemed overwhelmed with his tables even though he just had to refill drinks. They automatically add 18% gratuity to your bill.

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C
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very nice restaurant with great food and great staff. It has a nice fireplace that can really add to the ambience, but it wasn't lit.

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JW
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were the only ones there at the time of our visit. It was very quiet and the staff were nice, friendly and courteous. Reasonable lunch prices but could add more choices to the menu.

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V
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We went for a small family gathering around the holidays. The food was good and they accommodated a small change to an entree. The food was delicious and prompt. The waitstaff was just a little green, but courteous.

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F
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent as usual. My husband loves the crab legs!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service...what more could you ask for

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We were there on a Thursday night. We had the place to our selves for most of the meal. It was quite, the food was good, the service was fine. Other reviews said it was slow, but I think it may because there is nothing done without a twist. Making a unique dish and its presentation takes more time. It is well worth the extra time.

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MP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have been going to the Colony South Hotel for years so when SWEETGRASS planted its roots, we had to try it out. We absolutely enjoyed our food and the quiet atmosphere. I say quiet because it was an early dinner on a Tuesday night. I ordered the chicken pot pie and it was every bit of savory from the delicious sauce, chucky pieces of chicken and light crust. My husband ordered the meatloaf with brussel sprouts and grits with gorgonzola cheese. The meatloaf was moist and the sprouts were perfectly roasted. I can't comment on the grits (I do not eat them) but my husband seemed to enjoy them. It is the perfect spot for a date night!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Sweetgrass had no reservation for us even though I had confirmation from Open Table. Luckily they had a table

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V
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Well I consider myself a Dining Out connoisseur and thought I would try this since its in the neighborhood. I went on a Tuesday for dinner. Well me n my guest were the ONLY ones in the restaurant . The service is very very slow. Not enough interaction w customer. I did like the unique items listed on the menu. Overall the food was okay. Salmon was moist. Crab cake was really good. So maybe they need to work out a few kinks. I'll try the Sunday brunch and see how that measures up.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Upon arrival, I was told my Open Table reservation was not received until that "afternoon".
The Hostess & Manager were very unapologetic & unconcerned. No effort made to acknowledge our reservation. The Manager also stated "they were experiencing similar problems with Open Table's reservation system". We stated to him "if this is a reoccurring problem, perhaps you need to discontinue service with Open Table". Jazz Brunch; NO JAZZ
For the Record: Will not be patronizing Sweetgrass.... anytime soon.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

People were friendly. Waiter was slow on service wasn't very attentive and people were not watching their children when getting food from buffet which allowed for them to pick up food and put it back or place their hands in certain dishes.

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P
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

My only bad review is that they are having some problems with flies. It would be a very good restaurant but they have flies coming from doors being opening and closing. The flies were annoying. I will not go back until they get that under control. If I told people about the restaurant I would have to tell them about the flies and they probably wouldn't go. The food, the service, the restaurant itself was all nice but the flies.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

First of all it was not handicap accessible for the buffet; the seafood was not at all fresh, the crablegs were soggy and the shrimp tasted horrible. The presentation of the buffet was not at all appealing. It is much overpriced considering the quality of the food. Would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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