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RESTAURANT REVIEWS FOR GAITHERSBURG & GERMANTOWN, MD.

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NEW * - Jmaries Gaithesburg, MD - first visit March 21, 2014 - dinner
My wife and I tried J. Maries restaurant last evening. I had the WORST meal I have ever experienced in a restaurant that is purported to be so good. I sawimages on your Facebook page and I can tell neither my meal nor my wife's came anywhere near these standards. FIRST... we did tell the person that seated us it was our First visit. We also told the server the same thing. The menu was very difficult to read and made no mention of what was included OR NOT included in an entree. The server told us NOTHING about the menu nor did she mention any special dish. My wife always wants a salad or vegetable with main course.

So we ordered a bottle of white wine, there was a very limited selection, an appetizer to share Calamari, my wife ordered Shrimp & Grits and I ordered the Jambalaya. The calamari was under cooked, but at least we could eat it. We had to ASK for a dipping sauce.

My wife's meal came and the plating was UGLY and messy. The Shrimps (few) were OVER COOKED and I mean they were Hard. The Grits were tasteless and gritty. Not smooth or creamy. There were no vegetable and no salad came with this order. She could NOT eat this meal so they replaced with an equally tasteless salad that had some kind of watery chicken on it. That did it for her. My meal was equally tasteless and also plated ugly.

We paid for our meal and left. It was apparent that NOT one single person in that restaurant CARED that we were NOT happy and are NEVER returning, but we WILL tell at least 24 people (12 each) NEVER to go to this restaurant.

There are LOTS of options in the Gaithersburg area so we don't have to be forced to tolerate bad service and awful food. ....KB

NEW ***1/2 - Golden Bull - Gaithersburg, MD - various times - dinner
Salad buffet was excellent; the roast beef, nice portion, somewhat fatty, but tasty. ...JM

NEW * - Bone Fish Grill - Kentlands, Gaithersburg, MD
- Aug. 21, 2012 - Dinner


The meal was a great disappointment. Both my wife and I ordered shrimp & scallops. What do you expect to get, shrimp and scallops, yes, but it was tiny salad shrimp and bay scallops and they were WAY OVER COOKED. apparently the chef has no idea how to cook sea food. The service was terrible, long waits, untrained waiters. Bone Fish appears to think that putting white jackets on the waiters make them automatically know how to be waiters. I will never visit Bone Fish grill again. If you want sea food, O'Donnell's Sea Food Restaurant is just a block away and I have never been disappointed there. ...KEB

NEW **** - Hershey's Restaurant - 17030 Oakmont Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 - Dinner - May 29, 2012
Everything on the menu is delicious! Especially the fried chicken. Owner is Lisa Gorman. The restaurant has been there for over 52 years. ...NH

NEW ****- Ramano's Macroni Grill - Rio Center - Gaithersburg, MD -Dinner- 1/20/2012
We recently went to the Macaroni Grill and had the new dish Tortelaci, it was amazing.....we could hardly believe the price as it seems like a dish from a white table cloth restaurant. Service was good too despite how busy it seemed. We would definitely go back!...DF

SG NOTE - There were two more reviews in the same party that were equally as high rated.


*** - Biscotti Ristorante Italiano - 7212 Muncaster Mill Rd, Derwood, MD 20855 - 4/6/10 - Dinner
This is a real GEM. It was our first visit and we were pleasantly surprised. Nice set up, napkins nicely folded, pleasant staff. Great menu choices. The simple house salad was excellent due to perfect use of some balsamic vinegar. We both tried the special, Pasta Napolitano, it was great and very reasonably priced. Don't miss out on a great little Italian gem. Go visit Biscotti Ristorante Italiano. ...KB

**** - Gentlemen Jims - 18917 Earhart Ct., Gaithersburg, MD - visit: frequently - Lunch/Dinner -5/11/10
Truely a family restaurant, owned and operated by entire family. Outstanding personal service and food. great upstairs sports bar. best pizza in the state by my standards! Bunch of lovely sisters to help you have a great lunch or dinner. Highly recomended by locals. ...MF

**** - Royal Bakery, Germantown Road, Germantown, MD - visit: frequently - Lunch, Baked Goods - 05/08/10
Great NY style deli - small but noisy and FUN.  Great people, great food, even greater deserts and catering too!!! ...MB

**** -Outta the Way Cafe - Derwood, MD - Redland Shopping Center - July 3, 2010 - Dinner
I first found out about Outta the Way Cafe during football season. As a transplanted Pittsurgher, I was delighted to find that they showed Steelers games during the season. But my wife and I eat there because of the home-style food, relaxed atmosphere, and neat decor (lots of stained and bubbled glass and b&w photos). On our most recent visit, I had the wings and she had the ribs. Service is friendly, food is dependably good, and atmosphere is great. Just don't go during a Steelers game, unless you're a Black & Gold fan. The place gets packed then and people get turned away. ...DK


