About The Bench - Gaithersburg Marriott

You’ll find a delicious seat for life’s events at The Bench, our new restaurant, bar and lakeside patio located in Gaithersburg Marriott at Rio Washingtonian Center. Enjoy a chef-prepared menu of regional American cuisine infused with modern attitude and sourced from artisan purveyors and Maryland brewers for business lunches, romantic dinners and refreshing cocktails with friends.

Savor social plates, snacks and appetizers including our signature "chicken corn chowder" and "kale chips" with parmesan & chili. Fill up with an inspired selection of salads, sandwiches and entrées. Sip a "cranberry mojito" from our list of handcrafted cocktails, draft micro-brews and international wine.

Opened in April 2013, The Bench offers comfortable furnishings, custom technology cubbies for home-style viewing and outdoor televisions so that you can catch a game or the sunset over the lake.

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9751 Washingtonian Blvd
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast
Monday - Friday.......6:30am - 11:00am
Saturday..................7:00am - 12:00pm
Sunday....................7:00am - 1:00pm

Lunch / Dinner
Monday - Friday.......11:00am - 12:00am
Saturday..................12:00pm - 12:00am
Sunday....................1:00pm - 12:00am

Cross Street:
Fields Rd

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(301) 212-6122

Website:
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/

Parking Details:
Complimentary parking is available at the Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center or the Rio Entertainment Complex

Executive Chef:
Aaron Tootill

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Bench - Gaithersburg Marriott Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

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4.0

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3.5

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3.8

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2017

First visit. Dinner with colleagues before a business meeting. It was very nice. A nice surprise and will definitely come again - even for lunch.

Tags: Happy Hour, Cozy, Casual, Quick Bite, Fun
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Great place. Good menu. Attentive staff. Good value

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The food and service were great. Just needs more food options.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 15, 2017

This is a hotel restaurant with a fairly limited menu though there are choices both for entrees & sandwiches. Parking is pretty easy.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2016

We decided on the Bench for Christmas Dinner after a home dinner didn't work out, based on reasonable recommendations and few other options. This was a major mistake. First the humus appetizer came with inedible brick hard pita bread, which we had to return. THEN, worst we were told all 3 of the entrees that we were interested in ordering were UNAVAILABLE, and of the 6 entrees on the menu there were only 3 options left, and there was only 1 serving left of one of them (glad we got there when we did, at 5:30). So we quickly ordered the last chicken and 2 orders of crabcakes, while they were still there; there weren't many other diners at the time. Server, who was pleasant, apologized. Unbelievable. Would never go back.

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on July 10, 2016

Both Bartenders were really friendly! We enjoyed that, but food wasn't special, just ok!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 9, 2016

We were celebrating our anniversary. The service, the ambiance, and food was great. Our server was kind and attentive. As soon as we walked in, we were greeted. I explain that we were early for our reservations and we were properly seated without hesitation by the hostess. The appetizer and our entrees were great.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 28, 2016

We eat at this restaurant a couple of times a year. We usually share the restaurant with only a handful of people. This visit the restaurant was full and, not surprisingly, much noisier than is our preference. They also had a new menu with some new and appetizing choices. The food was quite good. Inspite of the noise (2 weddings & many young adult soccer players watching a soccer tournament on numerous TV screens) we found our dinner a pleasant surprise.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 2, 2016

Poor service, only ordered a starter and 2 drinks before we decided to leave.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2015

I decided that instead of cooking Christmas dinner, I would take my family out and be able to relax and enjoy the time with them. It was a good choice!

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 19, 2015

Great view out over the lake. Good food and service. Really really dog friendly. We sat outside with our puppy who was provided with treats and a dog bowl to drink from.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 6, 2015

Ate out on the patio overlooking the lake - a great spot to relax and catch up with friends. Service was very friendly and efficient. Good sandwiches. Will definitely go again- want to try Happy Hour too.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 25, 2015

Stopped in for lunch- sat outside- very comfortable and nice atmosphere being on the lake. Food was delicious and the service was so friendly! Definitely will return.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 27, 2015

Most enjoyable - fine service - delicious steak entree

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2015

My date and I decided to try a local restaurant that we had previously walked past many times. I'm speaking of "The Bench" in the Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Hotel located next to the lake in the Washingtonian Center. My date and I had strolled past the outdoor cafe of "The Bench" many times on the path around the lake. We decided to have dinner there the other night and were blown away. The restaurant's interior is elegant and up to the Marriott standards I've grown to expect. Our server was extremely welcoming, friendly, and knowledgeable about the menu. Our food was delivered promptly and timed perfectly between courses. The dishes we ordered had a great presentation, were hot, and, most importantly, were copious in quantity and quality! We definitely will tell our friends and family of our new found dining gem!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 12, 2014

