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The Tasting Room

4.8
4.8
2512 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American

Established in 2001, The Tasting Room restaurant and wine bar has earned a reputation as a modern American force in the Frederick area. 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, seasonal menu changes, Frederick's best wine & cocktail lists, friendly/professional service, and countless regional awards set the standard for dining in our beautiful little city.

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Booked 28 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (240) 379-7772

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Nate Johnson

  • Catering

    We offer our menu to-go, but do not offer offsite catering.

  • Private party facilities

    The largest party we are able to accommodate is 12 guests. Please call 240-379-7772 to make a reservation.

  • Neighborhood

    Frederick

  • Cross street

    Church Street

  • Parking details

    There is a large public lot only a block away (Church Street Garage) located at 17 East Church Street and ample off-street parking.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Starter

  • Crispy Brussels Sprouts$10.00

    red boat caramel | delicious

    • Lobster Chowder$15.00

      amontillado sherry | corn | potato | cream

      • Panko Shrimp$18.00

        nuoc cham

        • Pernod and Cockles$19.00

          house fennel sausage | little tomatoes | garlic | butter | baguette

          • Crab Dip$20.00

            jumbo lump crab | aged cheddar | old bay | crostini

            • Spanish Octopus$18.00

              saffron calasparra rice | jalapeno | citrus | herbs | marcona | clementine

              • Fried Green Tomatoes$18.00

                jumbo lump crab | lemon | greek yogurt | chives | remoulade

                • Crispy Duck Wings$15.00

                  cider braise | citrus tamari | crispy garlic

                  • Lobster Whipped Potatoes$15.00

                    chive butter

                    Salad

                    • Grilled Shrimp Salad$16.00

                      arugula | cabbage | bell pepper | cucumber | peanut | sweet chili

                      • Fried Chicken Salad$14.00

                        kale | hard egg | dill pickle | onion | honey mustard

                        • Salmon Caesar$22.00

                          crisp lettuce | croutons | hard egg | anchovy dressing

                          • Chopped Chicken Salad$14.00

                            mixed greens | raw vegetables | croutons | parmesan | red wine vin.

                            Sandwich

                            served on brioche bun with choice of fries or field greens

                            • Brisket & Shortrib Burger$17.00

                              white cheddar | lettuce | tomato | pickle | red onion | dijon

                              • Korean Fried Chicken$14.00

                                gochujang glaze | kewpie mayo | miso honey | kimchi pickle

                                • Pork Belly B.L.T.$15.00

                                  house cured cheshire pork belly | lettuce | tomato | bacon jam

                                  Entree

                                  • 'Upstate' Fish Fry$18.00

                                    icelandic cod | beer batter | slaw | fries | tartar

                                    • Salmon Cakes$16.00

                                      celeriac slaw | herb salad | pickled white celery | remoulade

                                      • Seared Atlantic Sea Scallops$22.00

                                        chilled udon noodles | sesame | ginger | chili | pineapple | bok choy

                                        • Petit Hanger Steak Wedge$22.00

                                          bayley hazen blue cheese | baby iceberg | tomato | bacon | herbs

                                          • Shrimp and Grits$16.00

                                            creole tomatoes | stoneground white grits

                                            Last updated: March 25, 2022

                                            What 2,512 people are saying

                                            Overall ratings and reviews

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                                            4.8
                                            4.8 based on recent ratings
                                            • 4.8Food
                                            • 4.8Service
                                            • 4.7Ambience
                                            • 4.4Value

                                            NoiseModerate

                                            Loved For

                                            • Washington, D.C. Area

                                              Contemporary American

                                            • Maryland - DC Suburbs

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                                              Notable Wine List

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                                            1. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined 1 day ago

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Excellent client business lunch

                                            2. DA

                                              DouglasA

                                              Indiana

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined 4 days ago

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Always a great time!! Food, service and the extensive wine and bar list make it one of our favorites!

                                            3. MD

                                              MikeD

                                              Washington DC

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined 4 days ago

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Great cocktails & well-trained staff to guide you in your choices.

