About The Tasting Room

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.

101 North Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American, European

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday 11:00am-3:00pm Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:45pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday 4:00pm-8:00pm,

Cross Street:
Church Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(240) 379-7772

Website:
http://www.thetastingroomrestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
There is a public lot across the street and ample off street parking

Executive Chef:
Michael Tauraso

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Please join us. Reservations book early. We are serving dinner 1pm-10pm.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

What better way to close out 2017 then dinner at TR? Reservations book early. We are serving dinner 1pm-11pm

The Tasting Room Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (38)
Good for a Date (38)
Special Occasion (38)
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Fit for Foodies (29)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Romantic (22)
Worth the Drive (22)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Happy Hour (20)
Great for Lunch (17)
Business Meals (17)
Notable Wine List (16)
Bar Seating (14)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Hot Spot (13)
Casual (12)
Fun (12)
People Watching (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Great for Brunch (9)
Cozy (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Seasonal (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Authentic (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Late-night Find (4)
Scenic View (4)
Healthy (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 9, 2017

While the crab cakes were on point as always, we switched it up for the cowboy ribeye which was a complete disappointment. I get rich marbling but this more fat than meat. A total waste for $60. The NY we’ve had in the past never let us down.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 6, 2017

We were there on a Wednesday evening and we enjoyed our food but the server seemed
to be unaware of us. We all had salads and one person had an appetizer, the salad and
fresh bacon appetizer were served together. We had remind the server we wanted coffee
and ask twice for the check. These aren't deal breaker things but not the level of service
we have come to expect from The Tasting Room especially on a week night. Maybe he was just having a bad day!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Simply perfect.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 4, 2017

We dined at The Tasting Room for a pre-concert birthday celebration. Our reservation requests were honored and the service was perfect. Waiter was knowledgeable and present. The food was delicious and interesting. Portions were small enough that we could do several courses. The chocolate sorbet is the best I’ve ever eaten in my life!
The decor is minimalist with hard surfaces that contribute to noise, but we sat at a table away from the bar where it was quieter. The dining room was edged with poinsettias for the holiday which softened the hard edges.
We had a delightful evening and I’d go again for a special night. Too expensive for regular dining out.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Seated us promptly on time. Excellent food and service. Would definitely go back again.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The Tasting Room has always had a reputation for offering well prepared and tasty food.
I’ve been there many times both business and pleasure to enjoy their fine food.

The Good: Consistency good food.

The Bad: The noise level was quite high.

The Ugly: One of our anticipated side dishes ordered was completely forgotten. When I asked our waiter about ordering glass of wine with the meal, I was basically dismissed because he seemed to be too busy.

The Verdict: I know it’s a trendy place and it was Saturday night but when our meal was over $200, w/o desert, their wait staff should maybe take a moment, sit in our chair take in their “TR experience”.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Yes it's a little expensive but we'll worth it. Between the homemade bread, lobster mashed potatoes, and foie gras I don't know which was more flavorful!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Service was exceptional!

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·Dined on November 27, 2017

I went to Tasting Room with my Fiance for our 2 year anniversary. (GF at the time). The staff's extremely nice and well mannered. They were fast on refills and bringing us bread. She had the muscles and I had the crab dip for a starter. Both were very Delicious. They gave us little 2 prong forks for the muscles, making it very easy to get the little guys out of the shell. I must say the muscles were to die for. Then the Crab dip came with little Crostini's they were toasted nicely. The dip itself was seared on top and had a nice mixture of crab and cheeses. Very generous on the crab. Lots of nice large chunks for us to share. Mixing the bread they serve and the crab dip was wonderful.

For our Entrée's I had Lamb and she had Fishermen's Stew. The Lamb was cooked a perfect medium which I had requested. It came with a mixture of potatoes and tomatoes, which to be honest was the only thing I've ever had from Tasting room that I personally didn't like. But I feel that more on me for not liking tomatoes that much. But anyways the Lamb was perfect every bite was amazing. The cook on the Lamb perfect, Nice sear, so juicy, tender, Seasoned wonderfully. Oh man writing this review makes me want to go get another Lamb.

She had the Fishermen's Stew. It came with Monk fish, Calamari, Shrimp, with a brilliant sauce over freshly made pasta. I only had a few bits of each ingredient but I must say each bite was delightful. The cook on the Monk Fish was spectacular. The shrimp has so much flavor unlike most restaurants were you get a watered down buttery tasting shrimp. I personally prefer fried calamari but I must say the sauce and the calamari went together perfectly. The whole dish came together very nicely. She was very satisfied and would get it again.

We also had a side of Gratin Potatoes. Seared on top perfectly, creamy and tasted wonderful. Everything a Gratin Potato should be.

Overall our dinner was amazing and I would like to thank the wonderful staff of TR.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Authentic, Seasonal
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We have dined at the Tasting Room a number of times. The chef is very good. However, as happens with many good restaurants, I suspect the landlord has raised the rent. (Restaurant profits always go to the the landlord, seldom to the owner.) Prices are up 20%. Only an occasional bottle of wine on the list below $50. Most have jumped to $80 to $120+. Unfortunately the Tasting Room has gotten overly expensive for what it offers.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

As always, the best filet migon, hands down!!!!!!!

