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The Bench - Gaithersburg Marriott

3.9
3.9
45 Reviews
$30 and under
American

You’ll find a delicious seat for life’s events at The Bench - a restaurant, bar and lakeside patio located in Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center at rio Lakefront. Since opening in April 2013, The Bench offers comfortable furnishings, custom technology cubbies for home-style viewing and outdoor televisions so that you can catch a game or the sunset over the lake. Whether you are dining inside, outside or grabbing to-go, our Chef-curated menu of regional American and modern infused cuisine is carefully sourced from artisan purveyors and Maryland brewers. The Bench offers high-quality options for romantic dinners, casual happy hours or business meals.

Savor appetizers including Beer Brined Wings and Maryland Blue Crab Eggrolls . Fill up with an inspired selection of salads, sandwiches and entrées, including our signature Bench Burger. Sip on handcrafted cocktails, draft micro-brews and international wine.

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Booked 5 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast
    Mon–Fri 06:30–09:30
    Dinner
    Mon–Thu, Sun 17:00–22:00
    Fri, Sat 17:00–23:00
    Happy Hour
    Daily 17:00–19:00

  • Phone number

    (301) 590-0044

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Steven Huddleston

  • Private party facilities

    Email us at mhrs.waswg.restaurant@marriott.com for more info!

  • Private party contact

    Restaurant Manager: (301) 590-0044 ext. 6020

  • Area

    Gaithersburg

  • Cross Street

    Fields Rd

  • Parking Details

    Complimentary parking is available at the Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center or the Rio Entertainment Complex

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

Menu

Eats

    Starters

    • BurrataUS$13.00

      Fresh burrata cheese, mixed greens, honey Dijon vinaigrette, focaccia shards, pomegranate balsamic, spiced pepitas

      • Half Smoked Corn DogsUS$13.00

        Local DC made half smoked sausage, cornmeal batter, house-made spicy & sweet mustard, old bay ketchup

        • Tater Tot PoutineUS$12.00

          Seasoned tater tots, house-made rosemary demi-glace, smoked gouda, fried leeks

          • Maryland Blue Crab EggrollsUS$15.00

            Famous Maryland crab dip, crispy eggroll, roasted garlic aioli, buffalo sauce

            • Bavarian PretzelsUS$10.00

              Spicy southern pimento cheese dip, house mustard

              • Crab AppUS$15.00

                3 petit Maryland crab cakes, sweet corn aioli, apple fennel slaw

                • Beer Brined WingsUS$12.00

                  Buffalo, be e sting, sweet & spicy, old bay or bbq dry rub, ranch or blue cheese

                  Flatbreads

                  • Papas' BravasUS$12.00

                    Spicy marinara, gruyere cheese blend, crispy fried potato, garlic aioli

                    • Truffle PigUS$13.00

                      Truffle mascarpone, gruyere cheese blend, country ham, pomegranate balsamic

                      • MushroomUS$12.00

                        Arugula pesto, exotic mushroom blend, cheese blend & parmesan

                        Salads & Soup

                        Grilled Chicken +$5 | Grilled Steak +$11 | Atlantic Grilled Shrimp +$9

                        • Soup of the DayUS$6.00

                          ask server

                          • Maryland Crab & Corn ChowderUS$7.00

                            • Farmers Market SaladUS$13.00

                              Arugula & baby kale mix, dijon honey vinaigrette, roasted winter vegetables, fennel, apples, goat cheese, pumpkin seeds, radish

                              • House SaladUS$10.00

                                House mix greens, english cucumber, shredded carrots, heirloom baby tomatoes, shaved red onion, choice of ranch, blue cheese or dijon vinaigrette

                                • Caesar SaladUS$12.00

                                  Romaine lettuce, focaccia shards, house-made roasted garlic caesar dressing, shaved asiago & parmesan cheese

                                  Burgers & Sandwiches

                                  • Adult Grilled CheeseUS$13.00

                                    Pimento cheese spread, gruyere & gouda cheese, savory tomato jam, rustic sourdough

                                    • The Bench BurgerUS$16.00

                                      Nueske's applewood bacon, house-made bench sauce, crisp butter lettuce, pickles, aged cheddar, tomatoes, red onion, toasted brioche roll

                                      • Roasted Turkey BreastUS$15.00

                                        House-roasted turkey, citrus cranberry marmalade, brie cheese, dressed arugula, dijon aioli, toasted ciabatta

