The Common - College Park Marriott

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Gastro Pub
There's nothing common about The Common, a dynamic academia-inspired casual pub featuring sophisticated style and delicious substance. Great minds gather here in Hyattsville to enjoy regionally inspired food and libations, connect with free Wi-Fi, catch a game with friends or dine under the stars in our restaurant's intimate courtyard.

We offer a menu that embraces the spirit of classic pub fare with creative entrées, fresh salads, hearty sandwiches and tempting snacks. Our menu includes:

Cajun Shrimp & Grits
Fried Chicken Mumbo Flatbread
Crab Cake Sandwich
Chicken and Waffle
Chesapeake Bay Succotash
Maryland Rock Fish

Tantalizing desserts include Morenko's Ice Cream & Sorbet, Toffee Bourbon Cake, and Maryland's State Dessert, Smith Island Cake.
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OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff assisted me in surprising my wife with a personal card (with note inside) for our 3-month wedding anniversary. Everyone at the common was very accommodating and made us feel extremely welcome. They even provided complimentary mimosas for Sarah and I to enjoy.

EL
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Limited menu for lunch but very tasty. The pulled pork was great.

T
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Quite possibly the worst meal I have had in the last decade.

MV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We love The Common and everyone who works there. We always feel welcome!!

MV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Both of our children were/are students at the University of Maryland and we look forward to our meals at The Common. We have grown to know some of the staff and we always feel so welcome! Food and drinks are great. Breakfast buffet is awesome!

HB
Baltimore
81 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service is highly professional and kind. There are plenty of menu options. I was thrilled to see Guinness Blonde on tap. I would dine here again.

LH
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time at The Commons!

KM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We reserved a high table, but were given a low table in the back of the restaurant.

SD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is always a good spot for a lunch or dinner with friends before a Maryland basketball game. Lots of red in the dining room! Very good food and friendly service. Always a good choice!

LN
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The food is classic Maryland Fare. It is decorated in Maryland shore style. It was very quiet at lunch. I would go back.

s
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The Commons is losing customers every MD game day due to poor service/understaffing. They are the nearest restaurant for MD basketball games and they are NEVER properly staffed for the 2 hours before a home game. They seem surprised every time despite folks booking reservations. We arrived for our reservation 1 hour and 45 minutes before game time for burgers and wings. We waited 20 minutes for someone to come to our table with water. After another 10 minutes our guys went to the bar to get drinks and waited 30 minutes for bottled beer. While they were at the bar our waiter came and we placed our order for 6 items. WE NEVER SAY OUR WAITER AGAIN. After 40 minutes and 2 talks to the manager about getting our food as we had to leave we were told to go ahead and go to the game and don’t worry about paying for the food. Really? We went to the game and bought hotdogs there.
Bra issue it is convenient we would go to the Commons before every home game. We now join the dozens of Terps fans who gather to grab a bite before EVERY home game who will NEVER step foot in the Commons ever again.

LP
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Best to visit when the University is not in session. Like having your own hotel and restaurant available just for you! Starbucks coffee. Excellent menu choices for breakfast and everything is cooked to order! A traditional Colonial feel and décor! Great service!

OB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were there following a basketball game - Go Terps! There wasn't enough wait staff to handle the surge. Our server was overwhelmed. Once we did get our orders in, the food came out in an appropriate amount of time. It was ok. We were seated immediately but the bar was packed. We'll probably be back again and will try some other dishes. It's an attractive venue.

E
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Poor service is consistent in this restaurant. You would think that they would be prepared on basketball and football game days/weekends. They are always short staffed, and the wait for food and drinks is always way too long.

JR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I think they need to offer more variety. Not enough to choose from on the menu.

BP
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

We stayed at the Marriott for the weekend. Saturday morning breakfast was a fiasco. Had to flag down a busboy after 15-20 minutes just to get waited on. That took forever. Then ordered Bloody Mary which took another 15 minutes while other tables were served and I asked the waitress twice where ours was. After a while the Manager brought the drink explaining that they could not serve alcohol before 9:00am, although it was 9:30am. Service was poor to say the best. Food was just OK and way overpriced.
I went back in the afternoon to the Bar for a drink and again had to flag down someone to wait on me at the Bar. He waited on 2 others and ignored me. Dinner was Ok, again way overpriced, low selection menu and service just ok. Sunday morning we went for breakfast at 8:30 and were told it was a 15-20 minute wait and well over 50% of the tables were empty. We left, checked out and went someplace else. I mentioned to the Marriott folks that if the hotel weren't so convenient to football stadium that we would stay someplace else. I am for sure not going to eat at Common again unless some major changes are made. Hotel told me they have had many complaints about Common since the recent management changes. Right now I could not recommend Common to anyone.

SD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always a good experience at The Common. A good place for a business lunch or a bite to eat prior to a UMD basketball game.

JR
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I love the ambiance here and the staff is always very friendly but very slow. It took forever for us to get drinks, our food and I even had to walk to the bar to get the check. And it was a very slow night; the restaurant wasn't very busy. I like it here, just wouldn't recommend if you are in a hurry.

SB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Breakfast menu is good but not served on all weekends- buffet is too limited and overpriced.

p
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Servers are incredible. We consider them the best in this entire area.

B
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice wine selection!

