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    Why bother coming here when there are a few other Happy Hour places in Reston Town Center? Well, I guess you could say ATR is a smidge better than Jackson's and not as deafeningly loud as Uncle Julio's but IMHO, Vapiano and PassionFish are much better choices if you're looking for Happy Hour and nothing more. I find that there aren't any compelling drink specials, and other than the big Bavarian pretzels on the bar menu, there's nothing to write home about. As is sadly typical with many Reston Town Center establishments, this place is snooty for the sake of being snooty. If you want some weird entertainment watching 40-50s women (aka Cougars) gettin' down on the dancefloor with drunken 20-something guys after being kicked out of Jackson's, while stuffing your face with a pretzel, ATR might be your joint.

    I'm curious if their brunch experience is different, as I'm always on a quest for a brunch experience worth remembering...

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    Very nice ambience. Perfect for happy hours. Please try pretzel with cheddar dip.

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    This place has one of the best salads Iv'e ever had.  I'm not a salad eater, but there isnt very many options for vegetarians.  I ended up ordering the arugula & warm mushroom celery, croutons, shaved parmesan,truffle vinaigrette soup, and its huge and excellent.  I also got the maryland crab soup, YES YES YES, you can't leave this place without geting it. I ordered the cup, but it was soooo good, I wish i ordered the bowl....and to add something else, they sell Stella Cidre, which you can't find anywhere else!!!

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    I was a little concerned walking into this place at Noon on a Wednesday and seeing that the place was practically empty.  The hostesses were very friendly, welcoming, and chatty.

    We ordered 2 pretzels for 4 of us for an appetizer and they were excellent.  The 4 dipping sauces we got were the Ale Spread, the spicy mustard, the cheese and bacon, and the Marshmallow.  The Ale Spread was SO good, the spicy mustard was good and not too spicy, the cheese and bacon was very good, and I took the word of my 8 year old that the marshmallow was good.

    My boys both got the mini cheeseburgers and they really liked them.  With kids meals, they also got a choice of a dessert and they both got the sundae and enjoyed it.  My wife also got a burger and she said it was good.  I just got the chopped salad with grilled chicken and it was a very good salad.

    I was pleasantly surprised at how good the food was, the service was very good, the staff was very friendly, and there was no wait at lunch time.

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    This review is strictly for Sunday brunch.

    Went to a Sunday Brunch on Father's Day.  We were able to make a reservation using Open Table on the morning of the day we went even though we were told on the phone that they didn't have anything until after 2 PM or something.  We wanted 12:00 slot but Open Table only showed 12:45 as available spot.  We took it and went there like 30 min early and still were seated promptly.

    I was kinda concerned since Yelp reviews weren't that great but decided to take a chance since reviews were mostly for bar goers and dinner patrons and not really for Brunch.
    Good thing we did because everyone enjoyed the food at atmosphere.

    It was pretty sunny and warm morning so outdoor tables were being used and all the sliding patio doors were open.
    We were seated right by one of the sliding patio doors so we could see outside when we were dining.  Good spot.

    Place was packed.  Some getting Brunch buffet.  Others getting menu items it seemed.
    We opted for Brunch buffet.  $20 for adults and $10 for kids.  I believe kids under 5 are free though.
    Buffet doesn't come with free drinks.  They put out some sort of bloody mary making station by the dessert area.  At first glance, it seemed like it was a juice bar or something but it was for bloody mary drinks.  This isn't included in the buffet. I didn't pay attention to the signage but I believe it was like $5 or $10.  Dessert area had typical bread selections...muffins and what not.  Nothing special.

    They have a little area for kids.  I saw french toast sticks (fried I think, didn't try), mac n cheese (with Alfredo sauce, was pretty good), milk, cereal, some dessert items, and etc.

    And main section had salad stuff (Caesar salad was pretty good), chicken and waffle (really good! But they kept running out of fried chicken which was kinda annoying) with mixed berry toppings, pita bread and hummus (again, they kept running out of pita bread ugh), some read meat carving station (not a big fan of red meat so I didn't try. My hubby did and he liked it), made-to-order omelet station (looked good but I was too full from chicken and waffles so didn't get to try this), fruit salad, mini sandwiches, cheese, and etc.  I'm sure I'm forgetting several items...  FYI, their website lists everything they serve for Brunch buffet if you want to know exactly what you're getting before heading out there.