                                            4. SC

                                              ShannonC

                                              Baltimore

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined 6 days ago

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              My friends, husband and myself had an extraordinary time. The service we recieved was so personable! The food is amazing and the restaurant itself is beautiful. We really enjoyed ourselves. Looking forward to dining there again.

                                            5. KV

                                              KarenV

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined 6 days ago

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Loved the crispy chicken Cobb. 3 of our party got it!

                                            6. M

                                              mtnMarty

                                              Charlotte

                                              17 reviews

                                              vip
                                              4.0

                                              17 reviews

                                              Dined 7 days ago

                                              overall4food4service4ambience3

                                              Sophisticated food in a Sports Bar atmosphere.

                                            7. EB

                                              EileenB

                                              Washington DC

                                              6 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              6 reviews

                                              Dined 7 days ago

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              The cooking was excellent, one of the best filet mignons I’ve had, with homemade béarnaise and the best au gratin potatoes that come with it. The lobster chowder was exceptional, do not miss it, share if you have to so you don’t get overly full. Rhubarb cheesecake was delicious. Service warm, friendly, attentive but not intrusive or phony in the least. Service was surprisingly quick. Top-notch service and cooking.

                                            8. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Pittsburgh

                                              2 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on May 11, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Loved the ambiance!!

                                            9. TA

                                              TimA

                                              Washington DC

                                              42 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              42 reviews

                                              Dined on May 11, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              We had anniversary lunch outside on a beautiful day! The food was wonderful and tasty. Service was a tad slow but so were we and it gave us more time to enjoy the great day. Crab dip was very good. The salmon cakes had a great variety of flavors and textures. The burger was amazing!

                                            10. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Adelaide

                                              3 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              3 reviews

                                              Dined on May 9, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Nice dinner! Good food!

                                            11. PJ

                                              PeterJ

                                              Baltimore

                                              4 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              4 reviews

                                              Dined on May 9, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Tasting Room is a hidden gem in Frederick. Excellent staff and delicious food.

                                            12. CG

                                              CathyG

                                              Baltimore

                                              2 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Mother’s Day dinner at Tasting Room was excellent. Our server was attentive and delightful, the food was fresh and delicious and the filet was spectacular. It’s pricey but worth the indulgence on special occasions!

                                            13. H

                                              Hungry61

                                              Washington DC

                                              1 review

                                              4.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                              overall4food3service5ambience4

                                              The atmosphere was nice, the appetizers where outstanding, but both the steak and fish entrees were overcooked but flavorful.

                                            14. T

                                              Tom1

                                              New York Area

                                              7 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              7 reviews

                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Mother’s Day dinner. Great meal. Not rushed and wonderful service.

                                            15. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Washington DC

                                              3 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              3 reviews

                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                              Love this place! The food is consistently good and the servers are genuinely friendly.

                                            16. TF

                                              TerryF

                                              Washington DC

                                              2 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              We had an excellent Mother's Day Brunch - the wait staff was very attentive and the food was outstanding!

                                            17. g

                                              gilg

                                              Washington DC

                                              1 review

                                              4.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                              we have been going to the Tasting room for lunches but never for dinner. This was our first time. It was a bit disappointing. The first dish we ordered was the Crab Dip; the dip was good but the toast that came with it were stale, hard and old. Not good. The salads and main dishes were very good. We did order dessert (creme brulee). The creme itself was excellent and well-presented but the raspberries that came along were still frozen ... So, overall, not altogether. It was a Saturday night, very busy which may explain the issues. We'll go probably go back but for lunch, not dinner.

                                            18. G

                                              Gastronomee

                                              Baltimore

                                              2 reviews

                                              3.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                                              overall3food4service3ambience2

                                              Given that TR is a three-star (four?) restaurant, the food should come out at a more appropriate temperature. Both entrees should have been as hot as our side dish. The two-top tables are way too small for this higher-end dining experience, too close to other diners’ tables, and the dining room should have more distance from the bar. The front seating area—half of the restaurant space—is too cramped and close to the bar. Diners should not have a view of servers at their station off to the side, grabbing a drink and talking. The whole vibe is way too cramped and loud (especially given the piped in fast-paced music groove).

