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Sir Walter Raleigh Inn
Posted by dynamite8 on 12/26/2012
Sir Walter Raleigh Inn in Berwyn Heights/Greenbelt, MD was the perfect choice for hosting my mother's 75th Birthday party. Let's start with the location - right off the Capital Beltway at the intersection of Greenbelt Road and Kenilworth Avenue - it is easily accessible from all directions. Lots of free parking. The food was excellent. The soup and salad bar is fresh and abundant. Our entree choices were prime rib, crab cake, fried shrimp, or hawaiian chicken. Everyone (45 people) enjoyed the food. The service was superb and the atmosphere was wonderful - warm and cozy. We used the Terrapin Room, a completely private room located at the front of the restaurant on the left hand side. The Terrapin Room includes a huge, wood-burning fireplace and lots of Terrapin memorabilia. The owner had the fire in the fireplace roaring. It felt like we were celebrating at home in our family room. The cost was affordable and very reasonable. The value for the money was outstanding. Everyone had a good time and my mother was delighted.
Posted by tah of greenbelt on 07/23/2012
Mom's 75th birthday-what to give her? A surprise party! Before the day of the party: the process of reserving the room, deciding on menu, and working out all the - dare I say- small details was painless; the support of the staff was great. The party: everything was set-up and arranged when I arrived. I was greeted by the servers/wait staff assigned to my group asking if all was well and was there anything else that they could do to help with my decorating before the guests/guest of honor arrived The food: decided on a buffet... the food and carving stations were set-up and ready as promised. The salad bar (which along with the fresh accoutrements, included 2 soups, fresh fruit, fresh bread) was continually replenished. The hot entrees stayed hot-yet did not overcook; the cold selections stayed cold and crisp; and the food was delicious. The service: no place beats SWR Inn with service - no place - I don't treat myself this well. The staff is courteous, congenial, and attentive. The warmth is geniune-not pasted on plastic smiles. For me, this is a huge deal: no matter how wonderful the food, poor or disengaged service can totally ruin a dining experience. My party was a group of 47, and to a person, everyone had a positive comment on the food (delicious), the service (great), the atmosphere (welcoming) - in short, everyone had a wonderful time. I, of course, was not surprised: after all I have been a customer for over 10 years ... it was these very things that lead me to book such a special event at the Sir Walter Raleigh Inn in Greenbelt, MD
Posted by Lorena on 05/16/2012
My family went to Sir Walter Raleigh Inn tonight for an scholarship award program given by the College Park Rotary Club. The food was great. I haven't been there in over 30 years and can't remember why I haven't been back. The salad bar had a variety of fresh items and the casear salad was very tasty. They also had a delightful cheddar potato soup and fresh bread. Lastly the Prime rib fork tender and cooked to perfection. I will definitely refer this restaurant. It's a quite place to come for a good dinner for a couple or a family. The owner and his wife were there tonight and they are lovely, friendly people who are strive to offer excellence in PG County. The next time you want a great good and don't want to travel far and worry about parking, go to Sir Walter Raleigh Inn on Greenbelt Road.
Posted by Bakes on 10/07/2011
This is a historic place but it really needs a capital infusion. Its old looking and almost never crowded. The buffet used to be really good but even that has fallen off lately. The salad bar is still very fresh though. The burgers are really good too. Overall they need an ownership change but keep the historic name.
Posted by Kathy on 02/10/2011
We had 16 people at our table. The food was delicious and the service was fantastic. I thought the prices were very reasonable. I would definitely go there again.
Posted by Steve on 10/09/2008
This was a great chain of steak restaurants several years ago. The original management went out of business a year or two ago, and all the restaurants became something else except for the one in greenbelt. my wife and i have been going there approximately every month or so for many years. over the last few visits we have noticed fewer and fewer customers. the last time we were there, on a wed nite at 6pm, we were the only customers in the restaurant. sad, really. the food prices have gone up significantly in the last few months. for example, a fillet mignon is $35. this might be a reasonable price at a trendy restaurant in NYC, but around here it is $15-$20 higher than other local places. I would guess this is why the place is like a ghost town. The steaks are still advertised as top quality aged beef, but I found my steak to be tough, stringy. nothing at all like the steaks i have come to expect from this restaurant. lastly, as far as i can tell, the decor and furniture in the restaurant are the same as it was when the chain opened 20 years ago, which is perhaps why i got a splinter from the underside of the table when i sat down. given the state of the economy and the mistakes being made by the current management, i think nothing short of a gordon-ramsey-kitchen-nightmares makeover can save this historic restaurant.
Posted by Perry on 07/17/2006
I've been eating here since they first opened. They had one of the first and continue to have one of the best salad bars. Come for the beef!