                                        • Fried Chicken SandwichUS$16.00

                                          Herbed panko crusted chicken breast, roasted poblano pimento cheese, house-made pickles, local toasted brioche bun

                                          Signature Entrées

                                          • Pepper Corn Crusted Dry Aged RibeyeUS$32.00

                                            30 day dry aged ribeye, parmesan scallion mashed potatoes, house -made demi-glace, seasonal vegetables, fried leeks

                                            • Shrimp & GritsUS$26.00

                                              Jalapeno & cheddar grits, blackened shrimp, crispy tasso ham, butter sauce, grilled lemon

                                              • Apple Cider Brined Bone In ChickenUS$24.00

                                                Parmesan scallion mashed potatoes, braised local greens, hard cider gastrique

                                                • Sweet Potato GnocchiUS$22.00

                                                  Brown butter sage sauce, winter vegetable ragout, shaved asiago, spiced pumpkin seeds

                                                  Quick Bites

                                                  $6

                                                  • Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs with Pickled Fresno Peppers

                                                    • Rosemary Parmesan Fries

                                                      • Local Bread with Seasonal Whipped Butter

                                                        Drinks

                                                          White

                                                          • La Marca, Extra Dry, Prosecco

                                                            • SplitUS$13.00
                                                          • Domaine St. Michelle, Brut Sparkling

                                                            • BottleUS$64.00
                                                          • Veuve Clicquot, Champagne

                                                            • BottleUS$120.00
                                                          • Chateau Ste. Michelle, Riesling

                                                            • 6ozUS$9.00
                                                            • 9ozUS$13.00
                                                            • BottleUS$35.00
                                                          • Boordy "Oriole", Riesling

                                                            • 6ozUS$12.00
                                                            • 9ozUS$18.00
                                                            • BottleUS$48.00
                                                          • Pighin, Pinot Grigio

                                                            • 6ozUS$12.00
                                                            • 9ozUS$18.00
                                                            • BottleUS$48.00
                                                          • J Vineyards, Pinot Gris

                                                            • 6ozUS$14.00
                                                            • 9ozUS$21.00
                                                            • BottleUS$58.00
                                                          • St. Supery, Sauvignon Blanc

                                                            • 6ozUS$14.00
                                                            • 9ozUS$21.00
                                                            • BottleUS$58.00
                                                          • Kim Crawford, Sauvignon Blanc

                                                            • 6ozUS$15.00
                                                            • 9ozUS$23.00
                                                            • BottleUS$61.00
                                                          • Brancott, Sauvignon Blanc

                                                            • 6ozUS$11.00
                                                            • 9ozUS$17.00
                                                            • BottleUS$45.00
                                                          • Chateau St. Jean, Chardonnay

                                                            • 6ozUS$11.00
                                                            • 9ozUS$17.00
                                                            • BottleUS$45.00
                                                          • Meiomi, Chardonnay

                                                            • 6ozUS$13.00
                                                            • 9ozUS$19.00
                                                            • BottleUS$52.00
                                                          • Kenwood Vineyards, Chardonnay, "Six Ridges"

                                                            • 6ozUS$11.00
                                                            • 9ozUS$17.00
                                                            • BottleUS$45.00
                                                          • Sonoma Cutrer, Chardonnay, "Russian River Ranches"

                                                            • 6ozUS$15.00
                                                            • 9ozUS$23.00
                                                            • BottleUS$61.00
                                                          • Cakebread Cellars, Chardonnay

                                                            • 6ozUS$20.00
                                                            • 9ozUS$32.00
                                                            • BottleUS$85.00
                                                          • Rombauer Vineyards, Chardonnay

                                                            • 6ozUS$22.00
                                                            • 9ozUS$34.00
                                                            • BottleUS$90.00

                                                          Red

                                                          • Erath, Pinot Noir

                                                            • 6ozUS$13.00
                                                            • 9ozUS$19.00
                                                            • BottleUS$52.00
                                                          • Meiomi, Pinot Noir

                                                            • 6ozUS$15.00
                                                            • 9ozUS$23.00
                                                            • BottleUS$61.00
                                                          • Ergo, Tempranillo

                                                            • 6ozUS$11.00
                                                            • 9ozUS$16.00
                                                            • BottleUS$43.00
                                                          • Alamos, Malbec

