MarginallyUseful
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  • First Review
    May 25, 2014
  • Last Review
    August 27, 2014
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    3.6
 
 
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Located on the water within St. Michaels Harbour Inn Marina & Spa, Harbourside Grill offers spectacular water views while you dine on our waterside deck. Our covered deck offers comfortable breezes during the warm months and a cozy fireplace at sunset.<br />The bar offers a relaxed atmosphere with comfy couches and unique draft beers.<br /><br />Chef David Hayes incorporates his passion for Southern cuisine in highlighting local ingredients of the Eastern Shore. Chef Hayes was voted "Best Chef Eastern Shore 2011" by the readers of What's Up? Eastern Shore Magazine and was the winner of the Mid Atlantic Taste of Elegance 2010 Pork Competition Judge's Choice & People's Choice awards.<br /><br />Also offering private dining space including your own private deck to enjoy the views.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Great food, Informal venue
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/22/2014
 2008
Dined on 8/22/2014
 2008
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The kitchen here turns out unusually high quality cuisine. And the restaurant has a terrific view of the St Michaels harbor. Neither of those two great attributes are matched by the decor (really uncomfortable wire tables that belong in a roadside stand somewhere) or service ("casual" would be a complimentary way of putting it). If the management wants to charge higher prices for higher quality entrees, then get to work on the decor and professional service! Could they at least find a tablecloth? Of course I don't expect a tablecloth when I'm served a hot dog by a kid at an informal restaurant, but that's not what this restaurant wants to be."
Dined on 8/22/2014
 2008
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Waterline offers up Boston-style comfort foods, perfect for sharing and made from the finest, locally sourced ingredients. Appetizers like housemade chips with Grafton cheddar beer dip, Judith Point lemon calamari and chef’s vast selection of sliders are all great for sharing. More substantial items like our long line tuna, burgers with hand-cut fries, crisp entrée salads and a hearty selection of sandwiches. Local Boston favorites include a top of the line chowder, house made cannolis and a large selection of local microbrews.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Surprisingly good hotel restaurant!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/27/2014
 2008
Dined on 8/27/2014
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"This restaurant in the Marriott Long Wharf hotel has a nice view (for a select few tables ) of the harbor and the overall interior is airy, modern and pleasant. The food is just as good, if not better, with a wide-ranging menu of the usual favorites (salad, burgers, sandwiches, but also the random Indian dish and more innovative appetizers). the prices are quite reasonable, and portions decent without being excessive. The only complaint is that on a recent night the music speakers were turned up WAY too loud. I would definitely return if in the neighborhood."
Dined on 8/27/2014
 2008
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Aqua 301 celebrates the culture and cuisine of Mexico taking contemporary Mexican cuisine and infusing it with modern flair. This is not Tex Mex! Chef Antonio Burrell tweaks traditional Mexican ingredients and flavor profiles through experimental ingredient combinations and serves it up waterside in Yards Park.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Terrific Venue, Kitchen So-so
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/02/2014
 2008
Dined on 8/02/2014
 2008
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Tis is a relatively new restaurant in the Navy Yards area near the baseball stadium. It has a terrific view overlooking the Anacostia Walkway and a park-like setting; the outdoor tables are definitely worth the wait, but inside is handsome too. Unfortunately the excellent venue isn't matched by the kitchen. If they aren't going to do traditional Tex-Mex favorites and want to do something "modern", they better get it right. A recent Beef Barbacoa dish was a glop of rice & shredded beef with some VERY tough pieces of meat, not particularly tasty, and the Chicken Tinga tacos were watery and didn't have that much chicken. I'll give it one more try but I recommend they just try to do popular Tex-Mex, which is easier to get right."
Dined on 8/02/2014
 2008
Special Features: romantic, scenic view, great for outdoor dining
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Al Dente is serving Italian Cuisine by Chef Roberto Donna near American University.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Great Neighborhood Place
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/01/2014
 2008
Dined on 8/01/2014
 2008
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The food is much better than the venue. The kitchen reliably turns out excellent pastas and fish dishes; the pizzas are a little underwhelming and not hearty (in quantity or taste) for me but if you like a light pizza they are OK. Service is usually quite good. But it's a small, informal restaurant with somewhat uncomfortable chairs - you certainly wouldn't want to linger for a leisurely evening. But if you are in the upper NW area and want an enjoyable Italian meal, this is a good and reasonably-priced choice."
Dined on 8/01/2014
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining
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Incorporating towering, adobe-like wall fragments at the entry hall of Union Station, intricate mosaic surfaces of turquoise glass, and a menu reflecting the many cultures that have influenced the region, Thunder Grill is a visual and culinary celebration of the American Southwest.
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Fabulous Location, Sad management
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/27/2014
 2008
Dined on 7/27/2014
 2008
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"THe restaurant is in a corner of the fabulous Union Station, so not only is it well-located but the architectural space is terrific. THe menu is limited, mostly burgers, a few salads and a handful of Tex-Mex inspired entrees. Our lunch (second time) was good but nothing notable. But the service is erratic; the Maitre D seemed upset to have to deal with customers and silently motioned us to our table, the floor under our table had a dirty napkin and some french fries. The kitchen is OK and the location is great....all is needs is competent management."
Dined on 7/27/2014
 2008
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Water front dining featuring the riches of the Chesapeake region. Fresh local produce and seafood are served daily while enjoying the view of the beautiful miles river.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Exceptional, and worth it!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/25/2014
 2008
Dined on 5/25/2014
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Beautiful elegant room, wonderful harbor views, terrific bread and uniformly excellent entrees. Polished service. Reasonably priced when you consider the total experience. You won't regret going here in any respect."
Dined on 5/25/2014
 2008
Special Features: romantic, great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Open Tuesday thru Sunday at 5pm for dinner<br />We are a small, quaint steakhouse, so trying to accommodate tables over 6 guests on weekends becomes a challenge...however, it is a challenge that we are up to! Please make the reservation on line and leave a message in the reservation notes with the actual time and size of your group, as well as direct contact information, and we will contact you directly with our availability.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Top-notch, but expensive
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/23/2014
 2008
Dined on 5/23/2014
 2008
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"clearly one of the top 3 or 4 restaurants in St Michaels, right in the center of town in an older building, handsome rooms. Good, attentive service, and the kitchen turns out really superior fish and meat dishes. But the prices are equal to or higher than what you'd pay for the same (excellent) meal in downtown Washington (where you'd find even better service and more elegant surroundings) -- so why the super-high prices? Definitely worth going to but perhaps not frequently."
Dined on 5/23/2014
 2008
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, fit for foodies
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