    Overall, everyone was happy with the food and service.  For $20 per person, it's not cheap but it's not terribly expensive either.
    I'd go back here and recommend to anyone looking for a decent Brunch buffet around NOVA area.  It's not easy to find one of those....

    My only complaint is that I wish they'd refill the food (especially friend chicken which seemed to be the most popular) in timely manner.

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  • 0

    Soggy food! No flavor! Expected so much more from a swanky restaurant like this.

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    Their BBQ chips are really good!  My favorite app there.  I've also tried the chicken wings and the creamy buffalo chicken dip.  The wings were good and made well, nothing outstanding.  The chicken dip was interesting.  It didn't taste bad, but it just seemed whatever ingredients they used, didn't mix together as well as we had hoped.  Maybe I'll try it again some other time.....

    The service is good, I've only had wine and beer there, so nothing out of the ordinary menu wise.  This is a decent place, I'll be back.

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    Good beer, terrible menu.

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    Great place for a game  and great beer selection

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    Despite mnay bad reviews and low average we decided to go here anyway. Not for food just for drinks.

    We sat in the bar, it was pretty empty when we arrived at 4 on a Monday afternoon. The bartender was very attentive and superfriendly. He presented himself as Murphy and was happy to help - just tell if there's anything you need he told every new customer.

    ATR has a great selection of draught beer! Maybe I've just been to the wrong bars, but that is not common from what I am used to. You know, there is more than Budweiser, Stella, Sam Addams. And don't mention LIGHT... I am for micro breweries! Pale ales and IPAs.

    The interior at ATR is nice and they have this cool feature - led lit menues! How cool is that?!

    They accept AMEX.

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  • 0

    I rewarded myself with this brunch buffet here after my 6 mile run on W & OD Trail this morning.  The Top Round was flavorful but a little over cooked and tough but other than that, salad dressing was really tasty, bacon and sausage were good, Omelette was made very nicely to my order, sword fish was yummy and tasted fresh, and the bite size dessert pasties were cute and delicious.
    For the drinks, I liked my Peach Bellini and Classic Mimosa a lot.
    The service was very good too.

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    So this was my first time at ATR and my overall rating is more like a 2.5 star rating.

    So let me start with the PROs about ATR:

    I believe this is a decent place to come with colleagues, friends, or family to hangout and "drink".  The food was very well presented and tasted fine but nothing mind blowing for my taste. I ordered the 2 Chicken Sideways meal (which I believe it is called but I could be wrong).  One of the two pieces of chicken was just a fried piece of chicken.  I also ordered the fried pickles which came with some spicey thousand island dressing and that was ok.  Again nothing to special about it.  However, the rest of the meal did taste good.

    Also I like the fact that ATRs menu selections wasn't large.  It tells me that the restaurant is looking to have their chefs focus on a limited selection of food items they have so they don't have to try and cook so many different things.  When that is the case the preparation and execution of dishes begin to decline.  However, this was not the case for ATR.

    I discovered that they have TVs in the men's bathroom which I thought were pretty cool.  I was a little shocked when I was using the restroom and looked up and saw the NATs playing.  But after realizing what was going on I thought it was pretty cool.  The outside seating setup is really cool.  If it's nice out I think sitting outside would be a good experience especially if they have the fire torch lights going which I thought were really cool.

    So here are the CONs about ATR:

    I found that the bathroom is in a very akwerd location.  The reason I say that is because the bar is sort of right there so there will be a lot of people in your way if the bar is pack.  Also the exit and entrance to the kitchen is pretty close to the bathroom as well.  I know I had to try and Matrix one of the waiters bringing food out to a customer because he was coming out of the kitchen with a big tray of food.

    I'm not sure if it is there custom but I know that when I order a starter I like to be almost finished the starter before I receive my entree.  That did not happen tonight.  The fried pickles starter ended up coming out with the main entrees.  I mean I'm no harvard graduate but I know that the reason you name those dishes STARTERS so you can eat them before you eat your main meal not eat them at the sametime.

    Also because the establishment isn't that big you aren't too far other groups of people.  So hopefully you have a high tolerance for people and noise.

    Again ATR for the first time gets a 2.5 stars out of 5.  Hopefully next time when I decide to go things are better.  Also this could have just been this time might be better for any other Yelper that decides to go.