                                                            • 6ozUS$10.00
                                                            • 9ozUS$15.00
                                                            • BottleUS$40.00
                                                          • Austin Hope Troublemaker, Red Blend

                                                            • 6ozUS$13.00
                                                            • 9ozUS$19.00
                                                            • BottleUS$52.00
                                                          • J. Lohr Estates, Merlot, "Los Osos"

                                                            • 6ozUS$11.00
                                                            • 9ozUS$17.00
                                                            • BottleUS$45.00
                                                          • Canoe Ridge Vineyard, Merlot, "The Expedition"

                                                            • 6ozUS$12.00
                                                            • 9ozUS$18.00
                                                            • BottleUS$48.00
                                                          • Raymond Vineyards, Merlot, "Reserve Selection"

                                                            • 6ozUS$22.00
                                                            • 9ozUS$34.00
                                                            • BottleUS$90.00
                                                          • The Hess Collection, Cabernet Sauvignon, Allomi Vineyard

                                                            • 6ozUS$20.00
                                                            • 9ozUS$30.00
                                                            • BottleUS$80.00
                                                          • Aquinas, Cabernet Sauvignon

                                                            • 6ozUS$15.00
                                                            • 9ozUS$23.00
                                                            • BottleUS$61.00
                                                          • Columbia Crest "H3", Cabernet Sauvignon

                                                            • 6ozUS$10.00
                                                            • 9ozUS$15.00
                                                            • BottleUS$40.00
                                                          • Estancia, Cabernet Sauvignon

                                                            • 6ozUS$12.00
                                                            • 9ozUS$18.00
                                                            • BottleUS$48.00
                                                          • Ferrari-Carano, Cabernet Sauvignon

                                                            • 6ozUS$20.00
                                                            • 9ozUS$32.00
                                                            • BottleUS$85.00
                                                          • Jordan, Cabernet Sauvignon

                                                            • 6ozUS$30.00
                                                            • 9ozUS$50.00
                                                            • BottleUS$146.00

                                                          Rose

                                                          • Montgravet, French Rose

                                                            • 6ozUS$9.00
                                                            • 9ozUS$13.00
                                                            • BottleUS$35.00
                                                          • Fleur de Prairie, Granache Rose

                                                            • 6ozUS$13.00
                                                            • 9ozUS$19.00
                                                            • BottleUS$48.00
                                                          • Boordy, White Zinfandel Rose

                                                            • 6ozUS$12.00
                                                            • 9ozUS$18.00
                                                            • BottleUS$48.00
                                                          • Chandon, Brut Rose

