Sweetwater Tavern - Merrifield

Mayor: GenDV138 (4) | Taps: 5 | Bottles: 3
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138  (315) Falls Church, Virginia | March 15, 2014| Updated September 3, 2015
Only been once in the bar area but plenty of times in the dining area with family. Good amount of dining seating and a decent sized bar with three sides plus some outer seats. Fills up around happy hour and dinner rush. Only 5 of their house beers on tap with 2 staples and 3 rotating selections, I believe they have bottles of macros as well. House beers are average to good, occasionally a gem on tap. Food has always been top notch and the fish special is always a favorite of mine. No complaints with service, generally good and attentive. Come here with the food in mind and the beer mostly as a compliment.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
ilovedarkbeer  (102) Arlington, Virginia | December 2, 2013
Located in a strip mall. Always very crowded. Food is decent, staff is slow, and the beers are ok especially with the sizable pours on the samplers.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
deaconmike  (72) Roswell, Georgia | July 14, 2013
Sat at the bar at the brew pub. Fairly open restaurant with a central bar. Service was not attentive. They had 6 of their own beers on tap. I tried a coupe; both were decent. Kitchen had already closed, so I canít weigh in on the food. Average.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 5/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
DCLawyer  (175) Falls Church, Virginia | November 28, 2012
Large open restaurant with booths surrounding central bar ( like Houstonís). Beer selection is mix of house drafts and big box crap. Service is team approach, which can get annoying. Food is pretty good, though. If wait is longer than 15 minutes, go elsewhere.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
Travlr  (2305) Washington, Washington DC | March 16, 2012
Everyone around me was drinking Miller Lite and Bud Lite, except for the guy next to me who ordered a Guinness - even though they had a dry Irish stout brewed on premises. Do people know what a brewpub is? Or do they just let TV commercials make all their decisions for them? Holy shit, America! Get a clue!!! OK, now thats offmy chest, this place was similar to other SweetwTer locations, except they served their beer ice cold - I mean with actual bits of ice floating in it. Other than that, generic strip mall brewpub.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2  (905) Escondido, California | January 22, 2012
A large, open brewpub in the DC Metro area with two sister pubs. The food is pretty good and reasonably priced. The service is efficient though uneducated. There are typically 5 or 6 house beers available. Even if they look busy, stop by because they turn over tables very quickly.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
changeup45  (109) Mount Dora, Florida | August 29, 2010
We went here while visiting a friend in the area. The place was absolutely packed on a Saturday night but apparently thatís a regular thing. The place is big; decent sized bar area, lots of TVs. Tried a few of the beers they had on tap, nothing spectacular or boundary stretchers, but they were all solid. The food was surprisingly excellent. More than just typical pub food and it was very well done. I was impressed with the service as well. No small brewpub vibe but a very fun place.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Nate  (313) Indiana, Pennsylvania | August 15, 2010
Stopped in to try the beer. Food looked good, but Iíd just eaten lunch. Good service at the bar - they try to make it friendly. Small amount of beer available, but of decent quality. Really liked the wit. Wouldnít mind going back for a meal.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 4/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
kassner  (88) Wexford, Pennsylvania | April 16, 2010
Nice and especially service oriented, just a little to cookie cutter, food was good, but beer selection was minimal and no outstanding brews
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
holzbrew  (3) , Virginia | June 9, 2009
From steak to ribs to fish the menu at Sweetwater is fantastic. They brew their own beer and usually have several year-round selections. Of the year round selections the Pale Ale is definitely a crowd pleaser and its definitely a solid beer. The seasonal selections can be hit or miss, but recently their spring bock (or maibock) was surprisingly tasty. In summary its not a cheap place to eat and drink, but its also not going to break the bank. I live close by and probably go once a month. Great food and sometimes great beer.

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