JH
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was good, took awhile but good for the price not hundred percent great. There was a time when drinks just sitting wait another waiter was kind enough to acknowledge and refill which a was them losing money but atleast she picked up the slack, went back later to sit at the bar when kids were asleep and almost a 15-20min wait for a drink and no one was their just a few people may be a staffing issue or due to down season. But the kitchen again did a good job and was fast but again it was deserts and two more drinks. Overall a good place but not the best

EE
San Antonio
46 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We decided to eat at the restaurant in the hotel in which we were staying for the evening. However, that was a big mistake. The food was prepared as if a child was going to eat it. We shared this concern with our waitress who then, in turn, shared with the chef. We spoke with the chef; he defended his dish. The Common is not a place we will return to in Adelphi, Maryland.

AV
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We have been to this restaurant many times with good experiences so thought it would be a good idea to celebrate here with my whole family as my daughter graduated. Although the restaurant was far from full the service was extremely slow and the waitstaff was preoccupied and seemed annoyed. One of the dinners was dropped in the kitchen so a new dinner had to be prepared it took a very long time and most of us were done when it finally came. We ordered dessert and one of our guests asked for coffee and the waiter said he would get to coffee orders after dessert orders. He never did get to coffee orders and by the time he came back we were done with our desserts. The meal was over 3 hours which was way too long and we were so disappointed. I was embarrassed about the whole experience.

B
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was very slow even though the place was nearly empty. Appetizers were good but the chicken on our salads was dry and the lettuce was very wet- it was washed but not dried and got kind of soggy.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was good quality, and the servers were lovely. The restaurant was nearly empty, and yet it took a very long time to get our lunch. So long that the servers kept apologizing.

DA
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

There was a dead mouse outside the entrance way. I told the host as I came in; 45 minutes later when I pasted the host again, and asked if they saw it - they said yet; upon leaving 2 hours after arrival, the dead mouse was still outside the entrance way; hostess was excellent; food was good

KN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Sadly was very disappointed. While the menu is limited as i expected, the quality and presentation should have made up for, however, It fell short! If you are a wine drinker with dinner, be warned, they admittedly do not store wine appropriately, as a result two bottles of Swanson Cab were wasted as they had both turned. Third bottle of whatever it was also questionable.

YL
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The Commons Restaurant is a good place to go for a quick bite and a drink both before and after campus events. The service is mostly friendly (better in the morning & at lunch). They also have a fantastic breakfast buffet. The two major drawbacks are that the seating & table height is disproportionate. In almost every seat (except for the bar) you feel like your a small child or sitting on the floor because the chairs don't match the table height. Also, the staff at night seem a bit overwhelmed and are a little rude when the get busy.

L
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The Common was nice for a leisurely family get-together for Sunday brunch with our son who attends UMD. It is a bit pricey and menu options are limited.

DM
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food, setting and experience was great overall. However, the waiter not so much as he lacked personality.

HM
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The crab cake entree was very pricey but delicious. My daughter ordered the scallops and shrimp with risotto and she said the seafood was over cooked. She’s not one to complain and send food back, but she should have since the price tag was $32! I’m always disappointed when I can’t get a Diet Coke; this is a Pepsi restaurant. The others at our table seemed happy with their choices.

SL
El Paso
75 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were staying at the attached hotel and with the snow, and terrible traffic, we had to cancel our dinner reservations in DC and decided to give this location a try. What a gem!! Said provided outstanding service and the food was very good!! We weren’t sure what to expect but the steaks were cooked and seasoned to perfection and the prices very reasonable. Not sure if we’ll be back that way but I will certainly recommend The Common to anyone!

BM
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

This was terrible. It took 20 minutes for someone to acknowledge our presence and give us water which was never refilled the entire time. Everyone was waiting for their food. At every table. The waitress was overwhelmed, said the kitchen was backed up. As we were ready to walk out the food arrived. We had flagged down the manager after 45 minutes and still no food. She apologized and gave a discount off the bill. We have always noticed how poorly run this restaurant was but overlooked it because we were with friends or had the one older waitress who is the only competent person there. We probably won’t be back.

s
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

Very convenient location to go for a meal before a Maryland game but the staff is not geared towards a pre-game dinner crowd. Even with reservations we had to wait 15 minutes for our table and then waited over 30 minutes for us all to get our first drink order. We let the waitress know we were going to the Maryland Bball game (which they were unaware of) and noted we needed to order and get out quickly (we had over an hour and a half but wanted to make sure as service was slow) Salads came 30 minutes later and orders were wrong. Entrees (minus 1) came out 30 minutes after that so we had to rush to eat. Numerous drink orders were not received or arrived just as we were leaving. This location has the advantage of location we actually can get to the game sooner if we dine elsewhere.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

What happened?! This used to be a fun and reasonably priced restaurant to go to before basketball games. The service has gone way down, prices have gone up and our favorite item was taken off the menu! Sorry, but we will not be going back unless drastic improvements are made!

JB
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We live in the neighborhood and frequent the Common often —todays lunch was especially outstanding. Chicken Noodle soup tasted homemade, hearty and very flavorful. It tasted so good (fighting a cold) that I took some to “go”. The house garden salad was fresher than ever and very tasty as well. The staff (both manager and servers) were very attentive and pleasant. We love going to the Common for breakfast, lunch, happy hour and/or dinner.

DM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was superb from the fancier (crab cakes and salmon) to the more everyday (club sandwich and soup). Nice wine list and beer on draft.

RN
New York Area
206 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Easy breakfast when staying at the Marriott but staff seemed confused about reservations and where to seat people. Decent standard breakfast buffet fare. Coffee burnt and bitter. Pastries dense and not delicious. Chef making eggs did an awesome omelette.

RN
New York Area
206 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Breakfast. Good buffet choices but the coffee wa ultra strong and bitter for me.

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