The Bench - Gaithersburg Marriott

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$30 and under
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American
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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3.8based on all time ratings
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4.1
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3.6
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3.9
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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W
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

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!!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice dinner with a great client.

TL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

DC
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Slow to get food on table. A little inattentive

NR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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.

JC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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.

RK
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

DB
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

DB
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JB
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Entrée selection unappealing, pilaf remained on the plate.

Because of the pilaf, chef David Johnson provided us with excellent desserts, free of charge.

LV
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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.

W
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Mothers 94 Birthday

K
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

W
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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

DB
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

DB
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place with good food and very pleasant staff.

DB
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

AM
Atlanta
56 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place. Good menu. Attentive staff. Good value

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

j
Washington DC
103 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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

W
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2016
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 2

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.

OT
Portland
21 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

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

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

j
Washington DC
103 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

OT
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2016
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

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

IW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

P
San Diego
43 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

E
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2015
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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.

E
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

N
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most enjoyable - fine service - delicious steak entree

UR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

R
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

EP
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

B
Pittsburgh
90 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2014
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

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.

M
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2014
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

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.

d
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2014
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

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!

SE
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

m
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

R
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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

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