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

The Tasting Room Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (45)
Good for Anniversaries (38)
Good for a Date (38)
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Fit for Foodies (37)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Neighborhood Gem (26)
Handcrafted Cocktails (26)
Romantic (24)
Worth the Drive (23)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Business Meals (18)
Great for Lunch (18)
Notable Wine List (17)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Great for Brunch (15)
Cozy (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Happy Hour (13)
Hot Spot (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Casual (11)
People Watching (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Authentic (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Fun (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Healthy (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Seasonal (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Scenic View (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 11 hours ago

one of the more enjoyable brunches I've experienced in the Frederick downtown area. I use a walker to get around and I was greeted and the door held open upon my arrival. I had asked previously if they would accommodate delivering a cake I had brought for my friends 65th birthday. They indicated they would for a $3 fee per person for outside food which I can understand. I was then escorted to a very accommodating for my circumstances table where my friend was already seated. It was at that point our waiter Jeff took over. He is probably one of the best waiters I've ever had. The food was cooked to order and delicious. A very wonderful brunch. Thank you Tasting Room!

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

I loved everything about the tasting room. The food was great, the place is beautiful, and the service was very friendly. I probably wouldn’t go back, however, because I feel like there are many comparable restaurants in Frederick for a fraction of the price.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 2 days ago

Elegant atmosphere and we were really looking forward to our first dinner there. Unfortunately, the scallops that my wife ordered were undercooked and the was sick shortly thereafter. Kind of ruins all of the pluses for the evening.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Best restaurant in Frederick

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food, sexy atmosphere. Expensive but totally worth the price tag. Don’t hold back and enjoy!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

All was ok. Not special. Service ok. Food ok. Not worth the money tonight.

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·Dined 4 days ago

We did not have a positive experience this time. We were celebrating Valentine's Day, and thought since our reservation was very early, we would not encounter a slow kitchen and inattentive wait staff, but we did. We found our food to be mediocre at best, and our server to be rude. We have been here many times, and this was by far our worst experience. Our waitress seemed to be intentionally doing things we asked her not to. She kept reaching across the entire table to get items she was asked to leave (I am a slow eater and explained I was not finished), while leaving clearly finished discarded plates perched on the edge of table. Our food took a great deal of time and was not well prepared. The crab dip we have gotten numerous times did not have crab in it--it was cream cheese with old bay (way too much old bay), but no crab.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

This was my third visit. Love the Tasting Room for its tasty, imaginative menu offerings and great service. This is a must on Frederick.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Casual
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·Dined 5 days ago

Valentines date with hubby

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

This is the best restaurant in all of Frederick! Excellent food and service. I've been here multiple times and the experience is always consistent. I love this downtown gem!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

We had lunch here for my daughter's birthday. There was a snafu over our reservation, but it was taken care of immediately with polite acknowledgement of their mistake. The food couldn't have been better. My daughter ordered the Lobster Chowder and the Broccolini. I had the Organic Atlantic Salmon. My daughter had Apple Cobbler for dessert and I had a latte. All were exceptionally good.

I understand that they have a vibrant bar scene, but at lunch it was quiet and relaxed. We had a window table and had the perfect celebration.

We'll be back here!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

One of the best meals I have had in a long time!! Great food!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Authentic, Romantic
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

We had brunch and we both ordered Eggs Benedict but one was the Salmon Cake Benedict and both dishes were perfect! The pooched eggs were cooked just right and the Salmon cake was so crunchy, beautiful. We would've given 5 stars except for the dessert. We ordered carrot cake to go ($10) and when we got home and looked at it, we were so disappointed. We planned on sharing but here was this little round portion maybe 3 inches in diameter and maybe as high. To small to share and worse than that, very little cake and it was dry. The cream cheese frosting was good and enough considering how thin the cake was sliced but it couldn't mask the fact the cake was dry. Save your money on the carrot cake.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Trendy place to be and be seen in Frederick apps were spectacular we had the tuna , mussels, and chicken liver which is a Jewish delicacy , enjoyed it , real disappointed in the crap cakes , they looked much better than they tasted , bland , once you get out of Balto , no one can do crab cakes , wtf? Right?spouse got the cod which she loved , good drinks , waiter was polite , took awhile to get our drinks at first which I hate , but great service after , attentive , than forgot our dessert which we didn’t care by than because we were full , kinda did us a favor by forgetting , would go back for sure

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Always amazing , cocktails , food , & service every time is the best anywhere in frederick-

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Vegan, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Excellent meal. Cocktails were perfect. Service was great-not intrusive, but very aware and quick with drink orders on a very busy evening. Filet was delicious, lobster chowder amazing.

