Cuisine Critiques: Sweetwater Tavern


This western-inspired gem is one of the many Great American Restaurants, with locations in Centreville, Sterling and Merrifield.

The rustic decor of the place gives it charm and makes you feel as if you are in an old western movie. Its lofty ceilings and large dining space make it the perfect place to go with a larger group.  It also has a bar with TVs to watch sports games with friends in the middle of the tavern. It offers the same fantastic selection of dishes as Annandale’s favorite Silverado’s, including the delectable aussie rolls.

From the sizzling fajitas to the jambalaya pasta, the entree menu is a diverse collection of mouth watering dishes that will leave you wanting seconds. Since we are returning customers, we know the menu pretty well so we went ahead and ordered the Hot Spinach, Parmesan and Artichoke Dip as my appetizer and the Short Smoked Grilled Salmon Salad as my entree.

Like always, after tasting the dip, we couldn’t put the chips down. The cheesy dip with just a touch of garlic is the perfect combination of flavors to start off your meal.

Then came the salad. The vinaigrette was a nice, light alternative to follow the heavier dip we had for the appetizer. The fresh fruit and vegetables along with the perfectly cooked smokey salmon was absolutely decadent.

But remember to leave a little space because the desserts are just as good. The warm flourless chocolate waffle with vanilla ice cream is a must-order and is worth every single calorie. Luckily, if you aren’t a chocolate person, the Deep Dish Apple Pecan Pie is just as delightful.

In addition to the unique, country atmosphere and the brilliant menu, the  prices are reasonable as well. Many of the entrees are in the $10-20 range and will not leave a hole in your pocket.

The service was pretty fast as well, but there is almost always a wait, no matter what day of the week, so you must call ahead. Unfortunately, sound travels very fast in the restaurant and it can get noisy. We don’t recommend going here if you are looking for a quiet, secluded evening.