The Tasting Room

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$31 to $50
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Established in 2001, The Tasting Room restaurant and wine bar has earned a reputation as a modern American force in the Frederick area. Combining the essence of Frederick and the modern styles of New York, The Tasting Room provides diners with an experience to remember. Situated in the heart of Frederick's historic district, The Tasting Room captures the energy of Market St. with floor to ceiling windows and a 180˚ panoramic view. Fresh local ingredients and unwavering consistency have been the benchmarks for this ultra-successful Michael Tauraso establishment.

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JW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had reservations but ended up seeing at the bar. Great bartender and you are able to get the full menu. The sauteed calamari is very good, I had the scallops and they were cooked perfectly. Wife had the Monkfish and it was gone before I could get a taste. Definitely going back

f
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Tasting Room never disappoints! Great service. Great food! Amazing desserts. We especially love their Sunday brunch. Go if you have never been. I recommend making a reservation.

PO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always great experience. Food is great, service is great. Love the place

CP
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVE this restaurant and whenever we come to Frederick we make a beeline for the Tasting Table!
The ambience is fun, the service is great and the food has never disappointed! We can highly recommend this lovely restaurant!

ST
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We recently enjoyed Sunday brunch at The Tasting Room before ending our overnight trip to Frederick. I had the chicken and waffles. Increasingly common on Sunday brunch menus, the waffle is often pre-made and, by the time it gets to your table, hard and dry. At The Tasting Room, the waffle was the star of the dish; fear not, the chicken strips play a strong supporting role. My dining partner ordered the classic eggs benedict. So well-prepared and tasty. The service was attentive and friendly.

EC
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When in town, we always dine at The Tasting Room! Best Salmon Cakes ever and the mimosa special drink of the day are the best! Service is top notch each and every time. Restaurant is always clean and so are the restrooms!

m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Tasting Room is without a doubt a wonderful dining experience. There are always interesting cocktails, imaginative culinary creations by Michael Turasso, and great service. We have been dining there since it opened and take out of town guests there often. Everyone is able to find something enjoyable. The few family members who have issues with gluten and who are vegans have a bit of a difficult time so this is not the restaurant for them at this time. But for the rest of us - Bon Appétit!

D
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good small plate menu and great wine list.

MB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lobster chowder is amazing! We split a bowl...
I had the Joe Donegan chopped salad-perfect.
My husband ordered the salmon cakes-his favorite.
Our servers, Trae and Leo were super.
Our out of town guests were very impressed.

Great lunch!

M
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It's a wonderful restaurant, but the noise level is pretty terrible. Fortunately, they make up for it with awesome servers and fine food (though I think it's overpriced somewhat!) Frederick is a captive market. If there were any other real competition (Volt doesn't count!) then maybe they'd lower their prices slightly.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I had dinner on my birthday. My husband loves scallops, and he said they were delicious, perfectly cooked. He was not crazy about the polenta cake it was served with. He said it didn’t add anything to the dish. (Personal preference I think, I like polenta.). I always get their filet. It is the best filet of anywhere else. Cooked to perfection, so tender, and so tasty. Wine is always good. We like the flights. We ordered the dark chocolate torta for dessert. It came out still a bit frozen, but was tasty on a hot summer evening. Would prefer a dark chocolate tart...All in all, a lovely evening. Probably our favorite restaurant in Frederick.

JC
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this was our first time dining at the restaurant. My wife and I could not say enough good things about the food and the service. Taylor our server, was outstanding. She was very knowledgeable about the menu and could make recommendations for appetizers and main course. We will definitely be back.

RT
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and top quality food... a bit pricy for regular dining, but worth it for a special occasion.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Intimate birthday dinner with my wife. Polished service from seating to check. Excellent drinks, expertly crafted. Appetizers and main course was perfectly cooked and served. TR is perennial favorite; extremely hard to be this consistent for years on end.

MA
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat. Not your typical, pricey small serving restaraunt. Portions were big and delicious. The servers even brought out some complimentary sorbet with a candle for my birthday. Highly recommended!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Good Happy hour . Understaffed for this though and patio area in dire need of clean up from weeds etc. Food was good and a great value for the price. The burger was delicious and enough for a meal, making it very affordable.

