Rod N Reel

3.7
809 reviews
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Rod ‘N’ Reel has been a premier waterfront dining destination since 1946. While feasting on delicious local seafood you can smell the salt air and feel the Bay breeze as the bustle of harbor activity unfolds before you. Gilles Syglowski, Food Critic for What’s Up? Magazine, boasts, “Superb. The fish was moist and delicious…overstuffed with a smooth, tasty imperial crab mixture-a simply delightful dish! “Jumbo lump crab cakes have been the signature dish here for decades but tenderness, juiciness and flavor also abound in our certified steaks. Saturday Rise ‘N” Shine Breakfast Buffet, 7 am to 12 pm. Sunday Breakfast Buffet is wildly popular, 7 am to 1 pm, folks drive miles for smiles and an abundance of creative fare on Sunday. Lunch and dinner served 7 days.

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PT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was excellent, but the service was slow. Drinks were excellent.

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OB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had reservations. After waiting a half hour we watched as a couple was seated. The hostess announced "They had reservations." D'oh. So did we except ours were for a half hour earlier. The right had doesn't know what the left hand is doing. Incompetent. At the outside bar the bartender opened a bottle of white wine when I asked for a Cabernet. We live 10 minutes away and would love to have a good restaurant to go to with a waterview. We won't be back. We'll be going to Hook and Vine even though there's no view. They honor reservations and have great food.

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CH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Once this establishment hires more employees to man the omelette line, pancake and waffle station and make sure OJ/juice is in the containers continuously this will be great! So many stations didn’t have an adequate food supply (no ham in the dish by the omelette, no butter on the pancake and waffle station and OJ dispenser consistently empty) it was very frustrating as you have your plate of food in hand and waiting 10-20mins for pancakes or a drink.

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AN
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The service was poor at best, the food was overpriced, over cooked, and small portions. I was very disappointed and did not even want to pay for the crappy food and awful service. I will not return there or recommend to anyone.

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KM
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

I wanted a spaghetti and Sinatra experience but I did not hear much Sinatra. The spaghetti was some of the best I have ever had.

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F
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Rod n Reel’s food and the ambiance is amazing.

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CM
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our waitress seemed preoccupied. It wasn’t that busy when we were there. At beginning of our order, I showed her my birthday coupon you all emailed me (ThankYou).

She said she didn’t know how to incorporate it and would need to ask. That didn’t happen. My bill came and I forgot about the coupon. We came from Ashburn-me 1.5 hours. An hour for my Doctor friend who I was introducing the area to from Alexandria. We stayed the eve in the hotel there. So after we had already left and was there probably two hours, I realized I didn’t get my free 2nd entree up to $17.00 and my coupon I believe expires 5/24/19. I doubt I can make it back until maybe the end of summer. I have eaten at your restaurant 5 times in 1.5 years. We always enjoy it. Thank you.

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AW
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alex our server was the best. The food was wonderful and the view of the bay was beautiful. It was clean but a touch out dated however they are planning on extensive remodeling and we would most definitely go back again !

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BV
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

We had reservations for a wedding party of 14 people. We had one person as wait staff. While half of the party had finished their food order, then the rest of the party received their orders. Service was very poor. A joyous occasion was not so joyous. Management should've assisted with additional support.

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K
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Despite being slow Saturday night, it took a really long time to get a server finally to our table. Another table that was seated after us was taken care of, even got their bread and drinks, but we were ignored for some reason. It took me having to flag someone down in order to get waters and a menu. We made a reservation ahead of time because it was a birthday celebration and instead of having a good birthday dinner, it was like pulling teeth to get anything. Food, water refills and anything else was delayed. Again, this was NOT a packed house so I didn’t understand why everything had to be so difficult. Slow service + mediocre food. We came there for a very special occasion and ended up leaving with a very bad first impression. You will not be getting a second.

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J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner delicious. Only drawback was the valet parking. No parking close to restaurant. Waited 20 minutes to retrieve our car. Will be fine when they finish building the new parking garage.

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S
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Overpriced and the service was horrible from the minute we walked in. Never asked if we had reservations, felt rushed, just an overall bad experience.

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MG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hadn't been here in a couple years but the food was incredible... Service was attentive without being obtrusive. If course had seafood, honestly why else would you go 😊
Crab cakes were all crab with no fillers. We also had the rock fish imperial which was described as heavenly. Even the appetizer and desserts were top notch. Reasonably priced and once the parking garage is finished getting in and out will be much smoother

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JD
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were fantastic. Our table wasn't stable. There were a few knats. When leaving the people at the front were not real friendly, like they were having there own get together.

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n
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Greeted by an exhausted hostess who was overwhelmed. It was Easter but not crowded. Nice view of the water. But - cheap rolls, cold food, couldn’t even finish the crab cake. Fastest service all night was getting the bill!