                                            19. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Baltimore

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Great food and great service!

                                            20. r

                                              rm116

                                              New York Area

                                              34 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              34 reviews

                                              Dined on May 5, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                              LOVED The Tasting Room. We were in from out of town, celebrating our anniversary. What a great choice this turned out to be. The service was warm and friendly. The waitress started us off with complimentary glasses of Cava - lovely. Our appetizers were excellent (I got the burrata, my husband the charred octopus), and the crab cake entree that we both ordered was a showstopper. It made us realize we'd never had "real" crabcakes before. I'm the one of the two of us with a sweet tooth, so I alone had dessert (creme brulee with a strawberry reduction -delicious!). We would come back here in a nanosecond. WELL DONE, Tasting Room!

                                            21. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Baltimore

                                              6 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              6 reviews

                                              Dined on May 5, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Everything was excellent this evening. Excellent hospitality,service, food and drinks.

                                            22. LL

                                              LaLa

                                              Washington DC

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 5, 2022

                                              overall5food4service4ambience4

                                              Food was excellent, server (Marley) was very pleasant and professional and the table was comfortable.

                                            23. M

                                              Marco

                                              New England

                                              6 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              6 reviews

                                              Dined on May 5, 2022

                                              overall5food5service4ambience5

                                              Wonderful food. Congratulations to the Chef!

                                            24. FJ

                                              FoodieJen

                                              Washington DC

                                              1 review

                                              4.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 1, 2022

                                              overall4food3service5ambience4

                                              I've eaten at the Tasting Room many times for dinner, and it is one of my favorite restaurants in Frederick. This was my first brunch experience. I would not get the chilaquiles again as they lacked flavor overall as the mole sauce overwhelmed everything else on the plate. My friend told me her lobster omelet was very good.

                                            25. A

                                              Anna

                                              New Orleans

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 1, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Delicious food, courteous staff, great brunch options

                                            26. BM

                                              BettyMay

                                              Washington DC

                                              7 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              7 reviews

                                              Dined on April 29, 2022

                                              overall4food5service4ambience5

                                              The host was so nice to us and gave us a great table by the windows. Our server was knowledgeable and pleasant, and gave us plenty of time to chat before we looked at the menus and made up our minds. The food was fabulous, as always: I cannot resist the lobster chowder and panko shrimp. Just a couple of little glitches: The server initially brought my friend the wrong order, and it took a while to get the correct one. And we ordered a second glass of wine, but it took forever to get there. By the time it arrived, we had finished eating and didn’t really want it any more.

                                            27. RA

                                              RobinA

                                              Denver

                                              18 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              18 reviews

                                              Dined on April 28, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Exceptional flavors in the halibut entree and the chocolate cake with basil sorbet! Wine was so good that I purchased a bottle to take home.

                                            28. N

                                              Nesie

                                              Washington DC

                                              3 reviews

                                              vip
                                              2.0

                                              3 reviews

                                              Dined on April 26, 2022

                                              overall2food1service5ambience4

                                              Please bring back some of your old menu items. Today was the first day where I literally had to stare at your menu to try and find one item I thought sounded good. I get having a varied and changing menu but I do think it is important to keep some of the classic menu items. You used to be my go to restaurant but now I am unsure when I will return. Please bring back the power lunch, crab cake sandwich or soup and sandwich option. Please also revert back to your original Caesar salad. The service is still excellent the staff always goes above and beyond. Just miss some of the classics.

                                            29. HA

                                              HeatherA

                                              Baltimore

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on April 24, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Fantastic combination of flavors for every palette. Our server was knowledgeable about the menu and offered helpful suggestions and was very efficient.

