The Red Horse

4.3
442 Reviews
$30 and under
Steakhouse
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 442 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.1
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4.1
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Frederick
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Decent food, dated facility, too expensive for the quality

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Anakea
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a wonderful place for all ages. Staff friendly, efficient and the food is excellent. While we don't live close by geographically, we always stop here when we have the opportunity. Don't miss out on a great place!

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Johnh
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, wonderful service. We felt very special on our first visit to this Frederick landmark

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Bozo
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Service was great food was okay different menu than what's on the website

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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LauraG
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent dinner and wait staff. Look forward to the main dining room opening.

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JamieM
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, great service, little overpriced. Currently in-door dinning is downstairs only so not as nice as the upstairs.

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FDAchick
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The service is amazing. The restaurant is a bit older, as far as decor goes, but the food is pretty good. They have an extensive drink menu which looks like fun. They wouldn’t honor their Sunday specials they advertise online, so that was a bummer, but businesses are struggling during the COVID pandemic so we were understanding. Very casual dining experience. Is probably a fun place under normal conditions when they have live entertainment.

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MargaretS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is very good, well prepared. Great service.

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BobD
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Red horse is a gem. Our first time. Old style steak restaurant. The steak was really good. The service was exceptional. The dessert was huge and tasty (chocolate cake of course).

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TomNFam
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Red Horse executes a classic steak dinner with simplicity and perfection. This is the place you hope you find when you travel to a new town - I think us locals take it for granted. Generously sized steaks that are cooked exactly as you request them, nice sides that are included with the steak (unusual for a steak house), and desserts you’ll not only want to order, but finish (if you can). Our party kept it simple - each adult ordering a filet mignon, loaded baked potato, and asparagus. The child ordering a huge hamburger from the kids menu. We finished with chocolate lava cake and lemon meringue pie - our son was most happy with the lava cake, he refused to share. Overall, an excellent, old school steak house experience. The staff was excellent and they were great to my son — providing a great activity menu, smiles, laughs...and drinks with a lid. If you’re looking for a good steak at a fair value, skip the drive to the city and simply enjoy what’s in your backyard. You’ll be happy with your choice. I’m ready to give the old horse another run.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was fabulous. It was a birthday celebration and all five of us were thrilled with our meal and the service.

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viptnbrbz4
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Meal, ambiance and location were all very good. Kileen, our server was wonderful. Looking forward to next time we're in the area so we can stop in again.

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FunkyC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was quite busy as many people were celebrating Valentines Day. Having said that, the Duck breast with tart cherries was most excellent. Also, the desert menue was very good. We had no complaints with the food or service.

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vipUberMiaoMiao
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We actually were facing a date night disaster on Valentine’s Day. Our original restaurant was way over-booked. Needless to say, we won’t go back there again. But we were faced with the distinct possibility of having to do fast food. Then we found a spot at Red Horse so we jumped at it. My expectation was significantly tamped down given that it was late on such a busy night. To our surprise, our waitress Ruth was very upbeat and kind. She took the initiative to move us to a much better table. The steaks were good, perhaps not outstanding but we had a wonderful evening.

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TravisF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

It took the server over 15 minutes to come to our table just to take our drink order. It took an hour and fifteen minutes to get our food and they sent us home with someone else’s leftovers!

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JanG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always delicious, served exactly as we asked, thank you master cooks! The bartender was busy, but awesome. The waitresses, waiter, hostess and helpers were right there to help keep the bartender hopping!

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Frederickdiner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Disaster from start to finish. I had a party of 8, made my reservations Jan 14 (confirmed) for 2/14 @ 7PM. Got a call from restaurant 10 minutes before we arrived stating they had to push our reservations back, said they had just received them the day before and didn't have room. The receptionist hung up on me. We were seated at 7:25 (only because of my complaining which affected my evening). Half hour to get drink order, an hour and half before entrees served. The 5 steaks were raw and sent back. Returned 15 minutes later. They were OK but not up to RH standard. They did give us 1/2 off but I'm never going back. The decor is dated, the presentation of food was lousy, the front staff skanky looking. And the service was not up to their standard. I understand holiday traffic but I made reservations a month in advance and expected better treatment. They need to close if they don't want to run a restaurant. I get better food/service at the MountainView Diner.

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Morgaine
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been coming to the Red Horse for many years - it's our "special occasion" restaurant. My wife loves your prime rib - so glad you had it for Valentine's Day. The wait staff is always attentive but not too in your face. We really love the Red Horse!

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LisaP
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good steaks and great service.

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RussellT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place to eat. You can always count on the quality. Best steaks around.

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AliciaD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I took my family to Red Horse for my husband's birthday and we were very pleased overall with the experience. Food was straight forward and simple, but well prepared. Atmosphere was appropriate for an intimate steakhouse, only comment there was that the music was not very good and at times two playlists could be heard simultaneously, probably one from the bar and one from the dinner room. Service was terrific. Could imagine returning for another special occasion.

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AmyH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and ambiance our server was very attentive as well.

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LoriE
West Virginia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I had not been here in years and was skeptical after reading bad reviews. The service and the food was still as excellent as I remembered. We were on the bar side and it was New Years Eve so it was a little loud. Would like to see the decor updated, but leave the wood finishes.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience1

We had been here before a couple years ago and i don’t remember it being as bad as this time. We went for nye with the kids. First, one of the busboys was chewing on gum so loudly you could hear him across the restaurant. Our waitress seemed good at first but as soon as we got our food she disappeared! I ordered surf and turf and the only edible item was the lobster, the steak was too tough and fatty to even chew. My husband got the prime rib which was much better. As for the ambiance, it is an extremely dark restaurant. They only have small orange lights on the chandeliers above the table. We could hardly see the menus and the kids couldn’t even see to color their kids menu!

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KenS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Red Horse was fabulous service was great and the food was delicious. Will definitely go again Ken and his team always do a good job. Looking forward to 2020

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Ervan
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Restaurant is something of a time capsule -- very much a 70's vibe with lots of aged wood decorating the walls and ceilings. The menu reflects many dishes that have remained popular since that time too. It was very pleasant to have a meal in a quiet room with tablecloths and candles. A good experience - the quality of the food was fair for the price and we had a great server.

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JohnS
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic service and food was top notch. We just moved to the area so we will definitely be back

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CliffordS
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Price was very high for food that was not that tasty not cooked as ordered.tough steak

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MBM102
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The restaurant itself is very nice however the food is way overpriced. The $30+ steaks were just ok, the fried pickles breading tasted old and the calamari was not cooked long enough.
Definitely not worth the $300 we paid for 2 couples with tip.

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disappointed
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Waiter cleared the table before we were barely finished.

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FunkyC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, servers and Chefs. The prime rib was to die for and the quantity and quality was very good. I cannot say enough praises.

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AshleyM
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and wonderful service! Came here for my husbands birthday and it was a delight!

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VictoriaD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food is much better than other hotel restaurants. Ambiance is elegant with fabric tablecloths and candles. We were disappointed though because the wait staff refused to sing Happy Birthday to my birthday celebrant so we asked fellow diners to help us do so. And they did! Minimum 15% tip to the wait staff for their unkind gesture.

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SarahM
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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DebraW
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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LisaC
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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AndrewG
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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

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RobertO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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

FAQs

The Red Horse offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 663-3030.

The Red Horse is rated 4.3 stars by 442 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.