                                                            • BottleUS$68.00

                                                          Beer

                                                            Domestic Bottles

                                                            • Miller LiteUS$6.00

                                                              • Bud LightUS$6.00

                                                                • BudweiserUS$6.00

                                                                  • YuenglingUS$6.00

                                                                    • Samuel AdamsUS$7.00

                                                                      • Port City Wit BeerUS$7.00

                                                                        • Ace Hard CiderUS$7.00

                                                                          • Dogfish 60 MinutesUS$7.00

                                                                            • DB Vienna LagerUS$7.00

                                                                              • Truly Hard SeltzerUS$7.00

                                                                                Import Bottles

                                                                                • Corona ExtraUS$7.00

                                                                                  • Corona PremierUS$7.00

                                                                                    • HeinekenUS$7.00

                                                                                      • Heineken 0.0 N/AUS$7.00

                                                                                        • Guinness DraughtUS$7.00

                                                                                          • StellaUS$7.00

                                                                                            Rotating Draft Beers

                                                                                            • Rotating Draft Beers

                                                                                              Ask Server

                                                                                              Premium Cocktails

                                                                                              Made to Order Using Freshly Squeezed Juices

                                                                                              • Caramel Apple MartiniUS$12.00

                                                                                                vodka, local apple cider, apple schnapps, caramel

                                                                                                • Flannel ShirtUS$15.00

                                                                                                  bourbon, rosemary simple syrup, lemon juice, smoky scotch

                                                                                                  • Cranberry SmashUS$13.00

                                                                                                    gin, vodka, rum, lemon syrup, cranberry

                                                                                                    • Spiked Hot ChocolateUS$14.00

                                                                                                      spiced rum, hot chocolate, cayenne, choice of milk

                                                                                                      • Jekyll & HydeUS$14.00

                                                                                                        gin, butterfly tea, elderflower, prosecco

                                                                                                        • Sweater WeatherUS$13.00

                                                                                                          reposado tequila, hazelnut, pear syrup, bitters

                                                                                                          • Candy Old FashionUS$14.00

                                                                                                            whiskey, candy corn syrup, orange bitters

                                                                                                            • Butter BeerUS$15.00

                                                                                                              bourbon, brown sugar butter syrup, local apple cider, ginger beer

                                                                                                              • Spiced SangriaUS$12.00

                                                                                                                red wine, brandy, agave, orange juice, spices

                                                                                                                • Fire CiderUS$13.00

                                                                                                                  fireball, local apple cider, served iced or hot

                                                                                                                  Last updated: 16 December 2021

                                                                                                                  What 45 people are saying

                                                                                                                  Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                                                                  Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                                                                                  3.9
                                                                                                                  3.9 based on all time ratings
                                                                                                                  • 3.8Food
                                                                                                                  • 4.1Service
                                                                                                                  • 3.6Ambience
                                                                                                                  • 3.9Value

                                                                                                                  NoiseModerate

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                                                                                                                    Burp1

                                                                                                                    Raleigh

                                                                                                                    82 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                    82 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on 27 December 2019

                                                                                                                    overall4food4service2ambience4

                                                                                                                    We've stayed at Gaithersburg Marriott and dined at The Bench many times. Always a quality choice. Only problem this visit was service was extremely slow. It was the holidays and staff seemed limited. Food was good and menu choices offer something for everyone.

                                                                                                                  2. W

                                                                                                                    Will

                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                    32 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                                                    32 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on 13 September 2019

                                                                                                                    overall3food4service5ambience1

                                                                                                                    Normally we give higher reviews for the Bench. Food and service normally very good. But this time the restaurant was not ready for our special needs table with a wheelchair. Also SOME IDIOT booked a very large family party in the middle of the regular dining room! It was super loud and ruined our dinner! They have plenty of meeting rooms that should be used for parties, not the regular dining room where people staying at the hotel and local visitors can eat in PEACE!! Because of this we may never come back and we often come for holiday dinners of ten people. The food and service were very good and the managers were very accommodating with setting up a table for us. But, again the dining room should be off limits to aggressive hotel F&B sales people! They are only hungry for the sale!!

                                                                                                                  3. CU

                                                                                                                    CarolU

                                                                                                                    Chicago

                                                                                                                    6 reviews

                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                    6 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on 17 April 2019

                                                                                                                    overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                    Very nice dinner with a great client.

                                                                                                                  4. TL

                                                                                                                    TheresaL

                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on 15 February 2019

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                    The crab cakes are delicious - fresh, generously-portioned, and delicious with very little filler. The atmosphere of the restaurant is relaxed, peaceful. We especially eating on the patio when the weather is warm.

                                                                                                                  5. DC

                                                                                                                    DCAtty

                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                    18 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                    18 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on 13 February 2019

                                                                                                                    overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                                                                                    Slow to get food on table. A little inattentive

                                                                                                                  6. NR

                                                                                                                    NancyR

                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                                                    2.0

                                                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on 22 November 2018

                                                                                                                    overall2food2service2ambience2

                                                                                                                    Thanksgiving menu and prices not listed online, hard time getting someone to call me back. Made reservation online but they acted like they weren’t expecting us. Pulled out my confirmation. Ridiculous because the place was empty. Food was awful but waitress was good. A big disappointment.

                                                                                                                  7. JC

                                                                                                                    JoannaC

                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on 14 November 2018

                                                                                                                    overall3food3service2ambience3

                                                                                                                    I would recommend The Bench to a friend for brunch when business functions are less likely to be going on. We went on a weeknight and there were several large parties (30+) which quickly filled this relatively small restaurant in the hotel lobby. In the summer, I'm sure the extended patio seating is very nice. We enjoyed a flatbread appetizer and shared a couple of the sandwiches/hamburgers all of which were tasty.

                                                                                                                  8. RK

                                                                                                                    RebeccaK

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined on 4 August 2018

                                                                                                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                    Beautiful outside seating with a view of Rio. Food was awesome and service was great!

                                                                                                                  9. DB

                                                                                                                    DinBethesda

                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                    29 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    29 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on 28 June 2018

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                    Great little café. Food is fresh and good. Service is outstanding. My "go-to" place for lunch.

