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The Tasting Room

1260 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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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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Cross street
Church Street
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Parking details
There is a public lot across the street and ample off street parking
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
Dined 3 days ago

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!

Jeff (Baltimore)
Dined 3 days ago

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.

OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
Dined 3 days ago

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
Dined 3 days ago

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.

Nianqua (Baltimore)
Dined 5 days ago

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

MikeB (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).

OpenTable Diner 
Dined on January 13, 2018

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

Dined on January 13, 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.:)

OpenTable Diner (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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
Dined on January 7, 2018

Food, Service, Cocktails and experience always the best!