**** - Buffalo Wings and Beer - Gaithersburg - DINNER - 6/30/08
Wings were great, beer was cold, andthe service was outstanding! Would definitely visit this establishment again. ...AP

**** - Guapo's - The RIO, Gaithersburg - Lunch/Dinner - Many times
I have been eating a Guapo's for many years. I love their food and the atmosphere. The servers, food runners and busers are always very pleasant and professional. I don't recall ever having a bad experience there. I have brought friends there who've said it is one of the best (if not the best) Mexican restaurant they have ever been to. I hope that you will add their name to the list of restaurant options in the Gaithersburg/Germantown area. ...ER

**** - Italian Pines - Lost Knife Rd Off Price Center - Gaithersburg, MD. - DINNER - March 7, 2008

Italian Pines offers excellent food at very reasonable prices! Friends of ours recommended the restaurant. We had passed by it on several occasions. Nothing fancy on the outside or on the inside, but wow, what a hidden gem! I dined on a generous order of Rockfish, simply done- superb (make sure you tell them you how you want your fish or it will come with head and all). My wife raved about the Eggplant Parmigiana and has now proclaimed it her favorite. Ceasar Salad was hearty as was our white bean soup, delicious! Our server was friendly and quick. Italian Pines was a great recommendation, what a pleasant surprise! We will definately go back. .... HD B

****+ - Rustic Oven, Germantown, 18301 Leeman Farm Road, 8/16/08, dinner
A good friend gave us a gift certificate to the Rustic Oven. What a fabulous surprice. The bread served to start is an incredible homemade foccacia served with basil infused oil. As an Appetizer we chose to split an Antipasto Rustico which is a combination of Calamari Fritti, Mozzarella Caprese and Bruschetta. The Calamari was just perfectly fried and the Bruschetta was just excellent.

For entre' we both decided on a house special veal dish consisting of veal cutlets served with an incredible creamy mushroom sauce infused with Brandy. The chef certainly paid a lot of attention to get this sauce just right and she succeded to served a gem. We just could not resist having desert. My wife is a big Tiramisu fan and this one did not disapoint. I tried a fruit in light custard sauce. Fabulous!

If you like Italian, the Rustic Oven is a MUST try. ...KRB

**** - MYTHOS Vasilis Grill - Gaithersburg - Snouffer School Rd - 3/29/08 - dinner
We ate here for the first time (we had a coupon so decided to try it). Restaurant staff were all extremely warm and friendly and service was great!

The food was excellent for a small neighborhood restaurant. The shrimp mythos had a delicious tomato sauce with just the right blend of wine and sweetness. Shrimp souvlaki was very tasty. Bought the karasomething or other dessert (almond butter cookies with powdered sugar) and they were yummy!

What a refreshing surprise. Will definitely go back!! ...R&D F


**** - Amada Amante - 9755 Traville Gateway Drive Rockville, Md 20850 - Dinner - November 1st, 2007

Having moved into Potomac recently we were looking for a decent restaurant with a varied menu and relaxed elegance for those nights when a quick meal at home is to much work.

We know of various other restaurants in the area, but were told to pay this one a visit on the recommendation of a friend. And we were not disappointed.

The menu has a very nice variety of appetizers, entrées, and a wonderful assortment of desserts. You can dine at the bar, which we chose to do as the restaurant was packed to the rafters with a special evening devoted to a prix fixe dinner to market a wine producers latest products.

At first we were reluctant as we had wanted to sit, but not having had reservations beforehand we decided to stay.

The bartender was part sommelier, part butler, part host. He was briskly getting drink orders prepared for the restaurant patrons but nonetheless maintained a poised and effortless demeanor and attended to our every whim and desire in short order. One of the owner's himself, Jeremy, stopped by to greet us and welcome us to the restaurant and made us feel special.

I opted for a "simple" pizza which is offered on their bar menu having spied a fellow diner devouring his.

My partner had a peppered steak which I tasted. The meat was succulent, perfectly cooked at medium rare and served with home made mashed potatoes. To die for!

They have an extensive list of wines. Being a Pinot Noir fan myself and my wife a lover of Italian Chiantis we had two glasses of each. The wine was fresh (not as happens all too often that it has been "breathing" for a week and seems more suited to adding to a salad as vinegar.

We met another lovely couple who are regulars there and who make it their weekly date restaurant. In the end we exchanged numbers and have decided to meet at Amada every Friday evening.