                                                                                                                  10. DB

                                                                                                                    DinBethesda

                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                    29 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    29 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on 26 June 2018

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    I love this place. The staff is friendly and efficient. The entire hotel staff are so welcoming. Nice "lake" view out the back.

                                                                                                                  11. JB

                                                                                                                    JamesB

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined on 18 June 2018

                                                                                                                    overall4food3service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Entrée selection unappealing, pilaf remained on the plate. Because of the pilaf, chef David Johnson provided us with excellent desserts, free of charge.

                                                                                                                  12. LV

                                                                                                                    LaurenV

                                                                                                                    Hawaii

                                                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    1.0

                                                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on 21 April 2018

                                                                                                                    overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                                                                    Had high expectations from the reviews and I'm a marriot rewards member so even more so. but it was very underwhelming to say the least. in addition, it was very very loud! and we sat and waited for a server to come over and at least take a drink order or offer water for 15minutes. after than time, no one showed up, so we left. on the way out the door, the hostess who just sat us just said good bye. it was very very unimpressive and would not recommend it to anyone, or go again.

                                                                                                                  13. W

                                                                                                                    Will

                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                    32 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                    32 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on 13 April 2018

                                                                                                                    overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                                                                                    Mothers 94 Birthday

                                                                                                                  14. K

                                                                                                                    Kolchak74

                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on 16 March 2018

                                                                                                                    overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Waitress wonderful. However, I made reservation based on the special buy one crab cake full price get another half price. Waitress and upper mgt were not aware of offer. I lost the advertisement but I showed proof I was a Bench VIP. I received a hamburger at half price after purchase of crab cake. Bench needs to be aware of advertisements they create

                                                                                                                  15. W

                                                                                                                    Will

                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                    32 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    32 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on 3 March 2018

                                                                                                                    overall5food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                    We were celebrating two birthdays with family! The food and service were great! We’ll be back!!!

                                                                                                                  16. DB

                                                                                                                    DinBethesda

                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                    29 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    29 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on 12 February 2018

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    This is my new go-to lunch spot. It is minutes from my office. Small menu with good choices. Staff is very friendly and attentive.

                                                                                                                  17. DB

                                                                                                                    DinBethesda

                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                    29 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    29 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on 10 January 2018

                                                                                                                    overall5food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                    Great place with good food and very pleasant staff.

                                                                                                                  18. DB

                                                                                                                    DinBethesda

                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                    29 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    29 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on 13 November 2017

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    First visit. Dinner with colleagues before a business meeting. It was very nice. A nice surprise and will definitely come again - even for lunch.

                                                                                                                  19. AM

                                                                                                                    AMC1

                                                                                                                    Atlanta

                                                                                                                    57 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                    57 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on 19 June 2017

                                                                                                                    overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                    Great place. Good menu. Attentive staff. Good value

                                                                                                                  20. OT

                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined on 14 May 2017

                                                                                                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    The food and service were great. Just needs more food options.

                                                                                                                  21. j

                                                                                                                    joandines

                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                    107 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                                                    107 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on 15 April 2017

                                                                                                                    overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                                                                                    This is a hotel restaurant with a fairly limited menu though there are choices both for entrees & sandwiches. Parking is pretty easy.

                                                                                                                  22. W

                                                                                                                    Will

                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    1.0

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on 25 December 2016

                                                                                                                    overall1food2service3ambience2

                                                                                                                    We decided on the Bench for Christmas Dinner after a home dinner didn't work out, based on reasonable recommendations and few other options. This was a major mistake. First the humus appetizer came with inedible brick hard pita bread, which we had to return. THEN, worst we were told all 3 of the entrees that we were interested in ordering were UNAVAILABLE, and of the 6 entrees on the menu there were only 3 options left, and there was only 1 serving left of one of them (glad we got there when we did, at 5:30). So we quickly ordered the last chicken and 2 orders of crabcakes, while they were still there; there weren't many other diners at the time. Server, who was pleasant, apologized. Unbelievable. Would never go back.

                                                                                                                  23. OT

                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                    Portland

                                                                                                                    15 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                    15 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on 10 July 2016

                                                                                                                    overall4food3service5ambience3

                                                                                                                    Both Bartenders were really friendly! We enjoyed that, but food wasn't special, just ok!

