About Pienza - Gaylord National Harbor
National Harbor, MD 20745
Fresh is the focus of Pienza Marketplace. Drawing inspiration from the lush garden atrium in Gaylord National, Pienza Marketplace offers fresh local ingredients to create delicious made-from-scratch culinary offerings. Inspired by the Mid-Atlantic region, Pienza’s resort chefs partner with local and regional farmers and artisanal producers to select the best seasonal products to be featured in its signature dishes. With an open design, diners can watch food being prepared firsthand in the restaurant’s show kitchen. Focusing on small batch cooking, dishes are prepared and served at their peak freshness.
Whether it is a quick bite for breakfast, a business lunch or a family celebration, Pienza’s ever-changing menu offers a variety of fresh local options. The STARS (employees) at Pienza are warm and welcoming to leisure and group guests alike.
American, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Daily: 6:30am - 10:30am; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Self parking - Complimentary Parking voucher offered for the first three hours. Valet parking is available at $10.00 for the first three hours with validation.
Alexandria Water Taxi
Beer, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
Pienza - Gaylord National Harbor Ratings and Reviews
We were deeply disappointed to find over 50% of the buffett empty. No option here other than the $24.99 per person buffet. Raw scrambled eggs, no bacon, and so many empty platters you had to walk back and forth to find food worth eating. Our wait staff was fine, but the kitchen area lacked working staff. Several staff observed loafing and one cook struggled to keep up with omelette line. We looked forward to a wonderful brunch like we had at the Gaylord in Texas last year. We will be returning to National Harbor in the future, but will avoid going back to the Gaylord! Poorly run restaurant!!!
This was my families second visit to this place for brunch. Half the food stations were closed from the last time we were there. When we sat down we noticed that the cups on the table had spots on them; not thoroughly cleaned. Server started to pour coffee without asking us if we want coffee, which we didn't we drink tea. The omelet station was probably the best thing they had, but of course you had to wait. To be fair we had to wait the last time as well, but there were other selections on our first visit. Besides the omelet station, the waffle station was also open, but it was slow. That was pretty much it, omelets and waffles was pretty much it. They couldn't even both to keep the pastries full.
It appears they put on a show for Mothers Day, which is when I believe we made our first visit. I would give our first experience a B+. This second visit warrants a D-.
The food was great, brunch catering staff was great but our waitress was horrible not at all attentive nor polite. She did not bring drinks until asked four times. Then after we finishing up our meal she kept taking the plates without asking were we done while guest in my party was still sitting there eating out if their plate. Very rude...
The food was hot and there was a small selection. It was a nice environment with excellent and friendly service.
They offered hot food, drive food (bagels, cereal etc). Overall good time, good food and highly recommend for couples and families of all ages.
I rarely write a negative review of a restaurant, but I could not let this one by. We had been wanting to go see all the exciting places at National Harbor. It was Christmas day and we thought we would step out of our normal holiday meal at another restaurant and give National Harbor's Pienza a try. The hotel itself is absolutely beautiful. The place was wonderfully decorated for the holiday season. It was quite festive. When we arrived at Pienza, we noticed there were a lot of empty tables, and this was Christmas day. We had reservations, and were taken to a table right in the line of carts full of nasty dirty dishes being pushed by us. When I asked for a Coke, the waiter asked if I was ok with a Pepsi instead. That was the first strike against the restaurant. I ordered orange juice instead, and it was not fresh squeezed like I would have appreciated. We were told to go ahead to the buffet area and get whatever we wanted to eat. The buffet was not appetizing at all. The first thing that I saw was cubed carrots and peas, institutional school lunch style. Then, we went to the seafood station, only to find previously frozen shrimp. If you have ever tasted fresh shrimp, you will always be able to distinguish between fresh vs frozen. The advertisement for the Christmas buffet highlighted king crab legs, and they were nowhere to be found. For $69 per person, we were basically served a school lunch. It was quite disappointing. While I did not expect white tablecloth service for that price, I did expect a decent holiday meal. We won't be back.
We had a reservation for 2pm on Christmas Day and were seated promptly. The food was excellent. We had only coffee and water. Our bill was astronomical. With tip, we paid $170!!!!!! I admit I didn't scrutinize the bill. When we got back to the room, it hit me: $170.00 for dinner!!!!!! No drinks..just dinner. Our tip was 25%....even still, $170 FOR DINNER!!!
We arrived at 11:50 am for a 12pm reservation and did not expect to wait on a line of approx 25 people. Once seated, we were informed that mimosas were not included in the price of the meal. At $63 pp that was ridiculous! The presentation of the food was very nice. The wait for waffles was too long...10 minutes! The turkey was dry. The ham was cold, the chestnut stuffing was like heavy glue paste, the salmon was good, the white chocolate creme brulee delish! The music trio was very nice.
