The Red Horse

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The Red Horse Steakhouse, a full service restaurant conveniently located off US 15 and Route 40. Professional wait staff serves the finest grilled steaks and traditional seafood in a comfortable, casually elegant, atmosphere. Steaks are hand cut and trimmed daily. Complete bar facilities including a diverse wine list able to accommodate all tastes. Private facilities are available for banquets, receptions and business dinners. Come enjoy an affordable quality Frederick dining tradition.
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SM
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We came for a special occasion. It was wonderful. The food was excellent the owner of the restaurant came and greeted us and they brought out cake with a candle in it for our birthday boy.

I could not of asked for a better experience

DW
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was lovely and the service was impeccable. The food was delicious with the sole exception of my fathers steak but our wonderful waiter took care of the problem expertly and made sure we were more than satisfied when we left.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, food quality and ambiance. As always! A sure bet for great steaks and seafood in Frederick!

LC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous, everything. Highly recommend and will return. Thank you.

AG
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Waitress service was not good. Other than that restaurant was very good.

RO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great service and overall a nice place to go. Food was ok - not great, not as good as would be expected for the price.

AL
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The steak was great and service was awesome.

It is a bit warm inside but not uncomfortable, just don't think it'll be cold

CM
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

The waitress was extremely nice and the staff was very attentive; however, the food and atmosphere was just not pleasant. We sent the appetizer back and our steaks were not cooked to order. The place is old and even smelled musty. The prices were extremely high for the lack of quality.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good. Everyone enjoyed their meal. We had steaks & fish

JF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a good meal here. We came to celebrate Fathers' Day. Red Horse does well with beef and most of us had the rib eye steaks. Service was good, our orders were delivered accurately and the food was prepared properly. Quieter and less crowded than the chains. Come here to celebrate your next special occasion.

NL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

It was very dark inside; fortunately we sat near the window. The medium sirloin we ordered was cooked well done and the duck didn't have much flavor. This was my first time at the restaurant and, to be honest, my high expectations were not met. Service was excellent though.

DH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The overall service was very good, and our waiter (Don) was excellent. The steaks were extremely tender, flavorful and cooked to perfection. Those in our party that had crab cakes and scallops said those were very good. The spinach salad was as good as it gets. Everyone seemed please with their food.

Conversation was easy, possibly because it was only half full. I had not been there for 20 years and felt comfortable with the ambiance, which seemed unchanged. Parking was easy.

CD
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We couldn't have asked for a better meal. Waitress was friendly and staff was very friendly. We were celebrating our 46th Wedding Anniversary so even though meal was little expensive, Well worth it.

DC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

I have had better steaks at Costco! Also I was told pink was medium rare and it came out half raw. We enjoyed the waitress and staff.

M
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been coming to the Red Horse for special occasions for many years and have always had a delicious meal. This past visit was on Sunday and there were hardly any other people there. Our server was very pleasant and attentive. We'll continue to come here.

JS
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The prime rib was wonderful and so was the service! Colleen was a great waitress, paying attention to the smallest detail! Thank You!

CO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great steaks, decor is very dated, excellent service

M
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don was a fantastic server for our birthday celebration. The food was incredible. Filet and Ribeye was cooked perfectly! Looking forward to our next visit.

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AH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 5

We came here for mother’s day dinner and to say we were disappointed would be an understatement. My parents used to come here frequently for a special occasion meal but they both agreed they would not be coming back in the future. Every time we placed an order, the waitress would come back and tell us they were out of something (mashed potatoes, calamari, cheesecake). I ordered a side salad instead of the vegetable and I’m glad as did as the vegetable of the day turned out to be two stalks of asparagus and then what looked like leftover green beans. Though it is worth noting that they forgot my salad and still had the nerve to charge a $4 substitution fee (which was not mentioned when I ordered). The ambiance also left something to be desired as they had bus boys breaking down tables and lifting chairs over our heads to move them to the next room. They did comp our drinks (after we had to ask given they were out of everything we ordered) but it was too little too late. We will not be returning.

AM
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Mother's day is always a balancing act. We had a large table. Our head waiter at times seemed to disappear but they had a great support team that helped fill in the gaps. The Apps were all on point. The cocktails were not only good but made as requested which on one is tough. Entrees were good, well seasoned. The shrimps were large. The steaks, their signature, were cooked spot on. The prime rib though was over cooked, that said they au jaus was not over salted which is a huge bonus. The cheese cakes and lava mess was a nice end. All that praise said Red Horse is quite pricey, but for special occassions, what does a little extra cash mean if you make two moms happy having thier family around the table for a good meal! Nicely done and thank you!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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R
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Went for the Prime Rib,but forgot it is weekends only.
Food was fine though a little pricey,
and it looks like they are in need of some marketing,
we where the only people in main dining area all night,
but have had the Prime Rib before and it was excellent,
so will be back for that some day soon I hope!