                                                                                                                  24. OT

                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined on 9 July 2016

                                                                                                                    overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    We were celebrating our anniversary. The service, the ambiance, and food was great. Our server was kind and attentive. As soon as we walked in, we were greeted. I explain that we were early for our reservations and we were properly seated without hesitation by the hostess. The appetizer and our entrees were great.

                                                                                                                  25. j

                                                                                                                    joandines

                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                    107 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                    107 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on 28 May 2016

                                                                                                                    overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                                                                    We eat at this restaurant a couple of times a year. We usually share the restaurant with only a handful of people. This visit the restaurant was full and, not surprisingly, much noisier than is our preference. They also had a new menu with some new and appetizing choices. The food was quite good. Inspite of the noise (2 weddings & many young adult soccer players watching a soccer tournament on numerous TV screens) we found our dinner a pleasant surprise.

                                                                                                                  26. OT

                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                    San Diego

                                                                                                                    10 reviews

                                                                                                                    1.0

                                                                                                                    10 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on 2 January 2016

                                                                                                                    overall1food3service2ambience1

                                                                                                                    Poor service, only ordered a starter and 2 drinks before we decided to leave.

                                                                                                                  27. IW

                                                                                                                    IWillBeBack

                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on 25 December 2015

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    I decided that instead of cooking Christmas dinner, I would take my family out and be able to relax and enjoy the time with them. It was a good choice!

                                                                                                                  28. P

                                                                                                                    Peter

                                                                                                                    San Diego

                                                                                                                    53 reviews

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    53 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on 19 September 2015

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Great view out over the lake. Good food and service. Really really dog friendly. We sat outside with our puppy who was provided with treats and a dog bowl to drink from.

                                                                                                                  29. E

                                                                                                                    Enjoydiningwithfriends

                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                    75 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                    75 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on 6 August 2015

                                                                                                                    overall4food3service5ambience4

                                                                                                                    Ate out on the patio overlooking the lake - a great spot to relax and catch up with friends. Service was very friendly and efficient. Good sandwiches. Will definitely go again- want to try Happy Hour too.

                                                                                                                  30. E

                                                                                                                    Enjoydiningwithfriends

                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                    75 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                    75 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on 25 June 2015

                                                                                                                    overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                    Stopped in for lunch- sat outside- very comfortable and nice atmosphere being on the lake. Food was delicious and the service was so friendly! Definitely will return.

                                                                                                                  31. N

                                                                                                                    Nick

                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined on 27 February 2015

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    Most enjoyable - fine service - delicious steak entree

                                                                                                                  32. UR

                                                                                                                    UnklRikRik

                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on 3 February 2015

                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                    My date and I decided to try a local restaurant that we had previously walked past many times. I'm speaking of "The Bench" in the Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Hotel located next to the lake in the Washingtonian Center. My date and I had strolled past the outdoor cafe of "The Bench" many times on the path around the lake. We decided to have dinner there the other night and were blown away. The restaurant's interior is elegant and up to the Marriott standards I've grown to expect. Our server was extremely welcoming, friendly, and knowledgeable about the menu. Our food was delivered promptly and timed perfectly between courses. The dishes we ordered had a great presentation, were hot, and, most importantly, were copious in quantity and quality! We definitely will tell our friends and family of our new found dining gem!

                                                                                                                  33. R

                                                                                                                    Roan

                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                    14 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                                                    14 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on 12 December 2014

                                                                                                                    overall3food3service4ambience3

                                                                                                                    The layout, menu, and service all hearken to the typical hotel restaurant format, but there just that touch better and in a significantly better location than you would expect. The food was good, the service was friendly, and overall I thought it was a rather unexpectedly good experience. That said,this is all relative to the typical hotel restaurant experience. This isn't a full-blown restaurants fit for foodies or the like. It is an unexpectedly good hotel restaurant if you're staying there or even if you work in the area and are looking for a lunch spot.

