About Pienza - Gaylord National Harbor
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
I thought Pienza served brunch, so when ...
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, s ...
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 ...
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.
Our waitress was AMAZING! I wish I could ...
Our waitress was AMAZING! I wish I could remember her name, but she was fabulous. Her name badge said Ethiopia under her name.
The food was phenomenal too! Such a great selection and everything was fresh tasting.
Stayed at hotel for the Ice displayed an ...
Stayed at hotel for the Ice displayed and picked your restaurant for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning. Wonderful food, terrific staff and very friendly. Clean both at the table area and buffet areas. Great experience
We were there for the breakfast buffet o ...
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. ...
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.
Incredibly overpriced. A friend and I ha ...
Incredibly overpriced. A friend and I had breakfast (only option is buffet and this is the only option for breakfast in the Gaylord) Spent well over $50 - we had one barely filled plate, each. Can absolutely not believe this!
Unique twist on buffet dining with three ...
Unique twist on buffet dining with three varieties of breakfast to match your own expectations for the most important meal of the day. Above average service keeps your coffee hot. Would definitely dine here again.
My husband and went there for breakfast ...
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.
Breakfast buffet was always fresh and hot
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!!
A great disappointment for Mothers Day
Pienza was one of my favorite places to dine on Sunday and special occasions. Ever since it changed over to the new owner the food has been terrible. I took my Mother there for Mothers Day thinking it would be great. To my surprise it was not. It was very over priced for the food to be cold and limited selections. My Mother only eats Salmon and that was not on the menu. It has always been on the menu the several times we have dined there. The manager was very nice about helping and making sure the food was replenished. The staff / hostess was excellent as always. I had guest that wanted to join us and they saw the buffet and noticed it was not presentable and they left and went to another restaurant in the Gaylord. My Mom was very unhappy to have had a terrible meal for Mothers Day. I am sorry but they have lost two very loyal patrons.
Mother's Day Brunch
Extremely overpriced. The brunch menu was reduced to an over priced Bob Evans with cute desserts. My family had enjoyed many Mother's and Father's Day brunches there but not again. We will take our wallets to another restaurant where our patronage will be valued.
Good food, poor value!
No one can eat $60 worth of food at a buffet! That said the food selection at the Pienza Easter buffet was certainly sufficient, but worth a $35.00 price.
Oh, and no lamb chops or lamb shoulder to be seen on Easter. At these prices????
Go at your own risk.
But, the Bloody Mary was free. Were I not driving I might have had three or four to make up for the price.
Brunch: It just continues to slide downhill
For the "premier resort hotel" in National Harbor, and for the price you pay for these special brunches, you would expect everything to be above and beyond. However, the last two times I've taken my family for a special outing to do brunch at Pienza I'm left amazed at their lack of spit and polish, seen across so many issues. The maitre d' not being at his station as guests arrive, and not knowing how to greet guests properly, courteously, and with a smile, and perhaps wearing a better-fitting suit. The continual degradation in food quality and overall service provided, including wait staff which is not waiting (or waiting on too many tables to be effective), to short-order cooks who also need some "101 training" in providing service at an organization that pretends to be high-quality; they're not flipping burgers at McDonald's, folks, but that's the feel you get. Even the roving singers getting a bit sloppy and having loud conversations of who's on first, what's on second... In short, this all seems to point to poor management and leadership at the Pienza brunches, and for the price they charge, particularly for special dates (Easter, in this case), the draw that used to exist is now, for me, wholly gone, and I just don't see the need to return. It takes too long to drive there anyway, and I can get better quality at the same or lower cost at other places.
Attended a recent cheer competition and ...
Attended a recent cheer competition and needed to stay in the hotel to eat. Price was reasonable 19.99 for adults 12.95 for kids.
Not what I expected of a buffet though. No real salad and there was a cold cut and bread section. The hot entrees were limited and they really only had pizza for the kids. Dessert was the only good part.
The wait staff was very attentive with refills and clearing dishes
Good, but overpriced.
I realize that the Gaylord has a captive audience for the most part (made of convention-goers), but the price for the buffet breakfast was a little hard to swallow (pun intended). If we hadn't had a $100 credit due to the room type we booked, we'd have found somewhere else to get breakfast. It was, however, very good, if basic, breakfast food. The service, however, was completely top-notch. The servers were attentive, friendly, and really made eating there a pleasant experience.
I absolutely enjoyed it! Food was awesome, wish I would've gotten there a little earlier! However food and service was still exceptional! My kids and family also really enjoyed it I would absolutely go again this time without my children! I also wouldn't mind having an event there!
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