Riverside Hearth - Lansdowne Resort
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.
Great food and service, loved the omelette and bloody mary for brunch!
Upon arrival I was informed the restaurant was closed...
New Year’s Eve Family Buffet and fireworks! Amazing!
Wait staff completely inattentive. No side dishes in the buffet. A complete disappointment all around.
For the price we paid, we certainly got our money's worth! The food was very good.
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. 😕
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. 😢😢😢
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Went for Mothers-day brunch. Disappointed at the lack of service and not worth the money.
Poor food selection. Not worth the price. Food that they had was good though. Left hungry.
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.
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.
Breakfast buffet was below average for price
The food selection was less than expected for the breakfast at the resort.
It was very busy but the staff was very responsive to our needs and requests. Food was terrific
Very good, except my 6 year old kids were charged for the buffet
The food and service were good but way overpriced. Too expensive.
The Mothers Day Brunch was incredible with live music, fantastic service and a huge selection of dishes to choose from.
Terrible. Just terrible. I never leave reviews but this was an absolute joke. First, the materdee was also the bus boy, clearing tables and preparing for the next guests. Second, I had to pour my own coffee and OJ for the kids. Third, food was terrible. Cheap eggs, over cooked bacon and just bad tasting sausage. The buffet was awful. Paying $28 per plate was way over prices for the quality of food. I would discourage anyone from eating at this restaurant.
Went there for Mother's Day. The website did not say buffet only, but that is what we were told at the door. It seemed ok at the time but got a lot more crowded after we were seated. The food was fair at best (is that all that $22/person + tax + tip will get you?). The staff was overwhelmed and we waited just to get some water, finally went to pour some myself from the tray of pitchers when the host took it from me, not pleased, and poured water for us. The overall experience wasn't hideous, but not a good value-no need to go back.
This experience was abysmal at best. I brought my family and my friend to an Easter brunch that consisted of food not qualified to be served as complementary at a low class hotel. The French toast was cold and dry and was kept under heat lamps. The bacon was chewy, and the pastries were ice cold. There were boxed cereals and the fruit was limited. The only redeeming quality was that the omelette was freshly made. However, we had a good five minute wait for someone to bring eggs out to this remote location, and although there were only two of us standing there waiting, mine and my friend's omelettes were switched.I got my friend's omelette and she got mine by mistake.
Many years ago when I came to this establishment for Easter brunch yearly, it was a fantastic affair. It was actually held in the Riverside hearth, and there was an omelette station, hot food bar, a salad bar, crab legs, all you could eat steamed shrimp, etc. This time, when I arrived, I entered the Riverside hearth, and spent five minutes looking around for someone who could help me. What I discovered was that there was a Passover event being held there. So my search for where my brunch was being held began. It took another 10 minutes for me to find the location, only to be disappointed by what was being served. And to top it all off, I was charged for three adults and two children, when in fact there were two adults and three children. Given my experience thus far, I didn't think there was any hope in getting someone to correct the bill, which came to more than $100!!! I would not recommend this place to anyone ever, nor do I ever intend to return for any reason. Worst Easter ever! Thanks Lansdowne. 😡
Christmas Day Brunch
Food was mixed; some of the buffet food was cold off the buffet and some tasteless. The VA eggs benedict were stone cold, and the ricotta stuffed French toast was bland. There were a number of other dishes that just didn't measure up from a flavor perspective. Some bright spots. The garlic mashed potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes were excellent. The plum pudding was good as well.
Service was less than great and given that an 18% gratuity was built into the price, I would have expected my coffee to be refilled without having to flag someone down. Overall, it was way overpriced for the food quality and service (although kudos to the staff for friendliness!).
Our seating was at 2 and it wasn't overcrowded, so I don't believe the issues were related to too many people.
We will not be back.
Experience for breakfast buffet on XMAS eve not the best - cold food on buffet , ran out of items, etc. would certainly give them another chance as I would say this was an off day for them. Server outstanding - he tries his best to make up for food issues.
A bit over priced in my opinion for what you receive. But the waiter was willing to bring us a side of strawberries even though it wasn't listed on the menu.
The food was underwhelming however the dessert was great. Missed Sunday brunch because they stop serving at 1030am...the lunch buffet was very limited and did not live up to a five star resort .
We always come here for brunch. The menu is just breakfast now but food is overall very good.
My husband booked a table for our family for Valentines Day brunch. The booking was not necessary as there was only one other table with guests. The service was prompt and the buffet
ready. The food choice was pathetic to say the least. For a hot buffet there was only one meat dish, mashed potatoes, green beans and bread rolls. The salad buffet was slightly better with only three more choices. The quality , flavor and presentation of the food was poor and certainly not worth the price charged. The dessert buffet, usually a highlight at resorts, was also poor. A chocolate olive oil tart that was bland, a bread pudding also bland and rock hard, and a liquid pudding served in a small plastic cup. The only minor saving grace was homemade vanilla ice cream. Such a disappointment. My children, well traveled with adventurous taste buds, didn't even have the standard American kids food ( pizza or chicken nuggets and fries) to choose from. Would we dine here again? No. It is such as shame as this resort is two minutes from our home and we do love Sunday brunch. Come on Lansdowne Resort, you should be able to do much, much better than this. Give us somewhere nice for brunch and I am sure, if done well, there will not be only two tables filled but only two tables empty.
The food was not impressive for the price we paid. There was nothing to rave about and when we got the bill we were like really the food is better at Cracker Barrel
Our experience was a major disappointment. The food was so-so and the service was almost nonexistent. It was just my wife and I and we had no idea how much it was going to cost. We really did not care as we were just looking for a nice relaxing meal with good food. If spending a lot of time trying to hunt down someone to refill your water glass is your idea of relaxing, this is the place for you! There are many better places to eat on a Sunday afternoon and most of them are much less expensive and provide better qualify food.
The Mother's day brunch was fantastic. At first I thought it was a bit pricey, but then I saw the menu. After arriving, I knew the brunch was well worth the price. Service was great...large room so it was relatively quiet, even with many children there with their moms. Food was amazing and the variety even more so.
Do not miss a special event brunch here...it is first class!
Can't believe I made reservations for a cobbled together cold buffet
Nice weekend brunch buffet. The made to order omelets were very good. Friendly service.
Brunch at Riverside Hearth- Lansdowne Resort has a wonderful array of delicious salads, veggies, fruits, main dishes, and desserts. This, combined with an attentive and friendly wait staff, and a beautiful view of rolling golf greens and the distant Shenandoah Mountains, makes it a winner!
It was very disappointing. We expected an upscale buffet with many choices. Instead, it was a BBQ theme with very limited selection.
Went with DH for Father's Day brunch. Our reservation was for 2 pm and we showed up on time and was seated quickly. Restaurant was pretty empty by this time. We were sat by window with view of golf course. Food was very good and there were a lot of options. Only downside was that brunch was supposed to end at 3pm but they started breaking down the stations at 2:30. Also they automatically added 18% gratuity to my tab which was only a party of two. Would go to again in any case.