                                                                                                                  34. EP

                                                                                                                    EPK0814

                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                    15 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                    15 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on 2 November 2014

                                                                                                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                    excellent service and excellent food! Greeted with warmth and friendly staff

                                                                                                                  35. B

                                                                                                                    Bsquared

                                                                                                                    Pittsburgh

                                                                                                                    90 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                    90 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on 29 October 2014

                                                                                                                    overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                                                                    for a hotel restaurant this is worth the visit from the general public; excellent food and service and a great happy hour

                                                                                                                  36. A

                                                                                                                    Anon

                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    2.0

                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                    Dined on 6 September 2014

                                                                                                                    overall2food4service1ambience1

                                                                                                                    Hotel restaurant feels like it is in the middle of the hotel lobby. Too loud, poor service, slow service, out of certain items listed on the menu, overpriced.

                                                                                                                  37. M

                                                                                                                    Maxmillan

                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                    14 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                                                    14 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on 8 August 2014

                                                                                                                    overall3food4service1ambience4

                                                                                                                    We've gone to The Bench before and enjoyed everything about it. This time the service was laughable. There were 3 restaurant employees with 3 tables in the entire restaurant and we had to ask for everything. They sat us outdoors on an August afternoon with temps at 85 degrees. They didn't even offer a glass of water. No one came back to refill the water glasses and we only saw them smile when they came to collect a tip. Our salads were tasty and we definitely enjoyed them. Desserts were good as well but we had to prompt them to ask if we even wanted dessert.

                                                                                                                  38. d

                                                                                                                    dimi

                                                                                                                    Baltimore

                                                                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    2.0

                                                                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on 25 July 2014

                                                                                                                    overall2food2service2ambience3

                                                                                                                    The only reason we visited this place this was the only restaurant in Rio with no wait time. It was Friday night and all the good places around the lake were booked with 1hr + waiting list. What I can tell. The only good thing about this place is location, if you seat outside you look at the lake. Food was not great and overpriced, the same goes for drinks. The food came out after about an hour waiting. Highly not recommended!

                                                                                                                  39. SE

                                                                                                                    SamanthaElizabeth

                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                    46 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                                                    46 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on 23 June 2014

                                                                                                                    overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                                                                    It was slightly busier than the last time I came here. The service was slower than usual. The alcoholic beverage was stronger than last time. The food was not as good as the last time. I ordered Mini Sliders and the meat was not medium but well done. It wasn't juicy like the first time I had it. My friend ordered sea salt chips with onion dip which was delicious but slightly overpriced.

                                                                                                                  40. m

                                                                                                                    mtsapko

                                                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                                                    22 reviews

                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                                                    22 reviews

                                                                                                                    Dined on 14 March 2014

                                                                                                                    overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                                                                    The restaurant is about what you would expect from a hotel restaurant: Good but not great food, good but not great service, good but not great ambience, and slightly overpriced. If you are staying at the hotel and didn't feel like driving to another restaurant, it is not a bad place to eat. If your are used to eating at restaurants in Bethesda/Chevy Chase, then you will likely be disappointed. The Bench is more upscale then you will find in the chain restaurants surrounding it. However, it is not upscale dining. The server was kind, but the kitchen was slow even though they were only half-seated on a Friday at 8 pm. Other reviewer's raved about the devilled eggs--I would have to disagree. The crab cakes were decent with an excellent sauce.

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                                                                                                                  The Bench - Gaithersburg Marriott is rated 3.9 stars by 45 OpenTable diners.

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                                                                                                                  Google Map for The Bench - Gaithersburg Marriott

                                                                                                                  9751 Washingtonian Blvd Gaithersburg, MD 20878

                                                                                                                  • Cross Street

                                                                                                                    Fields Rd

                                                                                                                  • Area

                                                                                                                    Gaithersburg

                                                                                                                  • Hours of Operation

                                                                                                                    Breakfast
                                                                                                                    Mon–Fri 06:30–09:30
                                                                                                                    Dinner
                                                                                                                    Mon–Thu, Sun 17:00–22:00
                                                                                                                    Fri, Sat 17:00–23:00
                                                                                                                    Happy Hour
                                                                                                                    Daily 17:00–19:00

                                                                                                                  • Cuisines

                                                                                                                    American

                                                                                                                  • Dining style

                                                                                                                    Casual Dining

                                                                                                                  • Dress Code

                                                                                                                    Casual Dress

                                                                                                                  • Parking Details

                                                                                                                    Complimentary parking is available at the Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center or the Rio Entertainment Complex

                                                                                                                  • Payment Options

                                                                                                                    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                                                  • Executive Chef

                                                                                                                    Steven Huddleston

                                                                                                                  • Additional

                                                                                                                    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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