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About Tower Oaks Lodge
With the look and feel of one of the "Great Camps" of the Adirondacks, Tower Oaks Lodge serves an American-style saloon menu. Adjacent to a 21-acre nature preserve, Tower Oaks Lodge is located just off I-270. The raw bar features oysters from both coasts.
Rockville, MD 20852
American, Steak, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 4:30pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 4:30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Street parking also available. Complimentary valet parking offered Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Bus 81, Monday - Friday until 7:30pm
Private Party Facilities:
Semi-private cocktail parties in the Saranac Bar
Private Party Contact:
Kathleen Carbonaro or Any Manager : (301) 294-0200
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Tower Oaks Lodge Ratings and Reviews
Overall the Tower Oaks Lodge is very good...I think they have changed their menu, which is more customer friendly and they don't try and spice things up like they used to, which was very refreshing. We had made our reservations for 800p not knowing when my daughter's flight was going to get in. We arrived at 730p nad the place was PACKED. The Maitre D said that the time would probably be closer to our reservation time but he thought we could possibly get in sooner.....well by 830p we were still sitting. We knew there was a problem when they started handout food to people.
The food was great and the place looked great but we had a reservation for 7:30pm and were seated around 8:30pm only after we asked for an estimated of how much longer we had to wait. This caused issues with the schedule for the rest of the evening. We were close to leaving when we were finally seated. One has to wonder what advantage a reservation had. There was obviously something wring that night. Not a good experience.
Barbeque was delicious - but had to cut the sandwhich to eat -- not really a complaint. Steak (rare) and soft-scrambled eggs were
perfect. Fried oyster salad was exceptional - next time I could do without the hot sauce, lighter seasoning would be better. The soup
(pasta fagiole) was as good or better than most Italian shops.
A rip-off, frankly. My food was o.k., but the serving was small, not worth the price I paid for it. My dining companion's hamburger was steamed and not grilled. She said it tasted terrible. What the place has going for it is atmosphere and beauty. The place is lovely to look at, but I won't go there to eat again.
Tower Oaks Lodge is one of our favorite restaurants. The menu always has enough choices to please everyone and the food is consistently good. The key word here is CONSISTENT! That's hard to maintain.
This week, in spite of the holiday parties and masses of people lunching & exchanging gifts and pleasantries, the food came out quickly. The hot food was hot and the cold food was cold. This is difficult to do when a place is packed with people waiting for tables.
Our server was a little slower than most, but we've had her before and know that she is like that.
May I recommend the "Pickled Jar" appetizer: 5 or 6 different seasonal fruits/veggies, each in its own mixture of pickling brine & spice. Yum!
The food was very good and a decent value. The menu gives many options. We asked for a seat away from the bars and the noise level was acceptable although not low. We could hear each other talk, which has not always been the case when we've been too close to the bars. Service was excellent. All in all, I look forward to going again.
My favorite appetizer was not available, so I tried a new one..:”Jarred Cassoulet” …..WOW! I am a great fan of the 5th taste class..SAVORY and this dish is the essence of savory… I could not have been more pleased. I have made this dish, myself, before ; but I won’t even consider trying to duplicate what this chef achived, MARVELOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!
I absolutely love Tower Oaks and especially for dinner. The scenic view is the very best. I can not think of any restaurant that has the ambiance or scenic view that you have. I bought a friend there on Saturday; this was her first time dining with you and she was overly pleased.
My only complaint is the parking. While the concept of valet parking is nice, is it really necessary in the suburbs? The traffic jam in the circle that spills out to the street is quite frustrating to those who just want to park their car and go in. Perhaps moving drop-off for valet parking down the street, would open up the circle for diners trying to get in. I ended up having to pay $8 once I found a space across the street as I could not even get into the lot.
Need to preface my review by saying that I am a foodie-type, with high expectations when it comes to food and service. We chose this restaurant mainly due to proximity and our 1st experience had been positive. Went on a Thursday night, anticipating a nice, quiet ambience. Experience was the opposite, mainly due to a large number of parties. Conversing at the table required leaning forward to hear each other. Though our waiter was very friendly and courteous, wait time to order and receive our bill was long. Complimentary bread was room temperature and tasteless. Lump crab cake entree lacked flavor. Complimentary birthday dessert looked good, but taste was just ok.
The food and the service were very good. The Maryland Crab soup is worth the trip alone. Be aware if you are looking at their menus online, their selections and Prices are not always up to date. Went there expecting certain items only to find they weren't on the menu anymore and that the prices had changed on other items. Otherwise a very good dining experience.
Two of four main courses were mediocre, at best. In fact, the Blackened Scallops were merely seared a bit and had to be sent back as they were cold on inside. the Parmesan trout was overly coated. Waitress seemed tired and non- friendly; she got one basic drink wrong & had never heard of a Brandy Manhattan & wanted to order me a regular Manhattan. Restaurant had its usual lights twinkling but fall thene w/ pumpkins not ver Christmas like.
The pork chop was the best I ever had. Usually pork chop is dry, but this was very tender. I was served large portions so I was able to take some home. I had one of the wines that was suggested. It was an excellent pairing. The brownie sundae was very good, too. I shared with a friend.
The food at Clyde's restaurants is always fine. What makes this place fun is the ambience of the great western lodges. Brings back great memories of vacations to Glacier Park, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and dining at the restaurants in Old Faithful Inn, Many Glacier Lodge, etc! Fun!
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