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The Bench - Gaithersburg Marriott, Gaithersburg, MD

The Bench - Gaithersburg Marriott

3.9
3.9
49 Reviews
$30 and under
American

You’ll find a delicious seat for life’s events at The Bench - a restaurant, bar and lakeside patio located in Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center at rio Lakefront. Since opening 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. Whether you are dining inside, outside or grabbing to-go, our Chef-curated menu of regional American and modern infused cuisine is carefully sourced from artisan purveyors and Maryland brewers. The Bench offers high-quality options for romantic dinners, casual happy hours or business meals.

Savor appetizers including Duck Fat Loaded Fries and Maryland Blue Crab Eggrolls . Fill up with an inspired selection of salads, sandwiches and entrées, including our signature Bench Burger. Sip on handcrafted cocktails, draft micro-brews and international wine.

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook at @gaithersburgmarriott!

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–9:30 am Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (301) 590-0044

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Steven Huddleston

  • Private party facilities

    Email us at mhrs.waswg.restaurant@marriott.com for more info!

  • Private party contact

    Restaurant Manager: (301) 590-0044 ext. 6020

  • Neighborhood

    Gaithersburg

  • Cross street

    Fields Rd

  • Parking details

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

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Eats

    Starters

    • Whipped Feta$13.00

      House made whipped herb feta with harissa, sundried tomato relish, and cucumbers served with garlic pita bread

      • Duck Fat Loaded Fries$14.00

        Duck confit with rosemary duck gravy, fried garlic cheese curds, and herbs served over fries

        • Corned Beef Sliders$15.00

          House made corned beef with caramelized onions, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and smoked thousand island dressing served on Lyons pretzel bun

          • Blue Crab Eggrolls$15.00

            Famous blue crab dip, crispy eggroll, roasted garlic aioli, sweet Thai chili

            • Bavarian Pretzels$12.00

              Spicy southern pimento cheese dip, house mustard

              • Crab App$16.00

                3 petit Maryland crab cakes, sweet corn aioli, apple fennel slaw

                • Jumbo Wings$14.00

                  Choice of garlic parmesan, classic buffalo, house bbq dry rub, old bay rub

                  Flatbreads

                  • Lamb Sausage$15.00

                    Smokey harissa spread, spicy lamb sausage, feta cheese blend, and yogurt dill sauce

                    • Forbidden$15.00

                      Spicy marinara, spicy pepperoni, smoked Virginia honey ham, pickled fresno's, charred pineapple, and herb ranch drizzle

                      • Spinach & Artichoke$14.00

                        Spinach parmesan spread, grilled artichokes, herbs, shaved parmesan, and arugula tossed in balsamic

                        Salads & Soup

                        Grilled Chicken +$5 | Grilled Steak +$11 | Grilled Salmon +$10 | Atlantic Grilled Shrimp +$9

                        • Soup of the Day$6.00

                          ask server

                          • Maryland Crab & Corn Chowder$7.00

                            • Baby Kale and a Rugula Salad$14.00

                              Fresh feta cheese, roasted asparagus, fennel, pickled radishes, sugar snap peas, roasted pepitas, dried apricots, and Dijon honey vinaigrette

                              • House Salad$11.00

                                House mix greens, English cucumber, shredded carrots, heirloom baby tomatoes, shaved red onion, choice of ranch, blue cheese, or Dijon vinaigrette

                                • Caesar Salad$12.00

                                  Romaine lettuce, focaccia shards, house-made roasted garlic Caesar dressing, shaved asiago & parmesan cheese

                                  Burgers & Sandwiches

                                  • Beyond Burger$19.00

                                    BBQ seasoned burger with vegan cheese, smoked bbq sauce, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, and pickles

                                    • The Bench Burger$18.00

                                      Nueske's applewood bacon, house-made bench sauce, crisp butter lettuce, pickles, aged cheddar, tomatoes, caramelized onions on toasted brioche roll

                                      • Turkey Club Sandwich$18.00

                                        House-roasted turkey with roasted garlic aioli, dressed arugula, sliced avocado, corncob smoked bacon, oven roasted tomatoes on ciabatta

                                        • Grilled Jerk Chicken Sandwich$17.00

                                          Jerk marinated boneless skinless thigh topped with pepper jack cheese, garlic aioli sweet and tangy island slaw on buttered brioche

                                          Signature Entrées

                                          • Pepper Corn Crusted Dry Aged Ribeye$40.00

                                            3 0-day dry aged ribeye, parmesan scallion mashed potatoes, house-made demi-glace, seasonal vegetables, fried leeks

