The Tasting Room

4.7
1724 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
***Easter Sunday 4/21/19*** We will be open for dining from 11am until 8pm, serving a menu featuring light brunch and heavy dinner entree options along with sides and appetizers until 3pm, at which point we will switch to our full dinner entree menu until 8pm. Hope to see you then!!!

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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Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

On Vacation & traveling through. Made it a date night with my husband.

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

As usual food was delicious. Service was a bit disappointing. Not typical for Tasting Room.

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QB
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Small plates were great. Wine flight are great but stay on the aromatic whites not the bubbly whites. Service was good but all 4 plates came at the same time plus wine glasses was no space left on the little table. Couples , small groups place. Not kid friendly. Nice place for wine and delicious plates .

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JS
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and the waiter was very friendly.

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JR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted to go on a date and try something new and different. The tasting room was definitely that! We sat by the window and enjoyed a view of Downtown Frederick, and shared a few small plates. The food was great!

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DB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful meal. Only down fall are the tables are too close together for our comfort. But otherwise a wonderful experience, excellent service and food!

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If ordering a steak I recommend getting it served to you on a standard plate rather than the screeching hot pan/plate.

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p
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wine flight was my favorite part. Cheese plate was very disappointing with just four minuscule/tiny crumbs of cheese.

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W
Washington DC
119 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb food, excellent service!

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PW
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal. Great food, great service. We will be coming back.

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MS
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Manager was superb! Although I ordered my steak, "no bleeding on the plate and not like shoe leather" it came to me overdone. I have ordered such a steak many times at the Outback (YES)....and they get it right. I was a bit disappointed. My sister and daughter were quite pleased with their meals.

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AD
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

This is a pricy place, which I normally dont mind. But my food, when it eventually came out, came out cold, I had to wait for a fork because I was not given one and the food was bland and tasteless. For the price point of this restaurant, it is wanting on all fronts except for ambiance.

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VA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

I took my husband here for dinner to celebrate a special accomplishment he had achieved. We should have left as soon as we started interacting with our server, Kim, as she ruined any chance of our having an enjoyable evening. It was clear that she either was not knowledgeable of the wine and cocktails the restaurant had available, or she simply was not interested in providing hospitality. She was very flippant in her answers to us when we asked for additional information on them. Things did not improve when the food arrived. The salad appeared to have come from a bag like a grocery store sells. The steak had little flavor and the potatoes were served cold. Our server, nor any others, were anywhere around. It was only when she finally showed up to check on us, that she noticed she'd never brought us our wine. We declined her offer to bring it then because we were already halfway through our dinners. After we nicely explained the problem with the cold potatoes, she yanked the plate off the table, offering no apology. Nor was an apology given when she brought the second order. The potatoes had been warmed, but still had no flavor. We declined her offer for dessert. We didn't want to give her anymore opportunity to ruin our evening. Not surprisingly, she still did not offer any apologies when she brought the expensive bill. I'm appalled that they received good awards in their community. Save yourself from a ruined evening. Do not go to The Tasting Room.

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S
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going for years.
Had a really good meal this time.
Very happy with the new menu.
It's our go to spot in Frederick.

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OT
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Menu offerings are amazing and the meal presentation is what you would expect from an outstanding eatery!!! I highly recommend The Tasting Room for its consistent service professionalism and food quality. My No. 1 choice for downtown Frederick dining!!!

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MT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went here for our anniversary and had a wonderful time. Food was amazing and the service was awesome! We will definitely return.

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PG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Tasting Room is always a delicious and pleasant experience! Regardless if it is a week delayed Father’s Day lunch for five or just one or two of us dropping by for a bite, it is one of our favorite go-to places in Frederick.

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KB
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Wasn’t sure what to expect since it was our first time there. Our waiter Matthew did a great job. Shrimp appetizer was delicious. Love the key lime dessert to. Can’t wait go back

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BM
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasting Room is an outstanding dining spot. Each visit reinforces that opinion. On a Friday night, my friend and I opted for a few small plates to share, a wonderful soup each, and a lovely dessert. Of course the wine list was extensive and pleasing with a range of prices as well as styles and tastes. We are eager to return and try other menu items.

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TM
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Too loud to talk easily because of the acoustics. But the drinks and food were really fantastic.

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SO
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was not very attentive. We sat almost a half hour before our order was taken. Food was good, but overall it was a disappointing visit.

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D
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We have dined here many times over the past 15 yr, for lunches and dinners, and like this time for dinner, have never been disappointed. The value at lunch is especially outstanding.

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J
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I’ve dined at the Tasting Room many times and normally the experience is an “A.” Monday night was a “C” at best. Service was inattentive and hurried. Food prep took extra long and then the steak was over cooked. The replacement steak was then under cooked to balance it out. I was dining with my nephew who is a Chef for Mai Pop, a top 10 NOLA restaurant. Overall disappointing.

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k
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great food and service. This is one of those restaurants that makes dining out a real experience.

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r
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an excellent waiter, who added to the ambiance of the evening

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GS
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Father’s Day celebration, I recommend the filets and was not Disappointed best steak ever.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, delicious food, and all around a great experience. Will definitely be back.

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JG
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal and the service was excellent. Our waiter was very attentive and gave great suggestions and recommendations throughout our visit. We will go back.

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GB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, wine and service. Was our first time and we will be back! Cynthia you were awesome!

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

In the past couple years they have stepped up their seafood dishes. Excellent grouper dish and scallop dish.

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B
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You just can’t beat the filet at The Tasting Room, always perfectly prepared and just amazing. The scallops were just as amazing! Always worth the trip, never a disappointment

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CM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual our dinning experience was excellent. From the preparation of the food to the attentive service everything was without fault. Our server Gail was very attentive, she did not rush us. The Tasting Room is a class operation, it’s one of the reasons it’s our go to restaurant for special occasions and when out of town guests are visiting.

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TS
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I drove in from Pittsburgh to eat here! Why? Because this was where we had our first date 15 years ago in June. It was every bit as amazing now as it was then. I wish we lived closer so that we could send more friends there.
The only critique I have is that the candles should have been lit. It took a little away from the atmosphere. And the cheese board had good cheese, but I would’ve preferred to know what cheese I was getting before hand. And it could have been a little more put together. Perhaps some walnuts, or honey help with the great cheeses that were on the board. And while the bread with it was great, I don’t feel like it went with the cheese.
We will certainly be back for another anniversary dinner !!!

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DE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shrimp and grits are among the best we’ve had.

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LP
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

Overpriced and pretentious. Food was just a cut above average and the noise level created a sports bar like environment

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j
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my 5th time dining at this establishment & the food, wine & Service were excellent. I had to get the pork Milanese because it was so good when I’d had it months ago. It was excellent. We shared the lobster potatoes as a side & it was delicious. The wine was a Cab from Paso Robles (Austin Hope 2016). The let us sample it & it was so delicious that we ordered a bottle instead of a glass. I cannot wait to return to this gem in Frederick.

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BG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I have been to The Tasting Room many times and am never disappointed in the quality food preparation and the excellent service. It's one of my favorite restaurants in Frederick.

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KD
Naples
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful experience- crab was exceptional. Enjoyable informative service. Very nice dining experience

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CM
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing evening for my wife’s birthday dinner. The food is always delicious but the atmosphere and the service are second to none

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SH
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The service is always outstanding. The manager is extremely kind and professional. We were celebrating our anniversary and were given a complimentary champagne to celebrate. The only thing that was disappointing was that our steak was cooked well and we ordered medium.

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