Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Washington DC & Baltimore >
Apr 5, 2008 06:01 PM

Sir Walter Raleigh Inn

For many years, Sir Walter Raleigh Inn was a local chain that provided good steaks at reasonable prices. They were located in Bethesda, Wheaton, Gaithersburg, and Greenbelt. Only the Greenbelt outlet survives.

Can anyone comment on the current quality of the last SWR?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. The last one I knew of in this area was on Route 1 in Alexandria, near the Fairfax County line. It was great - the fireplace in winter was a nice touch. The food was always very good, the service excellent, and the prices reasonable. But, it's been gone for a long time. I wish they'd come back.

    1. I went there for dinner about 6-8 months ago. They still have the big salad bar. I don't remember what I had but the consensus was we wouldn't go back. Not as good as in the old days.

      1. The Greenbelt one is pretty terrible: service is slow, steaks no better than what you'd get at Safeway. You can find better meals for much less.

        1. I remember the Bethesda location from almost 40 years ago. I think it's been gone for more than a decade.

          2 Replies
          1. re: Pappy

            My family ate at The Bethesda one for years! We loved it. The Pumpernickel bread. The prime rib. They made you go in this crummy little bar and order a drink, and suddenly once your ordered, your table was ready! That's how they got their bar sales up. I am so sad it is gone.

            1. re: marshchow

              Oh...I think they had more than a few games going on to increase revenue. I can remember more than once arguing with the waiter who said we gave him $20s when we know we gave him $50s.

          2. The Merrifield location is still there, with the name on the building and all, apparently empty. I can see it when I pull into the McDonald's on Gallows Road.

            1 Reply
            1. re: dpan

              The last time I ate at the Greenbelt location, the prime rib was bland, the lobster tail was probably frozen and the green beans tasted like they came from a can. I think that was last summer.