A buffet dinner with a plentiful array of choices - nothing really special, but on a Holiday weekend, the night before Christmas - it was just fine. From our dining area, we were able to see part of the Gaylord Christmas show and that was special.
Word of warning - we tried the breakfast buffet the next day and without an Open Table reservation, we had a very long (and annoying) wait for our table of six. I also felt the breakfast buffet was way over-priced.
The wait staff was very helpful and accommodating at both meals.
It has a nice set up but extremely over priced for what they serve. Continental buffet breakfast (cereal, yogurt, bagel, etc) is $18.99/person, to add an omelet is $21.99/person and to add fruit is $24.99/person. Me, my husband and son ate one plate (crowded and it took forever to make an omelet) and breakfast alone cost us $78.00 (plus tip). This is absurd for a family with a budget but you have no choice when staying at the Gaylord because this is the only breakfast place they have. Overall, it is a nice atmosphere to be in the center of the atrium but the price is not worth it.
Our Anual Christmas Brunch Celebration at Pienza was very disappointing this year. Learned upon arrival that the Brunch was discontinued, the massive buffet options were reduced to two Omlette Stations and very little else. The desert station (which has always been a personal favorite was gone, the Mimosas were $8 EACH and the staff seemed absolutely miserable. We will not be back next year! Wonder what the MGM has to offer?
I thought Pienza served brunch, so when I found out they did not, that was a fail. I wanted to have brunch for my husband's birthday. Our reservations were for 11:30 a.m., so not having breakfast food on a Sunday in the DMV, seemed strange.
The staff was wonderful and helpful although, the hostess did not let my father-in-law know that we were already seated and he sat outside the restaurant for about 10-15 min before asking again if we were dining. The food was bland and only okay. And kind of random...Make your own sandwiches, pork, cubed chicken (that was horrible) and salad/soup.
My husband was able to get breakfast because on the other side of the kitchen they were serving omelets and other breakfast food. So he was happy.
I think the Gaylord should serve brunch, especially on Sundays. Such a disappointment.
2 choices for lunch: buffet with soup, sandwiches, salad and dessert, or a larger buffet also including hot plates. The bread was fresh, and the soup excellent. The salad could have had more veggie options. The deli meats were salami, roast beef and pastrami- it would have been good to include chicken or turkey. Pleased with the quality of the food.
The staff was not so helpful. they were still adding items to the buffet, even though they had opened 20 minutes earlier for lunch. No-one seemed to know what else might be brought out, nor did they want to help. I saw some people leave, because they did not realize there were 2 buffet options (they left elsewhere to eat).
Thanksgiving brunch had a wide range of choices. Overall the food was goid, though some of the hot dishes were too cool for my preference.
Our server was excellent. One notable and huge issue was that after my sons left the table I stayed behind to have a second cup of coffee. The bussing staff descended upon my table like a flock of vultures. They cleared all the plates, removed the place mats and one of them started wiping down the table. They brought new glassware and silverware while I was sitting there. I told them several times I was finishing my coffee while they continued to clean the table.
The restaurant was at no more than 40% capacity . Ruined an otherwise pleasant dinner.
We were there for the breakfast buffet on Sunday, the 20th. There was a character breakfast going on too and my niece got to take pictures with Snoopy and the Gang. She was enthralled! All the food options were very good and the breads were fantastic. If we were in the area of Gaylord National in National Harbor, we would definitely eat there again!
Staying in hotel and wanted breakfast. Hostess asked if it was our first time. When we responded yes she patiently explained our three options as she walked us to each breakfast bar area to view their offerings. After she was sure we understood how it worked she offered us a lovely table by the walkway in the garden area of the hotel. Gorgeous scenery for good food. Everything we chose was hot as it should be or cold as expected. Our server checked with us on a regular basis and kept our coffees full without being annoying or "hovering"! The atmosphere and friendliness of the staff made this a very enjoyable experience. Food was good, even though a bit pricey.
My husband and went there for breakfast on a Sunday morning with our 2 and 13 year old kids. We had the full buffet. Everything was excellent especially the waffles and shrimp and grits. My husband does not eat pork so the chef offered to make some turkey bacon that she had in the freezer. She even brought it to our table. With the breakfast options being limited in National Harbor, this was the best option and there was great service.
We had 16 family members of all age groups dining for breakfast and we all ordered the buffet. They offer bacon, sausage, potato wedges, assorted cereals, oatmeal and grits but the omelette station, freshly made Belgian waffles, and blueberry pancakes were our fave. The fruit station and cereal bar have a great variety. Nothing that I didn't like!! Yummmm!!
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