Riverside Hearth - Lansdowne Resort

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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Riverside Hearth provides Lansdowne Resort and Spa's guests, golfers and Local residents exceptional choices and hearty selections offered throughout the day at our buffet style restaurant. For breakfast, an assortment of fresh fruit, baked goods, house-made granola and yogurt parfaits, smoothies, bacon and sausage are just some of the options. You can also request made-to-order eggs, omelets, waffles and pancakes from our chefs in the Exhibition Kitchen. At lunch, choose from a selection of fresh vegetables, house-made dressings and soups from our Soup and Salad Station. A variety of hot entrees are available every day, including a hearty vegetarian option.

NEW! SUNDAY BRUNCH
Join us each Sunday from 10:00 am - 2 pm and get whisked away overlooking the breathtaking and tranquil rolling hills of the Potomac river valley as you enjoy local farm to table breakfast and lunch options, indulge with an espresso or cheer with bottomless mimosas!
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3.9
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T
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

I was hoping the food would be better and that I’d want to come back again. The food is average and the selection was more lunch than brunch. You need more seafood. More desserts. Shorter line for eggs, omelets and pancakes. Our server was very nice and helpful. Too expensive for the food that was available.

AK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was excellent and charming

NF
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great restaurant. Have been going for years. A little larger dessert selection would be nice. They used to offer ice cream :) really, no complaints. Definitely will return to Lansdowne

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Underwhelming for the price. The food was absolutely delicious though.

MF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food...great service and a great selection of entrees. Our drinks came fast and our waiter was peerfect!

p
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

We went to the Christmas buffet last year and you can't even compare this year to it. There was less food and the quality went down. To begin with, there were no holiday decorations coming down the long hall to check in for the buffet. Absolutely nothing conveyed the holidays. I believe last year there were 3 Christmas trees . Between all of us at the table, we tried several of the breads and all of them were dry and cold, as if they recently came out of the refrigerator. The prime rib was fair. The service was so slow picking up the plates, we had several stacked up on the corner of the table. There was a gentleman that played holiday music on an electronic piano keyboard. He was mediocre and dressed casually. The desserts were dry, except for one that had chocolate mousse. I was embarrassed taking my mother to celebrate Christmas at Riverside Hearth.

D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed all the well-prepared food on the buffet with a Thanksgiving overflowing bounty. The staff was quite attentive and the view of the Potomac was excellent.

LD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

Dinner was a buffet for $50+ and the meal consisted of hot dogs, well done burgers, cold friend chicken and a few other things. You have to go get you own drinks out in the hallway. Hard to get any service at all. Been there numerous times with a much better experience. Hard to believe this is a still considered a first-class hotel.

GJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

I would! The selection and variety of foods was very good. I was not 100% happy with the dessert options where variety was not as good. The service was outstanding and we will try to return soon.

s
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

We went for a father’s day brunch. We ordered bottomless mimosas but the waiter never came back to give us another one until we paid the check. Many things were empty on the brunch and the omelet and waffle bar only had one person working so wasn’t worth the wait. We may try it again when it’s not so busy. I think they were just not prepared for a crowd.

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

We went for Brunch on Father’s Day. There were no table clothes on the table which added to the noise level. You could not hold a conversation with your table mates.
The service was very poor. Not enough staff for the crowd or the brunch stations. Very disappointing. Will not go back.

GK
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Our server, Ashraf, was very good... and all the station servers were very friendly. Food prep was also good... nice location.

RP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I had our wedding reception at the Riverside Hearth in 2014 and haven’t been back since. Went for Mother’s Day brunch with my wife and mother in-law. We all had a wonderful time. The variety of food and desserts were great. Emily who was one of the managers checking in the parties was very accommodating and polite. Glad we went back.

OT
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

First of all we had to wait over30 minutes to get seated even though we had made the reservation in advance.

Second my child missed the egg hunt due to hostess giving us the wrong information. She told us there another egg hunt at 3 pm when the last one was at 2 pm. She should of sent us down for the egg hunt while we were waiting.

Food was okay. Nothing was outstanding.

They tried to charge us for drinks we didn’t order

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

Poorly managed Easter Brunch. Will not return or recommend to others.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Beautiful place to spend an entire day!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience4

We had a nice Easter brunch with our family. The service staff was outstanding, and the kids enjoyed the Easter Bunny and egg hunt.

T
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

While we had a good time and I would go again, I was disappointed and actually a little shocked at the buffet. First of all it has been years since I've been there. The buffet was less expensive but definitely a lot less food selection than when I was there before. We arrived about 1pm and there were only a few other guests dining. Which made me wonder about it... We have a member of our party who cannot do stairs. It took awhile to find the right elevator to get us there. We ended up coming in on the far side of the restaurant and had to walk across the restaurant. There was no one at the podium but someone came up pretty quickly, We had our choice of table and got started right away. The omelet/waffle station was great! Delicious and nice staff. While our server was good I also had to go find him a couple times, but only because it was so dead in there that he would walk around... There were several people standing around with nothing to do. Not a good thing. They should have been refreshing the food, or at least stirring it. Things has coagulated from no one touching it. Had to scrape off the "skin" that had developed on the gravy. Had to cut our own meat at the carving station with very greasy utensils. Someone showed up as we finished. The food was good but the appearance was a bit unappetizing with the "skin" on so many dishes. I would have enjoyed a bigger salad selection. Desserts were ok but I expected better from Lansdowne. I'm sure part of the problem is the lack of business, and perhaps the late hour as I usually go to brunch before noon. But still. It should look fresh from start to finish. I paid the same money that the 11am people paid. I really felt sorry for the staff though. Maybe they should change the hours on the buffet and switch to a la carte or figure out a way to get more business in. I do REALLY appreciate that the bottomless mimosas were extra. We don't drink, it's frustrating to pay for drinks at buffets that don't split out the cost.