                                            • Shrimp & Grits$28.00

                                              Jalapeno & cheddar grits, blackened shrimp, crispy tasso ham, butter sauce, grilled lemon

                                              • Adobo Roasted Half-Chicken$26.00

                                                Half-chicken roasted with Latin seasonings, Peruvian jalapeno sauce, roasted garlic mash, and fried brussels

                                                • Pappardelle Pasta$22.00

                                                  Porcini cream sauce with exotic mushroom medley, sauteed broccolini, shaved asiago served with garlic bread

                                                  Drinks

                                                    White

                                                    • Mionetto, Brut, Prosecco, Italy

                                                      • 6oz$14.00
                                                      • 9oz$20.00
                                                      • Bottle$56.00
                                                    • Veuve Clicquot, Champagne, France

                                                      • Bottle$180.00
                                                    • Chateau Ste. Michelle, Riesling, Washington

                                                      • 6oz$10.00
                                                      • 9oz$14.00
                                                      • Bottle$40.00
                                                    • Boordy "Oriole", Riesling, Maryland

                                                      • 6oz$12.00
                                                      • 9oz$18.00
                                                      • Bottle$48.00
                                                    • Pighin, Pinot Grigio, Italy

                                                      • 6oz$12.00
                                                      • 9oz$18.00
                                                      • Bottle$48.00
                                                    • Kim Crawford, Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand

                                                      • 6oz$14.00
                                                      • 9oz$20.00
                                                      • Bottle$56.00
                                                    • Brancott, Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand

                                                      • 6oz$10.00
                                                      • 9oz$14.00
                                                      • Bottle$40.00
                                                    • Meiomi, Chardonnay, California

                                                      • 6oz$14.00
                                                      • 9oz$20.00
                                                      • Bottle$56.00
                                                    • Sonoma Cutrer, Chardonnay, California

                                                      • 6oz$14.00
                                                      • 9oz$20.00
                                                      • Bottle$56.00
                                                    • Bella Sera, Moscato, Italy

                                                      • 6oz$12.00
                                                      • 9oz$18.00
                                                      • Bottle$48.00

                                                    Red

                                                    • Erath, Pinot Noir, Oregon

                                                      • 6oz$14.00
                                                      • 9oz$20.00
                                                      • Bottle$56.00
                                                    • Meiomi, Pinot Noir, California

                                                      • 6oz$16.00
                                                      • 9oz$24.00
                                                      • Bottle$64.00
                                                    • Alamos, Malbec, Argentina

                                                      • 6oz$10.00
                                                      • 9oz$14.00
                                                      • Bottle$40.00
                                                    • Austin Hope Troublemaker, Red Blend, California

                                                      • 6oz$12.00
                                                      • 9oz$18.00
                                                      • Bottle$48.00
                                                    • J. Lohr Estates, Merlot, "Los Osos", California

                                                      • 6oz$10.00
                                                      • 9oz$14.00
                                                      • Bottle$40.00
                                                    • The Hess Collection, Cabernet Sauvignon, California

                                                      • Bottle$88.00
                                                    • Aquinas, Cabernet Sauvignon, California

                                                      • 6oz$14.00
                                                      • 9oz$20.00
                                                      • Bottle$56.00
                                                    • Columbia Crest "H3", Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington

                                                      • 6oz$10.00
                                                      • 9oz$14.00
                                                      • Bottle$40.00
                                                    • Dow's Fine Tawney, Port Wine, Portugal

                                                      • 6oz$14.00
                                                      • 9oz$20.00
                                                      • Bottle$56.00

                                                    Rose

                                                    • Boordy, White Zinfandel Rose, Maryland

                                                      • 6oz$12.00
                                                      • 9oz$18.00
                                                      • Bottle$48.00
                                                    • The Palm, Rose, France

                                                      • 6oz$14.00
                                                      • 9oz$20.00
                                                      • Bottle$50.00
                                                    • Fleur de Prairie, Granache Rose, France

                                                      • 6oz$14.00
                                                      • 9oz$20.00
                                                      • Bottle$56.00
                                                    • Chandon, Brut Rose, Argentina

