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Casual, business dining options in Rockville, MD?

Naseemo Jun 2, 2010 12:14 PM

Hi everyone,

My boss has asked me to track down a restaurant in the Rockville, MD-area for a casual, business dinner for about 6 people. A few notes:

-budget is about $25-50 a head
-the ideal restaurant would be within walking distance or a quick cab ride away from the Hilton at 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland
-Any time of cuisine works (a place with vegetarian options would be great)

If you have any recommendations, I'd love to hear them.

Thank you!

  1. tbetz Oct 2, 2010 06:54 PM

    Come to think of it, Mosaic French Cafe might be an excellent choice for your business meal. It's menu is a bit quirky (with chef/owner Thierry Jugnet's unusual interest in savory waffles) but the food is nicely-priced (well within the budgeted range) and wonderfully flavorful. Mosaic's Wild Mushroom Soup is probably the best mushroom soup I've ever tasted! Chef Jugnet has also put together a wine selection of excellent $7-$12 wines priced for the restaurant at the normal restaurant 200% markup.

    Check out the dinner menu at http://www.mosaiccuisine.com/html/men... for more information.

    El Patio
    12303 Twinbrook Pkwy, Rockville, MD 20852

    Mosaic French Cafe
    186 Halpine Rd, Rockville, MD 20852

    1. tbetz Oct 2, 2010 06:24 PM

      It's too bad you mentioned "business" and "vegetarian" as criteria. For simply delicious casual dining, I'd recommend the place I just ate dinner at, El Patio. Their Parrillada para Dos (Argentinean Barbeque for two -- actually a mixed meats grill) is delicious, and absolutely authentic to Argentine gaucho meats. The only weak point is that the chicken is a little dry -- but the delicious flank steak, rib beef, and tender juicy sweetbreads, along with the wide selection of Argentine and Uruguayan wines, many I've never found anywhere else, more than makes up for the minor deficiency. And this place is as unstuffy as you'll find.

      For such a small restaurant, this place has a very complete menu. The Bife a Caballo con dos huevos fritos seemed very popular with the ladies there this evening, as was the Shrimp Rice Pilaf on the Specials menu, not on the PDF menu at:


      Your boss might find El Patio a good caterer to cater a meal in the hotel's atrium.

      Even though I came to Rockville for another reason, El Patio would be a fine inducement to return.

      Now, combine that with Mosaic French Cafe, and I want to move here.

      El Patio
      12303 Twinbrook Pkwy, Rockville, MD 20852

      Mosaic French Cafe
      186 Halpine Rd, Rockville, MD 20852

      1. m
        mrsphud Jun 3, 2010 08:23 AM

        I certainly wouldn't take a business group to Phiilips. Food is mundane, service is so so. Kind of a boring hotel restaurant. Of what I have seen so far, I would recommend only in order: Mykonos, Tympanos, Seven Seas. If taking a cab, I'd also throw in Tower Oaks Lodge, part of the Clyde's group. Excellend service, good menu, takes reservations.

        Seven Seas
        1776 E Jefferson St Ste 112, Rockville, MD 20852

        Tower Oaks Lodge
        2 Preserve Parkway, Rockville, MD 20852

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        1. re: mrsphud
          reiflame Jun 3, 2010 08:57 AM

          I had a horrible dinner at Tower Oaks a few months back - I mentioned it on another thread but if I hadn't had a gift certificate I would've felt robbed. I don't frequent it, so I don't know if I just got an off night or if it's gone down hill, but I wouldn't take people there.

          diningwithdoc has some good suggestions - a little heavy on the chains but it is a business diner so you probably don't want to rock the boat that much.

          1. re: reiflame
            skipper Jun 4, 2010 06:05 AM

            Must have been a unique evening. We've had dinner at the Tower Oaks a number of times and have never had a bad meal or bad service. Its among our goto places.

            1. re: skipper
              wysguymd Jun 4, 2010 06:37 AM

              I'd have to vote for Tower Oaks too. It's a good place for a diverse group of people. The food may not be 4-star but it's consistent and service is good. Plus the building has character and is worth seeing.

              1. re: skipper
                reiflame Jun 4, 2010 08:39 AM

                Possibly; it was a Sunday night but it was really busy. My entrees came out about 5 minutes after the appetizers. My fish was desicated, and when I sent it back the next one came out virtually uncooked (the skin was still on, and who wants to eat uncooked fish skin?). Our server looked hopelessly overwhelmed but was not the least bit apologetic about the whole thing. She didn't cop an attitude per se, but it wouldn't have hurt her to smile every once in a while.

