Rec Pier Chop House

4.5
906 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Rec Pier Chop House is a prime Italian chophouse devoted to time-honored Italian cooking. Presented by NoHo Hospitality Group’s award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini with a focus on the bold flavors of a classic rosticceria Italiano and a modern-day steakhouse. The restaurant’s menu features prized, seasonal ingredients and the country’s best purebred beef, sustainable seafood and farm-raised poultry alongside housemade pastas, antipasti and homespun desserts.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We went here for dinner. Our initial welcome was warm and inviting. Then our server told us “we have a lot of big parties, please have your appetizer and entrees ready when you order”. This was a bit off putting because it made us feel as if our reservation and meal were less important. It was our anniversary and we had been very excited. Our food eventually came but we had to flag down a different Waiter 3x to get our water cups refilled and to get dessert menus and order. We felt forgotten and frustrated. Another waiter noticed and told the manager who provided us with comped dessert and coffee but by then I was tired from feeling frustrated. We had expected a relaxed meal with prime service. It tarnished the excitement of our special dinner. We will not be returning. For the price of the meal, the food wAs good but our enjoyment was sorely lacking. We had a reservation too, we’re not walk ins.

TF
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Great food. Unbelievable atmosphere. I will be back.

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

They were very concerned about us getting the menu dirty. They didn’t want to allow us to order appetizers for the table until we had the entire order picked out, very strange. They kept picking up food that we hadn’t finished eating, and they tried to deliver the wrong entrees to each of us, which even chain restaurants get that right. I was shocked, the food was fair but the server I’ve left a little to be desired. I think we must have gotten a new server, she was trying to dictate to us how we were going to experience the evening meal. My $50 steak was missing the sauce accompaniment and I didn’t bother asking for it as I am sure it would have taken 20 minutes to get it. We ordered coffee and it took 20 minutes to get, they stated they had to brew a pot for us.

I wouldn’t go back.

S
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Waiters, had (2) could have been a little be more accommodating. Asked for a basket of bread twice upon arrival, finally got it when appetizers arrived. Beautiful restaurant and ambience setting is amazing.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Server service was a bit slow. We were not in a rush so it was acceptable. The food was very good with tons of flavor.

DM
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The soups, salads and sides were delicious. However, the ribeye which was ordered medium rare was tough and hard to chew. Couldn’t even eat half of it. The manager did take it off the check and was totally professional.

OT
Baltimore
59 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Multiple visits here—always enjoy. Wonderful setting with excellent service. Promptly seated upon arrival and greeted by friendly server. Not a complaint as restaurant can certainly set prices however they wish but $21 for a cheeseburger and fries is a bit much for a casual lunch in Baltimore.

DF
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very special experience .... worth a visit .... great for special occasions

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EXCELLENT MEAL!

J
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very attentive service, highly creative fresh cookie, terrific view. Definitely will return

G
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Nothing to say

F
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience. This was probably our last date night before our baby comes this week. The food was delicious!!

G
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The food is good but not great. I had an excellent steak but not better than the Palm which is more affordable and not as good as some other top Steakhouses like BLT. The sides, Broccolini...very bitter and the mushrooms were over salted.

Caesar salad was good.

The service was horrible, our inattentive server seemed to be in a horrible mood.

The best thing about this place is the room.

d
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Great service. Crab cake was fantastic. Husband's rib-eye was done perfectly. orecchiette pasta with sweet sausage and broccoli rabe was so good I could've eaten a second bowl. Overall a really great dining experience which I appreciated when you pay those prices.

DJ
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I celebrated a birthday at the Rec Pier and had a wonderful experience. The food was great. The staff was knowledgeable and professional. The ambiance was exquisite. Highly recommend the fine dining experience to everyone.

TT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We love the space and the vibe, but the food is not worth the hefty price tag. We'll be back, but probably just for drinks and appetizers.

CC
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch

JC
Baltimore
52 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Fantastic neighborhood gem!! Great top notch service, perfect seating options, clean open dining area, beautiful bar area and delicious food items.
I've visited for brunch and dinner and I've been wow'd each time. The menu isn't too elaborate but they perfect the items they do offer. I definitely appreciate this local escape to fine dining when nearby.

s
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good ambience

AG
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was very disappointing, particularly after the glowing review I had read. In particular, my wife and I did not like the trout dish, which lacked flavor and was overpriced. Also, instead of having one server serve our table, we had approximately five different servers come up to us throughout the course of the meal. It wasn't clear to me why so many servers were necessary.

BR
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both food and service was amazing. Highly recommend

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Food was really good and service was great. Prices are a little high but overall it was a good experience.

