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7:00 PM

Waterside Restaurant

35 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch
Foodies are invited to our Columbia Restaurant. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner surrounded by enchanting views of Lake Kittamaqundi. Our menu includes traditional favorites and regional temptations that will delight every taste. Find a feast for your eyes as well as your palate at our premier Columbia restaurant.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation

Monday - Saturday: 6:30am - 10:00am
Sunday: 6:30am - 12:00pm

Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(410) 423-9000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kenny Johnson
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Cross street
Wincopin Circle
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Parking details
Free covered parking available across the street.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 35 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.5  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Very good servive. Polite staff. Will go again very soon.

Bluedevil33 (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on April 16, 2017

While the food and service were good, I was disappointed that the restaurant had not kept track of any of the reservations that were made on OpenTable for Easter Sunday. While were were accommodated with an outdoor table, I would expect that there would be more communication between OpenTable and the restaurant so that a table could not be reserved if it was unavailable or if the restaurant was not planning to seat people at certain times. I've never had an issue like this with any other reservation I've made on OpenTable.

vipFantastic (Baltimore)
3.0  Dined on September 22, 2016

I made the reservation for Waterside Restaurant without having been there previously. I didn't know it was on the ground floor of the Sheraton, which is hidden behind some other buildings.

My colleagues & I were the only diners in the restaurant, and I would have expected better service. It wasn't BAD service, just not very attentive.

The meal was ok; standard hotel fare.

vipTerryK (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 7, 2016

Very nice and relaxing along the lake in Columbia. Not a large buffet but good. Service was excellent. Signage at restaurant could use improvement. It wasn't clear where the restaurant was.

OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
3.0  Dined on June 19, 2016

Was there for brunch 6/19/16. For the price (@$30 with mimosas), I thought it was awful. The beef at the slicing table was very well done, as in gray. They could have sliced into the thicker end to find some medium or medium rare, but when I asked, I got a No. The Eggs Benedict comes in phyllo cups which is a great idea in theory but resulted in solid yolk & "hollandaise". I live in the city where brunch is practically its own religion and competition is FIERCE. That's a good thing when it comes to quality & cost.

MichaelK (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on January 16, 2016

Crab cakes were a little small but the food was great.

OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
1.0  Dined on December 26, 2015

Bad service. Too slow. Bad food. Sauce was bad for linguini.

DRMO (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on October 4, 2015

We choose this restaurant for after church originally thinking that they still had a Sunday brunch. sadly, they stopped the brunch two years ago. however, we stayed and had a very nice lunch. The service was excellent and the ambiance was very nice. We definitely will go back again.

OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on June 7, 2015

This is a beautiful scenic place to enjoy a special brunch! It is so worth the price and the service is inpeccable

vipcindersail (Richmond)
3.0  Dined on May 3, 2015

The waterside is a restaurant located in the Sheraton in Columbia MD. The food was tasty, well seasoned and attractively presented. Between the four of us we shared Nachos with guacamole which tasted terrific. I had shrimp and grits. The grits were delicious , topped with 4 blackened shrimp. Two of us had glazed salmon which was juicy, tender and served with a beautiful rice pilaf. The last of our group ordered the crab cake platter. Overall very good. The service was very good as well. I would recommend this restaurant if you want a quiet shady place to watch the lake while having lunch or an early summer dinner.

danze (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on May 3, 2015

Our group used to go to brunch quite often at Waterside years ago, but the restaurant stopped the brunch. They've revived it, though smaller than before, but still tasty. Service was great even with a wedding reception next door. The view over the lake is lovely and we had a great time so we'll be back again.

DRMO (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on April 27, 2015

I chose this restaurant for a business meeting because I knew from experience that the setting was perfect for my meeting. I was very pleased with the food and especially the service. I wholeheartedly recommend this restaurant.

Thanosied (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on June 15, 2014

Everyone was very accommodating. Food was good, everyone had a good time. Lovely view of the lake lots of windows. Went for father's day brunch with over 15 people and it was not crowded. Would definitely repeat. Only wish I could reserve for over 10 people online.

OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on May 21, 2014

Our daughter's graduation lunch was wonderful. Food and service were excellent. We enjoyed the view,

vipColumbiaCathy (Baltimore)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2013

We planned our NYE dinner at the Waterside. We were seated promptly, but quickly noticed a large group in another part of the restaurant. While the area were were seated only had 4 tables with customers, our server seems to be distracted by watching the large group, as did most of the other servers. The food was really tasty, but service not so. We ordered a bottle of wine, had to ask for a chiller. Another person brought the glasses. We were left to open and serve the wine ourselves! Never offered any specials(if there were some). No offer of dessert or coffee. The service left us distracted. Will we give them another chance? Probably, prices were reasonable, but if the service isn't better, it will be our last visit.

Not11 (Baltimore)
1.0  Dined on December 31, 2013

Service was very slow and the food arrived cold.

NotmyHair (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on December 25, 2013

Very good experience, great wait staff, great food priced just right. Santa didn't come down the chimney, he came out of the KITCHEN!!
CAN't wait to go back.

Tramill720 (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on December 25, 2013

We dined here for Christmas dinner and had made reservations several days in advance. After being seated, it took 10 mins for a waitress to come to the table. We placed an order for our dinners and salads. My husband's salad arrived within 5 mins or so but mine came with our entrees. Food was just mediocre nothing special: crab-cake sandwich and salmon filet.
It seemed that there was a staffing problem and that the restaurant had not properly planned for this event. Management needs to do some re-tooling: better planning, staffing and holiday meal selections.

Sunshine (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 25, 2013

I love the relaxed feel of this place and the lakeside view . The crab cakes and tilapia were very good. I definitely would return to try more dishes. Service was well-timed and friendly.

Disappointed (Baltimore)
1.0  Dined on September 29, 2013

We had company from Maine and thought our former experiences at Waterside were so good, we planned on a nice seat, good service, and good food. The wait staff and maître d were frazzled from a huge crowd. We had to ask for a menu and to explain the buffet v menu and NEVER were offered coffee or tea even until we left. I felt embarrassed to say the least. Perhaps it was not typical of the Waterside, but it was really poor all the way around. And the buffet ran out of croissants, muffins, and bagels!! ugh.