F
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

In some ways the Red Horse is a time capsule of the way nice family restaurants were when I was a kid. The decor and overall ambiance is circa 1977 with bad carpeting, wallpaper and knotty pine siding to complete the look. Thus, after we settled in, we were not expecting much. To our surprise, we had a very good meal with high-quality steaks that were well-prepared and delicious. They oysters were also very good (large and meaty local type) and the escargot was delicious (once a pinch of salt was added). The crowd there is pretty quiet and verges on the older side of middle aged, which may explain why they avoid a lot of salt in their cooking. Also, the bar is dated but solid and Don the bartender was tremendously good at serving drinks and food (very nice Perfect Manhattan with Jim Beam on the rail). Yes we will be back... we won't get overly dressed up, but we will have good steaks and seafood in a comfortable family restaurant.

DK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Walked back into the 50's. Swinging saloon doors, wagon wheel chandeliers and a window allowing everyone to watch the grill master. Since we had steaks and chops, his work was critical. Loaded tater tots with spicy ketchup were just enough to start. Steak was tender and cooked just right. Garlic mashed were lumpy enough to be homemade with just the right amount of garlic. The vodka martini with blue cheese stuffed olives was perfect and the wine selection was adequate. Food and drinks were great but our waitress made it an overall enjoyable evening. She was friendly, efficient and helpful. We'll be back,

MM
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good "traditional" steak house. Not many of these wonderful places left. Large well-prepared steaks and chops served with warm bread and traditional sides. Western Decor. Highly recommended.

AC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

From the moment you walk in you're made to feel like you're an imposition on everyone there. For the outrageous price, I'd expect better service & friendlier people. You'll be sorely disappointed.

I
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Nice service and setting. The portions were large and visually appealing. I would recommend that the steaks be better seasoned. They were tender and had a nice beef flavor. They just needed to have some pop to them.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 2

Food is VERY overpriced. It's not that it's bad, but next time I'll go to the Outback or Texas Roadhouse and spend half as much to get a better steak. The sides were pretty unimaginitive for that price point (potato of choice and steamed vegetable medley). The place was nearly empty on the Friday night of Valentine's Day weekend, and it's pretty clear to me why.

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

Service was a bit slow also noticed the 2 table guys to grab empty dishes touch people on their backs didn’t think that was very appropriate to do due to some people nowadays are touchy when it comes to that other than that it was good would put sizes of steaks beside them to know what ur getting

NF
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent place for Valentine’s night

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The first thing we noticed is that it appeared to be overcrowded. We were seated next to the kitchen and so could hear all the server activities and conversations. It did not provide for a calm environment. We had ordered salads and did not receive our salads until after the entrees arrived. The server noted the problem and did offer to comp the salads. Both meals were barely warm and the medium steak was served rare! The steak was sent back to the kitchen but still was not good since it had no real flavor! Service was also very slow and had to request drink refills. Needless to say we were extremely disappointed since we have had excellent experiences prior! We have determined that in the future, Red Horse will not be a choice!

M
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

My husband and I have always enjoyed the food at the Red Horse. But for some reason, he didn't like his steak. We each got the rib eye on Valentine's Day. I liked mine -not sure what was wrong with his. Sorry.

KR
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Red Horse Fillet was delicious and about 2” thick, loved the wine as well. It was my 20th anniversary and the dessert was on the house! Great service and a table by the fireplace made our night perfect! I tipped the waitress $100. I’m definitely going back!

T
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Steaks were great, but everything else was terrible. Vegetables were over cooked, backed potato came with no fixings and service was not good.

g
Caribbean
22 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Biggest issue is if you don’t know to turn in at the hotel next door, and try driving up to the restaurant, there is no entrance and you are stuck on an entrance to a highway! It took our friends 20 minutes to get back to the restaurant.

My sirloin was very good. My friend did not like the prime rib very much. My wife thought the scallops were good.

The waitress was great. Nice seat near the fireplace.

TS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great filet mignon and black cherry duck breast! The oysters Rockefeller were delicious, too. Perfect ambiance for our anniversary dinner.

OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tessa was our server and did a great job. No pressure, let us enjoy our drinks (also excellent) and took good care of us.

MH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Terrible management with mediocre food. Not worth the price

LP
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

After 20 years of driving by there, we decided to try it for New Years Eve ! Varied drink menu with many good choices. Server was friendly and knowledgeable and our steaks were delicious! We shared coconut cream pie for dessert that was so good ! We will be returning!

SB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

If I could give it 0 stars, I would. If you're considering this restaurant, do not waste your time or money. Speaking of time, only go if you have a lot of time to waste. We went for our 20 year anniversary and thought we would celebrate and treat ourselves to a nice dinner. Nothing about this restaurant was welcoming nor satisfying. From the moment we walked in the door, it seemed as though we made someone mad. The hostess had no personality, seemed irritated in general, and acted as though we were in her way. We had reservations, waited 20 minutes to be seated, followed by 25 minutes before anyone even greeted us or brought us water. Once we were finally acknowledged by a waiter, she insisted that the hostess never told them we were there (even though there were people all around us). We waited another 20 minutes for our drinks followed by 20 more minutes for food. The bread actually came out frozen in the middle, food was lukewarm (at best), green beans were cold and my prime rib was well done for a medium rare. All in all, we should have stayed home and cooked our own meal. It would have been much better. We will NEVER go back...

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