The layout, menu, and service all hearken to the typical hotel restaurant format, but there just that touch better and in a significantly better location than you would expect. The food was good, the service was friendly, and overall I thought it was a rather unexpectedly good experience. That said,this is all relative to the typical hotel restaurant experience. This isn't a full-blown restaurants fit for foodies or the like. It is an unexpectedly good hotel restaurant if you're staying there or even if you work in the area and are looking for a lunch spot.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 2, 2014

excellent service and excellent food! Greeted with warmth and friendly staff

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 29, 2014

for a hotel restaurant this is worth the visit from the general public; excellent food and service and a great happy hour

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 6, 2014

Hotel restaurant feels like it is in the middle of the hotel lobby. Too loud, poor service, slow service, out of certain items listed on the menu, overpriced.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 8, 2014

We've gone to The Bench before and enjoyed everything about it. This time the service was laughable. There were 3 restaurant employees with 3 tables in the entire restaurant and we had to ask for everything. They sat us outdoors on an August afternoon with temps at 85 degrees. They didn't even offer a glass of water. No one came back to refill the water glasses and we only saw them smile when they came to collect a tip. Our salads were tasty and we definitely enjoyed them. Desserts were good as well but we had to prompt them to ask if we even wanted dessert.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 25, 2014

The only reason we visited this place this was the only restaurant in Rio with no wait time. It was Friday night and all the good places around the lake were booked with 1hr + waiting list. What I can tell. The only good thing about this place is location, if you seat outside you look at the lake. Food was not great and overpriced, the same goes for drinks. The food came out after about an hour waiting. Highly not recommended!

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 23, 2014

It was slightly busier than the last time I came here. The service was slower than usual. The alcoholic beverage was stronger than last time. The food was not as good as the last time. I ordered Mini Sliders and the meat was not medium but well done. It wasn't juicy like the first time I had it. My friend ordered sea salt chips with onion dip which was delicious but slightly overpriced.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 14, 2014

The restaurant is about what you would expect from a hotel restaurant: Good but not great food, good but not great service, good but not great ambience, and slightly overpriced. If you are staying at the hotel and didn't feel like driving to another restaurant, it is not a bad place to eat. If your are used to eating at restaurants in Bethesda/Chevy Chase, then you will likely be disappointed. The Bench is more upscale then you will find in the chain restaurants surrounding it. However, it is not upscale dining. The server was kind, but the kitchen was slow even though they were only half-seated on a Friday at 8 pm. Other reviewer's raved about the devilled eggs--I would have to disagree. The crab cakes were decent with an excellent sauce.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on March 6, 2014

Good location for business lunch - service friendly, food well prepared and quick. Good value for the money and professional atmosphere away from the hubbub.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2014

My wife and i made a last minute call to go there for dinner after seeing ok reviews on open table. I'm not sure where they came from since our experience seemed really sub-par. From the start they didn't have our reservation listed even though i had my open table reservation confirmation. That's just the start and here are another list of items that didn't go well either.

1. Food Service was really slow
2. Server was unexperienced and needed more training
3. Table wasn't cleared before serving the next round
4. Chips that were served were stale
5. Asked for fresh chips and never got them.
6. Had to grab a straw from the bar myself since service was slow and inexperienced.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2013

For a late date inquiry, I was very satisfied with the meal, service, and location. The price for the holiday special was very reasonable. I would definitely go for lunch, brunch, or just a go to spot.

Tags: Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2013

My wife and I had dinner there last week and were were very pleasantly surprised by both the quality of the food and the modern, contemporary atmospphere. We shared the roasted zucchini/hummus,yoguart appetizer. My wife had a crab cake, and I had the short ribs, for our main course. For dessert, we shared the brownie mousse, in an edible choclate tulip. All were very good! Our waitress was exceptional - extremely friendly and also knowlegeable about the food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 2013

I came to Bench for lunch with my wife we got the Slider app, they were amazing. I also had the club sandwich which was great. The wife had the chicken salad which was huge with plenty of chicken. I will be back for sure.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 18, 2013

Ambiance was fair-- it was too well lit; a tad bit dimmer would have set a better mood for a dining experience. Very comfortable seating. I would have enjoyed sitting on the patio if the weather were warmer.

Service was great-- she was very attentive and extremely friendly.

Drinks-- got there with just enough time to enjoy 1 glass of wine at happy hour price of $3!

Appetizers-- would get the deviled eggs with crab meat on top again, but would skip the kale chips.

Food-- the short rib sandwich was delicious.

Dessert-- creme brulee cheesecake was awesome as well as the chocolate moose.

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