JD
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We first came here for our Wedding Anniversary dinner 4 years ago and ever since we come back every year to on our anniversary. Everything we've tried from the menu has been great, the service is excellent and the atmosphere is relaxed and laid back. This is the place you can go in with jeans and a shirt or all dressed up and it is still inviting and comfortable. Come in for drinks and appetizers or have the best steak of your life. Although the price may shy some away from ordering the steaks, we went for the Filet Mignon and the Bone-in Ribeye and have to say they are the best we've ever had, just perfect. For appetizers we ordered the Spanish shrimp and mussels, which we paired with white wine and the red sangria which is the best we've had in town.

S
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

D
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Slow bar service and cramped space. Food is good but pricey. Reputation exceeds actual dining experience.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought us champagne for our anniversary dinner!

JY
Baltimore
55 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and really yummy food. One of our favorite go to places in downtown Frederick!

TF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the waiter Jeff was terrific. Thank you!

SW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Zach was a wonderful waiter who took very good care of us. He was careful about allergies and gracious about preferences too. We will be back!

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

I love the food - it’s a very special place

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

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the service. Wonderful way to spend a Sunday morning. We would definitely recommend this to our friends and family.

h
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out with friends from out of town and they love the restaurant. Only odd thing of night was we showed up for our reservations and walked past 2 window tables for 4 and they tried to seat us at an interior table. We asked for the window and got it but why do they do that? Otherwise we had a great time with good service and excellent food. Always a great place for a special event

SK
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the service was excellent. I will recommend the tasting room to a friend anytime.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience here !

KG
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was pleasant and because it was our anniversay as our reservation said, we were wished a happy anniversay with two complimentary glasses of champagne to celebrate; that was really nice! The waitress definitely checked on us to make sure we were ok but was not overbearing. Our food was not rushed and that's a plus! The price is a little high but I guess it's the Tasting Room and that's the value of who they are; that God for gift cards :-). The only negative I have was the cooking of the thick steak...it's a very big and thick piece of meat so requesting it medium well left too much red in it so I had to take it home to cook some more. Other than that...the food was delicious and the atmosphere pleasant. We had a good experience. I found my ALMOST Italian seafood dish!

m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant in the heart of downtown Frederick

IN
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite brunch locations in Frederick. The Bloody Mary’s are quite possibly the best (but spicy) that I’ve ever had. Chicken and waffles are a fave; I had the chilaquiles this time and loved them.

SK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional. Best restaurant in Frederick hands down. Try the filet, nuff said

TD
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food & wonderful service as it ALWAYS is. Thank you once again TR ☺️

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Have been to the TR many times and always get the filet, which is the best in Maryland, however this time when our filets came both were overcooked and on the colder side. The plates, which normally are sizzling, were not even hot although we got the usual warning that the plates are 500 degrees. We did not send them back (although we should have) because our wives (we were 2 couples) had ordered lamb and crab cakes and they came at the same time. To correct the problem would have required recooking and their food would have been cold.
What probably happened was our steaks were ready well n advance of our wives food and sat on the 500 degree plate which caused them to overcook and the plate eventually cooled.
A very expensive meal that is usually worth it but definitely not this tine due to a bad case of food management.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for lunch for my mother’s 80th birthday. It was fantastic, as it has been each time we’ve been

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was agile and friendly. The hostess immediately acknowledge that it was my birthday. Food was delicious and the wine list impressive. Will definitely go again

m
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time for us and everything we had heard about the Tasting Room was spot on. The food was wonderful, the atmosphere was inviting and our waiter was wonderful. We will definitely be back and will recommend the Tasting Room to our friends.

MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic experience for our anniversary, thank you Tasting Room!

B
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a great experience at The Tasting Room and once again they met and exceeded our expectations. The service is always excellent and we're fortunate to have had Zach take care of us again on this visit. The food is always wonderful -- I had the baked seafood macaroni and my wife had the rockfish and both of us loved our meals. We always choose to go to The Tasting room for special occasions and we're always glad we did.

BS
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food, service were excellent as always. The noice level is high because of the harsh services and windows.

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