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    This is a review of the restaurant, not the bar. And It is a review written by someone who had a great meal. Not much more I can say except that the food was delicious. I got the 7 oz filet--perfectly juicy and tender--which came with spinach and a loaded baked potato. Also had two white cosmos, which made me wonder why I don't see white cosmos on menus more often, because they are damn good. And definitely start off with one of their soft pretzels. With the cheese sauce. Yeah.

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  • 0

    American Tap Room is another frustrating case where it could be so much better (and indeed, used to be) if just a few changes were made. Alas, until that day comes, the Tap Room will stay out of my heavy rotation in RTC.

    ATR shoots for a restaurant/bar/club atmosphere, and in some ways succeeds. However, recent changes made to the nighttime setup kind of kill off the latter. Until about one year ago, once 9PM rolled about, several tables were removed and stored away to make room for a dance floor right in the middle of the dining room. It was a great idea, and I have no clue as to why they stopped the conversion. It made for a fun dancing option much closer to home than any of the DC clubs, and aside from it being far smaller than said Washington clubs, it was actually quite similar. They hired DJs to spin tunes, and it really set the whole place off.

    Now, it remains a simple dining room, which is such a waste, especially considering how anyone coming in at that hour is almost certainly looking to drink, not dine. But c'est la vie.

    The bar area is one of the better spaces in RTC, being at least 30ft long and sporting 8 or so TVs. There are also high tops scattered about in front of the bar, which work well considering how full ATR gets, especially during weekend nights.

    As for the food, I've found it to be pretty good. Their lobster mac 'n cheese is awesome, as are their green beans (sounds weird, but they're great) and pastas.

    Why only the two stars then, you ask? Well, for one, there's the dance floor situation, which really bothers me. But in addition to that, ATR is one of the most overpriced locations I've ever been to. The food is overpriced, sure, but what really gouges you are the drinks. Holy hell, you'd be amazed. Try ordering a vodka red bull without having shivers run through your spine: $15. And that's with rail vodka, not Grey Goose or Stoli. Scotch- and tequila-based drinks don't fare much better either.

    I can deal with overpricing most of the time: just grit your teeth and deal with it, but there's a point where overpricing stops and insulting begins. That knocks a good 1.5 stars off alone.

    The outdoor seating area is really strong, flanking the sidewalk on Library St. They also have these really cool "fire tower" heat lamps during the colder months that not only look sweet but work quite well, too.

    As you can probably tell by now, this is a restaurant with a ton of potential, but it squanders it all with stupid management decisions and head-spinning overpricing. It's a real shame, because ATR is in a great location and attracts a younger crowd, making it perfect for both the college-age and young professional crowds. Alas, it's not to be.

    Hopefully this won't be the case forever.

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  • 0

    I came here with a friend on a Tuesday night for a late dinner. Inside, the place was dimly lit with candles at each table. A comforting fireplace sat in the middle of our dining area. Unfortunately, the tables immediately next to it were already occupied! The conversation from other customers stayed at a respectable volume level throughout our entire evening. Our server was great and friendly.

    We started with the oyster appetizer, which included italian sausage, mashed potatoes and caramelized onions. It is a strange combination that works wonders! Our bowl of oysters was a lot larger than I anticipated for the price of $9.50 in a more classy establishment such as this place. My friend ordered the lamb shepherd's pie entree, which was very subpar. The dish was bland, and I just tasted broth and some vegetables and meat. A C average student in home ec class could make a similar tasting dish. My chicken 2 ways dish included roasted breast and crispy leg. My chicken was moist, the meat pulled off without effort, and the crispy skin remained crispy for the duration of our meal. The potato-apple puree was a bit too sweet for the dish, and I didn't think it was necessary at all to enjoy my meal.

    We unfortunately didn't have enough room to split dessert. In all, the Oyster appetizer, chicken 2 ways, shepherd's pie + 1 specialty cocktail drink totaled to $56.18 including  tax before tip. I expected this ballpark price coming into the restaurant.

    Overall, I had an excellent dining experience. Given the vast selection of restaurants in the NOVA/DC area, I probably won't return here any time soon. But I would be happy to oblige if someone desired to go here.

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  • 0

    I am a 28 year old male young professional who lives in the town center that has never done a review on yelp, but had such a bad experience here that I thought I would share.