MG
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food from antipasti to dessert was excellent. More than enough to fill you up with the four courses.
The place is expensive so be prepared. The noise level was high until an adjoining group left, then a conversation could be undertaken without screaming. The setting is wonderful.

DR
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

A typical high end but not great hotel type restaurant. The place is big and a bit frenetic and loud. We were a couple celebrating an anniversary and they put us side by side in a booth for eight persons because they seem to have a lot of them. The wait staff and kitchen seemed a bit overwhelmed. The food is overall good and the steaks and fish quality is very good. My tuna crudo was excellent. However, if you are a steak house you should be able to cook steak properly and correctly the first time. My steak was underdone (requested medium) and the french fries which accompanied it were cold as though they had been sitting around for quite a while before being served. My wife's scallops were fresh and cooked properly but not especially memorable. The service is OK but they use the "team system" and the primary waiter was not attentive after the runners brought the food and didn't check back unless I flagged him down. The manager seemed concerned though and did comp the steak for not being prepared correctly (I didn't ask but he did it anyway which was nice). The prices for both food and wine are quite high and the overall value (food prep, service, atmosphere and ambiance) just isn't there for this high price point.

JM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Although the lunch menu is limited in options compared to similar caliber establishments, the choices offered are great. From sandwiches to salads, crab cakes to Chicken Parmesan, you will not walk away unsatisfied. Very attentive wait staff.

TA
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with excellent food and service! Top notch!

JF
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Food was nice for our special occasion (anniversary).

FH
Baltimore
94 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The poor experience started with a mojito missing the rum and a spritzer missing the "spritz". Next was when the server told us we had to order our app and main course at the same time because it was so busy, less than a third of the tables were occupied. Then came the octopus salad with what tasted like freezer burned octopus. Crab cake was good. Then came the swordfish which also tasted as having been frozen. 8oz filet mignon was good. The finale was the $300 bill dropped on the table before we could order a final round of after dinner drinks. Dining room was still at less than 50% capacity. We have dinner out at least 3 times a week and this was by far the worst experience in years. Too many other choices in town for the same cost or less that are much better.

SD
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Great ambiance, huge disappointment. Considering only two other tables were there, we had four different servers and had to ask several times for basic items like cream for coffee (which was lukewarm and bad.) The “frittata” entree that was mushroom themed had barely any mushrooms (and only button mushrooms at that), no other veggies, and was akin to a poorly seasoned HoJo omelette. Side of bacon was see-thru thin, over priced and worse than grocery store brand. Even if it was plain, it wasn’t even good. Simple can be delicious and this was terribly over priced and poor quality, with poor service.

EM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We were really looking forward to this dinner as we had heard very good reviews but we were disappointed. VERY pricey for mediocre food. Cocktails were good. The Flying Fox was delicious. My husband then wanted to try the MD Craft beer they had listed on the menu but they had no keg on that line. We order a Caesar salad as an appetizer based on a recommendations from the server, but she came back to tell us they were out of romaine lettuce. My husband ordered a NY strip steak ($57!!) and it was not very good at all. Lots of fat and a rubbery texture. I ordered the Pasta with crab meat which was strongly recommended by the server and it was just OK. The menu description is just "spicy MD crab meat" which failed to mentioned the many many jalapenos in the dish. If we ever go back, it will just be for drinks. Not worth the money by any means.

JF
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was very good. Our shared steak should have bee warmer.

RM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Would definitely go back. Food and setting outstanding Service was very good, until the end, waited for coffee, cream never came, finally did . coffee was cold, asked for a to go.

LN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was spectacular!

OT
Baltimore
60 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Quick lunch with a friend. Dined here several times. Promptly seated at nice table in most attractive setting. Service was attentive and professional. Burger for me and Caesar salad for my guest.
$16 for a Caesar was acceptable however when chicken added there was up-charge of $14. So $30 for a chicken Caesar seemed bit over the top for simple lunch at any restaurant. Restaurant is a great addition to the area and expect to pay premium prices however this sure seems excessive.

DL
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was great! All servers helped one another and we constantly had someone check on us. It was wonderful!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Portions were much smaller than expected for the price. Should list the entrees under a “small plates” label. Kids meals entirely too small for the price. Tucked us in a dark corner of the restaurant on a sunny day. Both of us had queasy stomachs after eating at this establishment.

KC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Father’s Day

DB
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food is always good, not great but very good. Only one type of potato to go with a large steak selection?

Service was very friendly and enjoyable albeit somewhat inattentive. Having the right utensils, pouring our own wine, ensuring dietary requests were followed through all were less detractions

OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Little pricey

LC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

In the past we have been very happy but our service was not very good this past Saturday. One of our guests had an allergy and they mixed up the entrees and also removed the sides from the table without asking and/or seeing if we wanted to take them to go. Very disappointed compared to prior visits.

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