Dining at MGM National Harbor
We were recently hosted for a weekend at MGM National Harbor, and there was so much to see that we split our coverage into two different articles. Our first feature focused mostly on the hotel and staying at the property, while this feature focuses on our dining experience.
Below we’ve highlighted four places we dined at during our stay, but it’s important to note that there are 15 options at MGM National Harbor, so there is even more that we did not get to experience. Most notable among them are Fish by José Andrés, which celebrates the best of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, and Marcus, the first standalone restaurant from Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson.
Join us now as we go on a culinary tour of MGM National Harbor…
Most gaming resorts tend to have a food court, and at MGM National Harbor they kick that concept up a few notches with National Market. It boasts nine unique venues, offering an open floor plan with both indoor and outdoor seating. During our visit we tried a slice of pizza from ZiZi’s Pizza, some chicken wings from Honey’s Fried Chicken & Donuts, a crab cake from Pappas Crabcakes, and a flight of local beers from George Washington Beer & Wine (GWBW). We greatly enjoyed them all, and really appreciated that guests could each choose their own cuisine, but yet sit together in the market.
This is definitely an upscale casual dining experience though, so don’t expect to pay fast food prices. The other restaurants at National Market include Amo Los Tacos, Bento, District Deli, Fr3sh, S’Cream, and Shake Shack. We highly recommend the Market if you’re looking for a quick place to grab lunch at MGM National Harbor.
Tap Sports Bar
Next up on our culinary tour of MGM National Harbor is Tap Sports Bar. This offering is actually owned by MGM, and is similar to the location in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. We loved the comfortable manly vibe of this joint, and enjoyed our outdoor seating on the Potomac Plaza. Tap seems like the perfect place to relax, have a drink, and watch the game. In addition to the outdoor bar, they even have some games available for patrons. We enjoyed a quick game of corn-hole after our meal.
Our brunch was absolutely amazing, as you can see from the photos above. We even ordered dessert to celebrate National Cheesecake Day. This is definitely someplace we would visit again, and we can’t wait to return on game day and try so many other items on the menu.
Ginger is the Asian restaurant at MGM National Harbor, with authentic Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese dishes on their extensive menu. We’re not typically very adventurous when it comes to ordering Asian cuisine, but they have absolutely everything here and can satisfy any taste. An indoor patio overlooks the conservatory, or alternatively you can be seated inside the open-kitchen restaurant dining room.
Ginger sits right in the sweet spot of quality and value for our tastes, and for that reason it has become our favorite restaurant at MGM National Harbor after two visits. Whether for lunch or dinner, Ginger is an experience that you will certainly enjoy.
Voltaggio Brothers Steakhouse
Finally we come to the fine-dining offering, Voltagio Brothers Steakhouse. We first got to know Bryan and Michael Voltaggio on Bravo’s Emmy-winning season of Top Chef. The brothers were born and raised in Maryland, and this is the first time that they have joined forces to create a restaurant together. It is also the first time we’ve experienced their food, after watching them on Top Chef so many years ago. The lighting on these photos isn’t the best, due to our desire not to bother the other guests, but we think you’ll agree that our tasting menu dinner was amazing.
The nostalgic design details and contemporary furnishings of the restaurant are inspired by the Voltaggio brothers’ childhood home in Maryland. With playful riffs on classic steakhouse fare, the dishes too draw inspiration from their home state and family. Everything was as decadent and delicious as it looks, and we definitely look forward to our next visit. Voltaggio Brothers is a special dining experience that you will never forget.
Staying at MGM National Harbor
Please see our accompanying feature, Staying at MGM National Harbor, for a detailed look at what to expect when you visit for more than a meal.
Additionally, Philip has served as Rally Director for the Washington Automotive Press Association, Speaker at IMPAcon and Blogs with Balls, Chairman of the Relay For Life of North Anne Arundel County, Examiner Team Leader for the Maryland Performance Excellence Awards, and Credentialed Founder of Capitals Outsider.