JA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service, loved the omelette and bloody mary for brunch!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Upon arrival I was informed the restaurant was closed...

MB
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

New Year’s Eve Family Buffet and fireworks! Amazing!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

Wait staff completely inattentive. No side dishes in the buffet. A complete disappointment all around.

GC
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

For the price we paid, we certainly got our money's worth! The food was very good.

g
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

We were disappointed in our first visit. The place was not busy. The choice of food in the buffet is limited. The food seemed to have been on the line for a while because there was some discoloration and some crusting have formed. The roast beef was cold and the food on chafing dishes were getting over cooked. Our server was nice, but doubted us when we told him that my daughter was only 12. I have to show her ID so we can prove it. We didn't have any problem with paying the full price, but we didn't expect the reaction when we told our server that she's 12 years old.
For the price it charges and the selections it offers, it's not worth it. The view outside was nice. We drove all the way from Lorton just to try if this will be a new place we can go to during our day off. We all agreed it's not worth it. Good try though. 😕

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

I was very disappointed this year by the selection of food and the quality. Poor service, and it was very u organized. Definitely not worth the money you spend!! I tried 4 times to email them about the day and still no one has gotten back to me.
Sadly this was one of our favorite places to go!! They have always been amazing. 😢😢😢

j
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed going to Riverside Hearth for Thanksgiving brunch. My parents-in-law came to this country for the very first time last spring and this was their first-ever Thanksgiving in America. Besides our young son, we were accompanied by my wife's cousin and her husband who are newlyweds and making their first trip to Lansdowne. The selection of foods and spread out arrangement of the food stations was inspired. My family is Asian and was impressed by the Dim Sum choices at the buffet. Our son initially opted for the breakfast choices and for my wife's parents having sausage was like having (in appearance) longganisa, which is Philippine sausage. They were quite amazed when they got up to select the seafood choices and were quite enchanted overall by the surrounding. I was able to point out Sugarloaf Mountain in Maryland in the distance from the dining room where we've climbed before. This was an excellent choice for the day and occasion and I would heartily recommend it.

GL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Couldn't see the limited view for the drapes even though we were sitting at a window table; only one ramp in entire dining area for handicap access; the only tables on the same level as the food were for large groups only; staff were unaware of location of elevator; the only elevator found was a freight elevator, unmarked on either level so I think it was not supposed to be for guests; wait staff were pleasant, attentive and very helpful - the only bright spot in our experience; brunch food was standard fare, no signature dishes and not kept cold/hot very effectively (in the 20 seconds it took to return to my table, the prime rib was already cold); the whole resort was terribly understaffed, including the restaurant.

WP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

We had reservations and the restaurant was not crowded but we had to wait almost 10 minutes while they cleaned of a table for us to sit at. After we sat down, we waited another 10 minutes before our waiter came to take our drink order. It kind of made for a sub par experience. I expected more from the service. The food was good.

OT
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

Way over priced brunch buffet. Waiter service was non existent. Took forever to order juice and coffee. When spending this much you expect a better level of service. Ordered a mimosa to find that it was an extra charge on top of the $36 per person brunch. When bill came an 18% gratuity was already added. I did not want to leave any tip I would never pay to eat that way over priced brunch with no service.

A
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

Went there for brunch and the quality did not match the price point. The price was too expensive for the quality of food. Eggs were made from powder, mac n cheese was bland and a step less than Kraft. Meats were tender but bland. I've had better food at golden Corral . The smoked salmon, waffles and mashed potatoes were great. Staff was exceptional and polite. I will continue to go to founding farmers if I'm going to drive out of my way for a good brunch.

JP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Went for Mothers-day brunch. Disappointed at the lack of service and not worth the money.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2018
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Poor food selection. Not worth the price. Food that they had was good though. Left hungry.

CM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

The food was lackluster, certainly not worth the price per person. Was surprised that they included the gratuity for 4 people, was glad that I saw that on the bill before I added another tip. The view was very nice, though.

AB
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2018
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

The Hostess was lovely....not so much the waiter (very slow and charged for 18%gratuity for table of 4). Food was extremely disappointing as well.....past experience years ago was a totally different experience.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Breakfast buffet was below average for price

t
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2018
Overall3Food1Service5Ambience5

The food selection was less than expected for the breakfast at the resort.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2017
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

It was very busy but the staff was very responsive to our needs and requests. Food was terrific

h
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2017
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Very good, except my 6 year old kids were charged for the buffet

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2017
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

The food and service were good but way overpriced. Too expensive.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2017
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The Mothers Day Brunch was incredible with live music, fantastic service and a huge selection of dishes to choose from.

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