                                                      • Bottle$70.00

                                                    Beer

                                                      Domestic Bottles

                                                      • Miller Lite$6.00

                                                        • Bud Light$6.00

                                                          • Budweiser$6.00

                                                            • Blue Moon$6.00

                                                              • Michelob Ultra$6.00

                                                                • Yuengling$6.00

                                                                  • Samuel Adams$7.00

                                                                    • Truly Hard Seltzer$7.00

                                                                      Craft Beer

                                                                      • Dogfish 60 Minutes$8.00

                                                                        • DB Vienna Lager$8.00

                                                                          • Port City Wit Beer$9.00

                                                                            • Ace Hard Cider$10.00

                                                                              Import Bottles

                                                                              • Corona Extra$7.00

                                                                                • Corona Premier$7.00

                                                                                  • Heineken$7.00

                                                                                    • Heineken 0.0 N/A$7.00

                                                                                      • Stella$7.00

                                                                                        • Amstel Light$7.00

                                                                                          • Modelo$7.00

                                                                                            • Guinness Draught$9.00

                                                                                              Rotating Draft Beers

                                                                                              • Rotating Draft Beers

                                                                                                Ask Server

                                                                                                Premium Cocktails

                                                                                                Made to Order Using Freshly Squeezed Juices

                                                                                                • Frozen Mangorita (Non-Alcoholic)$12.00

                                                                                                  mango puree, lime juice, grenadine

                                                                                                  • Bed of Roses$13.00

                                                                                                    fernet branca, lemon juice, lime juice, pomegranate syrup

                                                                                                    • Grapefruit Basil Smash$13.00

                                                                                                      grapefruit vodka, basil, lime juice, soda water

                                                                                                      • Bees Knees$14.00

                                                                                                        gin, lemon juice, honey syrup

                                                                                                        • Parasol$14.00

                                                                                                          lillet blanc, st. germaine, lemon syrup, brut champagne

                                                                                                          • Blackberry Cucumber Spritz$14.00

                                                                                                            rum, cucumber, blackberry syrup, lime juice, mint, soda water

                                                                                                            • Strawberry Rhubarb Smokey Mule$15.00

                                                                                                              mezcal tequila, jalapeno, lime juice, strawberry rhubarb puree, ginger beer

                                                                                                              • Rio Park Swizzle$15.00

                                                                                                                bourbon, lime juice, absinthe, angostura bitters, orange bitters, simple syrup, mint

                                                                                                                • Earl Grey Old Fashion$15.00

                                                                                                                  bourbon, earl grey bitters, lemon syrup

                                                                                                                  • Pink Pisco$15.00

                                                                                                                    macchu pisco, prickly pear syrup, lemon juice, egg white

                                                                                                                    Last updated: May 15, 2022

                                                                                                                    What 49 people are saying

                                                                                                                    Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                                                                    Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                                                                                    3.9
                                                                                                                    3.9 based on all time ratings
                                                                                                                    • 3.9Food
                                                                                                                    • 4Service
                                                                                                                    • 3.7Ambience
                                                                                                                    • 3.9Value

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                                                                                                                      Shatoya

                                                                                                                      Baltimore

                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall4food5service2ambience3

                                                                                                                      I took my mom for brunch on Mother’s Day, not knowing that the restaurant was actually in the lobby of the Marriott hotel. Still we stayed optimistic. When we got there, we were not greeted by anyone and it was very unclear on how we would be seated. My mom and I waited at the front at first then walked closer to the back and was then stopped by a server. The server said she would get her supervisor to seat us but then didn’t return for some time. Eventually my mom and I were seated and we got our food. Best part of the experience was the food. Everything was delicious. Everything else seemed very disorganized. The service needs work.

                                                                                                                    2. C

                                                                                                                      Cupcake

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall4food4service2ambience4

                                                                                                                      Waiters basically ignored us. Bill took 15 minutes.

                                                                                                                    3. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      Baltimore

                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                                                                      Mother’s Day

                                                                                                                    4. B

                                                                                                                      Bill

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      The food was delicious. There was a nice variety including prime rib, salmon, chicken, fruit, and veggies. The service was wonderful. Seating was somewhat private and comfortable.

                                                                                                                    5. DB

                                                                                                                      DinBethesda

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      31 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      31 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on February 15, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      I love The Bench. I have missed it so much. Went routinely for breakfast or lunch.

                                                                                                                    6. B

                                                                                                                      Burp1

                                                                                                                      Raleigh

                                                                                                                      82 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      82 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on December 27, 2019

                                                                                                                      overall4food4service2ambience4

                                                                                                                      We've stayed at Gaithersburg Marriott and dined at The Bench many times. Always a quality choice. Only problem this visit was service was extremely slow. It was the holidays and staff seemed limited. Food was good and menu choices offer something for everyone.