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TD
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Unfortunately it seemed no one wanted to wait on our table..in fact a server replied after being asked by the hostess "No..I can't..I've been working since 7"..everyone at my table overheard them..because they were so close tonour table during tgeir discussion..we had planned this ocassion by reservations in honor of my mother's birthday..everyone at the table felt we had inconvienced everyone of the servers..it was quite embarrassing to have been dismissed in such a way being that most of the bday guests had never been to Rod n Reel and had to be treated in this manner.

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l
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

While our experience was overall good there were some experiences that were not so good. Buffett looked dried up and not enticing. Also, the lack of bus helpers to clear tables was very apparent, lots of tables around us not cleared of dirty dishes. While the staff we encountered were pleasant and helpful they didn't seem glad to see us. Maybe the long day and lack of help was the reason not many were smiling except the valet who brought us our car, the half an hour wait for our car was unacceptable. We understand the construction but maybe you need more staff on a holiday weekend all around. The parking garage is a BIG eyesore. While the food was very good the other experiences need improvement. I am a returning customer and have been in Calvert County 35 years.

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Had reservations, however; the wait to be checked in was long; I would suggest that the hostess should inquire if anyone has reservations. Our waitress Ms Emma was okay, however; to her defense maybe their should have been more staffing. I
asked for sugar and it took our waitress three trips past my table while assisting the table behind my party before bringing us our sugar.

The food is always good, however; the service can put a damper on enjoying our meal.

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RA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The selection and quality of the buffet was sub-standard this year.

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ME
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The view was incredible and that alone makes this restaurant worth the visit.

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LM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Went there for Spaghetti and Sinatra night. Enjoyable evening and pleasantly surprised by the food quality. Spaghetti and meatballs may sound unexciting, but their rendition was excellent and an authentic Italian “gravy” - definitely not from a jar. Steamed clams in garlic cream sauce were incredible. And the live rat pack music rounded out an enjoyable dining experience.

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FR
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My entire experience was not what I expected from this type of establishment and especially with the prices they charge. My food was average at best. I had to keep asking the waiter for things. And the thing that bothered me the most is that I had to look at dirty dishes while I was there. Every time they cleaned a table the would put the dirty dishes where I could see them instead of taking them away.

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LP
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rod N Reel was recommended by a relative. And just as surely l will recommend with as much zest to others.

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CO
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was good but expensive. View of the bay was amazing. Inside of restaurant is dated. Pealing paint dirty, carpet, and ripped booths. It was very quiet and peaceful though

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LP
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food and service.

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GS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and Service were outstanding, as usual.
Parking will be a challenge until construction is completed.

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d
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

At this time of the week/evening, the dining area was not crowded.

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EM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Checking in at the hostess station was very easy. We were greeted and seated in a few moments. The special request was honored as well. The food and service was outstanding as usual. Looking forward to the next visit with family.

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GE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday evening reservation not very crowded, apparently we missed the earlier busy period. We were seated window side but too dark to view the dock and marina. A perfect manhattan cocktail while looking over a nice menu. A seafood lovers paradise, the baked crab imperial was all moist and delicate fresh crab, delicious. Served with whipped mash potatoes and brussel sprouts. Probably the best calamari we have enjoyed in a long time. An excellent choice...

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G
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was good, great and Excellent. Parking was OKAY

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JR
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was very nice,but seemed flustered. Perhaps he was new. Out of a party of ten, nine people were unhappy with their dinner. We were surprised because we had been there for their brunch which was very good. The restaurant is lovely.

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p
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I would never go late to the brunch again out of a lot of items especially at the omelet station. Early bird gets the worm. Valet parking was nice and convenient.

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SS
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food good. Never advertised shrimp available for omelets. You had to know to ask for it. Strictly breakfast and dessert foods. No lunch. Waffles delicious. Will go again.

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CS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was actually very quiet for a Saturday night. The kitchen was a bit slow, but our waitress was courteous and helpful. Everyone enjoyed their entrees.

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WK
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You will be having another Sinatra night on March 20th and my grandson wants to go on that
night also, His sister is going to try and be here from North Carolina so she can go, my sister and another grandson as well. My grandson Terrell is the one I took with me on February 20th he is 20 years ls study about Sinatra in college and is into music but Sinatra is one of his favorite. Really enjoyed the meal and music.

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W
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice birthday celebration spot!

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TK
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious, however the portions are too small.

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MW
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Server was exceptional, staff was pleasant, ambiance was quiet and comforting, AND our entire meal was delightfully delicious.

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LM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Valentine’s Day dinner. Romantic music and Chef Bill suggested a great Cod special with Peruvian purple Potatos ... tasted great!!!
Dessert was as extra special for us as it was to Julia Child’s !!!
We shall return and bring family and friends.

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SL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

JUST FOR THAT ALL YOU CAN EAT PART NOT THE DINNER.... MY STEAK WAS COVER UP WITH SOME SAUCE WHEN I WIPED THE SAUCE I SAW THAT MY STEAK WAS STILL BLEEDING OUT HEAVY WHICH I ASK FOR EXTRA WELL DONE NO PINK

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