                I will say, their desserts were really, really good. But, at $140 for 3 people, I expected better.

          2. p
            pgreen Jun 2, 2010 03:19 PM

            Other than Seven Seas, I don't believe anything listed here so far is walkable (although they are certainly cabable). Also within walking distance:

            Mama Lucia's
            Green Fields Churrascaria‎
            El Patio

            Any of these would seem to meet your requirements.

            Seven Seas
            1776 E Jefferson St Ste 112, Rockville, MD 20852

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            1. re: pgreen
              con carne Jun 2, 2010 05:44 PM

              Green Field has been closed for a while.

            2. d
              dining with doc Jun 2, 2010 02:22 PM

              there are a lot of choices nearby
              1. Mykano's: excellent greek food including lots of choices of fish.
              2. Tympano's: chain italian steak house slightly better than an outback but not in the Ruth's Chris level
              3. Addies: good local and gourmet american cooking
              4. Damo Sushi: Rockville town center- excellent sushi
              5. Ill Pizzico: good italian
              5. Gordon Biersch: Rockville town center- brewery pub food
              6. Cheesecake factory: in white flint mall
              7. PF Changs: in white flint mall
              9. La Canella: very good peruvian restaurant
              Downtown bethesda and its about 100 restaurants is a 10 minute cab drive away and a whole different set of choices if you want ranging from Mortons or Ruth's Chris steak house, to ethnic food of all type. Many more choices from Jaleo for tapas, Panang for malaysian, Green Papaya for high end Vietnamese, and many more

              Green Papaya
              4922 Elm St, Bethesda, MD 20814

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              1. re: dining with doc
                Dennis S Jun 3, 2010 06:43 AM

                Heartily second Addies.

              2. d
                DCDeb Jun 2, 2010 12:28 PM

                The Washington Hilton is in the Dupont Circle area of DC. It's actually not near Rockville. There are number of options within a short cab ride, including Dino, Tabard Inn, Hank's Oyster Bar and Plume.

                3435 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, DC 20008

                Tabard Inn
                1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

                Hank's Oyster Bar
                1026 King St Ste 1, Alexandria, VA 22314

                Plume at the Jefferson Hotel
                1200 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

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                1. re: DCDeb
                  Naseemo Jun 2, 2010 12:37 PM

                  DCDeb, thanks for the recommendations... I clearly made a huge mistake in the address of the hotel. I've posted the new one: 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland. Thanks for catching my error.

                  1. re: Naseemo
                    dinwiddie Jun 2, 2010 02:06 PM

                    It depends on what you mean by a "business dinner." A working dinner, or dinner for business associates in the evening. If it is the later I would consider:

                    Il Pizzico for great Italian food (white tablecloth, decent if small wine list)
                    Seven Seas for Chinese
                    Spice Crossing for contemporary Indian.
                    Taste of Saigon for upscale Vietnamese

                    If you are willing to go to Bethesda there are lots more options.

                    Il Pizzico
                    15209 Frederick Rd Ste 2, Rockville, MD 20850

                    Seven Seas
                    1776 E Jefferson St Ste 112, Rockville, MD 20852

                    Taste of Saigon
                    410 Hungerford Dr, Rockville, MD 20850

                    1. re: Naseemo
                      DCDeb Jun 2, 2010 04:12 PM

                      Ah! I second the recommendations for Mykonos Grill. It is an easy walk from your hotel.

                      It is casual enough to be relaxed but nice enough to take business associates (nice ambiance, white tablecloth but not stuffy). I like their food a lot. There are fish, meat and vegetarian options.

                      Mykonos Grill
                      121 Congressional Ln Ste 104, Rockville, MD 20852

                  2. r
                    reiflame Jun 2, 2010 12:24 PM

                    Hi Naseemo, Rockville is about 12 miles away from your hotel - neither a quick cab ride nor walkable.

                    Do you want dinner in Rockville or dinner near your hotel?

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                    1. re: reiflame
                      Naseemo Jun 2, 2010 12:36 PM

                      Oy! I made an unfortunate mistake with the address. I've corrected it. Thanks so much for catching this. Jeez.

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