                                                                                                                    7. W

                                                                                                                      Will

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      33 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                                                      33 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on September 13, 2019

                                                                                                                      overall3food4service5ambience1

                                                                                                                      Normally we give higher reviews for the Bench. Food and service normally very good. But this time the restaurant was not ready for our special needs table with a wheelchair. Also SOME IDIOT booked a very large family party in the middle of the regular dining room! It was super loud and ruined our dinner! They have plenty of meeting rooms that should be used for parties, not the regular dining room where people staying at the hotel and local visitors can eat in PEACE!! Because of this we may never come back and we often come for holiday dinners of ten people. The food and service were very good and the managers were very accommodating with setting up a table for us. But, again the dining room should be off limits to aggressive hotel F&B sales people! They are only hungry for the sale!!

                                                                                                                    8. CU

                                                                                                                      CarolU

                                                                                                                      Chicago

                                                                                                                      7 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      7 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on April 17, 2019

                                                                                                                      overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                      Very nice dinner with a great client.

                                                                                                                    9. TL

                                                                                                                      TheresaL

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on February 15, 2019

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                      The crab cakes are delicious - fresh, generously-portioned, and delicious with very little filler. The atmosphere of the restaurant is relaxed, peaceful. We especially eating on the patio when the weather is warm.

                                                                                                                    10. DC

                                                                                                                      DCAtty

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      18 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      18 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on February 13, 2019

                                                                                                                      overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                                                                                      Slow to get food on table. A little inattentive

                                                                                                                    11. NR

                                                                                                                      NancyR

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                      2.0

                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on November 22, 2018

                                                                                                                      overall2food2service2ambience2

                                                                                                                      Thanksgiving menu and prices not listed online, hard time getting someone to call me back. Made reservation online but they acted like they weren’t expecting us. Pulled out my confirmation. Ridiculous because the place was empty. Food was awful but waitress was good. A big disappointment.

                                                                                                                    12. JC

                                                                                                                      JoannaC

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      7 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                                                      7 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on November 14, 2018

                                                                                                                      overall3food3service2ambience3

                                                                                                                      I would recommend The Bench to a friend for brunch when business functions are less likely to be going on. We went on a weeknight and there were several large parties (30+) which quickly filled this relatively small restaurant in the hotel lobby. In the summer, I'm sure the extended patio seating is very nice. We enjoyed a flatbread appetizer and shared a couple of the sandwiches/hamburgers all of which were tasty.

                                                                                                                    13. RK

                                                                                                                      RebeccaK

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on August 4, 2018

                                                                                                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                      Beautiful outside seating with a view of Rio. Food was awesome and service was great!

                                                                                                                    14. DB

                                                                                                                      DinBethesda

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      31 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      31 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on June 28, 2018

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                      Great little café. Food is fresh and good. Service is outstanding. My "go-to" place for lunch.

                                                                                                                    15. DB

                                                                                                                      DinBethesda

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      31 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      31 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on June 26, 2018

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      I love this place. The staff is friendly and efficient. The entire hotel staff are so welcoming. Nice "lake" view out the back.

                                                                                                                    16. JB

                                                                                                                      JamesB

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on June 18, 2018

                                                                                                                      overall4food3service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Entrée selection unappealing, pilaf remained on the plate. Because of the pilaf, chef David Johnson provided us with excellent desserts, free of charge.

                                                                                                                    17. LV

                                                                                                                      LaurenV

                                                                                                                      Hawaii

                                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      1.0

                                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on April 21, 2018

                                                                                                                      overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                                                                      Had high expectations from the reviews and I'm a marriot rewards member so even more so. but it was very underwhelming to say the least. in addition, it was very very loud! and we sat and waited for a server to come over and at least take a drink order or offer water for 15minutes. after than time, no one showed up, so we left. on the way out the door, the hostess who just sat us just said good bye. it was very very unimpressive and would not recommend it to anyone, or go again.

                                                                                                                    18. W

                                                                                                                      Will

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      33 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      33 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on April 13, 2018

                                                                                                                      overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                                                                                      Mothers 94 Birthday

                                                                                                                    19. K

                                                                                                                      Kolchak74

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on March 16, 2018

                                                                                                                      overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Waitress wonderful. However, I made reservation based on the special buy one crab cake full price get another half price. Waitress and upper mgt were not aware of offer. I lost the advertisement but I showed proof I was a Bench VIP. I received a hamburger at half price after purchase of crab cake. Bench needs to be aware of advertisements they create

                                                                                                                    20. W

                                                                                                                      Will

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      33 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      33 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on March 3, 2018

                                                                                                                      overall5food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                      We were celebrating two birthdays with family! The food and service were great! We’ll be back!!!

