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The Bench - Gaithersburg Marriott, Gaithersburg, MD

The Bench - Gaithersburg Marriott

3.9
3.9
50 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 Duck Fat Loaded Fries 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.

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook at @gaithersburgmarriott!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–9:30 am Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • 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 waswgfbmanagers@marriott.com for more info!

  • Private party contact

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

  • Neighborhood

    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

What 50 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
  • 3.9Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.6Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Overall great experience. We had a large party and we were told that we had a server just for our party. We ended up going to the bar most of the time to order drinks when we visited the bar we were told that the server would help us. Other than that i would give a great rating.
  2. S

    Shatoya

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    I took my mom for brunch on Mother’s Day, not knowing that the restaurant was actually in the lobby of the Marriott hotel. Still we stayed optimistic. When we got there, we were not greeted by anyone and it was very unclear on how we would be seated. My mom and I waited at the front at first then walked closer to the back and was then stopped by a server. The server said she would get her supervisor to seat us but then didn’t return for some time. Eventually my mom and I were seated and we got our food. Best part of the experience was the food. Everything was delicious. Everything else seemed very disorganized. The service needs work.
  3. C

    Cupcake

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Waiters basically ignored us. Bill took 15 minutes.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Mother’s Day
  5. B

    Bill

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. There was a nice variety including prime rib, salmon, chicken, fruit, and veggies. The service was wonderful. Seating was somewhat private and comfortable.
  6. DB

    DinBethesda

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I love The Bench. I have missed it so much. Went routinely for breakfast or lunch.
  7. B

    Burp1

    Raleigh

    82 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 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.
  8. W

    Will

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 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!!
  9. CU

    CarolU

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very nice dinner with a great client.
  10. TL

    TheresaL

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 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.
  11. DC

    DCAtty

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Slow to get food on table. A little inattentive
  12. NR

    NancyR

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 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.
  13. JC

    JoannaC

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 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.
  14. RK

    RebeccaK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Beautiful outside seating with a view of Rio. Food was awesome and service was great!
  15. DB

    DinBethesda

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great little café. Food is fresh and good. Service is outstanding. My "go-to" place for lunch.
  16. DB

    DinBethesda

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 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.
  17. JB

    JamesB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 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.
  18. LV

    LaurenV

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 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.
  19. W

    Will

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2018

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Mothers 94 Birthday
  20. K

    Kolchak74

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 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
  21. W

    Will

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2018

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    We were celebrating two birthdays with family! The food and service were great! We’ll be back!!!
  22. DB

    DinBethesda

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 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.
  23. DB

    DinBethesda

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2018

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great place with good food and very pleasant staff.
  24. DB

    DinBethesda

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 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.
  25. AM

    AMC1

    Atlanta

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2017

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great place. Good menu. Attentive staff. Good value
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2017

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food and service were great. Just needs more food options.
  27. j

    joandines

    Washington DC

    107 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    107 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2017

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    This is a hotel restaurant with a fairly limited menu though there are choices both for entrees & sandwiches. Parking is pretty easy.
  28. W

    Will

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 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.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2016

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Both Bartenders were really friendly! We enjoyed that, but food wasn't special, just ok!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 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.
  31. j

    joandines

    Washington DC

    107 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    107 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 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.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2016

    overall1food3service2ambience1
    Poor service, only ordered a starter and 2 drinks before we decided to leave.
  33. IW

    IWillBeBack

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 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!
  34. P

    Peter

    San Diego

    55 reviews

    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 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.
  35. E

    Enjoydiningwithfriends

    Washington DC

    80 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 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.
  36. E

    Enjoydiningwithfriends

    Washington DC

    80 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 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.
  37. N

    Nick

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Most enjoyable - fine service - delicious steak entree
  38. UR

    UnklRikRik

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 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!
  39. R

    Roan

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 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.
  40. EP

    EPK0814

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    excellent service and excellent food! Greeted with warmth and friendly staff

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

FAQs

The Bench - Gaithersburg Marriott is rated 3.9 stars by 50 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for The Bench - Gaithersburg Marriott

9751 Washingtonian Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Fields Rd

  • Neighborhood

    Gaithersburg

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–9:30 am Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • 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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