                                            30. DC

                                              DCdiner

                                              Washington DC

                                              218 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              218 reviews

                                              Dined on April 23, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                              Lovely meal with wonderful service. We asked for some dishes not exactly on the menu and they accommodated us with no hesitation. Also, when I had to go out to take care of my parking, they graciously took my fabulous lobster chowder (you MUST get it) and gave me a reheated dish—above and beyond what would be expected. Wonderful restaurant that is worth the drive from DC.

                                            31. BR

                                              BridgittR

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on April 16, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Great service and food. Highly recommend the steak and Dr. Feel good cocktail

                                            32. MJ

                                              MrJP

                                              New York Area

                                              10 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              10 reviews

                                              Dined on April 15, 2022

                                              overall4food4service5ambience4

                                              Great service... very attentive. Scallops were astounding.

                                            33. KL

                                              KatherineL

                                              Washington DC

                                              30 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              30 reviews

                                              Dined on April 15, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Always great

                                            34. WS

                                              WSC1

                                              Washington DC

                                              8 reviews

                                              vip
                                              4.0

                                              8 reviews

                                              Dined on April 13, 2022

                                              overall4food4service5ambience4

                                              Zach was awesome!!

                                            35. KH

                                              KevinH

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on April 12, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              This is a favorite place in Frederick for my wife and I. We just celebrated our anniversary here, and the food was amazing. Service was excellent; they were attentive and not pushy. We were able to sit and enjoy our drinks and relax, and weren’t rushed to order. The food was spectacular; it was well presented and tasted wonderful.

                                            36. S

                                              Superb

                                              Washington DC

                                              28 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              28 reviews

                                              Dined on April 11, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              One of the best restaurants in the wider DC area - well worth the 45 min drive to Fredrick. Plus it’s a great town to visit

                                            37. AS

                                              AllenS

                                              Washington DC

                                              9 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              9 reviews

                                              Dined on April 4, 2022

                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                              Had several dishes - lobster chowder very good, burrata, very good, hanger steak salad very good, bread awful (so salty it was almost inedible), fried green tomatoes not particularly good.

                                            38. H

                                              Hmoney

                                              New Orleans

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on April 2, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Excellent upscale atmosphere, our server was absolutely lovely and the drinks were amazing! I got a non-alcoholic blackberry mule and it was sooooo tasty. Definitely our favorite place in Frederick!

                                            39. W

                                              Wonderwoman

                                              Philadelphia

                                              8 reviews

                                              3.0

                                              8 reviews

                                              Dined on April 2, 2022

                                              overall3food3service3ambience2

                                              Not the same Tati g room of old. Food quality is just not the same.

                                            40. C

                                              Colby

                                              Washington DC

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on April 1, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              First class but not obnoxious. Exceptional food and service. Always a good gauge of a great chef for me is the preparation of a Filet Mignon, “medium-well”. I like pink! Some chefs insist on butterflying a filet to accomplish my order, which results in uneven cooking. TR prep was spot on!

                                            FAQs

                                            The Tasting Room offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (240) 379-7772.

                                            The Tasting Room is rated 4.8 stars by 2512 OpenTable diners.

                                            Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                            Booked 28 times today
                                            Google Map for The Tasting Room

                                            101 North Market Street Frederick, MD 21701

                                            Additional information

                                            • Cross street

                                              Church Street

                                            • Neighborhood

                                              Frederick

                                            • Hours of operation

                                              Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

                                            • Cuisines

                                              Contemporary American, American, Wine Bar

                                            • Dining style

                                              Casual Elegant

                                            • Dress code

                                              Smart Casual

                                            • Parking details

                                              There is a large public lot only a block away (Church Street Garage) located at 17 East Church Street and ample off-street parking.

                                            • Payment options

                                              AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                            • Executive chef

                                              Nate Johnson

                                            • Additional

                                              Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                            • Phone number

                                              (240) 379-7772

                                            • Catering

                                              We offer our menu to-go, but do not offer offsite catering.

                                            • Private party facilities

                                              The largest party we are able to accommodate is 12 guests. Please call 240-379-7772 to make a reservation.

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