                                                                                                                    21. DB

                                                                                                                      DinBethesda

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      31 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      31 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on February 12, 2018

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      This is my new go-to lunch spot. It is minutes from my office. Small menu with good choices. Staff is very friendly and attentive.

                                                                                                                    22. DB

                                                                                                                      DinBethesda

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      31 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      31 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on January 10, 2018

                                                                                                                      overall5food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                      Great place with good food and very pleasant staff.

                                                                                                                    23. DB

                                                                                                                      DinBethesda

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      31 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      31 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on November 13, 2017

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                                                                    24. AM

                                                                                                                      AMC1

                                                                                                                      Atlanta

                                                                                                                      57 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      57 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on June 19, 2017

                                                                                                                      overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                      Great place. Good menu. Attentive staff. Good value

                                                                                                                    25. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on May 14, 2017

                                                                                                                      overall5food4service5ambience5

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

                                                                                                                    26. j

                                                                                                                      joandines

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      107 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                                                      107 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on April 15, 2017

                                                                                                                      overall3food3service3ambience4

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

                                                                                                                    27. W

                                                                                                                      Will

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                      1.0

                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on December 25, 2016

                                                                                                                      overall1food2service3ambience2

                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                    28. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      Portland

                                                                                                                      21 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      21 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on July 10, 2016

                                                                                                                      overall4food3service5ambience3

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

                                                                                                                    29. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on July 9, 2016

                                                                                                                      overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                    30. j

                                                                                                                      joandines

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      107 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      107 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on May 28, 2016

                                                                                                                      overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                    31. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      San Diego

                                                                                                                      10 reviews

                                                                                                                      1.0

                                                                                                                      10 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on January 2, 2016

                                                                                                                      overall1food3service2ambience1

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

                                                                                                                    32. IW

                                                                                                                      IWillBeBack

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on December 25, 2015

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      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!

                                                                                                                    33. P

                                                                                                                      Peter

                                                                                                                      San Diego

                                                                                                                      54 reviews

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      54 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on September 19, 2015

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                    34. E

                                                                                                                      Enjoydiningwithfriends

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      76 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      76 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on August 6, 2015

                                                                                                                      overall4food3service5ambience4

                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                    35. E

                                                                                                                      Enjoydiningwithfriends

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      76 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      76 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on June 25, 2015

                                                                                                                      overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                    36. N

                                                                                                                      Nick

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on February 27, 2015

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Most enjoyable - fine service - delicious steak entree

                                                                                                                    37. UR

                                                                                                                      UnklRikRik

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      7 reviews

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      7 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on February 3, 2015

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      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!

                                                                                                                    38. R

                                                                                                                      Roan

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      14 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                                                      14 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on December 12, 2014

                                                                                                                      overall3food3service4ambience3

                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                    39. EP

                                                                                                                      EPK0814

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      17 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      17 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on November 2, 2014

                                                                                                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

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

                                                                                                                    40. B

                                                                                                                      Bsquared

                                                                                                                      Pittsburgh

                                                                                                                      90 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      90 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on October 29, 2014

                                                                                                                      overall4food4service4ambience3

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

                                                                                                                    Safety precautions

                                                                                                                    • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                                                                                      • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                                                                                      • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

                                                                                                                    FAQs

                                                                                                                    The Bench - Gaithersburg Marriott is rated 3.9 stars by 49 OpenTable diners.

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                                                                                                                    Google Map for The Bench - Gaithersburg Marriott

                                                                                                                    9751 Washingtonian Blvd Gaithersburg, MD 20878

                                                                                                                    Additional information

                                                                                                                    • Cross street

                                                                                                                      Fields Rd

                                                                                                                    • Neighborhood

                                                                                                                      Gaithersburg

                                                                                                                    • Hours of operation

                                                                                                                      Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–9:30 am Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

                                                                                                                    • Cuisines

                                                                                                                      American

                                                                                                                    • Dining style

                                                                                                                      Casual Dining

                                                                                                                    • Dress code

                                                                                                                      Casual Dress

                                                                                                                    • Parking details

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

                                                                                                                    • Payment options

                                                                                                                      AMEX, Cash not accepted, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                                                    • Executive chef

                                                                                                                      Steven Huddleston

                                                                                                                    • Additional

                                                                                                                      Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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