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Had dinner with family as we attended First Saturday Fire & Ice. First time for all 4 of us. Service was wonderful and the food was excellent. Didn't feel like we were being rushed. I would highly recommend this to friends & family. We will go again.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Small plates soup and sandwich serious crab dip excellent service. Recommended

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The tasting room has one of the best filet mignon I have ever had, the service is wonderful, and the ambiance is very relaxed. I took my boyfriend for his birthday and he already wants to go back. It is a great place for celebrations and date night!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 27, 2018

A great meal at a fine restaurant in downtown Frederick. The server was very attentive and nice. Food was excellent, although the Filet Mignon was a touch on the dry side at medium well. Still, a great place for an anniversary meal! Definitely recommend.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 24, 2018

My husband and I really enjoy The Tasting Room and we go often. This particular night was his birthday and I mentioned that it was my husbands birthday thinking that something special would happen to make the experience more memorable however; we seem to have had a "newbie waitress" that didn't seem comfortable yet with serving. We did not let this spoil the evening. We will continue to have dinner here as often as we can. I definitely would recommend this to others.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Always a great place for delicious food, ambiance , great wine, and superior service

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

On Wednesday, I tried to make a Saturday reservation, and 8:30 was the earliest table, so I figured I was in for a good experience.
Parking is either metered or across the street in the parking garage. Not an issue, as there was plenty of parking, but that may be different on a warm summer evening.
Upon walking into the restaurant, two things are immediately apparent: There's a cozy, dim lit (no cellphone flashlight needed) vibe, and it's loud(!), due to the high tin ceilings, so not the place to disclose any dirty secrets, or you'll be yelling them across the table.
The table hadn't turned over yet, so we were invited to have drinks at the bar. The bartender (starts with a "J") was attentive and upbeat. The cocktail list was non-traditional (rare to find a Brandy Alexander!) and inventive. After only 15 minutes, our table was ready.
Table seating is tight, where you may unintentionally bump the persons chair next to you, trying to get into your seat.
Our server (Zack) came right out, and we ordered another round of drinks (the rum, mint concoction was divine). The menu isn't extensive, which is a plus. Appetizers provide options for various tastes (lobster corn chowder, cheese tray, beef carpaccio, mussels, foie gras, etc. The meal was well paced. Personal pet peeve is the entrée coming out just as I'm completing the appetizer, which was not an issue here.
The entrees were appropriately hot (hot food should be served hot!) and delicious. The scallops were well seasoned and seared nicely over a bed of farro, and the pork osso buco was fork tender with a rich tomato-veal reduction that was worthy of bread to get every drop.
The dessert option was limited, and the one option we decided to try was sold out for the evening.
By the time we left, after 11:00, most of the tables were empty, but there were still plenty of people at the bar. It was a wonderful evening with great food and exceptional service. We'll definitely be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 20, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants in Frederick. I liken it to a little bit of Soho. Everyone's meals were very good from duck to filet to steak to fish. Room was fairly noisy. It is expensive ($300 for 2 couples with tip with a 1 drink each and 2 desserts). Service was very good. Not rushed which is good when spending a lot of money!! Also, enjoy sitting at bar and chatting while wife shops!! I'd say it is creative but not quite foodie which is a positive in my book. That means there is something interesting without being so weird, can't find an entree. We will be back again.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Wonderful dinner. Steak over cooked twice but still fantastic

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My husband is a chef so he is more of a critic than I am but he said for a fine dining place there was nothing special about the food and overpriced. It also doesn't seem very romantic as the tables are one on top of each other.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

1/20/18 early evening. Seated promptly (reservations). Very attentive staff. Wonderful waiter who saw to our every need. Wife had the grouper and I had sea scallops. Sides were as delicious as the main course. We will be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Lovely restaurant, great service. Great choice for lunch or drinks

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 18, 2018

I reserved a table at the tasting room for a pre-anniversary surprise aperitif and appetizer. The cocktails are great and the service was phenomenal. The appetizers are mouthwatering and always consist of the best quality ingredients and are hand crafted with care. Definitely a great place for a romantic dinner or anniversary celebration.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

First time at the Tasting Room. Given the reputation I had very high expectations. Simply put they were not met. The food was average to brow average (incredibly salty). My son had a steak, I had the lamb chops and my wife had the crab cakes. We each tried all three plates. The crab cakes were the best if the bunch. They were very good, big chunks of crab and held together just enough. Really enjoyed those. The steak was average at absolute best. I would put it on par with a Texas Roadhouse level steak. Not cooked very well and little taste. Really disappointing. The lamb chops were ok but HEAVY on salt and seasoning.

For the price of the restaurant you can do MUCH better in downtown Frederick (Firestone’s and Isabella’s are a clear step up).

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Absolutely Amazing can't wait to go back. Food was great, staff was great. Not a complaint insite

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Disabled Access, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

I have been walking past the tasting room for the past few years. Its a shame, we never ate here sooner. The dishes were amazing. The service was outstanding. I had the scallops, which were perfectly cooked. My husband had the crab cakes and was impressed. If you love good quality food, this is the spot for you. It is slightly pricey, but it is well worth it.:)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 11, 2018

We had a great time and loved the food. Our waiter, David, knew the menu well and provided great recommendations.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Food, Service, Cocktails and experience always the best!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Fun
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Food is creative. Restaurant was very busy early on a cold Saturday evening. Service was attentive but not intrusive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Saturday night we had another amazing meal at the Tasting Room. Everything was perfect from the service and the quality of the cocktails before dinner and then the impeccable service after we were seated. The suggestions from our server were spot on, the foie gras was incredible as were the mains. There are many options in the DC area and even in Frederick but the Tasting Room is always “our place”

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Good food, crabcakes and ossobuco were very tasty service was great, but a little too formal and crisp. Atmosphere is nice, but for the type and quality of food, and service, there should be table cloths.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Brother was home on leave

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Very loud, cold and got colder every time someone opened the door.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Wonderful food! Service not so good. Our initial server somehow turned us over to someone else, who then sort of forgot about us. Had to track down our drinks and my kids then reminded them it was my birthday. We were there early so not sure what happened with the service as they were not that busy when we arrived. A bit pricey but the food is always great! Just wish the service matched to food!

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