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Calvert House Inn
Cuisines: European, Seafood
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 4 March 2014

Calvert House no longer is in business. You will have to go to another restaurant and I would recommend going into the new district where Busboys and Poets is. For similar food to the Calvert House hummmm....

4  Thank esopus35
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

We have dined periodically over the past 25 years at The Calvert House in Riverdale, Maryland. The restaurant has barely changed except for downsizing. In fact, the interior has worsened over time. The decade's old carpet/rugs are worn and dirty. The upholstery on the booth seats is very worn and springs are broken. There is no window dressing (curtains) and the afternoon sun beats in and heats up the restaurant during warmer weather. Air-conditioning is almost nonexistent. You sit there and swelter while the ice cubes in your beverages melt away causing condensation (running water) all over the table. There are no tablecloths. The piped-in music (8-track) has also not changed in several decades. How many times can you listen to Frank Sinatra sing the same songs? There is one song played repeatedly for decades. "I'm an old cowhand on the Rio Grande, Yippie-yi-yo-ki-yay." We are totally sick of hearing that same song. I might add that only the bar-side is open lunch/dinner. There are only around six booths. Several 4-person tables are placed in the center of this small restaurant area. One long booth sits against the far-side wall with small tables placed in front several inches apart. Therefore, you are forced to sit shoulder to shoulder with other restaurant patrons making for an uncomfortable dining experience. There is no decorum to speak of at The Calvert House. The place is dirty, dingy and musky. I have never used the ladies room for fear of what I might find inside. I have heard some of the restaurant help talk about dirty kitchen conditions. The restaurant is adjacent to an animal hospital. You can hear the dogs barking when you access the back entrance (the only one open). Not very palatable. The food leaves much to be desired to say the least. Recently, I ordered a shrimp dish in which the menu described as "Jumbo Shrimp." The shrimp in my dish were more like bait I'd use to go fishing (the size of the tip of your index finger). It was an insult. One thing we do like is the Calcumento salad. The prices are high for what little food you get and considering the low quality, not worth the money. We only go there for convenience and out of desperation, as the restaurant is close to our home and the area is heavily congested. The service is generally good (hit and miss). However, the owner, Fereydoun, is a snob. Don't expect him to greet you when you arrive even though he's standing nearby. He'll let you stand waiting to be seated until one of the servers are available. I saw him do this last night. I couldn't believe he wouldn't seat these two senior citizen women. He just let them stand there helplessly waiting to be seated. Rude! My suggestion would be to save your money and dine at another restaurant with good, affordable food, decent portions, a clean environment and some ambiance. Parking is also very challenging in the small back lot crumbling to pieces and by a smelly dumpster. You also won't have to listen to "Yippie-yi-yo-ki-yay."

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Thank EarthyBarbara
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Reviewed 11 October 2013

The food was good, not enough calamari for the price, but they were delicious. Very convenient location for seafood, since we live in the area. Atmosphere is okay and service was great.

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Thank MsTuba47
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Reviewed 27 June 2013

Calvert House Inn has been in Riverdale Park for at least 50 years. I attended political dinners there, and do recall the crab cakes were good. However, 20 years later my husband and I were looking for someplace different one Saturday evening when we drove by CHI. I, too, thought it was closed. But, we drove around back and went in. It was about 7:00 pm. Just a couple of parties, but we thought it would be nice and quiet. WELL, shortly after we ordered wine [pleasant wine list - moderately priced] and appetizers [Maryland crab soup for me - delicious and full of veggies and crabmeat - crab stuffed mushroom caps for my husband - he ate them with gusto], this lovely lady sat down at the old upright piano and suddenly this quiet forgotten restaurant turned into Riverdale Park's version of "Cheers". She played what I call a honky-tonk Broadway style, and all from memory. People started singing along and soon I was too! I can't tell you how much fun we were having when our dinners came. I can't remember my entree, but my husband had the broiled lobster tail and a crab cake. Again, he said they were very good. There are always two specials as well as the regular menu. The cole slaw is creamy and sweet/tangy, as it should be! The stuffed shrimp are moist and full of crab. We have yet to be disappointed with any dish we've ordered. The piano player, Sheila, is delightful and, as we have since found out, has played for many years with bands and orchestras. She is a treasure. There is a 'tip jar' that we often visit twice during a visit! Yes, CHI is a little dark and old, but that just adds to the charm. Last week as we were leaving Sheila started playing a blues piece and we just had to put our things down and do a few almost forgotten moves. What fun. We really hope people will come out to Riverdale[the pianist is there Friday and Saturday - we're there on Saturdays] and enjoy some good food and fun. The bartenders are very good, too. They named a special drink after me [you have to come out on a Saturday night to find out the name of my drink.] Hope to see you one evening.

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Thank mwnightsky
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Reviewed 25 June 2013

This is a dingy, dark, musty smelling place. I was not told about the specials but the table beside was informed. First time I have ever heard that coleslaw was not readyto be served. My plate also contained a stuffed oyster-OK, salmon-OK, Scallops-very fishy tasting only ate one, shrimp-OK. Seafood is as fresh as the seafood I get in Toronto but Toronto is far from the sea.

I would not ever go back. I should ahve eaten at the hote!!.

Thank normmork
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