The Office Cafe & Lounge

6860 Olney-Laytonsville Rd
Laytonsville, 20882
Initially I was hesitant. The place was so dark when we walked in. Thank goodness for some daylight because the lights were turned down so low that it was difficult to read the menus. The food was surprisingly good. We all enjoyed what we ordered, ie. pizza and hamburgers. The service was friendly and courteous. We would go back again.
My husband and I recently moved here and we came here for dinner on Saturday 1/3/15. We had tried to come in for lunch a few weeks before on a Saturday, but they apparently don't open until 3:30pm. You could throw a rock over this town, so that doesn't surprise me. The Office is connected to a frame store and a bicycle shop, and it's hard to notice until you've passed and see the outdoor patio area that's screened in. There a handful of small tables outside with space heaters, which is nice. The inside of the bar is very modern and beautifully decorated. I was impressed. Granite bar, tall stools with backs, and several cocktail tables. The server/bartender greeted us immediately with a wine list and menus. He was very friendly and attentive. I was very happy with the menu--they serve alligator bites! I was ecstatic about that, especially since this is a tiny bar out in the country. They describe their food as gourmet and eclectic, and they are right on point with that. I ordered a house pinot grigio which was excellent. My husband ordered The Office Ale, which he really liked. Our best friend ordered a different beer and was pleased with that as well. For food, we ordered the crab dip which was served with warm pita. I was happy with the lump crab meat and the seasoning. I ordered a chicken caesar salad which was perfectly dressed and the chicken was cubed up already, which I appreciated. The garlic croutons were cubed up Texas Toast (I presume) and they were also delicious. It was a great salad and the chicken was seasoned with oregano. Their plating presentation was detailed and artistic. My husband ordered the turkey reuben with fries. He half of the sandwich and I had it this morning for breakfast with a fried egg in it and it was still juicy and so flavorful!! Our friend ordered the steak sub and was also happy with that--he's a tough critic when it comes to food. The server stayed on top of refills and was swift with service the entire time. The local regulars that stood around the bar reminded me of my old regulars when I was a server 10 years ago. This place lit up memories for me and I enjoyed watching the TVs and people-watching back and forth throughout the meal. We are definitely returning. I think we'll have to try everything on this menu! I wish this place were a little bigger, but I completely understand, since the town is so small and it almost seems like a hidden gem in this area--totally out of place but just what we needed at the same time since we are way out in the country now. :)
I absolutely ADORE this place! My only complaint is that I wish it was bigger cause this place can get crammed on a weekend evening. The cook is FABULOUS and all of their food is always delicious. They have a great menu that they execute perfectly. Everyone who works here is friendly and it's a great local spot!

(240) 912-9064

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