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The Tasting Room

4.7
1290 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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Established in 2001, The Tasting Room restaurant and wine bar has earned a reputation as a modern American force in the Frederick area. Combining the essence of Frederick and the modern styles of New York, The Tasting Room provides diners with an experience to remember. Situated in the heart of Frederick"s historic district, The Tasting Room captures the energy of Market St. with floor to ceiling windows and a 180˚ panoramic view. Fresh local ingredients and unwavering consistency have been the benchmarks for this ultra-successful Michael Tauraso establishment.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, European
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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,
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Phone number
(240) 379-7772
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Tauraso
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Church Street
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Parking details
There is a public lot across the street and ample off street parking
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1290 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.1
value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Excellent, but pricey. Be prepared to drop a load.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Food was very good....we went to Brunch. Service was good overall but hard on occasion to get the server's attention. The look of the place was clean and modern without a lot of personality and , as they were busy and even had a bridesmaids party going on, it was rather loud.
Overall, because of the food, I rate it very high and will go back.

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Brunchman (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 5 days 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!

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Great date night. Food was amazing and our waiter was on top of everything. Great recommendations and made sure never to keep us waiting too long. He was fantastic.

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JonM (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined 6 days ago

Have eaten here several times and always had a great experience. While the Calimari appetizer was very good the entrees fell well short of what one would expect of a restaurant that costs so much. The filet ordered medium rare was medium well and a replacement came out rare with cold spots apparent while eating. The Seafood Stew was a linguini dish with a small piece of fish, a medium sized scallop, and several shrimp.

I won't be returning as in downtown Frederick there are many other choices that offer better quality for less cost.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
3.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

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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Tobie (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Best restaurant in Frederick

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Delicious food. Great wine and beer selection. The server was “ok”. Our table wa

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Rusty (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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vipjmethechef (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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StefanieR (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines date with hubby

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atasusan (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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ELEVENE (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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!

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FANTASTIC (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

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!

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LisaD (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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

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GraceN (Washington DC)
4.0  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.

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Capt (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 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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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 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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PeggyL (Washington DC)
5.0  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.

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vipJopyxis127 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  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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GDNL (Cleveland)
5.0  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.

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OurGoToPlaceForDinner (Baltimore)
5.0  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.

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vipJason (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  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!

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Jeff (Baltimore)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Wonderful dinner. Steak over cooked twice but still fantastic

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