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Sweetwater Tavern & Brewery

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26 Ratings
Ratings: 26
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 7.44%
Active Beers: 16
Beer Ratings: 67
Beer Avg: 3.79
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Eatery ]

3066 Gatehouse Plaza
Merrifield, Virginia, 22042
United States
phone: (703) 645-8100

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Photo of bigred89


4/5  rDev +2.6%

08-24-2014 15:34:43 | More by bigred89
Photo of Guden


3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

08-03-2014 23:33:51 | More by Guden
Photo of cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.71/5  rDev -4.9%

The Merrifield location has a decent bar area, but can get quite crowded. It is also fairly loud in the place. The clientele are middle-class professional for the most part, and it fits as a decent HH place, sans specials.

The other reason to come is that it is a fine restaurant, offering well-cooked meals that are more of the reason I come than their beers. The beers are generally well-made but are on the safe side, in style, flavor, and ABV. Overall, they have a selection of about 30 rotating beers, but only 5 at a time (and 2 are mainstays). They also offer mixed drinks and some standard non-craft bottles. The limited options at any one time is the reason for the low selection rating (would be lower save for the broader portfolio).

The service is generally very friendly. The place does get quite busy, and service speed sometimes slips because of this, but overall I am pleased on almost every occasion.

07-25-2014 20:59:42 | More by cjgiant
Photo of countrybat


3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

05-20-2014 20:44:23 | More by countrybat
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4.21/5  rDev +7.9%

Over in the Fairfax/Vienna area and damn near close to where the hospital where my dog died. RIP: Gordon... 2012

Atmosphere: Located in a nice strip mall/restaurant district, with a nice outdoor patio and amazing atmosphere to boot.

Service: First of all, the service here is IMMACULATE! My wife and I both have a friend who used to work for "Great American Restaurants" who shudders in terror about the prospect of working there again based on their Draconian employee standards. The hell my friends, I personally LOVE those standards!

Selection: In terms of beer, they pretty much have all the popular styles, all done decently, with the occasion gem in there as well.

Food: OMG! The wife and I are a huge fan of this restaurant company and we'll continue to give them business as long as they keep churning out the gems. The salads and flourless chocolate waffle is to die for!

Value: If you're used to McDonalds, then this is an upscale place and those places have higher asking prices for their food. Trust me: The food is worth it.

02-20-2013 08:30:35 | More by Chaney
Photo of jayhawk73


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

Sweetwater Tavern in Merrifield is a huge rectangle w/ a bar in the middle. It can get loud and crazy w/ a long wait on the weekend. The beers range anywhere from mediocre to pretty good. Service is hit or miss based on who your server is. I've had both good and bad service in my visits there. The food is fairly outstanding.. in fact, that's probably the highlight of Sweetwater. Everything I've had has been outstanding. Prices are fairly reasonable as well. Sweetwater is a good place in N. Virginia, and recommended to stop by if your in the area.

07-31-2011 21:37:00 | More by jayhawk73
Photo of ICCULIS


3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

The is the OG of the 3 area Sweetwater brewery/restaurants in VA. This was my local haunt for many years and I recently went back while on a trip to see the family.

Big space with dining indoors and outdoors. Beers are better than average and always fresh. I do really enjoy the style growler they use - ceramic cap w/ rubber stopper. Very quality!

I would say that the food outshines the brews simply for the fact that everything the kitchen turns out is outstanding. I've tried it all and love the food. It can get very crowded on the Thur/Fri/Sat early evening but nothing out of hand.

I really enjoy it here and look forward to a return visit!

07-15-2011 13:27:26 | More by ICCULIS
Photo of CuriousMonk


3.73/5  rDev -4.4%

This is situated in merrifield right of Rt. 50. I come here whenever I am in the area (and when hungry). This place is very large, modern, and chic yet gives you an all-american feel. 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. There is no outside seating here. In summary its not a cheap place to eat and drink, but its also not going to break the bank. Overall, good in all categories.

02-24-2011 19:12:17 | More by CuriousMonk
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3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

Located just outside of the innner loop (I-495). I've been to the other two locations, and this one is a carbon copy. Tons of room, with lots of benches available. In the middle of the place there is a large bar, where apparently smoking is available because something lit up a ciggy.

The selection, like at any other location, is usually 5-6 beers. They always range average to good, but never excelllent. The food is good, and they have just about any type of American food you want.

The service was attentative. I got the wrong food delivered and they fixed it right way. In fact, it was so fast I'm sure they gave me someone elses's order of chicken tenders and just game them their food later. Oh well, that's exactly what I would have done!

The place gets noisy during peak hours. But it's good food and okay beer, and a good family place. Recommended.

08-03-2009 02:25:13 | More by BeerSox
Photo of blackie


3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

atmosphere: well hashed out already, very spacey with a primarily wooden interior, pretty crowded and quite loud on a Saturday night, short wait for the deck, which was quite nice and raised above the level of the parking lot

quality: the beer was okay, generally average and unimpressive but with nothing off, the Chipotle Porter carries a misleading name, as I got no or very little peppery smoke or heat, the Great American Pale was also a decent beer but no different than the hundreds of standard pales out there

service: service was excellent, but the beer knowledge was untested

selection: 5 taps on for my visit, a pale, hefe, pale wheat, chipotle porter, and perhaps a lager or some other standard selection...the menu lists all the beers produced by this brewery, and some look interestingly enough, but the chalkboard was quite tame on my visit, though I do like that they list when each beer was tapped

food: I had the crab fritters appetizer (very good) and the roasted chicken salad (good)

07-29-2008 02:02:49 | More by blackie
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Sweetwater Tavern & Brewery in Merrifield, VA
88 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.