    I was only there to grab a few drinks/food and watch some of the games with some friends. The beer selection is pretty good but the food is mediocre. I would suggest avoiding the male bartenders as they seemed to ignore me every time I am there for whatever reason and are simply just dicks.  The lady bartenders actually acknowledge you. Maybe because I am a guy?  I don't know.

    A buddy I came with wanted to watch something specific on ESPN and they refused to put it on one of the main TVs but eventually put it on one of the side ones where we were sitting which worked well for us.  Halfway through the sporting event that we were watching, they changed the channel on us.  Fine.  We asked them to change it back and they did.  Later, right at the final part the sporting event, they changed the channel again.  They said that a VIP requested to change the channel and refused to change it back. We were paying customers having a good time. We looked around and no one else was watching the channel that they changed it to. It was complete bullshit and shows how they treat their customers.  It was a good way to ruin the night and they have lost my business.

    If you are looking to watch a specific sporting event or even just looking for good food, I would suggest avoiding this place. You would probably have better luck anywhere else in the area.

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  • 0

    I went here last night with five friends.  We sat in the restaurant area and this was my second time doing so.  The only thing that I remembered about the place is that the service was terrible.  ATR was the only place in town center that didn't have a wait, which is why  we ended up there.

    We all arrived at different times.  When I came in there were at least three hostesses that didn't even offer a "hello" or "can I help you?"  I looked around and found my friends who were sitting near the front.  The server came over right away, meaning I hadn't even been seated for a minute before he asked to take my drink order.  After I told him that I just needed a minute to decide, he waited about five minutes to come back.

    Finally we were all ready to order.  The food came out quick enough and I just ordered a small salad for $9!  We had taken about two bites before the server asked us if we wanted dessert.  We declined and went about eating.  Before I had finished my food, he dropped off a check.  We apologized and asked him to separate it.  When he returned he didn't place the checks on the table but threw them down, which I found completely rude!

    He waited for us to pay right away and then didn't say "goodbye" or "have a goodnight" or even a "thank you". and neither did any of the three hostesses.  

    Places like this get away with rude, horrible service because they are in a good location.  The place was busy but there was no need for the rushed service and there was even an available table right across from us.    There is obviously no emphasis placed on customer service at all.  

    We should have known.  This place has over 150 reviews with a 2.5 star average.  We won't be returning and would rather wait for an hour at any of the other RTC restaturants.

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  • 0

    more like 2.5...went for brunch and it was okay. a little on the expensive side. Wasn't really wowed by anything. I had the lobster mac after being told the corn beef and hash wasn't even really a hash..Person I went with got the steak and said it was cooked properly.. I'll go somewhere else next time though.

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  • 0

    I've been there a few times in the past month or so just for their dessert.  They have an amazing warm banana bread pudding on the dessert menu that is SO good!!!

    I was also their for dinner, which wasn't as impressive as that bread pudding.  My burger was cold... :/  but the service was good.

    I'll definitely be back for that banana bread pudding, though!  :D

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  • 0

    Qualifier: This is strictly the review of a bar-goer. I guess they do operate as a restaurant, and offer food,;and families go there during the day; but that's not me or my demographic. So if you're looking for the advice of a veteran boozer - check it:

    This place sucks - overall. Don't get me wrong, it looks nice, and the atmosphere is alright. I've even had some good times there, but that's 100% due to the company that I keep. I've thrown back beers and cocktails here for years any night Thursday-Sunday, and I've never left impressed.

    On the weekends this place is jam packed, so much so that getting a drink is damn near impossible unless you know the staff behind the bar. It's in the heart of RTC, so it's going to fill up, regardless of how shitty their service is. Order a couple and head back to your table/area. Speaking of, the bar area is no where big enough to accommodate the customer base it attracts. If you don't get there early, the only reasonable option is to get a table in the restaurant area, and sit and drink like you're at the Olive Garden with your family. Not my bag.

    I advise you head to Jackson's across the street for a better bar, or hit up up Paolo's around the corner for the ambiance.

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  • 0

    Probably a 3.5.  Usually pretty good, nice place to watch a game and when you can sit outside it is a nice patio.  The issue is that sometimes the food varies in quality.