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Family in town for tgiving weekend. Fabulous evening. David is a terrific server. Food was great.

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Delicious , best fillet . Beef carpaccio awesome app
Wonderful wine selection. Friendly server

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

My wife and I discovered the Tasting Room about two years ago while traveling. We have dined there five times and each time the experience has been wonderful. The food is creative and always a treat. The wait staff is attentive and very helpful. Prices are moderate considering the quality of the food. This is a great little gem of a restaurant.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 18, 2017

As the rating indicates, a solid Above Average experience. There was a slight problem with the temperature of some of the orders (4 people dining). Once pointed out, easily and gracefully handled.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Excellent food and service - the best filet mignon anywhere!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was fantastic! Server was great. It had been years since our last visit, but we will be back soon.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

The two of us sampled three of the Small Plates . All were imaginative and exceptionally delicious. Good service—friendly and not at all intrusibe. We had dessert and coffee too. Felt so at home here .

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Four of us went at lunchtime to celebrate a birthday. We had requested a table by the window, which was ready for us when we arrived at 11:30. Our server, Toni, was very helpful and responsive. She refilled our coffee frequently. Each of us enjoyed our meal and found the menu to be one we would like to revisit. We were too full for dessert, but Toni brought us a small chocolate sorbet with strawberries with a lit candle on top for the birthday girl. What a nice surprise. Four spoons came with it without asking!! Will definitely go there again. However, I got a dinner menu by accident, and I think I'll be going for lunch most often. The dinner menu is pretty pricey.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2017

I always enjoy the TR. Food is consistently good as are the drinks. The table behind us were drinking and b came extremely loud.

But those darn chairs are uncomfortable. Please, please buy chairs that one can sit on longer than 15 minutes. I have not. Even to the Tasting Room in over a year because of the chairs even though I enjoy the restaurant.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great meal overall. Our party of 12 turned into 10, we let the hostess know in case they wanted to pull 2 seats back. The evening was marred a bit by slow service at each step. All of the food was perfect.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

They didn't accommodate my special request to sit at a tall table by the window and didn't acknowledge my fiancé's birthday. The wine list was very limited unless you want to buy a bottle of wine that is more than $100.00. The waiter was creepy.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This outstanding restaurant is definitely worth the drive to Frederick! The menu choices, food & service are wonderful. A reservation is a must as the restaurant is on the small side and, especially on weekends, packed. The cost of a meal is within reason but not inexpensive. If a couple have appetizers, entrees & desserts expect to pay north of $100. Add drinks, tax & gratuity and the cost will be more but probably still under $200. We don't go there often but feel that we are getting are money's worth when we do go. An additional plus is that if the weather is pleasant, taking a walk on Frederick's main street of unique shops either before or after dining is an added bonus.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Birthday treat . Food was great and service was fine.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Always a great meal at TR. Setting is intimate and food delightful & substitutions accepted.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Very attentive staff, creative menu. Tastes are exceptional and cooked perfectly. Pricey but excellent food. Great for a special occasion.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Authentic
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Our experience at the Tasting Room was quite lovely. The service was excellent and the food was well worth the price. It wasn't just a simple dinner it was enjoyable food adventure. Definitely looking forward to returning again in the future!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Many thanks to Aaron the GM and the entire staff at TTR for another great dining experience! Great fun and look forward to our next experience! Thanks again! Best, Scott & Nancy

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Fun, Cozy, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Excellent meal and affordable dining. Smaller "tasting" portions, but ideal or sharing and trying multiple items.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Fun, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Tapas, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Casual, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

It has been years since we had eaten at the Tasting Room. We selected to return when we were in Frederick on Nov. 4, 2017. My husband and I were meeting my cousin, and her family there. We all agreed that it was a wonderful lunch! Nice menu, great service, and a good price point. Our server Toni was such a delight.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Hot Spot, Cozy, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Afternoon Coffee, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Seasonal, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Casual, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Love this place! Friendly staff and delicious food make this a perfect spot for special occasions or just regular dining.

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Food continues to be outstanding. Lobster chowder is to die for and the filet is the best in the metro area, including DC.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Excellent experience, one of the best for lunch in Frederick. Will be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

It was good. Not extraordinary. Not bad. It was good. For making a reservation for a special occasion, my hope was that they would have made some small gestures without be prompted. Overall, it was good.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Both orders of filet mignon over cooked by mistake of kitchen not listening to server’s order. But manager didn’t charge for entire meal. Outstanding customer service as always.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 24, 2017

As always service and food was great!

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Lunch, Dinner or in between, the Tasting Room is always a great place to got to eat or have drinks. The food and service are always excellent.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Monk fish good but not outstanding. Apple crisp way too much dough! Chocolate dessert was excellent! Great service!

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 18, 2017

TR never disappoints!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 18, 2017

You can’t never go wrong by choosing The Tasting Room! Perfect for romantic dinner!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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