I suppose this speaks to the friendly, happy and non-stuffiness of the place. We plan on returning this evening. It is refreshing to find a place that doesn't cut corners in service nor food. ...RP

***** - Golden Bull Grande Cafe - 7 Dalamar St, Gaithersburg, MD. - Lunch & Dinner - Many times - 11/26/07
This restaurant is consistently serves some of the best food I've had, no matter what the selection or occasion. I've even gotten one of those "free dinner" seminars here, and it (the food, that is) was delightful. As the name suggests, they have beef, but they have much more - a varied menu of more of less "American" cuisine. And the plush decor creates a pleasant and quiet ambiance. Its a winner. ....JG

***** - Hot Breads Bakery Cafe - Lunch/Dinner - Kentlands - 70 Market St., Gaithersburg, MD - 06/10/2007
Great!!! Family owned bakery in KENTLANDS, a MOST TRY!!!. I recently went to Hotbreads and was pleasantly surprised. They have amazing cakes and pasteries so soft, moist and delicious. They also serve up great unusual wraps and sandwichs, like the tandoori wrap, which you most try. The atmosphere and people are also warm and friendly. MAKE SURE U TRY THEIR CAKES!!! I am so glad I finally have a family owned bakery in Kentlands. ....TS

**** - Hot Breads Bakery Cafe - Lunch/Dinner - Kentlands - 70 Market Street - Gaithersburg, MD - June 2007
I recently went to Hotbreads and was pleasantly surprised. They have amazing cakes and pasteries so soft, moist and delicious. They also serve up great unusual wraps and sandwichs, like the tandoori wrap, which you most try!!! The atmosphere and people are also warm and friendly. I am so glad I finally have a family owned bakery in Kentlands.

***** - Hershey's - 17030 Oakmont Ave - Washington Grove(Across RR tracks), Gaithersburg, MD. - Dinner - Many times (11/28/06)
I have to admit that I adjusted my rating to account for the price. This is not fine dining, but down-to-earth American style home cooking in a rustic setting. TV sets provide entertainment. When a train passes by, you'll know it. But once you discover this place, you are more likely to eat here than anywhere, because for less than $10 you can get a full meal. Service is relaxed and very friendly. The bar is popular with local groups. Families and seniors especially like the low prices for a solid menu. There are several specials every night of the week, and they vary. Its not fancy, but this is where you'll want to go if you just want dinner and don't feel like cooking. ...JG

**** - Madras Palace - 74 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, MD - Dinner - July 27, 2007
It has always been a great dining experience at Madras Palace. If someone looking for a high quality,authentic Indian vegetarian food, it is the place in DC metro area. There is couple of other good Indian vegetarian restaurants in the area but in my view by far this is the best! For the quality of the food price is very nominal. Flaky paratha, crispy vada and flavorful chana and curries topped with cilantro leaves are really mouthwatering! One has to go for their buffet and will be overwhelmed with their variety! Their recently introduced Chinese Indian food is a real sizzling combination! Indeed, this is what made me write this review…

The ambiance and especially middle elevated area with cushion back seats gives you a feeling of first class/business class seating in airplanes. I often see them busy and that speaks to the quality of the food they serve! One amazing thing I noticed in this restaurant is even when the restaurant is full, you still enjoy a quiet and comfortable seating because there is ample of space and highly spread out seating!

No wonder why this restaurant is highly popular among Indian restaurants in this area! .....AM

**** Mi Peru - 18216 Flower Hill Way, Gaithersbur, Md -
11-12-07 - Lunch

I went to Mi Peru for the first time last week and I loved the food and the authenticity of the food as well, I had the "chupe" and it was delicious, it had shrimp and potato chunks and corn and many other things that gave it a special flavor. My friend who went with me had the famous rostisserie chicken and she let me try some and I could see why it was famous, it was juicy, tender, adn flavorfull especially with the green hotsauce that tastes home-made. I would recomend to anyone who is willing to try something different, yet delicious food. But not only is the food delicious it is also affordable. So if you are up for it go try some food from Mi Peru. ....RW

 

**** - Cafe Mileto - Germantown - Dinner

We always go on Monday night. They have a special on pasta dishes only $2.00 for second person. Food is excellent, reasonally priced, and service is very good. ...CR

**** - Cafe Mileto - Germantown - Dinner

Neighborhood favorite, the lunch buffet is incredible. Get there early, steaming hot mussels, salads, fabulous pastas, stone-oven baked pizza and soups all for an incredibly low price. Staff is very friendly and remembers when you return. GC

**** - California Pizza Kitchen - Lunch & Dinner -Washingtonian Center,136 Boardwalk Place -Recently visited
I am so glad that CPK has just opened here. I look forward to visiting regularly. ...J

 

 


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