    Couple of food things to report
    The chili was their special and was not chili. It kind of tasted like it but was very thin and weak... Like a soup.  Not so great.
    The fried deviled eggs are an interesting concept and good except for the sauce in the bottoms is fiesta or mexicanish and not great with the flavor in my opinion.  The eggs were also a bit overdone and chewy.

    The Bavarian pretzel was great.
    The pineapple and chicken sandwich was yummy.
    The crab soup was good.
    Good service after initial seating.

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  • 0

    Came here for brunch buffet which was $14.99 but was pretty good.  Sort of an odd selection but I think it worked. I had the Tap French Toast which was crispy and cinnamon coated.  The bacon was good, lots of maple and the bisquets and gravy were good.  Didn't try the 5 spice chicken or sausage frittata.  

    One note is that no juice or coffee come with the buffet which is too bad.

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  • 0

    My friend and I came here for brunch one Sunday and had an excellent experience. We walked in on a whim; originally, we had planned to eat at the Virginia Kitchen in Herndon, but the line was out the door and we wanted to be done eating before the Skins game. So we wandered around Town Center for a little while before stopping at ATR. There was no wait time; the place was busy but not packed.

    Highlights included the $5 cocktails and the appetizers. I had the Bloody Maria- tequila, lime, and ATR's own Bloody Mary mix- it was delicious and tasted like shrimp cocktail. My friend had a fizzy blackberry drink whose name I cannot recall- also delicious, with champagne and real fruit. We were both intrigued by the fried deviled eggs so we ordered them for an appetizer to split. Six eggs, with a delicious sauce that wasn't too spicy or too bland.

    The meal itself wasn't anything to write home about, but when it comes to bacon and eggs, I'm not too picky. My friend got the BLTE, which is basically a BLT with a fried egg. It was a little messy, but there are only so many ways to keep a runny yolk on a sandwich.

    A drink each, an appetizer, and two main courses came out to roughly $20 for each of us, and I definitely felt like I got my money's worth. I will definitely be coming back here again for BRUNCH-- I should note that I am not a huge fan of this place at night when it turns into an obnoxiously loud pseudo-dance club. Brunch was great, and I have loved walking around Reston Town Center during the holidays since I was six years old. Definitely a worthwhile experience.

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  • 0

    OK this is what it's good for--you are bored on a weeknight, want to watch a game and eat dinner and be able to sit down and you're in reston.

    Food isn't the best in the world, but they have introduced new entrees. I had the pork sliders and they were OK. Service was great. Watched the game and hung out with a friend while we ate dinner before seeing a movie.

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  • 0

    Went there last night (11/7/12) and both of our orders were messed up.  Even if you ask for a regular burger, they wont give it to you.  The Phoenix Wings went from a favorite item to flavorless, boring wings. The Manager explained that the wing portion was changed and the recipe was changed due to the volume of business they are receiving and increased food costs--translation to me that they are sacrificing quality and have less business--a vicious cycle.

    The one positive to ATR is still their drink menu.

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  • 0

    Bar Area review -

    Service is questionable here.  At first it was all good, got our drinks quickly even though the bar was packed!  We ordered some wings, a burger, calamari and sliders.  Everything came out in a timely manner except our wings took nearly an hour, yup an hour.  They were tasty and hot (temperature) but took forever.  The calamari was overcooked and swimming in the sauce it came with.  Overall service took a dive and we left.

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  • 0

    I don't plan on going back. It was pretty empty on a Friday night, which is a bad sign in Reston Town Center. The food all sounded kind of funky... like one of those restaurants that try to be new-age and trendy by making weird sounding overpriced dishes instead of keeping it simple. The waitress raved about the Bavarian pretzels and cheese dip, so we got one. It was dried out and the salt was REALLY unevenly put on. I'm talking a giant salt ball the size of a gumball on three spots and nothing on the rest. We couldn't find a single thing on the menu that we wanted so we just paid for our pretzel and left. Oh yes I forgot to mention.... we hadn't eaten all day and were starving and despite this ravenous hunger we couldn't pick one thing on the menu. That's a bad sign!

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  • 0

    I'm generally a hater of all things related to ATR, seriously. However I have to update my review simply based off of the service on the 4th after the Firecracker 5k.

    ATR hosted a breakfast buffet post race for runners and spectators alike. The service at the buffet and the bar was stellar. STELLAR. I do not use that word lightly and it is generally not a term used when talking about ATR. They were quick to replenish food items and refill your drinks. This has never been my experience at ATR so I was extremely impressed.

    My fav thing about this establishment is that they serve Ace Pear Cider. It's a tasty beverage and hard to find other than at Total Wine.

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  • 0

    Has this place ever heard of SALT??? We've only been here once but order a steak entree and a salmon entree. Both were not bad tasting but at least would have been better than no flavor. Everything on our plates was blah, no flavor, no salt...nothing.  It tasted as if they have no type of marinade in their kitchen. Not even the fries have flavor.
    If we ever decide to go back it will only be to hang out at the bar, drinking and watching TV. That was the only thing we liked about the place. Good atmosphere!

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  • 0

    Lobster Roll $16 (3/5 NOMs).
    Hh lobster phooey this was weak. I thought the lobster's taste was very weak and was missing something. It tasted like it was frozen, very wet and weak. Plus, I was still hungry afterwards.

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  • 0

    Okay this place is way overpriced for what you get and I am talking from bar service to food.  Service was dismal and when he did make an appearance and that was rare he spoke so fast I could not understand a damn thing he said.

    Our party ordered - Coconut Shrimp, overcooked and rubber came to mind not succulent as one would expect.  Burger, ordered medium rare, but my guess it sat in an oven or heat lamp and dried it out so saw dust comes to mind.  

    Salad was actually good but never got the fresh ground pepper I asked for.  

    Overall disappointing and shockingly overpriced as well.  Not going back much better choices at RTC.  

    Oh - Have to agree the electronic menus are pretty cool!

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  • 0

    Terrible service!
    Cold turkey burger, my family and I won't bother to come here again. The hostess was not very welcoming, the waitress was rather toxic, in general I hate to say service was as unfriendly as it gets.  And the food was nothing good either!

    There are too many restaurants around Reston Town Center to go to... This place is not worth the pretty facade.

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  • 0

    Worst place ever!

    1. Your service comes complementary with a side of attitude.
    2. The food is sub par.
    3. They messed up the bill.
    4. They kicked us our because we started complaining about the service.

    Never in my life I have seen good paying customer being treated so badyl. I'm never ever going back there and I'm going to blast them on every review site I can find.

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  • 0

    Service:  Adequate and polite enough, but not overly warming
    Food:  Poor.  The pork chop plate could have come off of a high-school cafeteria line.  Small cuts of meat, overcooked and bland.  Vegetables were underdone.
    Beer:  Nice and cold.  This is primarily a bar and that area gets crowded in the evening.

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  • 0

    Brunch Review:

    I was a huge fan of ATR's weekend brunch buffet but sadly they lowered the quality and increased the price.  Before it was $14.99 for the buffet and $5 for mimosas or bloody marys, now it's $20 for a lower quality brunch and $8 for mimosas and bloody marys.  

    New Buffet Options:
    Asparagus with a hollandaise sauce- it would have been better warm/hot instead of room temp.
    Omelet Bar- still decent
    Waffle's- Still delicious
    Fruit- Went from a delicious fresh cut selection to a low quality pre-made fruit salad
    Salad- Went from fresh greens and fixings to 3 pre-made options (ok).
    They took away the delicious frittata, french toast, pastries, bloody mary fixings bar....

    Service:
    Awesome, very attentive and friendly

    Ambiance:
    Great when it's nice out and the windows are open to extend the patio.  Has a fireplace which is nice on colder days.  The brunch time music today was awkward 60s club music which just made us eat faster.  

    I'm happy to pay more if the quality improved or if there were only minor changes but this was disappointing.   I'll be trying out other brunch spots until I find a new spot :(

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  • 0

    I did not eat, I only drank.

    They have a less than huge selection considering the words "Tap" and "Room" are in their name. Also, the beer is not cheap.

    I did enjoy our bartender. He was very knowledgeable about beer and sports and I enjoyed his company.

    I also got drunk.

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  • 0

    I'll preface this by saying I ate here with a prix fix menu and it was all arranged for myself and my coworkers, so maybe they pulled out the stops.  But I liked my experience way more than the average stars for this place.

    Had the cajun gumbo soup, which was tasty, if no where near "spicy."  But what can you expect from Yankees trying to make Southern food.  

    And had the seared tuna, which was very good.  Mine was missed by the waitress initially though, she had to bring out another one on the fly.  But she apologized and made sure everything else was great.  Good service all around considering she was dealing with a 15 top.

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  • 0

    A solid 3 stars, I say but my husband says perhaps slightly more (one-half more?).

    We were here around 5 p.m. on a Saturday night.  One thing that we noticed was that the piped-in music was 80s music.   We were seated immediately with our server showing up after we had a chance to look at the menu.

    To drink, my husband had a Stella Artois while I had a mixed drink called "pom pom".  It consisted of Stoli orange and pomegranate juice---a generously poured and tasty drink.

    We both started off with a cup of Dutch chicken noodle soup.  When we asked our server just how it was different from ordinary chicken noodle soup, she couldn't answer.  So, I helpfully stepped in and asked if it could perhaps have gotten the name due to the noodles used?  Perhaps they are wider egg noodles?  Yes, she said, it does have those noodles, so that's probably the reason for the name.  And I was right---it did have those noodles in it.  Yet it didn't come out hot, as one would expect from such a soup.  It was warm but not warm enough.  The soup had plenty of stock with a lot of carrots plus a generous amount of shredded white meat chicken.  There was an undercurrent of sweetness which I  think came from the carrots.

    My husband had the Steak Frites.  You get to choose your meat cut---Flat Iron steak, Ribeye or Filet Mignon.  My husband got the Filet Mignon.  According to the menu, this dish consists of "garlic-rubbed steak with cabernet shallot butter and hand-cut fries".  What the menu doesn't tell you is that it comes with a vegetable.  In this case, it was sauteed green beans that had a few cherry tomato halves in it.

    I went for the Lobster Mac & Cheese.  Again, according to the menu, this consists of "cold water lobster meat with mascarpone cheese, aged white cheddar, tomatoes and cut leeks".  It also came with a side of sauteed green beans.

    My husband's filet was cooked as he asked.  The butter medallions didn't melt which I think was the intention, so he removed them from the steak.  While he liked his dish, he said that Mon Ami Gabi's Steak Frites was far better in terms of meat quality.  He did like the steak sauce that was on the steak, saying that it was similar to A-1.

    As for my lobster mac & cheese --- The amount of lobster meat was generous and claw meat was used.  The sauce was very mild---no bite at all from the cheddar.  The tomato pieces were practically microscopic in size.  The one flavor that predominated was the leeks, which was a deterrent as it distracted from the lobster flavor.  As a matter of fact, I still taste leeks in my mouth right now.  I also felt that this dish would have done well to have had a breadcrumb topping and put under the broiler which would have added a nice texture to it.

    When it was time for dessert, the waitress brought a tray with samples and explained what each was.  We decided to share a creme  brulee.  While it was decent, we've  had far better.  This creme brulee suffered from not having a very strong vanilla flavor.  Plus the only fruit served with it was strawberries.  A little more fruit variety would have been nice.

    All totaled, the bill came to $90+ before the tip.  We were pleased with the service.  At least 3 managers came by to ask how everything was.  We both agreed that we would consider going again but would order other menu items.

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    As Kevin S. said, "I'd rather cram myself at Jacksons".  However, after I'm done doing that I walk over to ATR.  :o)

    What I do not care for is when you ask for your tab, they automatically run your credit card.  Obnoxious.  What if I wanted to pay w/cash or w/another card?  I can see how it is a precautionary measure, but they already have our credit information... Relax, I'm not going to argue over my tab.  Sheeze!

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    My bf and I grabbed a few drinks here on Christmas Eve afternoon.  I liked the interior/vibe of this place.  The bar is dark wood and very clean. It looks fairly new although I'm not sure if it is.  

    The bar was packed with football fans so we sat in a table directly across from the bar so we could still see the TVs.  They have wing chairs which are incredibly comfortable.

    Our waitress was a bit rough around the edges.  She was quick and a bit short with us but quite honestly it was Christmas Eve and I don't blame her for not wanting to be at work.

    We ordered a glass of wine and a beer.  We are enjoying ourselves, chatting, etc and 10 min later, she comes back with another glass of wine and a beer and says, "don't ask, just enjoy it". No problem there. Merry Christmas! Haha.

    So I don't have a review on the food but this is a great place to watch a game or enjoy some cocktails.

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